Thursday, December 23, 2010

24/7 Penguins Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

A great series currently being aired by HBO.

If you're at all interested in hockey (the culture, more than actual game), this is a good look into the on and off ice look at the players, coaches and executives involved in the game.

HBO lucked out by capturing two of the best players in the world and their teams which are heading in opposite directions. The series concludes with the two teams facing each other in an outdoor game on New Year's Day.

The entire first episode is available on YouTube, with subsequent episodes available through the usual channels.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In The Bedroom (Todd Field, 2001)

"I couldn't wait"

And I'm glad for it. There's something about William Mopather that annoys me. I hate his face, and he looks extra douchey here with his moustache and blond hair. His last name also bothers me too.

A lot of good words and accolades for this film. Didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but there are some good performances (Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek), and Marisa Tomei is always fun to look at. Todd Field also does a good job directing. The scenes with Wilkinson and Mopather in particular were tense.

In The Bedroom: Trailer

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Black List (2010)

Today, Franklin Leonard released his annual list of the top screenplays not yet produced or released in theatres.

The media will always focus on the screenplays receiving the most votes, but I always have fun focusing on bottom of the list. Here you'll find some WTF? titles that you might not feel comfortable giving a number 1 vote, but will include on your ballot because you think they are crazy to catch on with the -- let's say, general movie viewing audience.

Here are some of the titles that stood out to me:

POINT A by Chris Rubeo

"An unconventional romantic comedy between a thirty year old magazine writer and the subject of his newest piece, a witty, wise beyond her years teenage video blogger"


"Two friends angry at Jane Austen for creating unrealistic romantic expectations among women today get sent back in time to the nineteenth century. They only way for them to return home is for one of them to get Jane Austen to fall in love and sleep with him"

HOVERCAR 3D by Blaise Hemingway

"Set in the future, an ex-con street racer has to transport a whistleblower across country in a high speed hovercar with an army of authorities trying to stop them"

(someone call Jason Statham's agent!)

And finally, those hoping for the zombie thing to go away (namely, myself) will be disappointed to learn that scripts involving them are still be circulated around Hollywood.

ZOMBIE BABY by Andy Jones

"After the zombie apocalypse, a young couple unsure about whether to start a family has the decision made for them when they take in an orphaned zombie baby they don't have the heart to kill."

BOY SCOUTS VS. ZOMBIES by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochisuki

"A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect an island town from a zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troup."

KITCHEN SINK by Oren Uziel

"A human teenager, a vampire and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion."


The Black List: Link

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fu-Schnickins - Check It Out

Haven't heard this song in a long time. It just came up during an itunes shuffle, and there were a few things that bothered me about it. Boredom has led me to sharing some of my issues with this track.

This track is a perfect example of when bringing your boys to the studio goes bad. I really don't want to count, but there's about 3 or 4 "Mcs" on this track who sound the same. Who are these people?

I think they also could have done a better job choosing the order in which the Mcs appear. Having Moc early in the track is probably the best. I would move him to the 2nd or 3rd spot, because the first verse is usually a memorable one and, well...I think most of us would rather forget Moc Fu.

Poc Fu never bothered me, so I'm fine with where he's placed on this track (after the first refrain). Not a lyrical giant, but he's got a decent voice.

Dres sounds so out of place on this track. Not his best work, but he still outclasses everyone here. Not sure why they buried him in the middle of this track. He really should have had the final verse, which is usually reserved for the home run verse.

Chip Fu bats cleanup here. He does his thing stylistically I suppose, but usually you want the final verse to be memorable -- filled with one liners you'll be repeating for months or years. You're not going to get it here because you can barely understand a word he's saying.

And...uhm...that's all I got.


Sock Game

Though it provided the impetus for this particular post, I thought The Godfather homage was a bit too on nose. Overall, the season finale was solid and did a good job of setting things up storylines for the coming season.

