Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Africa

I'm drunk. I just watched "Almost Famous" with my roommate for the gazillionth time. My room is half-vacated.

I am just under two weeks away from moving to Africa. I'm looking forward to a few things: moving on from my University life, reading books, helping the less fortunate, seeing a new world, and reexamining my priorities. I have a digital camera now. Stay tuned for pictures.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Heh

While I didn't think much of Kevin Smith's latest offering, it was worth it for giving Smith the opportunity to say this.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Joel Siegel was right

I love watching movies, and I love going to movie theatres. It's sad that summer, a period with the greatest amount of free time, is also home to the laziest filmmaking. Undeniably, there are some entertaining blockbusters out there but, Jesus, does 2006 suck. Having seen the vast majority of the films currently playing (excluding obvious garbage like "Little Man"), I give you the following:

Best movie I've seen: either "The Lost City" or "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"
Worst movie I've seen: "Clerks II"

Sigh.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Scanner Darkly

A two-hour mixture of tiresome and moderately amusing drug-induced paranoia, culminating in a vague, tacked-on moral.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The beautiful game

I went into this World Cup not particularly liking soccer. However, a mixture of Ukrainian participation and unemployment caused me to get into the spirit of the event. I've watched a lot of the games and have grown in appreciation for the sport. Sadly, Ukraine got knocked out by Italy in the quarters, but I'm very proud of my countrymen for their showing. I am now actively cheering for France to take out the whiny, diving Italians in the final.

On the topic of Ukraine, I borrowed Michael Ignatieff's "Blood and Belonging" from the library, the book that sparked some controversy for derogatory comments about Ukrainians. I like politicians with a brain, so I want to like Michael, but I also wanted to see for myself what the book said (given his supporters' cries of "the comments were taken out of context"). Having read the chapter and much of the rest of the book, I can say that the "context" isn't particularly helpful. Ignatieff is clearly a fan of civic nationalism over cultural nationalism but never really comes back to his comments. As such, it's unclear whether it is a case of forgiveable initial ignorance, latent feelings of cultural superiority, or what. I really found nothing in the book to excuse the comments. My feeling is that Ignatieff just doesn't get it.