MySpace was the most popular site on the web (for US visitors) last week, with 43 times as much traffic as at this time in 2005. Last week they beat out Yahoo! mail, previously the most-visited site.
Hating MySpace is starting to be like hating the phone company–fun and right, but ultimately pointless.
I’ve seen hella movies the last week or so:
Nacho Libre — Much more hilarious than you thought. I know, I know–it looks like a kids movie. You’ve seen so many ads for it that the mere thought of Jack Black in spandex makes you physically ill. Still, if you liked Napoleon Dynamite, go see this movie.
Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Man’s Chest — as good as the first one. Hilarious. It’s got great special effects, a completely silly story, and Kiera Knightly, which should be enough for anybody.
Superman Returns — A good movie. Not a great movie, but certainly ten times better than you’d've guessed from the trailers. A wee tad too long. Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor is reason enough.
A Scanner Darkly — I can’t believe how many people have never heard of this movie. It’s about drugs and cops and crooks in the future. It’s got Keanu Reeves, Morton Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Rider playing paranoid “substance D” addicts; “substance D” is kind of like speed, kind of like acid, and kind of like dissociative disorder, and the the movie reflects all of that, and well. Supposedly it’s taken almost verbatim from the novel by Philip K. Dick, which I’ll own by tomorrow, and is semi-autobiographical in nature. Check out more at good ol’ Wikipedia
That doesn’t even count the movies I saw at home, which include Le Samourai, a 1967 French movie about a couple days in the life of a hitman. It’s a very beautiful, minimalist, nearly silent movie. It must have defined cool in a world where cool was still being defined. I’ve also watched enough anime to choke a horse (I’ve watched all of Black Cat, Trinity Blood, and Fate/Stay Night in the last week or two) and finished reading Madelaine Albright’s The Mighty and the Almighty, a book–from a former ambassador to the UN and U.S. secretary of state)–about the changing and emerging role of religion in politics, and how we can best harness, as a practical matter, the benefits of religion while trying to avoid the destructive aspects of religious conflict. It’s a great book.
Netflix says I’ve rated 456 movies. That means I need to get out more.
Is it wednesday?
I wish I had two dicks.