I spent time at the newish social networking site GetGlue.com this month, liking things left and right. I also wrote comments/blurbs on some of my favorite books, movies, and music, and I thought some of you may be interested in reading them. I've pasted a few examples below.
I wonder if any author cherishes his imaginative world more than J.R.R. Tolkien loved Middle Earth. The Silmarillion is more plodding than Tolkien's more popular works, but it is for good reason - it entails the creation of a world and the destruction of its greatest evil. To chronicle all of this, The Silmarillion sometimes reads more like a history book than a work a fiction. But after taking in the key events that shaped early Middle Earth -- such as witnessing Fingolfin's desperate battle against the colossal Morgoth -- it's easy to say The Silmarillion is worth the price of immersion.
The Fly is an exception to the rule that Hollywood remakes are shallow cash grabs. Jeff Goldblum's transformation from man to grotesque insect is truly a disturbing sight to behold. Like the novel Frankenstein, The Fly examines the effects of man testing the limits of science and nature, with the result being inevitable human tragedy. Science fiction, in print and film, does not get much better than this.
Pinkerton is the voice of that geeky, bespectacled kid from your high school who spent his time after school (and after chess practice) playing D&D in his parents' basement. He never spoke up in class, but it turns out his favorite hobby was shredding guitar. Fast forward a couple of years and that same kid is a rock star on stage, wailing his laments of a life full of hedonistic but loveless sex. Apparently he also has quite an infatuation with Japanese girls. This kid is weird, he's loud, but his music is oddly appealing. No, scratch that: his music kicks ass. He's opened up a Pandora's box of rock and you're ready to party with his inner demons.