As hard as it is to believe, sometimes being outside, even on Maui, isn’t a good idea. The sun hangs over your head like a guillotine just waiting for you to stick your neck out. At those times, you find indoor pursuits that offer relief from the heat and the tourists. A good place to do that is in a theater. Not only are theaters here on Maui free from tourists, they’re usuallly free from locals as well.
Yesterday, the Red Queen and I took in Kung Fu Hustle and spent a good portion of the experience bent over at the waist, laughing uncontrollably. Possibly one of the best films released this year, second only to Sin City, I suggest you make your way out to catch this film if you haven’t already.
In other news, I picked up a copy of the new Nine Inch Nails CD, With Teeth. Amazing. Everytime I think Trent Reznor has plumbed the depths of musical mayhem, he turns around and shows me there is still a long way to go before we see the long downward spiral of his talent. With Teeth has amazing depth both muscially and lyrically and shows us that the 6 years between this album and the last were spent finding yet another level above where he last left us. Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighter frontman, lends his drumming skills and they fit as naturally as if he was in the band from day one.
Along with the radio friendly Hand That Feeds, other notable tracks include the quiet, yet blistering All The Love In The World, The Collector showcasing how perfect the hammer and anvil drumming of Dave Grohl fits within the Nine Inch Nails universe, Only which is possibly the closest NIN will ever get to playing with a pop sensibility, and finally, Right Where It Belongs where Trent shows us that he is still capable of mixing random sounds together to create beautiful noise. I give this album 10 out of 10.