Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I want to tell you everything I love about a movie.
- A setting of a mix between New York City and Christmastime
- Seth Rogen riffing off either James Franco or Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Mindy Kaling
- An Avenger
- The piano from Big
This movie has all of that and more. I remember I saw this movie on Wikipedia and it sounded vaguely interesting. But now, the trailer has me hooked. It has all of those things I listed! It's like a movie made for me. It's also hilarious. I can't wait. 2015's Tower Heist, anyone? (This is my new favorite trailer.)
Here lies an impressive for a new trailer from the director, Douglas Tirola, and the production company, Magnolia Pictures. It is titled, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, and it is the story of how the National Lampoon came to be and what its legacy was as one of the most influential mediums of comedy ever invented. I'd love to see this story unfold.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Awesome Mix Vol. 1: 2014 soundtrack album from Guardians of the Galaxy.
At long last, it's finally here. The world's first look at the long-awaited sequel to one of the greatest comedies ever made, Zoolander. Here, we take a trip inside the human brain (and even see a quick eugoogly) before it is revealed that Derek Zoolander is the man with all the neurons. I don't want to say much more than that, but it really gets the hype going.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Christmas: 2011 Christmas album from Michael Buble.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Love Is a Four Letter Word: 2012 alternative soul album from Jason Mraz.
On the press tour for Ant-Man, not only did Paul Rudd once again give Conan O'Brien a look at the classic clip from Mac and Me, but he also played a fun new game with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Modeled after The Price Is Right's Plinko, Drinko forces the man who is not dropping the chips to drink a combination of the two liquids that receive the chips. It has potential for disgustingness and that is a potential it fulfilled. But the rapport between Rudd and Drinko is too good to miss.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Abbey Road: 1969 blend rock album from The Beatles.
here. Published in correlation with that of the new Dr. Seuss manuscript, Which Pet Should I Get?, this one details the storied legacy and history of the all-time greatest children's author, Dr. Seuss. It's worth a look. "1982: Feels immense embarrassment after seeing image of actual cat for first time in life." is the one that really made me laugh hard.
Friday, September 25, 2015
The Everly Brothers: 1958 rock and roll doo-wop album from The Everly Brothers.
My enchantment with the ESPYs has definitely receded over the years, but it's still an annual must-watch for me. Unlike last year when Drake hosted, this year's appeal was increased due to Joel McHale being tapped to host the show. His monologue killed, of course, but the video above was the real gem for the night, when he mocked ESPN's 30 for 30 documentaries. Bonus: Rob Gronkowski won Best Comeback Athlete! It was a good couple hours, overall. Well spent, I'd say.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Stadium Arcadium: 2006 alternative rock album from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Sherry & 11 Others: 1962 doo-wop album from The Four Seasons.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Shut Down Volume 2: 1964 surf rock album from The Beach Boys.
Enjoy this great moment again if you have already seen the show!
Monday, September 21, 2015
Business as Usual: 1981 new wave album from Men at Work.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Waking Up: 2009 pop rock album from OneRepublic.
Unfortunately, the inevitable has come. It's no secret that the injury-plagued outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Shane Victorino, also known as the Flyin' Hawaiian, has not exactly been a bright spot for the club during the past two seasons. And yes, the Sox have traded Victorino to the Anaheim Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge, meaning Shane is no longer on the team. It's too bad, but everyone knew it was coming. That doesn't mean we won't always have 2013, though! I will be forever thankful for Shane's heroics and goosebumps throughout the year, especially during the ALCS and the World Series with his clutch hits and killer soundtrack. Every little thing will be alright. Thank you, Shane.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Runaround Sue: 1961 doo-wop album from Dion.
this article was great to learn more about them.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Never Trust a Happy Song: 2011 alternative indie pop album from Grouplove.
I thought this video was worth sharing as it was very pleasing to listen to. A man uploaded himself doing an acoustic cover of a medley of some pretty killer songs from The Beatles and he does a great job! He posted it to The Beatles subreddit which helped me see it, as I was subscribed, but in case you're not, definitely check it out!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends: 2008 art rock album from Coldplay.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
V: 2014 pop rock album from Maroon 5.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Waiting for My Rocket to Come: 2002 pop rock album from Jason Mraz.
caklll me pic.twitter.com/lXUc3mvUCL— BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) July 31, 2015
Uh oh! Apparently, former celebrity BoJack Horseman had a drunken night recently and this mishap lead to him tweeting out his cell phone number. And yes, it is his real number. Trust me, I called it. You can cal it, too, and hear what BoJack is up to. It's pretty interesting.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Aim and Ignite: 2009 indie pop album from Fun.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The 20/20 Experience: 2013 pop R&B album from Justin Timberlake.
QB - Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
RB - DeMarco Murray - Philadelphia Eagles
RB - Justin Forsett - Baltimore Ravens
WR - Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers
WR - Brandin Cooks - New Orleans Saints
TE - Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks
WR - Andre Johnson - Indianapolis Colts
D/ST - Arizona Cardinals
K - Matt Prater - Detroit Lions
D/ST - Baltimore Ravens
RB - T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars
QB - Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
RB - Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE - Owen Daniels - Denver Broncos
K - Randy Bullock - Houston Texans
QB - Tim Tebow - Free Agent
I'm digging it!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Love: 2006 remix album from The Beatles and George Martin.
At this year's Independent Spirit Awards on IFC, the festivities kicked off with a pretty spot-on parody of Birdman, this year's Best Picture winner. But the best part is the people involved. Hosts Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell featured heavily during the video, but we also got to see Bill Hader, Miles Teller, and Adam Scott. It's pretty great.
