April 2017

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (8/10)

This was my first cyberpunk novel (if you don't count getting stuck in Neuromancer on the IIgs). I thought it was pretty good but the middle of the book is bogged down explaining the main motivation of the bad guys via an overly long dive into Sumerian history and biblical references that would make John Galt complain about the length.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (8/10)

Another big book about risk from Taleb filled with math, anecdotes, history and Fat Tony. This time it's all in service of his idea of anti-fragility: systems that are improved by stress and disorder. Again, there's a lot in this book that is over my head but I found myself highlighting and picking up quite a bit. He would argue that reading (and re-reading) difficult books increases one's anti-fragility and makes you better. So there.

Senza Sapere Niente Di Lei by Ennio Morricone (7/10)

Format: 
CD

This is hardly the most memorable Morricone soundtrack. It's a bit repetitive and lacking in hooks, but it provides a decent bed of loungey background music if you don't want to be distracted by it while you work. 

L'Ultimo Uomo Di Sara by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

The opening title track is a dull, schmaltzy pop song, but once you're past that it ramps up into a tense, Morricone thriller vibe. Lot's of swooshy electronic noises that sound like someone's racing slot cars in the studio.

10 Cloverfield Lane (8/10)

A good premise that sorta spoils itself by being a pseudo sequel to Cloverfield. A least there is no shaky-cam.

The Neon Demon (5/10)

Although billed as a thriller, this is just art film garbage. I guess the point is to show of awful and cutthroat the world of high fashion modeling is? Meh. It's pretty and every frame is a visual treat but the wooden acting and dumb story keep this from being anything but mediocre.

Metti, Una Sera A Cena by Ennio Morricone (10/10)

Format: 
CD

I know I say this about every Morricone record I own, but seriously, this is one of his absolute best scores. Certainly it's the best of his late 60's easy listening pop soundtracks. There's just a great mix of styles that all work together from bossa nova, to lush orchestrations, to a trippy sitar track and, of course, Edda Dell'Orso.

Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto by Ennio Morricone (10/10)

Format: 
CD

In my mind, this ranks up there with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as one of Morricone's most memorable scores. It has that Italian crime feel, but the arrangements are filled with unexpected sounds like banjo, mouth harp and wood fish. All this underscores the fantastical premise upon which the film is based. The CD includes several versions of the same songs which make it feel a little more repetitive than it actually is.