Monday, February 27, 2012

MMM: From Bruges

Morning stargazers. Today's selection is an artist, born in Bruges, Belgium, raised in Australia. I was turned onto Wally De Backer a.k.a. Gotye by my brother. Funny thing though, my interest in him had already been picked by the single below, I just hadn't taken the time to look up who sang it. Now, it's my turn to turn you onto him. Enjoy.

Goyte f. Kimbra -  
Somebody That I Used To Know

He's been compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel. I just don't see it.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Trailer Trash: February 24 of 2012

For me, this weekend marks the beginning of a long box office drought. After seeing the trailers for these lackluster releases, I peaked into March only to discover there are hardly any enticing new releases. I guess I'll finally have the time I've been wanting to catch up on my rental queue. Maybe the outlook will improve, but who knows, maybe one of these will appeal to you.

Act of Valor Seven trailers preceding my screening of Safe House. Afterward I could recall all but one of them, both terrible and terrific. Days later, an Act of Valor TV promo clicked as the seventh trailer I'd seen. I mention this because I've seen this trailer a hundred times and it doesn't look bad, but it is one of the most uninteresting, forgettable trailers airing. Maybe the film is better, but I, for one, won't be finding out. 

Verdict:  Exercise the Right to Cinematic Celibacy.

Gone I, much like my friend Dylan, dig Amanda Seyfried. If I lived in LA, I would not stalk her necessarily, but we'd probably bump into each other A LOT. Unfortunately, Miss Amanda's project choices since Chloe haven't cut the mustard. I was still planning to get my Seyfried fix until I learned Gone is from the writer of Untraceable and I still can't forgive Diane Lane for that. I'm opting to maintain my good feelings toward Amanda. 

Verdict:  Exercise the Right to Cinematic Celibacy.

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds I've been avoiding trailers for this like the plague, but for you, my readers, I watched them all last night. From a script perspective, this looks surprisingly appealing. Thandie Newton is giving it her all and it's always good to see Gabrielle Union working without Morris Chestnut. I'd be first in line this weekend save for one thing; Tyler Perry plays the main character. On second thought, Morris and Gabrielle together would've been preferable.

Verdict:  Exercise the Right to Cinematic Celibacy.


Wanderlust My affection for Paul Rudd has been made pretty clear and Role Models is one of my favorite comedies of recent memory, but the trailers for this are a major turn off. It's not even that Aniston is co-starring with her beau Theroux so much as it these weak-ass trailers. I should hope for a humorous Martha Marcy May Marlene, but then where's John Hawkes? Somebody, help me off this fence!

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

It's not too bad that none of the new releases are must-sees. We've got the Oscars on Sunday! Has everyone picked their winners?

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Monday, February 20, 2012

MMM: You're Here to Win Friend

Sleigh Bells performed on SNL this past weekend, hyping their new album which releases tomorrow. Can't say that I'm a huge fan of noise pop, but I do dig a joint here and there. At some point I'll sift through Reign of Terror for tunes that catch my fancy. Until then, I'll just kick back and listen to my favorite Sleigh Bells joint.

Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Trailer Trash: February 17 of 2012

Surprised? I know, me too. It's been weeks since I've posted a Trailer Trash, but I'm back today and maybe I can make it a recurring series once again (no promises). Speaking of promises, this weekend's two major releases don't look very promising at all. Lucky me, of the slew of limited releases also opening, one of them landed here. Let's have a look at our options.  

This Means War The trailers for this look peppy and fun. Pine and Hardy are having a grand time one-upping and beating down each other as they vie for Reese Witherspoon's affections. Witherspoon is looking surprisingly scrumptious while Pine and Hardy are their usually hunky selves. So much going for it, but my gut's telling me this is gonna suck so I'll be waiting for a quiet weekend this summer to catch it. 

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

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance I was a big fan of the Ghost Rider comics as a teen. I was not too fond of the last film, but it did have Sam Elliott going for it. This sequel has my man, Idris "Luther" Elba, appearing, but I don't know if I can take Nicolas Cage cracking jokes about being thirsty and ashy. That said, I don't know who I'm kidding, because I will inevitably see this, just not anytime soon.

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

The Secret World of Arrietty (Limited) I know I'm dating myself, but who else thinks this is nothing more than The Littles: The Movie? Thought so. Though Hayao Miyazaki isn't directing, one of his crew is helming his screenplay. Even if it turns out to be a mediocre movie, it's still far better than the rest of my options.

Verdict: Moist With Antici...Pation!

I am finally going to see The Artist this weekend. Procrastinate much, do I? What Oscar contender are you trying to catch before the big event?

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Monday, February 13, 2012

MMM: In Memoriam - Whitney Houston

Really couldn't be any other choice this week. So many great songs. So sad.

Whitney Houston - So Emotional

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Monday, February 6, 2012

MMM: Take a Back Seat, Hitch-hike

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