Saturday, January 31, 2009

Big Ups To War Child Campaign

A few months back I posted a link to a War Child advertisement.

The campaign won a Cassie Award. The Cassie's are Canada's advertising awards. The agency John St. (Toronto) took home the Cassie for best Not-For Profit ad.


Within 2 weeks of the August 2007 launch Canadians were in an uproar, and they turned their anger into support. War Child Canada more than doubled online donations in 2007, going from $39,069 to $84,925. War Child has also seen an increase in support from company partnerships.

Big Ups to John St., The Cassie Awards, War Child Canada and my homie Karin A for hooking up the Cassie updates.

Coachella Lineup

I for one am always on the lookout for a live music show. I've been to Bonnaroo twice, I've been to Austin City Limits, hell I've even made it to Chicago to see Pitchfork's festival, but I have not yet been to Coachella. The lineup for this year has been released and I can't say that it is horrible, but I'm a little puzzled by Paul McCartney. I mean Friday showcases McCartney, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen almost in succession of each other. Don't get me wrong, they are all musical geniuses but should Coachella maybe consider changing its name to Ghost of Music's Past? Now, if Sir Paul gets up there and sings a bunch of Beatles tunes then it might just well be the ticket of the summer, but if he is a shitbox, then well, you guessed it, Coachella will be a shitbox.

So with this pretty much being the first major North American Summer Festival annoucement, it will be interesting to see how some of the other festivals will respond. Will Coachella be king of the circuit? Or will someone else emerge victorious? Time will tell my friends...time will tell. F.Y.I. Bonnaroo will be announced on Tuesday February 3rd, 2009.

Animal Collective - My Girls Live at Coachella 2008:

Man, I fuckin' love this band.

Dan's Video of the Week: 80's After School Dance Fight...

We have another video from Danny and I have to say this one might be the most ridiculous yet. I really have no idea how he finds this shit, but man do I hope he continues. Apparently this clip features the older brother from Mr. Belvedere, so I have also included the video for the intro to the show as well. Enjoy both videos, as I am sure you will have a laugh or two. And well if you don't, then take the stick from out of your ass and take it easy for a damn second.
80's Dance Fight:

Intro to Mr. Belvedere:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Certified Banger # 16

Franz Ferdinand have dropped their third album Tonight and I have to admit it is growing on me. I won't dare say it is perfect, but there are certainly a few bangers scattered throughout the album. Apart from the first single 'Ulysses,' which RED has already professed his love for and was right in doing so, another BANGER entitled 'Live Alone' has caught my ear. It is an upbeat stomp with a great back beat and catchy chorus. If I were to throw money down as to what the second single will be, this is it. Now, I might be wrong, but I swear that the driving force of the beginning of this song reminds me of The Band's 'The Shape I'm In.' I've included a live version of both songs down below, enjoy them and check out the album, it's worth your time.

Franz Ferdinand Live Performance of Live Alone:

The Band: The Shape I'm In

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Poll Results: Which Cola do you prefer?

In another dead heat, we witnessed our first tie in our poll series with I'd Rather have a beer matching Coca-Cola as the choice of this generation. So move over Pepsi and forget about R.C. because Coke is the word. Now, as anyone who knows me will confirm, I've had my fair share of ice cold Cokes in my day, but I have to admit that research hints at how shitty Coke really is for you. I don't mean to alarm you cola lovers out there, but here are some facts I stumbled upon while diggin' up this post.

You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days

In many states (U.S.A.) the highway patrol carries two gallons of coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident

The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis

Yeah, so now that I think about it maybe I'd rather have a beer too...

It's Still Real To Me Damnit!

I like wrestling as much as the next guy but seriously...

At last Sunday's Royal Rumble, Matt Hardy turned on his brother Jeff and cost him the WWE title.

Check out the hilarious hate mail he got on his Myspace page today.

