Tripp Review: Detroit

The standoff at the Algiers hotel is as tense as anything in The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty; the team of Boal & Bigelow knows how to ratchet up the tension (and how to get the best performances out of Anthony Mackie). That said, the scenes before and after the cops control the motel just seem to drag. First I thought I wouldn’t like it, then I loved it, then I was wondering how long until it’s over. Shave ten minutes off each end, and this would be a great movie.

Rating:
three and a half stars

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In True Love with Charlotte Hatherley

Here’s a taste of my favorite albums of 2017. True Love, by Charlotte Hatherley, is definitely at the top of my list. Some may know Hatherley as the former guitarist of Ash. Currently, she plays guitar for Birdy.

On the side, Hatherley has created a lush, gem of an album. And I can’t get enough of it! Here’s “A Sign” from True Love. You can learn about the inspiration behind the song here.

Stay tuned to this blog for more of my top albums of 2017!

Tripp Review: A Sound of Thunder

I had convinced myself that this was direct-to-video fare, possibly part of the After Dark line, but no; apparently, this saw actual theatrical release. Wow. It’s not very good, at all. I mean, it would have been a top-notch SyFy Original, but… That’s Ben Kingsley there. Oh well, I guess losing your director, star, and 60% of your budget will do that.

Then again, you do have a character claim to be a physicist and then in the same sentence completely misinterpret the Heisenberg principle, so you can’t blame that on production woes.

Rating:
one and half stars

WANT: Superflex Body Suit

I’ve got this wacky thing called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III: Hypermobility. It’s like a superpower, yet it’s not. I shoulda been a contortionist. When I was in college and things got tough, I would actually say, “I should drop out and become a contortionist.”

The upside is that I’m very flexible. The downside is that I’m very flexible. Things pop out and “sublux” quite often. Usually, it’s not that big of a deal. Except for when my hip pops out. I scream bloody murder when that happens. Thankfully, it’s only happened a handful of times.

For me, the worst part is stairs. My poor knees make this disgusting, crunchy sound and they often decide to stop working entirely. My other nemesis is gallons of juice, milk, etc. Whenever I pick those up, my shoulder and wrist dislocate.

My salvation has been my Hurrycane, various braces, Kinesio Tape®, and physical therapy. But I really want this Superflex Body Suit! Granted, it won’t add all of my joints, but it’s a start.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, William Hurt, and Isabelle Huppert all in the same flick. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her suffers from a weak and hackneyed plot.

I really wanted to like Eleanor Rigby: Her because it’s one of three films that tell the same story. Its companions are The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Cool concept, right?

There were some great scenes featuring Chastain/Davis and Chastain/Hurt, but otherwise, I was bored. I found myself paying more attention to Chastain’s swell wardrobe and fantastic hair cut. [She was making me miss my red hair!]

Maybe I’ll enjoy The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him more? Maybe I would have liked Her if McAvoy had his Scottish accent? Or at least an English one? Alas, alack.

SPOILER ALERT!

I recently re-watched The Accidental Tourist, starting Hurt and Geena Davis. I saw it at least a couple of times when I was a kid and became emotionally attached to the score by John Williams. I even learned some of it by ear and would play it on the piano. Anyhow, I digress. Back on track now!

While watching Eleanor Rigby: Her, I thought it was interesting to see Hurt playing the grieving grandfather rather than the grieving father. And then I thought, “I wish I was watching The Accidental Tourist instead!”

END SPOILER

Verdict: Watch the first season of The Affair and The Accidental Tourist instead. Though I might soldier through Eleanor Rigby: Him because I quite like that McAvoy chap.

Watch Me Read from Sex Crims

I just got last week’s comics earlier today (a Tuesday!) because I’ve been pretty ill. Instead of picking up the latest issue of Sex Criminals at my Local Comic Book Shop, I was in the ER with The Worst Migraine Ever. Upside: my bestie, Sarah, got a slew of crocheting done while she watched me sleep in the ER.

Finally, I’m about to read issue #16 of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals! While I do that, you can watch me read from Sex Criminals.

That video was recorded in 2015 by Catherine Monroy as part of her article “Talk Nerdy to Me.” Catherine interviewed me for Zephyr, which is published by the New England High School Journalism Collaborative. She also took this fab picture of me:

And hey! I recommend reading Sex Criminals.* It’s not what it sounds like it is. Well, there is sex. And sometimes when certain people have sex, they commit crimes. But the sex ain’t the crime. This is a comic book about relationships, libraries, thieving banks, and … sex.

*NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN. FOR MATURE READERS ONLY.