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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: June 4, 2004, 04:29 PM »
Potter does nothing for me sorry, can't get over the fact that these are kids books in my mind.  I know adults love them but its never donme it for me

No offense, but that has to be the most uninformed dismissal of the series possible (I've heard it before, too; a guy at my work said the same thing).

While the books certainly appeal to kids, and have kids--or at least adolescents--as the main characters, the stories themselves deal with much more complex subject matters than your basic Ramona Quimby novel.  There's love, lust, death, betrayal, good vs. evil, etc.  Additionally, they deal with what is actually very mature subject matter.  I mean, there's the "fun" magic stuff and Quidditch and all that, but these are the same books that brought the Philosopher's Stone and Nicholas Flamel into the mainstream (well, sort of), for crying out loud.

Alchemy and the occult have never really been the sole domain of rugrats.....

I've got tix to see a matinee with my daughter tomorrow, and I'm going to watch the first two back-to-back tonight.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: May 27, 2004, 12:04 PM »
Hmmm....I thought all of the kids were already substantially older than their characters are supposed to be.  I think I could could buy Harry and Hermione, but Ron's getting pretty huge.  He's already slouching quite a bit not to tower over his co-stars.

He's got the best handle on his character, though.  If they can pull it off with the originals, I agree that it would be awesome.

One thing in that article alarmed me, though.  The director for #4 is the same guy that shat "Mona Lisa Smile" into this world?  That's disconcerting, to say the least.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: May 27, 2004, 11:44 AM »
"Sister" is my favorite Sonic Youth album.

But for right now, I'm spinning

I know, I'm trendy.  Sue me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: May 22, 2004, 05:41 PM »
Man, I'm psyched as all hell about Azkaban.  It's by far my favorite of the books, and the movie looks awesome.  I've got my tix, and I can't wait...

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Episode III Title?
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:31 AM »
I don't like any title that includes the phrase "of the;" it's okay in two of the six, I guess, but half of them?!

Not too creative.

The best title so far has been "The Phantom Menace."  Unfortunately, it accompanied the crappiest movie, but still, a cool title.  Kind of eery, surmises the plot...just cool.  The Empire Strikes Back is pretty sweet, too--blunt and right to the point.

My vote for an Episode III title would be Fallen Order, referring both to the Jedi order and the order of things under the Republic government.

Mmmm...I dunno, though, that's probably just as lame as any other suggestion.

But at least it doesn't have "of the" in it. :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: May 5, 2004, 01:27 PM »
Bought this last night.

It's really good.  Easily the best of their efforts.  If you used to really, really like Built to Spill and early Folk Implosion, but now find yourself listening to the Shins more and more, you should probably like this album for exactly what it is.

At least I do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 30, 2004, 12:21 PM »
Cool pic, if a little too dark (but hey, it's Batman, so whaddaya expect?!)

Seems a little bulky, too.  But based on the previously released pictures of the Batmobile, this Batman takes his armor seriously.

The liberals are becoming desperate and shameless.

Unlike the GOP, who would never do anything like stooping to politicize tragedy by, for instance, putting images of the smoldering wreckage in NYC or the bodies of dead firefighters in President Bush's commercials... ::)

At least the ABC report falls under the auspices of journalism--whether you like owning up to the fact that Bush's stupid war has cost thousands of lives or not, that is news, and the public has every right to see what the cost of Bush's foreign policy has really been.

But I know where this is headed, and I suppose that when the bugs are worked out at another site ( ;) ) we can finish the discussion over there.

I'm done here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 29, 2004, 12:19 PM »

Most underappreciated rock band ever.  Every time these guys put out a new record it hits me like a brick in the face at how good they are.

Buy this cd now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 26, 2004, 06:47 PM »
I'm sure it's not news to Virex, but Tweedy was in rehab recently.

Here's hoping sobriety won't wreck the music, because with all the Wilco a-huggin' and a-lovin', I'm going to chime in, too.

If you want to enjoy a mind**** of brilliance, like the heavens literally opening, you have to imagine you were me on my 26th birthday.  Having never been a big Beck fan, I'd heard Sea Change was really something and was interested.  And having never hopped on board what was dubbed the "Alt Rock" bandwagon, I'd never been too interested in Wilco, but I'd heard Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was really something, too.  And having been amped by the Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin," I was interested in what I was hearing about their "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," because it was bound to really be something.

But being the poor, starving student that I was, I just hadn't had the means to add anything to my collection.

Then, on my 26th birthday, I had an almost O'Henry moment as I opened my wife's gifts to me: Beck's Sea Change, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

That night I listened to all three, in that order, and it remains one of the better of the best days of my life.

Those albums should really come together in some sort of box set, because I'm telling you, the three of them just totally go together--it's amazing.

But anyhoo, Wilco's contribution to the holy trinity of kind-of-sad-spaced-out-fuzz-surreality-songscape is absolutely brilliant.  It's definitely my favorite Wilco album, but I also really dig "Being There" for its almost haunting premonitions of what was to come.

A friend of mine is in a bar blues band, and they cover "Passenger Side" from "A.M.", and that intrigued me into buying that one, but like Virex, it's my least favorie Wilco album, but that's not really a bad thing.  It's really good, but just nowhere in the same stratosphere as the later stuff.  Truly, truly evolutionary goodness.

And now that I'm sure I'm going to listen to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot when I get home from work, I'm going to post what I was listening to at lunchtime, neither of which are anything like Wilco:


Edit: Hey guys, guess what?  If you write "mind" in front of the F-word, the censor-matic thing won't catch it!!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: March 26, 2004, 06:11 PM »
Oh, man, don't tell me I'm the only ***** who went out and bought this:

I've got all the albums with all of these songs anyway (well, except for the "Sympathy for the Devil" cover, but I never much cared for it...), but it just felt good to go in and buy a "new" Guns N Roses cd.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Passion
« on: February 18, 2004, 03:54 PM »
I'm looking forward to seeing it.  I still don't quite know what all the fuss has been about...I understand there are concerns about the depictions of certain Jews, but I haven't heard the details.

I did catch a bit of Mel Gibson's interview on PrimeTime the other night, and he does seem slightly...uh...skewed.  

But I think Braveheart is one of the best films ever made, and I admire Gibson's convictions.

I'd like to see it in the theater, but my wife and I have a new baby in the house so that may not be possible...we'll have to see.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What magazines do you subscribe to?
« on: January 31, 2004, 02:38 PM »
I'm a magazine subsciption junkie.  Right now, I get all of these (in the order that I like them :))

Men's Health
Utne Reader
The Nation
The Economist
Rolling Stone

And in the past, I've subscribed to

Star Wars Insider
Men's Fitness
US News & World Report
Vegetarian Times

...but none of those seemed to be worth it anymore.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: January 23, 2004, 05:47 PM »
Got me some bargain $9.99 cds over to the Target.

That Rushmore kid's band's latest album.  Pretty good.

 Pretty good, too, if a little Creedencey.

And I finally got


It's very good.  But you probably will have to skip past the "Stacy's Mom" song, like I do.  Damn, that got played out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: any lawers from NJ here---help
« on: January 23, 2004, 05:38 PM »
You're in Jersey?  They have real crime there, right?

I'm a lawyer in Utah, and as hard up as we are for real crime (freaky-ass fundamentalist kidnappers aside), even we don't throw people in jail for avoiding semaphores (that's lawyer for "stoplights").

You're not going to go to jail, you'll get a fine...probably the $50 if this is your first traffic infraction.

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