Terence Winter and crew created a very fascinating world, and the plot and characters kept me engaged during the entire season. I know a few people who jumped ship and commented that the show moved too slow. I think this may be due to their expectations being a bit off. You see some of the creative talent involved (Scorsese, Winter, Buscemi, "Omar"), and some of the characters involved in the story (Capone, Luciano, Lansky); people automatically assume it's going to be war all the time. The main character is a politician, so of course there's gonna be fair amount of behind the scenes politics, plotting and scheming during the episodes. Patience is often required and then rewarded with great payoffs for those who stick it out.

A good start for the show. Looking forward to more stories from Atlantic City.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Glenn O'Brien - How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman

"I don’t mind, since everyone will think I’m going someplace more fabulous later." - Glenn O'Brien on overdressing

Former television show host; screenwriter (need to find a copy of this film); magazine editor, and my favorite GQ Magazine contributor; Glenn O'Brien's style guide will be in stores next spring.

I'm sure not everyone likes being told what style is, but he does give useful tips, and his writing contains enough humor to balance what some might see as snobbery.

A definite first day purchase.

How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman: Link

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kanye West - Power

Don't you hate it when someone says "I wish the song was longer"?

I finally had a chance to listen to Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and while listening to the track "Power", I thought to myself, here's a song that I think works better as a 1:42 track. The hook (and sampled vocals) are so strong that the lyrics in the verses become inconsequential. Having the track at this length also allows spares us from listening to that unfortunate "abomination of Obama's nation" rhyme.

The video for this song has also spoiled me. It's so powerful (pun) that listening to this track in its audio only form seems a little underwhelming to me.

I'm gonna delete it from my ipod, and just watch the video version whenever I want to hear the song.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda, 2009)

The Proposal + The Celebration + Tron + Scott Pilgrim + War Games = Summer Wars?

I found a little something from all of those films contained in Hosoda's followup to his 2006 release, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. (a title I enjoyed very much)

I thought this was a solid film, though a little convoluted at times. There's some interesting animation here, especially the sequences which take place within the online world. The story deals with the importance of family (in this case a very large one), and touches on the perils of an over-reliance on technology.

I've seen and heard Miyazaki's name brought up in discussions about Hosoda, which I'm sure must flatter him. It seems like a lot of pressure though, and I hope the comparisons don't detract from the solid work he's done so far. Definitely someone to keep an eye out for in the future.

Summer Wars: Trailer

Friday, November 19, 2010

A (Very) Brief Conversation: L.A. Jay

John Barnes III aka L.A. Jay recently joined Philaflava's message board, where he answered some questions regarding production credits on tracks by The Pharcyde. Shameless fan that I am, I decided to hit up Mr. Barnes on twitter with a few questions of my own.

I had questions regarding the Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde chapter in Brian Coleman's excellent book Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies -- which I'm certain we've all read.

When discussing the track Otha Fish, Slim Kid Tre mentions that the version included on the album (produced by L.A. Jay & Tre) was not the original version recorded. The original version was produced by M-Love; a friend of the group. I asked Jay if he could recall the original track. He sent me a link to this track...

The Pharcyde - Otha Fish (The Heavy-Head O.G. Mix)

I have this version!

I've had it for years as an owner of the Otha Fish CDS. I guess the "O.G." in the title was referring to recording history, and not, errr...original gangsters. Was a little disappointed as I hoping to unearth a gem. Of the mixes included on the single, this was always my least favorite. What Jay and Tre did with the Herbie Mann sample was perfect, and I believe we all can agree that the sentiment in the lyrics was better conveyed on the final album version.

L.A. Jay - "yeah, he went into the zone over my beat. the tempo change let his verse breathe more, accentuating the emotion in the lyrics."

Another track discussed in Brian Coleman's book was "My Man". Described as "Funny, daffy, and just amazing", deadlines and infighting prevented this track from being completed and included on the album. I asked Jay about it, but he didn't seem to remember it. Not all that surprising since it was recorded almost 20 years ago.

"I'm sure I heard it way back then...I'll ask Tre about it."

And there you have it. Wasn't able to turn up anything (yet) as far as demos are concerned, but the Otha Fish trivia was great as I'm very appreciative of any information concerning the recording of this album.

