Friday, September 21, 2007

Pop Culture Roundup

I'm still reading Take This Bread, and since I'm working on a review all its own to post soon, I won't write much else about it right now.

We watched Flushed Away this past week, which is a silly animated movie about a housepet rat that gets flushed into the sewer and into crazy adventures with the rat metropolis therein. Hugh Jackman voices the main character, and there's a little sight gag about him playing Wolverine. I didn't know he was capable of comedic roles, but he does very well in this one. Other voices include Ian McKellen, Kate Winslet, and Bill Nighy. The basic plot is that McKellen is a crazed pompous frog mob boss who wants to flood the rat city and wipe out the population in order to repopulate it with frogs. There are also slugs, who threaten to steal scenes more than once. One of the things that I found most interesting was how the movie is animated: there's a certain way that the characters move that makes it look like claymation, as if it's a tribute of sorts to the likes of Wallace and Gromit. The movie is set in England, so that makes sense if that was their goal.

I caught most of the Emmys last Sunday, and was pleased to see it so Sopranos-heavy. They offered a musical tribute, which was actually not that great, after which they had the entire cast stand onstage to be recognized. Gandolfini got screwed out of Best Drama Actor (as did pretty much everyone else in that category who didn't win), but there was little question that the show would win Best Drama. Some of the presenters had decent moments, some of the winners less so (what was Sally Field babbling about?). I turned it on right in the middle of Stewie and Brian from Family Guy singing their "tribute" to television, which was hilarious.

Music-wise, I've been listening to Zero 7 lately.

Around the web, here's the afforementioned Stewie/Brian song from the Emmys.