Saturday, 30 April 2011

Movies: New Trailers, Oh Yeah!

Today I have complied a collection of recently released trailers for the upcoming summer movie season.

Oscar-nominated Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network fame, alongside funny-men Aziz Ansari  and Danny McBride, star in the upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Less; a film about a pizza-delivery boy (Eisenberg) who gets captured by criminals and told to rob a bank within 9 hours or else the bomb strapped to his chest will blow. 
         From the director of Zombieland Ruben Fleischer, this film has the potential to be comedy-gold, providing the actor-to-actor chemistry is strong and the plot remains fresh and interesting.

Out August 12th, 2011

The blockbuster series Transformers returns with its third installment Dark of the Moon, and the first in the series that does not include the lovely Megan Fox.  
         Not much of the actual plot has been revealed, but from what one can tell from the few scenes provided, is that during the space race, the Americans found a space vessel on the dark side of the moon, and have kept this a secret for decades. Fast forward to present-day, the Autobots, building upon the second movie’s continuing distrust of the American government, have finally had enough of the way they have been lied to by their keepers. At the same time, the moon vessel and its inhabitants, have been awoke (possibly from the aid of the Decepticons?), and intend to wipe mankind off the face of the Earth. 
          Heavy stuff, eh? The prospects for this installment are shaky at best, but one thing is for sure, it will definitely be a blockbuster, like its predecessors. All I can say is that hopefully the makers have learned from the failures of the second, Revenge of the Fallen.

Out July 1st, 2011

Finally, the trailer has been released for the second half of JK Rowling’s successful Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
          I will assume everyone already knows, or does not want to be spoiled, about the plot, so I will keep this simple.  I was displeased on the editing and pacing of Part 1, and my opinion has always stood that the final film should have been one large piece instead of two halves released almost a year apart. I would think that since the series has a massive worldwide audience, the makers could've afforded to take the risk of a theatrical release with extended past the usual maximum length of 3 hours. Instead, they went for profit, making the fans pay twice as much. 
          Well, it’s done, so my complaining solves nothing. Haha. I just hope they found a reasonably paced formula that does speed through scene to scene like it’s a nauseating un-enjoyable roller-coaster that many have come to see some of the later installments in the series. 

Out July 15th, 2011

  • Well, Anyone interested in these films? 
  • Are you liking what you see? 
  • Any other good movies coming out soon? 
Let me know!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Music: Lollapalooza Line-up, Revealed!

Last Tuesday, Lollapalooza, the final summer musical festival stop held annually at Grant Park, Chicago, revealed the much anticipated line-up for the 20th anniversary, 2011 event. Expectations were high following the success of last year’s stellar line-up consisting of headliners Lady Gaga, Green Day, Sound Garden, the Strokes and Arcade Fire. 

It is no surprise then, that the organizers kept the bar high when they announced what may become one of the best collection of artists in recent times. Headlining 2011 will be:         
  • The ever popular Eminem, riding off the success of his latest chart topping album Relapse. 
  • Rock revelers The Foo Fighters, touring in support of their new album Wasting Light.
  • Coldplay, in the midst of their globe-trotting tour and potentially an upcoming album TBD.
  • The Grammy-winning band Muse, who have recently broken into the mainstream  in America.
  • My Morning Jacket, one of the most respected and inventive bands of recent years.
  • DeadMau5, recently popularized Canadian Electronic superstar known for his iconic mouse mask.                 

Along with these big names, there are numerous other festival favourites stuffed into the three day spectacle - Cee Lo Green, The Kills, Skrillix, Girl Talk, an Lykke Li to name a few.

Unfortunately, with good always comes bad, so  here’s a few artists that sadly were not chosen to perform, which many might find disappointing:

  • MGMT, Lollapalooza attendees in the past, might be feeling the aftereffect resulting from their less mainstream second album Congratulations.  
  • Arcade Fire, alas, after headlining Coachella, the band is taking a break after their Grammy winning album of the year The Suburbs.  
  • Oddly, festival veterans Yeah Yeah Yeahs are nowhere to be seen.   
  • Personal favourites Metric are also not to be found - new album in the works?

I will actually be attending Lollapalooza this year, and I’m ecstatic! So has anyone else experienced any surprises this festival season? Is anyone attending any music events this year?

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Personal: Back!

Been a while, eh?

After a long university exam period, I am finally able to declare my year of schooling over! I prepared for these finals to my fullest possible extent, and I feel that I met my exam goals. However, one thing that I did learn from this experience is that I need to work on my multi-tasking abilities for the future.

With this in mind, I plan to reactivate my blog as of today, and hope that those who once followed it will return with fresh eyes and that I am able to reach a wider audience then ever before.

My manifesto, per say, is to explore new paths of discussion over the vast spectrum of entertainment within this upcoming summer season, namely Music, Movies, and TV, as well as expand on other interesting topics as they may appear.

All in all, I thank you for your time here today, and hopefully I am able to spark interest in the many topics that will follow.

Thanks, Jonny.