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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Marina and the diamonds

One of my favorite gifts this year was a copy of this groups stuff. I so love Marina's voice. She's a bit like Regina Spector and the lead singer from Dresden Dolls. I was captivated by I'm not a robot. I can't wait when their new CD comes out in Feb. But at the moment you can enjoy their EP The Crown Jewels that's out now. I think this is a band to watch for in the new year.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!

Like I should really be doing another fan fiction..I just couldn't help myself. I watched all these old Degrassi episodes of Emma and Jay and now how he's with Manny, but he started out with Alex. Jay is the resident all time bad boy at Degrassi. He steals. He's a drug dealer. Practically was the culprit of getting Spinner into so many bad situations and the real cause of the shooting at the school that changed so many lives. And still there is something likable about him. So here is my fan fic about Jay, Manny and Emma. Is it a love triangle. I'm not even sure myself. A Degrassi Fan Fic.

We had to celebrate last night due to the blizzard happening right now. Hope you all got to spend times with your loved one and celebrated happily. Here, sleep late. Maybe watch Nowhere which is one of my all time favorite movies.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

explicit ills

If there has been one movie over looked..yet so important this past year...it has to be Mark Webber's Explicit Ills. He wrote it and directed it.

It takes place on the streets of Philadelphia. Urban stories of the people who live there. Some very poignant performances from amazing young actors, too.

Such as seven year old Babo played by Francisco Burgos. His performace really moved me as the young son of Rosario Dawson who is bullied, but it doesn't stop him from befriending the bully, as well as depressed actor Rocco played by Paul Dano. They become chess buddies, but when Babo has an asmatic attack it changes everything. Just as in other stories about other people who don't know each other in the neighborhood.
Such as drug dealer Lou Taylor Pucci comes to find love with one of his clients. Both are artistic in their own right, but this movie has it play with drugs in many a scene in all sorts of storylines, yet there comes a time to make decisions. And honestly, Lou did a great job in this role.

This film does show a gritty side of life. It felt very real with so many performances that blended with known and unknown actors which made it a much more deeper film to understand and see how each is linked to each other.

I absolutely loved Martin Cepeda as Demetri in the film who has a bit of a slum like drunk of a Dad, but even so, he finds a girl that he wants so much to be a part of her life and when she tells him that she only likes smart guys. He decides to do something about it.

The big message in this film is the end of the movie about the march where all sorts of people hit the streets. This is where you understand what this is really about. Our human rights. We all deserve health care we can afford. Webber did the film in a way to show the many vibrant colors of where we all come from and where we are going in our daily lives. I'm glad I watched this film.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

a degrassi moment - Nate and Riley - slash fan fiction

OK, you probably knew it was coming. I've been thinking about it for a while. Then I accidentally found this picture of Nate & Riley and thought, why not. I like how the story started, but we probably won't get to see it go anywhere since Riley is trying to make this transition now about himself..without Nate. Unfortunately. There is so much I don't know about the two of them. You only got a hint how it might have been. If only Degrassi has more time for all their characters to have stories.

Here it is. A Degrassi Moment.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Big Time Rush

OK, so Nickelodeon and Sony music have this partnership. And this is the show that came about. Take 4 teenage guys (supposedly) in the heartland of Minnesota and have them be discovered by the worst (actor) ever.

Not sure how this will fly in 2010. But you've got some cute guys. Granted one could very much be Adam Lambert's little brother if he tried (James Maslow). While Kendall Schmidt is the talented one and for most part, the better actor of the 4. You just know this show could be so much better if they had some real writing involved. But hey, they beat that Jonas brothers show by a long shot on Disney.

In the tradition of the Monkies which was rather campy, you have these not so fab 4 roosting in L.A. in a hotel full of stars of the future. Thus, they encounter all sorts of wackiness. Not to be confused with that movie because drugs would be involved then and well, that would so not be Nickelodeon, now would it? If only it had more Degrassi and less Disney this might be worth the watch, even addictive.

Its cute. But will it sell records? The group actually came out with Big Time Rush the song... the same as the boy band's name. Its catchy and has a beat. This might be what the group should really work on. Their music. If this is what it takes for Kendal Schmidtz and Logan Henderson to get noticed (the latter really is the one to watch for. He should be in movies). Then by all means do so!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Will it get me into next year?

I've probably been listening far too much to tunes, lately. But don't we always? And this time of year, people are putting new stuff out. And you don't hear it on the radio. Well, you know how it goes to get your tune fix.

In spite of Adam Lambert's fiasco with the AMA & Good Morning America well...all he wanted to do was entertain you. And the boy does know how to hit a high note. Is he the new Freddie Mercury? Not hardly. I doubt Mercury would have ever gone for some of those lyrics. Perhaps he was just old school when it came to rock and Lambert is new school. But there are some electronic beats that can really get you moving if you keep listening. And some might find it addictive. It is by all means..not a bad CD. It just might not be what you are looking for.

Now I have to wonder about the marketing team over there for American Idol. I think they did splendid with Allison Iraheta's CD Just like you. The first song you jump into is very catchy and she carries the song. Iraheta shows you, her variety of things. And she delievers. Now on the other hand, possibly tooo many songs about texting. Relationships and Texting.  I don't find anything much classic about it. Scars has to be one of my favorite tracks on the CD. She has such an earthy voice.

Speaking of earth..who does it better than Owl City? With Ocean Eyes. This CD will make most of us smile. Not trying to be pretentious. Fireflies caught my attention first. But seriously, the whole CD is wonderful. I loved every song on this CD. Perhaps it got me in the comfort zone. Something slightly NeverShoutNever yet PlayRadioPlay!, but more Postal Service and Ben Folds, too..but so upbeat. It won't leave you depressed. I loved the quirky and sincerity of the lyrics. A song somewhere on this playlist has to show up on the soundtrack of something soon. Just has too, or somebody will wish they had put a track or two on their show. But would something like Gossip Girl deserve it? Don't think so.