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The first two episodes of SNL this year has actually been REALLY FUNNY... its great that SNL has a solid cast once again with people like Adam Sandburg and Bill Heder and Fred Armasen(sp?), it's actually worth watching again
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_93EfHR7Ut8 - Kanye West yelling at everyone for losing everything, "HOW DID I NOT WIN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, MAN, MY ALBUM WENT GOLD IN A DAY!"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=e0rq8nRQW_o - Kevin Federline Paranting Tips
http://youtube.com/watch?v=KoXGHw4hK60 - awesome Muppets segment, and Bill Heder is awesome as Animal
ok, maybe it's not, and I will admit it can drag on a bit(I actually find that if you watch it in two parts and take a break between it, the movie is much better), but still, Quentin Tarantino brings us another flipping unique as hell movie that looks like it can come straight from the 70's/80's, and shows that QT is the most entertaining Director today.
The first half is perfect, and builds up to an amazing set piece that leaves you breathless, and the while the second act isn't nearly as good(the restaurant scene is still way too long), the actors aren't as good(Tracy Thoms is in a completely different movie than everyone else) it still has the BEST car chase scene in a long, long time... it's diffenantly worthy of a rent at your local blockbuster.
And if you saw it in theatres, theres a couple of more scenes added that are REALLY good(Lapdance scene is AMAZING)
Overall - 90/100
as being a fan of Quentins, I set this movie up on a pedestool, and while he didn't perfectly deliver, this movie is great to watch(in parts) and can be considered one of the best movies of the year. And if Kurt Russel doesn't get nominated for an oscar, I will riot
part 1 of Death Proofs 30+ minute epic conclusion
I got bored.... so I came up with the lists....
"Icky Thump" - White Stripes
So far this year, pretty much all mainstream music has completely failed at putting out a worth-while CD, forcing music fans to once again findsmall CD's that aren't commercializedon TV.Sadly, this year, there has beenno big outbreakingband that came around this year like Wolfmother or Lupe Fiasco debuted last year.And all though there are critically aclaim CD's like Spoon's "Ga ga ga ga" and Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible", there has only been one CD that in my opinion, has truly stood out. Yes, the White Stripes oddly named CD, "Icky Thump" is the savior of music this year... done away with is the sappy piano music heard from "GetBehind Me Satan", and here wego again with Jack Whitedoing what he does best,playing the hell out of the guitar. This is the best CD White Stripes hasput out since "Elephant", and it puts them on top of the rock scene.
Compared to music, there have been A LOT of great movies. Hot Fuzz, Ratatoullie, Bourne Ultimatum, Knocked Up, Superbad, 300 are all considered for the best so far honor, but there was NOMOVIE EVER that left you with a feeling of excitement and pure joy like Grindhouse left you. You have 90 minutes worth of pure action and gore inRodriguez's Planet Terror, and some unbeleiveably amazing trailers fromEli Roth, Rob Zombie, Rodriguez, andEdgar Wright, and then you had one of the most amazing slasher movie you will ever see in Tarantino's Death Proof. Some might have called it too slow, some call it amazingly complex, some called it Tarantino just going wild, but everyonecan agree that the 30 minute car chase and how the movie ended made you want to jump out of your seat and yell "**** YEAH!"... Grindhouse wins.
BEST GAME SO FAR THIS YEAR WOW!
God of War II wins. There hasn't been many outstanding games so far this year, because the game business is retarted in many ways for cluttering up the holidays(See Also: this year), but God of War II blew everything AWAY. It was a truly satisfying and well paced campaign, and it made everyone unable to wait for the next God of War on the PS3.
I go over and read at www.DoubleFine.com often, not cause of news on their next game, cause they will never announce anything....
I read cause of the excellent writing of one, Tim Schafer...... this could be the funniest thing I've laughed at in atleast a month
If you are unable to comprehend the above image, it is because your optical cortex has been tied into knots by primordial fear. What you are looking at--what your brain is trying to protect you from--is the image of a wild animal that recently attacked Double Fine Productions without provocation. It may just look like a tiny, brown bird, trapped in a plastic cake plate by some brave hero. But... well... yes, that is exactly what it is. But more interesting is what it WASN'T: It WASN'T not terrifying.
There were just a few of us here, working late, doing what we always do--killing ourselves to create a few hours of entertainment and joy for people who we have never met. And then this rabid hellion from the bowels of the sky burst forth through an open window, and showered us with terror and probably incurable flu. Beating its terrible wings, gnashing its horrible claws, shrieking mean-spirited obscenities it carved a jagged path through the unsuspecting air of our offices, finally descending to its unholy perch atop Lance's xbox dev kit. Where it proceeded to say nothing.
