Friday, March 13, 2009

Modest Mouse

I've been a Modest Mouse fan for quite a few years, now and this album itself was made in 2007. Regardless, it's awesome, for several reasons.

One of the main reasons that this is an awesome album is because i feel that Modest Mouse have finally found themselves, they're far more comfortable with their sound than they ever have been and i think that's because of the addition of Mr.Johnny Marr (the ex Smiths guitarist). One of my favorite tracks on the album is Steam Engenius, which you can listen to here.

One thing i love about Modest Mouse is how wacky they are, their sound is kind of like hillbilly crazy but with gritty down to earth sounds. I always say that if you take Modest Mouse instruments away from them, they'd play on pots and pans and i reckon that's especially true in the case of this album, they just ooze the raw primal passion of wanting to create music no matter how they make it. You can tell they're having lots of fun, too.

Give them and particularly this album a listen!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who watches the Watchmen?


That's basically my review, but i shall elaborate regardless.

Being someone who hasn't read the comic (i know, i know, shoot me now) i didn't know what to expect from this movie going in there. In fact being someone who has seen the comic around and looked at the art and decided to put it back on the shelf due to the art, i was very much hoping to like it regardless of the comic. And boy did I. From the opening scene i was hooked, it's dark, it's gritty and the music is totally in your face. The soundtrack IS excellent, even if it feels a little awkward fitting in places, you can't doubt there's some damn good songs in there. I've heard a lot of people complaining that the movie doesn't follow the comic to it's entirety, i'll be reading the comic just to find out what in fact is different and to be fair on the people that have read the comic, i understand why you would be annoyed. But you can't deny that it's a brilliant film regardless of any changes that there may be and as far as i can tell, the characters themselves are perfect. I know it's by default everyone loves Rorschach but he is utterly awesome and the actor that played him is brilliant.

I won't give you any spoilers with this post, but i do urge you to see it. Ignore any bad criticism, ignore any good criticism, hell ignore everything i've typed here and just see it and make your own opinion of it yourself. But i promise you'll like at least some aspect of this film and for me personally, i loved it all.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Holy over enthusiasm, Batman!

So as i was stumbling around some web pages that were just getting in the way on the internet of stairs, i came across some old Adam West Batman clips. In every single clip, Robin can't help but find something to say "Holy..." about, in one instance Batman's being attacked by a shark and Robin's all "HOLY SARDINES!" For one, Robin, that's not really relevant. It's a shark. And two, what the hell?! If my buddy was being attacked by a shark i wouldn't shout holy sardines, i'd be all "HOLY FUCKNUTS, WHAT THE SHIT, HOW IS THERE EVEN A SHARK EXISTING IN MANCHESTER?!" But definitely not holy sardines.

Take a look.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Golden Oldies

I'm a huge fan of old films and tv shows from the 40s, 50s and the entire era associated with them. I've recently become quite addicted to watching old 1950's What's My Line? Clips on youtube. Despite the fact there being a British version i find myself quite comfortable with the American panelists and host. I haven't even seen the British version yet, actually.

What's My Line? Was a weekly game show hosted by John Daly from 1950-1967, the show had four panelists each week who had to guess the the line of work that the numerous guests dealt in by asking them a series of questions. There would also be mystery guests where the panel would have to be blindfolded, because usually the guest was very well known in the movie world, tv world or theatre world. Ocassionally tricks would be played on the panelists and the guest would be a member of their family or a close friend. The panel consisted almost regularly Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennet Cerf and Steve Allen. Steve being replaced by Fred Allen in later episodes.Ocassionally there would be guest panelists from Arlene's husband Martin Gabel, but ocassionally an actor, actress or comedian of the time, such as Groucho Marx. I mean how brilliant is that? Groucho friggin' Marx! The reason i adore this show though is because of the relationship the panel and moderator John Daly have with each other, they all get along great and you can sense how good friends they all are. Arlene Francis is brilliant and another reason why i love the 50's is for the glamour of the women, Arlene Francis was definitely glamorous. Nobody's up their own arse about anything though, which you find a lot of these days, it just seems like more simple times back then, everyone's nice and they all look great.

I used to watch a lot of Laurel and Hardy growing up and old silent movie era stuff of the 20's, i adored it and later years i realised Laurel and Hardy weren't the only entertainers of their kind. Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin of course were also huge stars i just didn't appreciate how big until i was a little older. I think anything looking back on simpler times i can't help but admire. The Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello are also friggin' brilliant and i stumble upon a lot of their stuff on youtube. There's a famous Abbott and Costello sketch called "Who's on first" that you just HAVE to see. Even if you're not interested in any of this stuff, i urge you to see it, in fact here's a friggin' link. I'm heavily into old film noir films, too. I think one of the reasons i studied photography in college was mainly because of these old films, especially dealing with black and white. There's a brilliant noir film called The Third Man starring Orson Welles that has a pretty famous theme tune attached to it that even if you've never seen the film, you'll know the music. The film's set in Vienna, mostly at night time, so you see a lot of drop shadow effect and a lot of tricks to enhance the brick of the floor which they did by spraying water over it, street light glistens off the brick kind of thing. Brilliant. I think my whole point i'm trying to make is...people are right when they say they don't make things like they used to. But it's always lovely to remember.