Your First Impressions of U2′s New Album

While I'm waiting until March 3 so I can have my little U2 album-unwrapping ritual, I'd love to hear from you. Now that there's a way to hear the album early legally and with the band's blessing, what do you think of it? (You did see this news about today's MySpace release, didn't you?) Here's David Fricke's 5-star review in Rolling Stone, for whatever that's worth. … [Read more...]

Oscar predictions… With a Twist

Here are a few of my Oscar predictions, just for the fun of it. Note: These guesses are almost completely divorced from what I think *should* win this year. I won't bother with a full line of predictions because, frankly, I really don't care. The Academy blew it so badly this year, I don't want to guarantee a couple of hours of disgruntled snarling on Sunday night. So we're having some folks over to watch WALL-E and Shotgun Stories. In fact, if you want to see a handful of films that I … [Read more...]