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