I’ve spent the entire weekend listening to Avicii. At some point, I know I’m going to listen to someone else but I’m just not ready to do so yet.
Anyway, this is a fun video. As a general rule, the longer a video focuses on people skating, the better the video is going to be. This one has dancing, fighting, and romance. It’s got a bit of a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World feel to it.
Avicii. Rest in peace.
Movies I Watched:
- Bad Girls (1994)
- Dazed and Confused (1993)
- Fish Tank (2010)
- The Final Sacrifice (1990)
- From Here To Eternity (1953)
- Gimme Shelter (1970)
- Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
- I Just Don’t Dig Him (1970)
- Keep off the Grass (1969)
- Machine Gun McCain (1969)
- The Minus Man (1999)
- The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
- Rampage (2018)
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
- The Star Chamber (1983)
- Stick It (2006)
- Tommy (1975)
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Woodstock (1970)
Television Shows I Watched:
- The Americans
- Ash vs. Evil Dead
- Brooklyn 99
- Ghost Whisperer
- Howards End
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelpia
- King of the Hill
- Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
- New Girl
- Night Gallery
- The Office
- Silicon Valley
- Survivor 36
- Survivor Pearl Island
- The Terror
Books That I Read:
- I am I am I am by Maggie O’Farrell
Music To Which I Listened:
- The Chemical Brothers
- Dada Life
- Dillon Francis
- Florence + The Machine
- The Killers
- The Rolling Stones
- Saint Motel
- Talking Heads
- Tomoyasu Hotei
Links From Last Week:
- Spirituality and the Use of Mood in Twin Peaks!
- In honor of National Poetry Month, I shared poems from Charles Baudelaire, Julia Ward Howe, W.B. Yeats, Diane Di Prima, Jane Kenyon, Dylan Thomas, and Emily Dickinson!
- I had a dream about a bus hijacking!
- On her photography site, Erin captures the light of day!
Links From The Site:
- Jeff wrote about how R. Lee Ermey made AP History fun!
- Gary reviewed Johnny Tremain and Hold On! He also paid tribute to Superman and Bruno Sammartino and took a look at the song, (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet!
- Erin shared her thoughts on Tax Day!
- Ryan reviewed Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit Book Six, Warpwish Comics #1, and Necro Lover! He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
- I paid tribute to Eric Roberts and Edie Sedgwick! I also reviewed both Woodstock and Gimme Shelter!
I was hoping that I would be able to devote last week to Italian horror and giallo films. Unfortunately, I got both busy and sick so that review series will start next week!
Have a great week!
Today’s video is for Avicii’s Feeling Good. It’s a great video from a talent who was taken from us far too early. I’ve been listening to Avicii nonstop ever since Friday afternoon and I imagine that I’ll continue to do so for many days to come.
One book understandably sucked all the oxygen out of the room this week, and we’ll dive right into it first, but fear not, there are a few others worth talking about, as well —
So, look, let’s just call it like it is : Action Comics #1000 is an eight-dollar victory lap. A “double milestone” book celebrating both the fact that it’s the first American comic to hit the four-digit-issue-number mark, as well as the 80th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance, you go in figuring you’re in for plenty of self-congratulation here, and yeah, it’s essentially 80 pages of DC’s top creators, past and present, paying tribute to the company’s number one character (sorry, Bat-fans). Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster get the “80-Page Giant” dedicated to them, as well they should, but don’t come in for much mention anywhere else within its pages, which feels like a bit of a…
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Here’s a good example of why I need to clean out my DVR more regularly:
I recorded the 1983 legal thriller, The Star Chamber, off of Starz on March 14th. I know what you’re saying. “Big deal! That wasn’t that long ago.” Well, did I mention that it was March 14th, 2017?
That’s right! The Star Chamber sat on my DVR for over a year before I finally got around to watching it last night. You’d be justified in asking why it took me so long and I’m afraid that I really couldn’t give you a definite answer. I can, however, tell you the four main reasons why I recorded it in the first place:
- I’m always intrigued whenever I come across a movie of which I haven’t previously heard.
- The movie was described as being about a conflicted judge and I just happen to love legal films.
- I really, really liked the title. The Star Chamber? Did that mean it took place in a room full of stars?
- Before I recorded The Star Chamber, I only had 55 films on the DVR. Since I don’t like odd numbers, recording The Star Chamber took care of that problem.
As for the film itself, The Star Chamber is another one of those movies where a group of vigilantes end up getting pissed off because liberal California judges are letting too many murderers go free because of pesky, constitutional technicalities. The twist here is that the vigilantes are the same judges who keep tossing out evidence and ruling that confessions are inadmissible in court. After spending their day setting free the dregs of society, the judges all gather in a nearby house and review the evidence before voting on whether or not they believe the accused was actually guilty. If the verdict is guilty, the judges promptly hire a hit man who proceeds to clean up the streets.
The newest member of this tribunal is Judge Steven R. Hardin (Michael Douglas). Hardin is haunted by the technicalities that forced him to toss out a case against two accused of child murderers. (Making things even worse, the child’s father commits suicide afterward.) Despite his initial reservations, Judge Hardin signs off on hiring an assassin to take the two men out. But, when it becomes apparent that the two men actually were innocent, Judge Hardin is horrified to discover that there’s no way to call off the hit…
The Star Chamber is an oddly constructed movie. When the movie starts, it feels like a typical police procedural. From there, the movie turns into a rather talky examination of the U.S. legal system, with Judge Hardin trying to balance his idealism with the often frustrating reality of what it takes to uphold the law. The movie then briefly turns into a conspiracy film, featuring middle-aged men in suits holding secret meetings and debating whether or not they’re serving the greater good. And then, towards the end of the movie, it turns into an action film, with Judge Hardin being chased by two drug dealers, a contract killer, and a suspicious police detective (Yaphet Kotto). Judge Hardin may start the movie as a conflicted liberal but he ends at someone who can blow up the entire second floor of a drug lab. In many ways, The Star Chamber is a deeply silly film but, as directed and co-written by Peter Hyams, it’s also just pulpy enough to be entertaining. The dialogue may be over-the-top but so is Michael Douglas’s performance so it all evens out in the end.
It may have taken me a while to get around to watching The Star Chamber but I’m glad that I finally did. It’s a ludicrous film and all the more entertaining as a result.