It probably isn’t a popular opinion for this site to say that the newest Avengers movie is a dud. Marvel and comic book fans seem to love this film and yet I couldn’t have been more bored or dumbfounded by the choices that Whedon eventually made. The film centers as all of these films seem to have done on machinations made by Tony Stark. Tony Stark is easily the least interesting of all these characters and there isn’t really a reason anyone in the group should like or respect him. As such the movie fails in large part because of this reliance and the fact that it has an equally uninteresting villain.
There are certain rappers whose legacy is debatable… Raekwon The Chef is not one of them. Rae’s spot in the hip hop mural has been etched in stone since 36 Chambers and his unforgettable verse on “C.R.E.A.M.” After the buzz of Wu-Tang’s debut album, Rza stuck Rae 3rd in the line-up behind Method Man’s “Tical” and Gza’s “Liquid Swords.” In 1995, when it was Raekwon’s turn to release his debut solo album, he unleashed arguably the best Wu-Tang solo album to date (in my opinion), “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” That shit right there is in the exclusive, penthouse, luxury suite of classic albums. Rae’s been trying to capture that critical acclaim and commercial success ever since. “Fly International Luxurious Art” is Raekwon’s latest offering.
It was 2009 when LA hip hop collective (Tyler, The Creator would be offended being labeled “hip hop” because he’s evolving…) Odd Future started buzzing on line. It took half a blink for the entire world to be mesmerized by their antics, music, and interviews, perhaps in that order.
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For some time now hip hop has surfaced as the overwhelming voice of the youth. Corporations that once shuddered at the thought of this genre representing their products, now throw millions at artists for endorsement deals in hopes to of capitalizing on this wave that seems permanent. What has been lost during the rise of popularity and paychecks however, has been the art of the music. Albums specifically. More and more the search for the radio hit takes precedent over the constructing of an actual body of work. With so much competition nowadays, a rapper has a small window from getting your attention, to producing quality verses, to actually graduating to an artist that can carry their own project. The Flushing Queens MC has had the attention of hip hop fans for a minute, Mr. Wonderful is the attempt to make you a permanent fan.
I must start this review by simply stating that “It Follows” is absolutely an awesome film. I consider myself a horror film fan above all other genres of film and believe in many ways it’s the hardest genre to execute. The music, the editing and the cinematography of this film are so exemplary that really any film fan can appreciate the craftsmanship at work and even when not being scary the film succeeds as great art. Continue reading
John Dies at the End is a film that I’ve seen now three times and upon revisiting it recently, reminded myself just how enjoyable it is to watch. This is actually a fantastic film for all you “Poominati” out there because it has lots of drugs, dick jokes, humor and hallucinations. It’s been compared to Bill and Ted and there are similarities, but John Dies at the End is more of an update for the internet age.
Currently on Netflix.
Blade Runner 2 is fucking coming people. I love Blade Runner it’s one of the greatest films ever made, the way it shows off a futuristic L.A. and the insanity of the Philip K. Dick plot; while taking a big budget film into an undisputed classic. In my opinion Blade Runner is right up there with The Matrix as probably the two greatest hard sci-fi films of all time.
I don’t think it’s a particularly popular view to consider a film to be “okay”, but that’s exactly what I would consider The Kingsman. It was a film I had high hopes for that didn’t live up to those and it made me question why I’d had high hopes. I loved Kick-ass and I loved X-Men: First Class and thus I thought Matthew Vaughn would create another film that I would love. The Kingsman made me rethink those two films and I concluded their okay films with a few great performances and very solid editing. Now, to get to the problems with this film. Continue reading