Staff picks, volume 14
Monday, July 02, 2012 - 10:14 AM
The staff of OTM choose a few of our favorite things. Please, please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Bob Garfield: While I like the idea of reducing my carbon footprint, this week I'd like give a shoutout to electricity. Electricity is fantastic for powering light bulbs, refrigerators, computers and home recording studios. I'd like to get me some of that electricity for my own home. True, I'd probably squander some of it on television and air conditioning, but it would be super great to have current to charge my cell phone.
Funny how you don't really appreciate something till it's gone. So out of kilter am I in the absence of electrical power that I've even been toying with slogans so that others won't make the mistake I have by taking it for granted.
Here are a couple possibilities:
All power to the outlets!
Got electricity? I sure don't.
Hey, who turned out the lights? Seriously, turn on the fuckin' lights.
Electricity! Useful for running stuff.
Let the planet die a little sooner. I'm sweltering.
Chris Neary: Here’s a great profile of Bob Nastanovich. Nastanovich was a member of Pavement (a well respected, somewhat popular indie band) and The Silver Jews (a well respected, somewhat less popular indie band). Fun fact: He’s also owned, raced and bred racehorses.
Alex Goldman: There is an incredible risk to making a documentary that the filmmaker may simply not capture anything interesting. This risk is amplified if the documentary is an attempt to uncover some kind of mystery. A good example of a documentary that fails to capture anything compelling is the 200 documentary Jandek on Corwood, which ends up revealing precisely nothing about the enigmatic musician Jandek.
But sometimes, the planets align, and a movie that explores a mystery can be a great success. This weekend I watched Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. The movie follows three guys who are trying to figure out who is behind hundreds of tiles that can be found throughout the world that include some variation of the following message:
in movie 2001
on planet Jupiter
To say anything else about this movie would be to spoil it. But it's on Netflix instant. So go watch it.
PJ Vogt: You know that movie Once? It's a modern day musical, set in Ireland, about two struggling musicians who fall in gentle, unconsummated love and make music together. It came out a few years ago to wide acclaim, and it's been getting attention recently because a musical based on it just came out.
Anyway, I saw it this weekend on the recommendation of a bunch of friends. My staff pick is my favorite part of the movie, which is the five to ten minutes where I fell asleep. Oh man. I really did not enjoy this. Maybe it's that I didn't like the songs? Maybe it's that the star, Glen Hansard, seems like the kind of guy who would have an eyebrow ring (the most damning criticism I can give a person). I don't know. Just avoid this, unless you are a fan of sleeping, or treacle.
Katya Rogers: [Editor's note - Kat deliberately chose to do an image only staff pick today.]