Friday, December 09, 2005

Pop Culture Roundup

I'm playing 'dualing books' right now. I'm using the GalPals book as my Advent devotional, and I'm loving the stories they tell. Today's entry is about relationships with a dear friend lost to AIDS. I also continue to work through Devil in the White City, which switches back and forth between the history of the Chicago Fair (which can be quite dull) and the development of a particular character as the sociopath (much more interesting). I've also started McLaren's A Generous Orthodoxy, which is...fine.

We watched Hostage last night. It got to be a little much, as it's basically two plots that weave in and out of each other. Three guys take a rich family hostage in an absurdly huge house. Bruce Willis, negotiator-turned-small-town-police chief, finds that his own family has ALSO been taken hostage because the father of the rich family is involved with an unnamed organized crime outfit and they want something in the absurdly huge house. We watch as Willis' character slowly comes unraveled throughout the movie, and one can get sucked into his desperation. The dual hostage scenario set up some ambiguous characters--the only ones you might totally identify as the 'bad guys' are the ones who kidnap Willis' family. Everyone else has at least one redeeming moment (and there are plenty of unredeeming moments, too).

I've been listening to Soul Coughing's El Oso.

Around the web, watch The Big Ad. You need your speakers on to truly appreciate it.