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Friday, May 1st, 2009
2:32 am
DION KAYAK! and ROXY MUSIC REVIEWS!
KAYAK! BUMM BUMM BUMMMMMMMM!



MY REVIEWS OF THE ROXY MUSIC/BRYAN FERRY DISCOGRAPHY!

ROXY MUSIC (1972)
This was supposedly very groundbreaking when it came out. So I guess, it's considered a classic. The first half of the album is very strong, and has a lot of their most beloved songs. The second half is not as good, but it's more creative and Eno (who was with the band at the time) fans will appreciate the weirdness.
Rating: 8.5
Favorite songs: Re-Make/Re-Model, Ladytron, If there is Something, 2HB, Chance Meeting

ROXY MUSIC- FOR YOUR PLEASURE (1973)
Their second album was a little more mature and the band seemed more sure of themselves. Great songs all around with a lot (sometimes too much) jamming. This would be Eno's final album with them.
Rating: 9.5
Favorite songs: Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream Home a Heartache

BRYAN FERRY - THESE FOOLISH THINGS (1973)
When this release came out, people were a little confused about what to think about it. It had only covers and it wasn't weird at all. In fact, Bryan wanted to embrace 'normal' American music. Some thought it was good, some didn't. I think it's just alright.
Rating: 7.5
Favorite songs: A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, Baby I don't care, Don't Worry Baby, Sympathy for the Devil, Loving You is Sweeter than Ever

ROXY MUSIC - STRANDED (1973)
Usually when a band sounds more normal, it's a 'bad thing'. It's also usually a 'bad thing' when a band loses a person like Eno. But Roxy Music not only survived Eno's quitting, they made a great record without him. The weirdness of the first two albums are almost gone, but the song writing is stronger than the first two.
Rating: 9.5
Favorite songs: Street Life, Amazona, Psalm, A Song for Europe, Mother of Pearl

BRYAN FERRY - ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE (1974)
Bryan's second album follows pretty much the same formula as 'These Foolish Things'. Every song is a cover except the last song. All in all, a good, but not great Ferry album.
Rating: 7
Favorite songs: The 'In' Crowd, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, It Ain't Me babe, Fingerpoppin', Help Me Make it Through the Night

ROXY MUSIC - COUNTRY LIFE (1974)
This is probably the best 'old school' Roxy album. The song writing is amazing. Country Life is the last album to have the classic Roxy sound.
Rating: 9
Favorite songs: The Thrill of it All, All I Want is You, Out of the Blue, Triptych, Casanova, Prairie Rose

ROXY MUSIC - SIREN (1975)
This album is when Roxy started to incorporate funk and disco in their songs. Very interesting change. They would perfect this sound on later releases.
Rating: 9
Favorite song: Love is the Drug, End of the Line, Whirlwind, She Sells, Both Ends Burning

BRYAN FERRY - LET'S STICK TOGETHER (1976)
Like his two first albums, all these songs are covers. But surprisingly, he covers Roxy Music on five occasions. A strange release, but pretty good.
Rating: 8
Favorite songs: Let's Stick Together, Casanova, Sea Breezes, Shame Shame Shame, 2HB, Price of Love, Chance Meeting, Re-Make/Re-Model

BRYAN FERRY - IN YOUR MIND (1977)
This was Ferry's first album that had original songs (finally). The album is pretty good, but still not as good as a Roxy album.
Rating: 8
Favorite Songs: This is Tomorrow, All Night Operator, One Kiss, Tokyo Joe, Rock of Ages, In Your Mind

BRYAN FERRY - THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE (1978)
For some reason (mostly ego, I would think) he put Roxy Music on hiatus, so that he could be a solo artist. Even though, I like his solo albums, their still not as good as Roxy Music. This release continues in the same vein of his other ones: great music, but slight. Half of the songs here are covers, while the other half are originals. This might be his best 70's solo album.
Rating: 9
Favorite songs: Sign of the Times, Can't Let Go, Hold On (I'm Coming), When She Walks in the Room, Take Me to the River, What Goes On, Carrickfergus, That's How Strong My Love is

ROXY MUSIC - MANIFESTO (1979)
Maybe Roxy's most uneven album. Great disco/funk tunes with blah tunes. Strange brew. But still interesting. (NOTE: This is when Ferry started to have his 'jaded rich man' image.)
Rating: 8
Favorite songs: Manifesto, Trash, Angel Eyes, Still Falls the Rain, Dance Away, Spin me Round

ROXY MUSIC - FLESH + BLOOD (1980)
This is considered their worst album, but I'd have to disagree. Sure, this album is masquerading as a Ferry solo release, but Flesh + Blood contains some of the best (and beautiful) Roxy music ever made.
Rating: 8
Favorite song: Oh Yeah, Same Old Scene, Flesh and Blood, My Only Love, Over You, Running Wild

ROXY MUSIC - AVALON (1982)
Probably my favorite Roxy Music album. (and one of my favorite albums of all time) Usually bands lose steam as their careers move along, and Roxy certainly seemed destined to end in that kind of suckage, but this was not the case: Avalon is one of the most beautiful pop albums ever made. Unfortunately, this was to be the last Roxy album. Well, at least they ended on a high note.
Rating: 9.5
Favorite songs: More Than This, Avalon, While My Heart is Still Beating, The Main Thing, Take a Chance With Me, True to Life

BRYAN FERRY - BOYS AND GIRLS (1985)
My favorite Ferry album, period. I consider this Ferry's first true solo album. Very 80's and a little kitch, but very suave and sexy. A perfect album of it's kind.
Rating: 10
Favorite songs: all of them!

BRYAN FERRY - BETE NOIR (1987)
My second favorite Ferry album. Bete Noir continues in the same vein as Boys and Girls, but the production is more french and electronic. (which hasn't aged all that well) Great songs all around.
Rating: 9.5
Favorite songs: Pretty much all of them.

BRYAN FERRY - TAXI (1993)
Unfortunately, this is another album of covers. But some of the covers are fantastic. All in all, a let down (after a 5 year hiatus), but still alright.
Rating: 6.5
Favorite songs: I Put a Spell on you, Will You Love me Tomorrow, Just One Look, Taxi

BRYAN FERRY - MAMOUNA (1994)
This album is a very Ferry album. In other words, if you're not a fan, you might not like it. This was the album his fans were asking for: dark brooding production, reverb drenched sounds with electronic beats, and Ferry sounding very sad and sexy. Unfortunately, the album is a little over produced. Probably to hide some unfinished songs. But still, at least a handful of songs are fantastic.
Rating: 8.5
Favorite songs: Don't Want to Know, Your Painted Smile, Mamouna, Wich Way to Turn, Chain Reaction

BRYAN FERRY - AS TIME GOES BY (1999)
Ferry's first non-ironic cover album. All the songs here are from the 1930s. Ferry's band sounds very authentic, but Ferry's voice sounds ravaged and old. (probably from all the smoking) Since I'm not a fan of 1930s music, I don't know what to think of it. Although, it has grown on me a little.
Rating: 6
Favorite songs: The Way You Look Tonight, I'm in the Mood for Love, Where or When, Miss Otis Regrets

BRYAN FERRY - FRANTIC (2002)
After AS TIME GOES BY the fans wanted Ferry to do a real Ferry album. He gave them Frantic. Frantic is one of those half covers, half originals albums he does sometimes. The album starts off average, but ends with a lot of great songs. Not as good as his best, but still cool.
Rating: 7.5
Favorite songs: Cruel, Don't Think Twice it's Alright, Nobody Loves Me, Fool for Love, Hiroshima, San Simeon, I Thought

BRYAN FERRY - DYLANESQUE (2007)
In my opinion, this release was a mistake. Nothing wrong with it sonically (although, Ferry's voice is shot) but why did he need to make an album of all dylan covers. He already covered Dylan enough already in past releases! He's Bryan Ferry for godsake! He should act like it and make his own songs!
Anyway, with that said, some tunes are covered really well.
Rating: 5
Rating: Make You Feel My Love, The Times They are A-Changin', Positively 4th Street, Gates of Eden
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
2:20 pm
MY DIARY AS A PORN PRODUCER (Part 12): CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES!
I've been so busy and drained lately, that it takes all of my power to do another LJ entry of my job. For those who are following this, my apologizes.

All the names have been changed, to keep people's private lives private.
THIS IS ALL TRUE.
Here's the archive in case you've just 'tune in':

PART 1: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/24238.html?mode=reply
PART 2: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/25708.html?mode=reply
PART 3: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/26189.html?mode=reply
PART 4: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/26640.html?mode=reply
PART 5: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/27156.html?mode=reply
PART 6: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/28159.html?mode=reply
PART 7: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/34203.html?mode=reply
PART 8: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/36682.html?mode=reply
PART 9: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/38565.html?mode=reply
PART 10: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/40169.html?mode=reply
PART 11: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/44584.html


MARCH 2008
My boss asked Mike and I to meet him in his office. He seemed very serious. I sat down on my usual chair in the corner, while Mike sat next to his desk.

BOSS: Our office is moving to another location. The landlord is being a jerk, so we're leaving. I'm having a new office built as we speak.

Mike and I were pleasantly surprised. (we hated the current office. It was ugly.)

BOSS: Another thing, I'm rehiring Nesty to help us with the post production.

Nesty was a guy in his early 20's that used to work for the company before I got hired. I basically replaced him. He just worked here for a few week, but quit after he got an offer to be a pornstar in Vancouver.
I always had the impression that my boss resented him for quitting so soon, but I guess he wanted to rehire him because he knew Nesty had connections in Vancouver that could really help us in the long run.
Unfortunately, I objected in hiring him.

ME: But we hardly have enough work for the two of us. I don't want somebody to come in here and steal my work while I do fuck all day.

BOSS: Jason, we're gonna have more and more work as the months go by. We're getting tones of contracts.

ME: But why not hiring him when we NEED him? For the first time in it's existance, the company is doing alright financially and you wanna throw your money away on a guy we probably don't need?

MIKE: Let's just try him, J. He won't effect your work.

It was clear I was in the minority, so I just accepted it. What else was I gonna do?

The following week, we started packing all our office supplies. Nesty came along to help. Right from the get-go I didn't like him. He seemed like a slacker to me. A guy who didn't want to work. He also seemed like a guy who was full of shit. An ass-kisser, kissing to get what he wants.
It took us almost a full week to fully move into the other office. It was situated under a strip club, in a fully renovated basement. The third floor of the building was a swingers club. So, basically, this was a VERY sexualized building. hehe.
The new office looked fantastic. We had a wide screen tv with a PS3. We each had our own offices. It really felt we were moving up in the world.

APRIL 2008
Since our secretary quit (she was too ditzy to do the work), my boss hired another one. She was an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Her name was Calindy. But for the first time, we had a competent secretary!
Around this time, I started being friends with our marketing guy, which I'll name 'Randy'. He was this wanna-be jet-set dude who spent way too much money than he earned.
I remember him explaining that he lived in a big expensive apartment near the canal and had a speed boat. I found it strange, since I was clearly making more money than he was. 'I guess he had a lot of savings', I thought.
One day he showed up at work with a huge black eye. He said he fell down the stairs, but it looked more like he was the receiving end of a punch he owed money to.
On his days off, he would organize raves and stuff. He knew a lot of promoters, which got me thinking 'he should be my band's agent'. When I asked him, he agreed. Cool!

MAY 2008
As we got more and more comfortable in the new office, everyone seemed to be gelling well together. This is how the dynamic of our company worked:
Our company did two things: buy and resell porn from other companies and make our own porn.
Buying and reselling porn went sort of like this:
Step #1: Randy would try to get deals with companies from around the world. The deals would usually be something like 'we send you a batch of DVDs, then you send a batch of yours. We each pick the movies we want from the other to use at our own convenience.' So if we would deal with a euro company like Magma, we would watch their DVDs and make sure it was good. We would also see that the actors didn't speak any foreign languages, so that we could sell them in english and french markets.
Step #2: I would view the picked movie again, but more attentively. Taking out any violence (like, slaps, spanks and choking) I would also shorten the movie if it was too long.
Step #3: The next step is a promo/trailer for the movie. I would usually take care of this aspect. (an aspect I hated)
Step #4: After I was done with a film, I would give it to Nesty to play with the audio. Mostly setting volumes and taking out foreign languages (if there was any).
Step #5: When Nesty was done, he would give Mike the movie. Mike would then export the new version of the film on DVD and send it to tv stations.
Step #6: A week later, we get a confirmation from the tv station either saying that the movie was 'accepted' or that we still needed to edit more things. (sometimes we can forget to take out a slap or a choking)
Step #7: Then we would send a master copy to the tv station for them to air it. A few weeks later, it airs.
Step #8: After the movie plays for a month or so, we get a check from the tv station. Then our boss pays us.

Basically, we do these 8 steps over and over again. Most of the time we'd do at least 10 movies in a month.
Sometimes our company would make our own movies. This would be the process for that:
Step #1: Book the pornstars, photographer, make up artist and the place we'll be filming.
Step #2: Film the movie. (this usually takes 2 days)
Step #3: Bring the footage back to the office. And start editing it. (I usually do this)
Step #4: Then I export the audio to Nesty.
Step #5: After Nesty is finished with the audio, Mike makes a DVD.
Step #6: Our boss views the DVD and criticizes it.
Step #7: I make the promo/trailer.
Step #8: We then send it to tv stations.

The following steps are pretty much the same with every movie: we wait for the tv stations to accept it. It airs. We get paid.

JUNE 2008
My boss decided to send Randy to Las Vegas to shmooze at the AVN awards. The boss and Randy were having some problems: Randy seemed to not be getting as many contracts as my boss wanted.
But with that said, the company was getting tones of connections and contracts. We never had as much money.
My boss finally had enough faith in me and Mike to let us film some pornos on our own. No more Johnny Rottens and Ellies! Yay!
Since my first movie, Montreal's Hotel Lust, was a hit, my boss wanted us to do a sequel.
A week later, we started shooting at the swinger club that we worked under. The first scene was with this couple from Quebec. they were very nice and the scene went pretty smoothly. The next scene was with two professional pornstars, so that went really well. The third and final scene was with a newbie goth couple. Fortunately, they seemed not that nervous. Their scene was just a blow job and went pretty smoothly.

(TO BE CONTINUED)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
7:52 am
OSCAR PREDICTIONS and OSCARS WANTINGS!
For once, I'm watching the Oscars (tomorrow at 8pm) after seeing pretty much all the movies that are being nominated. I have my picks!

