Friday, May 12, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

I haven't started another book after finishing Lamott, so I guess I'll just plug the Ordinary Time book again. I haven't ordered my copy yet, but I will in the next few days, I'm sure.

We saw Mission: Impossible III this past week. We weren't sure if we wanted to with Tom Cruise going all loony the past year or so (or perhaps we could say publicly loony)...and after the less-than-great production that was Mission: Impossible 2, we were more skeptical about this sequel's entertainment factor. But III is minus John Woo and plus Philip Seymour Hoffman, so we gave it a shot. It was much better than 2. Hoffman is a brilliant bad guy in particular and actor in general. Cruise's character is the usual hybrid of Jerry Maguire/Maverick which passes him. The only really really unrealistic part comes near the end. Otherwise, it's a decent action flick.

Mercifully, Buffy is over. So we've moved to the fifth and final season of Angel. Here we are minus Cordelia, plus Spike. We've only seen the first episode which finds the gang trying to adjust to their new digs at Wolfram and Hart. Re-watching this season unfold, I think they could have explored this over more than one season. This is contrary to my original thought that it's good it ended here because you can't do much more after taking over your enemy's place of business. But there's a lot more they could have done. Anyway...if it's any indication...I like Angel better than Buffy. So I should enjoy this while I can. And since we've gotten into this whole 'let's watch an entire season of a TV show at a time' thing, my vote is for us to start on The Shield next.

This week I've been listening to a little Widespread Panic. This was the main CD I listened to the summer I took CPE, so it's taken on special meaning for me. And this week I've felt this weird connection to Don Henley's 'Boys of Summer.' I can't really figure that out. I've been listening to DJ Sammy's version, which my wife downloaded for her iPod and I really enjoy, and then last night I heard it at the grocery store. I like the song, but there's been this cosmic thing going on the past few days or something.

Around the web, Scott reflects on being ready to move on when he finds himself getting too comfortable. We have something in common. I blame my PK upbringing, but in a good way.