Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pic of the Day

Pucker up

Movie of the Day

Title: The Good Shepherd
Director: Robert De Niro
Writer: Eric Roth
Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Gabriel Macht, William Hurt, Joe Pesci, John Turturro

Song of the Day

Title: Pt. 2, Resolution
Artist: John Coltrane
Album: A Love Supreme

Artist of the Day

Gary Farrelly, 1983-present, Irish painter and collage artist

Thought of the Day

Do they make fortune cookies in languages other than English, and presumably Mandarin/Cantonese? For instance, in Spain, are the fortune cookies written in Spanish? In Russia, are the fortune cookies written in Russian? Do they even have Chinese restaurants outside of China and the U.S.?

Quote of the Day

I love everything that's old - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. - Oliver Goldsmith

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pic of the Day

Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, NY

Movie of the Day

Title: Forrest Gump
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Eric Roth (based on the novel by Winston Groom)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Haley Joel Osment

Song of the Day

Title: Really Love
Artist: D'Angelo and The Vanguard
Album: Black Messiah


When you call my name
When you love me gently
When you're walking near me
Doo doo wah I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

When you look at me
I open up instantly
I fall in love so quickly
Doo doo wah I'm in really love with you, doo doo wah I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you

All night beside you I'd lay
I love you deep when you come to my bed
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
Ooh wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

When you touch me there
When you make me tingle
When our nectars mingle
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love
I'm not an easy man, to overstand, you feel me
But girl you're patient with me
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you

All night I wish for you here
Lay your head beside my hip
Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you

Doo doo wah, I'm in really love with you
I'm in really love with you
Oh how I love the little things you do
I'm in really love with you.

Artist of the Day

Brian Bolland, 1951-present, British illustrator

Thought of the Day

If you own a convertible and are so desperate to drive with the top down that you'll do it in late winter/early spring on an overcast day, go fuck yourself.

Quote of the Day

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live. - Charles Bukowski

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pic of the Day

Can I get a "Hell yeah!"


Movie of the Day

Title: The Stepford Wives
Director: Bryan Forbes
Writer: William Goldman (based on the novel by Ira Levin)
Starring: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Matherson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Patrick O'Neal

Song of the Day

Title: Not For You
Artist: Pearl Jam
Album: Vitalogy


Restless soul, enjoy your youth
Like Muhammad it's the truth
Can't escape from the common rule
If you hate something, don't you do it too
Small my table, a-sits just two
Got so crowded, I can't make room
Oh, where did they come from? Stormed my room
And you dare say it belongs to you, to you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you, ah, you

(scream, my friends don't call me)
(friends, no they don't scream)
(my friends don't call, my friends don't)
All that's sacred comes from youth
Dedication, naive and true
With no power, nothing to do
I still remember, why don't you, don't you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, never was for you, fuck you
This is not for you
Oh, this is not for you, yeah, you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you
Oh, you.

Artist of the Day

Romaine Brooks, 1874-1970, American painter

Thought of the Day

Whenever I see Hillary Clinton I think of one of the wives from The Stepford Wives. Her persona, speech patterns, and mannerisms are those of a pod person, not an organic being. In related news, I read a poll yesterday while watching CNN's coverage of super Tuesday #2: when asked, "Who is more honest and trustworthy, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?", the great residents of Mississippi replied "Hillary" at a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. Now, I don't think either of these individuals is worthy of the Oval Office, but if there's one thing Bernie is which Hilary isn't, it's honest and trustworthy. God bless and God help America.

