Pumpkin Seeds: Entertainment Edition
1. The Day After Tomorrow is a stereotypical NYC slam poem: good intentions; overt but shallow politics; a handful of clever moments. New York City flooded; an environment-hating, Dick Cheney-lookalike VP; and American refugees fleeing across the Mexican border are the main highlights of what is basically a special effects exhibition that borrows liberally from the same formula that birthed Independence Day, minus the semi-coherent script. Overall, a guilty pleasure. Hopefully they'll be able to add a disclaimer to the DVD that "no careers were harmed in the making of this motion picture" as I like Dennis Quaid and am rooting for Jake Gyllenhaal.
2. I have to wonder if environmental and political groups that have latched on to Tomorrow actually saw it before deciding to center an awareness campaign around it. It's kind of like dressing George W. Bush in a flight suit and landing him on an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego to declare Mission Accomplished...in Iraq!
3. The preview for I, Robot looks hot. The robots are the freakiest things since that alien stepped out into the alleyway in Signs.
4. White Chicks. Why Keenan? Why?
5. The WB's Superstar USA is just wrong. In a good way. I have newfound respect for Vitamin C. Rosa is my pick for the "winner," though I wouldn't be upset if JoJo beat her out. I just hope they do something for the decent-to-good singers they misled along the way.
6. I've seen Billy Hung and, Mario, you're no Billy Hung.
7. In NYC's battle of the free daily newspapers, amNEW YORK vs. Metro, it's not even close. Metro is 90% AP articles, and the original stuff is often poorly written and many times not even local! Also, their pseudo-hipster slant and purposeful lack of an official editorial position on anything is both boring and lazy. amNEW YORK is a quick, clean read with an obvious native feel throughout.
8. nycSLAMS is a collaborative webzine focused on New York City's spoken word poetry scene, featuring interviews, reviews and original poetry from the scene's best poets, venues and events.
9. That last one doesn't currently exist but it might by the fall. Interested?