Wednesday, November 28, 2007

top 10 best movies i watched in 2007

these are the best films i have watched this year chosen from 24 "my movie revues" and not the select few films that get oscar buzz around this time. gonna stick to films from the last few years only (2000+).

when narrowing from 25 films to ten i asked "was it superb?" these all are.

the band's visit , the edge of heaven , the magdalene sisters , hot fuzz , inland empire , lilja 4-ever , the pianist , letters from iwo jima , district b13 , city of god , maria full of grace

Sunday, November 25, 2007

my movie revues #24

the man from earth - see, great film. see it. you will tell someone about it after you do.
the band's visit - see, brilliant and pleasant. nods for best actor and best screenplay at european film awards.
high fidelity - see, smart american film. seems like there are so few.
junebug - see, slightly recommended. although i think it was well done, it didn't do much for me personally. dumb people are dumb. racist people are racist. i can pinpoint the two lingering moments as when one character says "if i was a screwdriver, where would i be?" and when two characters have sex and don't want others to hear, they pause, but don't really stop.
top gun hd - see, feel good fun.
viva las vegas hd - see, any really old film with a perfect new hd picture is a delight. some of the shots of las vegas lights could be straight out of a hype williams video. funny how they ended movies back then too.
one last thing hd - see, plot is about a dying kid who wants to crush a supermodel. can't go wrong.

Jordin Sparks - Jordin Sparks

good album. i imagine she will sell the same as kat mcphee. starts with the irreplaceable beat like every r&b chick has nowadays (see rihanna's good girl gone bad song) and has good songs follow. the song "no air" is so catchy, it's ridiculous.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Paintjam Dan Dunn

i've seen live painting at a show thing, but this is spectacular.

GH3 Dragonforce Through the Fire and Flames

if you've ever played guitar hero, you know how fun it is. this is the hardest level on the hardest song afaik. the end of the video is jokes. if you haven't played, when you screw up too much, you lose and don't finish the song.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

my movie revues #23

it is officially movie season hence the rapidity since my last revues.

ostrov - see, there is only one word to describe this russian film. very intriguing.
waitress - see, it was good.
vera drake - see, strong story.
the nanny diaries - pass, this is the worst film i have seen this year. you could offer me 20 thousand dollars and i wouldn't watch it again.
infernal affairs hd - see, the original of this past year's oscar winner is great. tough to compare the two since people usually favor the first one they saw.
ratatouille hd - see, this rat movie is the favorite to take home the best animated feature oscar. i don't watch many kids movies but this one was good due to the cooking element and swift story.
the conversation hd - see, regarded by some as coppola's finest piece, this was excellent. i like to watch films without knowing their length and this one certainly benefitted from that.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

music critics

are people who write about music and over-think it
just failed musicians?

i have news for the critics. artists don't really care if you like their art.

click here for my 26 second musical creation.

just mentioning this because there is not a 5 star review for the new alicia keys album out there.

here's a negative review:

i laughed out loud when i read "Yet this well-intentioned artist has yet to produce a great album"
this guy greg kot must be a simpleton for not realizing the grammys actually mean something.
he's clearly just talking shit. who pays this idiot?
Greg Kot has been the Chicago Tribune's pop music critic since 1990.
the comments seem to be of a mixed variety. but whatever. fuck him.

all you need to know is new york times gave it a positive review.

Alicia Keys Interview rolling out tv

Alicia Keys- Like You'll Never See Me Again (Video)

good execution on the idea of the song

Riskay featuring Aviance & Real - Smell Yo D***

nsfw. great track coming to a club near you soon.

