Friday, October 29, 2010

Took Me Long Enough: Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

I cannot believe it took me this long to see this. Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favorite actors, and I love Nathan Fillion. I wish I could say I love Joss Whedon, but all I've seen of his is a couple (excellent) Dollhouse episodes. But if anything inspired me to check out his obvious classics such as Buffy and Firefly it's this. Beautiful, hilarious, emotional with an excellent soundtrack. And damn, NPH has an awesome voice. This duet is a highlight of a short film that's all highlights.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Surprisingly Awesome: Easy A


So Easy A isn't a brilliant movie. It has flaws, sure. A good amount of jokes fall flat, it's not as biting as it could be, riddled with cliches, and annoyingly points out the cliches as they happen as if that makes it ok. However, this was one of my more enjoyable experiences at the cinema this year. The script did have some great zingers and actually made a weird plot kind of work. The tone was breezy but serious enough, but not overly serious, when handling the more delicate issues. The jokes weren't yet another onslaught of dick jokes. The supporting cast was great, especially Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as the parents.
And then there's Emma Stone. I'd seen her before in Superbad and Zombieland and really liked her in both, but here she proves she is more than capable of carrying a film. She also proves it doesn't take a guy to carry a teen sex comedy. She is also, coincidentally, ridiculously attractive. I kind of fell in love with her. This hasn't happened this bad since I fell in love with Linda Cardellini's character Lindsay Weir on Freaks & Geeks. Also, she is really talented. Double threat. Awesome.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"You Are Not Alone" by Mavis Staples

This song was written by Jeff Tweedy and sung by Mavis Staples. It is about as beautiful as music gets. The next time you are down listen to this song. Then listen to it again, and again, and again and again and again. Music doesn't get much more perfect than this.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Social Network: Trailer

First off, I'm looking forward to The Social Network more than just about any movie the rest of this year (besides maybe Somewhere). But I am here to praise not just the potential awesomeness of the movie, but the actual awesomeness of the trailer. I've considered becoming a trailer editor, and this is the reason -- trailers can be art, and this undoubtedly is. The music, the opening shots of Facebook activity, the timing, everything. When Justin Timberlake tells Jesse Eisenberg "this is our time", and Jesse smiles with a hint of evil, I still get chills, and I've seen this trailer at least 20 times.

A Cool Photo and a Playlist, Pt. I

"The Situation" Family Photo

  • "Live To Tell the Tale" by Passion Pit
  • "Monster" by Lady Gaga
  • "Boys, Boys, Boys" by Lady Gaga
  • "Black Sheep" by Metric
  • "This Dance is Out of Your Hands" by The Steelwells
  • "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem
  • "Tightrope" by Janelle Monae
  • "Florida University" by The-Dream
  • "Shut It Down" by Drake (feat. The-Dream)
  • "Fuck You" by Cee-Lo Green
  • "Winston" by Bound Stems
  • "The Diamond Street Church Choir" by Gaslight Anthem
  • "Bloodbuzz Ohio" by the National
  • "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn
  • "Cry When You Get Older" by Robyn

"Live to Tell the Tale" by Passion Pit

I don't know Passion Pit as well as I should, but this song is fantastic. It's a little heartbreaking, especially at a time where I'm separated from all my closest friends. The chorus: "God bless that smile on your face/God bless the seeds in the ground/God bless my family's keen gaze, oh/I know that whatever happens to you,/Whatever happens to me,/I hope that i'll fall asleep/Knowing that you'll always be/The story with no ending". Whether you take that as love or just friendship, it's a punch you in the gut song.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Anchorman

It's the role Will Ferrell was born to play. Even his tiniest movements are perfect. One of the funniest comedies of the last decade. Not every movie that just throws a bunch of funny people into a cast is a great movie made, but in this case the group of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Christina Applegate (and a bunch of cameos) worked like a charm.

The clip is a scene that'll probably go down in movie history, and will always be a nice delight. Especially in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Singin' in the Rain


Singin' in the Rain. Really not much more needs to be written than that.

I want this song and dance to be the first dance at my wedding.

Oh, and Debbie Reynolds' half-smiling tear streaked face when she runs through the theater near the end is one of the most beautiful things in the world. I love few characters like I love Kathy Selden.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Winston" by Bound Stems

In 2008, the band Bound Stems came out with their final album, The Family Afloat. Thanks to The A.V. Club I found out about this album, and man is it incredible. I haven't heard it in a while, but it's still amazing. Every song is great, but "Winston", about Winston Churchill, is a fucking knockout. There are few songs better than this somber, yet hopeful piece. Sure it ends with the lyric "Oh we're in trouble now". But with music this good it's impossible not to be hopeful.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fringe's "Brown Betty"

Any episode that involves Walter getting high and telling a heartbreaking story, Lance Reddick being a general badass (just kidding, that's every episode. Someone needs to give this man a starring role in a show. Now.), a couple musical numbers, a great story within story and a spot-on noir feel is a great episode of Fringe. Oh, and singing corpses. Yeah, you read that right (see video below). (Sidenote: How the FUCK did John Noble get shafted from the Emmys this year? He is, consistently, hilarious and heartbreaking, but never overdoes either aspect. Easily one of the best performances on TV, I'd actually go as far as to say the best one.)

"Born to Run" - Jimmy Fallon, Glee, Etc.

Last night I did not watch the Emmys because it was my first night at college. As usual some good things won (Modern Family, Mad Men, Jane Lynch) some good things lost (Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Terry O'Quinn) and nothing about my opinions of the shows or people were changed. However, this opening number featuring some Glee cast members, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm and many more, was awesome.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nicki Minaj's "Your Love"

Any song that is catchy, references Die Hard, calls a man the "illest" and features the rhyme "candy store" and "todd-lor" is a winner. An awesome winner. And Nicki Minaj's presence (heard before in the best verse in "Bedrock") don't hurt much either.

The Walking Dead: TV Show Trailer

I'm on the second book of The Walking Dead comic book series, and it's damn good. The characters are well drawn (both literally and figuratively), the plot's at least mostly original and the zombies are awesome looking. The new show on AMC (certified awesome channel), debuting Oct. 31st, looks like it will follow the comic's lead in taking common zombie tropes and, by expanding them, adding more pathos and unique themes and ideas. Also, a lot of awesome zombie killing.

Human Giant: An Intro to Awesome

So the point of this blog is to bring you things that are good, great or awesome. Human Giant, perhaps my favorite sketch comedy show, is undeniably awesome. The first season DVD is something I should own, and the second season DVD is something that should exist. My personal favorite sketches include "Space Lords: Episode 2", "Corn Chowder" and the one below, "Doritos Jingle". Pts. 1 & 2 are great, but the actual commercial in Pt. 2 (featuring Kristen Schaal!) is perhaps a masterpiece.
Anyhow, I will post more Human Giant in the future, as it is one of the awesomest things ever (how could something starring Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer not be?). Until then though, enjoy this and get ready for a multitude of awesomeness.