I probably first discovered geocaching in the year 2000, and I still think it is one of the coolest ideas ever.. But I’ve never had a reason to drop cash on a GPS besides this. So if anyone has a GPS let’s gooooo

M.I.A., “Born Free” music video

I don’t really want to write about the song itself because it isn’t very interesting, but this video is obnoxious.

We all understand that people are persecuted for being different and that situations just like this have happened, will happen, and are happening world-wide. The problem is that people who don’t know that will probably never watch this video, or if they do, they’ll say to themselves “that was disturbing” and never think of it again. That said, when you use redheads as your analog, it cheapens the already weak message. Since redheads are already the butt of so many jokes, I can’t tell if this is supposed to be deathly serious or an incredibly black comedy. If you want to make a point, use the people actually living through this. If you want to be hilarious, don’t show a little kid getting shot in the head. This and Kick-Ass both, damn.

Also, why the hell wouldn’t the riot cops arrest the kids throwing rocks at the buses? They obviously have the capabilities and the lack of care toward the repressed.

In all, I guess I’m just disappointed it was so boring. Within two minutes the point was thrown in our face and then nothing changed in the remaining seven. The execution is for the most part, professional— but the concept should have been retooled from square one. If there’s one thing I take away from this video, it’s the very last shot of the riot cop showing faint confusion in the world around him. Maybe that’s supposed to be the payoff, but it is far from evident.

I Am Arrows, “Nun”

Oh thank god it’s been like a week since I’ve liked something new that I could post right away. Good music has been slooooow lately.

Here’s a cool little jam from a band I’ve never heard before. Reminds me a bit of an upbeat Grandaddy, with a couple of bleep-bloops here and there and some slightly fuzzy vocals & guitars. Maybe a little bit funkier. I was just ready for something catchy and not 4 min long with a house beat, and not featuring B.o.B.

Got my wish!

now i’m laughing with you, no i’m laughing at you


God, I wanted to like this movie so hard. At the outset, it had such a great take on the superhero genre, sort of an anti-Invincible story. It even offers a reasonable explanation for why a kid wouldn’t get beat to shit every time he tackled thugs! So, why, god why, did it collapse into a violent mishmash of cliches and spectacle?

It had so many chances for a resolution of “violence is never a hero’s answer” or “violence is okay in certain situations” or even “we don’t have a clear answer for violence,” but instead the resolution(?) was “this is how to kill people in boner-inspiring ways.” By the final scenes, several people had walked out of the theater.

I guess it was most bothersome that the film couldn’t decide whether it was a witty comedy/action movie or just a silly comedy to be taken at face value— Probably one of the best lines in the movie was incredibly self-referential (“man, that was one strange sounding bazooka!”) but I can’t possibly like it when it completely threw off the tone of the film.

Oh well. You win some, you lose some. Maybe I’m just a crotchety old man.