Friday, September 05, 2008

Pop Culture Roundup

I haven't had a whole lot of time to keep reading Sandman. Yeah, not enough time to read part of a comic book. Dude...seriously. Actually, it just hasn't been the medium of relaxation to which I've turned lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to read another chapter or two: most notably one where Morpheus and his sister Death (he has six siblings including Desire, Despair, Destiny, Death, etc...Morpheus' D-scheme name is Dream) overhear a guy in a pub talking about death being a sham: no one has to die if they don't want to. So Morpheus asks Death to let him go and he makes a standing appointment with the guy every hundred years to see what he really thinks about this not-dying thing. It's actually one of my favorite stories from these books.

I recently watched I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which I hadn't had a strong interest in seeing. But it was on HBO and I was home with Coffeeson, so I figured why not. Kevin James plays Larry, a widowed firefighter trying to ensure that his kids will receive his pension if something happens to him. After saving his fellow firefighter Chuck (Adam Sandler) in a burnt-out building, he calls in a favor for them to pretend that they're a gay couple so that he can put Chuck down as the pension recipient. The theme of tolerance is certainly there, but I was more struck by the theme that these guys would do anything for each other, as close friends but also as firefighters. In one scene where the other guys in the firehouse are acting especially antsy about Chuck and Larry's relationship, Larry reminds each one individually how Chuck has helped them through some major situations over the years. It's that theme that causes Chuck to agree to doing this for Larry to begin with.

I've only heard one new album the past few weeks: Feast of Wire by Calexico. This was another one of those that I picked up at the library on a whim, and another one of those where I was pleasantly surprised. Calexico has a kind of folk sound that in places reminds me of The Decemberists, but they also employ rock, country, and even some electronica. They're very eclectic, which is usually a plus in my book.

WWE's next pay-per-view, Unforgiven, is in Cleveland this Sunday. I thought about it. I really did. Maybe I still will. I dunno. The thing is, the gimmick for the main matches sounds dumb. So I probably won't.

Around the web, one of the bloggers I've followed around every time he begins a new space has moved yet again. Check him out now at The Gifts of God.