Monday, February 25, 2008

Goldfrapp- Seventh Tree

Goldfrapp makes sexy sexy music. If Prince and Goldfrapp decided to collaborate together and decided to have the Sneaker Pimps and Ladytron remix the singles, you could rest assured there would be another baby boom. I will admit, I've had sexy fun times to Goldfrapp's deliciously sultry tunes. However, Goldfrapp's latest effort, Seventh Tree, is a bit of a departure from the sexy dark grooves of Black Cherry and Supernature and more of a return to the softer tones of Felt Mountain (while still incorporating the elements that made Black Cherry and Supernature so great).

Fans of Goldfrapp will not be disappointed, but I will say it is an album that grows on you. You know what you're in for with this album once you get through the first track "Clowns". Part of me was a little disappointed because I was hoping for songs akin to past favorites like "Strict Machine" or "Ride A White Horse", but once I was through with the track "Road to Somewhere", all that disappeared.

Goldfrapp has produced an album of rich laid back tracks sure to please fans for the most part, but may not grab a new audience (unless it gets used for a pivotal scene in Grey's Anatomy or One Tree Hill). I would describe this album as a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the spring, while Black Cherry and Supernature are the raunchy fun times you had on Friday and Saturday night (yes, I used that analogy). The last half of the album does tend to lag for me, but it doesn't affect my overall judgement of the album. The standout tracks are definitely "Happiness","Eat Yourself", "Some People", "A&E" and my personal favorite "Road to Somewhere".

I'm eager to see what the next step will be for Goldfrapp. All I know is they've released 4 great albums, which is very hard to come by these days. Thank you, Goldfrapp. Thank you for the great tunes...and the sexy fun times.

I leave you with a live performance their great cover of Yes, Sir. I Can Boogie (Good God, I love this clip!)


Wednesday, February 20, 2008


What's a great movie to see with the one you love on Valentines Day? That's right, Teeth! Nothing gets your man in the mood like a movie about vagina dentata, ladies! My girlfriend thought it would be an awesome idea to see this film on Valentines Day, and she was right.

I didn't know what to expect going into this movie. The previews didn't really reveal much and the subject matter is pretty crazy and laughable to begin with, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

The movie was a lot of fun. There are elements that reminded me of the tone of Napoleon Dynamite (I know, I hate using that comparison because it is a bit lazy), yet reminded me of the cheaper late 70's and early 80's horror films.

I've heard people say this is a morality tale, but I don't see it. I see it more as a "fun" story where dicks get what they deserve (Pun not intended. Ok, maybe it was. I feel cheap). I guess if more time was spent with character development and motives, then there might be a deeper morality tale, but for what it was it just seemed like a strange and funny horror story about these sleazes getting their come uppins!

I highly recommend seeing this in a theatre or with a larger group of friends. Hearing people's reactions to it really made the experience even more enjoyable. I should also note seeing parts of Austin made me a bit homesick for Texas, and could possibly be a small part of why I enjoyed the film. Not as much as seeing Shiner beer waved in front of my face like in Death Proof (Damn you, Tarantino!).

Does vagina dentata, exist? For your sake, stud, let's hope not. But as a subject for a film, it's surprisingly enjoyable!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Import Humour Pt.1

I consider myself to be a bit of a comedy nerd. So when I see certain signs of comedic brilliance that go unnoticed, I feel it's my duty to spread the word.
Within the past couple of years I have become acquainted with the "comedy underground" of the UK. I use that term loosely because, well...I'm not close to the UK comedy scene so I couldn't say for sure (my forte is the NY, Chicago and LA underground comedy scene). BUT, what I will present in "Import Humour" is a glimpse into some great comedy that hasn't quite hit on our shores.

First up is JAM.

There are 3 people responsible for me going out of my way to buy a universal DVD player. Those people are Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Chris Morris. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are best known for their brilliant work with the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but also responsible for one of the best sitcoms ever made; Spaced. But I'm getting off topic. Spaced will appear in a future Import Humour.

The man I want to bring attention to is twisted and darkly delicious comedic writer, actor and director Chris Morris. Chris has been responsible for some of the most interesting and daring comedy to come out of the UK in recent history. One of his earliest shows, 1994’s The Day Today, was a scathing satire on current news reporting and featured Steve Coogan, who you might recognize from 24 Hour Party People and yes, Night at the Museum. Think The Daily Show but with even more painstaking detail to the ridiculousness and hypocrisy of news broadcasting.

Someone was generous enough to make a montage of some great moments of the show.

Then in 1997 he would take things further with BrassEye. BrassEye is a satire on news special shows (much like the Dateline pieces you see) but amped up to show the ugliness of its ridiculousness. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg would both either appear or make contributions to this brilliant show. The clip below caused quite a bit of controversy. It deals with pedophilia and is called Paedogeddon! This is part 1:

Now comes the show I really wanted to highlight with this entry...

