Anders Bergstrom's blog on Words, Films, and Music

Friday, November 11, 2005

There have been numerous "Top 5" lists making the blog rounds lately. Most of these have been things "people don't get", and while I could probably make a list of much more than 5 things that confuse the hell outta me, I'm going to try to be positive and make a list of 5 Things That I Really Appreciate At The Moment.

1) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - I watched the film for probably the fifth time last night with my mom, who hadn't seen it before. I was again moved by it, and how I both emotionally and intellectually respond to the film, and to appreciate the fantastic piece of art it is. I love the imagery in this picture below.

2) "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode - I love this song. I don't know what else to say about it. It's so good.

3) Gingerbread Lattes at Starbucks
™ - I was walking downtown today, on a beautiful sunny afternoon here in Victoria. My mom and I had returned from walking down by the water, and we both felt like grabbing a drink. Since I moved to Victoria, I haven't been as much of a Starbucks junkie as I used to be (having maybe had one coffee from there, since there is so much other good coffee here). However, Starbucks has their Christmas drinks out already, and I couldn't resist the Gingerbread Latte. It reminds me of Christmas. And though there is no snow on the ground here (and not likely to be), it's clear Christmas is soon upon us.

4) Scary-Go Round - This is currently one of my favourite webcomics. It's not as immediately hilarious as some, but it's unique (British) sense of humour and strong storytelling makes it great. I also favour John Allison's move from creating his art on Adobe Illustrator, to good old hand drawn work. I think his characters look better hand drawn.

5) Infinite Crisis - This DC comicbook miniseries is the real deal. It's been a blast to read the first two issues, and it reminds me of what I love about DC comics and superheroes in the first place. Geoff Johns knows and loves the mythology he's been granted to work with. It's a joy to read. There's been more worthwhile material in the first two issues of this series than in all of Marvel's much vaunted House of M (which was alright, but didn't need to be 8 issues long to hold 3 issues of content).

Well, I can't resist putting one negative thing on here (everyone else was allowed to). How about the fact that I have such a horrid short term memory? I do. This entire post wasn't what I had originally intended to post tonight, but I couldn't remember all the wonderful insights I had this afternoon (must carry notebook at all times!).


Luke said...

I also rewatched eternal sunshine, now for at least the seventh time. I was also moved by it's brilliance. I got into an argyment with a guy on ymdb about why the movie was good. It didn't really go anywhere, but i defended it till the end.
oddly enough I also had a gingerbread latte recently, here how the experience broke down.

the positive- it's was 6:00am dark, and cold. I ran down the block to the warm glow comming from starbucks. i order my coffee and got into a conversation with the girl about how I actually did like getting up early. Upon reciving my coffee i went back out into the cold. I took a sip, que the instantanious memory retrevial. The extreme warmth of the coffee contrasting with the chill in my limps reminded me of kissing an ex-girlfriend on a cold winter nigiht. I was silled with a warm fuzzy feeling as i rembered the good times.

The negitive- The ginerbread latte tases too much like instant coffee..You now how you put the powder in and you can taste the cheapness? yeah thats what it tasted like. Too cheap, too sweet.

I suppose this could be a metaphor for that relationship...but then again it is just coffee

Derek Turner said...

I think I've got to go for a third watching soon. Or is it fourth? And although I do believe that "Personal Jesus" is a brilliant song, though I prefer the version by Johnny Cash.

Derek out.

Adam said...

Hey, I saw your post on my blog.

I should have thought of a more positive Top 5, haha! While I was about to, I thought it would be a better idea for me to let out some of the "bad blood". But there's always next time, I guess.