First world problems.

January 8, 2010

I don’t know if it’s taboo to admit to your insecurities in your own blog. In fact, talking about myself has been something I’ve tried to avoid this whole time; though, you could argue that my reviews and recaps are somewhat narcissistic. Isn’t narcissism really what publishing your own blog is all about? So let’s embrace it.

I haven’t written in a while because, frankly, I haven’t been too satisfied with my output. So I’ve been seeking comfort elsewhere. Pop music, for one, has been keeping me relatively sane. I can’t tell you how many times Clear Channel radio has given me goosebumps over the past two months. How can you not like this music? Or this. OR THIS!!! To be honest, I get the same thing out of listening to the latest Gaga single that I do when I hear a killer Mastodon track. Call me crazy.

…but I digress.

My hiatus was also brought on by an extended week (10 days) in Texas. There’s something about Fort Worth that kills any and all inspiration — for me at least. With the way these past three years have panned out, I feel like I caught a glimpse into my future in the Metroplex, filling afternoons and evenings with  processed meat, whiskey, beer, and sorrows. But hey, at least I’ll have steady work at the Circuit City. Right? I shouldn’t knock it. It’s not like my return to San Francisco has proven lucrative. *cough*Anyone know of any real jobs out there?*cough*

If you can make any sense of this disjointed mess, you can gather that I’m sorting through some 2010 confusion. On paper I’ve got a lot going for me this decade. I applied to grad school, but part of me sees it as giving up on my dreams of success in the music business (is there such a thing?). The silver lining is that, for me, giving up is applying to grad school, and if that’s as bad as it can get, well, I can’t wait to see how it is when the getting is good.

For now, I’m going to mourn the loss of a feline friend and hug my cat.

I promise quality posts very soon.

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flicks! 2009 ruled for the most part.

December 25, 2009

I just read the AV Club’s rundown of the 19 worst movies of 2009. Thankfully, I only saw two on that list: Paper Heart and Gigantic; though, I should probably see the other seventeen movies and reach my own conclusions. After all, the AVC isn’t exactly infallable. I don’t agree that Paper Heart belonged there. Sure, it was annoyingly twee-centric, but it had it’s moments and Charlene Yi definitely has her charm, as awkward as that charm may feel. Gigantic wasn’t that bad either. It’s not necessarily a movie I would have paid for in the theaters (Ed. note: I did when it was called  (500) Days of Summer). Lucky for me it was, and still is, available for immediate viewing on the Netflix. The irrelevant title and the random beatings of Paul Dano by a homeless Zach Galifianakis  didn’t do it for me. The story was a little dry as well. I can see why it could be considered one of the worst movies of the year. So where was 2012? That movie was way worse than anything on this list could have been. And I know. I witnessed the whole ordeal as I was squished into the LCD sardine can at the Metreon.

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring of movie lists. That’s the thing bloggers do, apparently. Some really amazing movies came out this year. We witnessed the awesome rebirth of a new Star Trek saga, which is saying a lot since I’ve always identified as a Star Wars geek. Tarantino unleashed another brilliant opus with Inglourious Basterds. Paranormal Activity made audiences everywhere scream (“My stomach hurts!”). I’ve formulated three lists: movies that I loved, movies I regret seeing and I want my 90-120 minutes back, and honorable mentions.These movies aren’t arranged in any particular order within their categories. I don’t believe in rank.

There are obviously some movies left off the list (see: Avatar), but I think i get my point across.

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happy xmas!

December 25, 2009

The Obamas didn’t get to cancel xmas this year. So have a good one. Okay?

home alone for a new generation.

December 24, 2009

This is possibly the best use of Twitter in the history of Twits. Check out the Home Alone Twitter Project. It’s kind of funny.

[slashfilm]

Avatar. One more review to add to the pile.

December 24, 2009

Three words:

Avatar.

IMAX.

3D.

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Free Fallin’: What a tweest!

December 15, 2009

Was the fall finale of  White Collar directed by M. Night Shyamalan? Well, you sure could have fooled me.

::DISCLAIMER::
If you haven’t seen any episodes of White Collar I suggest you don’t read this. I don’t explain much backstory and it’s not my job to hold your hand.

Major SPOILERS after the jump.

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…for my mom.

December 9, 2009

Here’s a pretty funny blooper reel from season 5 of Lost.
I wouldn’t say it contains spoilers, but if you care that much, don’t watch it.

this short film owns.

December 4, 2009

Since every blog is giving unnecessary press to the imminent release of the latest too-literal-to-be-a-parody parody of every movie Judd Apatow produced and directed, I thought I’d show you this gem of a zombie short I found earlier this week. I Love Sarah Jane is a gloomy short from Australia, directed by Spencer Susser, who has mostly done commercials and music videos. Susser has a new feature, called Hesher, coming out in 2010 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt that I’m pretty stoked about, and that’s only because of how amazing this short is—well, and because the film includes a pill-popping Rainn Wilson.

For a short, I Love Sarah Jane is unlike any other zombie movie I’ve seen, combining the atmosphere of 28 Days Later with Lord of the Flies and some Little Miss Sunshine (only the depressing parts) for good measure. I love the subtlety of this film, leaving it to the viewer to imagine the zombie horror these abandoned children have had to witness. The protagonist, Jimbo, maintains some semblance of a normal teenager/pre-teen in how he can still pine over Sarah, not having completely lost his innocence.

Take ten minutes and enjoy this short.

the best marketing ever.

December 1, 2009

Louis CK is easily one of the most underrated contemporary comedians, with stand-up so good that we can forgive him for making Pootie Tang. He’s got a new show coming to FX in March with some very NSFW press to go along with it. I hope this one’s a lot better than Lucky Louie.

Enjoy (with headphones)!

Who needs family when you have streaming television?

November 30, 2009

Did everyone have a decent Thanksgiving weekend? I was lucky enough to venture out on Black Friday in search of new sneakers. On Sunday, I finally got some. I managed to find some shoes that are good for my feet and don’t make me look like a douche. I should probably send Michael Ian Black an email. That, somehow, was the most eventful part of my weekend. With everyone out of town and not much else to do,I hopped on the internet train and watched me some streaming TV. Spending countless hours in my bed, spooning with my lethargic cat, I bathed in the glow of contemporary television and not much else.

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