Shout out to L.A. Jay for responding to my tweets, and for producing some great tracks for The Pharcyde. Follow him on twitter @john_the_third

The Pharcyde - Pork

The Pharcyde - The Rubbers Song

The Pharcyde - Passing Me By (Fly As A Pie Remix)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Wish De La Soul Still Made Tracks Like This: Eye Know (The Kiss Mix)

De La Soul - Eye Know (The Kiss Mix)

Hip Hop's aural representation of an adolescent crush.

What I love about this remix is that they keep the original lyrics (quite endearing), flip a new beat (which is still on the light side), but add in sexual moaning to dirty up the track a bit.

It gets really fun towards the end of the track, as the sounds keep repeating over the beat, finally ending when the music stops and the full orgasmic sample is heard.


Album Version: Link
The Know It All Mix: Link

Post Inspired by: The T.R.O.Y. Blog: The Moaning Compilation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sock Game

The spotlight you so craved is shining, but so far your performance on the court has been average at best. That championship you also covet, I hope it comes your way because you're at serious risk of becoming a forgotten man -- the third wheel to a couple of superstars.

Post Update:

Jason Whitlock on Chris Bosh: Link

Saturday, November 6, 2010

This Is Hollywood Running Out Of Ideas

hmmm...which waify white woman romantic comedy should I see next?


Post Update:

Apparently network television is also out of ideas. Coming soon to NBC...

Friends With Benefits: Trailer

Larry David brilliantly wrote about this matter almost 20 years ago on the Seinfeld episode "The Deal". A lot more classy than what I'm seeing in these projects.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

J-Zone - Root For The Villain

Day 1 purchase.

Hits from his twitter account

Greatest subtlety in rap album history: The Lench Mob en route to a drive-by while listening to Young MC's "Bust A Move" on Cube's 1st album

Hostage in my own home cause this pudgy ass kid knows Im here & keeps ringin my fuckin bell for candy. His mom big as hell too what the fuck

Everytime I listen to the production on Fear Of A Black Planet, I realize I ain't done jack shit. Most producers should feel the same way.

Thats why I fuck with facebook, I can see all the stuck up pretty girls from HS lookin 'bout ready to go get a Baconator now, its beautiful.

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger: link

Root for the Villain is slated for a 2011 release.

"preserve your legacy"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Consumer Electronics

Is there a more unreliable product on the market?

I think not.

I've had my iPod since May, and I'm already on my 3rd pair.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Redman - Hardcore (Promo)

Remember when Reggie was a scary, grimy ass n...

Didn't look like someone you would want to run into on the streets at night. A far cry from the Right Guard peddling, Animal House meets Cheech and Chong comedy thing he did in the latter part of his career.

A few things that I really like about this clip.

1) The classic Erick and Parrish cold lampin' pose.

2) Hurricane Gloria getting smushed by Reggie.

3) The cameraman getting Blair Witched.

Bonus Unpopular Opinion: Redman was really dope on this track doing the alliteration thing, but I've always preferred P's perfectly painted portrait (see what I did there?) of a grimy ass New York hip hop show.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Reasons To Look Forward To The Coming NBA Season: Blake Griffin

Nice shirt Griff Dawg

Based on what I've seen and heard, this kid can play. It's only preseason but everyone who has seen him has remarked on his fearlessness and energy level. These games are not at all important, but he's playing like a man possessed.

He missed what was supposed to be his rookie season due to injuries, and it looks like he's ready to more than make up for lost time.

Hopefully he can stay healthy.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Duffle Bag

"I haven't had a chance to use my bag yet but I'm looking for a reason to."

This quote is from a customer review responding to a duffle bag created for this particular brand. I quote it because it perfectly mirrors my thoughts on the duffle bag -- which is, what exactly are you supposed to do with them?

I have a small book bag which I use to carry whatever novel I'm reading. I can also store smaller items in the bag as well (hat, gloves, mobile devices).

If I need to carry more or larger items, the messenger bag works for me.

What I want to know is, what are people carrying in their duffle bags? Sure they look cool while doing the fashion blog walk, but I prefer to be hands free when on the move, and I imagine doing the one hand thing might irritate after a while.

Not knocking them.

If you have one, let me know what you're carrying in yours.

