Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1997)

"You don't want the boot" - Quentin

Just finished watching this film, after having it recommended by David Chen of The /Filmcast

This film - which has apparently reached cult status - is a great little psychological thriller. The premise is quite simple. Stick a bunch of rats in a cage, and watch their attempts at escape, while they try not to kill each other (unsuccessfully of course).

The rooms in the cube offer a variety of ways to kill its inhabitants, so torture porn fans of a film like Saw may enjoy this. There's also a mathematical element to the film that you may enjoy, if it doesn't go over your head, which I have no shame in admitting happened to me.

Also, the film is Canadian, and we rule, so check it out.

Cube: Trailer

A plot element is given away in the trailer. It's something that you'll probably figure out anyway by watching, but if you want to stay spoiler free, you may want to avoid the trailer.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Audible Treats

This one is for a very specific crowd. If you're a fan of hip hop, and MIDI tunes from perhaps the most popular JRPG, then this might be something you can get into.

If not, you may want to stay clear.

01. Kool Keith + Tom Waits - Spacious Thoughts (The Prelude) 4:07
02. Jay-Z - Lucifer (Mako Reactor) 3:17
03. M.O.P. - Ante Up (Battle!) 3:42
04. MF DOOM - Air (Barrett's Theme) 2:35
05. Outkast + Raekwon - Royal Flush (Sailing from Junon) 3:34
06. Skyzoo + Wale - Lyrically Inclined (Jenova) 3:18
07. Gucci Mane - Stoopid (Costa Del Sol) 4:10
08. Clipse - Fast Life (Sephiroth's Reunion) 3:52
09. Dorrough - Ice Cream Paintjob (Gold Saucer) 4:07
10. Murs - Me and this Jawn (Mideel) 3:02
11. Slum Village - Get Dis Money (One-Winged Angel) 3:11
12. Ghostface Killah - Save Me Dear (City of the Ancients) 2:34

I won't keep the link up for long, so if you're interested, better get it now.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Returning Soon

Have some nice things to say about Dres, and The Pharcyde; some not so nice things about a Danny Boyle flick, and some thoughts on the new HBO show, created by the minds behind Entourage.

edit: i love the way they set up the final verse as if something dope is about too drop, and then dude drops the most boring, cliched riddled verse since...well, the previous two verses on the track.

beat is nice though

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Wonder Years

ugh...I can't believe they didn't end up together

Is it weird that even in my advanced age, I still have a crush on Winnie Cooper? I'm probably just projecting many of my Jr./High School memories into Kevin Arnold as I re-watch these episodes.

High School in particular was very awkward. Watching all of my friends become cool, ladies men (teenage fathers), jocks (failed athletes), bullies (murderers)...etc. I was never one to try to fit in, and even if I wanted to, none of those cliques appealed to me. Well, the ladies men crew did, but I was painfully shy and insecure then, so it probably wouldn't have worked out. Those were definitely strange times for this peace loving, hip hop junkie.

No regrets on my part though. Towards the end I found a couple of kindred spirits, made inroads with the nerd/arts crowd, and made my mum proud by graduating high school, which apparently was a big deal.

I would have to do it all over again in College.