SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

Last Call, Pt. 29

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Jan 23, 2008

Slusho

Oh, Cloverfield. I'd been looking forward to this movie ever since I saw the trailer last summer. But when I finally got the chance to see it, I had to walk out 20 minutes in. What can I say? The film made me feel ill. Er, literally, I mean.

Yes, apparently shooting an entire monster invasion film from the perspective of a random observer's hand-cam is not just pioneering new levels of immersion... it's also making massive strides in the field of nausea! I've never gotten sick at a movie before, but then again, I've never watched 20 minutes of non-stop shaky cam on a giant screen in a dark room. It was a learning experience!

Now most people, mind you, are not having any problem getting through the film. After all, not everyone is susceptible to this kind of thing! But still, while I was sitting outside waiting for the movie to end, I saw a good 10 or 15 other sick-looking people leave that same theater early. So if you have the same problem when you see it, remember... you are not alone. And as for me... I guess I'll just do my best to dodge spoilers until the DVD release!

Sam Logan


Jan 21, 2008

Pushing boundaries

Have you seen Kate Beaton's 20 comics about history and culture? If not, prepare to learn something... like how Canada was transformed from boresville to party country.

Disclaimer: some of these comics may be somewhat impenetrable to the historically disinclined. But hey, anything that might spur you to learn more about Marcel Duchamp has to be good!

Sam Logan


Jan 18, 2008

Ag ag ag ag ag

You know, the more I listen to Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga the more I like it. And that's no small feat, considering how many times I've heard it by now. It's still in my regular rotation, months and months after it's release -- I don't think I've listened to a single album so much for so long since I was a junior high student. And back then, I had a much longer attention span (and a total CD library that could fit in a 10 sleeve wallet).

Long-time readers will remember that I used to pick out my ten favourite albums of the year every January. I stopped because I'm indecisive, and it just got to painful to make the hard choices. But still... best album of 2007? Why yes, I think it was!

Sam Logan