a quick one while i'm away (part five)
[ETA: Not seen this week's Six Feet Under, but plan to? By request, spoiler warning...]
Just some quick hits today...
R.I.P. Nathaniel Fisher Jr.
Well, people are talking about last nite's Six Feet Under. Frankly, I kinda agree with EW's Michael Slezak - maybe it was time for Nate to go. MN native Peter Krause had always been able to get me on Nate's side until this season, which has found his character whiny, miserable & floundering even more than usual. I kept waiting for Nate to come around, to get himself together a little, find some redemption - but instead he slid further into his own self-torture. Ugh. Why did he & Brenda need to get married anyway? They were already acting like the bickering McBickersons beforehand. Anyway, I'll be curious to see how Six Feet Under concludes now that its main protagonist out of the picture. Lastly, I'm still wondering - what was more shocking last nite: Nate croaking or Claire dating a republican?
While on the subject of HBO, I've got to say that the new season of the overhyped-yet-strangely addictive Entourage has been even more Piven-rific than the last. I'd demand an Emmy for the man, if it weren't for the tragicly un-nominated Will Arnett, but I'll get into my Emmy rant another day.
Finally got around to seeing War of the Worlds yesterday, starring most powerful actress in Hollywood Dakota Fanning & some other guy. It was pretty damn impressive, and I walked out of the theater feeling good & knocked around. And I was impressed that, despite the semi-happy ending, the film didn't go all-out Spielberg cheesy like some of the director's recent movies. It was far, far better than last week's action extravaganza, the rather lousy cloning (and Schiavo-baiting) juggernaut The Island. Thank god it had a decent cast, otherwise that movie might have been completely unwatchable. Ewan was funny & great (as-per-usual), especially in the scenes he was playing against himself. Director Michael Bay didn't really give the lovely Scarlett anything to do besides look pretty (which she certainly did) & constantly yell, "RUN!" I'll tell ya, I've never seen characters tell each other to "RUN" so much - like it wasn't obvious that they should run. Duh.
My congrats to the folks over at Channel 101, who were featured in EW last week. My only beef was that The Lonely Island dudes weren't mentioned in the article. Speaking of TLI, check out the eight "episode" of their record-breaking Channel 101 hit The 'Bu. Doesn't that wreckage look familiar?
MPG The Lonely Island - The 'Bu #8
MP4 The Lonely Island - The 'Bu #8
MP3 The Lonely Island - "We Didn't Do The 'Bu"
So yeah, that DangerDoom album is seriously the hotness. The MF Doom/Dangermouse collaboration would have been sweet enough, but basing the whole disc on Adult Swim is f**king brilliant. I'm not the hip hop fan that, say JRDN might be, but I'm really digging this record. Marv & I were playing it at the jobby-job over the weekend & got a great response. Unfortunately, I had to tell everybody that The Mouse & The Mask wouldn't be out until October. I'm not posting any tracks, since plenty of other folks like lemon-red, Razorblade Runner & Fredblog are doing a fine job already.
Oh yeah, I found this nine minute version of Billy Ocean's 1988 #1 hit at said jobby-job & thought I'd share it with y'all. The original version appears on the Tear Down These Walls LP. Doncha luv that 80's saxo-mo-phone?