Quote of the Day

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review

Title: Mystic River
Author: Dennis Lehane
Publication: 2001
Genre: Crime



Like with Faulkner, I've long intended to read something by Dennis Lehane. I've seen the film adaptation of this novel, as well as that of Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and his short story "Animal Rescue," which was adapted into the film The Drop, and subsequently turned into a novel of the same name. All four of these films were enjoyable, and I have a bizarre preference for watching the movie version of a novel prior to reading the novel, as I think it makes the text more exciting when you have a distinct picture of the narrative in your head. Perhaps I lack imagination, but I've found this strategy works well with Cormac McCarthy novels-turned-films, and since Lehane's stories share the themes of crime and depravity, I figured Mystic River would be a fun read - and it was. The novel's three main characters, childhood friends Sean Devine, Dave Boyle, and Jimmy Marcus, are well-developed and Lehane does an excellent job of making the reader equally ambivalent to each man; that is, each character has his unique balance of positive and negative traits that makes him neither protagonist nor antagonist. It's evident Lehane, a Boston native, grew up around these types of guys. There's a personal touch you don't ordinarily get with best-selling, prolific crime novelists like Michael Connelly, not that his work isn't entertaining. If the story has a hero it's Devine, the only one of the three not to have committed murder, but he's portrayed as over-privileged and a sell out to his community and roots, and in his apparent disconnection with the neighborhood he grew up in, he's slow to close the case on the murder of Marcus' daughter, which (spoiler alert) indirectly causes the death of Boyle at Marcus' hands. Lehane's writing style isn't anything special, but there's a brilliance and dignity in its efficiency and earnestness. Put simply, it's a novel about blue-collar people written in blue-collar language and form. I'll definitely be back for more, and I recommend this for all readers.

Pic of the Day

One of nature's many wonderful freaks, the shoebill

Movie of the Day

Title: Blood Simple
Directors/Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh

Song of the Day

Title: Jason
Artist: Jadakiss feat. Swizz Beatz
Album: Top Five Dead or Alive


[Swizz Beatz:]
You got me feeling like I ain't winning
I'm starting from the beginning
I go Forrest, go Forrest
I make so much fucking money, yeah I go Forrest
These rims ain't for sale, bitch
This whip ain't for sale, bitch
And this Cuban ain't for sale, bitch
I been on the fucking boat like a sail bitch
500 feet on the fucking water
Ten fucking karats for my baby daughter
You come through boy, place your order
I got some niggas that'll meet you at the fucking border

[Hook - Swizz Beatz & (Jadakiss):]
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

[Jadakiss:]
I'm just one of the five, I'm just one with the vibes
Even niggas is jealous so they just want you to die
They don't want you to rise, they just want you demise
So I be crossing my T's and I be dotting my I's
You on the opposite side, shots gonna fly
Best part about it, I can stay right up in Yonkers and hide
Keep a gun in the door, that's all in the ride
Til my niggas come home, free all of the guys
This shit is all a facade, thought it was all a surprise
I heard of the stories, seen all of the lies
Long as the work is official, and the corner supplied
At the end of the day niggas, we gonna survive
What

[Hook:]
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

[Jadakiss:]
I'm just one of the five, I'm just one with the vibes
Can't figure it out or they don't wanna decide
In the gutter replying, mic flooded with dimes
Send youe ass, I'ma hit you with the butt of the nine
Bullets soaking in pine, let 'em open your spine
Use your brain a little, my nigga open your mind
If you ain't in the circle, for a square I get you line
I know niggas is telling, I don't care about the time
Yeah I got weed on me, I don't care about the fine
From a hood where niggas don't give a fuck by design
Yeah, it's real life, it's not a rhyme
And remember, if you don't get caught it's not a crime
Like

[Hook:]
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)
I got my hoodie and my mask on
I got my gun and my blast on
(Don't shoot please, can't breathe
Officer don't shoot, can't breathe)

Artist of the Day

Giulio Romano, 1499-1546, Italian painter and architect

Thought of the Day

There's one thing about vegetarians I find flabbergasting: they make a conscious, presumably informed decision not to eat meat, yet many of them buy and consume meatless products designed to resemble various types of meat. I once had firsthand experience with this, and I look back at it and shake my head. Here's the short list of delicious meats with less delicious meatless alternatives: sliced turkey breast, chicken patties, chicken tenders, hot dogs, ground beef, Italian sausage, BBQ ribs, and hamburgers.

Quote of the Day

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi