Tuesday, February 23, 2010

January - February 2010 Music Picks

I want to start a list of all the songs that I like for 2010. I am not going to be super strict, as I know some of these came out in 2009. But hopefully as I move through the year, the music will be more representative of 2010.

In no particular order, my favorite songs January - February

Title - Artist
Out of the Blue - Julian Casablancas
Animal - Neon Trees
Too Fake - Hockey
Bruises - Chairlift
Crystallized - XX
Liztomania - Phoenix
Broken Heels - Alexandra Burke
The Cave - Mumford and Sons
You Over Did It Doll - The Courteneers
Blah, Blah, Blah - Kei$ha (Don't judge. It's catchy.)
Cousins - Vampire Weekend
Ambling Alp - Yeasayer
Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas (They sample Rob Bass!!)
5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale
Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
I'm In The House - Steve Aoki and Zuper Blahq
Won't Go Quietly - Example
Why Don't You - Gramophonedzie

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Movie Reviews- Love And Loss at the Movies

Valentine's Day - (Every famous, trendy, beautiful actor) *
Have you seen Love Actually? If not, see it. If so, rent it and watch it again. The movie Valentine's Day is a cheap and unsuccessful attempt at being Love Actually. The best part for me was an out-take that aired in the credits. I did leave the theater with questions though: How many lawyers did it take to negotiate the contracts of all those people? How much does an actor get paid for little bit parts like that? What was the budget of that movie? Do movie writers think the general public is stupid? Bottom line: Skip this movie and watch Love Actually instead.

Shutter Island - (Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams) ***
There have been previews of this movie for what seems like 3 years. It looked amazing so I was worried I wouldn't like it. To be honest, I'm not sure I did. I still think it is worth seeing at some point; it is very well acted and some of the shots are absolutely breathtaking in how Scorsese set up the scene. I was happy that most of the clips shown in previews happen early in the movie and the movie is quite different and deeper than the previews let on. I think my problem is that it isn't all that original, very predictable and at times boring. I was expecting more, especially from Scorsese. That being said, it is well done and the movie holds up with post inspection. Given everthing that is out right now, it is worth seeing. While the previews lead you to believe that this is a scary movie, it really isn't. So you can watch at night or alone and not worry about freaking out afterwards.