This week I watched this movie, and thought it was very nice. It’s about an immigrant who gets stranded at JFK, because there is a civil war going on in his home country and he can’t get a new valid passport. Just like in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks plays a very easy to like character. From the first scenes on, you love the guy and you only wish him the best ;). Though he acts a little ‘too stupid’ at first, but I guess we just have to assume that’s because he doesn’t understand the language, and has no clue what is going on. Needless to say Catherina Zeta Jones looks lovely and the support cast is really good too, like Chi McBride (Boston Public). Like all ‘feel good’ movies this one ends happily though with a twist. It even gets a 7.0 at IMDB. Go and rent/ buy it if you can.
Ever since I got a U2 special edition Ipod in december, I have been checking out various podcasts and was seriously questioning what all the hoopla was about. I do like the slashdot podcast, but it’s not much different than browsing the slashdot site. The Reel Review podcast really adds to the site’s content. It’s like a really good radio show, though with one big difference, YOU decide when you want to listen to it. It features reviews of classic (and not so classic) movies. So in case you’re interested in that kinda thing make sure to check it. The new edition has a review on Wim Wender’s Paris Texas, which made me want to order the DVD right away ;). Shows you how much love for movies goes into this podcast. Really looking forward to the Apocalypse Now cinephile series.
When I noticed that this movie was available, being a big Johnny Depp fan, I had to get it right away. Already read some good reviews and it’s rated a whopping 8.3 at IMDB ! And I must say, even though the expectations were high it certainly didn’t disappoint me. Depp does a very fine acting job, even uses a mild, though believable scottish accent. Kate Winslet is fine as well, and even Dustin Hoffman has a small part.
The movie is about the author of Peter Pan, around the time he wrote that play. His previous play had flopped and his marriage was going bad. Then he met the widow (Winslet) in the park with her children. They become closer and closer, and being a big kid himself (I am sure just about every man has heard that at least once in his life) he gets along very well with the children. I won’t tell you the rest, just watch it for yourself, but it’s not all happy (luckily). The 25 empty seats was a very nice touch, it certainly surprised me :). Go and see it when you can. One of the best ones of 2004. And it’ll definately be one of the best DVD releases of 2005.
Yesterday I received a package from Amazon.com, it contained the Johnny Cash 5 cd set (+ wonderful booklet) Unearthed and a book on Cash called The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash.
Have listened to 2 of the 5 discs and read the last few chapters of the book. Am definately planning on reading the whole thing though, really like the writing style of the few chapters I read so far. The cd’s are wonderful ! I can’t believe the 2 Neil Young song (Pocahontas and Heart of Gold) never made it onto any of the American Recordings discs. There is definately a contrast between the stuff he recorded before June, his wife died and stuff he did there after. Didn’t know it was possible, but his voice sounds even darker.
You definately don’t have to be a Country fan to enjoy this stuff. Just check out any of the 4 american recordings discs, I am sure you won’t be able to put it down once you listen to them. After reading and listening to him last night I decided to put a nice photo of him, I had no room for here at home, in the office at work. He’s now sitting right next Marlon Brando and Jerry Garcia behind my PC :).
There is a good article here on CNN that tells his story quite well. It’s the obituary they posted after his death in ’03.
Great times for fans of guitarist / singer Warren Haynes ! Over at the bit torrent site of etree.org, there are now several shows up for grabs. A few different sources captured the New Years show Gov’t Mule did. Am listening to that one right now, and it’s spectacular. Very fat guitar sound and excellent bass. Have never listened much to this band, but I certainly will now. Also over at the etree site is the Xmas jam he organised on dec. 18th. This jam is a great opportunity to get to hear some lesser known acts and bands and WH’s acoustic sets are always a pleasure to hear. I just ordered his Live At Bonnaroo CD. His version of U2’s One is worth the price alone.
Also a lot of other jam bands and Dead (related) material at Etree.org. Make sure to check it out in case you’re interested. And when you’re new to all this stuff (flac torrent etc), read the tutorials and faqs on the site. They’re very helpful.
UPDATE:Warren’s Jam from 2-2-2005 can now be downloaded using bit torrent from bt.etree.org.
Phil Lesh DSBD downloads
Phil Lesh has decided to release digital soundboard recordings of the show, he and his friends did on dec. 17th,18th and 19th 2004 ! I just noticed when I checked alt.binaries.gdead usenet group. I am very much looking forward to listening to these shows. Already got the 19th audience recording that opens with a wonderful Box Of Rain. Will probably mp3 them to put them on my iPod and listen to them before I fall asleep at night ;). For more info on the setlists and Phil’s future endeavours, check out The Philzone.
Virtual Private Server
Was reading the forums at Webhostingtalk.com the other day to read about dedicated internet servers. Though I am not poor, they’re a little too expensive for just messing about. What i didn’t know was that there is a sort of poor man’s dedicated server, calles vps, which stands for virtual private server. Basically it’s kinda like Virtual PC or VMware where you host one OS on another. I checked out some providers and decided to go with TekTonic. So far I really like it. It’s been fun shaping the server. I choose Fedora Core 2 as the OS since I was already a little familiar with that. Have set up secure pop3 and imap, postfix/procmail for email, icecast to stream Dylan mp3’s, ftp services etc.. Still have to install some kind of content management system, webmail etc. Have learned a lot already so far. The server can be found at wickedmessenger.net named after the Dylan song from the album John Wesley Harding.
I had never seen a Screener in my life, though a week or so ago, I was asked whether I wanted to write a review on my site for this new documentary DVD for my Dylan site. So last week I got my first screener ! I wrote the review last sunday, I thought it turned out pretty good. The dylan site is at http://www.bob-dylan.tk. The link was also on a big Dylan site, expectingrain.com today, so I got quite a few hits today. Unfortunaly for some part of the day the server that hosted the site had some sort of problem, and the site looked really weird, without the menus on the side and all the images were gone :(. Luckily a note to their helpdesk fixed the problem pretty quickly…