Monday, June 29, 2009

the podcast with moving pictures

Since March the podcast has been sponsoring events at the Hungry Brain. I've been 'filming' these events. The first performance that turned out OK was earlier in June. I'm posting one of the songs Spare Machine performed. It's also the first YMTE video podcast. If you're subscribed to the podcast it should already be in your feed.

Thanks to Kevin for helping quite a bit with this process. Going between formats isn't as easy as it should be.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A good start


17. David Benioff "When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories"
I began reading this book because I needed something I could handle in short doses, something to read before bed and while working the door at a bar. At first I thought the book was good enough, something that I could get through to ignore reality but nothing life changing. By the end of the book I was happy that I picked it up. Each story was well-written, different than the last and some stuck with me. A good book, especially if you like stories set in New York City.

I need to study silent film shorts


37. "Up"
The best animated film yet. The story isn't as wide reaching as "Wall-E" and it doesn't have any musical numbers, but the human story is unbeatable. The film deserves best picture for the first ten minutes alone. I cried twice during the film. It would have been more but I buried my head when I knew I couldn't handle it.

Some people have commented on the relationship between the dog and bird, how it felt forced. I'd have to completely disagree. Without the B and C story isn't not a kids movie and if it's not a kids movie, Pixar wouldn't be able to make it.

Roscoe Village, Chicago, June 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

West Town, Chicago, May 2009

Try again


36. "The Promotion"
I was disappointed with this film. The cast is great. The story idea isn't bad. The setting is good. The camerawork is clean and fits the store. For some reason, it just didn't work. The 80-minute film dragged. The first forty minutes went slower than the last forty. I really wanted to like this film but just couldn't.

Shoot to kill


16. Douglas Copeland "Hey Nostradamus!"
Maybe I have to give Copeland another chance. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It barely reminded me of "jPod."

True love


15. Phillip Roth "Deception"
I enjoyed this book quite a but and would have liked it even more if I read it in one sitting. It reads like a script without direction and it's the first book I've read like it. It's not easy to like the characters and I'm not sure if I was supposed to. A good, quick read.