Sunday, February 14, 2010

gCritic: Soldier of Love, Indiscreet, and A Serious Man


We live in a rainbow of chaos.
- Paul Cezanne

He never knew when he was whipped ... so he never was.
- Louis L'Amour

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
- Albert Einstein


1. Pata Pata -Miriam Makeba
2. Hallelujah -K.D. Lang (Vancouver Olympics)
3. Trouble -Ray LaMontagne
4. Stay -Sugarland
5. Fall On My Knees -OCMS
6. I Run To You -Lady Antebellum
7. 1901 -Phoenix
8. Show Me What I'm Looking For -Carolina Liar
9. Afraid -Nelly Furtado
10. Beach Chair -Jay-Z

gTunes Extended: Soldier of Love - Sade

I've always liked Sade, but I usually have to be in just the right mellow mood or craving some 80s/90s nostalgia. I like to test new music by putting my headphones in after I get in bed and the lights are out. One of too things happens if the album is a good one: 1) I fall asleep in the first two songs and wake up with the earbuds still plugged into my noggin, or 2) I stay up and listen to the entire album despite how tired I am, because I can't wait to hear where the artist will take me next. Yes my method is unorthodox at best, but it works. I can tell you the later scenario happened with Sade's newest offering, Soldier of Love. Sade explores the emotions I wanted to with a unique perspective, and a sound that isn't unexpected, but new and refreshing. Maturity, sensuality, growth, vulnerability, and raw emotion rule the album. I give it 5gs outta 5.

gFlix: Indiscreet & A Serious Man

Normally I like to get one new/newer release and an older movie. Most times my older movie choice is a Cary Grant movie or something from his era. I really enjoyed this movie, although it is billed a romantic comedy, I found it to be much more...a slice of life, adult love affairs and their complications, some tragedy...go with comedy in just the right spots. The comedy was the comedy you would find in everyday life, and nothing over the top, I appreciated that very much, as if the director trusted me. Of course Ingrid Bergman (possibly the most beautiful actress of all time) provided a fiery, passionate, and drop dead gorgeous presence and performance. Cary Grant was his usual smooth talking but slightly goofy and humble decent man. His character's decency is questioned in this movie, but that only allows for the movie to explore adult relationships. Despite the somewhat predictable ending, if you love love you will like this movie.
I give it 5 gs ond it outta 5.

I loved this movie 5 gs outta 5. I think most people would find it somewhat slow and tedious, but the everyday pace of life is perfectly mimicked. Judaism is a central theme, which I appreciated. I believe this movie explains Judaism very well. You may not find the answers you want, you may not find any answers at all, from this movie or Judaism. To me the most beautiful thing about Judaism, what I believe my faith centers around is that implores you to ask questions. The questions, the journey in your mind to answer those questions is where you find Adonai.
5 gs outta 5

Wednesday, February 03, 2010



To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
e e cummings

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
Charles Bukowski

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake


  1. Sinner Man - Peter Tosh
  2. Gone - Kanye West f. Cam'Ron
  3. Hook - Blues Traveler
  4. I Don't Know What To Tell You - Redrama
  5. 21st Century - RHCP
  6. Roses - Andre 3000
  7. Good To You - Talib Kweli
  8. Like A Prayer - Madonna
  9. Change On Me - Cynthia
  10. LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude - Justin Timberlake


(Like a Haiku, but syllables/line are 3-6-7...after my two favorite Steelers #36 Jerome Bettis and #7 Ben Roethlisberger)

Clump of snow
Fell from above and burst
Like Tinkerbell breaking wind.

Meathead Haiku
(syllables/line 2-5-0...because that's what he benches...duh)

I shake
The protein for my muscles.

Math Nerds Haiku

(syllables/line 3-1-4 as in Pi...3.14)

Showing your
is essential.