"I have never... been more upset.. with anything... then what I saw you do Matt... I never thought you turn on your brother like that... the was low man... very low... You're better than that! Or so I thought... you are and still are one my favorite wrestlers Matt... but I... I have no more words for you... *Shakes head*"

"Nobody likes u u were just a jealous bi*ch and had to go and take jeffs hard work awayfrom him i understand that is a storyline but really deep down u wanted to do it for ages everyone was always chanting jeff not matt all i have to say is that after all your brother went throught to get that title u take it away from him and u even go far enough to hurt him (Survivor series, Car accedent, and pyro) after jeff you were my favorite (i kno ur always put after jeff but who gives a flying f***) but for real u can go f*** ur self and maybe then u will see it from my piont of view c u later u f***ing ass bag"

"Im still in shock from what happend tonight. But i support you. Even if you left Jeff lying on his back and costing him the wwe title. You are still my second favorite"

"Matt, Please tell me you didn't double cross Jeff? He's your brother for God's sake. Blood is thicker then titles. He's your family even long after your wrestling career. A punk can cheap shot. After meeting you July 08. I thought you were a right upstanding young man. I am sad."

"WTF, Matt you attack your own brother, def. not cool. I would never attack my own brother. Not a good way to start turning heel. You better have a good explanation to Jeff and the WWE Universe. Is it because you lost your rematch and you did not want your brother to be the only one with a title? Not sure how many fans you will lose because of this terrible incident."

And perhaps the best of them all...


Now that is intense.

"You guys are awesome."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Are you fuckin' kidding me? Lil' Wayne is making a ROCK album...

Yes, the rumours are true. Lil Wayne is making a rock album. WTF? Yeah, tell me about it, but according to Pitchfork, Wayne's rock album, named Rebirth will drop on April 7th. Now, if there ever was a project the reeked like a shit-box before dropping, this is it. I cannot wait to hear how this album will sound.

Below, you will find a clip of Lil Wayne playing guitar and all I can say is good luck Weezy, you might actually have smoked yourself retarded.

Lil Wayne Playing Guitar:

Saturday, January 24, 2009

For Those Of You...

For those of you who are down with the ultra dry, deadpan humor of The Flight of The Conchords then here is a gem of a flick you should check out. Eagle vs. Shark is a romantic comedy starring Jemaine Clement (FOTC) and Loren Horsely.

Super awkward, super cute ... rent this with the lady.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Certified Banger # 15

It has been a while now since we have unleashed a new BANGER on you. The truth is that 2009 is fresh and bands are only now starting to unveil their conquests for the new year.

Our latest banger comes from Andrew Bird's latest release Noble Beast. While the album may have more of a rustic feel to it, as opposed to a traditional guns a blazin' BANGER feel, there are of course highlights that demand some attention.

The track that stands out in my mind is 'Not a Robot, But a Ghost.' I really dig the driving percussion and Bird's repeating of the lyric, "I cracked the codes, I cracked the codes." I am sure the track will produce some comparisons of Bird to Radiohead, in particular to Yorke's vocal style on Kid A's 'Idioteque,' but then again, that might be why I like it so much.

The album is pretty solid and is worth a listen, especially if you are prone to some strings, as the album is full of beautiful arrangements.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Nominations : Can you believe Kirk Lazarus got a nod?

So, the 81st Oscar Nominations are in and for the most part they seem about what I expected, but Oscar is known for his surprises and this year is no exception. Let's start with what was expected:

got a posthumous nod for his role in The Dark Knight.

Winslet got a nod for at least one of her performances. [Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Reader]

Slumdog Millionaire continued to ride as the feel good film of the year into a nomination for Best Picture.

And Wall-E seems destined to hail as Best Animated Feature Film. [I mean I've seen Bolt, because my school went to the movies for our Christmas Party and believe me it was a shitbox]

But, I have to admit it is always more fun to look at the surprises and the snubs then the obvious choices. So here we go, onto the drama.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for TROPIC THUNDER? I can't say I saw this coming, but man am I glad it happened. I might be one of the only people I know that really enjoyed that film and although I can't say he deserves the Oscar, I respect ol' R.D.J's acting skills. Can you imagine Ledger losing out to R.D.J. for his role as Kirk Lazarus? I can smell the riots now, and by riots of course I mean internet message board backlash. Fuck, I cannot wait to see what clip they play for the preview of his performance.

