September 2017

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (7/10)

An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I've read a couple of these books by comedians lately and the problem is that the inner voice in my head that is reading these books just doesn't have the comedic timing of a Jim Gaffigan.

Star Trek Beyond (5/10)

The destruction of this venerable brand continues in this latest reboot sequel. This is not the contemplative sci-fi of the original series. It's balls-out action all da way. As such, it's enjoyable trash but the chemistry of the original crew is gone and the plot is your basic "stop the doomsday device" trope. The use of a Beastie Boys song in the climax is the worst of the worst. Simon Pegg should be ashamed.

I Malamondo / La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero by Ennio Morricone (7/10)

Format: 
CD

I originally bought this dual soundtrack CD because I wanted the music from La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero. That soundtrack is great and I eventually got a better. more complete version of it. The highlights from that score are included here. The other score included, I Malamondo, has a decidedly lighter tone to it. At times it sounds like a sixties sitcom theme song or circus music. Not my favorite of the Maestro's work.

Macchie Solari by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

The title track of this giallo soundtrack is a fantastic piece of somber Morricone pop. The rest of the CD is typical creepy atmospherics with the occasional bass groove and breathless victim noises.