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Wall-E

I liked the movie Wall-E. I didn’t love it, the way so many people do. But I liked it. I thought the message about the environment, consumption, and technology was an obvious one. One that a six year old and maybe even a four year old would get. But Frank Rich of the NYT waxes rhapsodic about the movie in…

Amy Winehouse’s Valerie

Ok, I just have to say I really like the song “Valerie.” The original is by the Zutons and it’s very catchy. But the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version is great fun. I love Amy Winehouse’s voice. She sounds so jazzy and authentic. The Washington Post says this about her: Aurally, she evokes comparisons to Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, to…

In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises

I’ve seen two really good movies this weekend. _In the Valley of Elah_ and _Eastern Promises_. _In the Valley of Elah_, directed by Paul Haggis, was very moving and disturbing to me. Much more so than the movie _Crash_, which I felt ended up reinforcing white privilege as much as challenging racism. One review called the movie “lacerating.” That’s a…

The View

I love The View and once Rosie joined I started watching it frequently. I did indeed see the spat between Rosie and Elisabeth. It was rough, and it was synechdochic of the state our country is in between left and right, I think. The gossip is that Whoopi is going to take Rosie’s place. That’s exciting news.

104 The X Redux

Here is what The Fish wrote back: we play evanescence, flyleaf, veruca salt, the cranberries, mazzy star, sneaker pimps…that’s the ones I can recall off the top of my head. Fiona Apple, Poe, Liz Phaire, Courtney Love (we play sometimes) are possibilities!check out THE CARDIGANS and the GATHERING! Of course I’ve heard of the Cardigans, but I haven’t heard of…

104 The X

I emailed The Fish at 104 the X today. Here is what I said: Why don’t you ever play any chick groups or groups with chick lead singers. The only one you play is Evanescence (over and over). Why don’t you play someone like Courtney Love, or Avril Lavigne, or Pink, or Cheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Poe, Liz Phair, Joss…