The Savage Animal 01.02.13 The Playlists of New Year’s 2013
15.] “Nature Calls”
In a lot of the reviews and previews I’ve read it is compared to “Meatballs” and “The Bad News Bears”. I kind of/sort of get “Meatballs” because of the nature tie-in, but it’s still kind of pushing it. Is it because the rag-tag group is vulgar? That’s lazy. It reminds me of that Daniel Stern movie “Bushwacked” from the 90’s, with a little Shelly Long “Troop Beverly Hills”, mixed with a little bit of “The Passion of the Christ”. All respectively, of course. If you get a chance to see this movie I think you should. It’s a good balance of silly vulgar, over the top devices, and indie-riffic fun.
14.] “21 Jump Street”
Last summer “Bad Teacher” was released; another “R-rated adult perspective of high school nonsense”. This is NOT that. It’s funny, charming, silly, witty, tongue-in-cheek, and just a good time. The chemistry between Hill and Tatum was hilarious and I’m all for them doing more stuff together. This movie is already a success and they’re already talking about a sequel. Count me in.
13.] “Hit and Run”
Dax Shepard has a great bounce of dialog that actually reminds me a little of Kevin Smith and a little of Woody Allen. I’m a fan of the wordy introspective humor and there is plenty of that here. It’s just a smart movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not a sappy movie or anything, but there is more substance to this movie than a lower budget comedy like this would have. It’s either super artsy indie film or cheesy low rent non-classic “National Lampoon” movie. There is a very remarkable balance here and it’s going to pay off in the end. It’s too entertaining and good to not get noticed in the long run. Either way, I want to see more Dax movies in the future.
12.] “The Comedy”
Independent film is starting to become a mirror to the whole “Wall Street” fiasco. There is a 99% and there is a 1%. The 99% is putting out the blockbusters like formulaic clockwork and seeing A-list actors put out 100 million dollar movies under the guise of “indie”. Meanwhile, the “outsider art” of film is being buried in the internet. Tell your friends. This movie isn’t perfect, but it’ll linger on your brain for longer than you’d expect. It needs to be seen.
11.] “Safety Not Guaranteed”
A great cast with great performances, a great script, and just a great independent movie. If this isn’t given some props come award season and at least a stepping stone in everyone’s career then there is no justice. If you enjoy good movies then you should see this. If you’re holding out for a “great” movie then you might as well see this too.
10.] “The Avengers”
The action is good, the story is good, and the movie watching experience is good. More than good even. I understand why this movie broke records. The viewing public was groomed to eat this movie up. It’s not just empty hype and great advertising though. There is substance here. I’m hoping we get more and more. Comic book movies have no right being this good. It’s not the artistic masterpiece that was “The Dark Knight”, but I’d still hold this movie is very high regards.
9.] “Jeff Who Lives At Home”
A pleasant surprise. I was thinking it was going to be “I Love You Man” or even “Cedar Rapids”, but instead it’s better than both of those good movies. If you’re a fan of Indies, a fan of either star, or just a fan of a good 80-something minute long movie then you should watch this. I’m sure everyone can get something out of this one.
8.] “This Is 40”
I was entertained and soaked up the charm of Mann and Rudd, but this movie isn’t funny enough to be a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, and not balanced enough not to notice it. Guys like Woody Allen have found that balance and Apatow is definitely in that grouping of “guys”. I think that’s why I have a higher standard for anything I see with Apatow attached. Albert Brooks’ work hurdles that “higher standard” on its own. Is it better than “Knocked Up”? Nope. Does it have tons of heart and will I watch it again? Totally.
7.] “The Campaign”
One scene specifically comes to mind. Zach Galifianakis is at the dinner table with his family and tells them to be honest and say anything bad they’ve done before the election starts and they become part of the public eye. What happens is pretty much a cut montage of the two funny kids and the great wife character all just dropping crazy bombs. The things they admit to are pretty horrendous, but you can’t help but laugh your ass off. There is the scene in the trailer where Will Ferrell punches a baby. You know it’s coming, but when it does it’s great. If you like laughing you need to see this movie.
We already know what happens so the building suspense doesn’t quite jab at the audience all the much. It more-so celebrates the moment and the man behind it without really giving us too much of a story. I would have liked more backstory on Lincoln and less overly dramatic “is he going to say “yay” or “nay”?!?” Would the visual of the man giving the Gettysberg address have been so hard? I know the filmmaker went with the choice of being more casual about it, but Daniel Day-Lewis giving that speech could have been one of the best moments in film history. My nit-picks aside, I did enjoy this movie. All two and half hours of it. It was enthralling, very well done, and one of the best movies of 2012. This movie should be a viewing requirement for any American, film or acting fanatic, or anyone who wants to see Daniel Day-Lewis make us forget what our 16th President looks like.
