Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why do I want to see Country Strong?

First off, this movie looks bad. It's Gwyneth Paltrow as a country music super-star, which I know sounds awesome, but in fact is pretty terrible. It looks like Entourage ate Walk the Line, and shat out Country Strong.

And yet...

And yet I am still mystically and inexplicably drawn to this movie. Is it the catchy title? Is it the unbearable poppy sound of modern country?

I cannot begin to explain why this movie beckons me. Is it just that I see a movie ripe for ripping? The title IS catchy, and makes a great punchline. Perhaps I want it to be so bad it's good. I do not know.

It could be the result of marketing brilliance that I want to see this movie. Perhaps marketing has gotten so good that even a cinema-phile like myself could be drawn towards this steaming pile of hack. Or perhaps the fact that this movie is the end result of our culture's self destruction. That this film is a complete fabrication, built from played-out ideas from every hacky story ever told, perhaps it is a true distillation of our culture's degradation. Perhaps that is why I feel compelled to see it.

For me, this movie will probably end up being a bored Saturday afternoon Netflix streamer. Because, despite the wall of reasons not to see this movie, I feel obligated to give it my time, in some form or fashion.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Thought I'd dash off some thoughts before I go to group.

First, I'm spinning my wheels. No, take that back, spinning wheels requires motions. I'm sitting in the car and pretending it's moving.


I wanna be a rockstar. WTF is up with that. Ask me what I want to do with my life. My answer? Rockstar.

Do you have a band? No.

Have you written many songs? A couple.

Are you actively pursuing your ridiculous dream? Ah, no.

That's it for now. Play time is about to start. Keep trucking you miserable bastards.