This weekend, I planted some green stuff. I have absolutely no experience with planting or potting but have been admiring all of the beautiful flowers that are sprouting up around the neighborhood. Flowers just put me in a happy mood. Does this mean I’m getting older? Either way, I wanted to share some of the flowers and shrubs I potted over the weekend.
I also found that playing in dirt was surprisingly stress-relieving. Getting back to nature feels so good. Am I right?
This little guy helped me out. His name is Wallace and yes, he’s for hire. 🙂
Have a good week!
Film: MUD Director: Jeff Nichols Viewed: 5.3.13
Jeff Nichols has directed impressive films such as “Take Shelter” (a personal fave) and “Shotgun Stories.” Nichols did not disappoint with his newest feature, “Mud.” The film is set in his home state of Arkansas and captures the true Midwestern culture. As a Midwest guy himself, Nichols is one of the few directors that truly understands rural America and is fully capable of expressing this through film. The movie stars Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland as the two adventurous young boys, Ellis and Neckbone. In addition, Matthew McConaughey stars as Mud, the elusive man stuck out on an island, and Reese Witherspoon as Juniper, the down and out love interest.
“A lot of junk comes down the river. Some of it can be worth of a lot of money after you clean it up, but a lot of it is just junk. You need to know what things aren’t worth keeping.”
The Stuffing: The two boys, Ellis and Neckbone, venture out on the river to an island in which they have discovered an old boat wedged in a tree. The boys claim the boat and decide to find a way to lower and fix it. They soon realize they are not alone on the island when Mud appears, ragged and dirty. He confesses to the boys that he is wanted for murdering an man who abused his love, Juniper. He later proposes to them that if they help him fix up the boat, he would in return give them his .45 pistol. In the midst of bringing supplies and food for Mud, Ellis is struggling to define and interrupt love when he observes his parents going through a potential divorce, his upper grade girlfriend rejects him, and he witnesses contradictions between Mud’s and Juniper’s stories. Tensions rise as a collective amount of actions progress: bounty hunters are on Mud’s heels, the boat moves closer to functionality, Juniper’s hesitance to commit heightens and Ellis’ continual unstable home life all drive the viewer to the edge of their seat.
The Overall: There is so much more to the movie than I can explain in a single paragraph. This film was well paced and full of impact. Jeff Nichols takes you on a sweet journey, one of which you would hear from your grandfather with an impressive resume. The story is one of adventures and romanticism and one that can only be best seen through a child’s view. Overall, I give the movie a 9 out of 10.
Band: MGMT Viewed: 4.30.13
I started listening to MGMT unwillingly in 2007/ 2008 when synth music was really coming back. I had made a secret promise to myself back then that Radiohead was the only acceptable band to use synth so heavily. I think this was a struggle for my old heart to never let the Beatles die out, which they won’t regardless. I thought MGMT sounded like senseless dance music, a fad of sorts. Because let’s face it, Electric Feel could have easily been foreshadowing to a disaster, e.g. Cobra Star Ship.
It wasn’t until 2010 when I started to realize and embrace their psychedelic musicality. I purchased Oracular Spectacular, and it did not disappoint. Not only are they inventive with moving melodies and lyrics, there is still an old rock ‘n roll soul in their music. If you listen to “Pieces of What” and don’t immediately think Mick Jagger, you need to seriously evaluate what you know about rock ‘n roll. They even reference The Rolling Stones in their second album Congratulations, Flash Delirium: “The hot dog’s getting cold, And you’ll never be as good as the Rolling Stones.”
This is why when we heard they were touring through Portland, ME, tickets were purchased IMMEDIATELY. The show was amazing. The sound was great and the momentum felt natural. With every familiar tune, my heart was a flutter anticipating memorized solos and riffs. They even premiered a few new tracks from their upcoming album. The only shock was that they didn’t play Kids! I’m pretty sure everyone was expecting it, especially during the encore. Still, not a deal breaker for me.
What I didn’t realize until being at the show is how old I’m becoming. Practically all the show goers were under 21. I know this because none of them wore wristbands. For some reason, this bothered me to know that more young adults weren’t in attendance. But I did remind myself, on more than one occasion, that the band members of MGMT are 30-ish and that I’m not crazy old for being there and enjoying myself immensely. All in all, I would highly recommend seeing them live! Also, here is a mediocre photo I took of them: