The fucdown

If you rent three movies, all of which are slow and/or depressing, and you feel the need to rent a fourth movie — action-y, dumb — to break the dreariness up, don’t let it be The Rundown (imdb | rotten tomatoes), no matter what Roger Ebert says. And don’t let one of the three be We Don’t Live Here Anymore (imdb | rotten tomatoes) either.

New Trail Of Dead disc out tomorrow. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Metacritic kinda likes it, but Pitchfork…not so much. I wonder if they’re just trying to recover from the 10.0 they gave Source Tags And Codes? By the way, as of this blog entry Pitchfork hadn’t published the review yet, but their page naming scheme isn’t exactly rocket science…

Also coming out tomorrow: Low‘s The Great Destroyer (which I’ve ordered) and season 2 of The Wire. I may be (cough, cough) sick the next few days. (cough, cough)

By the way, today’s post title comes to you courtesy of a distinguished gentleman named JBenum. It’s a very long story.

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I’m linking to TimmyD’s post on The Plummet Onions, wherein he takes a quiz to find out what kind of religion he probably could/should belong to. I felt the need to take the quiz as well. My findings (which are pretty close to TimmyD’s…not surprising, as we’re brothers):

1.  Secular Humanism (100%)
2.  Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3.  Liberal Quakers (84%)
4.  Nontheist (78%)
5.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (78%)
6.  Theravada Buddhism (69%)
7.  Neo-Pagan (62%)
8.  Taoism (46%)
9.  New Age (45%)
10.  Bahá’í Faith (43%)
11.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (40%)
12.  Reform Judaism (39%)
13.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (36%)
14.  Mahayana Buddhism (36%)
15.  Orthodox Quaker (34%)
16.  New Thought (30%)
17.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (29%)
18.  Jehovah’s Witness (27%)
19.  Sikhism (26%)
20.  Scientology (25%)
21.  Jainism (22%)
22.  Seventh Day Adventist (18%)
23.  Hinduism (15%)
24.  Eastern Orthodox (13%)
25.  Islam (13%)
26.  Orthodox Judaism (13%)
27.  Roman Catholic (13%)

I find it amusing that I am twice as likely to align to Scientology than to Roman Catholicism.

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Argh. We need to give the Toronto-based media something to keep them occupied, or they’ll keep reporting on how bad the weather is.

Seriously, guys, it’s Canada. It’s January. It’s gonna be cold. We know this. Wear a scarf. And 15-30 cm of snow? Really not that much. Go talk to people in Newfoundland or the BC interior or Nunavut if you want to hear about snow. Honestly, the rest of the country is still making fun of Toronto for the storm that caused Mayor Mel to call in the army. We don’t need to add fuel to the fire.

Suck it up.

Before Sunrise/Sunset

Now that Before Sunset (imdb | rotten tomatoes) is out on DVD, we rented both it and Before Sunrise (imdb | rotten tomatoes) and watched them back to back. I remember Before Sunrise coming out when I was in university, but I hated Ethan Hawke (I still do) and didn’t know who Julie Delpy was (I do now, but don’t like her either).

That said, I loved both movies. That’s pretty impressive, especially since I dislike the actors and found the characters a little whiny, and all they have to hold your attention is dialogue (and scenery). But Richard Linklater managed to make me feel as if I were a part of that first night, like it was an experienced I shared as well as them. So during the second movie, I felt invested in the reunion.

Speaking of the scenery, I was taking in as much of Vienna as I could during the first film; we’re going in July. I wonder how many people have visited that tiny cemetary, just because they loved the film?

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Given the weather (snowstorm, cold, blowing winds, etc.) we’ve decided to huddle indoors for warmth for the weekend. We’ve stocked up on movies & snacks, I have tons of reading material (only about half of which is for my HR class), I bought a bottle of this. The only way it could be better is if the Toronto Star hadn’t forgotten to deliver my paper this morning.

My poor wife had to go to work today though…but just for a few hours.

On an unrelated note, good for Paul Martin.

So much for CRIA claims of an impending dustbowl

The Globe and mail reports that the recording industry isn’t really hurting so much after all. They attribute the good fortune to “anti-piracy campaigns, consumers’ frustrations with the glitches of file sharing, lower CD price tags and a popular crop of new release”. The latter two: maybe. The first two: laughable.

The president of HMV Canada nails it: “When there’s good-quality music, people will buy.” While I rarely buy CDs from HMV due to high cost and shite selection, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment. I have no problem paying $15-20 for a good CD, nor does anyone else I know. I know some pretty big music fans, and most of them are computer-savvy enough to download music, and not one of them thinks that downloaded music is a substitute for buying the CD.

I refer the CRIA to something John McClane said in Die Hard: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Quit bein’ part of the fuckin’ problem and put the other guy back on.”

If you know what I mean.