Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
While the seminal folk band is rooted in protest songs, Young's '06 album Living With War (or, as SNL parodied it, I Do Not Agree with Many of this Administration's Policies) didn't always go down easy with fans and the press. Deja Vu chronicles that time period.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
First, and most importantly, is Watchmen. Comic fans know it's not really hyperbole when the trailer boldly declares it "the most celebrated graphic novel of all time" (understanding that "graphic novel" generally refers to stand-alone, usually lengthy, comic books), and the trailer, more or less, lives up to the hype. What was thought to be unfilmable looks pretty great here, and the cool, slowed-down Smashing Pumpkins soundtrack (itself a remix of a song from the superhero-movie-that-will-not-be-named) is solid:
Second is The Spirit, and I have to join in general blogosphere consensus and say my socks aren't knocked off. I love the source material, and Frank Miller seems a pretty good match for Will Eisner, but it suffers from the same disappointment I had with Sin City and 300: they're cool looking, to be sure, but I don't know that much else is there. Although maybe there doesn't need to be (are we getting spoiled with comic movies that are too serious?):
Finally, comes Body of Lies, and I have to admit here that, while I'm a Ridley Scott fan, my interest in this one stems mostly from the fact that I'm an extra in the movie (you just might be able to catch me as a flower vendor in a scene set in Amsterdam). Apart from that, though, it looks pretty cool, if a little been-there-done-that:
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
If you’re like me, and you recently had your mind blown by the circulating video of Showbiz Pizza’s animatronic band, the Rock-afire Explosion, inexplicably performing Usher’s “Love in this Club,” you wanted to know how this wonder came to be. Why is the clip synced so perfectly in time with the song? Could it be that someone, somewhere, actually programmed the singing robots in question to perform hits from today?
Yes, turns out. Not only that – there’s a small, but devoted, Rock-afire fanbase collecting, assembling, and programming the characters in their homes. And now, reports Paste, their journey is the subject of an upcoming documentary, The Rock-afire Explosion:
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Packed with his sketches, storyboards, and designs, the exhibit makes clear Henson was driven by genius, ambition, and limitless imagination, reiterating the tragedy that, though he had many more ideas than could ever be produced, his death cut short what might've been shared with the world.
What he did share, though, changed television, certainly (his background in groundbreaking commercials is highlighted), but also the world's ideas about how to entertain and educate children. Fitting, then, that the exhibition features not only original Muppets behind display case glass, but an interactive puppet show that allows kids to be Muppeteers themselves, complete with TV monitors.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The good: a disc of new de la Rocha material has an actual release date of July 22; the mixed: it's only an EP, and comes from sessions de la Rocha had been doing with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore (in fact, they're now a whole other band, One Day as a Lion), so, it's safe to assume that most of the material dude's been working on since RATM split won't be on here.
Still, sounds promising enough, and the ragey name is also pretty cool (as in, "It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb")...
UPDATE: Check out their first single, "Wild International." Yes, it's pretty much what you'd expect, but it's also awesome.