Friday, June 02, 2006


Livin' for the 'Weakend'

Today's "Weakend Planner" column by Roy Trakin is another mixed bag of cd and movie reviews, personality profiles and idiosyncratic messages.
Trakin takes cares of business, covering hot new albums by the Dixie Chicks ("what the group may have lost in sheer numbers, they’ve more than made up for in hip credibility), the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("group MVP, guitarist John Frusciante...proves as good as Steve Nash at making his bandmates better") and Nelly Furtado ("a stylistic transformation that is just so out there, it works"), and such films as United 93 ("way too intense to qualify as entertainment") and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ("an entertaining layman’s analysis of this country’s largest-scale bankruptcy ever"). Trakin comes around to liking Steve Carell ("his characterizations [are] at once side-splittingly funny and unspeakably sad"), big-ups actor Seymour Cassel ("[his] bemused presence in a movie [Shadows, Rushmore, Stuck on You] invariably elevates it to another level") and muses, on a personal note, "Life goes by so fast, as does the time you spend at home with your kids, which is over in a blink of the eye in the scheme of things, so enjoy them while you can."

What, no NBA playoff predictions? Happy weakend!

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