Archive for August, 2012

Zombie Soundtrack #8: Danielle

Posted in Zombie Soundtracks with tags , , , on 08/22/2012 by McCutcheon

Here we have a list I’ve been expecting since I’ve been posting zombie soundtracks. Neon Trees was a new one for me, although 5 million views tells me I’m not hip with it. I’ve never been a big fan of Atreyu but the chosen song seems to fit zombie killing pretty well. Before listening to Nonpoint’s second, just by the title alone, it seems like a good song to go out on. As far as Lacuna Coil goes, I’ve left a link to the video. I’ve got to give credit to a band that has a lead singer that looks as good as she does and still focus on the other front man who looks like he’d be Pedro’s dad from Napoleon Dynamite.

If you want to submit your own, click here.T

1. Neon Trees- Everybody Talks

2. Twisted Method- Inside Out

3. Thousand Foot Krutch- Fire It Up

4. Rise Against- But Tonight We Dance

5. Atreyu- Slow Burn

6. Nonpoint- Bullet With A Name

7. The Used- Poetic Tragedy

8. Lacuna Coil- Trip The Darkness

9. Nonpoint- What A Day

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American Movies Could Learn a Thing or Two from Anime

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 08/21/2012 by McCutcheon

Growing up, I remember seeing quick flashes of Japanese cartoon in music videos or in the apartments of the hackers in film. I think even in Hackers (1995) this happens. Probably in one of the scenes that crappy grunge/techno music plays while they…y’know…hack. I remember growing up and being a little creeped out by it, the various miscellaneous screaming faces that seemed to come with the territory of anime. Every one in the shows and movies seemed to be drawn with a weird amount of detail, i.e., veins in neck, veins drawn in the eyes and always seemed to be stressed out and angry. Being that the X-Men animated series grew up watching was almost too much for my eight year old brain to comprehend, Anime was left alone.

This was also true for the first couple years in my teens. I’d thought similar things about the cartoons that I had as a kid, while a girlfriend in my later years summed up the feeling I’d had then perfectly; “Anime? Oh you mean those Japanese cartoons where people who watch them wear cat ears and draw all the time?”

I just…No. Just no.

Adult Swim aired in 2001 and had begun airing many of the cartoons that eventually led to my interest in 2004, when I first laid eyes…on Cowboy Bebop. Continue reading

Movie Review: ParaNorman

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 08/19/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann

Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language, Running time 93 minutes, Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Compare to: The Goonies (1985), Corpse Bride (2005)

I knew I was going to like ParaNorman and thankfully, I was right. Not the most formal way to open a review, but being that I’m review a cartoon intended for (mostly) all ages, it feels appropriate. It seems that while your favorite Christmas movies from childhood are the most recognized for the stop-motion animation process, creepier children’s stories is where the genre has found its niche.

Having watched Coraline (2009) who also made ParaNorman, I had an idea of what to expect and if you’ve seen that, then you will too. Strange, humorous, and the fine line in between. The only issue I’m seeing is that some of the subject matter may be too serious for many of that kids will be interested while some of their parents might feel the same. That, and any older viewers might find the story of an outcast using their unique abilities to save the day a bit too linear. Other than that, I’m sold. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Expendables 2

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 08/18/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Nan Yu, Scott Adkins

Rated R for Strong bloody violence throughout, Running time 102 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: The Transporter (2002), Rambo (2008)

When The Expendables opened in 2010, it seemed like a dream come true for action fanatics; specifically those who were fans of gun toting tough guys, ripped muscles, and one liners after throwing a guy off of a cliff. It met with success and it was inevitable a sequel would be made. So when the trailer revealed Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme would also be added to the cast, man were freaking out. In a positive way, of course. So how does it add up?

If you liked the original, you’ll like this one. If you didn’t like the original, you won’t like this one. If you didn’t like the original other than to just see all your childhood heroes together, shooting unlimited amounts of ammo…that’s how you’ll feel about this one. Continue reading

Please Don’t be Mad

Posted in Whatever with tags , , on 08/17/2012 by McCutcheon

Here’s a short list of why you shouldn’t be mad:

  • You don’t know why you should be mad yet.
  • You are a kind soul.
  • You don’t care that much about movie reviews to begin with and you found this site on accident.

…But dang it, I don’t have time to write a review today of either The Expendables 2 or ParaNorman. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that the universe is trying to keep us apart. I’m being serious, I sat down to write both reviews and the universe just looked me in the face and said “No.” Then he made me say an oath to a green power source and made me wear a fruity ring. Now anytime I touch a banana or a pencil I get weak and need to take a nap. Then he made me show up in this ridiculously expensive movie that tried to shove all seventy years of continuity into an hour and half. Nobody liked it, but hey the sequel’s already written.

Expect late reviews on both, the universe be damned!

Okay, maybe not damned

 

I just showed you a clip of Green Lantern so now you can be mad.

Uh-oh! More Myers Briggs

Posted in MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , on 08/16/2012 by McCutcheon

Another MBTI video. If you’re any of the three types, ‘ave a go. Sometimes, I just can’t stop talking.

Thanks for Ruining Cthulu, Xenomorphs.

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 08/15/2012 by McCutcheon

I recently went over The Mountains of Madness for the first time. Having been a long time observer of H.P. Lovecraft, it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve actually been reading his work. Before that, I was highly involved in as many documentaries and biographical works about Lovecraft as would come out. Is it weird to read more about an author whose work you’ve never read? Probably. But keep reading.

Cthulu moonwalking in front of his sacrifice. He so crazy.

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