Thursday night I went to see a couple movies with my friend Nathan, who so generously uses his theatre worker privileges to get us into free showings.
Star Wars: Ep. 3 surprised me by actually living up to the original trilogy and having less terrible lines than I expected; I left satisfied because, even though it wasn’t an amazing film, I had my admittedly moderate expectations surpassed. The action was as tight as any of Lucas’ work, but the dialogue was most often mediocre, though good for such a film. Even the watered down Buddhism that Yoda and other Jedi spoke was amusing.
After that we watched Crash, which I knew nothing about before hand. It’s a film dealing with racism in L.A. through various perspectives with characters tied together though coincidences. It’s gritty, touching and powerful. I must say I was blown away buy the overall quality of this film; acting, cinematography, plot and dialogue were all incredibly well crafted. I would not at all be surprised if this receives nods for many awards.
After looking all over for the new Collective Soul EP, From The Ground Up, I was able to find it and was rewarded with an incredible accoustic recording with some of the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen. The disc has high production quality and brings new life to some of the band’s finest songs. You can’t miss the crisp guitar work or Ed Roland’s distinct voice on the standouts “Youth,” “She Said” and “December.” This band was long my favourite and never fail to release wonderful albums, so be sure to give this new release a listen (There’s a reason it has gotten no less than 4 stars on Amazon and overwhelmingly often gets 5).