QUICK MOVIE REVIEW FOR A MOVIE THAT I CAN’T ACTUALLY REVIEW FOR FEAR OF RUINING THE MOVIE:
I saw Cabin in the Woods with my oldest daughter today. What a great movie–we both loved it even though we’re not fans of horror movies. I do recommend that if you’re going to see it, see it sooner than later because the less you know about the movie, the more you’ll enjoy it. It’s a unique mix of horror, humor, and sci-fi, and if you’ve loved any of Joss Whedon’s previous work (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, etc), you will recognize and enjoy the well-written dialogue.
April 29, 2012
2+ mile walk to commemorate Red Sox victory #10 of 2012
- Behind Closed Doors–Joe Diffie
- Behind Closed Doors–Rise Against
- Behind the Rain–Herb Albert
- Behind the Sea–Panic at the Disco
- Behind the Wall–Tracy Chapman
- Behind the Wall of Sleep–The Smithereens
- Behind the Wall of Sleep–The Smithereens
- Behind the Wheel–Depeche Mode
- Behind these Hazel Eyes–Kelly Clarkson
- Beige Sunshine–The Dead Milkmen
- Bein’ Green–Andrew Bird
- Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite–The Beatles
- Being from Jersey Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry–Cobra Starship
- Belfast Child–Simple Minds
My love of compilations and the Dixie Chicks led me to borrow from the library Tribute to Tradition, a collection of classic country songs as performed by modern artists. I have always enjoyed the Charlie Rich song “Behind Closed Doors” as I feel it’s a precursor to raps today that talk about how their woman is such a freak when the lights go out. As enjoyable as it would have been to hear Rise Against cover the song as well, their’s is a completely different song. The Herb Albert song is another instrumental piece from his Rise album.
I didn’t give Panic! at the Disco much of a listen when they first entered my house as I (wrongly) assumed they weren’t someone I’d enjoy. However, hearing more of their music, like today’s song “Behind the Sea” makes me realize how much their music is influenced by the Beatles and how that makes for entertaining songs. As up as it got me, Tracy Chapman brought me down with “Behind the Wall”, a mournful ballad about the tragic end of a domestic abuse situation in her apartment building that the police would not interfere with.
Chapman may have been talking about any wall in the title of her song, but the Smithereens decided to further specify things in “Behind the Wall of Sleep” a great rocking track that I was more than happy to hear twice. Depeche Mode is a band that owning a greatest hits collection would be more than enough, although I don’t know if they’ve yet to release a single comprehensive album like that as the hits collection I own is only for the years 1986-1998. Just a few days after getting one of her big hits “Because of You”, Kelly Clarkson returns with another, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”. Looking her up on the ‘net, it’s easy to forget that she’s had a consistent and impressive career with 10 top 10 hits.
The Dead Milkmen track is the opening number from their Metaphysical Graffiti album (a title that still makes me laugh every time I say it or see it). I think the title “Bein’ Green” is misleading as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green” would make it more identifiable to listeners, although pithy is not always bad, it’s sometimes fun to have a longer and more twisting title, like the next track “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”, which sounds more like a Victorian-era novel than a Beatles song. Not to be outdone, Cobra Starship makes an even longer and more involved title before Simple Minds goes back to the “brevity is the soul of wit” school.
3.49 miles on the elliptical machine at the gym
- Belgium Polka–Bowling for Soup
- Believe–Breaking Benjamin
- Believe Me Natalie–The Killers
- Believe–The All-American Rejects
- Bell Bottom Blues–Eric Clapton
- Bell Boy–The Who
- Bell Jar–The Bangles
- Bella Notte–Glee Cast
- Bella Notte—Los Lobos
- Bella’s Lullaby–Carter Burwell
- Bells are Ringing–They Might Be Giants
- Beloved–The Working Title
- Beloved Wife–Natalie Merchant
I think Bowling for Soup joins Weird Al as the only current artists that perform polkas, although the Soupsters are rank amateurs compared to Al, as they have one and he does one per album. Three different songs named “Believe” and all were done by bands my kids love, including Breaking Benjamin, Yellowcard, and the All-American Rejects. (Technical note than no one probably cares about, but the AAR version of “Believe” is listed after the Killers “Believe Me Natalie” because for some reason when I imported all the songs from the All-American Rejects album When the World Comes Down, they end in the parenthetical (wtwcd), so the song in iTunes reads “Believe (wtwcd)”. I don’t get it either.
Just a day or two after mentioning that I enjoyed the Blues-y power of an Eric Clapton song (“Before You Accuse Me”), I get a specific blues anthem from the man, although the title is a painful reminder of one of the many poor fashion choices I suffered as a child. Why did anyone think those flared-out pants were a good idea? The Who song is a rare release from the band that features Keith Moon as the singer, and the Bangles song is another one from the Everything album that is still in rotation for me.
I got all excited when I realized the next song was going to be “Bella Notte”, forgetting that I had to hear the Glee version before I got to the Los Lobos cover of it. Nowadays, if you mention Bella, most kids are going to think of the protagonist of the Twilight series, and the next song is from the score of the first movie, a piece that plays throughout it. (yes, yes, I saw the Twilight film…ok, even worse, I saw it in theaters…ok, ok even worse, I saw it at midnight with my daughter. (She needed someone to go with her. Luckily I didn’t feel creepy at all. It’s not like I was the oldest guy in the theater by more than a decade or anything!)
I got to close the day out with songs by three favorite artists (They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., and Natalie Merchant with the oft-repeated caveat on the latter that I prefer her 10,000 Manics work). I also heard “Beloved”, a song that wasn’t inspired by the Toni Morrison novel, but was a part of the American Wedding soundtrack, although I’ve heard many say that the two share a number of underlying themes.