Monday, May 03, 2010

Two big things

Have you seen Big Fan? It's directed and written by the guy who did the Wrestler. Definitely worth watching. The John Prine (a favorite) song at the end is quite apropos. Yes, the main dude in the movie is really obsessive, but who isn't? It's sports for one person, religion for the next, politics for the third. The movie shines a light on what society considers "successful" --or maybe it's just a movie about how much Philadelphia sports fans suck. If you have netflix, you can watch it on instant streaming.

I think I'm the first person to acquire a box set (it was a birthday present from the Ms.) in 10 years. It's the Big Star box set and it's pretty cool. Like many box sets, you gotta skip tracks but there are plenty of deep cut gems. Astra would have done (and probably did) an awesome version of Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos." I can't get enough of songs like "Thirteen," "Holocaust," "Feel," "The Ballad of El Goodo," "In the Street," etc. etc. The packaging, photos, and accompanying booklet with the cds look damn good. Give the band a listen if you haven't already done so.


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