The oscar nominees for:

- BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'The Dark Knight'
'Iron Man'

Who will probably win: 'The Dark Knight'
Who I want to win: 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Why: I know the Dark Knight is beloved, but the effects for Benjamin Button are darn amazing! How they made the characters age (or look younger) was really great, and the scenery is quite good too.


-BEST ART DIRECTION
'Changeling'
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'The Dark Knight'
'The Duchess'
'Revolutionary Road'

Who will probably win: 'The Dark Knight'
Who I want to win: 'Changeling'
Why: 'Changeling' looks VERY authentic and has a cool style.


-BEST MAKEUP
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'The Dark Knight'
'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'

Who will probably win: 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Who I want to win: 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Why: The best old age makeup I have ever seen in a film.


-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
'Changeling'
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'The Dark Knight'
'The Reader'
'Slumdog Millionaire'

Who will probably win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Who I want to win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Why: The movie is just so well shot. And they totally used the locations to full effect.


-BEST ORIGINAL SONG
'Down to Earth' ('WALL-E')
'Jai Ho' ('Slumdog Millionaire')
'O Saya' ('Slumdog Millionaire')

Who will probably win: 'Jai Ho' ('Slumdog Millionaire')
Who I want to win: 'O Saya' ('Slumdog Millionaire')
Why: Even though I find that the 'Slumdog Millionaire' soundtrack is great, I hate that stupid 'Jai Ho' song. It's sounds so tacky! I have to go with 'O Saya', which is cooler and starts the movie off great.


-BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'Defiance'
'Milk'
'Slumdog Millionaire'
'WALL-E'

Who will probably win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Who I want to win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Why: 'Slumdog Millionaire' just has a great soundtrack. It's fairly original and when you see the movie the music makes itself be noticed.


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'Doubt'
'Frost/ Nixon'
'The Reader'
'Slumdog Millionaire'

Who will probably win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Who I want to win: It's a tie between 'Doubt' and 'Frost/Nixon'. Both movies have fantastic scripts. The best of the bunch.


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
'Milk'
'Frozen River'
'Happy Go Lucky'
'In Bruges'
'Wall-E'

Who will probably win: 'Milk'
Who I want to win: 'Frozen River'
Why: I gotta say that the best writing out of all these movies is in the movie 'In Bruges'. But it also has the worst. Never have I seen a film that started off so good, but end so terrible. It's like they changed directors for the last half hour. So the best screenplay is 'Frozen River' because it's more perfect overall.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams ('Doubt')
Penelope Cruz ('Vicky Cristina Barcelona')
Viola Davis ('Doubt')
Taraji P. Henson ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button')
Marisa Tomei ('The Wrestler')

Who will probably win: Viola Davis ('Doubt')
Who I want to win: It's a tie between Viola Davis ('Doubt') and Marisa Tomei ('The Wrestler'). I love Marisa in The Wrestler (which is my favorite movie of the year). She did a character that I personally saw in ex-girlfriends or friends in. It was powerful and touching. And it made me understand where her character (and people like her) were coming from. But with that said, I do feel that Viola Davis is perfect and very effective as well.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin ('Milk')
Robert Downey Jr. ('Tropic Thunder')
Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Doubt')
Heath Ledger ('The Dark Knight')
Michael Shannon ('Revolutionary Road')

Who will win: Heath Ledger ('The Dark Knight')
Who I want to win: Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Doubt')
Why: It was close, but Philip is fantastic in 'Doubt'. I almost went for Robert Downey Jr. ('Tropic Thunder') who is really funny in it, but for REAL acting, I gotta go with Phil.


BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway ('Rachel Getting Married')
Angelina Jolie ('Changeling')
Melissa Leo ('Frozen River')
Meryl Streep ('Doubt')
Kate Winslet ('The Reader')

Who will win: Kate Winslet
Who I want to win: Melissa Leo ('Frozen River')
Why: Melissa is a breathe of fresh air. She plays her part so perfectly. Hell, I know people like that from my home town! She was so cunning with her performance. But Meryl Streep is also quite amazing in 'Doubt', and the only reason i don't make this a tie, is because Meryl has won (and will win) so often.


BEST ACTOR
Richard Jenkins ('The Visitor')
Frank Langella ('Frost/Nixon')
Sean Penn ('Milk')
Brad Pitt ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button')
Mickey Rourke ('The Wrestler')

Who will win: Mickey Rourke ('The Wrestler')
Who I want to win: Mickey Rourke ('The Wrestler')
Why: Mickey is one of my favorite actors and he was a force of nature in 'The Wrestler'. Not since an Al Pacino performance have I been so amazed at what I saw on the screen. IF he doesn't win, I would like either Sean Penn or Frank Langella to win. They both did wonderful job.


BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire')
Stephen Daldry ('The Reader')
David Fincher ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button')
Ron Howard ('Frost/Nixon')
Gus Van Sant ('Milk')

Who will win: Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire')
Who I want to win: Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire')
Why: Slumdog is far and away the best directed movie of the bunch. Period. But I thought Frost/Nixon (finally a Ron Howard movie I like!) and 'Milk' (finally a Gus Van Sant movie I like!) did a good job. 'The Reader' was same old same old and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' looked great, but was really slow and tedious.


BBEST PICTURE
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'Frost/Nixon'
'Milk'
'The Reader'
'Slumdog Millionaire'

Who will win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Who I want to win: 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Why: I don't think Slumdog is the best picture I've ever seen. In fact, I don't want to ever see it again, (it's a little too clever for it's own good and there's a lot of things that are very far fetched) but I DO think it's the best movie of the bunch in terms of originality and excitement. It sucks you in and never let's go. 'The Reader' is probably the movie which is closer to my style and my personal tastes. 'Milk' is all around great and honorable. And it's the first Gus Van Sant movie to not be pretentious. 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' shouldn't even be in this category. It's not even a good movie. 'Frost/Nixon' is probably the most interesting story of the bunch. Probably the only one of these who really got me 'interested'. But like I said earlier, I think 'The Wrestler' is the best movie of the year. Go see it, if you haven't already!
Monday, February 16th, 2009
3:20 pm
IF I'D BE PRESIDENT! & BLAZIN' HAZEN!
Check out this tool! I can't believe he's serious!




IF I'D BE PRESIDENT, I WOULD...

1. Keep the metros open all night. (Why do i always have to pay 20$ for a fucking cab after clubbing?! Shouldn't the metros be open for drunk people who don't wanna drive. Cuz you know, a lot of people DO drive drunk because they don't wanna pay for damn cabs.)

2. Make cell phones illegal. (god I'm fed up with people talking/playing on their cell phones all day. Why do i have to hang out with people that are 'half there' because they're talking to me, but playing with their cell at the same time.)

3. Ban useless film remakes. (Example: Friday the 13th)

4. Have a law that would make all promotion equal. (What I mean, is that the reason people like shitty things these days, is because the people who do shitty things have the money to promote it. Example: I find it ridiculous that I can't post my little poster on a wall full of huge Eric Lapointe posters. I mean, why are you hogging a whole fucking wall? it's the SAME poster over and over again. Can't you leave a little place for other bands/artists that need it?!)

5. Make prostitution legal. (Yeah I said it! What gives you the right to tell people what they can't or can't do with their fucking body? If they wanna sell it, why not? If they like it, good for them. And what makes me laugh is that most of the politicians and religious nuts who bash this practice pay for whores! And theirs more than you think.)

6. Telemarketers are all fired. (not original, I know, but I DO feel that people should stop working at these places. They're evil. And yes, I worked at one before, but I chose the right path: I quit.)

7. The government will cut ties with the bankers. (Let's start over, and do this right! The central bankers just wanna ruin countries, so they can control us.)

8. All religions are forbidden. (religion, next to money, is the only other reason why wars are fought and that people die. Religion is also time consuming, which is annoying.)

9. Animals are forbidden to be owned by humans. (yes, most of us have animals. I have a rabbit. But I feel that it shouldn't be legal. Who are we to MAKE animals stay in our apartment. they should have a choice. Any way you look at it, it's slavery. But just because animals are dumb and we like cute stuff, we let it slide.)

10. Crazy people shouldn't be psychologists.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
3:14 pm
If there's one thing I know: PACINO!
I like many things, but the thing I probably know most about is Al Pacino. I've been a fan for so long. I think he's the best actor in the world.
Here's all the Pacino movies and my personal critique. The ones with the '+' signs are my personal favorites.


The 70's:

ME NATHALIE (**1/2)
Pacino just had one scene in this movie. A VERY short one. The movie is not that good. Although, it does has some very funny moments. It's kinda like a female Wonder Years, but louder.
To prove that I'm a HUGE Pacino fan, I'm probably the only one in Canada who owns this movie on VHS. The movie is EXTREMELY rare. I got it from a guy from Atlanta who owned a movie theater and still had the original Me, Nathalie reels in his basement. He put it on tape and sent it to me.

PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (***1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VMjZyfyODM
This is considered one of the best drug movies ever made. It's also the first film to show drugs being taken in a graphic way. It's filmed in a cinema verite style that give the movie power. Al Pacino proved that he was a good actor with this movie and it made Francis Ford Coppola hire him for The Godfather.

THE GODFATHER (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAfWMr26KQk
One of the best movies ever made. No need to go in depth about this movie. It's just perfect. A must see!

SCARECROW (***)
A good but flawed film. The performances are amazing. (especially Gene Hackman) This is the first movie to show Al Pacino's talents as a comedic actor. The film only flaw is that it's a little too self-important and pretentious.

SERPICO (***1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtTRYnsDH8Q
Al Pacino's first vehicle. This film is a classic and made Pacino into a huge star.

THE GODFATHER 2 (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyTDRf0eIEU&feature=related
In my opinion, I think this film is better than the first Godfather. It's more epic and sad. It's the first movie that had Al Pacino acting like a bad guy. (which he does so well) A must see!

DOG DAY AFTERNOON (***1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF1rtd8_pxA
A classic. The best bank robbery film of all time most critics say. I agree with them. The only flaw this movie has at times is that it's pacing at times is a bit slow. But it's still a must see.

BOBBY DEERFIELD (***)
A lot of people hate this movie or find it boring, but I beg to differ. It's very european and slow, but it's never boring. I find this movie to be very beautiful and the script and the acting is amazing.

...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQzYNoLANrg
If there's a Pacino film that is always argued about in terms of saying it's a classic or not, it's '...And Justice for All'. In my opinion (and many fans opinions), it's one of Pacino's best movies. It deserves to be a classic. (NOTE: it's amazing that the final courtroom scene was filmed in ONE take!) A must see!

The 80's:

CRUISING (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x3infcAtfs
Cruising was never a successful movie. It was always too heavily edited for my liking. but as the years went along, I (along with the general population) began to like/accept this movie. The movie is creepy as hell and very sure of it self. It's pretty powerful stuff at times. My only other complaint, other than the editing, is that the movie is a little too anti-gay at times.

AUTHOR AUTHOR (***1/2)
One of my personal favorite Pacino movies. The dialogue is so witty and funny. Author Author was a flop, but that was just because Pacino fans wanted him to do gangster pictures. But this is a great movie.

SCARFACE (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciF2CYn36gA
An iconic film and arguably Pacino's best character. Surprisingly, this movie wasn't a hit at first, but it's now considered a classic and Scarface merchandise sells more than any other film merchandise. A must see!

REVOLUTION (**1/2)
This movie is considered one of Al Pacino's worst. And I kinda agree with them. There's nothing worst than a bad movie that could of best great. This movie has everything in the right place, but horrible casting and editing made this movie into a failure. After this movie, Pacino retired from the screen for 4 years.

SEA OF LOVE (***1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DQJIoyqn7w
This film was Al Pacino's comback. It was a film noir and had the perfect role for him.
Sea of Love and started the 'is the woman I love a murder?' that many film did in the early 90's.

The 90's:

THE LOCAL STIGMATIC (***)
This was a movie based on a play of the same name. Very enigmatic dialogue and a weird atmosphere makes the movie hard to understand, but after 3 viewings I started to understand it. Pacino didn't release this film until 2008 for his boxset.

DICK TRACY (**)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAHj3IsSuT0
I never liked this movie. But the costumes/sets and Pacino's performance is what makes this watchable.

GODFATHER 3 (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCAcWDDPdNY&feature=related
A lot of people complain about this movie saying that it's not as good as the other two. While I agree that Sophia Coppola's acting is bad, I still think this is as good as the others. The plot is interesting and this film has a lot of good scenes. A lot of them surpassing the others Godfathers. A must see!

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS_5oooCGv8&feature=related
A sweet romantic comedy. The performances are great and I can see why it was a hit. But lately I read up on it and this movie was based on a play in the which the characters were originally supposed to be ugly. This little casting change would have made this movie better and more real.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgAU2RJHfvE&feature=related
Great dialogue. Funny as hell. Maybe the best cast ever on film. One of my favorites. A must see!

SCENT OF A WOMAN (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYA2Us8oWug
A lot of people pick on Pacino's performance in this movie. Probably because it's so great and over the top. He finally one an Oscar for the performance. It's a great film and one of my favorites. A must see!

CARLITO'S WAY (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7Jw2F77GCI
Every Pacino fan has a personal favorite, and Carlito's Way always seems to be it. This was the first movie I saw with Pacino in it, and from then on I was hooked. It's an amazing movie and a must see for those who like gangster pictures.

TWO BITS (**1/2)
Not bad movie. A little too subtle. And it's clear it wants to rip off 'Cinema Paradiso'. An adequate movie.

HEAT (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xbBLJ1WGwQ
Finally, after all these years, Heat is considered a classic. In my opinion it's one of the best movies ever made and maybe the best cops and robbers movie ever made. Michael Mann at his best. A must see!

CITY HALL (***)
A good movie that could of been great. The performances are amazing. But the movie suffers from pacing and an obvious ending.

LOOKING FOR RICHARD (****)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq7-fVED_10&feature=related
A great documentary about the play Richard III and how Pacino relates to it. Pacino's directorial debut.

DONNIE BRASCO (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShM8bGKVFXg
Yet another great Pacino gangster picture. One of my favs. A must see!

THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpkTjtmuNA4
A lot of people REALLY like this movie and consider it one of Pacino's best, but I beg to differ. It's a good movie. And Pacino is fantastic in it, but as a thriller it has it's flaws. The bottom line is next to Pacino's other movies he was doing at the time, this was average to great.

THE INSIDER (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHUTfgxhDk
This was nominated for best film of the year. It's a great Micheal Mann movie and the preformances are top notch. Especially Russell Crowe. A must see!

