Shine on, you coiny diamond.

I know this is a weird thing with which to get preoccupied, but little mysteries drive me nuts.

What is the deal with this worn nickel?  Why does it sparkle the way it does?  Is it the work of an oblique prankster?  A faulty counterfeiter?  A chemical agent?  A sparkly vampire?

Occam’s razor suggests that it’s just a thin, undetectable acrylic paint or something.  But I swear doesn’t feel painted; it feels like an ordinary nickel.  And what kind of prank is that, anyway?  Who sits around painting nickels?  And why?

 

 

A few quick words on “Fractured” (2019)

“Fractured” (2019) is essentially a “Twilight Zone” episode presented as a feature-length film.  Like many movies of this type, it would be better suited to a 40-minute television script; it takes too long here to reach its denouement.  It suffers just a little because of that.

That isn’t to say it’s a bad film — it was pretty well executed, despite its unnecessary length, and the final minutes had me squirming.  It certainly held my interest, and I’d rate it a 7 out of 10.

Brad Anderson’s directing was quite good — this is a well visualized psychological horror film that capably builds tension with its unsettling angles and strange lighting.  Sam Worthington does very well in his lead role as a man who has his family admitted to a hospital emergency room, only to see them vanish altogether.  He’s upstaged just a bit by two actors in small supporting roles — the priceless Stephen Tobolowsky and the superb Adjoa Andoh as doctors at the mysterious hospital.

 

fractured-netflix-review

Scorpio Static’s new album “Utopia” is goddam terrific.

I’m enormously proud tonight of my old friend and Mary Washington College alumnus, Jason Buckland — a.k.a. Scorpio Static.  His new trance/electronica album, “Utopia,” dropped worldwide yesterday and it’s damned good stuff.

“Utopia” reminds me of the progressive and alternative dance music that I danced to as a student in the 1990’s.  (Jason was the actually the guy who introduced me to it as a kid — jamming to Erasure and New Order in the dorms of MWC and in the clubs in Washington, D.C. )

“Utopia” is fast paced and trippy, and I enjoy it even more than Scorpio Static’s 2011 album Tranceformation.  This time out, my favorite track is probably a toss-up between “Genesis” (Track 3) and “Journey to Heaven” (Track 6).  If you’re a writery-type like me, you might find it makes good work music.

You can find “Utopia” right here at Scorpio Static’s Pandora station and also over at ReverbNation.  Or, if you want to download it directly, you can find it here at CD Baby Music Store.

Check it out!

 

scorpiostatic2

Nurse Your Favorite Heresies in Whispers

%d bloggers like this: