I’m not terrible familiar with Kurt Vile, outside of the fact that that is indeed his real name, and that he hails from my hometown of Philadelphia. His style of music usually isn’t quite up my alley, but his song Was All Talk caught my attention while at a bar several months ago, and I’ve loved it ever since.
The nonstop driving drumbeat (reminds me somewhat of Back on the Train by Phish) and semi-repetitive nature of the pretty guitar riff make it a very easy song to listen to… I can turn my brain off and zone out and just kind of soak it in. You wouldn’t immediately think that this is a good drinking song, but I actually love throwing this on the more drunk I get. Really lets you turn your brain off.
I’m taking a break from my normal recommends to recommend a friend. You don’t know her. You’ll probably never know her. In all likelyhood, you probably don’t deserve to know her. But she’s pretty great.
In roughly one more year, Candice will break one of those personal records that is a huge mile marker indeed: I will have known her for longer than I haven’t. We met during freshman year of college. On my second day there, I wandered the mostly empty floors of my dorm, looking for anyone else who had arrived to college early, like me. Eventually, I happened upon a group of girls sitting in the hallway, and invited myself to join them. They were spectacularly cool, and that chance encounter ended up setting up several lifelong friendships. Who would’ve thought? Certainly not Young Skkra. That kid didn’t know much, looking back.
I could list a lot characteristics about Candice. She is generous, and honest, and can be caring at the same time that she’s busting your balls, and a hundred other delightful things. She’s also incredibly reliable, which is something I seriously admire in people – particularly since it’s one of my most lacking personality traits. I can’t even begin to recount the number of times she has taken care of me when I’ve needed it… she’s definitely been my guardian angel on many occasions where I’ve been unable (for god knows what reason) to take care of myself, or act in my own best interests. My festival driving partner for years on end; the couch I always know I can crash on; the friend who picked me up in the middle of the night when I was pulled over and detained for no reason by a cop on a power trip.
That’s right, damn it. George from Seinfeld is one of the greatest characters of all time, and certainly my favorite character on the show (though Elaine is an extremely close second, as far as the main cast goes).
Jason Alexander actually has a lot of range that he rarely gets credit for, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. As far as his work on Seinfeld, the guy steals every scene he’s in. I live half of my life with George quotes, and they’re always my favorites from the show.
George is such a great character that he also gets all of the most fun storylines. The one where he dissociate eating and sex? Or when he wants to be a marine biologist? The human fund donation? When he stops having sex and becomes super intelligent? The summer of George? When he does the opposite of every instinct he has?
I can just keep going and going, and the episodes are flooding into my brain faster than I can even type. Now I just want to go have a George-a-thon.
LOST is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Hell, I’ve often said that it is my favorite show of all time. Pound for pound – and again, like The X-Files, despite a somewhat disappointing ending – the show’s characters and sci-fi plot are just so good that I can’t help but love it. And while the show is literally full of amazing characters, it’s hard for me not to love Sawyer.
Of all of the characters on the show, his depth and evolution throughout is right at the top. He starts out as this brooding, antisocial psychopath, but is a selfless leader and hero by the time the show ends. It doesn’t feel forced, or contrived, either. The writing is good enough to carry it, and Josh Halloway’s acting is great enough to make you believe it.
Speaking of which, Halloway may have some of the most intense facial expressions I’ve ever seen from an actor. When the guy looks angry, the scowl he has is so vicious, you’d think the director just killed everyone he ever cared about right in front of him to get that performance.
I’ve been watching a lot of older TV shows lately, and I figured I’d like to talk about some of my favorite characters.
I was absolutely obsessed with The X-Files when I was growing up, and Fox Mulder seemed like the most badass character ever. Duchovny’s understated acting and eternally calm delivery are perfect… it’s hard to imagine anyone else being able to handle that role. All of the little details, from the I Want To Believe poster on his office wall to the pencils always hanging from the ceiling are absolutely brilliant. That fact that he’s sometimes watching pornography while casually talking on the phone with people is also hilarious.
While I feel like the original run of the show didn’t quite have the ending I was hoping for – hell, Mulder was more or less nonexistent for the last few seasons – it doesn’t take anything away from the character overall. The first few seasons of the show were a masterpiece. As I’m rewatching, all I can think is that Duchovny somehow managed to make a paranoid, conspiracy theorist government agent seem like the coolest guy on TV.