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I would like to begin this review with a statement about reviews as a whole. The inherent problem with movie reviews is that they are so deeply rooted in the personal preferences and opinions of the reviewer themself that a review becomes less of an unbiased look at the movie, and more an exercise in deciding whether or not you trust the person reviewing the movie and their opinion enough to believe what they have to say. For example, there was a woman who reviewed the movies in Knoxville who I inherently did not trust. It always seemed like whatever she gave a bad review to would end up being a movie I enjoy, Hellboy for example. While she may have been basically right a lot of the times, because Lord knows I like some bad movies, her opinion was not enough to sway me one way or another on a movie, and many times I would go because she didn’t like a film. We were strange adversaries, she and I, and she didn’t even know it. Anyway, the point I’ve been trying to make for most of this is that I’m not writing a review of Watchmen because I feel Clinton did a bad job. Far from it. You should read his review. I’m writing it because I had a different take on the film, and I’d like to offer it up to the Nobody who reads this blog. Why? Because I can. (more…)

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So, Clint, Caitie, Laurie and I checked out Anathallo (actually pronounced Ann-uh-THALL-oh. Surprise!) at The Middle East upstairs. I’ve only been to the downstairs venue, which despite the usual crowd and lack of climate control, I really like. The upstairs part was like a secret back room club, sandwiched between TT the Bear’s (where someone was clearly playing louder than opener Sam Amidon, who was in the same room as me) and the basement, and the front part of the restaurant/bar/ZuZu. Sam Amidon… well, he made some interesting noise. Let’s just say that I’ve never been at a show of any size where people in the crowd actually SHUSHED other people. Caitie, on the other hand, loved Sam Amidon. I think it kinda turned her on, or something. 

Anyhow, Anathallo was amazing. Absolutely amazing. It was really cool to see the band jammed up on the tiny stage, making all that beautiful noise with all their drums and horns and moogs, etc. They clearly had a great time playing, and the TheraFlu induced “good time” being had by frontman Matt only added to the fun (at one point, he was jamming out so hardcore he forgot that he was supposed to be playing guitar). Long story short, the evening was a great mix of Floating World and Canopy Glow, which was really nice. SUCH a good band. It was really cool “being there” to hear some of the Floating World stuff – that album is way close to the top of my all-time list. Overall, it was a great show, and it was a lot of fun. Check this band out, support them, Buy their records and merch. Like Clint said in an earlier post, this band deserves a LOT more credit than they are getting, so let’s turn it up for them!

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So I know I said that I’d review Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li for yesterday and didn’t follow through. At least that’s what you think. See I also said you had to be good. And well… you weren’t. At all. But regardless I shall review the film anyway. Call me a Samaritan.

It is a long established theory that there are two types of movies: good and bad. Good movies are just that; well made, enjoyable, overall positive pieces of cinema, varying only by degrees of how good they are. However, within the subcategory of bad, I feel that a further distinction needs to be drawn. See I have found in my 21 years of movie going that there are three types of bad movies: bad movies you like anyway (hereafter referred to as ‘guilty pleasures’), bad movies that are so bad as to be humorous and thus rewatchable, and then just plain bad movies. One thing to note is that all of these are more of a sliding scale, varying from person to person. For example, for me the movie ‘Push’ falls into the primary category, as do many action movies. Just to set a standard for the lowest of the low, why don’t we go with the film adaptation of Eragon, bad as a movie, worse as an adaptation. And so the question now becomes where to place this newly offered up piece of Street Fighter adaptationry (trademarked). Now to start off, I feel that we need to look at what this movie most readily compares to, namely the original Street Fighter, starring the Muscles himself. Now for me, this movie falls under the second category. As funny as it is in a lot of places, I can’t actually say I like this movie beyond its comedic value, and really only watch it for that reason. It plays far too fast and loose with Street Fighter canon, and I’m just never willing to buy JCVD as ultra-American Col. Guile. I will say I do love Raul Julia in this movie, although it being his final performance is too bad for him.

So how does the new Street Fighter stack up? Well for one thing, I feel that it has a more consistient and believable story, although not by much. Also, the movie does a lot better it seems at adapting the video game material, albeit by using far fewer characters. There are still changes, but nothing terrible. I do have to level a complaint at M. Bison though. I feel like Neal McDonough did a pretty good job overall, but why in the world did he have an Irish accent? I’ve seen Neal in other things, he’s gone accent free before. Why now? The movie offers up a really half-hearted explanation too. At first it says he was the son of Irish missionaries to Thailand. Ok, makes sense so far. But then it says his parents died and he grew up alone, focusing on a shot of a baby. Again, makes sense. But wait, why does he have an accent then? Is the movie trying to tell me that Irish accent are a trait passed on through genetics? Because if so then… no, never mind. That just isn’t how it works.

