Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Movie Review #2 - Killing Zoe

Today i'm going to be reviewing a hidden gem of a movie called Killing Zoe. It's written and directed b Roger Avery, who produced and co wrote Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and KZ also has Quentin Tarantino  on as an executive producer, so you know it's going to be great. Avery has always kind of been in Tarantino's shadow, which is why i'm reviewing this movie to hopefully get his name out.

Killing Zoe starts off with Zed arriving in Paris, and meeting an absoloutly goergeous escort girl named Zoe, who he seemingly falls in love with. The two of them are having a great time, until Eric comes into thje picture. Eric is Zed's long time friend, and the two of them go over how they are planning to rob a bank the following day. With a pretty epic entrance into the bank robbery, it gets damn exciting. One thing goes wrong after another ( like most heist movies) and it all turns out to be a complete shit storm.

With great acting by all three of the main characters, fantastic dialogue all thanks to the genius that is Roger Avery, and polished cinematography, this movie is a must watch. For anyone who likes Tarantino, heist movies, and just plain old great stories, check this out.

Killing Zoe
Production : 8/10
Cinematography: 8.5/10
Acting: 9.5/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10

Monday, 2 May 2011

TV Review #1 - Dead Set

Today i'm going to be reviewing a mini series that originally aired on Channel 4 in Britain in 2008 called Dead Set.  It's a very unknown gem and it truly is a shame that this isn't more popular. The premise goes like this; during a season of Big Brother UK, a zombie outbreak occurs and the viewer gets to watch the chaos unfold in the Big Brother house, and around the production set. I personally think its a fantastic premise, but maybe i just thoroughly enjoy seeing reality TV stars being eaten. Anyone who enjoys Big Brother, Zombies, or horror in general should love this. The show is very reminiscent of 28 Days Later and Dawn Of The Dead 2004 with running zombies, jerky and quick paced camera angles, and excellent gore.

With each episode the show gets more and more interesting and truly does pull the viewer in, and before you know it you've watched all the episodes and you're dying for more. Starting off with your generic Big Brother episode, someone getting voted off, people walking around in the BB house, partying, fighting, and being crazy until all of Britain becomes overrun, and a majority of the production staff is dead all the while nobody in the actual BB house knows about it seeing as they are secluded from the rest of the world and locked away in this high security house...until they find find out in a very, very gruesome way.

This show has great action, great gore, some parts that actually had me laughing in stitches, gingers being devoured, and best off all; Zombies. It's got the whole package, and i highly suggest you check it out if you have any decent taste, and spread the word because this deserves to be seen by everyone. I don't recall it ever being aired in North America, and with the amount of gore and violence in it, i doubt it ever will. Check it out, people.

Dead Set
Production : 8.5/10
Cinematography: 9/10
Acting: 9.5/10
Overall rating: 9/10

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Music Revew # 5 - Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

Today i'm going to review an old one, but a good one. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine. Based out of Toronto, ON, with just two people, a drummer/singer and a bassist, these guys know how to play music that makes you want to get up and move. With YAWIAM being released in Oct 2004, i still listen to this album daily. The band broke up not too long after the release, and it upset not only people from the GTA, but around the world. With good news of a reunion and with them having already played a few shows, i'm hoping for a new album in the works. One full album and an EP is not enough DFA for me.

DFA 1979 simultaneously fuse quick, upbeat tracks with slow, almost electric ballad tracks on this album. I highly suggest looking into this band, as they are amazing and could use the support. A few favorites off the album include Cold War, Pull Out, Romantic Rights, and my personal favourite is the title track; You're A Woman, I'm A Machine. Max Weinberg loves these guys, and so do you. Go buy this album.

Production: 8/10
Lasting Appeal: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Live Show : 9/10
Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Movie Review #1 - Hobo With A Shotgun

Just to start off the post, sorry about the delay in reviews, i was actually going through some personal things in life and didn't have time to post, but i'm back now so here we go!

What is there to say about this movie? It's pretty much exactly what you will think it will be, based off of the title alone. Hobo With A Shotgun is based off of a fake trailer that played in Canada during the fake trailers in the Grindhouse movies and is about a homeless man who train hops to a town full of crooked cops, gangs, drugs, and prostitution. Begging for change to complete his long life dream; buying a lawnmower. He finally get's enough money to purchase said lawnmower, and during his shopping rendezvous a gang of thugs comes in to try and rob the place, but with a shotgun to his right...this Hobo has other plans.

 From that point, the movie is pretty much the Hobo going around destroying the druggies, gangs and crooked cops, and it's pure awesomeness. Not to mention he meets a beautiful sidekick named Abby whom is some nice eye candy. Not to give too much away, but this movie is great. With great, over the top comedic gore, over the top one liners that make this movie as brilliant as it is, and fantastic cinematography, Hobo With A Shotgun has been the most enjoyable movie i have seen this year.
For fans of Black Dynamite, Dead Snow, and all other movies full of black comedy and hilarity.

Delivering shell at a time!

