Wednesday, December 30, 2009

They Do it & Do it again

Once again I am completely impressed with what this band has been able to create in a community with this song. Think what you will of their music or attitude, (believe me I definitely think they have gone cheese-bomb) but this is one thing music can do that no other art can. This is a great example of the power of music, (even if you're not a fan). Okay they had some help by technology and video too ;-) First the incredible Canadian LipDub now this. Check it out, original air date 10/13/09.

Happy New Year.

Here's the LipDub Version. Just as impressive & completely different

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Up in the Air - Ashman movie Review

Clooney Up in the Air

Sugar Coating.

After watching Up in the Air on the eve of a Christmas where there are more people out of work than in any point in my lifetime it becomes abundantly clear that Jason Reitman has lived a life of privilege and nepotism that hasn't lead him to deal with real suffering. In what's being labeled as the movie of "our time", he puts the protagonist (George Clooney) as a job terminator who's real job is not to care. Sounds good on paper but when the people who suffer so much just equate to window dressing to make us feel something for the rich guy my appreciation for the film evaporates up in the air.

Not that there aren't things to like in this film. The performances by the two female leads Vera Farmiga & Anna Kendrick are stellar. It's such a nice change to see more than one female do damage in a film that centers on the male ego. There's some fun dialogue, cameos and jokes but this is largely a film to go see to feel safe from the cold external world we live in. I know there is a lot of praise for Clooney in this film, and he is undeniably good. But for me it's a little too much like Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler last yer; a good performance of someone essentially playing themselves. As much as I like Clooney as a Hollywood activist, director, with awesome comic work, I'm still waiting for the role that really moves me. My favorite performance of his to this date is Out of Sight. Until then he remains a great, handsome guy who has his heart in the right place.

In the end I don't feel this movie will age well because it's not really about much. Well-to-do white company man goes through some life examination and changes, a little. I feel it's a little insulting to America's newly unemployed, especially the nearly 50% in Detroit. Sorry Reitman, but you need to deliver something more than a gingerbread man to make a meaningful film. What the critics promised was a rich original recipe, what we got was just a plain old Hollywood sugar coating.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Do the Green Thing: Buy Nothing

by Bonnie Alter, London on 12.21.09
(re-post from

For those of you in the last throes of Christmas shopping, here's the answer to what you could get the remaining few on your list, and it is available on Amazon, oops, As the description says, buy Nothing: it's "Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, incredibly durable, fits into your briefcase and co-ordinates with everything in your wardrobe."

It was created by Green Thing, a not-for-profit public service and a clever website that inspires people to lead a greener life. It's goal is inspiring green action.They use good design, quirkiness and ingenuity to encourage people to get involved in green initiatives in 7 different areas.

Glove Love is another one of their projects. It's a glove story: as they say "no one needs a single glove, everybody needs some glove love."

They rescue single gloves, clean them, make a new pair, sew in a classy label and sell them for £5. They might look mismatched, but it's rather charming -- and ecofriendly.

Who are they? They are a hip group of English internet and media people whose mission "is to get as many people in as many countries as possible to do the Green Thing to prevent climate change and then use that people power to persuade government and business to do the Green Thing too."

Last January they launched paper airplanes, drawn by famous artists, to protest the expansion of the Heathrow Airport.

They are targeting people who are interested in the green movement but who "don't get turned on by the tree-hugging thing (Ooops!), the guilt thing, the scientific thing or the world-is-at-an-end thing. Green Thing is a simple thing, a fun thing, a creative thing and a community thing. It's for anyone who wants to lead a greener life but hasn't found a way."

The site focuses on 7 areas: walk the walk, stay grounded, all consuming, easy on the meat, human heat, plug out and stick with what you got. Each topic has some brief written information and a clever YouTube. Ninjin - The Way Of The Vegetable Assassin is the short film for eating less meat and it encourages people to eat seasonally by assassinating iceberg lettuce and out of season corn on the cob.

Definitely a site worth watching.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas blues, reds, greens & whites.

I think Christmas was invented by pre-Scientologists to make people miserable. But it's fun for the kids though.