I like movies.

Stanely Kubrick is a genius. For those of you who have already come to this conclusion: I’m sorry it took me so long. I guess I just wasn’t paying attention. For those of you not in the know: Stanely Kubrick is the main man behind such cinema classics as A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I watched today, for the first time. All hail Netflix.

My opinion: Greatest. Movie. Ever. First I was bewildered by the opening 5 minutes of a black screen accompanied by a booming, ominous symphony. Then the credits rolled. For the next 2/3 of the movie, I enjoyed finally seeing first hand all the scenes that have become part of the sci-fi lexicon. Then the final part of the movie literally blew my mind. I was criminally insane for a few moments, then my lunacy lessened and I was able to continue functioning at a low level of normalcy. I stumbled to my computer chair and searched for some kind of explanation on the Internet. Fortunately, as you would expect, there is a plethora of devotion to 2001 and I quickly found a good essay on the topic.

Now I think I will watch it again. Then I’m going to rent more Kubrick goodness. You are advised to do the same. Oh and if someone would buy me this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mandatory Update

Things I liked today.

  • The Animatrix, which featured 9 storylines far better than the one found in Reloaded.
  • Day of Defeat, which has replaced TFC as my Half-Life mod of choice.
  • Receiving the Big Lebowski shirt I ordered off eBay.

Things I didn’t like.

  • Raking leaves (this is a never-ending job) in the summer heat.
  • Having nothing to eat. I recall eating a banana at some point.

Picks of the Month

Artist of the Month: Benefit is without a doubt, the artist discovery of the month, probably the year, for me. I only heard a couple of his songs once and the next day had to buy his CD. It comes on a CD-R. He makes it with a mic and a soundcard. And it kicks ten times more ass than any other rap CD in existence. But if you’re an anti-rap type person, please don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Imagine beats like Jurassic 5 with lyrics like MC Frontalot. This isn’t irrelevant, un-relatable gangster rap, this is nerdcore hip hop. He has a song about freeing the music to the people via Napster, beating Super Mario Brothers, and what he’d do with a midget. Go check it out on your favorite peer to peer program, he probably wouldn’t mind. If you really like it, you can buy it on Indelibility.com.

Thanks to Chuck for introducing me to Benefit. He might kill me if I don’t say that.

DVD of the Month: Best in Show. I didn’t bother to see this when it came out in the theaters, because I thought it would be all about Dog Shows and it wouldn’t be funny. Turns out it’s all about Dog Show people and it’s hilarious! Everyone who hasn’t seen this, go rent it now. Everyone who has already seen it: well, you already know.