Monday, September 29, 2014

"One eye was on my work, the other on my master"

12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
Captivating
Last night I finished reading Twelve Years A Slave (1853), the memoir of Solomon Northup, which was turned into a movie by Steve McQueen accoladed for its cast, screenplay, design, score and cinematography. I must admit that I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but I assure you that I'm making work of it. Solomon's slave story is as brutal as they come, and I'm very curious to find out how McQueen brought it to life and depicted the inhumanity of slavery.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#shutdown4chan

Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures - The Fappening
4chan must go
The Fappening is still happening, and it's disgusting how little is being done about it. Last week, a second wave of nude photos ("The Fappening 2: The Second Cumming") was released by 4chan hackers, victimizing Jennifer Lawrence (again), Kim Kardashian, Meagan Good, music video model Emily Ratajkowski and Gabrielle Union, among others.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Skateboard P is still rolling

Pharrell Williams - Sportpaleis
Happy feet
Pharrell is a hit-maker. 

Granted, he has used his groovy skills mostly to craft hit records for others, as demonstrated by a long and glorious producing resume that includes Drop It Like It's Hot, I'm A Slave 4 U, Hot In Herre, and most recently Blurred Lines and Get Lucky.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boyhood

Boyhood by Richard Linklater
"It's always right now"
Two days ago I went to see Boyhood with my lovely lady Sarah and hip hop'd out sister colleagues Anke and Liselotte. There simply was no getting around the IFC Films product, which won Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival in June. Bald Bryan's praise on The Adam Carolla Show, the movie's 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and, of course, all the talk about director Richard Linklater's stunt concept had really warmed me up to it. A movie that was shot over 11 years? Following one boy's life? This I have to see.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 Offseason winners: Washington Wizards

Paul Pierce - Washington Wizards
The Truth arrives in DC
2013-2014: 44-38

After winning just 72 games in his first three seasons with the Washington Wizards, 2010 No. 1 overall pick John Wall exploded in his fourth go-round, starting all 82 games and posting career-highs of 19.3 PPG, 8.8 APG and 1.8. SPG. For the first time since 2007-2008, when DeShawn Stevenson went head-to-head with LeBron James, the Wizards reached the playoffs, even defeating the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls in the First Round. Sure, they couldn't resist the Indiana Pacers, losing 2-4 in the Conference Semifinals, but for the first time in a long while, the Wiz were relevant again.

Monday, September 15, 2014

"If it's not going to put a dent in the world, quit"

Failure's an option
I recently read The Dip (2007) by marketing guru Seth Godin. I'm a daily reader of his wonderful blog and I had also checked out Purple Cow and Small is the New Big - all three of which are fantastic reads - so when I found this book about "when to quit and when to stick" in the Queromedia library, I knew I had to bring it home with me.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

If I Stay

If I Stay by R.J. Cutler
"You're my home now"
Last night I watched If I Stay, the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman's bestselling YA novel from 2009. The book has been on my to-read list since forever, but I have yet to get to it. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production wasn't really on my radar, except for the constant social media push provided by insanely talented Kick-Ass and Carrie actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who totally reminds me of my goofy Swiss cousin Elisa. Or nah? Anyway, I'm a huge Moretz fan and I was very curious how she would fare in a drama film.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 Offseason winners: Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets 2014 offseason
Back to the Rockies
2013-2014 record: 36-46

The Denver Nuggets had a tough campaign in 2013-2014. The front office was shaken up, Brian Shaw came over from the Pacers to replace George Karl, and do-it-all forward Andre Iguodala (acquired from the 76ers in the Dwight Howard trade) was shipped to the Warriors. Add already-recovering Italian stud Danilo Gallinari and season-ending injuries to Javale McGee, sparkplug Nate Robinson and J.J. Hickson to the equation, and you can see why the Nugs weren't necessarily clicking on all cylinders. With a healthy core and the addition of Arron Afflalo (shipped to the Magic in the Dwight Howard trade), Shaw's Denverians should be much better in Year 2.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Offseason winners: Milwaukee Bucks

2014-2015 Milwaukee Bucks
The Young Bucks
2013-2014 record: 15-67

The Bucks got a bit carried away with last year's Riggin' For Wiggins tank fest, beating the tank-happy 76ers at their own game, and collecting a franchise-low 15 wins in 2013-2014 to improve their odds in last June's NBA Draft. Unlike Philadelphia, GM John Hammond doesn't intend to stay in the lottery forever. He added No. 2 pick Jabari Parker and some solid pieces to his young core, brought in a new coach to guide the youngsters, and is generally steering the franchise in a new direction.