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Best version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah?

I have three ver­sions of Leonard Cohen’s Hal­lelu­jah in my iTunes library. The first is, of course, the orig­i­nal by Leonard Cohen. The ver­sion I have is off of one of his great­est hits albums, The Essen­tial Leonard Cohen, and includes a cho­rus, his usu­al lugubri­ous deliv­ery, and a some­what sev­en­ties-ish elec­tric ban­jo sound. Now, […]

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I read Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine

Unlike the last book I read, this one took me about twen­­ty-four hours to read. Yeah, it’s fluff, at best. But it was fun fluff. Book’s about a woman who is part of a world­wide secret soci­ety of folks who con­trol the weath­er. Or rather, they try to con­trol it. She gets in some trou­ble, […]

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I finally finished Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

I start­ed read­ing this book just after Christ­mas, and did not man­age to fin­ish it until last week. My moth­er gave it to me, say­ing she’d thought of me through­out, or at least at the begin­ning, when Pi talks about the Pondicher­ry Zoo quite a bit. You see, one of my for­mer lives was going […]

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Calendar Girls

It took us two nights, we were so sleepy, but we did man­age to watch Cal­en­dar Girls this week­end. It was pret­ty cute, though I have a soft spot for British film (or Amer­i­can film with British accents, I guess). There’s a lot of ama­teur T’ai Chi in it, and I kept think­ing that our […]

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love actually

This was the per­fect movie for the mood we’ve been in late­ly. Too much dra­ma on TV, too many shows about bad things hap­pen­ing to lit­tle chil­dren, not enough light­heart­ed feel-good stuff. There are no good sit­coms any­more. Any­way, love actu­al­ly was delight­ful­ly British, touch­ing, and sig­nals the fur­ther reha­bil­i­ta­tion of Hugh Grant in my […]

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Fantasimania

Since her per­for­mance on Wednes­day, Fan­tasi­a’s ren­di­tion of Sum­mer­time has got­ten a lot of notice. Three blog­gers I fre­quent admit­ted that they watch Amer­i­can Idol by way of prais­ing her. Now I’m look­ing for a video ver­sion of her per­for­mance. We’ll see if the Inter­net deliv­ers.

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Give that girl a contract [updated]

First off, yes, I watch Amer­i­can Idol and like it. It is the quin­tes­sen­tial guilty plea­sure. But enough about me. Last night, one of the con­tes­tants, Fan­ta­sia Bar­ri­no, sang Gersh­win’s Sum­mer­time and it was amaz­ing. After the show (after watch­ing her sing it twice, thanks to the won­ders of TiVo) we went down­stairs and lis­tened […]

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Under the Tuscan Sun

A sur­pris­ing­ly delight­ful movie, Under the Tus­can Sun. I’ve had a thing for Diane Lane since see­ing her in Jack, on some air­plane trip. But then I saw half of her crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed per­for­mance in Unfaith­ful and could­n’t real­ly stand her. Not sure why. And it turned me off of her. I kept think­ing that […]

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Something’s Gotta Give

We rent­ed Some­thing’s Got­ta Give a cou­ple of weeks back, with very low expec­ta­tions. For some rea­son, all through Oscar Sea­son, nei­ther Tiffany nor I could get up the inter­est to watch it. Anoth­er Jack show. Diane Keaton nev­er has rung my bell. Aman­da Peet real­ly does­n’t do any­thing for me. Sure, lots of folks […]