Album Review – MATIAS AGUAYO: LEGENDE EP

At times dark and captivating, at other times droning and repetitive, Matias Aguayo has assembled four tracks of moody, and sometimes misanthropic EDM. The Legende EP is a short mix that quickly evokes dark cityscapes of ’80s sci-fi, and tows the line between leaving its mark, and overstaying its welcome.

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Full Jurassic World Trailer has Pratt Riding with Raptors

It’s a movie that some never thought they would see, but like a wise, black-laden doctor once said, “Life finds a way.” Jurassic World is set for a June, 2015 release, and after some stills and a 40 second teaser for the trailer was released a few days back(because that’s the world we live in now), the official trailer has made its way online.

jurassicworldThe two-minutes and forty seconds are sure to evoke any nostalgia you may have for the original trilogy of films. The opening of the gates to the park, the paradise-like island, and the shrieks and horror of the crowd as dinosaurs do what dinosaurs do. Turns out just bringing them back wasn’t enough, and Bryce Dallas Howard had to go and make a super dino, because that’s not the worst idea ever. FOR SCIENCE! Now it’s up to Chris Pratt to save the day before a whole lot of vacationers become somethings lunch.

I will be in line day one for this. I missed seeing the original Jurassic Park in theaters in 1994 for reasons beyond my control. And i’ve been trying to rectify that with every sequel since. I recognize they’re not that good, and the ending to The Lost World doesn’t make a lick of sense, but dinosaurs damnit! Jurassic World may be the mindless fun the genre was bound to turn into…hopefully.

Album Review – Loose Logic: Perception

…Becomes Reality

Sometimes, in music, a mild case of thematic schizophrenia can be a great thing. Artists like David Bowie and Eminem have made their careers on flipping from one mindset / personality to another. More recently, Drake has been heralded and critiqued for his seeming self-awareness or hypocrisy, depending on who you talk to. Well, along those lines, we have Loose Logic and his latest LP, Perception. Much like Drizzy, we have a man torn on what he’s supposed to be. That thematic dichotomy unfortunately spills over into the sound of the album, as Perception is woefully inconsistent.

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Sons of Anarchy: “Suits of Woe” Review

…I’ll make sure it’s quick

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Jax knows. In what has to be one of the most powerful and deliberately paced episodes of Sons of Anarchy, Jax confirmed that Gemma had in fact murdered Tara. In almost direct opposition of how he’s been all season, Jax was more patient, and cautious. Having to be sure that what he’d heard from his young son wasn’t just a kid dealing with a tough stretch in a bad way. Now that he knew what really derailed his life, his next step was crucial.

Sons-of-Anarchy-7x11-suits-of-woe-665x385This was another super-sized episode, clocking it at 73 minutes. While the opening scene was strong, some of the following scenes could have used a bit of cutting here or there. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Juice was going to be fine, but there was little tension in his long walk through the prison. There weren’t many sections like that, but enough to drag things down slightly. What brought the episode back up was the fallout, and the interactions with everyone after learning the terrible news. “Suits of Woe” carefully demonstrated final breakdown of the leader we once new, and laid out a slightly hazy end game.

What made this episode work was the small interactions with the club and Nero. Jax didn’t immediately want to see Gemma. He had to know for sure, he had to find more concrete answers, and there were only a few people he could trust. Unser telling him that the man he’d tortured and killed wasn’t even in the state at the time of Tara’s murder was the first chip at his resolve. The doubts he may have had in Abel’s story were slowly falling away. This scene was also great because Unser was pretty through with Jax’s shit at this point. On the verge of being outright hostile toward his former friend.

sons-of-anarchy-season-7-episode-11-preview-suits-of-woe-videoThe next stop, and possibly one of the best scenes in the shows history, was Jax meeting Juice in prison. These two had only seen each other twice all season, none have been on exactly good terms. Juice had just killed a man he knew to be innocent, on a lie he helped build. He’s endured mental and physical torment in and out of prison, and here is the leader of the club he wanted so much to belong to, sitting in front of him, begging for Juice to come clean with information that would tear him apart, and effectively sentence Juice to death. Both Hunnam and Rossi completely owned this scene. Hunnam doesn’t do flat out crying well, but a pained, resereved, anguish is his bread and butter. You could feel the fury burning off of him, while Juice could only sit and spell out how he was partially responsible for destroying everything they loved. This may be the last time these two men interact for the rest of the show, and if it is, kudos fellas. Take a bow.

Gemma had her own errands to run since Juice made sure to call and let her know that the cat was out of the bag. Her scenes on their own didn’t garner much of a response. Since she was directly responsible for everything happening, it was much harder to sympathize with her farewell tour. Although her scene with Abel at the school was touching. Less than touching was the old simp, Unser going back and telling her everything. I get that it was beyond everyone’s realm of possibility that she would be behind so much death and sorrow, but he really needed to keep his mouth shut.

Sons-of-Anarchy-7x11-850x560The real MVP had to be Nero though. This man has given up everything for Gemma. Tried to make peace between all sides, and leave the game with some dignity and his lady. He won’t get that ending. It was a smart play to have Jax reveal everything to Nero over the phone, but not hear what was said. He face sold it. The subtle changes, the pain, the anger, then the despair. It was all there. Him letting Gemma go after telling Jax he’d inform  him, but it could easily be seen as a last act of love, or just the need to get her the hell away from him.

