Archives: April 2009

This is the archive page for [April 2009]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Justify My Netflix: Somewhere in Time | April 30, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1980 sleeper hit that's become eventually known by many as the greatest romantic movie ever made, the Christopher Reeve vehicle "Somewhere in Time." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Coupling, season 1 | April 30, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: Season 1 of the racy British 2000s sex sitcom, "Coupling," a.k.a. "The BBC's answer to 'Friends.'" | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 April 2009 | April 30, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 30th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hidden [10//365]," by Anneliese Hilton | April 30, 2009
Today's photo: "Hidden [10//365]," by British photography student Anneliese Hilton. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Nulapeiron Sequence," by John Meaney | April 28, 2009
Today's review: The early-2000s science-fiction epic "The Nulapeiron Sequence" ("Paradox," "Context" and "Resolution"), by British New Wave author John Meaney. | Read entire entry

Metapost: Facebook commenting gone! Beware the deceptively simple-looking webapp! | April 27, 2009
Frustrating behind-the-scenes news today: I'm getting rid of the Facebook-powered commenting system I had been trying out here this year. Click through for the reasons why, and info on what will be replacing it. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation | April 27, 2009
Today's movie: "The Ribos Operation," a collection of the first four episodes of the old British science-fiction show "Doctor Who"s 16th season, back during the "Tom Baker years" of the 1970s. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Music For Midnight | April 27, 2009
Today's obsession: The weekly dark-electronica podcast "Music For Midnight," from Ohio-based media professional Austin Beeman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lorelei | April 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Lorelei. | Read entire entry

Metapost: CCLaP on hiatus until Monday | April 23, 2009
My apologies, but commitments in my daytime work life are forcing me to put CCLaP on hiatus for a few days, as I deal with a sudden new deadline. New entries again starting Monday! | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Gypsy In My Soul," by Christine Harris | April 21, 2009
Today's book: The only so-so "fictionalized memoir" concerning the plight of the Romanies during the Holocaust, Christine Harris' "The Gypsy In My Soul." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Heavenly Creatures | April 21, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The astoundingly creepy 1994 historical drama "Heavenly Creatures," from "Lord of the Rings" impresario Peter Jackson, about two fantasy-embracing teen girls in 1950s New Zealand who kill one of their parents with a brick. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Out of Africa | April 21, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1985 sweeping historical drama "Out of Africa," winner of that year's Best Picture Oscar. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 April 2009 | April 21, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 21st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tennessee," by "Available Light" | April 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Tennessee," by Flickr member "Available Light." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Aguirre, the Wrath of God | April 20, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1972 German New Wave classic "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," one of the notorious collaborations back then between feuding artists Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Shadow (1994) | April 20, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The forgotten genre classic "The Shadow," from 1994. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 April 2009 | April 20, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 20th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago O'Hare Airport - ORD," by Jerry | April 20, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago O'Hare Airport - ORD," by Chicago Flickr member Jerry. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Silver Screen," by Justina Robson | April 16, 2009
Today's review: The 1999 "Accelerated Age"-style science-fiction classic "Silver Screen," by Justina Robson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "mtlp" | April 16, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Canadian Flickr member "mtlp." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter | April 15, 2009
Today's movie mini-reivew: The experimental supplemental 2009 DVD "Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter," which offered background info about the main movie to audience members even while the original was still in theatres. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 April 2009 | April 15, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 15th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kayak @ green Chicago River for St. Patrick's day," by Santi | April 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Kayak @ green Chicago River for St. Patrick's day," by Chicago photographer Santi. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Slumdog Millionaire | April 14, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The controversial "Indian Dickensian" story "Slumdog Millionaire," winner of this year's Best Picture Oscar. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 14 April 2009 | April 14, 2009
Today, quick reviews of four recent not-so-good self-published books: Dayton Alverson's "Race to the Sea;" James J. Collins' "Nuclear Nightmare;" William Bicket's "One Man in a Million;" and Bryan Roscoe's "Majestic Restoration." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 April 2009 | April 14, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 14th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Logan Square," by Tripp | April 14, 2009
Today's photo: "Logan Square," by Chicago photographer Tripp. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 37: Author Charles Blackstone | April 13, 2009
Today on the podcast: An hour-long talk with local author, editor, and sometimes public-radio contributor Charles Blackstone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pictorialism 1," by "Alan, Rosa and Evan" | April 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Pictorialism 1," by a trio of Bay-area photographers known as Alan, Rosa and Evan. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Batman Begins | April 10, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: Christopher Nolan's 2005 "Batman Begins," aka "The Greatest Superhero Movie Ever Made, Amen." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Ballykissangel, season 1 | April 10, 2009
Today's mini-review: Season 1 of the gentle 1990s BBC television series about small-town life in Northern Ireland, "Ballykissangel." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 10 April 2009 | April 10, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 10th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day; "Reflections of Amsterdam," by "AmsterS@m" | April 10, 2009
Today's photo: "Reflections of Amsterdam," by Dutch Flickr member "AmsterS@m." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Deliverance | April 9, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The surprisingly dark meditation on true wilderness and most humans' complete inability to survive it, John Boorman's 1972 masterpiece "Deliverance." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Rachel Getting Married | April 9, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: Jonathan Demme's Oscar-nominated "Rachel Getting Married," featuring notorious good-girl Anne Hathaway as a chain-smoking, substance-abusing emotional trainwreck. All right! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 9 April 2009 | April 9, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 9th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Rachel Sketchley | April 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by (I believe) British photographer Rachel Sketchley. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Slide," by Kyle Beachy | April 8, 2009
Today's book: "The Slide," the major-press literary debut of Chicagoan Kyle Beachy, which today becomes only the fourth book in CCLaP's history to receive a perfect 10. Click through to find out why. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Art of War," by Sun Tzu | April 7, 2009
Today's book: The ancient Chinese military guide and surprisingly apt corporate business book "The Art of War," written by Taoist military commander Sun Tzu around 500 BC. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts on the matter. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Big Trouble in Little China | April 7, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1986 bizarro actioner and cult favorite "Big Trouble in Little China." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Overwhelmed," by Tim King | April 7, 2009
Today's photo: "Overwhelmed," by suburban Chicago photographer Tim King. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Paprika | April 6, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The surreal 2006 contemporary anime classic "Paprika," by long-time respected underground filmmaker Satoshi Kon ("Perfect Blue," "Millennium Actress"). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 6 April 2009 | April 6, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 6th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lindsay Haynes | April 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by London designer Lindsay Haynes. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Lost Treasures of Tibet | April 3, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The fascinating 2003 NOVA episode "Lost Treasures of Tibet," about the clash between working monasteries in the Himalayans and the Western conservators who wish to preserve the crumbling murals there. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Berlin Alexanderplatz, disc 1 | April 3, 2009
Today's short movie review: Disc one of the astounding 14-part meditation on the German Weimar years (and rising Nazi power), Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 television mini-series "Berlin Alexanderplatz." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 April 2009 | April 3, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 3rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Esperando en el hospital," by Xa Vi | April 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Esperando en el hospital," by Spanish photographer Xa Vi. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Murderland: h8," by Garrett Cook | April 2, 2009
Today's book: The only so-so alt-horror novel "Murderland: h8," by Garrett Cook. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 April 2009 | April 2, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 2nd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urban Martian Female," by Lex | April 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Urban Martian Female," by New York photographer Lex. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: An introduction | April 1, 2009
Today, an introduction to CCLaP's newest series of mini-reviews, "Justify My Netflix." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Ghost In The Shell | April 1, 2009
Today's mini-review: The 1995 anime classic "Ghost In The Shell." | Read entire entry