Posts Tagged ‘soul’

Chappie Lives

March 10, 2015

I have to say that I didn’t know what to think when I went into the theatre to see this movie, other than a veritable feast for the eyes. Neill Blomkamp is a perfect director when it comes to viaual wow factor, but most people have mixed feelings beyond that. I’m not here to tell you that you should love his films the way I love his films, that’s for you to decide. But I am here to say that Chappie almost tops District 9 as his crowning achievement. I saw many critical reactions to weak story, poor acting, or ideas that never reach their full potential. But all of them agreed on a visual level, or at least most did. But the thing about film is that, if it has you leaving the theatre thinking, still asking questions, or with a general sense of wonder the filmmaker has certainly done their job. Practical effects are one of Blomkamp’s specialties in an age where digital effects reign supreme. He loves using different camera styles throughout the film, and seamlessly mixes genre mainstays into a great mishmash of awesomeness. The story is a bit bare bones, but that is actually what makes the movie shine, because at the core this is a film about what it means to be alive, and as we see the world through Chappie’s eyes, as he learns, we learn, we feel, we question what he questions, we are sad when he is sad, and angry when he is angry. And as far as acting goes, you can’t help but like his creator, and surprisingly find Yolandi (of Die Antwoord) a compelling female lead. And Hugh Jackman portrays the perfect villain because he is so convinced that he is on the side of right, while the big heroes of our story are actually on the “wrong” side of the law. Certainly, if you aren’t a thinking person, most of the themes in this movie won’t appeal. But trying to unlock the secrets of consciousness, this film is as bold as it is fun, as heartwrenching as it is funny, and is disturbing in the exploration of just how far some people will go to get what they want in life. Chappie says it best several times in this film, “Why do you humans act like this?”

Ch-Ch-Changes….

August 17, 2014

I sit here with my beer, in front of my computer screen. And I do my best to bring a new entry to life. I know I have slacked, but thus i life, we lose sight of things sometimes. Which is why my life has gone through lots of changes in recent time, most are positive changes of course. But sometimes, when we take a chance, even though, it’s the right choice, even though you know it will pay off, it’s sometimes easy to escape reality, and forget for a minute, that everything is finally okay, that the one thing you thought you couldn’t get, the one thing you wanted so much is about to finally happen, the pieces are about to fall together. Change is great, change is good, change is right, it’s part of life, it’s the universe’s way of saying, “hey, get off your ass.” Everything changed so much over the course of the last couple months, within me, within other people, and a couple weeks ago, I knew there was one change that I could only take care of myself, and so I did. Was I happy about it? Of course. Did I feel like shit? Of course. But did I overall feel really good about the future, about the new chapter that my life was now at? you bet. And all I can say is, the best change is still around the bend.

Playlist for Easter Weekend

April 19, 2014

1. Feeling Good- Nina Simone

2.  What I’m Fighting For- Matisyahu

3. Crossroads- John Mayer

4. Come Away to The Water- Maroon 5 feat. Rozzi Crane

5. Sweet Soul Sister- The Cult

6. One Engine- The Decemberists

7. Save Me- Muse

8. Kick Drum Heart- The Avett Bros.

9. So Here We Are- Bloc Party

10. Silver and Gold- U2

11. Runnin’ Blues- Color of Mind

12. A Punch Up At A Wedding- Radiohead

13. Crucify- Tori Amos

14. Run Daddy Run- Pistol Annies

15. If I- Flobots

16. Lightning Crashes- Live

17. Don’t Leave My Mind- Azure Ray

18. Fizzy Love- Catherine Wheel

19. Such Great Heights- The Postal Service

Valentine’s Day Playlist! It’s good.

February 14, 2014

Laughing, crying, dancing, loving, hating, feeling, being?  It’s all there. And as always it crosses genres, blurs lines, and all that good shit.  Music is music after all. And Music being the food of love, and Valentine’s Day being a day for love, if not just a day to sell more cards, music is a perfect fit for this day of all days. 

1. Take Me Back- Aloe Blacc

2. Staring At The Stars- Passenger

3. Get Lucky- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

4. We Are Young- FUN (with Janelle Monae)

5. Up All Night- Razorlight

6. Break Myself- Something Corporate

7. Happy- Pharrell Williams

8. Blind Mary- Gnarls Barkley

9. Tighten Up- The Black Keys

10. All Of Me- John Legend

11. Bridges- Broods

12. Pompeii- Bastille

13. Something- The Beatles

14. Dangerous Animals- Arctic Monkeys

15. Map of Your Head- Muse

16. I Can’t Get Next To You- The Temptations

17. Got To Get You Into My Life- The Beatles

18. Who’s Gonna Ride Your WIld Horses?- U2

19. Too Old To Die Young- Brother Dege

“All People”

August 7, 2013

The new Michael Franti and Spearhead album, “All People,” is yet another great collection of music from one of my favorites in a long line of genre defying awesome haired guys.  It starts out really strong with it’s title track, which encompasses an idealistic passionate feeling for all of the human race while also feeling like a personal love song.  11:59, is a great thought of a life seeking meaning, and the latest radio hit, I’m Alive, is a triumphant sunny day jam just rejoicing in the fact of being alive.  The rest of the album is still being explored by me, but it’s all good, a little bit of rap and reggae, pop radio hooks, and funky rock colliding into a great complete package, with amazing song writing  that holds a worldly vibe while also adopting a personal flavor, where a song about getting along with your global family may follow a song reminscing about forgotten times getting stoned with a lover that has come and gone and just existing.  Spearhead will always be remembered for this amazing duality. Pick up the disc or download it, and let the good times come. 

Register 6(66) a poem

June 1, 2010

They assigned me to register 6.

I would feel the inclination to add two more,

Yet I know even in his wildest dreams

Satan himself couldn’t come up with the fascist mechanism of this store.

I am positioned by the exit door.

The light coming through the window calls me to escape and make merry,

Taunting me and my unrequited human needs.

But my paycheck is nothing in the grand scheme,

Maybe I should seek the redemption promised by the sun.

666, I am unable to rebel.

Who here has any of my interests at heart?

Revise the world, tearing down the wall

Of classless illusions, blue shirts and khakis.

Create in its place a window ROYGBIV would be jealous of.