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Top 5: 9/5/08 by Barbecue Bros
September 5, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: Klosterman, movies, music, sports

Been a few weeks…

1. “Firefly” (link) – No, not the sweet tea-flavored vodka, though that stuff is good/dangerous. I recently finished this short-lived Joss Whedon series on DVD, and have decided that its a huge shame that it didn’t last longer. Whedon created a real cool universe in which I would have liked to have seen more exploration. Highly recommended for sci-fi fans or fans of Whedon’s other work.

2. Dan in Real Life (link) – The second film from another NC School of the Arts grad Peter Hedges (after 2003’s Pieces of April). I feel like it got kind of a bad rap just because it stars Steve Carell and it followed the big Evan Almighty flop last summer. Throw Dane Cook into the mix, and people just seemed to stay away. It turned out to be a really understated performance by Carell, Cook didn’t annoy nearly at all, and a nice ensemble cast including Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, and Emily Blunt. Throw in the expounded fractured family dynamic found in Pieces of April and a nice soundtrack by Sondre Lerche and you’ve got a solid film.

3. This Chuck Klosterman interview (link via Deadspin) – Six questions that had to be questions that Chuck had never been asked before. One of the six…

Q: Back in your days at SPIN, you wrote a column identifying the most accurately rated bands of all-time – eschewing the “overrated” or “underrated” meme once and for all. Using similar criteria, who are the five most accurately rated athletes of all time?

A: This is a great, great question. In descending order, they are:

5.) Phil Simms: A very good, non-Hall of Fame caliber quarterback.
4.) Mike Schmidt: The finest third baseman of all-time, but never regarded as one of the all-time 10 best players overall.
3.) O.J. Simpson: Probably the third-greatest pure rusher in collegiate and NFL history, but – because his statistics have been long surpassed – he would have been a forgotten footnote. By murdering his ex-wife, Simpson remains historically relevant as a person (and thereby accurately rated as an athlete).
2.) Craig Ehlo: Bring up Ehlo’s name in a conversation and somebody will always say, “You know, in retrospect, Ehlo was actually okay.” This is true.
1.) Tiger Woods.

4. Vulture’s tweaked format (link) – Less clunky, but still retaining the same wit

5. That My Morning Jacket show I went to last weekend (link) – Seriously, one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.


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