Several of our employees were already dead by this point. (Oh why did I hand out those cyanide capsules to every employee?) Those who were left had all passed out, or wet their pants, or lost interest and returned to work. But there were enough witnesses remaining that I could hear them gasp in awe as I fearlessly approached the handless, toothless, lipless abomination.
"We can do this the easy way," I said, "Or the hard way."
"Screw you, and your American Bill of Rights," it said to me, with its eyes.
"Birdie," I said, while slowly picking up the cake plate from Caroline's desk and wondering when the email went out about there being cake in the office and how I had missed it.
"What?" It thought, menacingly.
"What were you going to say?"
"You said, 'Birdy,' like you were about to say something to me."
"Oh, sorry. I was thinking about cake. Where was I?"
My pupils dilated one millimeter. I slowed my heart rate down to one beat per minute. I voided my bowels as a precaution.
"Birdie," I said, "Now you're messing with a son of a *****!"
And before it could even draw its tiny gun, I slammed that hateful clot of feathers into that cake plate so hard, its dead relatives, cold in their graves, tasted frosting.
"Carry me to yon window," I said to the cheering crowd who had hoisted me upon to their shoulders. And when they did, I leaned out the window and opened the cake plate, and released the bird. This was last Tuesday, the 19th.
So next time you are eating cake at Double Fine, and you find a feather in your mouth, just be aware that you are tasting history.
one of the most devistating news I've heard in a long time.....
TRULY, Benoit was one of the best wrestlers of all time. It is a sad day.... hopefully the way people are starting to report on how he died is a lie, because that is not Chris Benoit.
R.I.P. Chris Benoit
R.I.P. Nancy Benoit
R.I.P. Daniel Benoit
The Best Technical Wrestler Ever.
First Eddie, now this, all Radicalz need to get the hell outta WWE(I'm looking at you, Malenko)
and before anyone comments like an ass, Benoit is not a murderer.....
So, Last day of school was yesterday, and patientally waiting for Graduation, and then, I'M FREE!
with Graduation comes the greatest thing ever. Graduation Presents! so far I'm racking up on some pre-Graduation presents from family members I haven't seen in YEARS! so far, $115, and with the money my parents has given me for Senior Week for the Beach, that slightly bumps it up to $815 so far.....
right now, I'm totally bumming out watching Spelling Bee Championships.... This is Living
First of all, AWWW
ok, now with the business.
Decemberists - Crane Wife: LTTP
Well, I'm not necessarily Late to the Party... it's more like me trying to get you people off of your Avril Lavine butts and pick up this CD. The Decemberists will, indeed, change the way you listen to music from now on. Calling them lyrically genius is an insult, the stuff that goes into these songs are absolutely perfect and every fan of music must recognize these guys as a force in music and should immediately rank them very high amongst all bands today. They are completely unique and it's amazing to listen to all of their stuff.
1. The Crane Wife 3 - A nice song starts off the album, and gets you into the mood for what you will listen too.... Colin has a great voice and it's kinda beutiful.... and then...
2. The Island - Masterpiece? IMO, yes. I believe this is one of the best songs, if not the best song I've listened to in years. It dances for over 12 minutes, having three different "chapters" in it.... you HAVE to listen to it.
3. Yankee Bayonet - I'm not the biggest fan of this song, but its a nice little sweet song
4. O Valencia! - Inspired by Romeo & Juliet, O Valencia is about 2 lovers and their feuding families. It's yet another sweet song, but it's enjoyable
5. The Perfect Crime 2 - We go to a blues-y type of music talking about criminals.... awesome
6. When the War Came - downpoint of the album... don't have much to say
7. Shankill Butchers - I'm a big fan of this song, it's kind of perfect and slow
8. SummerSong - A fun song
9. Crane Wife 1 & 2 - the second "epic" song in the album, over 11 minutes long, a lot slower than the Island, but story-wise, it's great
10. Sons & Daughters - great way to end the album.
Pirates Review tommorow
everyone is bragging about "Oh wow, I just finished playing Bonks Adventure on my Wii Virtual Console and I'm so freaking l337 hardcore and I'm only playing retro console games" for "Retro Revival Week"
well, guess what....
I'ma do you one better....
a retro.... FLASH GAME!
thats right, a flash game made by THE man himself, Tom Fulp, now has Online! and it's so awesome....
the tension is tremendous
Do I need to write an explination? Icky Thump is gonna be so f'n awesome
if you read the Ol' blog last week, I posted up a new feature called The Hype Machine, and I was hyping up The Arctic Monkeys new CD(Favourite Worst Nightmare) due to the fact that these guys have potential to be great. So lets go.
