52 Word Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The fifth Harry Potter book, more thriller than adventure, was the one that I think was ghostwritten, and the movie held true to the book, as usual. The three main actors weren’t nearly as horrible as they are in the previous movies, acting lessons finally? Effects: nice. Story: padding for the series.

52 Word Review: Eagle versus Shark

Eagle vs. Shark I went to see Eagle vs. Shark because I think Jemaine Clement is one of those inherently funny people. If you agree, you will probably like it. Otherwise it’s an “offbeat” Napoleon-Dynamite-style romantic comedy from New Zealand. What it lacks in hobbits it makes up for in Awesome clothes and nunchucks.

52 Word Review: Transformers

More than meets the eye!Transformers was the coolest, silliest movie I’ve seen in a long time. There’s obviously some nostalgia at work here, but it’s a solid, loud, typically-Michael Bay action movie. If you played with the toys as a kid like I did, rest assured, Optimus Prime is still as cool as you remember.

Savage: The Movie

Saw this over at Matt’s LJ, seemed interesting.

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
REMEMBER, DON’T CHEAT!
So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, iPaq etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool…

Note: I skipped the song if the same artist came up again.

Opening Credits: Dr. Dre & Ice Cube – “Natural Born Killaz”
What kind of movie is this going to be?

Waking Up Scene: Susie Van Der Meer – “Somebody Has to Pay”
From the Run Lola Run soundtrack, not a bad choice for a breakfast montage.

Walking Down The Street Scene: House of Pain – “House of Pain Anthem”
This could be funny, fitting or tragic depending on which street we’re talking about.

Car Driving Scene: The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
Eh, not a great fit.

High School Flashback Scene: Mr. Mackey – “It’s Easy, Mmkay”
Nice choice here. Life advice, South Park stylee.

Drug Abuse Flashback Scene: Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”
Bizarre.

Summer/Beach Scene: Blink 182 – “All the Small Things”
Good beach music.

Nostalgic Scene: Insane Clown Posse – “The Neden Game”
Just can’t make this one work.

Bitter, Angry Scene: Nine Inch Nails – “Where is Everybody?”
Few better choices than Nine Inch Nails for bitter music.

Break-up/Throwing Things/Slow Motion Scene: The Dust Brothers – “Psycho Boy Jack”
If you broke up in a run down gas station with flickering flourescent bulbs, this would be a good choice.

Regret Scene: Ahmad – “Back in the Day”
Title works, song doesn’t.

Bar Scene: Air – “The Vagabond”
Harmonica, hand clapping and Beck, sounds like a good bar to me.

Nightclub Scene: Underworld – “Ballet Lane”
It fits if its a laid back club full of people sipping amaretto.

Fight/Action Scene: Green Day – “Basketcase”
Eh, can’t imagine this song causing any fights.

Sad, breakdown scene: Korn – “Lost”
Angsty, gritty, good pick.

Death Scene: Hüsker Dü – “M.I.C.”
Pacifist punk song, bad fit.

Funeral Scene: Moby – “My Weakness”
Kinda sad I guess.

Mourning Scene: Beastie Boys – “Eugene’s Lament”
Probably the best pick of the bunch.

Mellow Scene: Kittie – “Immortal”
Instrumental Kittie song, I guess that passes for mellow.

Dreaming About Someone Scene: Bjork – “Sod Off”
Dreaming about pre-emptively dumping someone.

Sex Scene: Kompressor – “Vitamins are Good”
Bizarre.

Contemplation Scene: Outkast – “Prototype”
Well he says “i think” alot…

Fancy Party: Ministry – “Psalm 69”
Not too fancy.

Realization Scene: 311 – “Fat Chance”
Realizing one of your favorite albums is almost over.

Flashback/Build up Scene: Howlin’ Wolf – “Moanin’ at Midnight”
This song begs for sepia tone.

Chase Scene: Mudvayne – “Nothing to Gain”
Hmm, wouldn’t work for a car chase, maybe a foot chase through the city.

Happy Love Scene: Marilyn Manson – “The Speed of Pain”
Might work with a loose interpretation.

Happy Friend Scene: Cut Chemist meets Shortkut – “No Mistakes in this Number Son”
Not a bad fit.

Closing Credits: Basement Jaxx – “Same Old Show”
Decent credits song.

Musical Addiction

Every once in a while, I (and probably most of you) get addicted to a song or album. The day just isn’t complete without hearing it a few times. I’m currently addicted to a possibly-record 4. It’s also very interesting that all 4 songs are available for free, legitimately!

“Truth Is” and “Uncle Sam Goddamn”, both by Brother Ali, who seems to be the second best artist on the Rhymesayers label, behind Atmosphere. Nice beats, plus Ali’s a very talented rapper, and an interesting fellow, a mixed-race albino who’s found himself in an extremely race-conscious industry/genre. You can hear both songs at brotherali.com

The other two are remixes by Ratatat (apparently unsigned), who I came across a while back when someone used them for a World of Warcraft video. “Party and Bullshit” by Notorious B.I.G, and “The Mule” by Z-re, Devin the Dude & Juvenile. Both are available on myspace.com/ratatatmusic.

So this made me think of the albums (not songs, there’s been too many) that I’ve been addicted to over the years. I’m going to set a threshold here of at least 3 months of compulsive daily listening. Albums I just happened to have left in my CD player for too long don’t count either. This means that there aren’t many, because it’s rare to be hooked for a week, never mind 12. I’m actually surprised there’re even this many, but then again, I am getting old. Note: I’m not making any claims to the objective Greatness of the albums on this list, though some are (OK Computer, Odelay), and some are clearly not (Fine Malt Lyrics). It’s just that these are the ones that stuck the longest, for me, when thrown against the wall.

Check your Head by the Beastie Boys
Black Sunday by Cypress Hill
Fine Malt Lyrics by House of Pain
Dirt by Alice in Chains
Murder Ballads by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Odelay by Beck
Dig Your Own Hole by The Chemical Brothers
OK Computer by Radiohead
Amnesiac by Radiohead
Reanimation by Linkin Park
Seven’s Travels by Atmosphere

Current: None.

What are yours?