I hate chain posts and I hate being tagged in chain posts and I hate people putting me on the spot to do things, through chain posts. Also, I hate Facebook, it’s an archaic, restrictive and a confusing form of social media that specifically restricts networking to family, friends and acquaintances. However, Emerald tagged me in a post to create my own list of the top 12 albums of my life. What the fuck does that mean? Are these the albums that mean the most to me or are they the albums that I personally consider to be masterpieces OR did I just write the same thing twice in different words? I don’t even know.
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In the film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko says, “The point is ladies and gentleman that greed, for a lack of a better word, is good.” No one understands this quote than Jordan Belfort. A stockbroker, who in the 1980s and 90s gained his fortunes by selling penny stocks to wealthy, middle and working class investors. Unlike Wall Street, which showed you the character of Gordon Gekko through the eyes of Bud Fox; Director, Martin Scorsese, approaches The Wolf of Wall Street through the character of Jordan Belfort by having Belfort himself tell his story. The result is an abashed, exciting, disgusting, exhausting, eye-opening and entertaining film about a loathsome man and his friends.
I love music too. I love film and TV more, but I love music too. I listened to a ton of albums this year. They ranged from pop to country to hip hop to rock to whatever hell Robin Thicke’s album was. Some were amazing, while some turned out to be a colossal disappointment, here’s looking at you Paramore and Fall Out Boy. Nonetheless, a lot of great albums were released this year, so many that I considered expanding my list but then it became too much work and because of how busy my life is (YES, EXTREMELY BUSY) I had to settle for 10 and a small list of honourable mentions.
The retelling of classic fairytales is what Disney does best. There was a period where they attempted to do away with that formula and create wholly original films such as Dinosaur, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, just to name a few. The problems with those films was that everything was dumbed down. Stories were forgetful, sense of heart and adventure was lost and most of all, no songs or the songs were forgetful.
Back in 09 Disney jumped back into the fairytale pool with The Princess and the Frog. Then moved onto Tangled, which was loosely based on the story of Rapunzel. Now they’re back with another loosely based retelling of Christian Anderson’s The Ice Queen with Frozen.
When a film like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes along, it brings out my inner feminist. Films like this are rare. We are so used to seeing women be the lead in romantic comedies, that when you see one wielding a bow and murdering people for survival, it’s jarring. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may not be the best film of 2013, it is far from perfect, but it is one of the most important films of 2013.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the middle child of the trilogy, so you’d expect it to be forgetful, a placeholder for the more explosive conclusion. However, that is not the case. Catching Fire is a darker, deeper and more action-packed than the first film. It builds upon what the first film already created and adds more layers, to its characters, and the world they inhabit.
After The Avengers, Marvel raised the bar from what we can expect from comic book films in the future. This has obviously added pressure on Marvel’s stand alone films, who have to now meet those high standards set by The Avengers and provide an entertaining film with a captivating plot and character moments. Thor: The Dark World, brings the action and its fun characters but when characters are just going through the motion of the plot, there is only so much fun that is to be had.
NOTE: This was all done under the influence of some heavy narcotics infused cough syrup.
You’d think that Emerald being such a big DC fan that she’d already be watching Arrow but I know she doesn’t watch TV. She’s too hip, you guys, ugh commercials and she doesn’t have a DVR…I think. Nonetheless, I feel like I can provide the necessary reasons for her to start watching.
If your name isn’t Emerald, than you shouldn’t read this. You will most likely not get it. Otherwise….
The Carrie remake has gotten a bad rep since it came out. With critics and audiences, saying that it was ok or just plain bad. The original is so great and so iconic, that doing a remake seems unnecessary. That would be unfair to director, Kimberly Pierce, who constructs Carrie with universal notes of sympathy, that were missing in the 1976 version.
Gravity is a dazzling film. From its start, right up to its end; it will have you in awe. One moment you will be admiring the scenery, the next you will be gasping for breath. Gravity is suspenseful, full of wonder, impressive in scale but most of all, Gravity, has a heart.
I was expecting Gravity to amaze me. Have you seen those trailers? I knew it would be a visual feast but I didn’t expect the simple but deep themes that Gravity tries to instil in its viewers. Themes of survival, loss, and the human response to disasters.
