"I'm so lonely I don't want to be with myself anymore." - Dido, No Angel
No explanations about why I haven't posted in about a week, let's just get to it...
Finally saw The Inside Man.
Quik-stop review: Fun story (and, easily, the lightest fare Spike Lee has ever taken on), incredibly well-acted but maybe a little longer than it should've been. For a pot-boiler of a suspenseful story, there's not a whole lot going on. I like Spike's first attempt at a mystery, though. His visual cues and non-linear storytelling made parts of the ruse obvious without being obvious. The big twist, though, should've been sold a lot harder.
That said, I could watch Denzel Washington and Jodi Foster pretty much act in anything. I don't think Inside Man is even in the upper half of Spike Lee Joints (I think my current list of top Spike Movies goes something like
- Malcolm X
- 25th Hour
- Do The Right Thing
- Mo' Better Blues
- Get On The Bus
- Inside Man (maybe)
I'm almost done with Hokum. We're going to talk a lot about that.
I'm spending a whole lotta time writing at LAist again. The Immigration bug has me. There's a lot of interesting race stuff to talk about with this issue but I'm leaving it, for the most part, over there as it probably matters more to my LA audience.
I can't decide if Pharell and the Neptunes sound are tired yet. Him working with Velvet Revolver doesn't sway me either way. How many years has it been since LL won his lifetime achievement award from MTV? How long has it been since I've thought of him as an actor (and one I enjoy) more than a hip-hop cat?
web 2.0 joints of the day: eyespot and radio 2.0. Eyespot looks interesting but radio 2.0 won't be getting me off of last.fm any time soon.
Today in Africa: Maybe we should hold up on emulating South African government. Politicians are getting x'ed out the rough draft. Meanwhile, East Africans are doing what they can during the drought.