January 2014

Rush

by Cap'n Carrot on January 31, 2014 · 0 comments

in Film

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Although well-received by critics Ron Howard‘s last film chronicling the rivalry of Formula One drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to and during the 1976 Formula One season, the film grossed just over $90 million worldwide and has been shut out at most of the major awards this year. That’s a travesty. Aside from being an engrossing dramatic tale split equally between the two leads that found a spot on my Top Movies of 2103, Rush should easily have won Oscar nominations for visual effects, cinematography, and sound.

Brühl is the standout of the piece, but Hemsworth is used better here than any any film so far (including Thor). And Alexandra Maria Lara and Olivia Wilde lead a supporting cast as the women who love them. Two character studies for the price of one, and featuring some of the most amazing racing visuals every put to film, Rush is just as good on Blu-ray as it was in the theater. For more on the film read my original review.

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Aside from taking an undeserved cheap shot at Lois & Clark (damn you Mundy!), I’m going to agree with most of the points Nick makes here.

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The Save Greendale Committee face two important tasks (or what passes for important at Greendale Community College) in the latest episode. As Annie (Alison Brie) gets lost in the politics and labyrinthine, back-dealing, behind-the-scenes world of the college while trying to help Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) get a simple bulletin board rehung in the cafeteria, Jeff (Joel McHale), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Professor Ian Duncan (John Oliver), and Chang (Ken Jeong) create the theme for the school dance (not initially realizing where Chang got his brilliant ides of “Bear Down for Mid-Terms”).

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You’ll probably recognize the crazy guy jumping around in Kansas musician Matt Pryor‘s (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) video for his new single “Kinda Go to Pieces” as our old pal World Air Guitar Champion (and former lead singer of Love Glove) Eric “Mean” Melin.

Matt Pryor “Kinda Go to Pieces”

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Now available for pre-order, this 10in. Daitarn 3 GX-65 Soul of Chogokin Die-Cast Action Figure (complete with weapon accessories, transformation abilities, and display base), can be yours for the low, low price of $220.

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Just when I think Marvel’s numbering system couldn’t get any more ridiculous the company starts releasing .NOW issues. Sigh. Anywho, the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy is actually quite fun as it sets up the events of the crossover with All-New X-Men and the abduction of Jean Grey who the Shi’ar plan on putting on trial for the crimes as the Phoenix (despite the fact that this version of the character hasn’t committed them yet).

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Here are The Valery Trails with the video for “Starsong,” the first single from their new Australia Day 2014 E​.​P.

The Valery Trails – Starsong via videos.antville.org

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Set Yourself Free

by Cap'n Carrot on January 31, 2014 · 0 comments

in Commercials

Halfway through this advertisement depicting the freedom and carefree attitude of youth it takes an unexpected turn (which is almost as surprising as when you find out who this PSA was made for).

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Jon Stewart calls out the Republican Party for the hypocritical response to President Obama’s State of the Union.

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I’m a Jason Reitman fan. Young Adult made my Top Films of 2011, as did Juno a few years earlier. I consider Thank You For Smoking the best satire (by far) of the past decade, and Up in the Air was easily my favorite film of 2009. With a combination of wit, talent, and an eye for casting, the writer-director has produced some terrific films over the past few years. Sadly, Labor Day is not one of them.

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