U2 recently had a ton of performances at Madison Square Garden as part of their Innocence and Experience Tour. But one night stood out above the rest. Not only did The Roots join Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam to sing Angel of Harlem, but Jimmy Fallon was "picked" out of the crowd to sing Desire with the band. They're really great renditions! Awesome moments.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Native: 2013 pop rock album from OneRepublic.
I think that this year, Comic Con lost the hype contest to a different convention, one based in New York instead of San Diego. This year's BookCon celebrated the best in literature, but it was the marquee event that everyone cared about. Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak reunited to discuss the book they will be writing together and also for B.J. to interview Mindy about her upcoming memoir, Why Not Me? It was an iconic moment in American history.
It's a good world we live in when we can take the fourth highest grossing movie of all-time and then reimagine what it would be like if, instead of Joss Whedon, Marvel had tapped Wes Anderson to direct it. Not The Avengers anymore, they are now The Assemblage of Indomitable Champions. Enjoy.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack): 1964 soundtrack album from Mary Poppins.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Hotel California: 1976 soft rock album from Eagles.
Entertainment Weekly, one of the big draws was an extensive interview with one of the greatest musicians and songwriters to ever live, Billy Joel. It really is a great read and a good way to get some insight into the music and why it hasn't really been fresh in a couple decades. It really is an excellent peek into the genius of Joel. I recommend it.
Vulture interview that is a good read.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Blood Sugar Sex Magic: 1991 alternative rock album from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Well, here it is. I said that one of the great amenities coming for the last year of the blog would be three more series finale recaps (which have become a staple for ending television)! And here is the first one. It's time for me to bid farewell to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Spoilers ahead!
Here's my moment of zen.
The late night television landscape has been enduring a major upheaval for some time now. Ever since NBC tapped Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, dominos have continued to fall. Seth Meyers replaced Fallon on Late Night, David Letterman announced he would retire from The Late Show and when Stephen Colbert, who brought The Colbert Report to an end this past December, was slated to replace Letterman, Craig Ferguson left The Late Late Show only to become the predecessor for James Corden. Additionally, Reggie Watts decided to move on from Comedy Bang! Bang!, Chelsea Handler opted to move her talk show format from E! to Netflix, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! moved to an earlier time slot in the evening.
But one constant in the world of talk shows through the death of Johnny Carson, the debacle between Leno and Conan O’Brien, and the ceaselessly spinning wheels of change in years more recent has been Jon Stewart.
Stewart succeeded Craig Kilborn on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in 1999 after Kilborn left for a spot on CBS and, despite some initial skepticism, he quickly became the face of satire for the millennial generation with one in ten adults aged eighteen to twenty-nine cited Stewart as the most-trusted source of news. What became more clear than anything else over the course of Stewart’s sixteen-year run behind the “fake news desk” was his commitment and devotion to cutting through the prevalence of nonsense that was consuming media outlets, print and screen alike. After taking a twelve-week hiatus in 2014 to direct the film, Rosewater, speculation that Stewart was not long for Comedy Central gained traction and just when it seemed the new era of late night talk shows would begin and the constant reshuffling would conclude, Stewart cut another tie on television’s weathered safety net. On the tenth of February of this year, Stewart announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show, explaining that his program did not deserve even a “slightly restless host.”
Director Jay Duplass best put the thoughts of a grieving nation into words in a tweet he sent that read, “What will we do without you, oh captain, our captain?” Over the next six months, a cavalcade of celebrities and influential figures gave their best attempts to convince Stewart to stay, including President Barack Obama who jokingly contemplated issuing an executive order to accomplish the task.
Regardless of the wishes of others, Stewart’s plan moved forward and his last episode aired on the sixth of August in 2015. The two messages that dominated the show were those that set Stewart apart from the satirical world: his aforementioned passion in making light of the truth in all corners of the unjust world and the influence Stewart had on each one who passed through his offices.
A cavalcade of Daily Show correspondents returned to bid their boss, in this case a launching pad for fame, a proper farewell, including Steve Carell, Rob Corddry, Josh Gad, Olivia Munn, and Ed Helms. The finale would not have felt right, though, were it not for the audience’s irresistible desire to chant “Stephen! Stephen!” as their beloved Colbert appeared to inform Stewart face-to-face how grateful everyone was for what the veteran host had done over the years. Colbert’s message of Stewart’s generosity was exemplified when the latter devoted a minor scene in the episode to his successor, Trevor Noah, and a major portion of his last moments on the show to illuminating those who helped make it what it was.
One last speech before Bruce Springsteen took the stage to perform “Land of Hope and Dreams” marked the end of the Jon Stewart era at Comedy Central and it could not have better embodied what The Daily Show was about and what Stewart’s purpose was in devoting sixteen years of his life to it, day in and day out. He warned his viewers about becoming susceptible to the deception they may hear or read from the news and the media. It was Stewart who had ripped apart every thread of wool that covered his audience’s eyes, but now that he was departing, he had to make sure we knew what to do without him. Though, it is a shame that we have to do anything without him, at all. The audience had faith in The Daily Show and they still have faith in Stewart. And just as Springsteen’s final line in his farewell anthem conveyed, our faith will be rewarded.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: 1967 pop rock album from The Beatles.
Well, this is a pretty interesting thing. The video above is the trailer for a new documentary titled, Waiting for My Real Life, which is set to debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The cool part of all this? The documentary is about the life and career of one of the all-time greatest singers and former frontman for Men at Work, Colin Hay. That's a life story I'd devote some time to learning more about!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Best of Schoolhouse Rock!: 2002 educational pop rock album from Schoolhouse Rock!