Jan 312016
 

This is the second Mark Kozelek song I ever heard, the first being Katy Song.  It’s another of those tracks you could listen-to on repeat all night (Kozelek’s particular gifted at that sort of thing).  What can I say?  Some music simply beats the shit out of you once, continually (to mangle the words of J.E.B. Stuart).

Jan 232016
 

I can see why some people aren’t into this show; its tone is all over the place. Personally I think it works. A majority of the show’s running-time is light and absurd – animal puns & Todd being Todd – especially early in the series and early in each episode. But when the serious moments come, they really beat your guts out.  At its core it’s a tragedy, and the sadness wouldn’t resonate without the silliness, because that is its source.

 

Hollywood is a silly business in a ridiculous town, and it ate Bojack alive. He’s a very flawed guy who wanted to do something meaningful with his life but chose the worst place on Earth to try. Showbiz is so competitive that merely succeeding is hard – doing it with any dignity is almost impossible. Years ago, Bojack deliberately chose to compromise himself. Now he’s dealing with the consequences: he’s rich, famous, and irrelevant.

The Mountain Goats – No Children

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Jan 172016
 

You’ll know this one if you’re a fan of Moral Orel (which started getting real near the end of season 2).  A great show, that introduced me to a great band.

Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla

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Jan 092016
 

This is a few years old but just found it on reddit.  It’s incredible to watch a troop of gorillas simply moving along, doing their thing – they’re so intelligent, it’s spooky.  Or at least it feels that way because we’re so used to thinking of all “animals” as dumb beasts.  Truth is, we’re animals too.  A majority of Americans don’t agree with that, of course, and more’s the pity: they’ll never understand any of Devo’s lyrics.

“When I Thought I Was Going to Die ” – Louis C.K.

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Jan 092016
 

Louis C.K.’s jaw-dropping, hilarious story about a harrowing airline flight with a cartoonishly-reckless pilot.  Sounds too crazy to be true, but for what it’s worth I’ve read some comments from people claiming to be air-traffic controllers saying that the sort of ad-hoc decisions he describes do sometimes happen.  Either way, it’s an epic story.

Chronicle (2012)

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Jan 022016
 

A grossly-underrated (or perhaps just unknown) movie, possibly the best comic-book film ever produced.

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It’s definitely in the top 5 along with Unbreakable – the only thing from M. Night Shyamalan that holds-up over-time (but man, is it a doozy).  If you make 10 movies and one of them is this, it’s absolutely ok if the other 9 suck.  You’re easily batting above .500 by Hollywood standards.  Your entire life is justified if you pull-off Unbreakable: we’re all lucky that you were born.  But I digress…

Let’s face it, comic-book movies generally suck.  Not because there weren’t a lot of talented, passionate people involved who were giving their best effort.  In most cases there were too many people were involved.  This sort of project usually requires a ton of capital and is based on a venerable franchise to boot, so there’s naturally going to be too many cooks in the kitchen.  Consider Marvel’s “Avengers”, for example: directed by Joss Whedon (whom I’ve adored for years) and totally decent, but not what you’d call a great movie.  I put a lot of the blame on the money: God knows how many committee meetings were required to decide what Captain America’s costume should look like.  Just imagine how many random assholes had input regarding plot and dialogue.  It’s a triumph that the thing was watchable at all.

Contrast that with what I consider to be Marvel’s crowning cinematic achievement thus far, Guardians of the Galaxy.  I’d never heard of it before seeing the movie, but the trailers blew my hair back, and the thing itself was so much fun it should be illegal.  It’s based on an old, shitty property from a ways back that was recently rejuvenated by a respected writer.  I tried reading this source material but didn’t get too far – it still seemed pretty shitty.  My point is, it wasn’t a household name, so the filmmakers weren’t under as much scrutiny.  They had some room to breathe, and created something wonderful.

That said, Chronicle has the same sort of thing going for it, only more-so.  Like Unbreakable, it’s not based on a comic book.  And like Unbreakable, if you only watched the first 10 minutes, you wouldn’t know it was a comic-book movie at all.  But it is, and it’s the best.  I won’t belabor the point with a synopsis, because I’m not a reviewer and this isn’t a review – it’s just one of those things I do when I’m drunk.  But Chronicle is better-written and better-executed than anything Marvel or DC has ever brought to theaters, and if you don’t watch it, it’s your loss.