Monday, August 31, 2009

Weekend In Pop

So, at last, the Weekend In Pop returns. I know you've all been anxiously waiting for it.
There were really no new movies I wanted to see in theatres, but I did catch up on a John Hughes oldie at home: "Pretty in Pink" with Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McArthy, James Spader playing a great high school preppie jerk, and Harry Dean Stanton as Molly's out of work, but well-meaning Dad. And was that Andrew Dice Clay as a bouncer?? Wow. Great cast and sweet story (but weird opening song). I'd never seen the movie before, and was quite impressed. Teen angst at its finest.
On television, "Monk" had a nice surprise for me. They shot scenes at the hotel I visited in L.A. back in June, the Hyatt Regency Plaza. It was kind of weird to see from that perspective. A good episode.
Also watched "Eureka," "Defying Gravity," and "Mad Men," which had two or three "cringe" moments. Especially when that slimy Pete Campbell and his wife were dancing at Roger's party. Pete kept looking up at his boss like some sort of trained animal begging for approval. Pathetic. Don't get me wrong, it was a fine performance totally in keeping with the character. Another great scene--things got ice cold when Roger's new wife, Jane (a former secretary), bumped into Joan at the office. Yikes. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out this week on AMC.
Last, but certainly not least, I picked up an old "Calvin and Hobbes" collection and reread some of my favorite comics. Those are awesome! There's a new documentary about Calvin's now retired creator, Bill Watterson. You can check out a preview and find more information by clicking here.
Looking forward to seeing Mike Judge's new movie "Extract" this weekend!

Escaping Together

This isn't your father's country music. I was lucky enough to attend the Keith Urban & Sugarland "Escape Together World Tour" Saturday night at the Sommet Center in Nashville. The house was packed and the stage was set for a rockin' night in the Music City. Sugarland opened the concert with their voice-powered song "Love." Jennifer Nettles' has one of the most recognizable voices in country music today. The expectations are always high when a popular band or group (especially country) plays in a Nashville venue. Keith and Sugarland had played in Knoxville the night before, so I expected to see some fatigue in their show...guess not! It had been 5 years since Jennifer and Kristian last played in Nashville. They recently added Brandon Bush, who played keyboard in the band Train. Sugarland isn't an opening act band. Normally, bands are jumping for the chance to open up for them, so I didn't view their set as an opening act and trust me, it wasn't. They exceeded my expectations. Their set included R.E.M's "Nightswimming" and Michael Jackson's "Rock With Me." Jennifer can sing anything she wants, and it was nice to see them implement different genres into their performance. They even covered "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves as their final encore. There's no doubt that the highlight of their show was "Stay." Using only one spotlight and an acoustic guitar, Jennifer's words brought the house down. There's just something special about turning the lights and the techno down for a few mintues and letting your voice and lyrics do the talking. Sugarland wrapped with a standing ovation by the crowd and the stage was set for Keith Urban.

Some people only think that Keith Urban is just a sidekick to Nicole Kidman who happens to have a few country songs...if they only knew! KEITH CAN PLAY. From the opening guitar riffs in "Hit The Ground Runnin'" to the sweet touch of "Tonight I Wanna Cry," Keith can do it all with a guitar. I've always heard that he can play, but have never seen it in person until now. Realize, this is coming from someone who sees Keith Richards and Joe Walsh as my "Guitar Heroes." Keith used at least 10 different guitars and played the "hello" out of all of them. There's plenty of ways to judge a concert. Crowd reaction and interaction is another key factor for me. During the middle of one of his hits, he ventures through the crowd to the back of the arena on a small box stage. There he finishes his song and plays a couple more from the "Stage B." The audience erupts as he opens "Making Memories Of Us" on the box stage with just one spotlight and an acoustic guitar. There's not many people that can bring 20 thousand on their feet by just using an acoustic guitar and vocals. "Only You Can Love Me This Way" wraps up the acoustic set on the box stage and he cranks up a faster tune and heads back to the main stage. From the moment he came down to the box stage the concert changed. The audience was already electric, but that volume and tone jumped 3 decibels after fans saw that Keith is all about fan interaction. One of the most impressive songs of the night was "You Look Good In My Shirt." The song itself is one of my Urban favorites, but the performance raised the song to a new level. Not only were the guitar riffs great, but Keith went back into the stands to "wail away." I was impressed the most at how Keith used the adrenaline of the audience to help power this tune. Plus, how many artists can actually stand on a seat in the stands (with thousands of screaming fans around you) and jam like it was your first time playing that song? Encores are a big part of concerts these days, and Keith nailed it. "Tonight I Wanna Cry" was the sweet opening that every artist needs for an encore. He ended the night with "Better Life" and confetti flew from the rafters.

