It’s Blitz: 1 Year Later

Howdy folks. Are you bored, and have nothing to do? Just follow these simple steps to a fun day…

STEP 1: grab your copy of It’s Blitz! and rock out.

STEP 2: repeat until brain hurts.

Today marks the one year anniversary of when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ third LP, It’s Blitz! was released in stores. It was originally slated to come out a little later in April but because a bootleg copy leaked on the internet they released it earlier.

I was working in a restaurant at this time. I bought it at the HMV during my break. Then I went to the upstairs dining room, which was completely vacant at the time, which also happened to have a CD player connected to speakers surrounding the entire room…I put this baby on and the room filled with greatness. That was my first experience listening to it and I haven’t tired of listening to it in the past year. Boy, time flies.

If you’re not fortunate enough to own the album, or are unaware of the greatness that is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, then please feel free to educate yourself with these videos:

“Zero”

“Heads Will Roll”

“Skeletons”

Awesome Burger King Ads!

Oh man, I didn’t think these were real, but apparently they are. Kudos to Burger King for including horror film villains in their ads:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/29/potd-burger-kings-horror-themed-late-night-advertisements/

I don’t know about you but I feel like getting a Whopper.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, coming soon

On April 30th, Freddy Krueger joins the remake club.

Yes, that’s right! In just ONE MONTH, the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street comes out. I never thought I’d see the day that I was actually looking forward to a remake, but I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this one. There hasn’t been a Freddy movie in nearly a decade (2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason), and man, I am stoked.

I wonder if there’ll be a midnight screening. You know, where a bunch of fans get together, some even dressed up, and treat the movie like it’s a hockey game. Yeah, Robert Englund isn’t back as Freddy, but the legendary character survives and I have a feeling Jackie Earle Haley will do a great job filling his shoes.

I’m currently going through all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies on DVD, having a little bit of a marathon to tide myself over…and I’m hoping to put up a video review of them on Youtube. Everybody does those little video reviews on Youtube, and there are some good ones out there, but it’s just something I’ve never felt the need to do until now.

My hope is to do one long review of the entire series, but it may take a while. Fingers crossed I will have it ready in a week or so.  I’m writing up little bits on all the films so I actually have something prepared to say instead of just making it up on the spot. And I hate videos like that because it’s mostly just explaining the plot…explaining the plot…”um”…”um”…”uh”….”uh”….etc.

I’m in the middle of writing thoughts on part 5 so I should be ready soon. Stay tuned.

Top 5 Summer Movies I’m Looking Forward To

Summer is just around the corner, and as with every summer, the big movies are coming out to make lots of money. I was going to make a top 10 list of summer movies I’m excited about, but when are there really 10 great summer flicks that are actually worth seeing? Movies are expensive. I don’t think I’d pump myself up for any movie just because it’s out in the summer. Trust me, I’m not counting down the days until The A-Team hits theatres. So instead of 10, I will present you with my list of Top 5 summer flicks that I am genuinely excited to see:

5. Scott Pilgram Vs. The World– August 13th

After dominating the box-office last year with the hugely popular comedy Year One, Michael Cera returns to the big screen as Scott Pilgram, a young man who has to battle the ex-boyfriends (and possibly girlfriends?) of the woman he loves.  It’s based on the comic book that I have never read, but it’s not as if something like that has ever stopped me. It looks like it will be a fun and imaginative film, and perfectly fitting for Cera’s talents. Don’t expect him to be taking the stage as Hamlet any time soon, but the guy’s likable.

4. MacGruber– May 21st

Wayne’s World. Maybe Coneheads. This is the extent of SNL-based movies that are good. There’s a special place in hell for the studio executives that thought It’s Pat would make a good movie. But after many disappointments, it looks like MacGruber will break the curse of lousy SNL movies. Yes, it’s based off a skit where the shtick is to kill everybody off in 60 seconds because of MacGruber’s incompetence, but Will Forte is just funny enough to make this movie work. This could possibly be the sleeper comedy hit of the summer.

3. Predators– July 9th

GET TO ZEE CHOPPA! Because July 9th can’t come soon enough! There’s a lot at stake here. The credibility of an entire franchise- possibly even two- hangs in the balance of Predators. Judging by its trailer, it looks pretty damn good and I have high hopes. I mean, that trailer was like a sip of water after sifting through the desert of absolute failure that were the Alien Vs. Predator films, which make Predator 2 look like a masterpiece. The cast is great, Robert Rodriquez is producing, they’d have to try really hard to make a bad movie here.

