Saturday, July 6, 2013

I think Lois Lane is a camera w####

OK, so I'm not sure what all the contempt is about regarding Man of Steel. It's not that bad. Certainly better than ~55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe the contempt is regarding Lois Lane. I am certainly contemptuous of her, and I think Amy Adams is pretty good (though I didn't like her or her self-centered character in Julie and Julia, but that's another blog post).

 If (when) you watch Man of Steel, try to focus on how much Amy Adams is actually in the film. She is in almost every scene past the back-story development. Military finds strange object in ice (maybe a spaceship), so of course Lois Lane is arriving there and is able to hop into the shape-ship. Lois Lane dropped off on a random ice patch in the arctic, and wakes up to a helicopter picking her up. Lois Lane figures out who Superman is. Lois Lane mentioned on TV knowing who Superman is. Lois Lane brought to army headquarters. Lois Lane only person allowed to interview Superman. Lois Lane invited to spaceship of General Zod. Lois Lane crashes to earth but saved by Superman (Fall #1). Superman flies from China or Australia - or whatever place is on the other side of the planet - in a minute or so, and saves Lois Lane when crashing to earth (Fall #2). Superman flies all over city crashing into building after building after building from one end of the huge city to the other, and finally lands on the ground, Lois Lane happens to be just outside.

If this is some contract thing established by Amy Adams, both she and Hollywood really suck, and I like her and her Julie character even less. I wouldn't want to meet her either.

Continuum Drinking Game

OK, we all know that Continuum kinda sucks, but it's not bad from time to time. I especially like it with a drink in hand.

If you ever decide to watch it, here's a simple drinking game to improve the TV experience: 

Kiera gets teary-eyed = Drink

 I promise you'll be smashed by the end of each episode.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Island Records

Okay.  Everybody knows that the "what album would you take with you to a deserted island" question is stupid.

So here's the game.  Name one album from each year that you would take with you to your deserted island.  This isn't "best album of each year"...this is "what album from each year would you listen to for the rest of your life".  I think that is more honest.

As well, no honourable mentions.  No runners up.  One album.  You'll be amazed at some of the battles.  In some of these cases, I don't even think these are the bands best albums, but this is the way things shook out.  As well, I was really surprised by the strong years.  2011. 2008. 2007. 2004. 1996.  Do these years say something about me?  Does it have something to do with where I was at in life?  Hopefully I didn't get any of these years wrong.

2013 - Deerhunter - Monomania - Nothing will touch this album this year.
2012 - Frank Ocean - Channel Orange - Another easy one.
2011 - Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain - I'm going to miss these guys. Great year though.  Lots of runners up.
2010 - Beach House - Teen Dream
2009 - Sunset Rubdown - Dragon Slayer.  This seems really wrong somehow.  But there it is.
2008 - Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life.  Man, this was a hard year.  Lots of great albums...nothing that really set itself apart.
2007 - Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings. Another great year that made the decision tough.
2006 - The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
2005 - Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
2004 - Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat.  This was a battle to choose this one.  Lots of great albums.
2003 -  Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People.  I actually thought 2003 would hold up as a better year than this.
2002 - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags and Codes
2001 - Fugazi - The Argument
2000 - Swingin' Utters - Swingin' Utters
1999 - Superchunk - Come Pick Me Up
1998 - Rancid - Life Won't Wait. This was a tough call.  I chose this album because it was a bit atypical, a bit under-appreciated, yet representative of the era.
1997 - Supersuckers - Must've Been High.  I so badly want to name a runner up here.  This oh so narrowly wins.
1996 - Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister.  Tough year.  So many albums.
1995 - Fugazi - Red Medicine
1994 - Beatnuts - Street Level
1993 - Wu-Tang - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). This was a narrow win.
1992 - This is the worst year for fucking music.  Easy.  Anything that I write in here will be a revisionist lie.  So I'll go with the most under-rated album from this year.  Faith No More - Angel Dust.  Haven't listened in a few years, but it's full of surprises.
1991 - Nirvana - Nevermind.  There were some other albums here...but honestly?
1990 - Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual.  I cannot listen to "Been Caught Stealing" any more, but the rest of this album is amazing.
1989 - Pixies - Doolittle
1988 - Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation.  Just because of "Teenage Riot".  It took me a few years to discover this album.

My back catalog gets a bit thin at this point, so I'm going to end it here.