Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jersey Shore

"The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play."

I watch a lot of bad television shows, and it doesn't get much worse than this one. It's what one might call a guilty pleasure.

No guilt over here.

Bill Simmons (with Dave Jacoby) discuss Season 2, Episode 1

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Why does every conversation about this dude have to mention Third Rock from the Sun?

Damn, I just fell into my own trap.

I get the feeling that all of the hype he's been receiving lately has more to do with the fact that he graduated from that silly comedy to credible movies, and less about his actual acting chops. It's similiar to all of the "Bob Saget is really funny" talk of years past, when people first discovered that he actually curses (!).

A random reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes whose review is somehow quoted on the Inception wikipedia page raves about Gordon-Levitt's Oscar deserving performance, and how he stole the spotlight from other big name actors. What? Really? Did we watch the same movie? I mean he did participate in a thrilling action sequence where he somehow managed to beat up an armed guard, and I have to admit that his little kissy thing with Juno was pretty cute, but this does not make a great performance.

Not trying to hate on dude, as I haven't seen any of his work outside of Inception and 500 Days of Summer (which I HATED). I just get a little annoyed with people who tend to get all crazy with Christopher Nolan and anything related to his projects. Let's slow down all the "next Heath Ledger" talk until he stops doing shit like this, m'k? Thanks!

Dude does knows how to wear suits though, and that counts for a lot around here...


Inception is a good movie.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Reasons To Look Forward To The Coming NBA Season: 2010 Vince Carter & Tracy McGrady?

They're probably not as gifted as the Florida born cousins, but Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan both seem to have the desire to bring back the show that's been absent since the dinos were purple.

The Raptors finished the Summer League with a 5-0 record, and both Weems and DeRozan played extremely well. Sure it was against a bunch of castoffs and rookies, but I'm hoping the confidence they showed will carry forward to training camp and the regular season. With the departure of Chris Bosh, Colangelo seems to be moving forward with his plans to create a younger more athletic team. If these kids are willing to become the focal point of the offence -taking it away from Andrea Bargnani - I'm all for it.

With the Eastern Conference continuing to become more competitive, a number of Sportscenter highlight dunks may be the most we can ask for this season.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Team Cera vs Team Eisenberg

It's a silly argument, but humor me.

If you were to put money on one of these actors who often play "nervous male youth", who you rollin' wit?

Michael Cera

Roles include:

Arrested Development - George Michael Bluth
Superbad - Evan
Juno - Paulie Bleeker
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Nick
Year One - Oh
Youth in Revolt - Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger

coming soon.

Jesse Eisenberg

Roles include:

Roger Dodger - Nick
The Village - Jamison
The Squid and the Whale - Walt Berkman
Adventureland - James Brennan
Zombieland - Columbus

coming soon

I'm rolling with Eisenberg.


Haven't pulled this card in a while.

Courtesy of The Sartorialist

A sample of comments from followers of the blog:

"Looks elegant and very comfy."

"It's sophisticated fashion with a rural charm! Loose trousers and tighter fitting top portrays a wise and intelligent persona, - great stuff!"

"how effortlessly chic..."

"These are certainly the most elegant baggy jeans I've ever seen."

"This is denim served up with nothing but class. I love it! I wouldn't of though they were denim unless pointed out to me."

"What a flawless ensemble: harem-like, baggy trousers--which are so unexpected on a man--balanced with a streamlined jacket and shirt and topped off with a gorgeously tied colorful neck scarf. Bravo!"

I bet if these fine citizens were to appear on the blog, everyone would want them thrown in jail.

I see through you, followers of The Sartorialist.

I see your 'cism!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)

des imbéciles

Interesting that this film was just recommended to me, especially in light of what happened in Toronto a few weeks back.

I've always thought that this sort of protesting was silly; attracting stupid people and sometimes making otherwise rational people do stupid things. I'd say the young men in this movie fall into that category - stupid people. I had a difficult time feeling sorry for them as they fell in and out of trouble. Most likely because they seemed to always be looking for it. I guess if I saw this film 15 years ago I may have been able to better relate to their rage, but as it is, they just come off as a bunch of annoying punk kids.

Liked the movie...hated everyone in it. The Big Picture | 2010 G20 Protests

La Haine: Trailer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Best Thing The Pharcyde Did During The Labcabincalifornia Era

Just kidding.

Embedding disabled bullshit. Watch video: here

Just Don't Matter (featuring BEIDE-2 and Bucwheed)

Emerald Butterfly

Heart and Soul

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Two Escobars (Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, 2010)

Pablo and Andres Escobar

An excellent documentary.

With the World Cup currently taking center stage across the globe, I don't think there's a better time to watch this film directed by the Zimbalist brothers.

If you've read Mark Bowden's Killing Pablo, some of the stories will be familiar to you, but what they mostly focus on is the the drug trade's role in the development of the national football team, and the effect of the game on the people of Columbia.

Columbia's run to the 1994 World Cup is highlighted and provides for some of the most thrilling moments in the film. Of course the tragic ending for both Escobar's has been well documented, so be prepared for the tear jerker ending (for Andres, not necessarily Pablo).

If your torrent game is on point, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding it.

The Two Escobars: Clip

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Splice (Vincenzo Natali, 2010)

This might very well be the worst movie I've ever seen. Recent contenders for that title include Death Sentence and Wanted. The difference with these two movies is that though they were really bad, I still had fun watching them. Splice was just plain awful.

I made the error of watching this movie blindly without viewing the trailer or reading any reviews. I was aware that it was b-movie fare, but I enjoyed one of the director's previous films (Cube), and thought he could surprise me again with another solid film. Wrong.

I saw this film during a stop over in NYC. When the film ended and the lights came up, the first credits shown at the end of the film belonged to Telefilm and OMDC. At that moment, in the theatre surrounded by a number of fat, super size popcorn eating Americans, I truly felt ashamed to be Canadian.

If you've spoken to anyone who had a problem with the film, they'll likely point to two very graphic sequences. Though very disturbing, it didn't really bother me because it is a sci-fi horror movie, and awful things happening wouldn't be much of a surprise to me. My problem with this film is that the Natali did a horrible job of making me believe that there was any reason for these scientists to start and continue down the path that lead to these awful things. There seemed to be very little thought put into their decision making.

Immediately after watching the film, I went online to see what people were saying. I was VERY troubled by the lack of bad reviews this was getting. The hosts of /Filmcast (who introduced me to Natali) sung the praises of this film. To be fair, I don't really look for in depth film analysis from these guys, but it was a little odd listening to them point out many of the flaws in the film, but still recommend it to their viewers.

As I get older my taste continues to evolve, and it may be case of me being the grumpy old film snob. It's possible you may enjoy this movie (as a number of people seem to have), but I just thought I would add some differing opinion to the table, and it is of my opinion that this movie is a steaming pile of poo

Watch at your own peril.

Spoilers following the pic.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww isn't it cute?

I bet it would have been good to know that it would grow to seduce, fuck and kill your boyfriend before brutally raping you and leaving you pregnant.

Splice: Trailer


This show should have been mercy killed a few seasons ago. There is absolutely no bite left in it. Vince is doing the old conflict with a director thing, jokes between Turtle and Drama are falling flat, the Ari asshole thing is played out, and worst of all, I couldn't even get a really good screen capture of Sloan.

They really need to wrap this shit up.

Also, no movie please.