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ijP87T6Gps
In my opinion, this movie is sorely underrated. I think it's one of Oliver Stone's best films. And it's probably the best sports movie ever made. The performances and the casting is fantastic. A must see!

The 2000's:

CHINESE COFFEE (****) +
It's very unfortunate that Pacino didn't release this film. (you can only see it if you buy his boxset) It's one of his best movies and a personal favorite of mine. A must see!

INSOMNIA (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1_mETVsCac
Christopher Nolan has done it again! This movie is fucking great! It's a remake and it's a lot better than the original. One of my favorites and a must see!

S1MONE (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=salcZxwspxg
A good comedy that should of been great. This movie has so many clever elements in it that it's a shame that the movie fell apart during the last 20 minutes.

PEOPLE I KNOW (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df0n7Wexcjg
This is one movie that I find very confusing: I love this movie because of the acting and what it's about, but I feel that there's something missing. It's strange. I guess, the movie is just too subtle.

THE RECRUIT (**1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4oTLmG2_Ho
A very entertaining movie, but a little too dumb for my taste. Especially since Pacino is in it. I know that a lot of people like this movie, and I can see why, but I just find it could of been better. Smarter even.

GIGLI (**)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7iv6-8BRw
The universally panned movie that everybody loves to hate. (even if they've never watched it) I've seen it, and here's the deal: the movie is not that good, but it's far from horrible. It has great performances and great dialogue, but yes, a lot of things are not very successful. My favorite: Ben kidnaps a retarded kid and decides to drive around town with him for a few days while he has the car top down. Pacino has just one scene.

ANGELS IN AMERICA (****) +
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTDcbJcCGTE
An HBO movie, and one of the prettiest smartest movies ever made. The cast and the script is fantastic! A must see!

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (****)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdbzRtxVtns
The best Shakespeare film adaption ever made. It's a crime that the academy didn't nominate this film as best picture. It deserves it. A must see!

TWO FOR THE MONEY (***1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtKTG0DEA74
If there's a movie that I seem to argue about the most, it's this one. I (along with Roger Ebert) thinks this movie is great, but there's a lot of people who don't like it. It has smart dialogue and the performances are fantastic. It's based on a true story.

88 MINUTES (*1/2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPtuR3T_8lI
In my opinion, this is the worst Pacino film ever made. He will not be able to beat this one in badness. It's so bad.

OCEAN'S 13 (***)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-EyG12LxME
I didn't like the fact that Pacino took this role since I feel he's too good for these kind of movies. The film is pretty good (not as good as the first part, but better than the second one) but it feels unnecessary.

RIGHTEOUS KILL (**)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ON67d7hQY
From the same director who brought you 88 Minutes, we have this movie. Is it as bad as 88 Minutes? No, but it's not good either. It's pretty flat screenplay-wise and the only redeeming factor the film has is that it stars Pacino and Robert Deniro.
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
10:22 am
EBAY SCAMMER!
Almost better than an orgasm!
I love when these fuckers get what they deserve:

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
8:48 am
LION MAN!
Who likes terrible movies? You know, the ones that are so bad it's good! Well, here's a movie for you: LION MAN!
Growing up, this movie was an obsession of mine. I used to make parties for this movie. It's that bad!
Unfortunately, it's extremely rare. But now, with youtube, EVERYBODY can see it! consider yourselves blessed!

Lion Man was made in Turky (what an appropriate name for a country that made this shit) in the late 70's early 80's.The movie is basically 'Tarzan', but just replace the apes with lions and VOILA, you got LION MAN!

Now this movie is not for everyone, so check out the first 2 minutes of this scene:



Not bad enough for you, here's a bonus:



If you laughed, you should see all of it! Somebody posted it all on youtube.

(NOTE: Stay tuned for more Lion Man posts!)
Monday, October 27th, 2008
3:45 am
MY DIARY AS A PORN PRODUCER (PART 11): ONE GONE, ANOTHER APPEARS!
It's been months since I've done an update about my nutty day job. Here's more truthful adventures!

All the names have been changed, to keep people's private lives private.
THIS IS ALL TRUE.
Here's the archive in case you've just 'tune in':

PART 1: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/24238.html?mode=reply
PART 2: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/25708.html?mode=reply
PART 3: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/26189.html?mode=reply
PART 4: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/26640.html?mode=reply
PART 5: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/27156.html?mode=reply
PART 6: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/28159.html?mode=reply
PART 7: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/34203.html?mode=reply
PART 8: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/36682.html?mode=reply
PART 9: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/38565.html?mode=reply
PART 10: http://tdeeho.livejournal.com/40169.html?mode=reply


FEBRUARY 2008
I walked in my boss's office. I was nervous. I needed to tell him that I didn't want to work with Johnny Rotten again. (In fact, Mike had enough of him too)

ME: So, I guess, we're preparing for another 'Party de Filles' project, eh?

My boss nods.

ME: Is Johnny Rotten still gonna be the director?

My boss nods.

ME: Shit... I don't like him. He's a jerk. I don't think I can work with him again. We might have more blow ups, you know?

My boss didn't want to hear it.

BOSS: Jason, this is how it's gonna be. I know he can be a bastard, but you gotta be the better person.

I knew I was not gonna win the argument, so dropped it.

The shooting of 'Party de Filles 2' was gonna begin in a couple of weeks, after Johnny's 'holiday' in Cuba. Apparently, he had brought... (wait for it)...Tammy to Cuba to convince her to love him. Why was I not surprised. I knew he was making me looked bad (during the shoot) because he wanted her! He proved my argument! But of course, my boss decided to ignore what was going on.
Finally, it was the night before shooting (the day I dreaded), my boss walked in my office with Mike behind him.

MIKE: You're gonna like this, Jay.

ME: What?

The two just stared at me for a moment and built the suspense.

MIKE: It turns out that Johnny won't be directing 'Party de Filles 2'.

ME: Why?

BOSS: Well, he just called me up and said that he's still in Cuba and that he missed his Montreal flight.

ME: So? There's plenty of flights leaving Cuba for Montreal/Toronto/New York/Boston every day.

BOSS: He said that he'll only be able to grab a flight next week.

ME: (Laughing in disbelief) What the fuck?! NEXT WEEK?! Sounds like bullshit to me.

BOSS: Yep, it is.

ME: What a loser! I told you he wasn't a good cat! He probably didn't feel like coming back to Canada. I mean, he's in paradise with Tammy. Who would wanna come back from that?

BOSS: He put the project in jepoardy, he's fired!

I smiled.

ME: So, when are we gonna film this thing?

BOSS: Tomorrow.

ME: WHAT?! We don't have a director!

BOSS: Mike, recommended Ellie.

Ellie was a new up and coming director. He had done commercials and owned his private production company. He wanted to do porn, so he contacted us. We gave him money to do his first xxx film and after we saw the first cut, we were impressed. Especially my boss.
That night, Ellie came to the office. We sat down with him and had a little talk. He seemed nice and cooperative. His ego was none existant. We explained the project and he seemed game.
When he finally left, the boss, Mike and I had a talk. Mostly they wanted to know my thoughts.

ME: He seems like a good cat. Easy going.

But something inside me felt that Ellie wasn't who he led us to believe. I couldn't put my finger on it. He seemed to perfect.
'But anyone is better than Johnny Rotten', I thought to myself.

The next day, we started shooting at this strip club around 11am. We had 3 top name pornstars and one newbie. Strangely enough, I knew the newbie through some friends. I'd seen her at the Saphir club a couple of times. She was goth and stuck out like a sore thumb, as the other pornstars were mostly blond bimbo types.
I pretended not to recognize her, but she finally called my bluff by saying 'I knew know you, right?'.
While I was preparing the camera, I noticed a fat dude on set. He seemed out of place. I turned to Mike.

ME: Who's the fat guy?

MIKE: He won a contest.

ME: What did he win?

MIKE: A day on a porn set.

ME: So, he won a day of waiting around for long periods of time along with cameramen blocking all the action. Fun.

Finally, we were ready. I told Ellie to be camera A (all the close ups) while I became camera B (all the wide shots).
The first scene went smoothly. The two girls (pornstars) were professionals. But as we were filming, I noticed Ellie's camerawork wasn't very good or stable. I brushed it off thinking I was only being paranoid.
The next scene was shot around 3pm. It was the goth newbie's first scene. But she seemed more than game. She was made for this job.
Near the end of the scene, she made the other girl squirt. It wasn't planned, which made it all the more cool.

The next day, we started shooting the 'talking scenes'. I had storyboarded (drawings that resemble a comic book which are done for movies) everything to make things easier (a trick I learned from filming my movie Affinity Point). Unfortunately, Ellie didn't want to follow them, and he began setting our shots to supposedly make things 'easier' on us. But it just complicated everything. Here's why:
He thought by setting my camera at a certain place, and his camera at another place we could film all the angles in real time. The only problem is that we had lights set up everywhere and boom mics were hanging from the ceiling. The strip club mirrors made things a lot harder too. So to prepare what he wanted to do took a lot more time than what was my original idea: shoot the storyboard drawings with one camera.
While we were preparing for this scene, I noticed that Ellie was acting kinda aggressive. We couldn't get the shots right. He seemed too much in a hurry and impatient. I asked my boss if he knew what was going on with Ellie.

BOSS: (sighing) There's a football match going on as we speak. He wants to get home and watch it.

I couldn't believe it. He'd rather fuck up a scene and watch a game, than not. He needed his priorities straightened.

I bit my tongue and indulged his stupid filmmaking ideas. But finally, after a hour (and tape) wasted, I started to get aggressive and irritated.

ME: (to Ellie) Couldn't we just follow the fucking storyboard? It would save us A LOT of trouble.

ELLIE: Fine, fine! How do you want me?

ME: Just go sit down. I'll film everything myself.

And I did. No problems, no headaches.

The last scene was this lesbian orgy scene. Ellie, was getting aggressive again, but this time it was towards the actors. He wanted them to get the scene done. (NOTE: sometimes scenes take long because the more girls are in the scene, the more make up/smoke/bathroom breaks they take.)
During a strap on penetration, one of the pornstars ripped her vagina internally.

PORNSTAR: STOP!!! STOP!!

She was too sore to continue, so we had to modify the scene by thinking up of new positions and stuff.
This angered Ellie who wanted to be at home watching the game.

ELLIE: Let's go! Let's go!

Finally, we finished after a long day. We brought the footage at the office to look at it. And it was just as I expected: His camera work was AWFUL!
Never had I seen sloppier/shakier filming in my life. I was devastated!
I tried to save the film by putting as much of my camera as possible. But I was camera B. (the less important one) He was camera A which had all the close-ups.
My boss called Ellie to bitch at him. It turned out that Ellie was not a cameraman and when we gave him money to film his movie, he hired a real crew while he pocketed most of the money. He was just pretending he knew what he was doing for the money.
I knew something was off about him. I have a 6 sense for these kinda things.
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
12:51 am
CONSPIRACY THEORIES PROVEN!
CONSPIRACY THEORIES PROVEN!

I like conspiracy documentaries. Especially ones that have good arguments. These are some of the ones that have obviously proved their theories.

The following 3 documentaries are worth watching. Trust me.

1. THE DARK SIDE OF TE MOON (WAS THE MOON LANDING FAKE?)
I started watching this documentary, even if I thought the title was a turn off. (and far fetched) But it turned out to be pretty amazing.
This documentary is about the time when the CIA asked Stanley Kubrick to film a fake moon landing. It's hard to believe, but considering the people who are being interviewed, all this is pretty much 100% proven that it actually happened. See for yourself:

(there are 9 parts)
http://tvshack.net/documentaries/Moon_Landing_Fake_or_Fact_/#


2. AIDS INC.
This documentary surprised me. I think it's VERY important and EVERYONE should watch this. We've been lied to. (like usual) If you think HIV is the primary cause of AIDS, think again.

http://tvshack.net/documentaries/AIDS_Inc/


3. THE MEN WHO KILLED PRESIDENT KENNEDY

Extremely interesting documentary about the most famous cover up the US government ever did. It's amazing how this documentary gathers information and draws you in.
(my favorite part is in part 3. One of the killers refuses to acknowledge he is the person in the picture even though they look exactly the same.)

http://tvshack.net/documentaries/The_Men_Who_Killed__President__Kennedy/
Monday, September 29th, 2008
4:22 am
THE SUCKIEST PERFORMANCES EVER!, HITCHCOCK! & QUIZZZ!
THIS SUCKS!:
(The song is cheesy, but the performance has rendered me speechless)



THIS SUCKS EVEN MORE!:
(I wanna see more of this performance!)



THIS SUCKS SO MUCH IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY!:
(I like how the guitar always gets unplugged at key moments in the song)




HITCHCOCK!

