Come to my (i)Pod #1

Anyone get the reference? Gold Star if you do. I’m going to try to make this a weekly feature. When you see that title, the post is going to be a list of the things that I’m really into this week. It may be only albums, it may be everything I saw this week, but its going to be a snapshot of whats playing on my iPod/TV/brain. Without further ado, here we go:

Albums
“Hurley” by Weezer
“Pinkerton” by Weezer
“A Thousand Suns” by Linkin Park
“Business Casual” by Chromeo
“Brother’s Blood” by Kevin Devine

Movies:
The Town
Let The Right One In

Comics:
Batman: Streets Of Gotham
Batman and Robin
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern
Brightest Day
Justice League: Generation Lost

Favorites: of all the albums I’ve been rocking this week, the one I’ve been surprised by is “A Thousand Suns”. I’m an old school Weezer fan (title hint) and I love Hurley, but “A Thousand Suns” takes the cake. Back in my younger, less mellow years I was a vocal detractor of Linkin Park. Why might you ask? Great question. By all rights I should have loved them, and in fact did like some of their songs when i would hear them on the radio, but would tell myself I didn’t. Again, why? No idea. Fact of the matter is, this album is awesome from start to finish. It is a concept piece, designed to flow together as one. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. Recommended for headphone use, and make sure you can listen to it without gaps between the tracks. It makes a huge difference.

As far as movies go, I LOVED The Town and Let The Right One In. I’m a Ben Affleck fan, and he shot a right hook to the haters with this movie. He stars, screenwrites, and directs this flick, and he delivers on all fronts. Could be my fave flick of the year so far. Let The Right One In was wonderful as well. I’m a big sci-fi/fantasy fan and I love action and suspense as much as the next guy, but this was a fantasy film that didn’t really need that much action. It is more about the relationship between two 12 year olds that really need each other. The english language remake Let Me In is coming out soon, and even though it looks like they played up the gore more than the original, I’m still amped to see their take on it.

For comics, as you can probably tell, I’m primarily a DC fan. GL is my jamb, and these series just cannot disappoint. I’ve listened to a bunch of comics podcasts and read a lot about people’s views on Grant Morrison’s run of Batman. Reviews seem to be mixed, but I for one am a HUGE fan. I don’t think he is a God who can do no wrong, but I really feel he’s mining the essence of what it is to be Batman, why there will always be a Batman, and why we will always love Batman. You should really go all the way back to the start and read everything involved with his epic, as a lot of the books can’t be fully appreciated out of context. If this seems like too daunting of a task (it’s a whole lot), start with his run of Batman and Robin. Quality from beginning to current, when all of the setup starts to pay off. Also in GenLost, LOVE the Kingdom Come tie-in. Max Lord is a BAMF.

Well that’s about it! What are you excited about?

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