The Boss was snubbed for his track in 'The Wrestler,' which he won the Golden Globe for last week. I mean fuck, the guy is set to rock the shit out of the Superbowl next weekend, give the dude a fuckin' break, HE'S THE BOSS for crying out loud. But, they did give M.I.A. a nod for 'O Sava,' from Slumdog Millionaire, so it should be interesting. Check out the track here. M.I.A. is a sexpot.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? A near record 13 nominations? Overrated? I saw the film last night and while I quite enjoyed, it's not my Best Picture of the Year. If you were to ask me, I'd have thrown in DiCaprio [Revolutionary Road] over Pitt. I really hope the CGI and makeup crew got a serious Christmas bonus this year from Fincher and Pitt, as they are the true stars of that film.

Now, I hate to say it ladies, but this year the race for Best Actor seems a lot more interesting to me than Best Actress. In what will most likely be a two horse race between Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn, I can't even make a call at this point in time, but if I had to lean I'd say Rourke will emerge with the Oscar. I've always been an underdog sort of guy and this year might be another underdog year for the awards, I mean COME ON, no BOSS.

And last, but not least, the category that I can say I am the most unsure of who will emerge victorious is Best Director. Considering that Best Director and Best Picture are mirror images of each other this year, I predict we will either see one film take both nods or a split between Slumdog and Benjamin with director going to Danny Boyle and picture going to Benjamin.

You can count on the next poll as having to do with the Oscars, so please leave a comment down below if you would rather it concern Best Picture or Best Actor.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blast From The Past

I've rekindled my love for the Lost Boyz and I would like to share it with you. Renee is one of my favorite tracks of all time off of Legal Drug Money, released in 1996.

"ghetto love is the law that we live by"

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Flight of the Conchords: One of the best things to happen me so far in 2009...

I don't why I slept on this show for so long, but I'm sure as hell glad that I caught onto The Flight of the Conchords. Considering that they were formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo, I'm a little shocked it took me so long to stumble onto to them. If you've never caught an episode, heed the advice of Red's first tattoo and WAKE UP because this shit is great.

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement pretty much play themselves as the show follows the two characters trying to make it as a band in New York City. The songs and music are woven into the plot of each episode and the result is pure gold. Each episode has roused up some good ol' fashioned belly aches from me and I enjoy the two characters more and more with each passing minute.

Now, if you are new to the show as well, you may or may not know that Season 2 has just begun, as it launched on January 18th 2009. So, there is more than enough time to grab hold of the First season and get caught up.

I've included a clip below of Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, which features the characters rapping as their alter egos. The clips pretty much shows the premise of the show, being that the two characters go about living their daily lives and then they break out into song. The show also features a strong supporting cast of characters, ranging from their awkward band manager Murray to their only fan Mel. Watch an episode, I do not think you will be disappointed.

Enjoy the clip:

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

TMobile Commercial - Liverpool Station

I don't know what it is but spontaneous dancing makes me really emotional.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This Sounds Like A Red Tatt

A little girl thought she was getting an iPod for Christmas but ended up getting a rude surprise. She got the box but when she opened it up, she found a surprising switch: the iPod had been replaced with a bizarre note.

The note reads in part "Reclaim your mind from the media shackles."

Jay Ellis, the girls father, returned the ipod to the Germantown, Md. Wal-Mart store where he purchased it. The store manger told him that another customer returned an iPod with a similar issue.

MyFoxDC attempted to reach Apple for a comment, but got no response.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Blast From the Past: DMX is SLIPPIN

DMX is on tilt. Not just the weekend bender type where you contemplate the bad decisions you've just made and you wonder what the hell you are doing with your life kind of tilt. The jail sentence kind. The kind Sir who sent me this link described DMX's brain as completely out the fuckin' door, I can't say he is off with that statement. The interview may be long, but man do you hear about the life and times of ol' Dark Man X. You'll learn how many children he has, his future plans and what it is that he thinks he should be doing. Now, looking onto the lighter side of things, one of the comments I saw on a message board in regards to the interview insisted that DMX now looks like Danny Glover's son. Again, I can't say they are far off with that statement either.

I thought it would only be fair to include a video of DMX in his glory to help maintain his legacy. Also, in case you were wondering, he has to wear that pink shirt, this version of the interview doesn't get into his rant on why the hell the jail makes him wear pink, but I assure you he has no choice.