I've been watching a lot of Hitchcock these past few months. I had never seen ANY of his movies except for Psycho, which I loved.
Through the years, I've had a strange fear about old movies. (movies that were made before the 70's) I just can't seem to get around the bad lighting and stiff acting. In my opinion, cinema finally perfected itself in the 70's.
BUT... of course, there is always exceptions: The Hustler for example, has aged EXTREMELY well, and I highly recommend it. (RIP Paul Newman)
Citizen Kane is another great movie: it's beautiful and intelligent and has aged gracefully.
Anyway, since I consider myself a serious filmgoer, I found it a little ridiculous that I haven't seen a lot of the Hitchock classics in my lifetime. So I decided to rent pretty much all his classics. (I don't feel like seeing 'Rebecca' or 'The Trouble With Harry')
This is a list of what I saw:

1. SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)
Plot: A young woman thinks her uncle may be a serial killer.
My review: Hitchcock always said that this was his favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a favorite of mine. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it! It's Hitchcocks first REAL classic. The serial killer's performance is great. He's a creepy ass villain. And the story is somewhat interesting and there's some real suspense.
Complaint: It's a little too old for my liking. The performances are a little stiff and the picture and editing wasn't that great.
Rating: 3/4

2. NOTORIOUS (1946)
Plot: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
My review: I liked this movie. It was suspenseful and romantic. Hitchcock was clearly starting to master his style and direction.
Complaint: The secret agent stuff wasn't very realistic at times.
Rating: 3/4

3. ROPE (1948)
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
My review: Very interesting movie! The whole movie is filmed as one take, in one apartment. A little too slight for it to be a Hitchock classic, but it's awesome to see how the managed to make everything seem like in real time. The villains are interesting too. One of the first homosexuals lead characters ever to be in a movie.
Complaint: I didn't like that Hitchcock showed the murder at the beginning. It would of been good to have guessed like the people at the party.
Rating: 3/4

4. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
Plot: A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.
My review: Great movie! One of my favorite Hitchcock movies. Not the best, but surely, in the top 5. Strangers on a Train has one of greatest villains in history. The camera work and cinematography is amazing!
Complaint: None.
Rating: 3.5/4

5. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
Plot: An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
My review: Good movie! Interesting. suspenseful at times. This is cliche Hitchcock.
Complaint: I didn't like that almost everything happened in one room. A better version of the film was made with Michael douglas called 'A Perfect Murder'.
Rating: 3/4

6. REAR WINDOW (1954)
Plot: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
My review: A classic! All around good movie! Original.
Complaint: The movie was a little too talky at times and the sets were a little fake.
Rating: 3.5/4

7. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
Plot: A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.
My review: This is Hitchock at his peak. I loved this movie. Great ending too!
Rating: 4/4
(Note: make sure you see the Hitchcock remake. And not the older Hitchcock version)

8. VERTIGO (1958)
Plot: A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
My review: This is probably my favorite Hitch movie after Psycho. Very interesting premise. And classic scenes abound. Hitchcock was the 'master' at this point. I'd like to see a remake of this.
Complaint: Why oh why did he have to do the letter scene?! (If you see it, you'll know the one)
Rating: 4/4

9. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
Plot: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
My review: Maybe the most liked Hitch movie. I can see why: it has EVERYTHING in it. Highly Recommended!
Complaint: Some scenes could of been more realistic.
Rating: 4/4

10. PSYCHO (1960)
Plot: A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
My review: My favorite Hitch movie! A classic, obviously.
Complaint: The explanation at the end is stupid.
Rating: 4/4

11. THE BIRDS (1963)
Plot: A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
My review: I wasn't anxious to watch this movie because it seemed to have a stupid plot. But man, was this movie good! I can see why it's considered a classic.
Complaint: None.
Rating: 4/4

12. FRENZY (1972)
Plot: A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he's the wrong man.
My review: Hitch's only R rated movie is fantastic! Suspenseful and funny. This is considered his last great picture.
Complaint: None.
Rating: 4/4


QUIZZZZZ

Where were you at 7:30pm tonight?
Shopping for a Spaceman 3 CD. (I didn't find it)

What is your most fav. place to be?
On stage.

How many times have you fallen off a bar stool?
Twice.

Do you sleep with your window open or closed?
Open.

Can you sleep with your TV on?
No.

Who do you least care about?
Bush. (cliche, I know)

If you could get rid of one person who would it be and why?
One of the central bankers.

If you found a spider in your bed what would you do?
Jump up and kill it.

What is the most used saying that you say all the time?
'Fuck, man...'

How many times a day do you check your myspace?
Once a day.

Are you addicted?
I'm addicted to nothing.

What is your fav. shower gel?
I have all kinds.

What do you prefer blond or black hair?
Depends who has the hair.

What do you look for in a relationship?
Things I have in common with that person. In other words, they can't hate good art.

How many pets have you had?
Two: A dog named 'Earthy' and a bunny rabbit called 'Hismajesty' (aka, 'Medicare Card Doucet')

If you could turn back time would you?
YES!!!

Are you happy right now?
Never happy. happiness is for stupid people.

Are you thinking about anyone?
Not really. Well, maybe that spacemen 3 cd i couldn't get.

If so who?
The 'In the Company of Men' DVD I wanted. hehe

What is your fav. beer?
None.

Do you do a lot of shots when you go out drinking?
No.

Are you normally the DD when you go out?
When I had a car, yeah.

What is the best gift you ever got from your boy/girl Friend?
Nothing. I don't believe in buying or receiving gifts.

Tahitian Treat or Coca~Cola?
Coca-cola

Juice or water?
Juice

Steak or Chicken?
Steak

Have you been to a college?
Not really

Did you finish college?
no.

Who gets on your nerves the most?
Religion and politics.

Do you like chocolate milk?
Yes.

What time is it now?
9pm

Where should you be?
Watching Risky Business!

Have you ever ran into a screen door?
Yes.

What are you doing tomorrow?
Working on music, going out clubbing and watching Risky Business. hehe

What color are your bed sheets?
white

Whats your fav. sport?
Dodgeball.

How big is your bed?
Queen size

If you could change someone who would it be and why?
A lot people.

Where will you be in 2009 when the ball drops?
Who gives a shit.

Who will you be with?
Who gives a shit.

Do you stay out all night for New Years?
I try to, if it's not too boring.

What are your plans for the 4th of July?
Who gives a flying fuck

Do you go camping a lot in the summer?
Nope.

Do you watch Family Guy?
No

How about American Dad?
No

Do you have a lot of friends?
Yes. But I try not to be close to a lot of people.

Do you like all of them?
Yes.

Do you eat at a lot of fast food places?
Yes

Where do you shop the most?
HMV

What are your plans for your next birthday?
I don't party on my birthday

Do you have a secret?
Many!

does your best friend know your secret?
No!

Where do you think you'll be in 2020?
successful and rich DAMMIT!!!
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
3:04 pm
I'm in the Montreal Mirror this week!
Grab a Montreal Mirror newspaper, and turn it to page 10. There's an article about the adult industry, and there's a picture of me holding a camera while some girls are getting it on.
The funny thing is, I didn't know that the article was gonna come out. I was shocked ot see a pic of me in the mirror. (although, you just see my hair and part of my face)
You can also read it on the internet:

http://www.montrealmirror.com/2008/090408/news2.html
6:41 am
1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 5)
1970s
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
Derek & the Dominos – Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
Davis, Miles – Bitches Brew
Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1st Album)
Doors – Morrison Hotel
Carpenters – Close to You
Still, Stephen – Stephen Stills (1st Album)
Lennon, John – Plastic Ono Band 'OWN IT!'
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Young, Neil – After the Gold Rush 'OWN IT!'
Led Zeppelin – III 'OWN IT!'
Deep Purple – In Rock
Morrison, Van – Moondance
Grateful Dead – American Beauty
Drake, Nick – Bryter Layter
Shankar, Ananda – Ananda Shankar (1970)
The Who – Live at Leeds (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Soft Machine – Third
Stewart, Rod – Gasoline Alley
Harrison, George – All Things Must Pass
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevens, Cat – Tea for the Tillerman
Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die
Stooges – Fun House 'OWN IT!'
Taylor, James - Sweet Baby James
McCartney, Paul – McCartney (1970)
Santana – Abraxas
Barrett, Syd – Madcap Laughs
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Crosby, David – If Only I Could Remember My Name
Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Gaye, Marvin – What’s Going On 'OWN IT!'
Yes – Yes Album 'OWN IT!'
Bee Gees – Trafalgar
The Who – Who’s Next 'OWN IT!'
King, Carole – Tapestry
Hayes, Isaac – Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack
Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers 'OWN IT!'
Lennon, John – Imagine 'OWN IT!'
Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
Yes – Fragile 'OWN IT!'
Doors – LA Woman
Can – Tago Mago
John, Elton – Madman Across the Water
Parton, Dolly – Coat of Many Colors
McLean, Don – American Pie
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Led Zeppelin – IV [aka Untitled / aka Four Symbols] 'OWN IT!'
Gainsbourg, Serge – Histoire de Melody Nelson 'OWN IT!'
Stewart, Rod – Every Picture Tells a Story
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition
Cohen, Leonard – Songs of Love & Hate 'OWN IT!'
Mitchell, Joni – Blue
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Joplin, Janis – Pearl
Kuti, Fela - With Ginger Baker: Live!
Faces – A Nod is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse
Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head
Clark, Gene – White Light
Prine, John – John Prine (1st Album)
Nilsson, Harry – Nilsson Schmilsson
T.Rex – Electric Warrior
Bowie, David – Hunky Dory 'OWN IT!'
Newman, Randy – Sail Away
Deep Purple – Machine Head
Big Star – # 1 Record
Black Sabbath – Vol 4
Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill
Young, Neil – Harvest 'OWN IT!'
Mayfield, Curtis – Superfly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Slade – Slayed?
Deep Purple – Made in Japan
Yes – Close to the Edge 'OWN IT!'
Reed, Lou – Transformer 'OWN IT!'
Masekela, Hugh – Home is Where the Music Is
Nascimento, Milton & Lo Borges – Clube da Esquina (1972)
Rundgren, Todd – Something/Anything
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Wonder, Stevie – Talking Book
Still, Stephen – Manassas
T.Rex – Slider
Ackles, David – American Gothic
Eagles – Eagles (1st Album)
Buckley, Tim – Greetings from LA
Drake, Nick – Pink Moon
Simon, Paul – Paul Simon (1972) 'OWN IT!'
Roxy Music – Roxy Music (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Alice Cooper – School’s Out
Temptations – All Directions
Bowie, David – Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 'OWN IT!'
War – World is a Ghetto
Green, Al – Let’s Stay Together
Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St 'OWN IT!'
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd
Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock
Bowie, David – Aladdin Sane 'OWN IT!'
King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic
Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Catch a Fire
Hawkwind – Space Ritual 'OWN IT!'
Cale, John – Paris 1919
Can – Future Days
Reed, Lou – Berlin 'OWN IT!'
Genesis – Selling England by the Pound 'OWN IT!'
Gaye, Marvin – Let’s Get it On
Martyn, John – Solid Air
Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure 'OWN IT!'
Faust – IV 'OWN IT!'
Hancock, Herbie – Head Hunters
Mott the Hoople – Mott
Oldfield, Mike – Tubular Bells 'OWN IT!'
Rundgren, Todd – A Wizard, a True Star
John, Elton – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy
Jennings, Waylon – Honky Tonk Heroes
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon 'OWN IT!'
Wonder, Stevie – Innervisions 'OWN IT!'
ZZ Top – Tres Hombres 'OWN IT!'
McCartney, Paul & Wings – Band on the Run
Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next
Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power 'OWN IT!'
Isley Brothers – 3 + 3
New York Dolls – New York Dolls (1st Album)
Eno, Brian – Here Come the Warm Jets 'OWN IT!'
Bad Company – Bad Company (1st Album)
Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 'OWN IT!'
Otis, Shuggie – Inspiration Information
Wonder, Stevie – Fullfillingness’ First Finale
Clapton, Eric – 461 Ocean Boulevard
Kraftwerk – Autobahn 'OWN IT!'
Morrison, Van – It’s Too Late to Stop Now
Mitchell, Joni – Court & Spark
Queen – II 'OWN IT!'
Roxy Music – Country Life 'OWN IT!'
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra 'OWN IT!'
Sparks – Kimono My House
Supertramp – Crime of the Century 'OWN IT!'
Thompson, Richard & Linda – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Scott-Heron, Gil & Brian Jackson – Winter in America
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack 'OWN IT!'
10cc – Sheet Music
Young, Neil – On the Beach
Jones, George – Grand Tour
Clark, Gene – No Other
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Newman, Randy – Good Old Boys
Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Natty Dread
Wyatt, Robert – Rock Bottom
Parsons, Gram – Grievous Angel
Eno, Brian – Another Green World 'OWN IT!'
Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!
Neu! – ‘75
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Jarrett, Keith – Köln Concert
Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
Bowie, David – Young Americans 'OWN IT!'
Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
Springsteen, Bruce – Born to Run 'OWN IT!'
Harris, Emmylou – Pieces of the Sky
Dion – Born to Be With You
Mitchell, Joni – Hissing of Summer Lawns
Waits, Tom - Nighthawks at the Diner
Burman, Rahul Dev – Shalimar (Soundtrack)
Young, Neil – Tonight’s the Night
Dylan, Bob – Blood on the Tracks 'OWN IT!'
Smith, Patti – Horses
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here 'OWN IT!'
Queen – A Night at the Opera 'OWN IT!'
Nelson, Willie – Red Headed Stranger
Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World
Mayfield, Curtis – There’s No Place Like America Today
Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers [Rec 1972, not released until 1976]
Bowie, David – Station to Station 'OWN IT!'
Mitchell, Joni – Hejira
Boston – Boston (1st Album)
Eagles – Hotel California
ABBA – Arrival
Kiss – Destroyer
Rush – 2112 'OWN IT!'
Ben, Jorge – África Brasil
Armatrading, Joan – Joan Armatrading (1st Album)
Aerosmith – Rocks
Parliament – Mothership Connection
Penguin Café Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Café
Jarre, Jean Michel – Oxygene 'OWN IT!'
Ramones – Ramones (1st Album)
Kuti, Fela – Zombie
Tosh, Peter – Legalize It
Wonder, Stevie – Songs in the Key of Life
Frampton, Peter – Frampton Comes Alive 'OWN IT!'
Eno, Brian – Before & After Science 'OWN IT!'
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express 'OWN IT!'
Joel, Billy – Stranger, the
Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Exodus
Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue
Weather Report – Heavy Weather
Muddy Waters – Hard Again
Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus
Clash – Clash (1st Album)
Bowie, David – Low 'OWN IT!'
Steely Dan – Aja
Wire – Pink Flag 'OWN IT!'
Martyn, John – One World
Talking Heads – 77 'OWN IT!'
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours 'OWN IT!'
Bowie, David – ‘Heroes’ 'OWN IT!'
Wilson, Dennis – Pacific Ocean Blue
Suicide – Suicide (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Iggy Pop – Idiot, the 'OWN IT!'
Gabriel, Peter – Peter Gabriel (I) 'OWN IT!'
Television – Marquee Moon
Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
Costello, Elvis – My Aim is True
Iggy Pop – Lust for Life 'OWN IT!'
Dury, Ian – New Boots & Panties!!
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…
Pere Ubu – Modern Dance 'OWN IT!'
Kraftwerk – Man Machine 'OWN IT!'
Blondie – Parallel Lines 'OWN IT!'
Regina, Elís – Vento de Maio
Pere Ubu – Dub Housing
Only Ones – Only Ones (1st Album)
Costello, Elvis – This Year’s Model
Jam – All Mod Cons
Ely, Joe – Honky Tonk Masquerade
Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea with the…
Big Star – Third (aka Sister Lovers)
Residents – Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Public Image Ltd – Public Image 'OWN IT!'
Magazine – Real Life
Springsteen, Bruce – Darkness on the Edge of Town 'OWN IT!'
Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
Throbbing Gristle – DOA: Third & Final Report 'OWN IT!'
Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food 'OWN IT!'
Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Van Halen – Van Halen (1st Album)
Colón, Willie & Rubén Blades – Siembra
Cars – Cars (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo 'OWN IT!'
Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Saints – Eternally Yours
Gaye, Marvin – Here, My Dear
Nelson, Willie – Stardust
Chic – C’est Chic 'OWN IT!'
X-ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents
Eno, Brian – Ambient 1: Music for Airports 'OWN IT!'
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Scream, the 'OWN IT!'
AC/DC – Highway to Hell 'OWN IT!'
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Crusaders – Street Life
Germs – GI 'OWN IT!'
B52s – B52s (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Czukay, Holger – Movies
Police – Reggatta de Blanc 'OWN IT!'
Fall – Live at the Witch Trials
Talking Heads – Fear of Music 'OWN IT!'
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures 'OWN IT!'
Chic – Risqué 'OWN IT!'
Undertones – Undertones (1st Album)
Clash – London Calling
Japan – Quiet Life 'OWN IT!'
Faithfull, Marianne – Broken English 'OWN IT!'
Slits – Cut
Costello, Elvis – Armed Forces
Young, Neil – Rust Never Sleeps
Gang of Four – Entertainment!
Cheap Trick – At Budokan
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk 'OWN IT!'
Pink Floyd – Wall, the 'OWN IT!'
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box 'OWN IT!'
Jackson, Michael – Off the Wall 'OWN IT!'
Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette
Numan, Gary – Pleasure Principle 'OWN IT!'
Specials – Specials (1st Album)


So I personally own 90 CDs in the list. I find the list a little too short as a matter of fact. There was so much good music in the 70's that I own probably 3 times more albums that should be in this list.
Even the ones that I don't own, I kinda respect. (The Slits, Neu!, Damned, Buzzcocks, Magazine, etc.)

