In film on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm
I have no idea when I first heard a Tribe Called Quest (official site) – but it was the early 2000s before I really ‘found’ them and started listening. I would not call myself a devotee – casual fan is probably the best description – but even as a casual fan I was excited when I came across a documentary about the group produced by Michael Rapaport. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest combines early footage, interviews with the Tribe and a huge number of artists to give a brief history of the group, a glimpse into the time/scene/place that they occupied and some insight into their personal challenges and the struggles within the group.
There were times when the film seemed a little slow to me – but overall there was so much great material that was new and interesting (for me anyway) that it really didn’t matter…
Rating: 4 of 5
First Watch Date: December 2011
Official Website – Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
In books on January 15, 2012 at 11:36 am
I am sad to say that the first time I saw Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear (official site) on Amazon I skipped over it because of the rating – in retrospect a somewhat sad reminder to myself about the value of ratings… Thankfully on the Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature blog I came across a review of Hull Zero Three that immediately made me add it to my reading list!
To describe the setting – a star ship hundreds of years into a colonization mission – or the plot – awakening without memory in the depths of a mysterious ship – might be a good teaser for the book, but the real reason to read the book is the main character’s dilemma/puzzle/problem of who he is. Awakening without a complete memory is really the least of his problems – who are you if you were thrust out into space hundreds of years ago, engineered/created many times over by a star ship and given incomplete memories that you never lived? Quite an interesting question I think…
Part of me wanted the book to be longer to allow for the characters to develop and adventure more – but I appreciate that the length allows for quite a few ideas without endless rumination, perhaps the better choice.
Rating: 4 of 5
First Read Date: November 2011
Hull Zero Three