Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
The Benny Hill Show-End Credits
The Shining Yakety Sax
Manualist playing Yakety Sax on his hands
Man Trapped in Elevator for 41 Hours Yakety Sax
4/20 Parachute Stoner Dash Yakety Sax
A mash-up between Radiohead and Troll 2.
I really think so…
The BeaTrips- Japanese Beatles Cover Band, “Let It Be”
Japanese Simon & Garfunkel - “The Boxer”
Japanese Bob Dylan - “Like a Rolling Stone”
Japanese Eagles - “Hotel California”
They failed a third of the way in…
From Colbert Nation:
A severe waste time, but amazing…
“The Blue Danube Waltz” as conducted by The Great Gonzo and featuring the lovely Camilla.
I’ve had somewhat of a long weekend, being that I left work early Saturday and had my normal off day on Sunday. I blasted through a few movies, so this’ll be a rather long article since I plan to cover four movies.
First up, I’m going to kickoff a new, possibly regular, feature that I’m gonna call Steves’ Geriatric Jukebox! Named so, cuz you know, I’m an old fuckin geezer. I assume in this feature I’ll pontificate for a minute or three on whatever new music I happen to be pimpin in my sweet ride. And no, I’m not going to be talking about These Arms Are Snakes. I don’t know why I titled the article with that name, to be honest.
Steves’ Geriatric Jukebox!
I’ll kick this off with a huge shout out to one of the best bands you may have never heard. I was personally shocked when I recently first heard this band because they have been around for over 20 years and are huge in the UK. I am referring, of course, to Sparks!! This is some of the most unique and catchy (not always easy to achieve at the same time) music I have ever heard. Here’s a sample from their 2006 album ‘Hello Young Lovers’
I personally own two albums that have been released since 2000 and three albums from the 70’s, and there is obviously a little difference in the sound but it is still pretty unmistably the same band. It’s really kinda amazing that they’ve kept up the level of quality that they have after making music for so long. The band is basically two brothers with a rotating cast of musicians. Here’s a taste of some 70’s Sparks
I actually discovered the band by reading a blog similar to the one I am writing now, so I thought it only appropriate to do the same to help spread the word. This may not be your cup o’tea, you may hate or love it. I personally adore the shit out of these guys’ tunes. I’ll leave it at that for today. Just for kicks:
***End Jukebox Transmission***
I realize that you’ve probably seen this by now. I know that I’m a little late to the party on this one. I have to at least give it credit and recommend it just in case you’ve passed it by. See this movie. This is the kind of thing that makes film lovers love film. Every aspect is pretty much flawless, the acting is incredible (Casey Affleck especially), cinematography even because this is a damn good looking film.
The greatest trick being pulled here is that there’s no real suspense as to what is going to happen to the main characters. Hell, look at the title. You know that one character is going to be killed by another without knowing shit else about the story. Robert Ford, played by Affleck, grew up worshipping Jesse James (Brad Pitt.) When he reaches 20 years old he joins his gang and you’re treated to 2 hours and 40 minutes of respect and adoration slowly turned to jealousy and hate. All by some of the best actors out there (fuckin Sam Rockwell is in this, too) at the top of their game.
This is a character piece so it’s a hard one to write about, to be honest, unless I wanted to blabber on about modern vs classic westerns or how this differs from the other big western to be released last year (3:10 to Yuma)…but no, I don’t want to do that. So I’ll just say that it is well worth your time and money.
I’m on the fence for a big chunk of Stop-Loss. It starts out great with a group of Marines in Iraq enduring a battle situation as well as just hanging out killing time. I was thinking that this was going to be really something special. The soldiers are sent home after their duty is over, Ryan Phillippe is excited about being home. Then he is given orders that he is returning to Iraq, or he has been ‘stop-lossed.’ Basically, a draft only instead of picking civilians they draft soldiers whose combat duty has ended.
He attacks a couple of fellow soldiers, goes AWOL, and hits the road for Washington to take this up with some senator. Um, what? In the meantime, he is losing his grip and his temper a bit too easily. There are a few excellent scenes throughout of him and the other soldiers trying to come to grips with what they’ve had to do and what they’ve witnessed in the war. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, one of my favorite actors, is one example of a fully realized minor character that has more impact than the lead character. Channing Tatum, too, is pretty great.
If that’s all the movie was then it would really be great. I would have no problem with it. But the whole deal with Phillippe tracking down this senator while trying to maintain his sanity didn’t gel with me. If a real marine loses his grip I would expect a hell of a lot more delusion than he puts across. Kind of like his war buddies. They’re done well, it’s just the lead character and story that fell a little flat. Plus, the southern accents sound pretty phony on some of the actors.
Jesus, man. I mean, obviously this is going to be a shit movie. But, my question is the same one I have for the movie from a few months ago, Dead Silence. Why is it so hard to make a movie about a killer ventriloquist dummy and actually have the little fucker running around slicing people? If I rent a movie with a evil looking dummy on it, I want to see the bastard move. I want to see his little grubby hands performing the killing. I don’t want him to basically be controlling some other weak willed individual.
That said, this is…well, still pretty bad. Horrid acting. I mean, I don’t think they even fucking tried. There is some pretty funny stuff, here, though. I actually kinda enjoyed it, but you probably won’t. Just warning ya.
Aaron Eckhart, you are the fucking man! In Meet Bill he is a corporate whore who hates his job and pretty much every other aspect of his life. He busts his wife cheating with the local news celebrity while mentoring a high school delinquent while trying to open a franchise of the ‘Sweet Sweet’ donut shop.
There’s the basic plot. This is wicked funny, very smart writing, and there is a speech given by Eckharts’ character about how to get through life that is so true and poignant and hilarious that the film is worth watching for it alone. He is the star here. I think it’s pretty evident that he is getting ready to really blow up and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’ve dug his work for years and it’s about time that the rest of the world starts to realize.
This is the kind of indie comedy that tends to stick with you. Kinda like a Little Miss Sunshine sort of vibe. (Not that I think that Sunshine is even the best example of this type of movie, it’s just probably the most well known.) Oh, and to top it all off, Jessica Alba is in this movie and manages to not be terrible. Maybe after 10 movies (or whatever she’s done) she’s learned something about acting and is about to ascend to an acceptable level of mediocrity. Or maybe this is just too good for her to fuck up.
Bottom line- this is a definite recommendation.
Guess that’s enough for now. That was lots of typing, and plenty for you to read…so til next time kids……!