Now for my complaints:

- I find the book has too much Talking Heads. I LOVE that band, but they should just be in there 3 times. Not all their albums are important.

- Although, I am happy that the book included my favorite album of all time (Genesis- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) and Selling England by the Pound, the book needs at least 2 more Genesis albums: Trick of the Tail and Nursery Cryme.
(NOTE: I gotta bitch a little about the book ignoring Phil Collins completely. Yes he's a bit of a goof, but before he did Disney songs, he did do A LOT of classic albums with Genesis and his early solo stuff. I mean, shouldn't he at least have ONE solo album in the list?!)

- Too much Elvis Costello! I think the book has 5 or 6 of his albums in there. Give me a break! They almost all sound the same. They should of left room for more artists.

- It's awesome that the book has Suicide's first album. It's great! But their second album is greater and deserves to be in the list too.

- I'd put another Rush album in there. 'A Farewell to Kings' is a very strong album.

- Why isn't Yoko Ono in the list?! She was very important to avant-guard music. At least put Walking on Thin Ice.

Other than those complaints, I thought it was a pretty good 70's list.


I'd like to end by saying that the book was pretty cool. I learned a little, but not much. I actually think that I know more about music than the authors did most of the time. Sounds egotistical, I know, but I wouldn't say this if I wouldn't think it would be fact.
Now, I heard there's a book about movies called '1001 movies you should see before you die'...hmmm...
Monday, September 1st, 2008
4:38 am
1001 YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 4)!
1950s
Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours
Presley, Elvis – Elvis Presley (1956)
Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life
Prima, Louis – Wildest
Domino, Fats – This is Fats
Ellington, Duke – At Newport (1956)
Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
Crickets – Chirping…
Basie, Count – Atomic Mr Basie
Monk, Thelonious – Brilliant Corners
Sabú [Martínez] – Palo Congo
Davis, Miles – Birth of the Cool
Machito – Kenya
Little Richard – Here’s…
Puente, Tito & His Orchestra – Dance Mania (1958)
Holiday, Billie – Lady in Satin
Elliott, Jack – Jack Takes the Floor
Vaughan, Sarah – At Mister Kelly’s
Fitzgerald, Ella – Sings the Gershwin Song Book
Charles, Ray – Genius of… (1959)
Davis, Miles – Kind of Blue
Robbins, Marty – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
Brubeck, Dave – Time Out

Well, I don't own ANYTHING from the 50's. In my opinion, music was still at it's primitive stage and it's not really that interesting consider the leaps and bounds that later artists took in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. While reading this book, I went to listen to every artists and I must say that the 50's is by far the worst decade in the book. I think the book thought so too, since it's also the smallest list. The most popular/known artists are the only ones I kinda like. But I can live without hearing ANY of them.

1960s
Baez, Joan – Joan Baez (1960)
Presley, Elvis – Elvis is Back!
Makeba, Miriam – Miriam Makeba (1960)
Everly Brothers – A Date with the…
Smith, Jimmy – Back at the Chicken Shack
Muddy Waters – At Newport
Evans, Bill – Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Charles, Ray - Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music
Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions
Getz, Stan & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
Price, Ray – Night Life
Beatles – With the… 'OWN IT!'
Dylan, Bob – Freewheelin’… 'OWN IT!'
Spector, Phil & Various Artists – A Christmas Gift for You
Cooke, Sam – Live at the Harlem Square
Mingus, Charles – Black Saint & the Sinner Lady
Brown, James – Live at the Apollo (1963) 'OWN IT!'
Getz, Stan & João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto
Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night 'OWN IT'
Brel, Jacques – Olympia 64
Burke, Solomon – Rock ‘n’ Soul
Springfield, Dusty - A Girl Called Dusty
Rolling Stones – Rolling Stones (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Owens, Buck – I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail
Lewis, Jerry Lee – Live at the Star Club, Hamburg 'OWN IT!'
Sonics – Here Are the…
Dylan, Bob – Bringing it All Back Home 'OWN IT!'
Redding, Otis – Otis Blue… Sings Soul
Beach Boys – Today!
Coltrane, John – A Love Supreme
King, B.B. – Live at the Regal
Beatles – Rubber Soul 'OWN IT!'
Jansch, Bert – Bert Jansch (1st Album)
Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man
Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited 'OWN IT!'
The Who – My Generation 'OWN IT!'
Beatles – Revolver 'OWN IT!'
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Neil, Fred – Fred Neil (1st Album)
Byrds – Fifth Dimension
Dylan, Bob – Blonde on Blonde 'OWN IT!'
Monks – Black Monk Time
Kinks – Face to Face
Mamas & the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears
Revere, Paul & the Raiders – Midnight Ride
Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
Rolling Stones – Aftermath 'OWN IT!'
Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme 'OWN IT!'
13th Floor Elevators – Psychedelic Sounds of the…
John Mayall’s Blues Breakers – With Eric Clapton
Yardbirds – Yardbirds [aka Roger the Engineer] (1st Album)
Simone, Nina – Wild is the Wind
Gilberto, Astrud – Beach Samba
Nico – Chelsea Girl
Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 'OWN IT!'
Country Joe & the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind & Body
Buffalo Springfield – Again
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe as Milk
Moby Grape – Moby Grape (1st Album)
Love – Da Capo
Beau Brummels – Triangle
Monkees – Headquarters
Buckley, Tim – Goodbye & Hello
Love – Forever Changes
Cream – Disraeli Gears
Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn 'OWN IT!'
The Who – Sell Out 'OWN IT!'
Velvet Underground - & Nico 'OWN IT!'
Sinatra, Frank - Frank Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Doors – Doors (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Young Rascals – Groovin’
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Kinks – Something Else by the…
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
Haggard, Merle – I’m a Lonesome Fugitive
Hendrix, Jimi – Are You Experienced
Electric Prunes – I Had too Much to Dream (Last Night)
Lynn, Loretta – Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
Sharma, Shivkumar / Brij Bushan Kabra / Hariprasad Chaurasia – Call of the Valley
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat 'OWN IT!'
Hendrix, Jimi – Axis: Bold as Love
Franklin, Aretha – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet 'OWN IT!'
Traffic – Traffic (2nd Album)
Incredible String Band – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society
Shankar, Ravi – Sounds of India (1968)
Mutantes, os – Mutantes, os (1st Album)
Hendrix, Jimi – Electric Ladyland
Cohen, Leonard – Songs of…
Cash, Johnny – At Folsom Prison
Nyro, Laura – Eli & the Thirteenth Confession
Franklin, Aretha – Lady Soul
Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
Byrds – Notorious Byrd Brothers
Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
United States of America – United States of America
Dr John – Gris Gris
Iron Butterfly – In a Gadda da Vida
Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow
Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
Band – Music from Big Pink
Beck, Jeff – Truth
Veloso, Caetano – Caetano Veloso (1968)
Walker, Scott – Scott 2
Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
Morrison, Van – Astral Weeks
Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Beatles – Beatles [aka White Album] 'OWN IT!'
Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money
Young, Neil – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (2nd Album)
Flying Burrito Brothers – Gilded Palace of Sin
Cash, Johnny – At San Quentin
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Beatles – Abbey Road 'OWN IT!'
The Who – Tommy 'OWN IT!'
Davis, Miles – In a Silent Way
Bee Gees – Odessa
Pentangle – Basket of Light 'OWN IT!'
Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed 'OWN IT!'
Drake, Nick – Five Leaves Left
Springfield, Dusty – Dusty in Memphis
Presley, Elvis – From Elvis in Memphis
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground (3rd Album) 'OWN IT!'
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Band – Band (2nd Album)
Led Zeppelin – II 'OWN IT!'
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams 'OWN IT!'
Temptations – Cloud Nine
Sly & the Family Stone – Stand!
Buckley, Tim – Happy Sad
Chicago Transit Authority [Chicago] - Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain
Hayes, Isaac – Hot Buttered Soul
Grateful Dead – Live/Dead
Kinks – Arthur: Or the Decline & Fall of the British Empire
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Cohen, Leonard – Songs from a Room
Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief
Walker, Scott – Scott 4
Stooges – Stooges (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Spence, Alexander ‘Skip’ – Oar
Zappa, Frank – Hot Rats

I own around 30 albums in this list. Although, a lot of them are on CD-R. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the 60's. For me, the 60's is kinda like Star Wars (60's) to Empire Strikes Back (70's). I admire the former, but love the latter.
It was obvious, while reading the book, the drugs started to take over the music around 1965. While the early 60's still kinda sucked like the 50's, by 65 some of my favorite artists started to come out. (especially The Who and the Velvet Underground)
Like many, music for me began with The Beatles. Their melodies, harmonies and groundbreaking ideas changed how people did music. Especially, after 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', which is the first REAL 60's record.
It makes me laugh when I hear/see old people (mostly baby boomers) say that today's music is 'weird'. What the fuck?! Like, the 60's didn't have pretentious fucked up music, dad! I would really like a new band have a top 40 hit with a song like The Beatles 'I, Walrus'. It can't be done anymore.
The 60's were pretty nuts and although I admire some of the music, I still think that the 70's perfected the annoying pretentiousness that the 60's had.
Friday, August 29th, 2008
10:16 am
1001 YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 3)
1001 YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 3)

(keep in mind, the following is just between 2000-05)

2000s
Doves – Lost Souls 'OWN IT!'
Air – Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score
Adams, Ryan – Heartbreaker
Gilberto, Bebel – Tanto Tempo
Cole, MJ – Sincere
Harris, Emmylou – Red Dirt Girl
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Radiohead – Kid A 'OWN IT!'
U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind 'OWN IT!'
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
Smith, Elliott – Figure 8
Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of Bewilderbeast
Harvey, P.J. – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea 'OWN IT!'
Badu, Erykah – Mama’s Gun
Coldplay – Parachutes 'OWN IT!'
Common – Like Water for Chocolate
Ladd, Mike – Welcome to the Afterfuture
Red Snapper – Our Aim is to Satisfy
Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
Giant Sand – Chore of Enchantment
Lambchop – Nixon
Lemper, Ute – Punishing Kiss
Madonna – Music
Avalanches – Since I Left You
OutKast – Stankonia 'OWN IT!'
Radiohead – Amnesiac 'OWN IT!'
Silver Jews – Bright Flight
Björk – Vespertine 'OWN IT!'
Gorillaz – Gorillaz (1st Album)
Adams, Ryan – Gold
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
Strokes – Is This It
Welch, Gillian – Time (The Revelator)
Gotan Project – Revancha del Tango, la
White Stripes – White Blood Cells
Beta Band – Hot Shots II
Jay Z – Blueprint
Röyksopp – Melody AM 'OWN IT!'
Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper
Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
Jones, Norah – Come Away with Me
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head 'OWN IT!'
Coral – Coral (2002)
Cash, Johnny – American IV: Man Comes Around
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Doves – Last Broadcast 'OWN IT!'
Elliott, Missy – Under Construction
Springsteen, Bruce – Rising, the 'OWN IT!'
Aguilera, Christina – Stripped
Roots – Phrenology
Beck – Sea Change
Timberlake, Justin – Justified
Vines – Highly Evolved
Hives – Your New Favourite Band
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief 'OWN IT!'
Winehouse, Amy – Frank
Calexico – Feast of Wire
Darkness – Permission to Land
White Stripes – Elephant
Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
Kings of Leon – Youth & Young Manhood
Thrills – So Much for the City
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
OutKast – Speakerboxxx/Love Below 'OWN IT!'
50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’
The Mars Volta – De-loused in the Comatorium
Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow
Wainwright, Rufus – Want One
Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Morrissey – You Are the Quarry
Björk – Medúlla 'OWN IT!'
Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll
Wilson, Brian – SMiLE
Icarus Line – Penance Soirée
Arcade Fire – Funeral 'OWN IT!'
Banhart, Devendra – Rejoicing in the Hands
Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (1st Album)
N*E*R*D – Fly or Die
Beta Band – Heroes to Zeros
Ozamatli – Street Signs
Libertines – Libertines (1st Album)
West, Kanye – College Dropout
Green, Cee-Lo – Is the Soul Machine
TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
Wainwright, Rufus – Want Two
Zutons – Who Killed the Zutons?
Killers – Hot Fuss 'OWN IT!'
Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
MIA (UK) – Arular 'OWN IT!'
Beck – Guero
White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

Well, what can I say other than after 1998, music started to suck. Even the albums I personally own in this list, I wouldn't care if I'd lose them. Sure a lot of artists had some good songs (I have a lot of mp3s), but not a lot of good albums. Plus, I seem to get sick of these bands more. I think it's because we're in the age of ironic music that copies the REAL artists from the 80's and 70's. Like, why listen to Interpol (which is not a bad band) if you have The Chameleons, Comsat Angel or Joy Division (which are fantastic bands that they copied)?!
I guess, it all comes down to what's new and old. And what's promoted well, and what isn't known. People are so myopic and are too busy shuffling their ipods to really look for good old music anymore.
Sure, there's still a dozen of bands in the list that has done some good groundbreaking shit, but they're few and far in between.
Thankfully, there's been better bands coming out in the last 3 years, but it's still a long way from the early 90's, 80's and 70'.

Anyway, here's my 'music nerd' complaint about 2000-05: TOO MUCH MEDIOCRITY!