Hobo With A Shotgun
Production : 7/10
Cinematography: 8.5/10
Acting: 7.5/10
Having Ricky from Trailer Park Boys as a cameo: 10/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Review # 4 - Wintersleep - Untitled

Today's review will be on another album ( yes, ill be doing movies too...eventually ). Today's album is Untitled, by the Halifax, Canada natives Wintersleep. This is much different than the previous music reviews, as it is an indie band, not a metal band as the previous have been. This album came out in 2005, and it in my opinion is easily their best.

With the music ranging from slow, piano driven depressing tracks, to upbeat, almost danceable tracks, this album has it all. Great production, vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, all fantastic. One of my favourite things about Wintersleep is their drummer; Loel Campbell, who is absolutely amazing. The first thing i notice in any music is the drumming, and with an indy band there is not a lot to work around with when drumming, but by god does Loel Campbell do it. The best part about him, is when he plays live he has a sex face...the entire time. Just fantastic.

Having been the 2nd album to be released out of the 4 that have been released, like most bands their sound has changed. With their newest release; New Inheritors being a little more mainstream, and less experimental ( by no means bad, still a great album ), in my opinion Wintersleep had their best sound on Untitled which is why it remains one of my favourite albums of all time. With amazing melodies, slow ballads that touch your heart, and just a great overall sound, this album is fucking awesome, and you should be buying it already.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Being Canadian: :) / 10
Live Show : 10/10
Wintersleep - Untitled

Friday, 11 March 2011

Review #3 - The Human Abstract - Digital Veil

Today i will be reviewing The Human Abstracts latest effort Digital Veil. With having an original release due out sometime early February, and being pushed back to March 8th i was disappointed. They had released the first single from the album Faust way back in November, and since having my ears raped of awesomeness from that track,  i have been looking forward to the release since. Having released 3/7 songs before the actual release, i had a pretty concrete idea of what to expect from the other 4 songs : head crushing technicality, great production, amazing harsh and clean vocals and just a great sound, and well, fuck, did they deliver on that. With having new vocalist Travis Richter in on the equation, as well as original Nocturne guitarist, A.J Minette back with the band things were looking good.

The first track Elegiac opens with a melodic, beautifully played acoustic piece that sounds almost like something you would hear during a depressing scene in a Mexican themed movie, which erupts into a solo and finishes off at a little over 2 minutes, completely instrumental. A great way to open an album. The next three tracks are technical, fast, loud and make you just want to break shit. Complex Terms, Digital Veil, and Faust are the harder songs on the album, and a great way to make the listener really get pulled into the album for the firs time.

The next four tracks, Antebellum, Holographic Sight, Horizon To Zenith, and Patterns are just as technical as the previous tracks, full of solo's, guitar sweeps and awesome compositions, but they also focus more on the melodic side of THA. With more clean singing than the first half of the album, more melodic, sing-along type choruses, and Antebellum coming in at an almighty 7 1/2 minutes, you can pretty much tell the epicness of this album.

All and all, the record is, in my opinion, the best record to have been released so far this year. With slow melodic parts, quick head banging parts, and everything in between, this record is a must pick up for fans of Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, and anyone who can appreciate talented musicians doing what they do best.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
The Human Abstract - Digital Veil

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Review #2 - Attila - Rage

Self coined ‘party-deathcore’ band Attila from Atlanta, GA have been on the scene for quite some time but have finally released their full length debut; Rage. I do have to say, for an album with lyrics that seemed to have been written by a retarted, 3 year old monkey that missed out on preschool the album itself is a damn fun listen. I’m not a huge fan of Deathcore but as far as im concerned, this one is on top of the list of Deathcore that’s actually listenable. With above average musicianship on the guitars and drums, what really stood out for me on this record was the vocals. The singer manages to go from a raspy scream, to a low growl, to an odd kind of grunt scream, and at times screams as fast as one of those Auction host people, which is not easy to do with this kind of vocal style and it was one of the first things that i noticed upon my first listen…which undeniably resulted in an insta-full chub hardon. With fantastic catchy-as-hell songs, the lyrics are extremely on the lacking side. Again,  the lyrics on this album are fucking wretched. Even though they do go with the beat of the music and fit great, they are just so dull and basic that it saddens me. I think a kenyan who started learning english 4 months ago could have written better lyrics. With lyrics like ” You can’t beat it, you can’t stop it, stick it in your pipe and smoke it!”, “I don’t give a fuck if you like this song, is it heavy enough for you?”,”Who fucking spilled beer on my carpet?” and lastly my personal favourite;” chug chug chug finish that beer!”. Now, don’t get me wrong, the vocalist is obviously talented and probably does write all his lyrics while he  is either high, drunk, or both but try and at least put some effort into writing them.

An album that samples bong hits, shot glasses clanking together, Beers being opened, and people choking on said bong hits, one might pass this album off as another mediocre Deathcore record and not take it seriously. The whole theme of this band is to not take life seriously, to party and just fuck shit that moves and although they don’t take it too seriously,  the band does a great job of meshing their music together from catchy riff ‘A’ to breakdown to catchy riff ‘B’ and it hooks you right in off of the first part about spilling alcohol on carpets. It is a damn good debut and a must listen for anyone who doesn’t mind their music not being too serious, heavy as fuck and just fun to listen too.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 8/10
Originality: 6/10
Being sold at Hot Topic: fail/10
Attila - Rage