After the confetti settled and the crowd scattered, I knew that this wasn't just any other concert. I wanted to make sure that I took some time to let things settle in before I gave my review....and my opinion is still as strong as ever! I've seen The Rolling Stones play Soldier Field in Chicago, The Eagles rock the streets of Memphis, and Dave Matthews Band pour out its heart at Vanderbilt University...Keith Urban and Sugarland are now on that list! I've seen tons of concerts...okay I'll admit I'm a concert junkie...and this one is up there near the top. From crowd interaction to song selection, you couldn't ask for a better show. These artists poured their heart out and left it all on the stage. They realize that times are tough, and made sure that they gave everyone an "escape" for a night. I'm not writing this to campaign for country music...there's plenty of people who are disgusted with it...I'm just saying that maybe you should give it a chance? This isn't your father's country music. These songs aren't about losing your dog, or your girl, or getting drunk...these songs are about living life. I can live my life a little bit easier now, thanks to one great "escape."

Check Out "Sweet Thing" from the concert below....Thanks YouTube....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Little Horror

In honor of Rob Zombie's "Halloween II" coming out tomorrow, I thought I would recommend a few horror flicks that might get you into the "suspense" mood.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" is an American classic. Everyone has heard the "slasher" theme at some point in their life. Norman Bates is one of the most intriguing characters in movie history.

John Carpenter's "Halloween" is one of the best horror films ever made. You always hear that music makes a movie -- this film proves that fact is ever so true.

"Halloween II" is one of the better horror sequels. The film takes place right after the original as we follow certain characters to a certain hospital.

Wes Craven's "Scream" is my favorite horror/thriller movie of the late 90's. The opening sequence is one of the best in the horror/thriller genre.

These are just a few of the horror favorites that are out there on DVD. If you have plans to see Rob Zombie's film or if you just need a weekend "jump" these films are great popcorn material.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Shutter" To Think It

Word spread on Friday that Paramount Pictures has pushed back "Shutter Island" until February 2010. The movie was scheduled for a release this Fall. I was sad to hear that Paramount was moving the next project by one of my favorite directors,Martin Scorsese. "Shutter" features an all-star cast including Leonardo Dicaprio, Kim Williams, and Mark Ruffalo. Many critics and fans were looking forward to seeing this film and have already projected it would make a splash during awards season. Paramount says they don't have enough money to market the movie at this time....WHAT!!?? The company has enough to market "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," but not enough to market a movie featuring Leo and Scorsese? Movies move from Fall to Winter to die (in award season terms..that is). The only movie recently that moved back to February and did great in awards was "The Silence Of The Lambs." As a fan of Leo, Scorsese, great movies, and Paramount, I hope that the film still reaches its full potential next year...only time will tell. In the mean time, we can always go back and watch "Shine A Light" and "The Departed" by Martin Scorsese until "Shutter Island" comes out.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy "Avatar Day"

Moviegoers, Fans, and Critics alike will gather at dozens of theatres across the country tonight. Scenes from James Cameron's "Avatar" will be screened for a select number of people. "Avatar Day" started on Monday when tickets for the screening went up (for free) over the web. Fox's server crashed thanks to the number of people licking their chops at the chance to see "the future of film." With a budget more than $240 million, "Avatar" is the most expensive movie ever made...every single shot in the film is in Digital IMAX 3-D. The film has been an idea of Cameron for years...he's even been tweaking this film for 4! The movie takes us to an alien planet in the future, with all kinds of alien races, weapons, and a few U.S. Marines thrown into the mix. Give props to Fox and Cameron for keeping this project hidden deep within their archives. The teaser trailer was released all over the internet yesterday. Today could mark a new beginning for films...could we see more movies screened in advance on a national scale? Only time (and critics) will tell if the screening process was worth the hype. I'm attending the screening tonight in Nashville. I have not seen the teaser yet...I wanted to wait and see a glimpse into this world in IMAX. For a full recap of the footage, be sure to tune in to next week's podcast!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Who Says "You Can't Always Get What You Want?"

