I don’t have anything cohesive to write about, so I thought I’d just throw a whole bunch of random thoughts together and see if anyone cares. It’s like the whole seven quick takes thing, but not nearly so organized.
- Wes and I saw “Inglourious Basterds” on Friday. I enjoyed it fairly well, but it was definitely a Quentin Tarantino flick. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it’s starting to feel a little rote to me. Wes reminded me in the car on the way home (we discuss every movie we see ad nauseum on the way home) that there were several scenes in the movie that were particularly artful, and I do agree. It would just be neat to see Quentin plumb the depths of his creativity instead of pacing the rut he’s created for himself.
- Consignment stores are awesome! It’s completely hit-or-miss, meaning there’s by far no guarantee that when you stop by to shop you’ll find something that will work, but when you find something that’s perfect? It’s like the skies open up and the sun itself beams down upon your face. I found another $5 pair of jeans at a consignment event yesterday. With finds like this, it’s small wonder I balk at the prospect of paying $30 for jeans, no?
- Is it just me, or has “Grey’s Anatomy” gone completely off the rails? Wes and I started last year’s season last night (he watches it to humor me, but in no way has he ever enjoyed it) and I could have sworn I was watching a high-budget soap opera. I mean, the main character (Meredith) has always been whiny and self-involved, but it appears her malaise has spread to the whole cast. Even well-developed characters are behaving like complete morons and the plot points have all the authenticity of a fat-free, sugar-free chocolate bar.
- The new Muse album, “The Resistance”, was a hugely pleasant surprise for me. I’ve been a rabid fan of the band for years, but I have to admit their last album, “Black Holes and Revelations”, alarmed me a bit. It was just so synth-heavy, I yearned for that raw, virtuoso sound they had when you could clearly tell there were three men playing a variety of instruments during songs. With “The Resistance” though? It’s a really cool new direction that shows that the band has grown and developed (there’s a freaking symphony on this album!) but hasn’t lost sight of what they’re really good at (rocking out and making it sound really good).
- My grandfather mailed me a book of my Russian great-grandmother’s hand-written recipes two weeks ago and Wes and I tried out our very first one over the weekend. We made pelmeni (tiny meat-filled dumplings, you boil them and then eat them with sour cream) from scratch and oh my gosh it was a lot of work. It took us three hours to make them and it’s extremely likely that, unless I have at least three more people helping me, I won’t be making them again soon. Yes they were delicious, but you can also buy them pre-made and frozen and they taste just as delicious and only take about ten minutes to make.