DMX Interview from Arizona Prison:


Morgan Fuckin' Freeman

Now, I have to begin by saying that I might be the only person on the planet that does not love the shit out of Morgan Freeman, but hear me out. Granted his work in The Shawshank Redemption was great, but I've disliked how he has rode his role of narrator for the last 14 years of his career. From Million Dollar Baby to March of the Penguins, it seems that Freeman is Hollywood's go to narrator.

So what has this sunnvabitch done now to aggravate me? Well, he released a god damn cook book. Fuckin' Morgan Freeman. Here is the link to Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause. Great that it is for a cause and all, but I will bet that it comes with a god damn c.d. so that Ol' Morgan can narrate you step by step through each recipe.

Look at that stare in this picture, people think he is an all- knowing, lovable sort of old man who can spew a little wisdom, but you don't have ME fooled Morgan Freeman, I see that drive for world domination in your eyes. But, did you really have to go and get Caribbean Cuisine caught up in your web of deception? You sly dog you...

Below, I have included Freeman's one true piece of fine acting, a clip from The Shawshank Redemption, which might still actually be one of the best films ever made.

Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption:

Friday, January 16, 2009

You Can Find Me In The Globe and Mail

On Monday the Globe and Mail ran an editorial piece praising Canada for being the only country on the UN Human Rights council to vote against Israel's "grave violations" in Gaza. It also went on to say that the entire council was bias and the vote was "unworthy of its noble mandate."

The part that really irked me was this:

"at odds with the abstentions of other Western countries that were unwilling to defend outright the principle of fairness, to say nothing of the role of the Arab, African, Asian and Latin American countries, including such human-rights abusers as China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia (all, shamefully, members of the council) in singling out Israel for condemnation." --  rest of the article

The next day, I wrote a letter to the editor and it got published. 

The Doctor of Style Returns

Jive Soul Bro

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Are you fuckin' kidding me? Never Fly Delta...Look At My Damn Luggage.

Never fly with Delta Airlines. Let me repeat that, NEVER FLY DELTA. Unless, of course you don't mind your luggage being lost for your entire vacation and then being returned to you in shatters. Not to mention the fact that two small bottles of tequila went missing, as well as 20 dollars in Canadian change, but hey, that is another story all together.

Now, I admit I'm guilty of being naive about many things throughout the course of my life, but if there was ever one thing that I thought was guaranteed, it was that if an airline has to cancel your flight and send you out the next day then they automatically cover your hotel. Delta proved me wrong on this assumption this holiday season when they made me flip the bill for the hotel I had to stay in Atlanta when they cited 'bad weather' as the cause for my flight being cancelled.

In short, Delta is a shit-box company. They treat customers like shit and will run you around the block trying to save a buck or two. So if you are going to fly, wherever you are going to fly to, make the wise choice and don't fly Delta. Fly with anyone else on the planet, including the Oceanic Airlines from LOST. Ok, maybe you shouldn't fly Oceanic Air, but I think you get my point.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"It Go Woo Wooo"

The Bay Area aka The Yay Area has a reputation of setting trends when it comes to hop hop, linguistics and cars.

You have HYPHY Music.

Crazy Slang

The Yay is also popular for having some of the most tricked out whips you ever seen and the newest toy for that whip are "Whistle Tips". Check this news clip out.

Video courtesy of Goose, our Hood Star out in the Yay.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reggae Heat Rock

I get the feeling a lot of people I talk to aren't really into the reggae thing. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the average peep is thinking, "Man this song would be wicked but I have clue what the fuck he's saying!"

So my reggae drops from now on will include lyrics...