Bands and albums they forgot:
(I know that's their a lot more than these three, but I can't think of any more at the moment)

Ladytron
Miss Kitten and the Hacker (important in bringing electroclash in the mainstream)
Daft Punk (Their second album which dance artist copy their sampling technics a lot these days.)
Raveonettes

Bands and albums I forgot to mention in the 90's:

Mylene Farmer - L'Autre
Atari Teenage Riot
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Primus
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
11:20 pm
1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 2)!
1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE! (PART 2)

Last post I posted a list of the 80's from the book. Now, I'm posting the 90's.

1990s
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas 'OWN IT!'
Shamen – En-Tact 'OWN IT!'
Deee Lite – World Clique 'OWN IT!'
La’s – La’s
Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker 'OWN IT!'
Depeche Mode – Violator 'OWN IT!'
Pixies – Bossanova
Megadeth – Rust in Peace
Digital Underground – Sex Packets
Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour 'OWN IT!'
Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches 'OWN IT!'
Michael, George – Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1 'OWN IT!'
Young, Neil – Ragged Glory
Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual 'OWN IT!'
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
O’Connor, Sinéad – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got 'OWN IT!'
Tribe Called Quest, a – People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm
Sonic Youth – Goo 'OWN IT!'
Ride – Nowhere 'OWN IT!'
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless 'OWN IT!'
Nirvana – Nevermind 'OWN IT!'
Crowded House – Woodface
Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1st Album)
Cope, Julian – Peggy Suicide
Gang Starr – Step in the Arena
MC Solaar - Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo 'OWN IT!'
Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam 'OWN IT!'
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 'OWN IT!'
Ice T – OG: Original Gangster
Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… Enemy Strikes Back
Tribe Called Quest, a – Low End Theory
Pearl Jam – Ten 'OWN IT!'
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha 'OWN IT!'
Sepultura – Arise
Slint – Spiderland
U2 – Achtung Baby 'OWN IT!'
KLF – White Room 'OWN IT!'
Massive Attack – Blue Lines 'OWN IT!'
Primal Scream – Screamadelica 'OWN IT!'
Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
Metallica – Metallica [aka Black Album] 'OWN IT!'
Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…
Olomidé, Koffi – Haut de Gamme: Koweït, Rive Gauche
Morrissey – Your Arsenal
Maal, Baaba – Lam Toro
Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
lang, k.d. – Ingénue 'OWN IT!'
Dr Dre – Chronic, the
R.E.M. – Automatic for the People 'OWN IT!'
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the…
Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies
Sugar – Copper Blue
Waits, Tom – Bone Machine
Sonic Youth – Dirty
Stereo MCs – Connected 'OWN IT!'
Ministry – Psalm 69 (Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs) 'OWN IT!'
Amos, Tori – Little Earthquakes 'OWN IT!'
Ice Cube – Predator
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power 'OWN IT!'
Alice in Chains – Dirt 'OWN IT!'
Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream, by… 'OWN IT!'
Khan, Nusrat Fateh Ali – Devotional Songs
Harvey, P.J. – Dry
Suede – Suede (1st Album)
Weller, Paul – Wild Wood
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream 'OWN IT!'
Auteurs – New Wave
Phair, Liz – Exile in Guyville
Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen
Mann, Aimee – Whatever
Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy
Nirvana – In Utero 'OWN IT!'
Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth
Pet Shop Boys – Very 'OWN IT!'
Harvey, P.J. – Rid of Me 'OWN IT!'
Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish 'OWN IT!'
Crow, Sheryl – Tuesday Night Music Club
Fall – Infotainment Scan
Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
Björk – Debut 'OWN IT!'
Orbital – Orbital [aka Brown Album] 'OWN IT!'
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
Sebadoh – Bubble & Scrape
Boo Radleys – Giant Steps
Orbit, William – Strange Cargo: III
Method Man – Tical
Black, Frank – Teenager of the Year
Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxure No 1 Baby
Jeru the Damaja – Sun Rises in the East
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Portishead – Dummy
Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall
Nas – Illmatic
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication 'OWN IT!'
Costello, Elvis – Brutal Youth
Morrissey – Vauxhall & I
TLC – CrazySexyCool 'OWN IT!'
Oasis – Definitely Maybe 'OWN IT!'
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Offspring – Smash
Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime
Blur – Parklife
G Love & Special Sauce - G Love & Special Sauce (1994)
Touré, Ali Farka – Talking Timbuktu
Hole – Live Through This 'OWN IT!'
Massive Attack – Protection 'OWN IT!'
Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible
Suede – Dog Man Star
Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
Buckley, Jeff – Grace
Orbital – Snivilisation 'OWN IT!'
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral 'OWN IT!'
Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation 'OWN IT!'
Green Day – Dookie
Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters (1st Album)
Garbage – Garbage (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight
Tricky – Maxinquaye 'OWN IT!'
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness 'OWN IT!'
Rocket from the Crypt – Scream, Dracula, Scream
Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust 'OWN IT!'
2Pac – Me Against the World
Elastica – Elastica (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Supergrass – I Should Coco
Radiohead – Bends, the 'OWN IT!'
Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes
Kuti, Femi – Femi Kuti (1995)
Verve – A Northern Soul
Genius GZA – Liquid Swords
Pulp – Different Class 'OWN IT!'
Leftfield – Leftism 'OWN IT!'
D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? 'OWN IT!'
Goldie – Timeless
Morissette, Alanis – Jagged Little Pill
Screaming Trees – Dust
Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic
Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry
Dr Octagon – Dr Octagonecologyst
Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Beck – Odelay
Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
Eels – Beautiful Freak
Divine Comedy – Casanova
Apple, Fiona – Tidal
Wilco – Being There
Sepultura – Roots
Adamson, Barry – Oedipus Schmoedipus
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself
Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite
Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded 'OWN IT!'
Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads 'OWN IT!'
Bukem, LTJ – Logical Progression
Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants 'OWN IT!'
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Now I Got Worry
Cardigans – First Band on the Moon
Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
Fugees – Score, the
Ash – 1977
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
Blur – Blur (1997)
Radiohead – OK Computer 'OWN IT!'
Quaye, Finley – Maverick a Strike
Elliott, Missy Misdemeanor – Supa Dupa Fly
Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole 'OWN IT!'
Primal Scream – Vanishing Point 'OWN IT!'
Wyatt, Robert – Shleep
Holmes, David – Let’s Get Killed
Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out
Prodigy – Fat of the Land 'OWN IT!'
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Boatman’s Call 'OWN IT!'
Divine Comedy – A Short Album About Love
Cornershop – When I was Born for the 7th Time
Daft Punk – Homework 'OWN IT!'
Williams, Robbie – Life Thru a Lens
Carey, Mariah – Butterfly
Supergrass – In it for the Money
Dylan, Bob – Time Out of Mind
Size, Roni & Reprazent – New Forms
Smith, Elliott – Either/Or
Verve – Urban Hymns
Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen, We are Floating in Space
Dandy Warhols – ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down(1997) 'OWN IT!'
Dylan, Bob – Bootleg Series Vol 4: Live 1966 [rec: 1966 at Free Trade Hall, Manchester]
Chao, Manu – Clandestino
Bragg, Billy & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
Turbonegro – Apocalypse Dudes
Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
Gray, David – White Ladder
Williams, Lucinda – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Pulp – This is Hardcore 'OWN IT!'
Madonna – Ray of Light
Hill, Lauryn – Miseducation of…
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs
System of a Down - System of a Down (1st Album)
Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (1st Album)
Air – Moon Safari 'OWN IT!'
Singh, Talvin – OK
Korn – Follow the Leader
Khalèd, (Cheb) – Kenza
Kid Rock – Devil Without a Cause
Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
Suba - São Paulo Confessions
XTC – Apple Venus: Volume 1
Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill
Incubus – Make Yourself
Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
Travis – Man Who
Slipknot – Slipknot (1st Album)
Orton, Beth – Central Reservation
Sawhney, Nitin – Beyond Skin
Death in Vegas – Contino Sessions
Moby – Play 'OWN IT!'
Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
Rhymes Digitales, les – Darkdancer 'OWN IT!'
Tigre, le – Tigre, le (1999)
Eminem – Slim Shady LP
Spears, Britney – Baby One More Time
Metallica – S&M
Bonnie Prince Billy – I See a Darkness
Shack – HMS Fable
Basement Jaxx – Remedy
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun

So, I own 81 albums in this list. Like the 80's list, I realized that I didn't really miss anything. I own pretty much every album in that list that I want. (well, I do wanna get into Tom Waits, Spiritualized and Sonic Youth)
I grew up in the 90's, so a lot of these albums are close to my heart. But while I love the 80's (it has the most innovation and pop songs), I have mixed feeling with the 90's. Why? Well, I just think that the 90's started off extremely good, and then ended crappy. You can kinda tell that I don't own a lot of album after 1998. The reason is simple: artists and music didn't know what to do or where to go from that point on. It's as if everyone had done everything there was to do up until 1998. I remember feeling a little depressed that I didn't like any new bands anymore. At first I thought it was my age, but looking at this list it really wasn't. Music just sucked. I mean, come on! Britney Spears?! Korn?! Slipknot?! Kid Rock?! And in between, just average 'ok' music like Basement Jaxx, Le Tigre, Fatboy Slim, ect... If these are important albums, then it's not the 'good' kind of important. (changing music for the worst)

Now my complaints:

-Too much Nick Cave. I love the dude and his music. (My favorite album from his is 'Tender Prey') But man, not all his albums are IMPORTANT. The list could do without a couple. (He was more groundbreaking in the 80's.)
- Yes, Beck's 'Odelay' is a good album. But 'Mellow Gold' is a lot better (in my opinion) and more groundbreaking (fact). It was also the first album. Thus, more important. 'Odelay' just continued the tradition.
- Not enough Underworld! Underworld's album 'Dubnobassman' should be in the list. It was the first progressive dance record of it's kind.
- I would take out one Public Enemy album out of that list.
- Take out Soundgarden's Superunknown and replace it with Bad Motor Finger, please.

Bands and album's they forgot:

Seal (his first album was extremely groundbreaking for dance music, black music, folk music, pop music. People seem to forget that he was a cool artist before 'Kiss From a Rose')
Faith No More- Angel Dust (I find it a little dumb that they put 'Real Thing' in their 80's list, but don't put one of the most influencial important albums ever made in the 90's list)
Jesus Jones - Perverse (it was the first album to be done completely on computer. And the records sound is totally original and groundbreaking)
Depeche mode- Songs of Faith and Devotion
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult - Sexplosion! (the first disco industrial record that has influenced a lot of artists)
X-Marks the Pedwalk (basically the inventors of the EBM sound we have today)
Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
Enigma (like, EVERYONE who plays electronic ambient music has taken some elements from Enigma's first album)
Spookey Ruben - Modes of Transportation Vol. 1
Lords of Acid
Moby - Everything is Wrong
Tool - Undertow (like, 'hello?!')

Some 80's ones I forgot:

Genesis - Duke
Front 242 (duh!)
Nitzer Ebb
Yoko Ono
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
12:04 pm
1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE!
1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE!

This entry is for music nerds like myself. (I know I'm writing a lot about music lately. I'm just getting this stuff out of my system)
A month ago, I bought a cool book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1001_Albums_You_Must_Hear_Before_You_Die) that is about the most important albums ever made between 1950 to 2004. Surprisingly, I agree with most of the book, but it still forgot a lot of important albums. I guess, they select records that were good as well as important.
I noticed that they ignored industrial and goth music a little too much. The reason for my complaint is not that I like that genre more than others genres (I actually haven't bought an industrial album in 5 years), it's just that industrial music in it's heyday (between 1975-95) did groundbreaking stuff pretty much with every release from most bands. But whatever, it's a minor complaint.
The following is between 1980-1989. (I'll post the other decades in later entries)

NOTE: The albums with the 'OWN IT!' beside it are the albums I actually bought and own in my collection.


