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June 2014 Notes

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Life Of A Mountain: Scafell Pike – This is a great documentary by Terry Abraham about Scafell Pike in England’s Lake District. There are beautiful shots of the mountain and coverage of walkers, nearby communities, local shepherds, mountain rescue… I loved the range this covered – really unique and passionate coverage of the area! Rating: 4 of 5

Doctor Who (series 4) – Watched Voyage of the Damned and first 3 episodes – this seems like something I should like but this is the second time that I have failed to get into the newer Doctor Who. Rating: 3 of 5

May 2014 Notes

In blog, magazine, music, photography, podcast, tv on June 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

Sidetracked – Personally I see very little on the web that really really blows me away – don’t get me wrong I often see interesting design paired with content I don’t really care about, photography that is amazing presented on a site that is fine but not exceptional or bursts of brilliance surrounded by content that is more of a shrug. Sidetracked on the other hand – wow, for me – personally – this is really it – I am impressed, jealous, amazed and inspired!!!!!! Rating: 5 of 5

Matthieu Gafsou – There is an astounding amount of imagery on the web – but finding great images that I connect with is tough. I was amazed by these photos – and then continued to be amazed at the number of work/assignments that I connected with. Rating: 5 of 5

The Selfish Giant (2013) – Not fast or uplifting film – set in Northern England this story follows two teenage friends who get into scrapping – beautiful bleak scenery, complicated real characters and plot details are well worth watching. Rating: 4 of 5

True Romance (1993) – I don’t think I ever saw this in the 90s, although certainly possible that I just don’t remember… There are interesting details here – the unexpected craziness of Christian Slater’s as he talks to an imaginary Elvis in the bathroom, the one scene appearances of a number of characters, the strange interaction between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken. Overall it just didn’t add up to more than the whole – a few interesting scenes and stacked with notable actors but… Rating: 2 of 5

Godzilla (2014) (in 3D!) – about what you would expect – a little longer maybe and thankfully lacking the classic comedic sidekick character. Rating: 2 of 5

nikki nack [Explicit] – Tune-Yards – The album W H O K I L L is a current massive favorite of mine and I occasionally play Bird-Brains. This album doesn’t live up to W H O K I L L for me – still an interesting listen no doubt, but not as interesting and exploratory. Rating: 3 of 5

Awake – Tycho – Reasonably often I find myself listening to certain instrumental Album Leaf tracks and this seemed interesting, I can see putting it on occasionally, but didn’t seem to have any stand out track that I craved more of. Rating: 3 of 5

Jerry Kobalenko, Eric Larsen, Fjellpulken, Acapulka – I don’t know why I came across these sites this month – I certainly have no Polar expedition ambitions, but I enjoyed photos and maybe even more the gear, certainly would not have know before this where to go for an expedition worthy pulk… Rating: 3 of 5

Nonhuman Rights Project – “The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.” I don’t feel like I have the legal knowledge/perspective to comment directly on this directly – but shouldn’t we seek to elevate the treatment of all living beings? Rating: 5 of 5

Hayduke Trail Hiking Resources Bundle – Download – Andrew Skurka – good to keep dreaming! Rating: 4 of 5

Leor Pantilat’s Adventures – I have had this blog in my reader for some time – but it wasn’t until I listened to an interview with Leor Pantilat on UltraRunnerPodcast that I looked back over the posts and information on this blog and thought about how often he is getting out for great adventures, not giant expeditions or famous repeats – but a more human scale exploration of the wilderness. Rating: 3 of 5 (Inspirational!)