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare Review
1. Brainstorm - I really like this song. I REALLY REALLY like this song, it just sounds great and the drums(sorry, don't know bandmates names from AM) is bloody awesome. And the song name lives up to the song, a lot of things are going on at once and it's unpredictable. Not my favorite AM song, but the best one on the CD.
2. Teddy Pickers - AM really likes to do these "funky" guitar riffs. And here comes my biggest complaint about the CD. The lead singer's voice is distorted most of the time and it has this stupid effect and it makes no sense, since(hah, sense since) the lead singers voice is really good, and should not be hidden. mehish guitar solo.
3. D is for Dangerous - uh.. that damn voice distortion.... nice bassline throughout the song, but on the whole, skippable song
4. Balaclava - once again, little distortion... but great baseline and really great job putting the guitar in there(Sounds a little like Rush, which is cool). Drum's terrific. good song.
5. Florescent Adoloscent - Bad.
6. Only One Who Knows - I really love this song. Second best song in the whole CD. I has a really dreamy/psychodelic sound to it all and really can sound like Pink Floyd.
7. Do Me a Favor - very soft throughout most of the song, only like it due to it's great ending to overall decent song
8. This House is a Circus - After a James Bondish sound, you realize the song is decent, and damn that piece of crap distortion
9. If you were there, beware - eh
10. Bad Thing - ok fast paced song.... atleast theres no distortion in this song
11. Old Yellow Bricks - better song that the last few, but forgettable
12. 505 - typical last song sendoff, nothing special
Download these songs:
Only One Who Knows
Do Me a Favor
I planned on doing this a while back with Grindhouse atleast, and I have a few more planned for.... THE FUTURE.... so expect more of these:
So what is the Hype Machine? Well, this is just a resource guide that tells you what you should be excited about, and what you can watch to build your excitement.
So what are we Hyping up today? A Movie that probably hasn't came to your movie theatre yet in America, and a UK band in their sophmoric effort.
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Last year, The Arctic Monkeys came out with their first full-length CD and pretty much delivered with a great batch of songs that I still listen to today. These guys sound heavily like The Strokes, and are similar to one of my favorite UK bands, Franz Ferdinand(AKA, Take Me Out from Guitar Hero for those who don't know much). So here's to hoping for a successful second album to the Arctic Monkeys(and from hearing from the 3 singles already released, it should be fun).
1. When The Sun Goes Down
2. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
3. Fake Tales of San Francisco
4. You couldn't probably see for the light but you were looking straight at me
5. Who the F**k are the Arctic Monkeys?
6. Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick - (Greatest song name of all time)
FYI, this is the followup movie from the team that brought you the best rom-zom-com from 2004. This time, instead of homaging Zombie movies, their taking a stab at Buddy Cop action movies. This has been out in the UK for a while now, and just hit America in limited release yesterday, don't worry, it'll come. What shall you do while eagerly anticipating Hot Fuzz? Watch the movies that it's homaging, silly!
ehh... to heck with it... MORE SHAUN OF THE DEAD!
Never, never never never never never never...... in all of my life, would I ever think that I would ever be associating the words Massacre and Virginia Tech..
Columbine hit hard, 9/11 hit really hard, but to me, the shooting at VT had the most impact on me and many of us in our area the most.
At about 9:00 or so in the morning, I was walking around the school during 2nd block(because I'm a cocky senior that feels like he can do anything he wants to) and I went by one of the teachers classroom to talk to her(awesome teacher), and she was at her desk and explained to me that there has been gunfire, 1 Dead and 1 Injured(who I think eventually died too).
I didn't really think too much about it, there are 2,600 people at Tech. At the end of the first press release, it said that the cops didn't indeed catch the killer, and they shut down the campus... After 2nd block, I have lunch and after that, I go to 3rd block English class(really awesome teacher). At the end of the class, he decided to go online and see an update on Tech. 22 dead, and 28 injured.
I personally know a good 20 people that go to Virginia Tech, and I'm sure that there is about a good 200 people from around our area(county) that go to tech, so naturally, those words hit hard. It was the first time that I felt that one of these "massacre's" had really effected me, since there was no one I knew in other tragedies. Other tragedies usually just sparked up some discussion, and this one actually made all of us very emotional. As we heard that most of the victims were in the engineering department, I personally know about 2 people in there, so it was really hard.
