• Happy Valentine’s Day


    Men say “I Love You” with flowers and jewelry. Laura says “I Love You” with CDs and science-fiction DVDs. Ladies, you’re getting a raw deal.

    B-Tribe - Spiritual Spiritual

    Spiritual Spiritual

    This is the fourth B-Tribe CD in my collection. The others — ¡Fiesta Fatal!, Sensual Sensual and Suave Suave — are all excellent. The “B” in B-Tribe stands for “Barcelona,” and the music is a sort of techno-latin: flamenco guitars and Spanish vocals mixed with a lot of synthesizers. Spiritual Spiritual is definitely the most low-key and mellow of the four albums, but it still has all the elements that keep me listening to B-Tribe. In fact, I’m listening to it as I write this, and wishing I’d gotten around to replacing my crappy headphones.

    The Legend of Johnny Cash

    The Legend of Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash

    Twenty-one tracks that trace the Man in Black’s nearly half-century career in music, from “Cry! Cry! Cry!” originally recorded in 1955 to his 2003 cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt.” One of my personal favorites is “Delia’s Gone,” which appeared on American Recordings, Cash’s first outing with famed rock producer Rick Rubin. A bit of Man in Black trivia: the song “A Boy Named Sue” was written by Where the Sidewalk Ends author Shel Silverstein.

    Enya - Amarantine


    Amarantine is at least the seventh Enya album in my collection, not counting her work on the soundtrack for The Fellowship of the Ring and the two-track single Oíche Chiún. Alas, my copies of Watermark and Shepherd Moons have gone missing. Enya doesn’t disappoint on her latest release, which is rich with her signature sound. I read a review last week that points to this familiarity as being a bad thing, but for me it’s very, very good. Did I mention that I need new headphones? Man, these things suck.



    Cross another item off the Amazon Wish List. I thought about picking this up about a week after Christmas, but couldn’t find it in the two or three stores I normally visit. I was a latecomer to the fandom of Joss Whedon’s Firefly series, but was just as eager to see Serenity when it hit theaters as the most rabid of Browncoats. If you have to ask what a Browncoat is, I suggest finding a copy of the Firefly box set and setting aside a weekend to watch the entire short-lived series. Then do the same with Serenity. If you ask nicely, I may even loan you my copy.

  • Movie Review: Serenity (2005)


    The Adventures of Pluto Nash (DVD)The first time I saw an advance screening (or “sneak preview,” if you will) of a movie was The Adventures of Pluto Nash, starring Eddie Murphy. Now, I’m pretty sure that the idea of the sneak preview is to generate “buzz” about a movie; get the old word-of-mouth machine in motion. Well, Pluto Nash was godawful. At the end of the movie I felt that the theater owed me eight bucks and a cup of coffee. I told pretty much anyone with ears that they were best to avoid Pluto Nash. Probably not the buzz the distributor had in mind.

    Serenity (DVD)Last night’s viewing of Serenity was the second advance screening I’ve attended. The fact that it was at the same theater (and quite probably the same auditorium) where I’d seen Pluto Nash didn’t occur to me until right before the movie started, but proved to be nothing resembling an ill omen. Simply put, Serenity was a lot of fun.

    I don’t think that there are any spoilers below, but just in case…