Star Trek, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire…

Last night we met up with Anne-Marie, Sarah, Matthew and Laura to go and see “Star Trek” – the ‘reboot’ of the franchise directed by J.J. Abrams. It was fantastic! Exactly what a Star Trek film should be like – it didn’t take itself too seriously but there were dramatic moments, it had plenty of humour and action and was generally well-written and directed. Laura hadn’t seen any Star Trek before and she liked it, so it must have been good! So that’s definitely a recommendation 😉

Oh, and – in case you’re wondering – they do manage to get most of the original series cliches into the film. “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor not a physicist” got a laugh from all of us. Unfortunately they didn’t get Scotty’s “Ye cannae change the laws of physics!” into it, but he did have one or two good ones. All the cast did a great job – I wasn’t sure how Simon Pegg would do Scotty but it turned out to be great. Zach Quinto made a perfect Spock.

Anyway. In other news, I think I mentioned Spotify last week. Basically, I’ve bought a couple of albums after hearing them on Spotify. The first one is the Fleet Foxes self-titled debut album. It’s amazing – very well crafted folk style songs, lots of vocal harmonies… lush. Perfect for late evenings when you have a few people round for a cup of tea just after watching a film at the cinema (for example).

The other album is “Neon Bible” by Arcade Fire. I kept hearing them mentioned on the XKCD forums so I decided to give them a try. Haven’t got into this album so much yet, it’s a bit more indie, but it does have some great songs. My favourite at the moment is probably “Keep the Car Running”. The songs do have some interesting themes related to Christianity, apparently one or two of them were raised as mormons so they have an interest in faith.

So, there you have it!

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