2011 Top 3 Movie Releases

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Movies

As of right now these are the top 3 movies I am looking forward to being released this year…

1. Hesher – Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt both playing what seems to me completely different characters than their usual, and they are in what looks like a totally offbeat story (which I love) with healthy doses of humor and drama. No release date as of yet, but I’m guessing this summer.

(There was a trailer posted online but it’s been removed for copyright reasons :/)

2. Tree of Life – Brad Pitt is my favorite actor, and this movie looks like the kind of art movie I’d love. Just watch the trailer.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/thetreeoflife/

3. Fast Five – My guilty pleasure movie franchise. Fast cool cars, hot women, and tough dudes throwing their weight around. Absolutely ridiculous and I love it.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/fastfive/

Honorable mentions go to Sucker Punch and Captain America.

May 19th

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today I looked up my birthday date on wikipedia (may 19th) and found some pretty interesting things.

I share my birthday with Pete Townshed (great guitarist from The Who) and Malcom X (everyone should know who he is…) and my birthday is an international holiday, World Hepatitis Day. Yep, I’m pretty lucky.

This will only be knee-slapping gut-mushingly hilarious if you’ve seen the matrix and at least the Scott Pilgrim trailer.

I’ve never done an album review before really, so this will probably be sporadic, unclear and too long. Now that you know that, I feel like I can continue.

If you read my last post, you heard me mention an album that blew me away. This is it. Seaside Rock by Peter Bjorn and John. I got this album quite a while ago when  first I was into Peter Bjorn and John but alas was not impressed. When I start listening to the album I wanted more of what was on Living Thing and Writer’s Block but that’s not what I got. There isn’t a single song on this album where the band really ‘sings’ (they sort of do in ‘Say Somthing’ but it’s pretty discreet) and that was a quick turn off. The vocals that ARE on the album are a couple tracks of other people speaking, and in different languages so I had a hard time getting into them long enough to pass the 1 minute mark on either track. The other thing that I missed was the usual groovy and driving beats their other albums have. So needless to say (though I basically already have), I skipped through the tracks and said, ‘meh.’

Well last week before undertaking a long meditative shower, I decided to put this album on just for the hell of it. To tell you the truth I can’t remember which song I started on, I have everything set to shuffle automatically and I sort of spaced out with out paying attention after I got under the water. After a while I suddenly noticed how lost in nothingness I had become, and even after realizing it, I was still practically paralyzed. Though I didn’t know then, now I can say that the song playing was ‘Flavour of the Season’ and as soon as I had ‘come to’ it took me away again.

And those tracks I mentioned with the people talking, well they turned out to be the best part of the album. Listening to their voices was indescribable, and the ‘little bits of music’ placed behind the voices were actually perfect and subtle compliments. It really doesn’t matter if you can’t understand them, you can feel what they’re trying to say and you can feel the emotion in their stories.

I won’t go through each of the other tracks, it’s almost unnecessary really, but I will say this; For the next 40 minutes I felt like I went all over the world. Each song takes you to a different place and plunges you into something new and exciting. And the whole while your moods and emotions are being flung all over the place. I’d reccommend sitting in a dark room (or shower) and just letting it wash over you, I don’t think anyone would regret it.

Pros

– Saw Scott Pilgrim and The Switch. Both very entertaining movies.

– Went and played guitar in the park on 3 separate occasions. On one of those occasions the weather was nigh perfect, making the entire 2 hours I was in the park surreal.

– Began writing 3 new songs and did some work on 2 old ones.

– Played a new game called Bang, and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. That’s impressive cause I’m really not much of a game person anymore…

– Made progress on a tremolo technique I’ve been working on for over a year.

– Found some great new music, as well as  being blown away by an album I already had but hadn’t given a real chance before.

– Decided on a new workout plan to try for a few weeks.

Cons

– My student canceled last week (just for the one time) so I didn’t make any extra cash.

This week at a glance = Solid

So I’m sitting here in my room, browsing the net, playing guitar, doing my thing. Then all of a sudden I hear talking out by the front door. I stop for a second to listen and realize it’s couple of little girls on bikes. You see my Madre has given free reign of our front yard to the neighbors’ daughters to play in and they use it like it’s their own. As I sat there trying to resume doing whatever I was doing I began to overhear something about “I think he likes you, but I dont know” and other guy related comments. Suddenly I felt as though I was eavesdropping, and became slightly embarrassed. Surely I should probably leave the room to give them their space….

Then it hit me; it’s my damn room! So I turned on the keyboard, began blasting a rumba drum beat and started improvising with 80’s Brass Synth. They left.

MLIA

Posted: August 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Similar to FML. It means My Life is Average but it actually turns out to be My Life is Awesome most of the time imo. Link is in the all too elusive Links section.