For Your Consideration: Quick Hits Edition #1

I have reviewed a bunch of eateries in the area and I still have a few coming down the pipe, but this morning I am going to start a new review series. I will quickly recommend movies, music, podcasts, food, television shows, etc. So, I will stop with the explaining and just go with it.

Film: The Escapist(2008)

Irish filmmaking has yet to take over the world but if Rupert Wyatt keeps it up maybe it will. The Rise Of The Planet of The Apes director made one of the best prison break movies that nobody has ever seen. The Escapist stars Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper and Sue Jorge as prisoner in an almost surreal english prison. Cox plays a weary convict who finds out about a family emergency, his guilt causes him to plan a prison break, while Damian Lewis plays an ultra creepy organized crime figure and ruler of the prisoners trying to stop Cox.

Music: Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again

If you like 70’s soul music, reggae, or just great music you will love Michael Kiwanuka. Home Again touches all bases of soul music. The opening track, ‘Tell me a Tale’, throws you into a rich Sly and The Family Stone aesthetic which in the following tracks almost maps out a who’s who. You can hear the influence of Earth, Wind and Fire, The Stylistics, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers. If you want to chill out with your significant other with a bottle of wine, Kiwanuka will create a great mood.

Podcasts: You Made It Weird w/ Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes is the voice of The E-trade baby, his is also pretty much universally known as the nicest guy in stand-up comedy. You Made It Weird broaches subjects like comedy, religion, sex and relationships. And of course he does his best to make things weird and uncomfortable for his guests. It’s available on iTunes. A few great episode to start with are, Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Greg Proops, Paul F. Tompkins, Chelsea Peretti, Alec Sulkin and Neal Brennan.

Television: Sons of Anarchy

September 11th marks the start of the new season of Sons Of Anarchy. There is some other thing that happened on 9/11 but the writing at the end of last season of SOA may have been more egregious. Why do I continue to watch this show? It’s for new ways that writers can write themselves into impossible corners and then use insane ways to get themselves out. It’s not a good show, but I can’t stop watching. I recommend you start.


So there it is…stuff you should check out. So….go check it out.