August 23, 2006

Reptiles on an Aircraft [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 23, 2006 3:18 PM

It has come to my attention that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ladytron, and the Hold Steady are all playing San Francisco within days of each other in October. I will go to at least two of the three shows, and maybe all of them... (Architecture in Helsinki, opening for CYHSY, is actually the main draw for that show as far as I'm concerned.)

Snakes on a Plane: This movie delivers everything it promises: the reptiles, the aircraft, Samuel L. Jackson in glorious campy form. I saw it in Berkeley on opening night (not at midnight, however) with a pretty enthusiastic audience. As has been pointed out in comments, this is the proper way to see the movie. The film is well aware of its own ridiculousness and delights in providing implausible but gruesome snake attacks, overblown dialogue, and nods to the standard cliches of horror movies. All good for an evening of fun, but with little lasting value. As Samuel L. Jackson famously said, "It's not Gone with the Wind. It's not On the Waterfront. It's Snakes on a Plane!" Rating: 3.5/5

Asobi Seksu: Citrus: As I indicated last week, I've been enjoying this album of sweet-sounding noise pop. It's a bit of My Bloody Valentine, a bit of Yo La Tengo, and a bit of J-pop (the lead singer is a Japanese woman and the lyrics shift between Japanese and English). The whole album is solid and pleasant to listen to, but three tracks in particular stand out: "New Years" [download here], "Goodbye", and "Mizu Asobi". That last one is very catchy and always gets stuck in my head when I'm done listening to the CD. Now I just need to send the lyrics to Josh so he can tell me what she's saying. In addition to the link above they are on MySpace here. Rating: 4/5

Tags: Movies, Music, Open Thread

Nick commented he heard about this:

Posted by: shellock | August 23, 2006 6:04 PM

That url could come in handy...

Posted by: Mason | August 23, 2006 10:57 PM

Is an Arrested review coming soon, or are you waiting till the end of the series?

Posted by: Josh | August 24, 2006 1:44 AM

Yeah Mason, that's the script I told you about. I am crossing my fingers that the Rialto picks it up in a month or so.

Posted by: Lemming | August 24, 2006 11:40 AM

Josh: A review of the first season is due, but I forgot to include it in this update. Next week, probably.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 24, 2006 1:21 PM
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