U2

September 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm (Music)

Ha! I can do more than movie posts! I’d just like to take out the time to point out my favorite band, and one of the coolest bands around for the past 20-30 years that have been rocking the world, U2. The band is led by philanthropist Bono, The Edge plays Guitar, Larry Mullen Jr. plays drums for the band, and Adam Clayton plays Bass. The band has released numerous albums, most of which are incredible, and need to be checked out by almost everyone. It seems that each of their different albums covers a different style-

  • All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Their Best Album)-Rock-Feel
  • How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb-Ballad-esque
  • Achtung Baby-Pop
  • Rattle and Hum-Their Live CD
  • Greatest Hits 1980-1990- Their best stuff/CD (naturally)
  • No Line on the Horizon-Their newest, a reinvention if you will.

So if you’ve never heard of them, you need to wake up out of your coma, if you have and never given them a chance, check them out, it’ll be worth your time. This band does a ton of stuff for needy causes, especially Bono, and gives a almost alternative/almost rock feel that is really cool. Check em out…

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Review

September 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm (Movies)

Behold one of the coolest movies ever. Basically if you’re familiar with any of Michel Gondry’s filmmaking work, you’re familiar with some of the most inventive and creative pieces in current film. His work includes the upcoming Green Hornet flick, the very charming Be Kind Rewind, several music videos, and his masterpiece, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you’re not familiar, get familiar. The story follows Jim Carrey’s character (i’m really busy right now and it’s been a while since i watched it), who, quite frankly, is sick of his once-girlfriend (Kate Winslet) not remembering him or anything about their relationship, and is pretty confused on the whole thing. He then discovers she went to a facility where they erase any and all memories you want. So, in retalliation, after an emotionally wrenching few days, he goes to the same facility to delete her from his mind. However, as the memories are being deleted, he begins to relive all of their great times together, and soon realizes the past isn’t as simple as hitting the “delete” key. Jim Carrey is incredible in this as is Elijah Wood, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet. The whole movie has a whimsical style as it goes along with it’s whimsical type of story and trips inside the mind. Keep in mind you cover a lot of ground in the mind, and things can get trippy. However, Gondry, as always, covers things superbly and geniusly. The movie is directed flawlessly and encompasses multiple relevant coinciding plots together to deliver an incredible package with a stunning ending that will only further convince you of this movie’s greatness. So go rent it, buy it, whatever you have to do to experience this gem of a movie.

5 out of 5

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Inglourious Basterds Review

September 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm (Movies)

Great, now all i write is movie reviews. Oh well, until I can take the time out to update this with some editorials or a snarky comment on a TV Show or video game series, this will just have to do. I quite literally had no idea what to expect in the Quentin Tarantino genre-blend “Inglourious Basterds”, and maybe that’s why i loved it so much, but I guess whatever works, works. The fact of the matter is this is one of the most enjoyable movies i’ve seen in a while, and it’s one i can recommend to almost anyone. You will not enjoy this movie if A) You are made uncomfortable by scalpings or B) If you’re a Nat-zi. Actually, skip the first one, unless you’re a Nat-zi, you’ll love this. The story follows two separate attempts at ending the cruel Natzi power hold of Europe, let’s just say one succeeds. One is led by a Jewish refugee and her african-american lover who just so happen to be owners of a small French theater. The other is Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, and BJ Novak’s group of violence lovin’ Basterds. Ye be warned-this is filled with natzi killin, scalpin’, and murderin’, and it’s so much fun. The main down side of the whole flick is that that it can be incredibly slow in spots, so slow that you’re begging to see Brad’s Aldo Raine show back up to charm the audience with his Tennessee accent or just shoot someone. The performances are spectacular-Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine is a new classic, he had the entire theater rolling in some of the most serious situations known to cinema. (The theater was laughing and gasping at the bat scene.) The entire flick serves as a perfect genre-blend, mixing comedy, adventure, and a little horror and drama, all the while blending it into a perfect film-noir style that perfectly compliments the setting and time period. Needless to say this is the most fun you’ll ever have at a World War 2 movie. It’s gory, it’s violent as I’ll get out, but it’s undeniable fun and stylish fun at that. Leave the kids and those of weak stomachs at home, and prepare for some good Natzi-killin fun with what just might be “Aldo’s masterpiece…”

4 1/2 out of 5

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Quick Reviews-Adventureland, GI Joe, and District 9

September 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm (Movies)

I do want to post reviews of my new favorites I Love You Man and Inglourious Basterds but for now i’m just gonna post these reviews in miniature form. I also intend to put in an Eternal Sunshine Review and a review of Gamer but that’ll be then. I’m gonna try to start writing my stuff fore-hand that way i’ve already got it ready.

Adventureland-Not quite sure what this was trying to accomplish, but it kind falls flat. It kind of aims for the “coming of age” style that Ferris Bueller and Superbad achieved, but there’s a big difference. The leads in both of those are likeable! The choice to not make this a primary comedy is a missed chance and the fact that all the characters do is moan, gripe, bang eachother and smoke pot, without comedy or some other likeable aspect, is kind of a fail in spite of some wicked great atmosphere and some charm. 3 out of 5

GI Joe-Nothing profound, incredibly stupid, but undeniably fun. About halfway through i release this was nothing short of ridiculous, and just started to have fun with it. The stunts are pretty good and the action fairly paced, but the camp-factor and the fact it’s cheesier than a Wisconsin Family Reunion make this one a little harder to approach for the older or well, wiser. But for those that are willing to turn their brain off and have fun with NINJAS! ACTION! EXPLOSIONS! it’s fun. 3 1/2 out of 5

District 9-The best out of the bunch, District 9 is a sci-fi classic for this generation. Incredible atmosphere, superb performance by Wilkus Van der Wright, and one of the most provocative stories i’ve ever heard makes this one a winner, although the ads can be misleading for the action crowd. There was a little trouble for me finding the right ground for the film-documentary, action, sci-fi, but as far as sci-fi goes, District 9 is by-far a winner. 4 1/2 out of 5

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