An Idiot Abroad Seasons 1 and 2: A strange ‘reality-show’ comedy – in season 1 Karl travels to the 7 Wonders of the World, disliking most everything and often only participating in anything local when forced to by circumstance or the shows creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The thing is I don’t quite know why it’s so funny – is it inappropriate, stupid, honest, guilty pleasure… some strange mix? But it works. Season 2 is more of the same – still funny but not as good since, in a general sense, you know what will happen. Rating: 4 of 5 (For season one/the idea)

Carnivàle – After watching the 2 seasons that were made of this I was surprised that more did not get made – not perfect, but an interesting overall story line with many of the stories told without over-explaining what is happening (a few with more time than I think they needed) and a visual look that is still fresh today. Well worth watching even if the story arc stops a little short. Rating: 3 of 5

Dark Needles Loop – A great trip – “3 1/2 day, 110 mile backpacking route starting from the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, thru the very remote country of Beef Basin and Fable Valley, and down into the bottom of Dark Canyon. Then back again (can’t forget that part).” Part of my fascination with this is that there are surprisingly few outdoor companies talking about great trips like this that their staff/management is doing – quite a renaissance for Ultimate Directions after a number of lackluster (imho) years to emerge to emerge as perhaps the most authentic mainstream outdoor company of the year! Rating: 5 of 5

Q1+ 2014 Notes

In film, tv on May 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

This blog didn’t receive any attention in the first part of this year – two different projects absorbed my attention: HikeLemmon.com – this is a continuation/re-work of cmiles-outside.info which is a long term project to collect/produce hiking information about the Santa Catalina Mountains and programming projects at work. For whatever reason wanting to create has made me slightly impatient for reading longer works – this may be the least I have read in 4 months in years…

Life Is Sweet (1990) – A sort of family comedy set near London – certainly some entertaining moments but overall maybe just a period/place I couldn’t get into because I don’t know (not even really sure I had enough reference to really know what was funny/sad/being parodied etc…). Rating: 2 of 5

Mr. Nobody (2009) – A semi-science fiction tale with a fantastic shifting sense of reality – maybe didn’t quite come together into something I found special but did like this was different. Rating: 3 of 5

American Hustle (2013) – Wow – tons of hype and great ratings for this period con/crime piece. Some good details – nice performances, plot details I did not guess too quickly – but I just really didn’t care about these people – I think it might be a certain lack of connection to the period? Rating: 2 of 5

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – More Hunger Games! No better or worse than the others – kind of fun… Rating: 2 of 5

Chasing Ice (2012) – Ok, so I fell asleep on this one – there were some AMAZING pictures of glaciers calving and some pretty interesting details about setting up and filming these amazing and changing locations – but dozed off… Rating: 3 of 5

The Runner – David Horton setting a FKT on the PCT – some great perspectives and interviews, would have loved to see just a little more of the trail but what a challenge to film a journey like this. Rating: 3 of 5

Instructions Not Included (2013) – Mostly Father/Daughter/physical comedy with a few twists – ok… Rating: 2 of 5

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Moonrise Kingdom was unbelievable – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou wow – so I went into this with pretty high expectations – pretty quirky story but fell a little flat/short of expectations – maybe too strangely similiar to other films? Or maybe the cast was not quite as good? Well worth watching, but not my favorite Wes Anderson. Rating: 3 of 5

Enter the Void (2010) – a unique film following the person and spirit of a foreign drug dealer in Tokyo. The centerpiece here really has to be the unique style and visuals – I was truly entranced somewhere halfway thru – but I really could not hang on for the full duration of the film. Rating: 3 of 5

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) – Another film I fell asleep on… This follows the lives of a number of people and a number of trappers in the village of Bakhtia in the Siberian taiga. What I really loved was the scenery and the sense of isolation – as usual an interesting tale from Werner Herzog – even though I fell asleep it did sort of feel like there was another documentary here, maybe more about the wilderness/wildlife or… Rating: 3 of 5

Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Action… Rating: 1 of 5

Man of Steel (2013) – Wow, I think I appreciate the idea of making money on a commercial endeavor – but this was pretty disappointing for another revisit of the origin of Superman. Rating: 1 of 5

No Country for Old Men (2007) – An ultra-violent border lands story with action, strange characters and just a bit of introspection. The land in this film is not exactly the desert where I live but it feels familiar and the strangeness and violence seems somehow familiar. Rating: 4 of 5

The IT Crowd – Wow – this is awesomely funny!!!!!!!!! rating: 5 of 5

Game of Thrones (season 3) – Another season, I am sure I will watch the next also… Rating: 3 of 5

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