16 February 2009

Recent favorite things

My goal is to read 15 books in the first half of 2009. So you should expect to be seeing a lot more book reviews here. But first...

Man on Wire (IMDB). A documentary about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who, in 1974, strung a tightrope between the towers of the World Trade Center and went walking on it. The idea of a bunch of guys plotting something "illegal... but not wicked or mean" is uplifting in a way. Mr. Petit is quite the character, and the film is in large part a portrait of him. I love this one saying of his:

It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working.

This film is well-done. It has all the suspense of a heist movie (but without the robbery). And the footage of the act is something to see. I spent about half the movie agape. But don't take my word for it. At the time of writing, Man on Wire is 100% fresh with 137 reviews on RT. It is also being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 2008.

Rock Band 2. I got RB2 for the Wii over the holidays, and it's a lot of fun. There is a strange visceral appeal about drumming. You can really get into the "zone" in a way that you don't when you're playing the guitar.

Battlestar Galactica. I've watched Season 1 and am starting Season 2. It's quite bleak, which is somewhat refreshing— in the story, humanity is on the run from robots and is on the edge of extinction. It's the military/political and human drama that really makes the show, though.

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