Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Bush Years: Farewell, Mr. President

The Daily Show profiles the final days of George W. Bush's years in office as Barack Obama waits in the wings.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Top Ten Movies of 2008

10. Speed Racer
Probably makes the list because I saw it on IMAX, high, and there's one really hilarious scene involving a little fat kid, his pet chimpanzee, and some ninjas that come out of nowhere. But other than seeing tons of flashing colors and lights, it wasn't great.

9. The Day the Earth Stood Still
On the list due to not actually watching many films this year (college). I genuinely enjoyed it though - Keanu is such a bad actor that he makes for a believable alien. Also the huge giant robot with little alien bugs coming out of it was sweet.

P.S. Jennifer Connelly is still stupid fly.

8. Tropic Thunder
Ben Stiller is a genius. Some slow parts and corny jokes, but the entire beginning will have you dying. Let's just say if you thought Zoolander was funny, you'll love this shit bro.

7. Pineapple Express
Stoner/action film with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Actually a hilarious movie for the most part, and not just because I saw it high. I mean, I wasn't even that high. That's how good it was.

6. Harold & Kumar 2
I know what you're thinking. And yes, I thought this movie was surprisingly hilarious too. Aside from that one weird scene that comes up in Harold & Kumar movies, it's golden. And you just can't beat Neil Patrick Harris getting shot in the back by an old hooker. Oops! Spoiler alert!

5. Step Brothers
Will Ferrell is a genius, and he and John C. Reilly make a great comedic duo. As far as Judd Apatow's films, I'd say this is second only to Superbad. As far as Will's, I'd say it's more funny than most of his others, but less funny than Anchorman or Talladega Nights.

Don't let the lame tagline fool you ("An Adventure Beyond the Ordinar-E"), this movie is universally acclaimed among critics and movie-goers. I'd say Pixar nailed this shit. It's safe to call it the Best Animated Film of the year, and it's been nominated for two Golden Globes and two Grammys.

3. Quantum of Solace
I don't care if the plot was a little lacking this time, Bond still blows shit up.

2. Iron Man
Robert Downey (I'm not gonna put Jr., it takes too long) was brilliant. I mean it's almost like he was born to play this role, partly because the character Tony Stark is an alcoholic too. Not much acting there.

1. The Dark Knight
Best Batman movie, best movie to watch in theaters, best movie to watch on blu-ray, best movie to watch if you like movies. Richard King won the Best Sound Editing oscar, and Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He really does steal the show as the Joker, I mean it's chilling. Don't bring your kids.

Monday, December 15, 2008

♫ Top Five Albums of 2008

5. Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords (April 21)
These two won Album of the Year, Best Group, and Best Breakthrough Band in their home country New Zealand's Music Awards. Their style has been classified as "Folk Parody Duo" as it is mostly written and performed by only two guys, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. I'd say the album is great anyway, but you would really love it if you also saw their HBO series.

4. Weezer - The Red Album (June 3)
This is different than their other albums in the sense that Rivers doesn't do all the songwriting and there's lead vocals from all of the band members. Brian Bell wrote and sang "Thought I Knew", Scott Shriner co-wrote and sang "Cold Dark World" and Pat Wilson wrote and sang "Automatic". If you are a hardcore blue-album Weezer fan I'd say you won't really like this change, but I love it. As usual the album ends with a bang, my favorite "The Angel and the One".

3. The Roots - Rising Down (April 29)
A lot of the repeat appearances from Game Theory like Malik B. and Dice Raw, and new emcees like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Styles P and Saigon. ?uestlove called this album their "most incendiary, political album of our career to date". They also use more keyboards and synthesizers, giving it a more electric feel. Favorites are "Rising Down" and "The Show".

2. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak (Nov 24)
Electro tracks with tribal drums. He uses the 808 on every track. If you're looking for regular old Kanye, you're in for a surprise. But if you're looking for some real, broken, cold shit then this is for you. I mean you can feel his pain. I'd say "Welcome to Heartbreak" and "Heartless" are the best, but everyone seems to relate to different tracks. And they definitely get stuck in your head.

1. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (Jan 29)
The band is influenced by both African popular music and Western classical music, describing their genre of music as "Upper West Side Soweto". Bassist Chris Baio said "on some level there’s some punk, there’s some Afro-pop, some classical, some new wave." I don't know what that means, but it makes for some great indie rock. The guys met while attending Columbia University and then self-produced their first album after graduation while working full-time jobs. My favorites are "M79" and "A-Punk".