The Rolling Stones are all about welcoming the 21st century with open arms. Today the Stones are releasing their entire 2009 Remasters Collection digitally. Which means that you can now go to iTunes or wherever you get your music and get the remastered version of "Gimme Shelter" and all the other Stones' favorites. Earlier this year, the band released the "hard copies" of 13 albums. For a full list of albums click here . Blending evolving media with one of the greatest bands of all time is proof that..."if you try sometimes, you get what you need!"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Hitch!

Okay, one more post before I hit the sack.
Last Thursday would have been Alfred Hitchcock's 110th birthday. What a masterful filmmaker, and surely one of the all time greats, no question about it.
My Mom never liked "horror" movies, but for her, Hitchcock was different--his thrillers could scare you, but also be very entertaining.
My favorite Hitchcock film would have to be "North By Northwest." Just look at that cast, the story, the score.. It's got everything--even Mount Rushmore!
But honestly, I love them all. He was truly a gifted artist, and I'm just glad we have his films with us today.
For a more comprehensive look at his work and life, check out this post.

Weekend In Pop

Good morning, everyone! Let's review the Weekend In Pop before I get too sleepy.
I saw "District 9," and within the first 15 minutes, I was thinking how cool a concept it was, and how I would encourage everyone I knew to see it--it was making some very good sociological and psychological comments. Unfortunately, the second half of the movie turned into an action-packed shoot 'em up, ruining what could have been something very special. I will give it an A for effort. We've seen the themes of alien life integrating with human society before, but this was a very original story, and the South African setting was perfect. I enjoyed the documentary style of filmmaking, as well as the special effects, but in the end, it's a rental.
On television, I watched "Monk," and thought it was better than the Season 8 premiere. There was a teaser for a web series on USA called "Little Monk," but I haven't seen that yet. Looks interesting.
I also saw "Eureka," "Defying Gravity," and the Season 3 premiere of "Mad Men." It was quite good, and promises to be another good season. A lot of stuff to digest in last night's episode. Quite a bit of symbolism.
As far as movies go, I also watched "I Love You, Man" again with my girlfriend who hadn't seen it yet. We both laughed a lot. It's my favorite comedy so far this year.
Got my toes stepped on with the local "48 Hour Film Project," but was actually relieved when I decided to end my involvement. Long story. Listen for more about that on this week's PopSnap! podcast.
A special note, thanks to everyone who takes the time to read these posts. That's why Grant and I write 'em. Please feel free to give us your comments about things we're doing, stuff you'd like to see, etc.
Alright, bedtime for me.

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Sick" Day

That's right. A few people will be calling in sick to work today because the most popular video game franchise of all time is back with bigger hits, better graphics, and a few new features. Madden NFL 2010 hit store shelves at midnight. Many game stores around the country threw parties to ring in the "new year" football style. Since it's inception in 1988, Madden has sold more than 70 million copies! I can remember playing Madden '94 for my SNES back in the day....I've purchased a copy of the game every year since 2003 ( I skipped a few years and a few consoles here and there). I spend hours upon hours every year being "king of the football world" thanks to a $60 dollar video game. Sports games aren't for everyone, but John Madden has never let his fans down. The game always has the latest in technology that is the next best thing to actually playing on Sunday's. John Madden may be retired from the broadcasting world, but as long as his video game continues to flourish he is doing gamers and fans a big favor. Thanks, John for your contributions to NFL and your AWESOME video game.

No Les, No More

A shameful headline, but one I'm sure would elicit a chuckle from guitar legend Les Paul, who passed away at the age of 94 on Thursday.
I admit, I don't know too much about Mr. Paul. But anytime someone said his name, or I happened to see it, I knew immediately what it was associated with.
Here's an article about the man and his music.

