Thursday, September 30, 2010

Everybody's Fine

Last night Chelsey and I watched this movie.  In the first 5 minutes it was very clear to me that this would be a horribly sad movie.  It did not disappoint. 

Robert DeNiro plays the father of this family whose mother just died.  He's been largely uncommunicative with his kids his whole life, and now that she's gone he decides he better pick up where his wife left off in that department. Then the heartbreak ensues.  None of his kids feel comfortable around him.  No one tells him anything about their life.  So on and so forth.

Let me first say, this wasn't a great movie.  The story wasn't all that hot.  But it hit many of the right notes along the way.  Specifically, it did a fine job of depicting a shattered family in a way that didn't knock you over the head.  It broke my heart.  Too much of seeing my own dad  in the DeNiro character.  Trying to make up for years of disinterest.  Not being any good at it. Made me appreciate how little he would have left in his life if my mom dies before him. 

Apparently this is a wide open nerve in the psyche of Brent Koster, as all the movies that make me want to cry (Field of Dreams, Millions, Joy Luck Club) center on fucked up or scarred parent/kid relationships.  Continued proof that I am not an adult. 


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Concert Review: Menomena/Titus Andronicus

So I have decided to start reviewing concerts, so that I can remember which concerts I have seen in what years.  Starting now.

In the past two weeks I have seen Titus Andronicus and Menomena.  Both are bands that I like a little bit, but others I know like a lot.  Both have albums I have tried to get into, but I have only made it into the entry way on each. 

So here we go. 
Titus Andronicus - My first impression of Titus Andronicus is that they sing the sentiments I felt in college.  They do it really well, and their music is really good.  But their earnestness about how they are losers and their lives are a waste just don't resonate in me when I listen to their albums.  I was hoping the live show would be different.  Sadly, it was not.  Still enjoyable.  The sound was good.  But I would give it a B- overall.  Also a band called Free Energy opened up for them and sounded like a Bruce Springsteen cover band, circa 1986.  Which was weird.  But I have thought about them a few times afterwards. I wonder if I should get their cd.

Menomena - My friend Kent loves this band.  Chelsey loves this band.  I love one song by this band.  It's called Rotten Hell, and it was one of my favorite songs of 2007.  I sat there all night waiting to hear it. They never played it.  Those fuckers.  Which was a shame, because the rest of the concert was actually pretty good.  And the two openers weren't without their charms either.  Suckers were frantic, and good when they weren't trying to be discordant.  Tu Fawning was a nice band too, but they also had sound problems.  Maybe the sound guy was just a doof. 

More like Dr. Strange- dumb, if you want my opinion

So I finally watched Dr. Strangelove. Why do people really like that movie? I have nothing against Peter Sellers. I generally like Stanley Kubrick movies, but that movie just isn't terribly funny. Maybe it hasn't aged well or relatedly, you kind had to watch when it came out. Anyway, long story short - famous movie, very disappointing.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Really Very Small

My first week with a DVR has been a failure.  It's great having one.  For all the reasons I thought it would be great to have one.  But the laissez faire attitude that I assumed would accompany my DVR has not shown up.  It seems like everyone I know who has a DVR plays it really cool about seeing a show when it plays for the first time.  They DVR it, and plan on watching it when they have some free time.  I cannot shake my old ways.  I want to watch shit as soon as possible.  And I keep using it like I did when we first got our VCR when I was a kid.  I record anything that I might possibly want to watch again.  (I have not watched any of it again). 

I'm afraid COX may take it away for being so stupid. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Wendy!

Thank you for turning me on to berets when I was a kid.    And thank you for posing me in a picture with you and Chuck with said beret.  And thank you for giving that picture to mom and dad.  And thank you for taking such a fine picture that it has been proudly displayed for every guest I have ever brought to their house.  And thank you for all the ridicule I have received ever since.

Seventh graders aren't emotionally equipped to make a beret decision, Wendy.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Please don't get the wrong idea.

I am not trying to be morbid, but I have found my perfect funeral song and I just want to make sure I communicate it to someone so that nothing gets missed later. Perhaps I need to work this request into the final will and testament that I don't have. Anyway here's the song, which some of you may have heard before, and again, not depressed, just trying to plan for the distant future.