Friday, April 27, 2012

MARLEY


Recommend: Yes

     I know this one is out already and perhaps you can still catch it if you want to.  Bob Marley was of course an immensely talented singer-songwriter-performer who belongs in the pantheon of the greats.....BUT...there's something I hope they get to in this doc.  I'll put it in the form of a question:

Why is it that Bob Marley was so fantastic, yet ALL OTHER REGGAE MUSIC SUCKS BALLS?  

     Sorry to you super Reggae fans out there who like Black Uhuru and that shit. but you are obviously stoned out of what's left of your fucking minds.  I would estimate that for every good Marley track, there must be 37,000 shitty awful reggae songs out there.  Hell, if the music nazis ever came to me with a sonic Sophie's Choice and said, "We are either going to destroy Rastaman Vibration OR every other Reggae song ever recorded," I'll take Rastaman please.  Red Red Wine comes to mind, but that's Neil Diamond.  There are a few covers out there, but no good original Reggae.  WHY!!!!!!!

Drop me a message if you have a good theory.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

LOOPER



Recommend: yes

     Okay, I know my tagline is "there's just no pleasing some people" but I really only like to tear into someone's movie if it looks like they just didn't give a shit.  Like that pus-laden boil of a movie Chipwrecked.  I heard it was indeed terrible.  Saw that coming.  Everyone involved said, fuck it, we'll get some parents in the theater with their stupid kids.  Make our money back the first weekend.  I hate those dicks.  At least with Looper we seem to have something semi-original.  Director Rian Johnson has worked with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (dude, why the hyphenated last name?) a few times before --   Brick was pretty interesting, that's worth a watch.  But let's talk about this one.

     We've got a basic hitman movie with the twist being that the "marks" simply appear in some designated area from the future and these "loopers" just whack them, then Gordon-Levitt gets a surprise (probably around the 25 minute mark I'll wager) and he's got to kill his future self.  Okay, that's cool.  He obviously does not do it (or does he try and fail?, or did he kinda fail on purpose? hmm...) so now I'm curious as to whether he teams up with his future self, which kinda bums me out cause I optioned a script a while back with a similar idea, but didn't we all?  Anyway, I'll bite.  I want to see this one play out.

     It does look pretty over-stylized with the annoying video-game effects, which is par for the course now, they want those gamer-asses in the seats too, what're you gonna do?  And I notice myself buying the fact that time travel exists in this movie, but the part where Bruce Willis spins around and takes a shot in the gold bars strapped to his back (I guess the guys from the future are rather lax in their pat-downs) and blocks the shot, then hurls a gold bar at his younger self and knocks the gun free...uh, wait a minute....I buy time travel but not that shit.  But we're in a video game world. like I said.

     And the name "Loopers" is kinda good, but it seems like the Loopers aren't really doing much "looping", it looks like they just hang out and shoot people in the face.  But hopefully that will be addressed in the film.

     I'm hoping this one will be worth the couple hours.  It looks promising...let me know, won't you?