Chun Li herself was fine, if perhaps a bit questionable in terms of decision making at times. There was a nice little tie in to why her move is the Spinning Bird Kick, although she only sort of performs it. I do have to give a shout out to Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog, mostly just because I’m a big fan of Michael Clarke Duncan. The guy just always does good work, regardless of the movie around him. As for Vega, well let’s just say that his role in the movie is one of the more overhyped things I’ve seen recently, a.k.a. he might be in 10 minutes of the movie. Might. Also, it was good to see Robin Shou in movies again, and while maybe it would have made sense were he stronger, as in if he weren’t getting his butt kicked every time he fought someone with a name, overall, just good to see him. Maybe lose the moustache.

Everything else about the movie was fine, except for the building blowing up, which looked like it could have been done on a cheap lap-top. Of course there was the requisite reference to the video games’ stories at the end (for any concerned, the movie takes place chronologically before the first Street Fighter).

So what was it overall? Well, it wasn’t a good movie, and it certainly loses even more appeal for non-fans of the game, but I do feel that it is a better adaptation than the original live action movie, and could see it maybe becoming a guilty pleasure of mine, although I’ll probably have to see it again.

Probably going to talk about Spring Training/the World Baseball Classic/Team USA next time, after I see them in person.

-Later foolz

P.S. – If you are a fan and haven’t played Street Fighter IV yet, get on that. Now.

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…The Avalon. For real. But it’s bigger. It’s better. On steroids, almost. But lovable steroids. Like they did it the RIGHT way. There is a balcony, with two levels of seats for those people who don’t like mosh pits. There are more bars on either sides. They lined the walkway inside with blues legends from the ever-present Johnny Winter to Etta James to Billie Holiday to everyone else… The acoustics were beautiful… like REALLY BEAUTIFUL.. like, listening to screaming blues harmonica and guitar without earplugs, even though I’m a baby and don’t want to lose any more of my hearing beautiful


…I was impressed.


I’d only seen the Format and The Receiving End of Sirens (both may they Rest In Peace) at the Avalon, but I without a doubt would come and see any show here. Any show. Any night. It was an absolute pleasure being there last night, and in what I thought was so cool, what I thought was just so neat, was seeing a piece of history: Brother Elwood and Blood Brother Zee themselves – The Blues Brothers. Jim Belushi was scary as a stand-in for his late brother John, and Dan Aykroyd was just as you’d expect him – awesome. These guys were amazing, true showmen, in every aspect. Capped by an evening featuring Jimmy Wood of the Imperial Crowns (not to be confused with Connecticut’s Crowns of Kings), and James Montgomery (of Boston’s James Montgomery Trio), even Paul Shaffer came out for an awesome and always different version of Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions,” “Soul Man,” and the encore…

Not having expected this/really having had it on my radar, when the opportunity came up, I found myself really just soaking in the awesomeness of the whole act – which is what it was – but it was so much more – it was a spectacle; a piece of history on stage, and the fact that they took such joy and ownership of the whole set, and the whole night was just so damn cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it, it’s cool, it’s American, the whole deal… it was just a lot of fun, which was really nice. Check out this venue, people. I was super bummed, but I must say… I am impressed.


Scan the archives for Morrisey’s dates/info, I’m sure Clint’s got them up in here somewhere.


As they say in the movie,

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we‘re wearing sunglasses…”

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United States of Tara is a show that recently premiered on Showtime, about a mother who has Dissociative Identity Disorder — meaning she, without warning, switches from her normal personality to that of any one of her three “alters.” These three include teenage hellcat “T”, redneck macho biker “Buck” and 50’s Stepford homemaker “Alice.” The show is funny, poignant, emotional and fabulous — and here are 6 reasons why you should watch it:

1. It was co-created and co-written by Diablo Cody, creator of Juno

2. Stars Toni Collette

3. Produced by Steven Spielberg

4. Featuring John Corbett (Aidan of Sex and the City fame)

5. Appearance by Tony Hale (BUSTER from Arrested Development!)

6. Marshall, Tara’s middle-school aged son (played by Keir Gilchrist), has to be one of the best characters ever to appear in a TV series

There are more, but that’s all for now. Check it out on Sunday nights at 1opm on Showtime. You can also watch the episodes On Demand from Comcast, or you can check out the first one for free at Showtime’s website by clicking here.

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Merriweather Post Pavilion

It took me longer to listen to this than I expected since I had to wait for the CD release (damn vinyl being so expensive).  I’ve only listened to it a couple of times, but it’s good.  Really good.  Definitely their most accessible, and while in some ways it can be considered their “pop” record, it is by no means formulaic or cheesy.  Instead it’s filled with great melodies while remaining unique and interesting.  Is it Pitchfork 9.6 good?  I’m not sure if anything is, but it is pretty amazing.  I think it’s too early to call it album of the year, but it’s definitely gonna be a contender.

Check out the first video from the album after the jump. (more…)

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