“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” is a great 1965 Byrds song written by Gene Clark. Tom Petty was one of the people who covered it.
Month: December 2021
Florida Governor DeSantis is missing in action during the latest Covid spike.
Covers: Jamaica Say You Will
Los Lobos recently covered this Jackson Browne song. The first version of “Jamaica Say You Will” was by the Byrds in 1971 while Browne’s own version was released in 1972.
Oklahoma’s proposed book ban
This is terrible.
The 10 best films I watched in 2021
I didn’t go to any theaters. I saw all of these on Blu-ray or Netflix. These are not all new films – they were new to me. I have posted separately on some of them.
- Beasts Clawing at Straws
- Candyman (2021)
- Giants and Toys
- Werewolves Within
- Massacre at Central High
- Gunpowder Milkshake
- Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes
- No Time to Die
- Beasts Clawing at Straws – This South Korean film is an extremely clever crime drama. The longer you watch, the more you understand how the characters fit together and why they’re chasing the bag of money at the center of the film.
- Sychronic – The most recent and best indie from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. It explores time travel. Time has been a focus for them before in their prior film The Endless.
- Candyman – I watched both the original Candyman (1992) and the new one this year. The new one is a worthy successor to the fine horror film. This Candyman, co-written by Jordan Peele, reminds me of his films Get Out and Us. They all function as horror films and explorations of America’s racist past and present.
- Giants and Toys – This 1958 Japanese film is a sharp satire on capitalism.
- Zappa – I saw him perform with the Mothers of Invention in 1969 and 1970. This film explores Zappa’s entire career with many interviews and rare footage of this great artist.
- Werewolves Within – Josh Rubens has made a film that is both a horror film and comedy. It’s a step forward from his fine debut Scare Me with a wider range of characters.
- Massace at Central High – This 1976 horror film is about how a new student stands up to high school bullies. Once they’re free of the bullies, the oppressed students (the nerd, the fat kid, etc,) show they are no better.
- Gunpowder Milkshake – This Netflix film was directed by Navot Papushado, the co-director of the Israeli film Big Bad Wolves. This one isn’t as good but there’s lots of action with not much depth.
- Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes – Another film that plays with time. This Japanese film explores what happens when you can see two minutes into the future. It’s funny and clearly got the most of its low budget.
- No Time to Die – I had only seen a few James Bond films before that last several months. Now I have seen 21 of the 25. They are great escapism for this pandemic era. You are taken to a different time and many exotic places. This is one of the better ones. Daniel Craig is my second favorite Bond (after Sean Connery).
Covers: Pancho and Lefty
The tweet about Emmylou Harris prompted me to write this post. “Pancho and Lefty” (1972) is a song by Townes Van Zandt. The cover by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (1983) is the best-known version.
Hamsters in the news
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Hamster Takes on Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi in Hot Dog Eating Contest
History of the Hula Hoop
A recent History Channel episode of Toys That Built America included the origins of the Hula Hoop. The Hula Hoop was very popular in my childhood. The film The Hudsucker Proxy is a fictional story of the invention of the hoop.
Watch the whole show here.
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (202) will appeal to anyone who liked OneCut of the Dead. This is another very low-budget Japanese film. It plays with the concept of what would happen if you could see two minutes into the future. It’s on Blu-ray and DVD from Terracotta. It’s very clever and funny and well worth seeing.