Blast From The Past: Crazylove

I love me some BoomKAT (and not talking about counting out dances with that crazy woman Lauriann Gibson from Making The Band)!!!

I got Crazylove for this song from their debut album Boomkatalog.One… 10 years old and it’s still one of my jams.

If this song sounds familiar, that’s because the song as well as the singer (Taryn Manning) are in the ‘hit’ Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads. (She was the pregnant one…)

Although not considered a trip-hop group, there are definitely influences with the breakbeat and simplicity it could easily be confused with an early Nelly Furtado or Jem tune. A great funk/pop song from the brother/sister duo that somehow doesn’t seem dated.

Sadly, they haven’t made an album since 2008 with their sophomore album A Million Trillion Stars. But I recently got into Orange is the New Black on Netflix which Taryn stars in as the interesting (crazy “religious” hypocrite) Pennsatucky and apparently has an album coming out this year called Freedom City (can’t wait!)

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I Saw ‘Kick Ass 2’ (Spoilers)

I want to preface this post with saying that I didn’t and still don’t agree with the timing of Jim Carrey’s statement detracting endorsement from Kick-Ass 2. I understand and respect his reasoning, but I think that he could have quietly stepped away from promotion.  He knew what he was getting into when he signed the contract for the role and cashed the pay check that they gave him.

I do feel that after hearing this, I went in a little more nervous about the amount of violence I would see.

However… he was partially right

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There was a lot, maybe too much graphic violence in this movie, but that wasn’t the biggest problem for me, an avid lover of violent movies.  The problem was that I felt that the story heavily relied in the use of violence to cover up the weakness of the script that wasn’t able to uphold or even come close to the expectations set by its predecessor.

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It could be argued that although Aaron Taylor-Johnson did great with what he was given, however, despite being the titular character the whole plot could have been cut out in favour of a Hit-Girl movie as Chloë Grace Moretz whose coming of age storyline stood out most. The only thing that lulled this was the lunch scene in which the writer went for sophomoric, cheap humour (vomit and diarrhoea) instead of the quippy and more crafted dialogue.

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I found the least compelling storyline to be the ‘super group’ of vigilantes including Donald Faison, who does a great supporting role as  a ‘Dr’ with a baseball bat and even Jim Carrey gives a stirring role as a Colonel Stars & Stripes which was ironically one of the stand out characters (maybe because I watched him a little more closely than others). However, I didn’t care for any of them, in the first movie they give us a reason to make attachments to the characters, whereas in this film there was a two minute scene where they gave ‘reasons’ that I guess we were suppose to cling to and a montage of them being friends. Not enough in my opinion and it made me indifferent to the death on a supposedly major character (the Colonel) where I should have felt sadness. Plus Justice Forever is not a great name for a group of vigilantes.

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 The evolution of Red Mist into The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) felt like a real (and a little expected) turn which provided laughs, cringes and yells from the man behind me. I believed the extent that Chris D’Amico went and instead of sulking in it, like Harry Osborne, he bathed in the violence happening around him in the true path of a psychopath. A great scene for Mintz-Plasse is when he sits across from his incarcerated uncle as he kills Javier, the Alfred to D’Amico’s demented Bruce Wayne and he says “Thank You” for cutting any ties he had to being a good person.

There is a scene in which Mother Russia, a very scary masculine looking woman who could probably throw me to Paris, massacres police officers in broad daylight using propane tanks, a lawnmower etc. I felt that this scene, placed after an attempted rape was overkill. But, Kudos to the great cinematography, jarring and chaotic, creating a cold suburban atmosphere. One  thing I can’t knock the movie for is its sense of realism.

Ultimately, I wouldn’t see this again as I felt that the story didn’t bring me in like the first one, and felt in many places too predictable. But if you like really violent movies such as Punisher: War Zone, this might be worth the money to go and see. ( Thank God for Orange Wednesdays)

6/10

My Songs of the Summer

There were a lot of songs that I loved and then loathed throughout the summer and these were the ones that really muscled their way through without being overplayed wherever I went and really capture my favourite sounds of the summer:

(Granted, I go everywhere with my iPod absolutely oblivious to the world)

Karmin – Acapella

The colour palette is awesome, kind of reminds me of a Missy Elliott video

I’m not sure what it is about Karmin but I loved this song this summer. I’m not a big fan of theirs in general but any song that I get to pretend I can rap to is good in my books. (Did anyone say [insert rap name here]? Right? No? OK)

The Lonely Island – You’ve Got The Look (feat. Hugh Jackman & Kristen Wiig)

I fear the idea of a video… I might die of laughter

A song about one booby on the loose. To be honest I had this whole album repeat and had people looking me like some sort of escaped mental patient when I tried to stifle laughs on the bus. (Yeah, I’m that girl) BTW: This is the most played song on my iPod. Yeah.

Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre)

What says summer more than a song predominantly about smoking weed in warm weather with Dr. Dre. “Women, Weed & Weather”. Now I’m not really a smoker of the old weed (what and I even saying?) but for some reason when I think of summer weed and cider is involved… I am such a classy broad #fail

Ke$ha – Only Wanna Dance With You (feat. The Strokes)

This was an electronic summer for me for the most part, but those songs will be forgotten come fall. This song got me to listen to The Strokes and I’ve never really listened to them. Ke$ha sound awesome, very little auto-tune (that annoys me to no end) and it’s a stand on her sophomore record, Warrior. I actually dance around my room like a dork to this and that is no easy feat.

Swiss Lips – U got The Power

I thought that the video was an advert for some 80s dance movie… I was wrong apparently

This song is just a great.,. easy breezy electronic summer song that isn’t too complicated and was killed on the iPod. Apparently this song is almost 2 years old, but it is a timeless song that sounds straight out of the 80s and still relevant.

What’s your summer song?