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


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.