Gang Starr - Tons O Gunz

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Best Dressed Television Show

"We're business men, right? Gotta look the part" - Al Capone

Mad Men, I believe you've lost your number one spot.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Team Cera vs Team Eisenberg (Final Thoughts)

First, a message from Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson from Filmspotting.

This subject matter became an issue for me after (coincidentally) watching 3 films earlier in the year that featured Jesse Eisenberg. My normal routine after watching a movie is to visit wikipedia and IMDB.

The IMDB message board for Jesse Eisenberg is where I first witnessed the hate that this kid was (and still is) receiving. I don't believe he's one of the greatest actors of our time, but he's nowhere as bad as these people would have you believe.

I think what annoyed me the most is that he was written off as nothing more than a Michael Cera clone. Cera seems like a good kid, but I can't imagine anyone wanting to be like him. It just seems like a really lazy way to create or enter conversation when it's not necessary. Much like the person who's only contribution to a conversation about The Beatles is to say something like "Ringo isn't the greatest drummer".

It seems now I can rest. The response to The Social Network has been positive, to say the least. Eisenberg in particular has been praised for his performance as Mark Zuckerberg. As petty as it sounds, I have to admit to taking great pleasure in telling many of my friends "I told you so".

I've seen The Social Network 3 times so far, and when the year is over, it will probably rank as one of my favorites. You know when your friends says "it was dumb fun" when defending the terrible movie they just watched? Well The Social Network is fun well made. Directing, cinematography, score, sound design (that club scene...whoa),acting, and most impressively, the writing -- it's not perfect, but there aren't a lot of movies released this year that are as strong across the board as this one was.

My UK peeps, I believe the film is to be released on October 15th. I think this is one I can safely recommend to most people, so if you're even slightly intrigued, check it out.

Toronto peeps, if you haven't seen it yet and need someone to watch it with...

Eisenberg spits hot Sorkin flames.

Tom and Jerry (1946)

One of my favorites.


Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire)

Chalky White

Haven't been overly impressed with this character's involvement in the show thus far. Of course it's still very early, and he's only been in a few scenes in the first 3 episodes.

I'm worried that what the creators have in mind for Mr. Williams is a prohibition era Omar Little. If this character is nothing but a righteous brother who's not afraid to get his hands dirty -- well, I'm gonna chalk it up (pun) to stunt casting and fan service.

I can't go for that.

No can do.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Social Network: Supporting Actors

Funny how these entertainment publications are trying to push their favorite culture appropriating pop star into the Oscar conversation.

Dude wasn't wack, but I think people are getting a little carried away. It works in the studio's favor because he's the most famous person attached to the project, making it easier for them to throw him out there to promote the film. It also works for the press because Hollywood could always use another likable star.

If you ask me, the supporting actor who deserves major props for this film is Armie Hammer. The actor was constantly stealing scenes playing the Winklevoss twins, and if you've seen or heard conversation about the film, most people will tell you that he was one of the highlights.

I think I may have found myself a new agenda.

Hammer > Timberlake


Next: Eisenberg Wrap Up

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall/Winter Movies 2010

Only 3 movies I need to see before the year ends.


Portman & Kunis going at it (yes, that's EXACTLY what I mean)


Apple Trailer (in case of youtube yankage): Link

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Congratulations to Jose Bautista who moments ago became the first player in Toronto Blue Jays history to hit 50 Home Runs in a season. Allow me to celebrate this joyous occasion by adding some paranoia to the mix.

Last season, Bautista hit 13 Home Runs in a limited role (336 at bats). Given the opportunity to be a full time player this season his numbers have skyrocketed. He just needed a chance to play everyday. Well, his improvement was so vast that people started talking about Performance Enhancing Drugs.

Last season, his teammates Adam Lind and Aaron Hill both had career years. Outstanding numbers all around. This of course was called a case of the players living up to their potential.

So we have a case of one excellent season being linked to PEDs, but when the same thing happened the previous year, no questions were being asked? Both Lind and Hill's numbers have fallen off dramatically this season. Why the sudden drop from last year? They'll tell you it had to do with injuries, or a slow start. Was it possible that they were using PEDs last season? No, of course not.