Mr. Vegas (feat. Barrington Levy) - Mus Come a Road (Prison Oval Riddim)

the fassy inform 'pon me in a court
but me must come a road
him go tell the feds of my ganja boat
but me must come a road
me no inform, me prefer get deport
'cause me must come a road
big up the man them 'pon the fort
'ca' me must come a road

informer testify
the fassy them did want see me fry
but my business multiply
my customer them have full supply

all the one Danny
'weh' inform 'pon we right now put him in the Caddy
six foot six them send him to him granny
wait 'til we catch him friend informer Ronny

me must get parole
some say them hot a road but me still cold
gangsta no go jail go play man role
straight razor blade in a shoes insole

money in a billfold
hustler 'fi' go-on gangsta brave and bold
sharpen tooth brush fi bad mind fassyhole
want we stay a jail 'til we gray and old

no go jail go snitch
no go a jail go turn niggabitch
some lost in the system so them start snitch
some can't hold it out them turn big time fish

Monday, January 12, 2009

Dan's Video of the Week: Indian Thriller

We are proud to announce that we will have a new weekly post here at Ahhhfuckit. Each week, we will feature a video selected by Danny Mac. Based on last week's The Most Ridiculous Fight Scene ever and this gem that he has selected this week, I can predict that we are in for some dandy videos.

This week, he has selected 'Indian Thriller' as his selection. Leave it to Bollywood to throw us a classic rendition of a classic. All that I can really say is enjoy it and try to make it to the ending.

Now, if Brent Carter is tuned in, you might as well skip it, as your reaction to the conclusion of Slumdog Millionaire tells me you aren't going to like this clip one bit.

In closing, I'd like to say that Michael Jackson was the shit in his day, but man, did he ever hit bottom. I mean if there is a bottom to hit, after being on the top for so long, then ol' Jacko knows how it feels more than anyone on the face of the earth. Just look at that scowl, that belt, that white suit and then picture him hanging out in a tree at Neverland ranch. Shit is fucked.

Indian Thriller:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Poll Results: What is best movie about time travel?

Another poll has closed and this time we saw Back to the Future reign as the best movie about time travel. It's hard to believe that this film came out back in 1985. I remember instantly loving this movie and really wishing that I was M.J.F., as that vest was way ahead of its time. The sequel was equally amazing, if not better than the first film and I will even go on a limb and argue that the third film set in the Wild West wasn't that bad. I mean considering the moneyness of the first two, you can only expect some sort of drop off. The third film of a trilogy is doomed to be a little shitty, it's a fact.
Below, I've throw down the original trailer for the film. You need to check this shit out, the first thing you will think is "Man, that movie guy with the voice was a crucial addition to the art of the trailer because this guy sucks." There is also a scene from the film. Enjoy...

Trailer for Back to the Future:

Scene from Back to the Future:

Now, for the next poll, we are going to try something completely different. We are asking you to vote for the worst person in history. From serial killers, dictators, politicians, convicted rapists, shitty filmmakers, we want to know who you think is the biggest shit-box of all time.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Indie Music is Blowing the Fuck Up

I don't even know how to feel about this. Obviously I'm happy for all of the attention and fame that indie bands that I have followed since they were myspace successes are recieving, but on the other hand, it also feels like I'm losing a part of myself when they get huge and leave their indie roots behind. Case in point: Okkervil River played Letterman the other night. Check the video below.

BUT, Okkervil River on Letterman isn't the craziest thing going on right now. Fleet Foxes are set to play Saturday Night Live next Saturday, 17 January 2009. That's right, the Fleet Foxes are playing SNL! What the hell is going on with the world? I mean don't get me wrong, I like it, but seriously how does this happen? Speaking of SNL, I meant to post about this back in December, but did anyone see that Kanye performance of "Love Lockdown"? That might go down as the worst SNL performance of all time. He would have been better off going the Ashlee Simpson route and lip syncing. If you didn't catch that horrendous performance, I've included the video below. Wait, SNL has taken down all of the videos on youtube of this performance, so you have to click here to see the video. Sometimes youtube sucks.

Seriously though, what's next, Animal Collective on Leno?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Just for Laughs: The Most Ridiculous Fight Scene Ever.

I think anyone in their right mind loves a good fight scene. People will go to the length of watching a horrible movie just to see that one fight fest that makes it all worth it. Now, I have to be honest, I snagged this idea for a Just for Laughs post from one of my buddies facebook video uploads, but I just could not resist. This fight scene is everything the title claims it to be and more. It starts off ridiculous and ends as cheesy as you would expect. There is also as much unwarranted toplessness as you would expect to see at a 98 Degrees reunion show. So thanks to Danny Mac for the idea. I think we here at Ahhhfuckit might have to ask you to have a guest spot every week posting ridiculous video clips. What do you think folks? Should we ask ol' Danny to become a guest clip coordinator? Throw some comments down if you want to see some more ridiculousness.

Enjoy the clips below, I also added a fight scene from the Bruce 'The Master' Lee. Enjoy.

The Most Ridiculous Fight Scene Ever:

You Can't Forget About the Master:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Certified Banger #14

I know I promised a full review of Merriweather Post Pavilion in one of my last posts, but time constraints are making it look unlikely that that review will never materialize. You'll have to be satisfied with a certified banger post instead. In case you're still interested in a full review of the LP, go here. It was difficult to pick just one track, but I ultimately settled on "My Girls" because it was the song that caught my ear upon first listen.

The track is classic Animal Collective in the sense that is built around a repetitive synth and tribal drumming that slowing turns into an electro-pop number. The difference here is that the track is drenched in heavy bass and clear harmonies. Lyrically, the song treads in familiar AC territory with vague snippets of ideas put together in a non-linear fashion. Because it's a Panda Bear song, the track lacks any normal pop structure, however with "My Girls", and unlike past AC and solo Panda Bear stuff, the lyrics are mostly audible. Although sadly I cannot totally connect with these lyrics because I still find myself controlled by material wants at times, they are touching nonetheless. In particular, Panda Bear emotes beautifully when he sings "I don't mean to seem like I care about material things like a social status/I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls." The end result of all of this is an early favourite for song of the year.

You really need to hear this song and album. Animal Collective has now set the artistic bar incredibly high for themselves and other bands. MPP could be the album of the decade, hell, Animal Collective could be the band of the decade. Who else has delivered so consistently over the past 10 years? Get this album.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Blast From the Past: David Blaine

It wasn't too long ago that David Blaine was the official badass of magic. His card tricks and levitation lifted him to enormous popularity and his 'Street Magic' shocked fans across the world. To be honest, Blaine always scared the shit out of me. I'm not really talking about all that weird shit he was doing hanging out in boxes for months or locking himself in cages, he just straight ol' creeped me out. Now, the reason I had some Blaine on my mind, is that I was thinking of how fuckin' amazing The Prestige was last night while I was watching The Fountain and my mind somehow wandered onto Blaine. Yeah, I know, I'm fucked, but anyway, I found a few clips that I thought I would share. The first one has Blaine in his element, doing kick-ass card tricks and in this clip he is blowing the minds of the Dallas Cowboys. Emmett Smith never ran that fast on the field. The second clip includes You Tube Edition Street Magic, which features an imposter poking fun at Blaine and I have to admit I always got a laugh out of this one. And just for the fun of it, I also included the trailer to Death Defying Acts, which is the feature film starring Guy Pearce as Harry Houdini. Now we all know that Pierce is as streaky as a wet window, so I wouldn't count on anything too magical about this one, which is a damn shame because ol' Harry lived quite the life. Enjoy...

Blaine Blowing the Minds of the Dallas Cowboys:

You Tube Street Magic Special:

Death Defying Acts Trailer:

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Movie Review: Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler is gaining Oscar buzz at an alarming rate and since the start of the holiday season I've been eager to see if all the hype is worthy. Believe me when I say this, It is...

Visionary director Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) is brilliant once again as he shoots this film with a documentary feel, which I felt really enhanced the overall, realistic nature of the film. He also does a hell of a job of making the audience give a shit about professional wrestling. The theme that I couldn't stop noticing throughout this film was that we as a collective audience, we often forget how much sacrifice and passion performers that we love put into their art. Aronoksfy bashes us over the head with the notion that performers are willing to kill themselves for their art, but I think you will agree that he does it in a good way.

As award season approaches, I'm sure that Mickey Rourke's name will shoot around as often as it must of been during the 80's when he made Kim Basinger eat all that shit in 9 1/2 Weeks. The 80's found Rourke on top of the world, but you can bet your ass that come February we will all be aware of how his failed attempt at professional boxing and some horrible film choices found himself fallen from Hollywood grace and into the gutter of lost chances. We will all get tired of hearing of Rourke as the 'Comeback Kid' or about 'His Performance of a Lifetime,' but we honestly won't give a shit, as the man has won himself at least an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor, if not the award itself. By watching this film you will also gain some respect for Professional Wrestling and probably start listening to more 80's hair metal, particularly RAtt's Round and Round.