5.] “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”
This was a beautiful movie. If it involves Steve Carell my tough jaded exterior opens up a bit more. I am having a hard time thinking of a performance of his that I enjoyed more than “Dodge Petersen” in this. I was worried Keira Knightley. In a few of these movies the “quirky awesome girl” can just come off forced. Knightley nailed it. She was more grounded and “eccentric” than a bouncy bubble. It just made you want to see Carell and her get together all that much more. Their chemistry rocked. If you haven’t seen this movie, see it. I don’t know if you’ll like it, but it’s a movie that deserves to be taken in and digested however you’d like. Just watch it!
4.] “To Rome With Love”
There is A LOT going on, but you never feel overwhelmed or uninterested. It’s a mutli-layered and surreal romantic comedy. What seems so simple and cutesy on paper is actually one of the best written and collage-type movies I’ve seen in a long time. The loaded cast put their A-games on the camera and Woody’s writing is as sharp as ever. It’s really “art” in the way that the more I think about it the more I appreciate it. There really wasn’t a weak link between the four stories captured and the style it was presented in was remarkable. A lot of people heralded “Midnight In Paris” in reviews and award nominations. I was one of those people. That and this are different movies for sure, but the quality is on the same level. I went into it not really expecting much and was blindsided with reminder of the fact that Woody Allen is the king of the screen. This is a movie that needs to be seen and appreciated.
3.] “The Dark Knight Rises”
I don’t need to get into the plot of this movie. I’d be wasting people’s time. If you’ve seen it you know it and if you haven’t you need to experience it for yourself. There is so much heart and soul in this movie that it’s crazy. Every character has a strong presence and purpose in the ongoing plot. There was no really over the top performance like “The Joker”, but the layers of subtext is amazing. Christian Bale brought the same level of acting he has brought his best of roles to this outstanding performance. We all know, love, and care for Batman but Bale brought it to a level of humanity and desperation that should go down as the best superhero performance of all time. I know that’s a crazy statement of hype and some big hyperbole, but it’s true.
2.] “Moonrise Kingdom”
The Michael Bay crowd would hate this movie and not understand it. Thankfully, Wes Anderson doesn’t seem to be making movies for those people. He has developed a nice niche in the filmmaking business that allows him to work with cool people, work in cool locations, and continue to make what he wants to make. If you watch this movie and don’t appreciate it then you’re just wrong. Cut and dry wrong.
There have been tons of “buzz” around this movie. The critics and movie nerds are saying this film is going to take some of the big awards come award season. After going into it without really getting too caught up in the hype, I can honestly say I agree. This was a great movie and should be seen, acclaimed, and appreciated. The performances were top notch, the direction was great, the story was inspired, and pretty much everything about this movie was no less than great. If you get a chance to see this movie then I recommend you take advantage. It’s a fun ride and tells a story that has to be seen to believed. Great film.
DJ Mike… It’s 2013. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are past us. It’s now time to face to the cold hard reality. The holidays are over, the Mayans were wrong, and oh shit we’re right in the middle of winter. We have to take down the decorations, get those gift returns out of the way, get back to work, and clean up the left over mess from New Years.
Don’t fret folks. “DJ Mike” is here. To make your transition into forever I’m going to take a look at a few different types of playlists. Hopefully there’s something for everyone here. I’m pretty sure we all fit into at least one or two of these seven categories. If not, give me a break. I’m hung over.
[Music To Be Hung-over To…]
1.] “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen
2.] “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
3.] “Thursdays Child” by David Bowie
4.] “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
5.] “The Whisper Song” by Ying Yang Twins
6.] “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
7.] “Hotel California” by Eagles
It sucks being hung-over. You feel uneasy, lights are too bright, sounds are too loud, and the weight of a thousand greasy blankets hold you down. I realize that a hangover victim would not want to hear ANY music at all. You just want to hear the warm fuzzy silence of your pillow and a warm coffee or tea. Have no worries. There is some music for you.
If you’re hung over you don’t want to hear shit, but maybe a little background noise will help you transition from the hangover hell to normal life. I think the opening with Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” is just right. It’s abrasive and loud enough to be a mild but pleasurable punishment. After that, we deal with the pain as much as we can. Everything else is quiet, painful, and almost serene in its torture. Especially, “The Whisper Song”.
[Music To Puke To…]
1.] “Bangarang” by Skrillex“
2.] “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy
3.] “Blue” by Eiffel 65
4.] “Hot In Herre” by Nelly
5.] “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” by Big & Rich
6.] “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet
7.] “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” by R.E.M.
Sometimes you push your limits to the limit. That’s why they’re called “limits”. When someone has a little too much alcoholic fun they’ll find themselves in the unfortunate position of getting sick. At this point your head is spinning and music really doesn’t compute. I think we’ve all had this experience before or have seen this phenomenon. As one “blows chunks” they can still hear things. A light thud of background music for the sounds of retching isn’t a bad idea.
