Today’s song of the day happens to be a worship song that we sang at church this morning. It was in swahili, and the main line goes something like this: Yesu ni wangu, wa uzizi wa milele. Something like that. Also, my other song of the day is “Freestyle” by good ‘ol P.O.D.
Well, over the past couple of days I’ve been able to do some cool stuff and see two great films. One of which outshines the other by a billion gigawatts. On Thurs. night, I joined the ranks of Justin and Michael (and now also Dr.) Edwards in seeing City of God. Also, I’ve now seen the critically-acclaimed, and ten-times Oscar nominated Gangs of New York.
Let me begin by saying that all that Justin said about City of God is true. And let me end then by saying, ’nuff said. If I had to compare it to anything, I might say that it’s kind of like a cross between Snatch and Amores Perros, except set in Rio De Jinero in the ’60s-’70s. And much, much bloodier and more disturbing, and also, interestingly enough, much much more humorous.
Gangs was less-impressive (I saw it Fri. night), especially after just seeing the aforementioned film above. But I still enjoyed this film immensely. It had a freaking awesome cast, which surprised me by including, besides Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson. I thoroughly HATED Cameron Diaz in the movie, and also all of the scenes with naked people. It sucks that good films have to be tainted by that sort of jazz. I can actually appreciate a thing like that if it’s represented tastefully and artistically, and not in a gratuitous way. I mean this in the sense of how God intended it. Anyhow, I’m going to stop talking about that right now.
I just got back from seeing Vinegar Tom at BGSU, and came away with a sense of sadness, upset resignation and feeling that I was made to waste a good $5 just to fulfill a class requirement. It was too femenist, too cynical and sarcastic to really make me happy. As a matter of fact, I don’t think the play was meant to make me happy. Alright. Done with that.