Nero and Jax closed out the episode, and presented us with his ultimate dilemma; of course he’s angry, and wants revenge, but the act of murdering his mother would eat him alive. He still loves her. Plain and simple. And now he has to make right everything he’d done wrong in her name. There were definitely moments this episode where it seemed like Jax was being dense, but they made sense this time around. Who would want to believe what he just learned. Only two episodes left, I hope they’re not spent sitting around tables plotting out diplomacy. “Suits of Woe” finally set all the pins up, now it’s time to knock them down.

Score: A

Gotham: “Harvey Dent” Review

Did you mean Selina Kyle?

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Who names these episodes, seriously? There has been a running theme, and a gag among people who cover these shows, that Gotham names episodes after characters who have very little screen time or affect on what happens. This episode was named “Harvey Dent”, after the infamous District Attorney who is an ally to Jim Gordon, and soon Bruce Wayne, that will eventually become Two-Face. But because Dent has so little to do with, and in the episode, you would only know that, if you already know that. Continue reading Gotham: “Harvey Dent” Review

Official Extended Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Have you watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer enough? Of course you haven’t. You’re probably still combing over every fine detail like an SVU cop. Ok, maybe not that intently, but somewhere along those lines. Anyway. Marvel, being as cool as they can be from time to time has seen fit to release yet another trailer for the highly anticipated sequel, with some more footage.

Most of what we see here is just an extension of the last trailer, hence EXTENDED, but it’s cool nonetheless. We see more of the party sequence that was shown revealed a few weeks back meshed in, as well as what appears to be the first attack by Ultron onto the Avengers.

I need May to hurry up and get here. Like, nowish. I want to be in, and around this movie already. Until then, i’ll just alternate between this and Too Many Cooks to get my jollies.

Sons of Anarchy: “Faith and Despondency” Review

From the mouths of babes…

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Boy, how many jaws had to be picked up from the floor after that scene. We’re all used to Sons of Anarchy ending on some sort of revelation or discovery, so once things died down and we got back to the house with Abel, Wendy and Jax, it felt like we were just biding time. In an odd use of making the audience work for it (and boy did Sutter stretch it), Abel finally told his father that Gemma killed his “second mom”. And with those few words, it’s the kid that blew the whole season wide open.

Faith-JaxOnce you get to that scene, it actually clears up a lot of the earlier issues with the episode. Up until that point, things felt rushed, like loose ends were being tied up in a way that hadn’t happened at all this season. Had this been any other season, “Faith and Despondency” packed in as much as a finale or penultimate episode. We saw the club beaten and against the wall, only to find out they were in control pretty much the whole time. There were some classic SAMCRO elements thrown in with some sloppiness that overall left the episode uneven, but elevated by that ending. With only three episodes left, the writers had to kick things into high gear to get the story that we really care about back to the forefront.

Taking things from the top, the club was still reeling over the death of Bobby. We were greeted to the most awkward, sex montage in the history of the show. No one seemed happy, everyone trying to find solace in the physical act. Each encounter more empty than the last. Jax cry-maxing with Winsome was a very telling moment for the character. He couldn’t hide his pain anymore, and having had that level of intimacy with a woman that looks an awful lot like his dead wife broke him.

Elsewhere, Juice was being made into a prisoner within the prison, another broken man doing what he thinks he needs to do to stay alive and in the good graces of the club. There were several levels of sadness at play, but I personally can’t get over the level of despair it takes to let Marilyn Manson have his way with you in a one on one situation. Poor Juice, sometimes dead is better.

mathew-st-patrick-sons-of-anarchy-season-7-665x385Last week, SAMCRO set things up so that Marks was arrested and his team mostly left without a leader. Moses made for a strong lieutenant and seemed to be a step ahead of Jax the entire episode, which took some of the drama away if you’d been paying attention this season. See, Jax has been outsmarted, outplayed and generally out of his league at every encounter. So, to have him appear to be against the ropes for once, instead of confident while the world fell apart around him telegraphed the final play a bit. SAMCRO set up most of their remaining enemies in elaborate fashion, suffered minor consequence, and got to dish out some cheesy, yet satisfying justice on Moses. An eye for an eye and all that.

Thrown in the middle of all that were two powerhouse performances from Walton Goggins as Venus and Kim Coates as Tig. Their relationship had always been playful and weird, but as it progressed, it became something strong and painfully human. Venus, as a character, has always been strong, yet vulnerable. She was always treated with respect by the club, and piqued Tig’s interest in a way we’d never seen. So their conversation about their love, and identities held so much weight, and had so much finality to it, that I wish it’d been built up a little more. While we were in it the moment, it was captivating, and strong, but we got there almost by surprise.

Very similar was Jary and Chibbs’ conversation. It held some weight, but a running trend with Sons of Anarchy has always been making the women look completely insane more often than not. This scene was no different. When Chibbs is the reasonable one in the relationship, it’s not growth, it’s just wrong.

JaxFaceAbel’s confession wasn’t the only one to take place. Actually what prompted it was a pretty spectacular moment on its own. Jax, finally explaining to Abel that Wendy was his real mother was a tender moment. We’ve come so far from the days of the young heir to the club and the junkie. Wendy in particular has grown to be one of the better people on the show. By telling Abel about his mother, Jax was recognizing that.

“So is that why grandma killed my other mommy, so that my first mommy could be here with me?” That little kid has been playing up the weird all season. He already attempted to set Gemma up to get in trouble before, and just like a little kid would, he slid out some of the harshest truth without even knowing. NOW, we will get to the resolution we’ve been waiting for. It just took an extra long time to get to this point. but man Jax’s face made it all worth it.

Score: B+