HAPPINESS IN DIGITAL, CINEMATIC SLAVERY

Nice title, no? I’m on a big NiN streak these days on the iPhone. Ghosts and Year Zero are taking up some serious space these days, along with this guy, this girl and this show (Yes, this is super nerd Greg talking).

Of course, the title has a double meaning of sorts: this summer’s looking, well, pretty amazing in terms of movies. I saw Watchman on Saturday and it was tremendous (if a little bit disappointing, since I’m a fan of the novel), and there were a whole bunch of previews that pretty much solidified my entry into Nerd Paradise this summer. I will be spending a considerable amount of time in theatres this summer (unlike last summer, which, aside from Indiana Jones and The Dark Knight, was a real lame-o summer movie-wise… God, Get Smart was honestly considered a box office hit? Jeez).

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* Terminator: Salvation. I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of the Terminator series. Aside from the very mediocre effort that was Terminator 3, the series has been a huge part of my love of sci-fi. So now comes what looks like the Best Terminator Film Ever. I saw the trailer and I think I will — nay, I definitely will — be there opening night.

* Star Trek. J.J. Abrams had best get this right. It looks like, so far, he has. The trailers look… awesome. I don’t think my heart could take another Nemesis-esque effort. I love Star Trek, okay? Speaking of love — check out what San Francisco looks like in the new film! Damn! (Aside: Family Guy has all the cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation showing up in two weeks. *grins*)

* Inglourious Basterds. Not sci-fi, but come on: Quentin Tarantino giving World War II his distinct treatment? You better believe I’m there on opening day.

There’s more films I’m dying to see — Bruno, X-Men Origins: Wolverine — but those are the three must, must-sees.

Alright, so enough of that movie stuff.

* SXSW is in full swing down in Austin this week. Julia Allison, Kevin Rose, and every other member of the digerati are there. You have no idea how far I’d go to have attended this if I was a) going for free, and b) had no prior considerations. Other than that, I’d totally be there.

* Esquire has a list out in their new issue (the upside: Katy Perry looks real purty in it. The downside: it has a big feature on Ben Affleck) of the top 50 songs every man should be listening to. There’s some real gems in that list.

THE 21ST CENTURY BEGINS… NOW?

It’s been a few days since I last posted on here, but needless to say it’s been a bit busy as of late.

Before I write about my main topic of interest – the new issue of Esquire – I have to post this poster for Seth Rogen’s new movie Zack and Miri Make A Porno.

See, the moralistic nutjobs at the MPAA decided the old poster of Zack and Miri – which features a barely-there shot of Seth Rogen getting a blow job – was way, way too much for the sensitive child-people of America. So here’s what the cheeky, witty folks behind Kevin Smith’s upcoming ode to amateur pornography did as an alternative:

I love you Seth. I love you Kevin. I love the View Askew.

Anyway, onto the business at hand…

Yesterday I got my new edition of Esquire – it’s the 75th anniversary issue and it’s truly epic in size and scope. The main theme of the issue is, as the august periodical proudly and confidently claims, that the 21st century begins right now.

Sure, it may be a few months still before the next President of the U.S. is elected and a real, clean break with the horrors of the past eight years is finally wrought. Maybe that’s when the 21st century truly begins, who knows.

In any event, Esquire neatly lays out some of the finest journalism I’ve seen in quite sometime with this issue: there are profiles of the 75 most influential people of this coming century, some you know (Barack Obama, Al Gore, et al) and some you’ve never heard of but glad you know of now (Rory Stewart, et al). There’s also articles on Google’s influence, filmmaker P.T. Anderson, new technologies being introduced to help immobilized folks re-gain control over their senses and movements, and a kind of Lessons Learned piece about the Bush Administration. It’s monolithic and truly overwhelming to take in with one sitting, but I can’t recommend the new issue of Esquire enough.

MAD MEN: Wow – I’m really starting to get revved up over where this season is going. Holy crap Don, how does it feel to have Betty go on the attack now? And really, next week looks like the inevitable showdown between Peter and Peggy is finally here. Oh it’s getting very, very good now.

THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

It’s been kind of a tough day. Our cat Riley ran outside last night and we can’t find him today. We’re hoping he’ll find his way back. Already have flyers up, food outside for him. It’s raining now, so hopefully he’s got the sense to make his way back before he gets soaked.

Anyway, here’s a link to a piece in the Observer about interns working at a newspaper that has to be considered a canary in the coalmine-esque piece about the state of print journalism. It’s not optimistic at all, I’ll say that.

One can only hope print media can eventually make the turnaround. Esquire’s got a very cool concept coming for its September issue – an e-ink, interactive, battery-powered cover that will last for 90 days on a single power source. Pretty interesting stuff, can’t wait to see it.