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


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