I once read a fan theory that all of Quentin Tarantino’s movies not only take place in the same cinematic universe, but are also as hyper-violent and pop-culture obsessed as they are because of the events in Inglorious Basterds. A rag tag bunch of Jewish soldiers basically end World War II on their own in personal and brutal fashion, creating a culture of violence the world over. What does that have to do with electro-funk band Chromeo’s new album, White Women? Well, Chromeo clearly exists in a time when ’70s funk and soul never left pop music, making ’80s synth and ’90s R&B direct decedents. White Women is a fun concept album where the coolest guy in the room is also the most insecure. It’s not obscure enough to be a complete inside joke, and those that get it will love it.
Unlike most other electronic genres, chiptune always has a cognitive connection to its medium of inspiration that can make or break your level of enjoyment. While listening to any chiptune album there is the nagging question: “Could this had been the soundtrack to a game when I was a kid?” The answer for George & Jonathan III is a resounding yes. George & Jonathon have captured the spirit of 16-bit classics.
Ever since it was rumored that Batman was going to appear in the Man of Steel sequel, we all just kind of agreed that it will be called “Batman vs. Superman”. For the past eight months, we collectively settled on that, knowing that the studio would more than likely call it something else, especially as the new started to trickle out, and it became obvious that this was going to be a Justice League prequel in disguise. Well, it appears are dreams and nightmares have come to fruition as the official title of the superhero team up is now Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Dawn of Justice firmly puts it in prequel territory, if there were any lingering doubts, but it’s also clunky as all hell. It’s a nothing phrase that feels tacked on. Why even have a subtitle on Batman vs Superman? Those names will put asses in seats with no problem, yet someone, somewhere had to feel like the smartest guy in the room.
Can we all just agree to call it Batman vs. Superman and ignore the last part like we did with The First Avenger?
Well Jack has gone and done it now. Carrying out his plan B from last week, he’s found himself boxed in on all sides as he tried to get the necessary information on the drone attacks. After a couple of action packed, frantically paced hours, 24 went claustrophobic with this episode. Since Kate and Ritter know for a fact that Jack is in the Embassy, they immediately alerted the Marines in the building, stacking the deck heavily against our hero. It felt just like old times.
What made the first half of this episode so entertaining was how quickly and easily Jack worked his way to Tanner, who was held in an interrogation room. Embassy security needs a full overhaul if a guy can work his way that deep into the building with no issue. Once Jack was able to earn Tanner’s trust, not that Tanner had many options as Jack pointed out, the episode went into lockdown mode. Getting into the building was no problem, but Chloe couldn’t find Jack an out. Despite all his rage, and all that.
Back over with the family Heller, all of Boudreu’s well laid plans blew up in his face. Firstly, President Heller somehow won over Parliament with his speech. So even after they were ready to have his head, he received a somewhat 80’s-tastic slow clap. Then both the President and Audrey were finally made aware of Jack’s presence which meant Boudreu had to answer for holding back information. To top it all off, he then threw a bit of a tantrum at Navarro and his team for not catching Jack BEFORE he got into the embassy. I like what they’re doing with Boudreu. Yes, he’s being a bit of a sneak right now but his motivation is very clear, for now.
From one barely functional family to a family held together with crazy and duct tape; Naveed you silly man. You know your lady has hereditary crazy eyes, telling her your “I want out” speech was a terrible idea. Of course, it was made worse because Simone is damn near impossible to get a read on. I don’t even want to know what it was like to date her, let alone ask her to marry. I can only assume he did it in a public place, lest she decided to get stabby.
Anyway, Simone told mommy dearest, and as expected she didn’t take it well. 24 pulled a good swerve here as I was sure Naveed was about to have more than a couple major organs replaced with bombs. Instead, Margot showed just how far she’s willing to go in order to get things done. Having her goons hold her own daughter down and well, let’s just say Simone may want to invest in a diverse glove collection.
Watching Jack spin so many plates by the end of this episode was dizzying. Yes, we all knew Jack would make it out of that room mostly ok, but we had no idea how. The Marines were ready to kill, especially after Jack had already shot two of them to buy time (square in the vest as Kate pointed out). His conversation with President Heller was great and layered. The show of respect on both sides, even while acknowledging that this situation could easily get out of hand. Also, Jack saying he knew the protesters were fine because he’s the one that pulled the trigger was classic Bauer.
Thanks to Kate, Jack is “safely” in CIA custody, and she as the flight key so maybe Tanner will finally be more than a stand still plot device. As seemingly tight as this episode ended, it’s safe to assume another show is going to drop in the next hour; the reveal of another baddie, maybe an allegiance change. In any case, 24 is firing on all cylinders so far.
“I am Groot”
He said it, he actually said it. You may not realize it, but Guardians of the Galaxy is the most ambitious superhero movie coming out (not counting The Avengers). The cast of characters read like a mad gab game including gun toting raccoon, talking tree body guard, and green space assassin.
Further proof that Marvel studios have a pretty good handle on their marketing machine, Guardians is one of the most anticipated movies this summer, but if you asked pretty much anyone outside of pure nerd culture who they were I’m sure you’d see plenty of confused faces. That’s why the first trailer spent its run time introducing all of the main characters. The latest trailer is mostly plot and sizzle, which works in the movies favor. It leaves just enough mystery that keeps the movie intriguing.
I especially like the little touches in the trailer, like the use of 70’s and 80’s music. I won’t spoil it here, but it’s a Star Lord thing. Anyway, I can’t wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy; a pure sci-fi, action flick that takes place entirely in space. For the uninitiated that are concerned about seeing it because they don’t know who they are, don’t worry. That used to be one of the best parts of going to the movies, and Guardians is bringing a little bit of that back.
Director Christopher Nolan has been pretty tight lipped so far about his upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. A voice-over teaser hit the net some months ago, and didn’t tell us a damned thing about the film. If you weren’t keeping up, you didn’t know who was in it, what it was about or even the genre per se. With the latest trailer we get a little more insight into what the hell is going on.
We don’t get much in terms of story beats, but it is made clear that Earth is in rough shape, and our “heroes” aren’t being sent to save it so much as they have to figure out what we’re going to do next. Turns out, our best and brightest, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Cain have to use interstellar travel to potentially find some sort of fix/home for mankind. At least that’s what I got from the trailer. This being a Nolan joint, we probably won’t get much more in terms of details until right before release. Even then it’ll more than likely be the marketing team showing way too much in TV ads for Interstellar than actual reveals. Either way, my butt will be firmly in a seat come November. What say you?
The CW is going for the 1,2 Punch here; less than a day after giving audiences their first peak of The Flash in motion, they’ve released a 5 minute trailer that lays out what appears to be the pilot episode.
Clearly it has the familiar CW look and awkwardness that has come with almost every superhero show since Smallville, but what it has that most other superhero shows don’t is that Barry/The Flash really looks like he’s having a good time being a city savior. Of course, to be a city savior he needs some baddies to fight, and they explain that the same event that granted Barry his speediness has granted other citizens, referred to as meta-humans, powers as well.
With all the success Arrow is having, things look promising for The Flash this fall. As an added show of support, it’s being paired with CW powerhouse Supernatural on the same night. This time next year, there will be an onslaught of comic/superhero TV shows for us to watch. Do you think The Flash has what it takes to stand out from the rest of the pack? For better or worse?