"District 9" Arrives

"District 9" arrives in theatres today. And even though most people just hear Peter Jackson's name when they talk about the movie, he didn't direct it. Click here to read the Time magazine interview with the director, Neill Blomkamp.

AMC Promotes Mad Men With Major PR

Are you ready for a new season of "Mad Men"? The 3rd season premiere is this Sunday night, and the publicity bandwagon has been in high gear this past week. For a look at how the PR machine works for the popular show, check out this article from PRWeek.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

End Of An Era

Brooks & Dunn, the number 1 country duo of all time, announced on Monday that they are giving it a rest. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their site saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. The pair broke through the country scene with their smash hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie" in the early 90's. Country music isn't for everyone, but I hope people will at least appreciate what the "dynamic duo" accomplished. Arista Nashville says the group has sold more than 30 million albums, 23 No. 1 hits, and been named Country Music Association's vocal duo of the year 15 times! Their song, "Only In America" became a Patriotic favorite in the events following September 11th. I know that saying you're "retiring" this day and age doesn't cause people to hold their breath, but country music will be missing a button on its shirt without these guys. I've been a big fan of the band since I was a child. I can remember dancing with my cowboy hat and boots to some of their tracks. A lot of people shrug their shoulders when you mention the phrase "country music," but these guys made country music popular again in the early 90's. Kix and Ronnie say they aren't done just yet. They plan to release a greatest hits album in September and tour one last time in 2010. Thanks guys, for making country music a little bit brighter over the last 20 years or so....your tunes still impact bars and clubs in towns all across America today.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Countdown To "District 9"--Some Other Good Sci-Fi

The high profile low budget science fiction film "District 9" opens this Friday, and what better way to get ready than to watch some other great science fiction films with similar themes?
Here are some of my favorites, listed in no particular order.

"Alien"--the 1979 Ridley Scott classic about a group who stumbles upon an alien life form that makes, well, quite an entrance, may be 30 years old, but still holds its own. A great cast, and moments that will make you jump out of your chair are just two of the reasons to revisit this one. Don't watch it alone. Remember, in space, no one can hear you scream.

"Blade Runner"--now while we may not be dealing with extraterrestrials here, we are talking about an alien life form--robots that look so much like humans they could fool you. They sure got to Harrison Ford. Another excellent piece of work from, once again, director Ridley Scott. Another terrific cast here. Be sure to look out for Edward James Olmos as a detective with a penchant for oragami, along with the always fantastic M. Emmet Walsh.

"The Day The Earth Stood Still"--I'm talking about the original film from 1951 here, not the recent remake. A wonderful film with a powerful message that holds up very well even now.

"E.T."--okay, I'm a sucker for this one. But who doesn't love "E.T."?? Another tale of an alien who comes in peace, only to be manipulated by the government. Be sure to watch it with a box of tissues. You'll need 'em. Steven Spielberg brings out great performances by young Henry Thomas and an even younger Drew Barrymore.

"Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"--aliens spotted all around the globe. What's happening? Leave it to Richard Dreyfuss and company to find out. Spielberg strikes again. Featuring Teri Garr as Dreyfuss' wife, who just can't understand why he needs all those mashed potatoes... French filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Bob Balaban round out the cast as alien hunters.

"Starman"--Jeff Bridges comes to earth in the form of Karen Allen's dead husband in this one. A solid story with another top notch cast. Charles Martin Smith is one of the men trying to find Bridges to see just what he's up to.

Just a few recommendations for you. Enjoy! And remember to catch "District 9" in theatres this Friday.

Friday, August 7, 2009

No "Joe?"

"G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" hits theaters nationwide today. It's not a big secret that many fans and moviegoers have already stated the bad taste that the preview seems to leave in their mouth...Strike 1. It was revealed this week that Paramount Pictures was not screening the movie to film critics, but instead screening it for soldiers and a couple avid fans....Strike 2. That's already 2 strikes from a movie that has yet to touch solid ground. I'm not ready to give it the 3rd strike just yet. I'm a huge "G.I. Joe" fan. As a kid, my "Joes" would fight off dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park" and "Batman" villians as I played throughout the house. I was super excited when I first heard about the film. After seeing the previews and photos my expectations have lowered a bit. I plan on seeing the film with some fans over the weekend. Even with the "bad press," I'm going in with an open mind. That's what everyone should do with every movie. I know it sounds cliche, but I know people that won't see a movie unless the critics like it. The basic principle....go into a movie with an open mind. It may be a movie that you're forced to see....or a movie that you don't want your friends to know that you've watched. Just remember that everyone has their own opinion and there is no greater one that your own. You don't let people tell you how good their food grab a slice yourself. As far as "G.I. Joe" goes right least Snake Eyes looks pretty cool.

