Monday, May 30, 2011

MMM: A Victim of Circumstance

All of my television series have FINALLY drawn to a close. (Was it just me, or did shows just not want to end this year?!) As much as I am glad to see them go, I am starting to feel a bit of an ache for one or two quality shows to watch in the evening. Thankfully, Roku and Netflix are here to comfort me when I need a quick fix.

I'm currently catching up on The Office, but I'm hoping to enjoy some of my old school favorites this summer. One favorite of mine that needs to be available for instant viewing but isn't is Bosom Buddies. It only aired two seasons, but I remember loving it and would love to see how it holds up. FYI, this was the show that launched the career of Tom Hanks. So this summer when you buy your ticket to his latest megahit, Larry Crowne, just think about how far he has come.

Billy Joel - My Life - Bosom Buddies Theme

Billy Joel wrote My Life, the Bosom Buddies theme, but his version was never used for the show. Now you know. Hope you have a good Memorial Day.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Trailer Trash: The May 27th Quickie

How can you tell it's the summer movie season? When the new releases are nothing but sequels. Such is the case this weekend according to IMDb. One new release was so anxious to make huge box office strides that it opened yesterday. For those of us not headed out of town for the Memorial Day weekend or not celebrating it, here's what the theaters will have to offer:

The Hangover Part II  The trailers are brief, hitting us with quick comedy jabs. They only reveal is the wolfpack is at it again; but this time the bride-to-be's brother is MIA. Will this be as funny as the first? Unlikely. Do I, or anyone else, care? Hell no. If this is a stinker, we can only blame ourselves for the huge opening box office that'll solidify the 2013 release of The Hangover Part III: The Hangovering. 

Verdict: Moist With Antici...Pation!

Kung Fu Panda 2  I'm in the minority of people who felt Kung Fu Panda was far more enjoyable than it's summer rival, Wall-E. That doesn't mean I wanted a sequel and, like The Hangover Part II, I doubt this will spark the fuzzy, childlike glee like the first did. Unlike HO2, I can wait to find out. My reason? Next time skip the promos showcasing the voice actors, no one cares.

Verdict:  It's Friday, I Don't Want to be Alone.

Whether you're at the beach or the movies, I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

MMM: Obvious Really

Being that I am the bigger-than-average little monster that I am, I had to celebrate the release of Gaga's new album today. And what better way to do that than to go back to the song where it all began. She's come so far so fast, hasn't she? 

 Lady Gaga - Just Dance

For those who don't watch SNL, Gaga performed in a digital short alongside Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. It's no Dick in a Box, but it's worth watching.  

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Trailer Trash: The May 20th Quickie

If you didn't already know, there's only one major release this weekend so there's not many options for those of you hungry for only the latest and greatest (check IMDb if you don't believe me). It'll be interesting to see if the lack of competition helps or hurts the latest adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow. The real question is, who among us will be going to see it?

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides  Despite the previous trilogy growing increasingly worse with each installment, the trailers make me confident part IV can only be an improvement. After all, less is more and with no Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley that leaves more time for Capn' Jack and Barbossa to ham it up. I'm thinking Ian McShane's Blackbeard will also be chewing up the scenery. I just hope there's a decent story, or cool action, to tie the three together.

Verdict: Moist With Antici...Pation!

I guess if you're not into pirates, you can save your pennies for the next big action release. I believe that's X-Men, a movie about a rag tag bunch of freaks darting over the globe in a ship. Happy viewing!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

MMM: On the Prowl

If only all my days could start off so well. Pulling out the drive this morning, this groovy, gloomy diddy came on my favorite local station. It's a song I hadn't heard in a while so I thought I'd give it some airplay today.

It's the title track from the debut album of singer-songwriter Karen Elson; former model and wife of Jack White. The album was released in May of last year, so it's kind of fitting I chose to play this on it's anniversary, as it were. I really dig the psychedelic 60's vibe and I hope you will too!

Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks

Now I'm off to experience this day continue to plummet downhill. Is it possible to have a case of the Mondays, everyday?

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Trailer Trash: The May 13th Quickie

Good morning stargazers. This one’s going to have to be short and sweet. Well, after looking at this week’s release, probably more bitter. As IMDb lists it, there are only two new releases to choose from. Let’s take a closer look:

Bridesmaids  I've always been a fan of Maya Rudolph, and while I don't think Kristen Wiig is God's gift to comedy, I do find her SNL skits funny more often than not. However, every Bridesmaids trailer has ranged from barely funny to not at all, yet it's being hyped as the second coming of comedy. Granted, some comedies are hilarious despite unfunny trailers, but I'm skeptical this will be one of them.