Dave Chappelle In London


Monday, November 12, 2007

my movie revues #22

the magdalene sisters - see, great story, great film.
we own the night - pass, this film goes from subdue to brutal violence back and forth. not recommended.
puccini for beginners - see, simple and enjoyable.
la vie en rose - see, this had the most powerful scene in a film this year. i don't know much about acting, but i think Marion Cotillard was amazing just to be able to pull it off. let alone the rest of the film which is superb. will be interesting to see how this does at the european film awards on december 1st (up for 3 including best picture)
the edge of heaven - see, intricate and just great. i see this winning best picture at the european film awards and Marion Cotillard taking home best actress for la vie en rose.
transformers hd - see, if this doesn't win the oscar for best sound, the oscars don't mean shit.
blue velvet hd - see, this is like heart attack suspense. i watched the last 20 minutes in broad daylight and it still scared the shit out of me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The New Deal: Band as Brand

it's always nice to find out about a band the kids are listening to. paramore. listening to the riot album now. it's good. but any female with a good voice is going to stand out over her band. (even if dudes have mad gay hair) hence this part of the article:
"Ms. Williams said she rejected an overture from a shoe company that wanted to feature her — alone — in an ad campaign."
a great rock-type album is an album that is mixed right. this one is. and 17 million views on youtube is a sure sign of a hit song.

i know kids dress gay now but really, look at the dude on the right here:

Paris-based designer Michelle Jank

random photo excellence.

Robyn 'Handle Me' video

bet you can't stop watching

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights" video

gotta love it

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nas - Hustlers (Feat. The Game) video


Dizzee Rascal - Flex video

good vibe man

Statik Selektah - Spell My Name Right: The Album

this album is nice. every mc is on point. this is on a dj rectangle level. if you ain't feeling this album, you on some hurricane chris wack shit. easily a 10/10. don't sleep. this is a gem.

Sia - Buttons video

really weird to the point of absurd.

Jay-Z - American Gangster

they give it a 8.6. based on the sole fact that you have to turn track 9 "I Know" waaaaay down in volume in comparison with track 5 "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" which you turn waaaaay up, this is not an 8.6. i think they might have gotten the review all wrong. anyone who listens to hip hop will tell you the beat is more important than the lyrics. and this has some awful beats (the ones with keys that sound pure cheese.) i listened to only the first half when it came out (because it was not very engaging) and a friend calls it "complete garbage."
the mainstream press seems to like it just because the idea behind it is good. the best tracks are blue magic (elite percussion), hello brooklyn 2.0 (it's the bass and the little surround sound effect touch not to mention the yelling guy is funny), roc boys (the funky horns and yelling "speech" right at the beginning), fallin (the repetitiveness seems appropriate).
if a track is not impressive beyond the intro, it's not good.
the simple fact is that great beats CREATE the soundscape that the lyrics live off. go back and listen to jay-z on "welcome to new york city" from 5 years ago to hear my point.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Charlie Rose - Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jay-Z

interviews from about 3 years ago. best part is kanye saying his biggest fear is not having an idea.

something about voodoo

i'm not in a reading mood but the pics are interesting.


look at this douche. not only is he stalking an 18 year old but he looks like a total ...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

alicia no one - saturday night divas

song of the year. if it doesn't make pitchfork top 30, they clueless.

alicia on some tv show called cane

must be jokes playing yourself

Saigon - Come on Baby video

this track is only ok but the album is gonna be fire. swizz is week rappa. saigon gets props for using the term "ringtone rapper" in his song.
The Greatest Story Never Told is now set to be released on December 4, 2007.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

alicia allhiphop video interview

i've been tempted to link to articles on but always decided against it. here's a video from them.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Jay-Z "Roc Boys" video

the beat on the track is superb and the video was decent, therefore winner.

the wire season five preview

the wire is the best show on tv. i'm very interested to see the 5th season which will be focused on newsrooms.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Devices Enforce Cellular Silence, Sweet but Illegal

i always have headphones but i can see how it would be annoying to have to listen to other people.

Alicia Keys Interview

20 minute interviews ftw. (that means "for the win" if you don't speak internet)

my new favorite color

as a youngin my fave color was blue. now it is gray. Charlize Theron by Ellen von Unwerth...

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Alicia Keys Feat. Oumou Sangaré - Fallin (LIVE)

might have a bit of an alicia keys flood over the next 10 days to encourage you to cop the album november 13. the tracks no one, superwoman and that's the thing about love are powerful (i.e. superb) and like you'll never see me again is a very nice slow one. those four are on the new album.