1980s
Adam & the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
AC/DC – Back in Black 'OWN IT!'
Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us 'OWN IT!'
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 'OWN IT!'
Gabriel, Peter – Peter Gabriel (III) 'OWN IT!'
Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
Cure – Seventeen Seconds 'OWN IT!'
Echo & the Bunnymen – Crocodiles 'OWN IT!'
Motörhead – Ace of Spades
Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Judas Priest – British Steel
Circle Jerks – Group Sex
Talking Heads – Remain in Light 'OWN IT!'
Joy Division – Closer 'OWN IT!'
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (1st Album)
Undertones – Hypnotised
Jam – Sound Affects
Waits, Tom – Heartattack & Vine
UB40 – Signing Off
Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro
Specials – More Specials
Winwood, Steve – Arc of a Diver
Pretenders – Pretenders (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps 'OWN IT!'
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Juju 'OWN IT!'
Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement
Go-Gos – Beauty & the Beat 'OWN IT!'
Motörhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith
Soft Cell – Non Stop Erotic Cabaret 'OWN IT!'
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality 'OWN IT!'
Eno, Brian & David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts 'OWN IT!'
Black Flag – Damaged 'OWN IT!'
X – Wild Gift
Psychedelic Furs – Talk, Talk, Talk 'OWN IT!'
Human League – Dare 'OWN IT!'
Gun Club – Fire of Love
Bauhaus – Mask 'OWN IT!'
Womack, Bobby – Poet
Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Rush – Moving Pictures 'OWN IT!'
ABBA – Visitors
ABC – Lexicon of Love 'OWN IT!'
Prince – 1999 'OWN IT!'
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – Message, the 'OWN IT!'
Costello, Elvis – Imperial Bedroom
Cure – Pornography 'OWN IT!'
Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Ay 'OWN IT!'
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84) 'OWN IT!'
Madness – Rise & Fall 'OWN IT!'
Fagen, Donald – Nightfly
Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West
Bush, Kate – Dreaming, the 'OWN IT!'
Orange Juice – Rip it Up
Jackson, Michael – Thriller 'OWN IT!'
Birthday Party – Junkyard 'OWN IT!'
Venom – Black Metal
Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska 'OWN IT!'
Associates – Sulk
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
Duran Duran – Rio 'OWN IT!'
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
McLaren, Malcolm – Duck Rock
Def Leppard – Pyromania
R.E.M. – Murmur
The The – Soul Mining 'OWN IT!'
Waits, Tom – Swordfishtrombones
Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops
Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City
Lauper, Cyndi – She’s So Unusual 'OWN IT!'
Simon, Paul – Hearts & Bones
Echo & the Bunnymen – Porcupine 'OWN IT!'
ZZ Top – Eliminator 'OWN IT!'
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 'OWN IT!'
U2 – War 'OWN IT!'
Police – Synchronicity 'OWN IT!'
Meat Puppets – II
Culture Club – Colour by Numbers
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome 'OWN IT!'
Run DMC – Run DMC (1984) 'OWN IT!'
Sade – Diamond Life 'OWN IT!'
Cocteau Twins – Treasure 'OWN IT!'
Minor Threat – Out of Step 'OWN IT!'
Van Halen – 1984
Prince – Purple Rain 'OWN IT!'
Replacements – Let it Be
Style Council – Café Bleu
Turner, Tina – Private Dancer
Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain 'OWN IT!'
Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime 'OWN IT!'
Cole, Lloyd & the Commotions – Rattlesnakes
N’Dour, Youssou – Immigrés
Springsteen, Bruce – Born in the USA 'OWN IT!'
Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
Ibrahim, Abdullah – Water from an Ancient Well
Aha – Hunting High & Low 'OWN IT!'
Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair 'OWN IT!'
Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms 'OWN IT!'
Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good)
Mekons – Fear & Whiskey
Big Black – Atomizer
Vega, Suzanne – Suzanne Vega (1st Album)
Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
Bush, Kate – Hounds of Love 'OWN IT!'
Smiths – Meat is Murder 'OWN IT!'
Waits, Tom – Rain Dogs
Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy 'OWN IT!'
New Order – Low Life 'OWN IT!'
Simply Red – Picture Book 'OWN IT!'
Dexys Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down
Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 85
Costello, Elvis – Blood & Chocolate
Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock: The Album
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill 'OWN IT!'
Metallica – Master of Puppets
The The – Infected 'OWN IT!'
Griffith, Nanci – Last of the True Believers
Bragg, Billy – Talking with the Taxman About Poetry
Talk Talk – Colour of Spring 'OWN IT!'
Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?
Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Sonic Youth – Evol
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses (1986)
Simon, Paul – Graceland
Run DMC – Raising Hell
XTC – Skylarking 'OWN IT!'
Earle, Steve – Guitar Town
Bad Brains – I Against I 'OWN IT!'
Baker, Anita – Rapture
Smiths – Queen is Dead 'OWN IT!'
Gabriel, Peter – So 'OWN IT!'
Anthrax – Among the Living
Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me
Parton, Dolly with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio
Def Leppard – Hysteria 'OWN IT!'
R.E.M. – Document
Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times 'OWN IT!'
Cult – Electric 'OWN IT!'
Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses 'OWN IT!'
Sisters of Mercy – Floodland 'OWN IT!'
Michael, George – Faith 'OWN IT!'
Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories 'OWN IT!'
Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician 'OWN IT!'
Piazzolla, Astor & Gary Burton – New Tango
Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come 'OWN IT!'
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands 'OWN IT!'
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu
Laibach – Opus Dei 'OWN IT!'
Napalm Death – Scum 'OWN IT!'
Sonic Youth – Sister
Triffids – Calenture
Jackson, Michael – Bad 'OWN IT!'
Pet Shop Boys – Actually 'OWN IT!'
U2 – Joshua Tree 'OWN IT!'
D’Arby, Terence Trent – Introducing the Hardline According to… 'OWN IT!'
Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God
Cohen, Leonard – I’m Your Man 'OWN IT!'
Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Fishbone – Truth & Soul
Everything But the Girl – Idlewild
Living Colour - Vivid 'OWN IT!'
Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
R.E.M. – Green
Happy Mondays – Bummed 'OWN IT!'
Go Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane 'OWN IT!'
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session
Chapman, Tracy – Tracy Chapman (1st Album)
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything 'OWN IT!'
Pixies – Surfer Rosa 'OWN IT!'
Metallica – And Justice for All 'OWN IT!'
Dinosaur Jr – Bug
Krause, Dagmar – Tank Battles
lang, k.d. – Shadowland
American Music Club – California
Morrissey – Viva Hate
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good
Yoakam, Dwight – Beuenas Noches from a Lonely Room
Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking 'OWN IT!'
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 'OWN IT!'
Faith No More – Real Thing 'OWN IT!'
Kravtiz, Lenny – Let Love Rule 'OWN IT!'
Hooker, John Lee – Healer, the
New Order – Technique 'OWN IT!'
Madonna – Like a Prayer 'OWN IT!'
Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen
Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire
fIREHOSE – fROMOHIO
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
Young Gods – Eau Rouge, l’
Zorn, John – Spy vs Spy: Music of Ornette Coleman
Stone Roses – Stone Roses (1st Album) 'OWN IT!'
Cherry, Neneh – Raw Like Sushi 'OWN IT!'
Maal, Baaba & Mansour Seck – Djam Leelii
Bush, Kate – Sensual World 'OWN IT!'
Cure – Disintegration 'OWN IT!'
808 State – 808:90 'OWN IT!'
Coldcut – What’s That Noise?
Adamson, Barry – Moss Side Story
Aerosmith – Pump
Pixies – Doolittle
Raitt, Bonnie – Nick of Time
Fugazi – Repeater
Soul II Soul – Club Classics: Vol One
De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising
Jackson, Janet – Rhythm Nation 1814 'OWN IT!'
Jungle Brothers – Done by the Forces of Nature
NWA – Straight Outta Compton

Wow! I owned more than a 100 albums in that list. Its pretty good list, but man, have they forgotten a lot of albums! Here's a few complaints:
- too much Echo and the Bunnymen! I love that band, but man, you just have to have two albums in that list. not ALL OF THEM.
- Too much Smiths! I love that band too, but they're albums aren't ALL important. Two in the list would be sufficient.
- Talk Talk is one of the all time great bands, and it's cool that they have their 'Colour of Spring' in that list, but what about they're groundbreaking album 'Spirit of Eden' which is one of the best artistic albums ever made.
- It's cool that they acknowledge Simple Minds in the list. (they never get any respect even though they're albums in the early 80's are freaking fantastic) But what about 'Once Upon a Time'? That's like when their sound was at it's fullest.
- U2 should have their album 'Unforgettable Fire' up there! It's the first U2 album to have the classic guitar sound that no one has ever copied ever. (I'm being sarcastic)
- Big Black is in the list, but it's the wrong album. It should be 'Songs for Fucking'.
- I would take out a couple of Pixies albums out of the list. Yes, they're important, but not all their albums are groundbreaking or stellar.
- Janet Jackson's 'Control' should of been added to the list.

Now for bands and albums they should have included. Just from the top of my head:

Cabaret Voltaire- Crackdown (like 'DUH!')
NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
Roxy Music - Avalon (important album!)
Dead Can Dance (!)
Deicide
Foetus
Godflesh (VERY important metal industrial band that influenced a lot in the list)
Misfits
Lee Scratch Perry
Ultravox (!)
INXS - Kick
Lassigue Benthaus - Matter
Psychic TV
AR Kane (The inventors of dream pop who have perfect albums. My favorite band.)
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
Peter Gabriel - Passion (oops! Forgot that one eh guys?)
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
This Mortal Coil
Enya - Watermark
The Chameleons - Strange Days
Alien Sex Fiend
Flock of Seagulls
Malhavoc - The Release
Fields of Nephilim

And I can go on and on. (I'm sure you believe me) ;-)
Friday, August 1st, 2008
9:35 am
ROXY MUSIC/BRYAN FERRY! KATE BUSH! QUIZ!
KATE BUSH!

I'm a little sexist when it comes to female 'songwriters'. I'm almost never impressed with 'chick music'. Of course, there are a few exceptions, like Bjork, Tori Amos, Peaches, and so on. But with every cool chick, there's always celine dion or a mariah carey. (women who don't write their own music)
In general, I don't find a lot of female artist push boundaries in music that often. They're just too interested in being 'female' and singing about some sort of girl power. Even Tori Amos, an artist I fairly like, gets caught up in herself on some albums (Boys of Pele), as if she can't get over her sexe. She comes off as an angry confused self-important flake. That's why men don't buy her music. Although, gay men and women do.
One time, I was arguing about Tori Amos with my friend, who was a hardcore fan. I was telling her that no guy liked her music.

"That's not true!" She screamed.

"Yeah it is! You're telling me that you know a guy, other than me, who likes her music?!"

"Yes! One of my friends."

"Is he gay?"

There was a long pause. The she said "Yeah". We started laughing.

I guess a lot of gay men and teenage women like strong women role models. Fine. But those role models don't always make good music. (Cher anyone? Barbara Streisand anyone?)
Of course, this rant is GENERAL, so maybe I'm not talking about YOU. But cliches are there for a reason.
Anyway...
I knew that a lot of Tori Amos fans liked Kate Bush. I never knew a lot about Kate. I had just seen the video for 'Running Up That Hill', which I liked. But I never made any effort to dig deeper into her music.
A couple of months ago, I came upon the 'Cloudbusting' video clip on youtube and loved it. Here it is:

The video made me buy her two most beloved albums: The Hounds of Love and Sensual world.
As soon as I put it on, i was floored. The music sounded so alive and fresh. Her vocals were amazing and creative. ('Watching the Witch') I understood why everyone name dropped her as a good female artists.
(NOTE: one thing I've noticed, is how Tori Amos ripped her off. Her singing style and her electronic albums stole many ideas from Kate Bush.)
After listening to those albums, I dug deeper in her discography. Her other albums weren't as strong, but there are still diamonds in the rough like her song 'Wuthering Heights' which is a really complex pop song that impresses me to no end.
Anyway, even though there's more and more good female artists out there these days, none has beaten Kate Bush's creative peak. Or have come close to her genius. If so, then please link me to that artist.

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ROXY MUSIC and BRYAN FERRY

This past month, I've been getting into Roxy Music BIG TIME. I heard their name many times, but like Kate Bush, I decided to ignore them and listen to the bands that they had influenced.
Here's a miniature history of the band:
Roxy Music recorded their first album near the beginning of the 70's. The two most known band members were singer Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno. Their first album is regarded as a classic for glam rock. It was also one of the first albums to use moogs in that way. Their second album was even weirder and by the time of it's release, Eno quit the band to do his own thing. Bryan Ferry started doing his own thing between Roxy albums too. But while Eno was doing fucked up music, Bryan liked to do albums of cover songs. By the time the 80's came along, Roxy Music had changed their sound from glam rock, to a beautiful disco-like sound. In 1980, they recorded their masterpiece called 'Avalon'. Here are their two biggest hits:

Love is a Drug


More Than this


After recording Avalon, they broke up. Ferry continued to do his own solo albums. Some album were covers, while other albums had only originals. (I prefer the latter) His music was more romantic than Roxy Music, but not as consistently good. Here's a highlight:

Slave to Love (one of the sexiest coolest videos ever made)


Bryan Ferry in my opinion is the coolest cat out there. His coolness is in the same league as this guy:


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QUIZ!

If you HAD to get a tattoo, where would you want it?
On my face. Some symbol.

If you HAD to dye your hair a color what color would it be?
white.

If you HAD to get a piercing (not ears) what would you get?
chest

If you HAD to change your name, what new name would you choose?
Jermajesty. (like Jermain Jackson's son.heheh)


The "WOULD YOU?" section:

Would you rather love one person or have many short relationships?
I'd rather have short relationsips. But there's always exceptions.

Would you move anywhere else if you could?
Yeah. It depends how much money i'd earn.

If you were given the chance to go to Paris, would you go?
Yeah. But not to stay.

If you were given 10 million dollars to keep, what would you do?
Invest in filmmaking and music. I'd also get a big fucking house.

The "LET'S SAY" section:

Let's say you had to eat a live tarantula for $1,000...
Fuck no.

Let's say you could star in any movie (made or in the works) what movie?
Blue Velvet. Dennis Hopper's character.

The "OTHER STUFF" section:

What makes your bedroom unique?
It has really high ceilings and mannequins everywhere.

What's your favorite season of the year?
spring

Do you like cheese?
Yes.


The "2008" section:

Are you the same person as you were at the beginning of 2008?
Yes.

Anything exciting happen this year?
I did a movie and my album. I also directed the highest selling pay per view movie in Canada.

Have you been involved with the police this year?
Not yet.

Got any tattoos or piercings this year?
nope.

Had a haircut yet this year?
nope

Been in a hospital this year?
nope

Lost someone you cared about this year?
nope

Been on a vacation this year?
nope

Been kicked out of a public place this year?
Yes. But that's because we were filming without a permit.

Where was your default picture taken at?
in my old apartment.

What is your current mood?
Bored. (at work)

Are you crazy?
Only if you make me.

What are you listening to?
Moaning. (in my ipod I'm listening to Wire)

How long is your hair?
It's all different lengths.

What was the last thing you ate?
Cookies.

Are you happy right now?
I'm never happy. Happiness is for stupid people.

Are you wearing make up?
no.

What were you doing at 11:30 last night?
working on music.

What are you doing tonight?
recording a tune.

What are you looking forward to in the next three months?
Playing shows. Screening my movie. Losing a bit more weight.

Have you smiled recently?
Yes.

Do you like your phone?
what phone?!

Last tv show you watched?
Judge Judy.

Do you ever keep arguing even when you know you’re wrong?
Yes, but not for long.

Last time you took a nap?
3 days ago.

When was the last time you cried really hard?
9 years ago.

How much money do you have on you?
I have $1260 in my pocket. But I still have to pay rent.
Monday, July 28th, 2008
4:04 pm
FAST DIET & THE DARK NIGHT REVIEW
DIET DIARY

In the past 2 years (since my job) I gained 15 pounds. The reason for that is simple: eating munchies at the office and not going out (and dancing) as much.
A few months ago I started eating a little better. I did lose 4 pounds, but my body got used to my 'healthier' food consumption and stayed at 180 pounds. Great.
So last week, I decided to do something drastic: go on a lemonade fast diet.
I'd heard that Beyonce and that faggot Jared Leto did it and lost 20 pounds in 10 days.
The 'diet' consisted of drinking a tall glass of homemade 'lemonade' every 2 hours. The ingredients are the following:

- two tablespoons of lemon juice from real lemons.

- two tablespoons of maple syrup.

- a pinch of cayenne pepper.

- then fill up your glass with warm water.

