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"ranney"s Seven is Heaven Cosmic Choices

Each month, as determined by the span of days for each sign of the zodiac, this site will display recommended films, written works, and albums:
Scorpio choices - 2017
Movies
Elephant in the Room - Patrice O'Neal

Always a meshwork of raw testosterone and savvy wit, O'Neal's debut special ( filmed at the Montreal Comedy Festival - 2011) hits on sex, infedelity, American culture, and the politics of politics. HI - LA- RI - OUS! Left a huge void. Six years later and we STILL miss you, Bruh.

Enter the Void - Directed by Gaspar Noe

Out of body experience for both the audience and the characters in this uniquely visually stunning film. Watch Oscar, an American drug dealer living in Tokyo, as his life flashes beyond our collective voyeurism. Just KuhRISPY!

Ghost in the Shell - Directed by Mamoru Oshii

Journey with Motoko Kusanazi, a government cyborg, as she haunts the "puppet master" who is controlling the brains of pseudo-humans. Classic Anime.

The Last American Virgin - Directed by Boaz Davidson

Truly a teen "coming of age" film. We follow the absurdity of adolescence through the lives of a couple of guys with Gary as the main focus. He thinks that he is the last American virgin. Why do we stay tuned? We know that he is the last American virgin.

The Limits of Control - Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Isaach de Bankole gives a hypnotic performance in this medatative yarn about one man staying on task to complete a mysterious mission. Jarmusch cinema at it's best. Watch with a moist towelette and cream soda, because this is BARBECUE!

The Long Walk Home - Directed by Richard Pearce

Years before "The Help,"  Whoopi Goldberg stars as Odessa, a maid making a daily 9 mile commute on feet to her employers during the bus boycott years in the 1950s. Goldberg and Sissy Spacek keep things grounded, intense, and thorough in what could have easily become an overgrown Hallmark card to the civil rights movement.

Savage Grace - Directed by Tom Kalin

Holy Smokes and Colby! This docu-drama chronicles what resulted in the death of Barbara Daly Baekeland. Broken family and shocking incest are just a fraction of the ingredients that make this dysfunctional stew one of the most disturbing and yet beautiful dramas I've seen in a minute. Julian Moore and Eddie Redmayne are insanely brilliant in this film.

 
Written Works
The Angry Ones - by John Alfred Williams

The more things change, the more I love this book. Same ol' story for the black intellectual professional in the supposedly non-racial, liberal America. How apropos for this post-racial, Trump era environment with the unveiling of bias in denial.

Hey Rube: Bloodsport, the Bush Doctrine... - by Hunter S. Thompson

Taken from his legendary ESPN collumn, this collection of Thompson's uncompromising diatribes on sporting events is one of the most engaging reads of the new millennium. I hope it's okay that I invited my big-mouth'd cousins, because, SON, THIS IS BARBECUE! CRUNCHY, KuhRISPY BARBECUE!

It - by Stephen King

A movie is one thing. A brilliant author at the height of his genius manipulating your imagination iis another. Countless amount of books and films have stolen from this masterpiece from Don Dadda of Horror. Last Summer? Try: I know what you did YOUR ENITIRE LIFE since this one crucial summer in your teens! Ooooooooooooooooooh, chilr'en!

Shamanic Voices - by Joan Halifax

By a shaman. About shamans. For shamans.

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times... - by Robin D. G. Kelley

The hippest Professor, R. G. Kelley breaks the illusion of the Monk myth by giving us insight into the eccentricities, idiosyncracies, humor, density, and more while leaving us to wrestle with the tangible pieces of one of the true musical geniuses of the 20th century. Da-da-BWEHDEH, DA-da-BWEHDEH...

Watchfiends and Rack Screams - by Antonin Artaud

Call him crazy if you wish. It may comfort you like so many others. It may justify your distance and inability to have such insight to true clarity and understanding of another consciousness. Thinking of Renfield ranting about the arrival of a dark monster who DOES arrive, I choose to call my favorite writer prophetically touched. I prefer to just call him, "The One."

When You Are Engulfed in Flames - by David Sedaris

So many writers of memoirs keep taking us back to the same well to find it dry. Sedaris drags us to his desert and drowns us with insight that makes us born again. Just crucial.

 
Audio
Barbara - We Are Scientists

Ah - a return to form. Starting with the magnetic appetizer "Rules Don't Stop," WAS keep this dance-rock compilation flavorful and hopping while constantly splashing in an evolved flurry of guitar riffs, string arrangements, and layered vocals. Yummy-Rockalicious. Dip it in some buttermilk Ben Carson batter - KuhRAZY KuhRISPY!!!

 

Connected - The Foreign Exchange

One of the many treasures I've waiting on to be released. This re-issue of  the Foreign Exchange's debut output is just absolutely, CRAZY-MAD-OMG-SMOKING-HONEY-BARBECUED-BANANAS! Get on the dance floor and STAY on the dance floor, chil'ren! I still love TFE, but this is why I fell in love with them. Still smoking in 2017.

How do you do? - Mayer Hawthorne

A'ight. First of all, just download any and every track with this youngin's name on it. Genius. How can you be so retro and yet be so ahead of your time. Mayer needs his own musical category entitled: Back to the Future. Definitely his own food group. Call the doctor for some prescription root beer, Son! BAR - BE - CUE!

Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony - Procol Harum

Holy Smokes and Goodah! "Consquitador," "Whaling Stories," "In Held Twas In I," and - my fav - "Salty Dog," all benefit from the symphonic boost. Turn the sound down on the film Koyaanisqatsi and crank this album up while watching. SHAMANAMANA!!!

The Love and War Masterpeace - Raheem DeVaughn

Whewwwwwwwwwwww - WEEEEEEEEEEE! Holy Smokes and Blarney! Poppa got a brand new Gucci tote! This youngin' is not joking, chil'ren. Hyperconsciousness, cheating, pro-feminism, kinkiness, etc., etc., etc. - all with the slickness of Marvin, savvy finesse of Luther, and grounded ghetto-fab poignancy of Curtis. It's just - I mean - ya know - just - DAYAMNNN!

Some Kinda - Dwele

Too many artists  are lost, trying to carve out hit music. I'm so grateful that I found Dwele who keeps crafting music that hits. Some of my favorite songs to do house work to: "Flapjacks" and "Lay it Down." "I - I - I - I'm gonna give you peace of mind; come here lady, lay it down. Let your soul be down. I - I - I..."

Ubiquity Vibrations - Roy Ayers

Sweet potato pie, corn on the cob, overcooked hamburgers, baked beans and sauerkraut, generic grape soda, someone else's noisy and bad-ass kids, teenagers falling in love, thug mosquitos DAMMIT, hot ribs and spicy chicken, southern style potato salad, your drunk Uncle cheating at a game of gin rummy, sour cream - buttermilk pound cake with a lemon glaze on it, sweet tea, spiked cherry kool-aid, tons of aluminum foil so peeps can take home a "plate," a nasty fight over a football game that happened 27 years ago and THIS ALBUM!!! All BARBECUE!!!

 


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