Archive | May 2013

Scene One: Leaving


A while ago I posted about my friend Alex and the music he was working on. Alex has been a huge help with this blog and I would like to repay his kindness.

His EP, titled “Scene One: Leaving” is now available to stream over at shivertheband.bandcamp.com. The EP is four songs and is building up to his upcoming full length album.

The album is an interesting mix of rock, folk, punk, and indie, so if any of those genres appeal to you, check it out!

Ranking winter-spring 2013 movies (the fresh list)


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Picking up where I left off yesterday, I will continue ranking the 16 movies I’ve seen in 2013 so far, finishing the list by ranking the only 6 good ones. If you missed the ranking for the bad list, click hurr.

By process of elimination, these are the 6 movies I would ever want to see again, in the order I saw and reviewed them:

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Ranking winter-spring 2013 movies (the bottom half)


Ranking winter-spring 2013 movies

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It’s that special time of year again where I rank all the movies I’ve seen in the past few months from my least favorite to favorite. While my reviews are mostly objective (emphasis on mostly) these lists are more subjective to my personal opinions, and since my opinions usually piss everyone off you’ll probably ragequit reading this about halfway through.

Overall 2013 sucks so far movie-wise but the first four months are notorious for having crappy movies every year. People don’t start paying attention until May. Here’s the whopping list of movies I’ve seen, in the order I saw and reviewed them:

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The Great Gatsby


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The okay Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaption to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic is certainly young and beautiful, but doesthat mean we will still love it? I know you will, I know you will.

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The Great Gatsby novel is about a lot of things. Money, desire, work, play, the Roaring 20s, the American dream, and too much more. Unfortunately for its latest film adaption, directed by Baz Luhrmann, it doesn’t tackle overindulgence.

Nick Carroway (Toby Maguire), ambitious and happily inexperienced, moves from the Midwest to New York one summer wet his ears as a bond salesman. He also lives close to his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carrey Mulligan) and her husband, his old Yale buddy Tom (Joel Edgerton). His new neighbor, the shadowy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), never introduces himself, but invites Nick via hand-delivered envelope (unheard of from Gatsby!) to one of his locally famous weekend shindigs, where his mansion becomes a palace of confetti and fireworks (and apparently dubstep music, though that doesn’t make any sense chronologically). Gatsby only wants one thing in the world, and he needs Nick’s help to get it.   

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Iron Man 3


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I am Iron Man

Just kidding. Robert Downey Jr. is the only person with the right to say that.

As we stand now, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is the face of Marvel. The metallic gold and red of his ultra-destructive suit shines green in the eyes of Marvel execs, and allures audiences to cushy theater seats opening weekend. Downey does not take his role as Head Superhero Honcho Since Batman Ended lightly, and neither does Marvel, as Iron Man 3, quite possibly the best film of 2013 so far, highlights his role of Tony Stark more than it does his robotic baddie-blasting ego.

Stark has turned a 180 since his first adventure. Once a pampered playboy philanthropist heir to a billion dollar industry, he’s now a billionaire playboy philanthropist who has saved the universe. After the events in The Avengers, he’s inadvertently drawn worldwide attention to himself, and begins to suffer from severe anxiety attacks. He can’t sleep; instead he spends the night tinkering with new weapons of mass destruction in the basement, causing friction between him and his girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow, who as far as science can tell is not fully human either).

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