Month: June 2014

“Trans4mers”–Thoughts/Review/Whatever

I’m conflicted. I saw “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (stupid name, by the way) on it’s opening day (Friday) and walked out of the theater not sure what to think. I wanted to write a review that night. But I couldn’t sort my thoughts out. This continued all weekend, and now here I am, 3 days later, trying to figure out what to write about it. In all honestly, the movie is so terrible that I don’t think it warrants an actual, thought-out review. So instead, I’ll just share a few thoughts I had about it.

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6 Things I’m Expecting from “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

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Ahhh…summer movie season. Nothing like some CGI and simple movie plots to make you appreciate Oscar season even more every fall. As the rich movie executives get richer, and the independent filmmakers are left on the streets begging to make a living, I will confess with full disclosure that I’m a sucker for summer movie season. Michael Bay’s Transformers series, in my eyes, is the epitome of a cliche summer blockbuster, and, as I’m sure you know, the fourth installment opens up this weekend. And as much as I love to hate Transformers, I, once again, confess that I’ll be seeing the new movie.

In my defense, I’m bringing my 9 and 14 year old male cousins with me. These films were manufactured for people like them I feel, and I know we’ll have a fantastic day at the movies. Regardless, I consider seeing a Transformers movie as a way of giving in to a temptation to something you really shouldn’t be doing, like cheating on your girlfriend or stealing candy from a gas station. It may feel good at first, but you know that what you’re doing is essentially wrong. So, as I support the Hollywood-terrible-blockbuster machine this weekend, I already have a feeling that I know what to expect out of this movie based on 1) my past experiences with Transformers movies and 2) What little I know about this movie based on its trailers and Wikipedia page. So, without further ado, here are 6 things I’m expecting from my Transformers: Age of Extinction movie-going experience. Continue reading

Songs I Can’t Stop Listening to- “Terminal Romance” by Matt Mays & El Torpedo

The name Matt Mays may not ring a bell, but I assure you that if you give him a listen, you will not be disappointed. The Canadian rocker has been a part of a few bands over the past few years, and last year I got the joy of seeing him open up for one of my favorite bands, The Gaslight Anthem. I hadn’t listened to him or even heard of him before the concert, but his band’s performance was hands down one of the best I’ve ever seen live.

The band ended their set with an epic, emotional, unforgettable rendition of their song “Terminal Romance” off their album of the same name. It blew me away. The first thing I did when I got home from the concert was download the song from iTunes. And I haven’t been able to stop listening to it ever since. It’s a nearly 8 minute journey through a heartbreak, and while that may not be the best sale’s pitch, the anthem feel of the song makes it catchy enough to replay in your head over and over again. With lyrics like “Cause heartbreaks are uncurable/And I’m up all night/Stone-faced in New York City/Trying to set things right,” you feel like you’re following right along with the protagonist as he tries to get through the night.

“There ain’t nothing as dead as a dead romance/Nothing more alive than the city tonight.” Not only can you picture it, you can feel it. Check this song out, and while you’re at it, look the guy up on Spotify.

Ranking All 9 Seasons of “The Office” from Worst to Best

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“I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder-Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” -Pam

Say what you will about how the U.S. version of The Office ended, but I have to agree with Pam’s above quote from the series finale. Based on the U.K. series of the same name, The Office ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Its mockumentary style gave the audience the sense that they were following these ordinary people’s ordinary lives, yet the setting of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton branch created an atmosphere that everything these characters did really did matter in the grand scheme of things.

Still, not everything was extraordinary about the ordinary, and some seasons and story lines were much better than others. With just over a year since the series finale of The Office aired, time has allowed the entire series (201 episodes in all…can you believe it?) to sink in. It’s now time to rank all nine seasons of the show from worst to best.

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Who Could Star in a Remake of the Original Star Wars

With this past month bringing the announcements of the three directors taking on the Star Wars saga after J.J. Abrams releases Episode VII, it’s safe to say that Star Wars fever is alive and well. At this point though, most of the hype is speculation, which can actually be quite a bit of fun. My good friend Travis Clark recently wrote about who would be a good fit to direct Episode IX, a film that isn’t even coming out for another 5-6 years. What this goes to show is that Star Wars fans can’t help but guess and hope that their favorite industry personalities will take on the series that has been loved and obsessed over for decades.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Star Wars lately, especially with the announcement that one of my favorite directors, Rian Johnson, is directing Episode VIII. And while most of my thinking is focused on the future of the series, I recently thought about who would play the roles of the original Star Wars film if it were to be remade today. While I know that the film is a classic and will never be remade (hopefully…hands off, Disney), it’s a bit fun to speculate who would be playing who. Here is who I think would be perfect in the roles if A New Hope were being remade today. Continue reading

Concert Review–The Gaslight Anthem, Upstate Concert Hall, 6/19/14

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2014 should be a good year for The Gaslight Anthem, the alternative rock band straight out of New Jersey. They have a new album, called Get Hurt, coming out in August, as well as a world tour to promote it. Formed in 2006, they have been called a lot of things, from punk-rockers to Springsteen-wannabes. Over the course of four albums, they’ve really begun to find their niche though. The Gaslight Anthem specializes in music that conveys a sense of idealized romanticism and nostalgia, all while speaking to the working class every-man. It’s hard to not be a Gaslight fan without getting emotionally attached to the music. Continue reading