Sunday, January 19, 2014

"I suppose to some extent we envied the people leaving"

never let me go by kazuo ishiguro

I just finished reading Never Let Me Go by British author Kazuo Ishiguro. I stumbled upon the best novel of 2005 via Buzzfeed's 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life list

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Desolation of Smaug

the hobbit 2: the desolation of smaug

Yesterday, to start to weekend on the right foot, me and my precious girlfriend went to see The Desolation of Smaug. Observation: Kinepolis, please fix the broken and disgusting seats in auditorium 7. New Zealand director Peter Jackson is cranking out these Hobbit movies at a record pace, by the way, with An Unexpected Journey, which we both liked very much, released just 377 days earlier. 

the hobbit going on an adventure
Literally me in the car

Thursday, January 16, 2014

P&G tributing moms with new Sochi ad

I recently stumbled upon a wonderful new ad by consumer goods multinational Procter & Gamble.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Had you will have been looking forward to it?"

This past weekend, I read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, aka part two of the five-book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams. Well, "read" is perhaps not the right word for it.

Celtics trade Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks

boston trades jordan crawford and marshon brooks

Wow. That was sudden.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by garth jennings

I had a wonderful Douglas Adams-themed weekend of odd. After falling madly in love with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last December, I moved on to the sequel, and I also (finally) saw the 2005 movie adaptation with my girlfriend and bromosexual life partner Tom. It had been on my radar for such an insanely, shamefully long time that it would have messed up my psyche if it were bad, but I am pleased to inform you that H2G delivers, although the book remains lightyears ahead of it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Papoose aiming to dominate 2014

Papoose new mixtape 2014

It looks like we will be getting a lot new Papoose music in 2014. The Brooklyn lyricist, who last March released his very disappointing debut album, The Nacirema Dream, took to Twitter (and Instagram) today to announce a year-long bombardment of monthly mixtapes.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"I swear I'll get you back home"

the maze runner by james dashner

And baby, it's amazing I'm in this maze with you.

One day you're here, one day you're there.

You're so unfair.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Celtics bid adieu to Courtney Lee

celtics trade courtney lee for jerryd bayless

On Sunday, the tumultuous tenure of Courtney Lee with the Boston Celtics came to an end when the Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies agreed to swap Lee (7.4 PPG, .442 3P%) for former No. 11 pick Jerryd Bayless (8.1 PPG, 2.1 APG). 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook by David Russell

I guess I'm late to the party. It wasn't until earlier this week that I finally watched the heavily awarded 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook. The small-budget romantic drama by David O. Russell, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the People's Choice Award there, has been a big hit all over the world, earning back its budget elevenfold. Silver Linings Playbook also cemented Jennifer Lawrence's status as a Hollywood actress to be reckoned with, seeded by Winter's Bone in 2010.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Love, lie and be handsome for tomorrow we die"

Ulysses by James Joyce

Woof. I finally finished Ulysses by James Joyce. I had been reading it off and on since September and finally decided to plow through it before January 1 since I had no desire to have Joyce's 265,000-word monkey on my back still in 2014. The Irishman, considered the greatest writer of the 20th century, let loose Ulysses on the world in 1920, right in between A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1937). I first came across Joyce's name in Gus Van Sant's 2000 drama Finding Forrester, one of my all-time favorites, and I had wanted to check out one of his books for years.