Another Goodbye

I couldn't help but post my thoughts on the tragic passing of John Hughes. The movies that he created have had a big impact on my life. If I go back, I can pretty much trace my childhood with his movies. Every year I sit down and watch "Christmas Vacation" on Christmas Eve with my family. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is what every student (especially me) dreamed of during a high school daze. I still have my "Talkboy" as used by Kevin in "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York." In a time that bigger bangs equal bigger bucks in movies, sometimes it's the simple ones that can leave a big impression on where you're going or where you've been. So, the next time you sit down with a group of family/friends/neighbors to watch a movie, think about picking a John Hughes' title. It will definitely give you a few laughs and might even give you some perspective on things.

Farewell, John Hughes

He was the king of 80s popcorn movies. "Vacation," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and my personal favorite "Planes, Traines, & Automobiles."
Writer/Director John Hughes died Thursday in New York City.
He was the man behind a ton of other movies, including "Home Alone."
You can read a more complete profile by clicking here.
I can remember going with my Dad to see "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles." The movie theatre was packed, and the crowd roared with laughter at some of the ridiculous scenes with Steve Martin and John Candy at the top of their form.
One scene (I can't remember exactly which) had my Dad laughing so hard that he literally said outloud "I can't breathe!" I knew I had picked a winner.
That was Hughes' style of comedy--ensuring the audience had a good time. He will be missed.

Memories Of "Monk"

So, as we've mentioned before, tonight begins the final season of "Monk."
It's a bittersweet time of reflection for most viewers, as they see a rarity in television ride off into the sunset.
Check out this article from on the final season.
On a personal note, this was one of the rare shows I enjoyed watching with my Mom and Dad. We could all be entertained by good writing and acting, share a good laugh, and have something to talk about without mindless violence or streams of unncessary profanity.
I'll miss "Monk," but am hopeful other shows will be there that families can enjoy together.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Warehouse 13" We Interview Saul Rubinek!

We are on fire with interviews this week!
A special treat for you science fiction fans out there--SyFy has a new original show called "Warehouse 13," and we were lucky enough to be able to talk with one of the show's stars, Saul Rubinek. And don't forget about our interview with "Monk" writer Lee Goldberg, which can also be found below.
Here's what Saul had to say about his experience with "Warehouse 13."

JS: You just got back from Comic-Con in San Diego. What was that experience like?

SR: Comic-Con was a first for me. Overwhelming number of people --  I really had no idea how big an event it is. I was very pleased to see the turn-out at our "Claudia" screening, and at our panel -- almost everyone had seen all three episodes aired so far, that was awesome. I hope to come back next year with  full season under our belt (and hopefully already having shot our second season!)

JS: You're a veteran of many different types of TV shows and movies. What drew you to this role in particular?

SR: I think SyFy is the most exciting network on television today. Their collaboration with Universal Cable Productions is energetic and creative. The combination of these two organizations that produce our show gives us the financial and creative depth so necessary to support the ups and downs of a long series run. SyFy want to expand their audience base, and they've chosen Warehouse 13 as their flagship show to coincide with the rebranding of their network.
What could be better? The role! A role like "Artie" only comes along for an actor once a decade or so. The great thing is the producers have allowed me to collaborate and put a lot of myself into the role, and they've reciprocated by finding elements of of Artie's background, rhythms and energy in the way they write and create his backstory and dialogue. Artie is both in love with the warehouse and loathes it... and that make him a little crazy -- all of which is delicious to play. And my colleagues, Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Allison Scagliotti are awesome -- that's a HUGE part of why I like going to work every day. We have a production team that is truly one of the most professional and expert I've ever had the honor to work with -- they set the bar high every day. One other important thing: Jack Kenny and David Simkins, our Executive Producers have put together a brilliant and enthusiastic writing team  --  they are the powerful engine under the hood of this race car. 
JS: For people who aren't familiar with it, how would you describe "Warehouse 13"?

