I am in the middle of grading my first batch of papers for ENG 101.
Without continuing the weeping and gnashing of teeth that has been my major mode of communication for the last 24 hours and bringing my lamentations to you (or those of you who have luckily been spared my tirades on "generation stupid"), I will simply summarize by saying...life holds few surprises. First impressions are usually right, and if a group of individuals sound and act dumb...they probably are.
How funny is it then that my faith in my ability to be surprised was revived by the fuckery that is the Twilight franchise?
The "Twilight: New Moon" Soundtrack was released today, and I can testify first hand that it does not suck (this and all subsequent vampire puns are embarrassingly unintentional). No really. It's really, really good. I mean...look at the artist list:
Band of Skulls
No shit. Like I said, I'm surprised too. And they're new songs...some even written specifically for the movie. That's right...Thom York and the hippest of the hipsters wrote, sang, and recorded ballads to Edward and his angst ridden, sparkling member.
For those of you who mock the young adult market, let this be a lesson. Never ever underestimate the economic power of the 12-18 year old female demographic. When united by a common bond, they can topple civilizations.
Now fans just have to hope that the film is a shadowy reflection of the music.
In movie news, the full length trailer for "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" was released this week. I dunno how I feel about this. Scratch that...I do.
It's kitsch on arrival. College freshman (male and female) will be ripping down their "Fight Club" posters and slapping this one up in its place. Why? Well, it's the perfect "let's get stoned and go trip out on this crazy movie" movie. And also because, you know, Johnny Depp is, like, soooo hot and dude, Heath Ledger's awesome.
I know, it's a preemptive judgement. But after today, I'll be surprised if I'm ever surprised again.