Verdict: It's Friday, I Don't Want to be Alone.

Priest Honestly, I've never been all that impressed with any of the Priest trailers. I think the story will probably be muddled in a sea of 3D shenanigans and Paul Bettany will have to keep slumming in poorly crafted sci-fi films a little longer. But I fear the only way to get the images burned into my mind by the bazillion trailers I've seen can only be exorcized by buying a ticket to this disappointment.

Verdict:  Exercise the Right to Cinematic Celibacy.

I guess since its Friday the 13th, we couldn’t be lucky enough to get any films worth lining up for. At least Thor was pretty good, so you’ve got some options. Have a good one!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

MMM: Coolest Bandname in Recent Memory

I first experienced this week's artist when they opened for Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings last year. They were groovy and really got the crowd amped for the amazing energy of Sharon Jones. We even picked up the CD after the show to add to our collection.

After that, unless they popped up during an occasional Pod shuffle, I had pretty much forgotten about them. Not to any fault of their own; just I have bouts where I buy too much new music at once and some of it inevitable gets lost in the frenzy. Thankfully, I was reminded of them when VH1 finally caught up with the times and started airing their latest video. Now it's my time turn to show some love:

Fitz and the Tantrums - Moneygrabber

Anyone else ever seen these folks in concert? What did you think?


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Trailer Trash: The May 6th Quickie

May looks like it is not only bringing warmer weather, but it may have also brought us some interesting cinematic fare. It's either that or all the Vitamin D from these past few sunny days have made me more amicable and agreeable. This week offers up three major releases and I lost count of the limited releases listed on IMDb. On an interesting side note, Mel Gibson's new movie, The Beaver, opens in select cities this weekend. Remember when he used to dominate the summer box office? Yeah, me too.

Moving on...

Thor  Of all the summer comic movies, Thor isn't at the top of my list, but my gut is telling me it'll surprise me just as Iron Man did. Granted Chris Hemsworth doesn't seem to have the charisma of Robert Downey, Jr., but so few do. Maybe I've got too much faith in Kenneth Branagh's direction, but Marvel has too much invested in their Avengers saga to make another Hulk-sized misstep.

Verdict: Moist With Antici...Pation!

Something Borrowed  Those who know me, know Kate Hudson is in my top 3 actresses I'd prefer to never see in in a movie. Ginnifer Goodwin, however, has been on both my actresses-to-watch and oh-so-cute lists ever since Tad Hamilton and I've got to support her first lead role. I'd prefer to see her in a movie where the poster isn't a generic piece of shit and the trailers don't give away every detail, but what can you do?

Verdict:  It's Friday, I Don't Want to be Alone.

Jumping the Broom  Any film whose trailer opens with Paula Patton in lacy lingerie already has one point in its favor. Also all audiences need to be reminded that black movies can be made without the taint of Ice Cube or Tyler Perry. From a story standpoint, it doesn't look revelational, but I'm willing to give such a good cast the chance to impress.

Verdict: It's Friday, I Don't Want to be Alone.

Hobo with a Shotgun (limited) Rutger Hauer. Is. A. Hobo. With a. Shotgun. Why would I not want to see this?! It's going to be like Blind Fury except this time Rutger's not blind, and instead of kicking ass with a sword, he's shooting up folks with a shotgun! I especially like the insane, drug-enhanced Death Wish 3 vibe the villains give off. Can't wait to see Hauer mow them all over...
with his shotgun.

Verdict: Moist With Antici...Pation!

Unfortunately, Hobo With A Shotgun isn't playing in my area. If anyone gets the chance to see it, don't rub it too much. Besides, I hear it'll be on DVD soon so I guess I can make due with renting it. Have a good one!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

MMM: New Month, New Group

It's one of those days, stargazers. I don't have much time to intro this week's selection, but honestly I don't know enough about the group anyways. I do know they hail from Detroit and I really like this song. It was the jam on my local station a few months back, but it hasn't gotten a lot of play recently. This is my attempt to bring Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas back to the area.

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - In The City

Got anyone up and coming artist you want everyone to know about? Tell me about them!

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