SR: For people that aren't familiar with Warehouse 13 -- here's the answer:    really! you'll get an earful and an EYEful.

JS: Any clues as to what we'll see in upcoming episodes?

SR: Here's some clues: Artie Nielson isn't really Artie NIELSON. Artie has a nemesis.. not only someone who can ruin his day, but someone who could destroy everything the warehouse stands for. Artie may get into trouble -- and there are people who control Mrs Frederick (Artie's boss) who Artie has to answer to -- namely, the Regents, the people who control and oversee the warehouse activities. The regents have done this for 3000 years.

JS: The show has the potential for a long run. Will we continue to see you in movies?

SR: Of course ---I have a mortgage!

Our thanks to Saul Rubinek for taking time to answer these questions, and a special thanks to our SyFy liason at NBCUniversal for helping us out.
Be sure to catch "Warehouse 13" on SyFy every Tuesday night at 8!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mr. Monk Says Goodbye

This Friday night marks the beginning of the end for the popular television show, "Monk" on the USA network.
This will mark the 8th and final season for the show, featuring Tony Shalhoub as the "defective detective." Shalhoub has won a number of awards for his performance of the character.
I know I won't be alone when the show wraps for good. It has great characters, an excellent cast, and some of the best writing I've seen on television.
It's also something of a rarity; a show you could sit down and watch with your family without fear of embarrassing anyone. You just don't see that anymore.
I had the good fortune to interview Lee Goldberg, a writer for some of the episodes of the show, and the man behind a series of books based on "Monk." You can see the interview below.

JS: This is it, the 8th and final season of "Monk" starts soon. As a writer of some episodes, why do you think viewers were drawn to these characters?

LG: They are drawn to the characters because they are fresh, original, and compelling. And although the characters behave comically, they have heart. And what gives them heart is the essential sadness in their lives. For Monk, it's the loss of his wife and not being able to fit in because of his OCD. For Natalie, it's the loss of her husband at a young age and having to raise a daughter as a single parent. That grounds the comedy is something we can all relate to.

JS: You've worked on some other shows as well, including "Diagnosis Murder," and "Nero Wolfe." How was working on "Monk" different from your other experiences?

LG: "Monk" is more of a comedy than any series I've worked on before. And Monk's character is a balancing act between the broad comedy and the tragedy. It's not easy to pull off.

JS: You're also the author of several novels based on characters from "Monk," and you have a new one out right now, "Mr. Monk And The Dirty Cop." Will the books continue when the series wraps?

LG: There will be at least two more books following the end of the TV series.

JS: What can people look for next from Lee Goldberg?

LG: More Monk! And, hopefully, more books, tv shows and movies.

Our thanks to Lee for answering these questions, and don't forget to tune in this Friday night for the "Monk" season premiere on USA.

Heavy Reading

These past few weeks I've dived into some heavy reading. "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire" was first on my list. I followed with "Order of The Phoenix" and "Half-Blood Prince." I wanted to make sure that I've read the books before I watched the latest installment on film. I mowed through the first two books in a matter of weeks. With some luck, I read the whole book of "Prince" in one day (As my roomate put it, I became a reading "Jedi"). People that know me know I'm the last person in the world to brag. I didn't write this blog to boast my reading skills. I just wanted to pass along the joy that I had reading. I know, I know...insert nerd joke here right?? I'm serious though, many people overlook how good books can be in this technology driven world. Many kids (I was one of them) were forced to read a handful of books every month in grade school for an "Accelerated Reader" program. This process has no doubt changed some of my closest friends' thoughts on reading. I'm just glad that I can still sit back in my favorite chair and enjoy "print" every now and then. So, if you find yourself bored one afternoon....or it's raining and your cable is out....try picking up a good book. In a world full of emails, text messages, and tweets, sometimes just a simple thing like a book can be all the entertainment you need. After all, books are about imagination...and imagination is one of the greatest tools you will ever use.