Friday, March 20, 2009

Pop Culture Roundup

Last night, I watched Michigan make its first NCAA tournament appearance in 11 years and win. Actually, to be more accurate, I watched the first 10 minutes or so and then the last 13 seconds. The middle was filled with the Akron/Gonzaga game. Don't get me wrong, I was rooting for Akron...but that's not who I'd settled in to watch. Anyway, that's what the graphic is for. Go Blue!

Click here for MGoBlog's postgame analysis.

I'm still reading Process Theology.  I've been distracted a lot this month, so I haven't carved out much time to continue reading.

We went to see Watchmen the weekend that it came out, and I think they did a great job adapting it to screen.  Naturally, they needed to make some choices as to what to include, and I think they were able to capture the main thread well. The way they shot it was very well-done, although some scenes got pretty gratuitous. There's one scene that amounts to softcore porn, and I didn't need to see as much of Dr. Manhattan's anatomy as I did. They also altered the ending, which I didn't actually mind that much. They also highlighted the theme from the comic about human violence and existence, whether we're worth saving, the ethics of method. In particular they did this through commenting on The Comedian as a reflection of humanity's violent tendencies, and how he played it back as a joke on everyone else. I missed that in the comic...I suppose I'll have to go read it again.

I've listened to a couple new albums lately:

Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend - Weird pop music. Good, but weird.

Go Away White by Bauhaus - I either need to listen to this again or track down their previous albums, the last of which they released in 1983. It's been a strange week in terms of experienced new music. These guys sound like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds if Cave had a German accent and they were all on downers. Whether that's good or bad...I need to listen to this again.

From around the web, here's "Nothing Sweet About Me" by Gabriella Cilmi, because it was stuck in my head when I woke up this morning: