Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Song of the Day - Home Sweet Home by Those Dancing Days

Ok, so I was putting together a playlist in iTunes. Inevitably, when I do this, I stumble down a rabbit hole of songs I love but haven't listened to for some time. This time it was Those Dancing Days, one of my favorite Swedish bands (Yes, I listen to enough Swedish bands to have a favorite that is NOT ABBA (if anyone tells you they don't like ABBA, they are most likely lying to you)). So, I went over to the YouTube, and I never knew that Those Dancing Days made a video for any of their songs, let alone four videos! I picked Home Sweet Home for a couple of reasons. Mostly because it's a good song and a fun video, but also because there's a shout out to the airport I spend so much time in, Detroit Metropolitan Airport!

I really wish I could find some recent news on the band. I'd really love for them to make another album. Linnea J├Ânsson has such a great voice that I'd love to hear more.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Song of the Day - Talk on Indolence by The Avett Brothers

Here's the thing, Talk on Indolence is not my favorite Avett Brothers song. I like it, it's a good song, it's just not my favorite. It is however the one I would most enjoy singing at karaoke.

I have karaoke on the brain. Karaoke and goats.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Song of the Day - Black Sheep by Metric

This is mostly as a follow up to yesterday's Scott Pilgrim post.

Black Sheep was provided by Metric to be the song played by the fictional band The Clash at Demonhead in the movie. I might add, the under utilized fictional band.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the best movie I've seen in the theater this year*!

It had to happen eventually, Scott Pilgrim vs The World has finally been released. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some time now. So, since I had the day more or less off of work, I went to go see it.

A few things you should know about the movie.
-It's the oldest story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy must defeat girl's 7 evil exes. I know, it's been done to death.
-The movie is based on a collection of 6 graphic novels written by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
-The comics are better than the movie. Of course they are. It's six books condensed into about two hours.

It's worth noting here that the movie was made before the sixth and final book was written and released. The end of the movie and the end of the books are pretty different from each other. By all other accounts though, it's a pretty faithful adaptation of the story.

Some quick thoughts.
-Most of the cast was dead on perfect. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was amazing as Ramona Flowers. Jason Schwartzman was awesome as Gideon Graves. Michael Cera was average as Scott Pilgrim. He worked for the role, but just barely.
-Kieran Culkin basically stole every scene he was in.
-The fights were so kick ass!

All in all, it was a fun movie. The characters are great, the story was coherent and the acting was overall very good. I cannot recommend the movie enough. Especially if it gets you to read the comics.

*Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the only movie I've seen in the theater this year.