Saturday, May 07, 2005

Saturday Plugs

I just started Toni Morrison's Beloved yesterday. It's the trials and triumphs of a black woman and her daughter. I've only made it through the first chapter so far, so I don't have a whole lot else to say about it yet.

Here's another local act for your listening pleasure. I first saw Dionysia when they opened for a Dave Matthews Band cover band in St. Louis. They've got one studio album out but are working toward recording another one last I heard. They're a mix of Latin, rock, and a little funk. Enjoy. And speaking of Dave and Co., their new album comes out this Tuesday.

I've seen two new movies this week, and they couldn't be more different. The first is Ocean's Twelve, which we'd been meaning to see pretty much since it came out in theaters. Danny Ocean and his boys have to steal enough money to pay back Terry Benedict, the guy they stole from in Ocean's Eleven. Above all else, I found this to be a fun movie. It's fun. You can tell the cast is having fun, there are some fun 'how are they going to get out of this now' type moments. But you won't have nearly as much fun watching this movie if you expect one single solitary plot to carry you through. Take your pick: another thief wants to compete with Danny, Brad Pitt's character wanting to resolve things with his detective ex-girlfriend, oh yeah, and that whole pesky we-have-to-steal-a-bunch-of-money-so-Benedict-doesn't-kill-us thing. They all get wrapped up eventually, but sometimes it seemed like there was too much going on at once. But it's fun. So it's okay. I guess.

The second movie is Prey for Rock and Roll. I watched this by chance. I was flipping channels and it was just starting on The Movie Channel. It's about a now-beginning-to-age frontwoman of an all-girl...they want to call it a punk band (they're not punk...but then again by definition you shouldn't be able to define punk, yet so many do...whatever)...well, anyway she's going back and forth about hanging it up, one girl gets raped, another gets hit by a car, another has major substance abuse problems...again, a lot of plots to choose from, except these all come one after another and we don't really stick with one for too long. The acting and script reminded me of Coyote Ugly, which is not a compliment. But there is one scene that I really really liked. Shortly after the rape, the frontwoman writes a song about it and the band practices in an extended scene where all four members are completely immersed in the music, putting their passion and frustration into the song. they're swaying and getting lost in what they're doing. Elsewhere in the movie are these artificial conversations about how they take out their anger in their music, but that scene is much more real.

Around the web, Ian just ran a marathon. Read about his experience and look at his black toenails.

Have a splendid week.