It’s been a week since my last update, eh?

Yes. It has. Everyone was cooking, eating turkey and watching football apparently. Oh, and the “eh?” in the title was a bit of foreshadowing because, if you haven’t heard, a Canadian band is touring the states right now.

The Trews are playing around the Southeastern U.S. at the moment, fresh off tours in Australia and the U.K.

This Wednesday, at The Nick in Birmingham, they are playing with my friends Rowe and Bearhead.

This Friday, at AlleyBAR in Montgomery, they are playing with Hail the Titans and the Poison Kitchen.

Both shows will be fun.

Other shows this week:

On Wednesday, Montgomery’s new all-ages venue, the Iceberg Lounge, is hosting Norma Jean as part of the Pizza Riot Tour. Other bands on this show include Oh Sleeper, Close Your Eyes, Stray From the Path, Lower Than Atlantis and Shadow Punch. 6 p.m. $15.

On Thursday, The Hotheads are making their hometown debut at The Tipping Point. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. They are a string band (banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin) made up of good people who play good music.

On Friday, the Iceberg Lounge, is holding a pop punk show featuring Hopes on Hold, Against All Odds, All You Need, A Time and a Place and more. That show starts at 6 and end at 10, which is when the AlleyBAR show starts, so feasibly, you could get about 7 hours of rock/punk/alternative/prog music of total listening enjoyment if you hit both shows.

Also on Friday, The Sneaky Hand from Atlanta is returning to Head on the Door. They put on a great show. 10 p.m. No cover. 21 and up.

So… since I was actually able to relax for a bit, I was finally able to catch up on a few movies.

I watched Red State by Kevin Smith. Yes, the same Kevin Smith who made Mallrats, Clerks and anything with Jay and Silent Bob. This was not his typical movie… at all. Imagine the crazies at Westboro Baptist Church crossed with a Waco-style arsenal on a secluded compound, and then add in John Goodman as an ATF agent and Michael Parks (the sheriff from Planet Terror, Death Proof and From Dusk Til Dawn) as the crazy preacher/leader. It was pretty good. Worth watching. There could have been a little more character development, but other than that, I would say it was nicely done and well-acted.

I also watched True Grit. To me, the best part was Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of Rooster Cogburn. The Coen Brothers are known for making great movies with interesting characters (Big Lebowski anyone?) and this one is good. The scenery and acting are both great, but for some reason – maybe it was the amount of praise or the multitude of great reviews and award nominations – I expected something else, something more. Or maybe it’s just that there are very few westerns that hold my attention (long live “Tombstone!”)

The highlight of the movies I watched recently, though, is definitely Machete. Yes, the Robert Rodriguez intentional B-movie that began as a trailer between the Grindhouse films. (And yes, I realize that I’m late to the game on watching this.) The fact that I enjoyed Machete over True Grit might cause some film snobs (not necessarily a bad thing… I’m kind of a beer snob, myself) to stop reading and just assume that I have no taste. But I think this movie did everything it was supposed to do – it entertained; it had over-the-top action like you would expect from this type of movie; and it lived up to the B-movie style it was going for. It’s a purposeful B-movie with an A-movie budget, which I think is a good thing. It’s only bad when it’s a B-movie (or worse) and the director still thinks he made a masterpiece.

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  1. Pingback: Updates, cancellations and sadness | josh carples

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