A psychology of my music listening; or, why I’m going to write a bunch of album reviews

In 1988, when I first started buying CDs, a new release at Musicland (almost my only option)  cost $17, or $37 in 2020 dollars*. Today, a new release on CD from Amazon costs about $12, or $5.50 in 1988 money**. In 1988, a CD single (the song you wanted plus a usually useless "b-side" and/or … Continue reading A psychology of my music listening; or, why I’m going to write a bunch of album reviews

Movie review: Manitou’s Shoe (Der Schuh des Manitu) (2001)

An Indian and his white blood brother seek a hidden treasure in order to buy their way out of trouble. Manitou's Shoe seeks to be to westerns what Airplane! was to disaster movies, but it ends up not even being what Spy Hard was to spy movies. The film's only redeeming feature, aside from maybe … Continue reading Movie review: Manitou’s Shoe (Der Schuh des Manitu) (2001)

Movie review: The Color out of Space (2019)

  The Gardners are a somewhat eccentric but likable American family who have left city life and moved out to a farm to raise alpacas (the animal of the future!). A meteor strikes their property, accompanied by an indescribable color. Strangeness commences. A gripping tale of the devolution of a close-knit family, made more horrifying because … Continue reading Movie review: The Color out of Space (2019)