2. Iron Man 2– May 7th

Summer starts early this year with Iron Man 2 hitting theatres in just a little bit over a month from now. The good news is, if the movie rocks like it most likely should, you’ll be able to see it several times over in June, July, and August. It feels like just yesterday the first Iron Man came out, rocking Robert Downey Jr. from respected, talented actor with a troubled past doing mostly supporting roles, to a fucking superstar beloved by all. With some promising action scenes and Scarlett Johansson’s hotness added to the mix, this will be the movie to beat summer 2010.

1. Inception– July 16th

I know barely anything about Inception. But the less I know, the more I want to see it. Too few movies these days are shrouded in secrecy and mystery, allowing us to really generate interest. How many times have you seen trailer after trailer, behind the scenes footage after behind the scenes footage, until you feel like you’ve already seen the friggin’ movie like twice. I have faith in the skills of director Christopher Nolan- he has gained my eternal praise for The Dark Knight. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are three of our generation’s most exciting and talented actors. July 16th. Inception. Be there.

It’s gonna be a good summer.

My movie collection

Howdy folks. I just thought I’d share some photos of my DVD collection.

This bunch is on a shelf. I have tried my damnedest to arrange them by colour.

These DVDs get the honor of being placed on the crappily-assembled DVD Stand I bought from The Beat Goes On.

Horror in the drawer (part 1)

Horror in the drawer part 2! This time it’s B comedies, concerts, double/quadruple features, and SNL best-ofs. Plus the Evil Dead Books of the Dead.

Box sets here! Everything from James Bond to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comedy hits.

Finally, the TV DVDs. I loves me some 30 Rock and HIMYM.

But wait! There’s more! I still have VHS tapes.

VHS tapes were a way of viewing movies before DVDs were invented. They cannot be played on a DVD player, but instead a machine called a VCR.

Some of the old favourites! I have updated these to DVD.

Most of these I have not updated to DVD. From Dusk Till Dawn, Men In Black, Twister, Godzilla, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The French Connection…I have never seen ’em on DVD!

And check out the box-sets. They’re huge!

The Stanley Kubrick set is bigger than my damn head, yo!

Before I finally got a DVD player, I collected “clamshell” VHS sets…they were pretty cool. Often digitally mastered, often with some special features added before or after the movie…and in some cases, even liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve.

Notes on Evil Dead 2, by Bruce “don’t call me Ash” Campbell

Notes on Dawn of the Dead’s 20th Anniversary VHS release by director George A. Romero.

I still enjoy watching VHS tapes from time to time…especially if it’s a cheesy horror flick like Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 or Return of the Killer Tomatoes. And why on earth would I want to watch Blair Witch on any other format?

Ah, my very first VCR. Don’t get too jealous of this baby, I don’t think it works anymore. Note the VHS tape of E.T. and its odd colouring. Back in the 80’s, going green meant something entirely different.

As fun of a trip down memory lane with VHS is, I still like to look forward to the future of home entertainment.

This is my Blu-ray collection so far. I’m sure that by the time I get a respectable collection, the format will be obsolete!

Album Review: “One Life Stand”- Hot Chip

Okay, first things first: do yourself a favour and watch THIS VIDEO.

So now you have an idea of the awesomeness that Hot Chip has achieved. That song appears on their newest album, One Life Stand.

It is 10 tracks of pure groovy beats and addictive tunage. I remember having a conversation once where I said I preferred LCD Soundsystem to Hot Chip, and after listening to this album I would like to apologize to the world for being retarded. One Life Stand is already an early contender for LP of the year and the above video for “I Feel Better” is the weirdest, funniest, and generally one of the greatest music videos I have seen in quite a while. I have watched the damn thing over more than 15 times.

Hot Chip‘s synthetic sound is like candy to the ears. I personally liked the first 3 tracks the best, but it is fantastic as a whole. Not every song is its own unique entity, the album is consistent and makes for an epic opus of sweetness, a lot like last year’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix from Phoenix. Smoke a doob, take some E, hook your nipples up to some clamps attached to a car battery, and give Hot Chip‘s One Life Stand a spin. Highly recommended!

First!

Hi, this is Derek.

Here are some things you may want to know about me:

1. I’m awesome.

2. I’m Canadian.

3. I’m a young man in my early 20’s who doesn’t know what to do with his life. Bizarre, huh?

Being an awesome Canadian and all, you’d understand my excitement for Tom Horton’s annual “Roll up the rim to win” contest. For those not in know, basically you just have to roll up the rip of your coffee cup to reveal special prizes. Most of the time you will just win a donut. So far, I have not won anything at all. Bummer. Stay tuned for updates.