Only Latin players cheat...

Senor McGwire

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hieroglyphics - Menace II Society (update)

Original Post: Link

Had an opportunity to ask Domino about the track. Here's what he had to say.

...I do remember that track and believe I have a cassette copy somewhere. I will look around for it and if Cas is cool, I will post it at some point.

The story behind that track is, Jive was doing the soundtrack to Menace to Society and had Casual and Souls submit songs for it. The Souls submitted “Our Secret” a song we has left over from the 93 til sessions. Casual went in and did a new song on a beat by Extra Prolific. It was recorded in NY around the same time (late 92’) we were mixing Fear Itself and 93 Til.

The Main thing I remember is the chorus with Ex Pro saying ”I’m a menace and its like that.” and Casual following with “I’m Menace, and ain’t nobody gona strike back”. The beat was kinda dark and uptempo but thats about all I can recall…..and one Cas line “basically, the way I live is trifelin’.

We submitted them and The Hughes Brothers rejected them both saying they were not West Coast sounding enough. Based on what ended up on that soundtrack, it probably wasn’t a good fit anyways.

I will look for that tape and hopefully I can share it with everyone.


Shout out to Domino for always being cool with fans. The track may see the light of day.

Good call by The Hughes Brothers not accepting the track submitted by Souls of Mischief. Great track, but maybe not the right tone.

Doesn't really seem to fit in with tracks like this:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961)

A Dandy Lion.


The show was kinda trippy. I wonder if the creators were smoking some good shit at the time. Every Saturday morning at 6am I would plant myself in the front of the TV and laugh loudly at this.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Australian Crime Dramas

I've seen some comparisons to The Godfather, Goodfellas, and works by the Coen Brothers. I wouldn't go that far, but both of these films are solid.(Animal Kingdom being the better of the two)

The Square (Nash Edgerton, 2008) | Trailer

Animal Kingdom (David Michod, 2010) | Trailer

Some good films down under. 

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - Rolf Harris

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Imani (The Pharcyde) Interview

Pardon me, Uncle Imani ("I'm 40 years old; I'm an uncle; I be talkin' shit...")

He's pretty candid in the interview and covers the origins of the group, up to their reunion at Rock The Bells.

Download: Link

Interview by JC:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Betty White

I tell dirty jokes and it's funny because I'm old.

Please go away.

I mean that in the nicest way possible

Saturday, August 28, 2010

John Gaudy

Still haven't found the right colors for this site.

Put This On

I've shown love to this blog in the past, but I'll do it again as I think it's one of the best men's style blogs on the net.

Lately I've been thinking about tightening up my wardrobe, and I found a great entry on the site listing a few essential items a man should have in his closet, including:

Navy blue blazer
Straight-cut blue jeans
Mid-gray wool pants
White and light blue shirts
Plain white sneakers

Pretty basic, huh? Well it works. I haven't done any real shopping in over 3 years, and I've been able to keep myself looking decent. I try to keep away from the items that appear to be time sensitive (uhm...boat shoes).

For a full list of essential items, check out the blog post here: The Essential Man's Wardrobe

They also produce videos covering different elements on men's style. The latest episode features director Paul Feig (Arrested Development, The Office), and nerdboyfriend's Roxana Altamirano, who I could listen to talk about clothes all day (she's very sweet).

Finally, Put This On hosts Jesse and Adam recently appeared on the podcast Battleship Pretension, where they discuss some of their favorite style icons and items that have appeared in past films. Michael Cera and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (favorites of this blog) are both mentioned. The conversation gets a little sophomoric at times, so if you're easily offended, you may want to skip.

Battleship Pretension (style in cinema conversation starts at 41:35)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Getting more difficult to isolate her in screen captures.

Are we all still watching Entourage? I hope so, because it hasn't been this good since season 2. Best of all it's a different type of good. The stakes seem a lot higher this season and issues aren't exactly wrapping up as neatly as they have in the past. The only issue I have with this season is the overabundance of cameos (come on...Kevin Love?), and the wack storyline that Turtle is involved in.

E, please slap the shit out of Vince.


White Lines (Don't Do It) - Grandmaster Melle Mel