Best new Drama
The new fall TV season is in full effect, and like every year, there are shows that are great, and some that are not. I made my way through all of new dramas, except the midseason shows, such as, Almost Human and Reign but all the new shows that have aired once this post goes up, have all been considered. I tried to narrow the shows down to my two favorites, and two that are good but could still get better, and truly captivate me. Some might question, as to where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Originals are but I found their pilots to be just ok, and not as great as the ones mentioned below. Without further ado, I give you my new favorite fall dramas of 2013.
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.” – Walter White
Series finale’s are always tricky. People always go into them with big expectations, wanting to achieve some kind of closure. Whether that closure is an emotional one or one that ties up all the loose ends. Whichever way you slice it, people foolishly decide their opinion of an entire series based on the series finale. However, Breaking Bad gave us a perfectly executed finale, that may not have been the best episode Breaking Bad has done but it will surely satisfy many viewers and leave a few slightly disappointed.
Breaking Bad WINNER!
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Sequels are always tough. Not only do you have to create a film that is a follow up to the original but it has to have it’s own identity. It will always be compared to the original and even the most die hard of fans will scrutinize it. No one fucks with the original, a phrase echoed by fanboys through the years. Kick-Ass 2 is envious of the original film. It wants to live up to the original so bad you can sense its eagerness to do so. This causes the film to loose it’s heart, wit and joyful energy that the original has become synonymous with.
*Review contains spoilers*
I enter every new season of True Blood with this longing that the show I once feel in love with, would return. Back in seasons 1 through 3, True Blood was more focused, sure it had the crazy amount of sex and violence but it never created situations just to top itself. You believed in all the crazy antics. Scenes as ludicrous as, Bill being tortured by his maker only for him to end up on the buffet for a couple of vampire blood addicted werewolves, felt real and grounded. Back then, True Blood made an effort to ground its campy nature in reality but after season 4, the show became nothing but camp. Over three seasons True Blood has introduced plot lines that never concluded, had the main characters face life-threatening danger with never dying and told about 5 separate stories per season but you only really cared about two. The show became more concerned about delivering on the crazy that story and characters got neglected.
September is here and school is about to start which means that summer is over and so is the summer movie season. There were plenty of great movies, but for me, most of the tentpole movies of the summer were mediocre. Regardless, I still have 5 movies that stood above the rest.
For the most part, movies in the summer are mindless and fun. Never going beyond mindless action and cheap laughs. But here comes The World’s End, during the dog days of summer, to remind you that not all summer movies have to follow that model. The final installment of the, “Cornetto Trilogy,” gives us Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at their most heartfelt. Giving us a film that is equal parts funny and as it is emotional. It is easily one of the best films of the summer.
In 2009, Neil Blomkamp caught everyone’s attention with his science fiction masterpiece, District 9. The film earned 4 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Everyone was eager to see what Blomkamp would do next. Elysium is his highly anticipated film, the one meant to prove that District 9 was not a fluke. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed by Elysium.
It has been over 48 hours since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. By now people have tweeted, ranted, commented, posted, memed, petitioned and who knows what else but it does not change the fact that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman. I’ll be honest, Ben Affleck wasn’t my first choice to be Batman but he doesn’t make me go, “Why the fuck did they choose him?” All I’ve seen on the internet so far is hate and anger towards him. The people who try to defend him are engulfed by a sea of internet hate. Having a normal debate or conversation about this seems futile. I’m not here to say that Ben Affleck will be the best Batman ever but why not give him a chance. Why not listen to my reasons about why I think Affleck deserves a second chance at playing a superhero and why I think it won’t be like the last time.
Arrested Development getting a fourth season, six years after it was cancelled by Fox, is nothing short of a TV miracle. I don’t think that has ever happened to a show before, someone fact check me on that. Nonetheless, it has been revived by Netflix as they go deeper down the hole of original programming. Cancelled much before it’s time, I was just happy to have this superb show back, even if I found this season to be not as good as the show once was. That doesn’t make this season terrible or awful in any way, just that it was lacking when you compare it to the seasons that came before it. Before you guys get upset with me, I still enjoyed season 4, minus the few rough patches.
I heard about this film but had no real interest in seeing it. Never watched a trailer, just knew that Jennifer Aniston played a stripper and that people wanted to see the film because of it. My friends took me to see but didn’t tell me that we were seeing it because they probably knew I’d protest against it. But I saw, I laughed and I had a good time.