JAM is unlike ANY sketch comedy show you have ever seen. It's extremely dark and stays with you like a bloody car crash you wish you had never seen. I love this show. Curtis Gwinn (of soon to be Adult Swim show Fat Guy Stuck in Internet) introduced me to this show and I couldn't thank him enough. If you took the scripts to a lot of these sketches and just read them, they'd seem, for the most part, like straight forward interesting sketches, but that isn't enough for Mr. Morris.

The best way to describe JAM to people is to say "Imagine if David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Chris Cunningham collaborated on a sketch show. Chris Morris will often set the mood to be dark and unusual, while playing an eerie atmospheric/ambient soundtrack behind the scene (provided by Brian Eno, The Third Eye Foundation, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to name a few) and also slowing down the speed of the film for effect.

It's the most interesting work I have ever seen done with sketch comedy. I adore dark humor and really appreciate it, but even some of JAM was a bit much for me. But the thing about JAM is that it stays with you. It has this unusual and unsettling effect that stays with you that will either really make you admire the show or absolutely hate it.

Some of my favorite sketches from this show were taken down from YouTube. One of my favorite being a man who has his funeral early in the prime of his life. But here are a few to get the gist of what JAM is like.

The show only had a 6 episode run, but can be found on for purchase.

More recently Chris did a show called Nathan Barley, where he once again utilizes his keen sense of satire and targets youth culture in the UK and their style of "news" and entertainment in the blogosphere.

Here is part 1 of Episode 1

It is said that Chris is working on a new short film for the BBC satirizing terrorism. Based on his past work, we can rest assured it will push some buttons. Hopefully Chris Morris will continue to treat us with his unique and fantastic vision and hopefully one day get the recognition he deserves.

Friday, February 1, 2008

No Country For Old Men

I saw No Country For Old Men tonight, and I have a few things to say.

I had no idea Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were in this movie. And the Coen Brothers directed this? Really? A movie about two old dudes who have a list to finish before they die?
What? I walked into the wrong theater?!!! GOOOOOOOOP!

But seriously,
I loved this film.

I know a lot of people hated the ending and may not understand it (I'll admit, I don't understand it 100% quite yet, but I don't think that was the intention), but I have to say my only problem was a personal one. I hate seeing pets killed in movies. I know, I'm a softie, I just don't like it.

Also, I was surrounded by a bunch of dumbasses who were only there to see it since it got nominated for an Oscar and wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Look, that's fine, and I understand it, but if you're chatting beforehand about how you're probably going to see Meet The Spartans this weekend and start quoting lines from the previews, chances are you don't belong in a theater with this film playing.

I don't need to hear "What?! Oh my god! That's fucking retarded!" when the credits roll, nor do I need to hear your annoying ass gum chewing/popping during scenes where YOUR ASS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION!

Did it ruin the movie or take me out of it? Hell no!

Some might say Hannibal Lecter is cinema's finest portrayal of evil in human form. Eff that! That guy's Rip Taylor in a Racecar bed of stuffed baby bunnies!
THIS is the new King

Is my review too glowing? Are you screaming "plant"! Maybe you're saying I should go work for Radio Disney, reviewing movies and applying baby oil to Ryan Seacrest's thighs (really? That's the best I could come up with?! Lazy and lame!)

Look! I can't help that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did.

Plus, being a Texan, I kind of had a soft spot for the film (I know it sounds weird to say that with a film like this).

Anyway, yet another movie that lived up to the hype.

Next up...
There Will Be Blood.

The Ten

I'm a huge fan of The State and State related projects (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, etc.), so I was pretty excited when The Ten came out to theatres.

After seeing it I be honest, a little let down.

Some of the stories were hilarious. The best of the stories being the story involving Jesus and a librarian. The second one being the story revolving around a woman falling in love with a ventriloquist dummy.

I know what you're thinking, "That's because Winona is in it!"

Yes, my future 10 minute hot fling, Winona Ryder, is in the film and I love her in it.
I'm serious, Winona. We WILL meet one day and you will love me. Even if it's just for a day. That's all I ask!

Back to what I was saying...
The best thing about The Ten is its actors and how well they sell their parts (Rob Corddry especially).

Fast forward to now when the movie is available on DVD. I rent it and actually enjoyed it a lot more than when I saw it in the theatre.

It's one of those movies that really is best rented than watched in a movie house setting. It's a movie that you can't expect to be cohesive or have plot because it's basically a movie of sketches (but with connecting themes).

So give it a rent if you have some time and were a fan of The State or Wet Hot American Summer.

And on a related note, check out David Wain's online shorts titled Wainy Days.

This is one of my favorite episodes from the series. It features one of my favorite stand up comedians/writers, Leo Allen.

I'm jealous of David Wain's style of writing. Not many people can pull off such absurd or crude dialogue and make it that funny or subtle. I'm serious. Otherwise you get absolute shit like Epic Movie or Meet The Spartans (Falling down and getting hit in the head is always funny! Farrrrrrrrrt).

Just as an extra treat, one of my favorite State sketches...
Actually, I couldn't find it on YouTube, so enjoy these