This diet is known as the 'Lemon master cleanse'. It's suppose to 'clean' your insides. That's why people do it. But I don't believe in the 'cleanse' part. It's bullshit. I just wanted to lose weight fast. You are not suppose to eat anything while on the cleanse. (more info here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/master-cleanse-cleanser-lemonade-diet.html)
I know that almost all of you will say that this isn't healthy and whatnot. But this fast has NOT been proven to be harmful. Sure, I don't believe in the diet as being healthy, but i don't believe in it being bad for you either. Just read up on it before criticizing.
Since Angie was gone for a week, I had the whole place to myself, and took advantage of having nobody eat around me.
This is my miniature diary of what i went through:

MONDAY (day 1)
I woke up feeling REALLY hungry because I hadn't eaten last night. Great, I didn't even start the fast and I'm already starving.
I do my lemonade. Shit this stuff tastes like crappy lemon tea. I hate lemon tea!
When I arrived at work, I was still pretty hungry. I couldn't handle it. So, I decided to get a 6 inch sub at Subway. After eating it I told myself 'that's the last thing you'll be eating today'.
After work I get home and I make more lemonade. Tastes like shit! Around 10pm, I was getting really hungry again. But I didn't eat.
At night, I had a hard time sleeping. I was too hungry and needed to pee all the time.

TUESDAY (day 2)
I woke up feeling hungry. I made my lemonade and sank it. It felt good. My hunger was tolerable.
I go to work and stop by Subway again. I decided to eat half of a 6 inch sub. It filled me up for a few hours.
By the time I got home from work I was starving, but I didn't eat anything. i just drank my lemonade. Unfortuantely, I had a Fantasia movie, so I brought my lemonade with me to the screening.
I went to bed with a slight headache.

WEDNESDAY (day 3)
Like the other days, I woke up hungry. But when I drank my lemonade I was alright.
Got to work and didn't order any Subway sandwich.
Around 7pm, I headed over to Fantasia for another movie. I was hungry, but I could handle it.
After the movie, I went to bed and watched Real Time With Bill Maher. In fact, watching that show was the ONLY thing I could do at night, since I didn't have the energy to do anything else.

THURSDAY (day 4)
I woke up feeling kinda hungry. Drank my lemonade. Went to work. I felt a little hungry, but drinking my lemonade helped.
After work, I started to notice i had more energy than usual. My body was getting used to my new diet. I didn't have any headaches and my hunger pains were reasonable.
Still, I decided to eat a little salade every day. (this is breaking the 'cleanse' rule since I'm not suppose to eat ANYTHING, but I wasn't doing it this for the 'cleanse')
Before going to bed, I noticed my body being slightly smaller. Unfortuanetly, I wasn't losing fat. Rather, I was losing 'water'. It takes around 5 days to lose your water retention before losing the real fat in your body.

FRIDAY (day 5)
I woke up feeling alright. I was starting to get the hang of not eating. I felt fine.
After work, I ate my salad, then met up with one of my friends and then headed over to this fetish night. I did the stupid thing of not bringing any lemonade, so by the time I got home I felt weak.

SATURDAY (day 6)
Woke up feeling alright. I finally had the energy to work on some music.
Later in the night, I went to this 80's night at La Tulipe. I probably stayed for 15 minutes before leaving. The reason: too many annoying people. And I wasn't in the mood.

SUNDAY (day 7)
I woke up feeling ok. By this time I was getting fucking sick of drinking my fucking lemonade.
In the evening, I went to see yet another Fantasia movie. The movie sucked and so did the lemonade I drank during the movie.
When I got home, I took my clothes off and realized I had shrunk. I had lost at least 10 pounds.

MONDAY (day 8)
I woke up, did my lemonade and headed off to work.
When I got home, I ate my small salade and watched Real Time all night.

TUESDAY (day 9)
I woke up dreading my lemonade. I was just getting so sick of it by this point.
But all in all, the day went smoothly.
I went to Paramount to see the new Batman flick, but it was sold out. Pissed off, I bought tickets for the next day and decided to get a small popcorn for the road.

WEDNESDAY (day 10)
I woke up and made my lemonade. But I realized, my lemons had gone bad, so the lemonade tasted like SHIT. So I drank water all day. And around supper time, I ate a bigger salad and a chicken breast. Hmmm, that felt good. I'm 3 hours early, but fuck it, 'diet over!'
I entered the theater with a full stomach.

Here's my little review of The Dark Night:

Like everyone else, I was very anxious to see the Dark Knight. The reviews were amazing, and the Joker is one of my all time favorite villains.
The movie's director, Christopher Nolan, is one of the only 'Hollywood' directors I like these days. Movies like 'Memento' and 'Insomnia' are fucking fantastic. And even his other ones like 'The Prestige' and the first Batman movie are highly entertaining. He's pretty consistent.
I've also been a fan of Christian Bale before pretty much everyone else. His choices for movies are always interesting, and he's a likable actor.
Heath Ledger on the other hand, sucked at choosing his movie roles. That's until he became a gay cowboy in 'Brokeback Mountain' (one of my favorite movies).
So, I guess, you can say that I was anxious to see these guys make an awesome comic book movie.
So...
does 'The Dark Knight' deserve all the hype it's been getting? My answer to that question is 'HELL NO!'. On the internet movie database (imdb.com) The Dark Knight is #1 in the top 250 for all time greatest movie. This beats out all The Godfathers, Schindler's List, Citizen Cane, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Star Wars and countless other movies that are a million times better than 'The Dark Knight'. Are you telling me that Dark Knight deserves the #1 spot?
Watching the movie, I was shocked at all the plot holes it had. It's like The Joker was everywhere at once. 'You mean, he planned to get caught that time, so that his 'real' plan would happen?' Funny, since he looked as though he made it EXTREMELY hard for Batman to catch him. What if he wouldn't of caught him? Plan ruined?
A lot of stupid plot holes like this aggravated me. I could give at least 9 more examples. It's as if the characters would freeze time in order to do something that would take them forever to do. For example: when Bruce Wayne builds a super computer to spy on cell phones. Funny that he built that in ONE night. I would of liked a scene with him looking at all the circuits and putting it all together while scratching his head in irritation.
I guess the main problem with the movie is that it's in a hurry but too overplotted. Every character is trying to hurry their conversations along. It's like the scenes are so condensed that there isn't any time to dig deep into the scenes.
Take for example the scene when The Joker convinces Harvey Dent to be bad. Listen to the script. Would you be influenced by The Joker if he would be saying that to you? He's obviously full of shit. And then in the next scene, Harvey is shooting people. Wow, he got convinced!
Another problem is the action scenes. With the exception of the motorbike chase scene, none of the action sequences are that interesting. I was hoping for more.
I guess the big question is Heath Ledger's performance. Is he a good Joker? I think so. He's always interesting, even if his script is kinda cheesy and simple. But I was hoping for a little more than what I got. In my opinion, he doesn't beat Jack Nicholson's Joker in 'Batman'. (One of the only Tim Burton movies I actually liked alongside 'Ed Wood') In fact, I liked 'Batman' more than the 'Dark Knight'. In my mind, that's still the best Batman movie. Although, Christopher Nolan's first Batman was almost as good as Tim's 'Batman' and better than 'The Dark Knight', in my opinion.
So, yeah, I did like the Dark Knight, but I don't wanna see it again.

NOTE: There is a laugh out loud cheesy moment right at the end when Commisioner Gordon's son asks him about Batman. Gordon answers him with this long soliloquy about how Batman is brave and great (while we see images of Batman driving out in the night). The speech goes on for so long that I wanted the kid to say 'Ok Dad! OK! I GET IT!'
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
4:48 pm
FANTASIA REVIEWS PART 2

THE OBJECTIVE (**1/2) Horror

The plot: A special army unit goes to Iraq in search of a mysterious weapon. What they end up finding is something a little more supernatural.
I was quite anxious to see this movie since I'm very into the Iraq war and stuff of that nature. So a horror movie about that was kind of interesting.
Unfortuately, 'The Objective' is a mixed bag. First let's talk about the good:

- The main actor was cool. He reminded me of Matt Damon but without the hollywood. 'The Objective' benefitted from his presence because he brought a realism to the film.

- The story and the pacing was very good. You were always interested and curious.

Now for the bad:

- The special unit soldiers were unrealistic in their approach to the mission and the actors weren't believable. Not for one second did I forget I was watching a movie. The soldiers reminded me of Arnold and his gang in 'Predator'. The filmmakers should of hired a real special units guy to tell them what he would do in real life if 'this' or 'this' would occur.

- The film didn't have that much of a budget, I think. If so, I didn't see it. When you make a movie like this you have to have a lot of money. War movies are expensive to make. So I thought the sets and the army gear was a little toyish.

- The biggest mistake 'The Objective' did was by far the ending. The ending happens so abruptly without ANY explanation that I felt REALLY cheated.
This movie was directed by the same dude who did 'The Blair Witch Project' and even that movie had a crappy ending.
I know that some idiots will try to figure out the meaning of what happened, but they'll never know, cuz even the movie/screenplay doesn't know what happens at the end. A cop out ending at it's worse.
Here's the trailer:



STUCK (***1/2)thriller/comedy

The plot: A homeless writter gets hit by a car. The driver (this hip hop loving cracker chick) hopes to do a hit and run. But there's only one problem: the man is stuck in her windshield.
Sounds funny, and it is, but it's also kinda like a horror movie a la 'Misery'. The whole movie is about the girl trying to hide the man stuck on her car, while the man is trying to escape.
At first I was sure the two would become friends in the end, but they don't and that's the beauty and intelligence this movie has. Great script, great acting, original and tight, 'Stuck' is a great movie by the same director who gave us last year's 'EDMOND' (another awesome movie).
The trailer:



RULE OF THREE (***1/2) Thriller/drama

The plot: A father is trying to find his missing daughter who was last seen in a hotel room. The movie flashes back and foward to different characters and situations (in the same hotel room) that will ultimately explain her fate.
Some of the reviews of this movie were kinda bad so I wasn't anxious about seeing it. But to my pleasant surprise it was really good. The movie had a low budget but it didn't hurt the story one bit. Intelligent writing and suspense really makes this a must see.
My only complaint: the ending/revelation was a little to clever for it's own good. But still, highly recommended!
The trailer (by the way, the trailer sucks):



I THINK WE'RE ONLY NOW (****) Documentary

The plot: a camera follows two hardcore obsessed Tiffany (yes THAT Tiffany) fans. One fan is a religious lunatic while the other is a depressed hermaphrodite.
Wow. These are fucked up characters! Proof that real life is crazier than any fiction. I watched the screen is total horror and disbelief.
A perfect documentary. Totally recommended!
The trailer (the trailer kinda sucks, don't let it stop you from seeing it!):


EX-DRUMMER (*1/2) Exploitation/comedy

The plot: A group of handicapped misfits wanna form a band, but they need a drummer. So they asked a famous writer to beat the skins. They practice for the upcoming battle of the bands, but they're personal problems threaten to destroy the band.
The critics love this movie. Calling it 'extremely controversial', 'clever, funny', 'shocking' and so on. But I have to disagree about the 'clever funny' part. This was total bile. A movie that's so extreme in it's hatred towards women and homosexuals that it's ridiculous. I have nothing against exploitive cinema if it's done right. But 'Ex-Drummer' just wasn't intelligent or thought provoking. Just annoying, loud and redundant. In EVERY scene the characters either talk (more like screaming) about sex in a juvenile way. It gets annoying.
One of the characters likes to beat women to death, and you see him doing coutless times. Is this suppose to be funny? Cuz, I've got a sick sense of humor and I didn't laugh. Violence without context is not funny. I just roll my eyes.
Ex-Drummer was filmed is a cool hip way and the music is quite good at times, so I guess people forget that the movies sucks and blows. People praise it as a 'take no prisoners' type movie, but I sure wish I would of gotten my ass shot before I entered the theater.
The trailer (it actually looks good):




I was tagged, so here's the QUIZ!

01. which celebrity would you like to meet and why?
Al Pacino hands down.

02. what do you do before bedtime?
Watch 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on youtube. I also read before bed.

03. what will your dream wedding be like?
Big and fun.

04. what is the city of your dreams and why?
None.

05. are you an introvert or extrovert?
Sometimes I can be extremely extrovert, but I'm mostly a cold introvert.

06. who was your celebrity crush last year?
None!

07. do you trust easily?
Not really. If I see that you're not trustworthy, I'll never trust you.

08. if the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
Just hang around.

09. is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Yes. My fucking diet.

10. do you have a good body-image?
Not lately. But I can't complain.

11. is being tagged fun?
sometimes.

12. what websites do you visit daily?
Gmail, youtube, Facebook, Rogerebert.com, imdb.com, allmusic.com, myspace, mail.com, livejournal.com, wiki

13. who are currently the most important people to you?
The usual: friends and family.

14. what kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
An introvert and a cool chick.

15. what’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
For some weird reason 'It Feels So Good' by Sonique. (I heard it on the radio)

and 'Which Way to Turn' by Bryan Ferry. I'm alternating. eheh

16. what’s your favorite item of clothing?
My suits.

17. what's better: to give or to receive?
Receiving. (sexually, it's the reverse)

18. what's the first thing you notice in people?
The way they stare/look at me.

19. what is the taste on your lips?
Lemon.

20. what do you believe, in?
I believe in the evil of man.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
3:03 pm
TAKING MONEY FROM THE POOR & A TV TRAINWRECK
THIS STORY IS TRUE:

Everytime I walk out of metro Beaubien to go to work, I see these two homeless (although, I'm sure they have apartments) men in wheelchairs near the entrance. One of them is very nice, while the other one is a little cranky. I never give either of them money, because I don't believe in giving homeless people anything.
You see, I'm sorta sick of people wanting to take my money all day, every fucking day. Everywhere I walk, I have people asking for money. Hell, I can't even answer the phone without people wanting to sell me shit. e.i: take my money. So homeless people can go FUCK THEMSELVES. And so can telemarketers!
Anyway...
So last week, I'm going out of the metro and I see, as usual, the two wheelchaired men holding their cups full of change. As I pass by, they both ask me for money. (like usual) And, as usual, I refused. Suddenly, one of the men yells out:

WHEECHAIR MAN: (in french) Why don't you go shave your ugly face!

I turned around in shock. These dudes never insulted me before. I guess, it was just a bad day for them.
Well, it was a bad day for me too, so I went up to the wheelchair bound man and grabbed his cup full of change from out of his hands.

WHEELCHAIR MAN: HEY! THAT'S MY CUP!

I spread open my left pant pocket and poured all the money down. It was a lot of money: my pants were really heavy! I drop the cup on the ground. Said nothing and walked away. The two weehchaired men were shocked. (as the people who witnessed it)
Do I regret doing this? Nope. I am extremely proud if what i did. God bless me.


A TV TRAINWRECK!

Watch this clip of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T on an 80s talk show. Make sure to watch ALL of it. You ll see how horribly wrong the interview goes.



Hulk explains himself on the howard stern show.

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