Starting next month, Remedy
is back as our weekly friday event, after an absence of about a year and a half. And, coincidentally, that will be our 999th event since we re-opened in 2001! The 1000th event is the next night, New Wave City
Remedy's return means there's been some more shuffling of the calendar: Bootie and Pop Roxx are moving to Saturdays.
I'm trying something new: I set up a new webcast that is streaming music by many of the bands who have played here. These are studio recordings, not live. And it's not all the bands who have played here (341 at last count) but only those I happen to own CDs by, which looks to be, at the moment, 92 bands (on 215 CDs). I also threw a few of the Bootie mash-up compilations in there.
So, let me know if you like it. I'm not sure if I'll keep it up or not; depends on whether it seems to be popular, I guess.
Of course that's really hard to tell, since I still haven't found any software that will give me any kind of reasonable log analysis of Icecast logs. (All I'm interested in is "how many people listened to each stream" and "how long did they stay connected", and I've yet to find any software that will tell me that. "How many people clicked the link" isn't a very useful approximation.)
This is all complicated by our continuous network suckage, of course, since our ISP blows chunks. If you can stay connected to any of our MP3 streams for more than a few minutes at a time without it rebuffering, you're luckier than I am.
(Yeah, I should have switched ISPs a year ago. My best prospect for an inexpensive new home has been telling me "real soon now" for pretty much that entire year.)
Current Music: DNA Lounge Radio
I really need to start writing these reviews right after I've seen the movies, instead of letting them pile up until I don't even care any more... Ooh, look, a bunch of one-sentence reviews. That's what happens.
A near-future french movie where an acrobat-criminal and a cop-on-the-edge have to work together to find the dingus and save the girl before it's too late. CAN THEY GET ALONG? Obviously you've seen this plot before, but that doesn't matter, what matters is the stunts, and they are mind-blowingly good: like Jackie Chan good. It's that "parkour" stuff you may have heard about.
An adequately entertaining sequel. Not as good as the original, but exactly what I expected. It gives good tentacle.
A Scanner Darkly
This movie is made of drugs. The walls keep seething for at least half an hour after the movie ends, I swear. It's entertaining, and certainly the first movie based on PK Dick's work that actually captured the feel of his stories.
Eh. It was OK. I enjoyed it while it was on, and I've forgotten it already.
Pretty creepy, but fascinating. This is one of those movies about sex that makes you never want to have sex again.
A group of women go spelunking and get trapped. I'm not particularly claustrophobic, but this movie freaked me the fuck out. The first half of the movie is really just them-versus-the-caves, and that in itself was a terrifying movie -- and that's before the Bad Things happen. The way this group of friends let their inter-personal issues completely screw them all over is also handled really well. Highly recommended.
I described The Descent to someone and they said "Oh, that sounds like The Cave." Um, no. Except that they're both set in caves. This movie is bullshit.
A pretty entertaining story about the meltdown of a couple of Bowie-like glam rockers. I liked it.
It starts off as The Ring and then turns into Day of the Dead. It's not scary, it's just dumb.
Million Dollar Baby
I guess this, like, won an Oscar or something. It's actually really good.
This was great. Though I wish there was more time spent on the stage magic itself, and showing how the tricks were done. The ending has a bit of a Usual Suspects feel to it, but I liked how they left it ambiguous.
This was exactly what I expected, so good for them: no plot, lots of ass-kicking. I really liked the editing style and the weird overlays they used for split-screen-ish effects. In a lot of ways, the editing was overdone like in Domino (which I hated), but I thought that worked really well here.
Paris Hilton targeted in CD prank
Banksy has replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?
A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK. She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in." But he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realising it had been interfered with.
No customers had complained or returned a doctored version.
Photos. banksy_flickr. Previously.