Thank God that all of the people we were all worrying about turned out to be allright.... But it's just really tragic that 32(so far) innocent lives died for no good or suffeciant reasons at all. And with the guns purchased completely legally, and any stupid schmuck has a chance to do the exact same thing is just sickening to think about. I really hope that the government actually does something about this. I know it's hard to blame VT for any of this, but how is it possible that the students in the school did not know anything about is absolutely rediculous, and even though it seems like too much already, some security issues needs to be taken.
Please, please please, pray to whoever you pray to and pray for the families and friends of the victims.
"If you... go.... to..... see.... another......movie....... besides...... Grindhouse........ DON'T!"
It basically comes down to this, if you've ever had a good time at the movie theatre, or even a decent time, you will completely fall in love with Grindhouse.
The film is what critics like to call a "Movie Event", and directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino nail that experience right in the head.
The movie starts out, the screen is white, and so gritty, and looks so bad, the film reel looks like it's been through hell. And it starts with a faux trailer of a Robert Rodriguez directed movie. It's called Machete, and it's completely awesome, I won't spoil too much, but friggin Cheech plays a Pastor.
Then Planet Terror. The movie will happily scratch any zombie movie itch you've ever had. The action scenes are top-notch, the blood looks amazing(Gears of War), and the actors are great. The soundtrack is Rodriguez's second best to date(first being Kill Bill V.2). The only probablem is that the characters aren't exactly fleshed out too much(major characters die, and you'd care less), the other problem I have is that the trailer completely spoils half of the great action scenes in the movie.
We now go to the 3 additional fake trailers
Werewolf Women of the S.S., I just could not stop laughing. I don't want to spoil to much, instead I will post my new favorite picture ever made. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring to you, Nicolas Cage as Dr. Fu Manchu
This was made by my favorite British people(aka, Shaun of the Dead team and Hot Fuzz team). It's basically a trailer with one central joke, but it was excellent(reference is in the first line of review)
I'll let the trailer speak for itself: http://youtube.com/watch?v=nbSKnL4WFJM (and yes, that is a dude raping a turkey in the end)
Ok, let me say this first. I believe that Tarantino slowed it down a lot on purpose. After we have seen so much nonstop over-the-top action, we(the audience) needs to catch our breath. Once we learn and understand each of the characters in an ever so long gap of characterization, the audience gets what they want, which is a perfectly edited and perfectly executed bloody car torture/car crash that we was teased of the the trailer. It was here that I learned why Death Proof is a much more memorable film than Planet Terror. The characters killed off at the beginning were developed, we cared for them(ok, some of them), Rose McGowen was really innoscent, and the car crash was great. Then, this is where the biggest downfall of the film is. We are introduced to a new set of characters, none of which who I felt simpathetic for at all(except for Zoe Bell, but thats for a different reason).
so now we have a long and an impressive single shot table talk that seems to last forever, and I did not care about any of it at all. Then there was an outdoor scene that was ok. And by here, I don't know what was going on with Tarantino's movie, which isn't good. I don't really know if I can blame the actresses(none of them stood out in the second crowd) or if I can blame Tarantino's writing. Tarantino has never failed me, and in this movie, I was unimpressed with the writing, he just might not be able to right good dialog for female roles.
ANYYYYWAY! all is really forgiven. since Tarantino directs one of the best action sequences I've ever seen in my whole life. It's really an incredible thing to see and I would've paid $20 just to see it again. This is then followed by one of the best endings to a movie(especially this movie, which is so over the top) EVER! I really don't want to spoil it, but it's just flat out amazing how Tarantino ended it. I was in a full theatre and when The End popped up, I believe most of the theatre immediately stood up and applauded.
Points I would like to make out:
-Tarantino had an amazing speech on the elevator in Planet Terror, and then he kind of broke up the unentertaining part in Death Proof. Tarantino really lights up the screen when he's on
-This movie is the funniest movie in years, it's in competition with Borat on how many times/how hard I laughed throughout the movie
-I wouldn't mind paying double the fee to see both of these movies
-All of the faux trailers was amazing, and IMO, Werewolf was the best, Dr. Fu Manchu needs to be my account name on everything
- I would buy a direct-to-DVD Machete(which Rodriguez has pretty much confirmed he wants to make)
-I really do hope there will be more Grindhouses in the future, having different directors being the hosts of them(I'm excited for the next Eli Roth movie, even though I hate Hostel). Tarantino already says he would be on board, and wants to do an old Kong Fu movie with dubbed voices. Hell, Machete would be awesome