The success of this film relies on Rourke's painful capturing of what it must feel like to fall from 'the top' all the way down into a living hell, where ends don't meet and you are surrounded by the poor decisions you've made throughout your life. Sure, Rourke might have lived this same sort of story and maybe another actor could have done a fine job with the role, but with Rourke's portrayal I believe it and I actually give a shit.

In short, see this film.

I've carefully tried not to mention too much about the plot or the supporting cast because I want you to go out and see this film without any overdrawn expectations or knowledge, I want you to just go let it surprise you on its own.

Below you will see a clip from The Wrestler, a scene with his estranged daughter that could very well be the deciding factor for Rourke's Oscar quest, as well as a scene from 9 1/2 Weeks, in which Rourke is a younger, more suave lady-killer with little regard for the future. Karma can be a bitch and like Justin says, "What goes around...Comes around." From the look, to the voice, right down to the overall image of the man, Rourke is certainly a different man.

Check it out.

Scene from the Wrestler, Rourke as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson:

Rourke During His Glory Days, Mackin' the Shit Out of Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks:

Poll Results: I'm Batman

Another poll has closed and the result are in. Brian Cook on Halloween came out of nowhere as the Dark Horse, but Michael Keaton has ultimately reigned as the best Batman. There is no doubt in my mind that Keaton made women he was sleeping with at that time pretend that he was in fact the Dark Knight and he definitely wore that bat cowl to bed. Come to think of it, I bet all this still happens on a daily basis.
Now for our next poll, we are asking you to rely on your love of movies once again to cast your vote. This week we are wondering what is the best movie that portrays time travel. There are some tough choices up there and I found myself leaning a few ways when I cast my vote, so choose wisely and don't fuck it up. Below you will find Keaton in his glory, urging the shit-boxes of the world to spread the word of his existence.

Enjoy and as always please throw down some comments as to what you would like to see make the polls.

I'm Batman:

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Blast from the Past: Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches

The Avalanches' Since I Left You was easily one of the most underrated and slept on albums of the 90s, and the video for "Frontier Psychiatrist is easily my favourite video from my MuchMusic watching days. I'm not sure who plays a better set of drums, the old woman or the ape.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Some Music News

With this whole top albums of 2008 thing that we have been doing over the past couple of weeks I haven't had any time to write about any music news and happenings. So, I thought it would be a good time to do that now. Being that it's the holiday season there hasn't been much to report, however, I few things have popped up on my radar.

First, the Vivian Girls, fresh off their #3 spot in my year end rankings, have announced a new 7" with a cover of the Beach Boys' "Girl Don't Tell Me" on one side and two new songs on the other. The 7" is being packaged in, what the band is calling, the Vivian Girls fun pack. It's actually a pretty great cover. Check it out below.

Second, Swank Lake has announced the release of the follow up to their criminally underrated 2006 self titled debut. The new LP is entitled, Enemy Mine and drops 24 March 2009. This news comes as somewhat of a shock because most, including myself, thought that this indie supergroup was only a one time thing, however it seems like Krug, Bejar and Mercer are ready to continue to make music under this moniker. The album cover art, which is the early favourite for worst/best cover art of '09, as well as the track listing are below. I have a feeling this album is going to be huge.

Enemy Mine
1. Spanish Gold, 2044
2. Paper Lace
3. Heartswarm
4. Settle on Your Skin
5. Ballad of a Swan Lake, Or, Daniel’s Song
6. Peace
7. Spider
8. A Hand at Dusk
9. Warlock Psychologist

Finally, I've recently got my hands on Merriweather Post Pavillion. Beleive the hype; this album is a monster. The LP is actually getting an early release on vinyl on 6 January, so if you can't wait until later in the month, go out and grab the vinyl format which I'm sure will come with a digital download as well. Look for a full review of the album in the coming days.

Oh, and happy new year.