Friday, May 31, 2013

MST3K Friday: Are You Happy in Your Work?

This song is from the episode "I Accuse My Parents".  It's an exact re-enactment of a scene from the movie. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Point and Shoot by, Duane Swierczynski

I can stop you.

Charlie Hardie is back and he's pissed.  Point & Shoot is the end (?) of Duane Swierczynski's Charlie Hardie trilogy (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone).  After Hardie's escape from a super secret prison in Hell & Gone, he made a deal with the Accident People/Secret America:  he spends a year in space guarding their most precious secret and his family gets to live.  Nine months into his space exile, something goes awry.  Someone docks with his capsule and forces it to crash land in the ocean off of California.  Hardie must then race across the country to save his wife and son in suburban Philadelphia before the Accident People find out what's happened.

A lot of the characters from the first two books come back for their swan songs.  It put a smile on my face to see Mann, Deke Clark, and the Kindreds causing mayhem on the page.  As with any Swierczy book, it's a white-knuckled thrill ride from page 1.  When I first cracked the book, I didn't put it down for another 72 pages.

Two things that bugged me were Mann's ultimate fate (I don't want to go into more detail because of spoilers) and that Swierczynski gave an explanation of Hardie's ability to never get killed.

I put a question mark when talking about this as the end of the trilogy because, like the two proceeding books, the last chapter throws the reader for a loop and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Overall, the Hardie series is well worth your dollar and is highly recommended.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Song of the Week: All Things Must Pass

This is the demo version of the song released as part of The Beatles Anthology.  I always liked it better than the official version.

Friday, May 24, 2013

MST3K Friday: Century 21 Calling

"These monorail designers have a one track mind."
"So I guess Seattle is Epoct Center?"

Monday, May 20, 2013

Song of the Week: Temptation

"Temptation" is a Tom Waits cover by Diana Krall from her underrated album The Girl in the Other Room.  Recorded in 2004, Girl features many songs Krall co-wrote with her husband Elvis Costello.  The album is definitely worth seeking out.

Friday, May 17, 2013

MST3K Friday: Robot Rumpus

This has long been my favorite MST3K short.

"One of my classmates died in the kiln today, Mother."
"Pokey left a big surprise in your begonias."
"Hey you can throw things through Dad. I'm gonna get an anvil."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Grandfather's Son by, Clarence Thomas

"Only the person who takes the voyage can really talk about it." -William F. Buckley, Jr.

Clarence Thomas's life is what we used to call an American Success Story. My Grandfather's Son details is life from being born in rural poverty to becoming an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Thomas was abandoned by his father and, at age 9, was shipped off by his mother to be raised by her parents. After the dual assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy in 1968, young Clarence's life fractured. He dropped out of the seminary, turned his back on religion, and embraced the Angry Black Man (tm) persona popular with college-aged African Americans in the early 1970's. These decisions caused a rift between him and his grandfather that was never repaired. He spent the next part of his career fighting for civil rights and to get better opportunities for minorities in America, but what he saw pushed him back to the political right instead of further to the left. Thomas discusses with much candor subjects like the dissolving of his first marriage, his alcohol abuse, and the rift between him and his grandfather that they both tried to repair shortly before his grandfather's death. He discusses with equal joy the love he obviously feels for his second wife, his return to the Christian faith, and the gratitude he feels toward his grandparents for raising him right. 

In keeping with the tradition of secrecy about the Supreme Court, the book ends with Thomas being sworn in by Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the silent prayer Thomas spoke before his first conference with his fellow justices.

My Grandfather's Son would be a good, inspiring read even if it wasn't written by a justice of the Supreme Court.

Friday, May 10, 2013

MST3K Friday: Selling Wizard

"Ben & Jerry before Woodstock."
"What's this, frozen cotton?"
"Every cabinet is designed with your needs in mind." "But I need a stove!"

Monday, May 6, 2013

Song of the Week: The Downeaster "Alexa"

May 9th is Billy Joel's birthday, so we celebrate with this week's song of the week.  This track comes from Billy's 1989 album Storm Front, and has always been one of my favorite tunes.

Friday, May 3, 2013

MST3K Friday: General Hospital 3

"Can you folks break it up? Your party's depressing everyone in the building."
"Life getting you down?  Headache pain? Try Booze."
"The truth is I'm in love with a small Mexican man."