If history serves me correct the dull thuds of electronic music is the worst thing in the world to puke to. This is why you should. It’ll build character. Start off with some Skrillex. I went with “that one song”. Then Prodigy because of the crazy video and the puking in it. The rest is just me being cruel. I don’t even need to be drunk or hungover to want to throw up while listening to “Hot In Herre”, “Save a Horse”, and the Jet song. If you’re going to spew, spew to this.
[Music To Clean To…]
1.] “Final Countdown” by Europe
2.] “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
3.] “Can’t Stop Until You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
4.] “Whip It” by Devo
5.] “Beautiful Day” by U2
6.] “Everybody Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)
7.] “So Fresh and So Clean” by Outkast
The party is over and the dry heaves have been cured by a nap and a random caffeinated beverage. Now there is that puke smell to get rid of, trash to gather, and a life to pick the pieces up from. A little musical motivation won’t hurt. Even if you didn’t host the party, there is no reason not to clean up. You don’t need anything too crazy, but a nice little playlist to enjoy while disinfecting yourself of 2012.
To get in that cleaning mode you just have to go for it. You start cleaning, put on music and just clean your mess up. This will result in you hearing one or two songs you want to hear and then a lot of randomness that you have to make the best of. Isn’t THAT when you listen to Journey? I know I only listen to them when I have no other choice or control over the situation. I wanted to put a list together of inspirational and motivational tunes, but also make it a bit random. Mission accomplished!
[Music To Be Indifferent To…]
1.] “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
2.] “Porcelain” by Moby
3.] “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
4.] “OK Computer” by Radiohead
5.] “Red Red Wine” by UB40
6.] “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
7.] “Go With The Flow” by Queens of the Stone Age
It’s 2013 and 2012 is over. So what? The numbers at the end of the meaningless date changes for another 365 days. There is no reason to really get all that excited. Maybe you don’t have anything of relevance to do. Just because you’re a bit jaded to the Holiday events doesn’t mean you have to have nihilistic ears!
This is a pretty cool playlist. I’m not going to lie. On any normal random Thursday in May this would be a great listen. But we’re talking about New Years. This is a pretty uneventful list. It’s one of those mixes that’s just easy to drift away into. The most theatric this mix gets is with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but even that is calming and blends nicely into Moby. Remember Moby? That dude made some great chill-axed music and “Porcelain” is probably the best. I include Pink Floyd and Radiohead because it just makes sense. These aren’t upbeat songs, but they are great audio odysseys that leave us different after each trek out. “Red Red Wine” is just random. It’s a nice and soothing song that I randomly thought of while putting this list together. The Verve’s best song is easy to include and the closer of “Go With The Flow” makes me realize I don’t listen to enough Queens of the Stone Age as I should.
[Music To Remember 2012 To…]
1.] “Gangnam Style” by PSY
2.] “Blood” by In This Moment
3.] “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
4.] “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
5.] “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
6.] “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” by 2Pac featuring Snoop Dogg
7.] “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
2012 was a pretty eventful year in music. There was a lot of bullshit, but it was eventful bullshit nonetheless. Pop music and country did great on the charts while hip hop went more commercial and rock music fought for any spotlight it could. There is some stuff you don’t want to hear ever again. I get that. I don’t want to hear some of this stuff either. I think the fly-by-night singles and fads need to be acknowledged so we can learn from our mistakes. At the same rate, there was some decent stuff. Like any year, it’s a mixed bag.
This was a pretty painful list to put together. Off the top we HAVE to go with the “Macarena” of 2012. The biggest fad in a long long time has to be the horrible dance pop song “Gangnam Style”. It started off being funny in an ironic and catchy way. Before you knew it grandmothers were on YouTube with dumb grandchildren doing this shitty dance. I guess if it makes people happy then there is no harm, but it’s still not good. In ten years people are not going to admit to loving this song and I’m sure it’ll be on every annoying wedding DJ’s playlist for years to come. Another annoying ear dagger was “Call Me Maybe”. I avoided it as much as possible, but could not. It was so cheesy and bad that I think people HAD to repeat it over and over again. There were other big pop releases too. I just don’t want to waste time with them. On the metal front, the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time was the In This Moment single “Blood”. Rock managed to get out a few albums. Manson, Jack White, and others put out solid albums, but The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons are on fire right now. To close out this playlist is two homage tracks. At Coachella 2012, Tupac showed up via hologram and showed that a digital version of him is still more bad ass than a human version of 99.9% of the rappers we hear about today. And finally, we close with a great ballad sung by the belated pop icon Whitney Houston. She will be missed, but 2012 not so much…
[Music To Prepare For 2013 To…]
1.] “H.” by Tool
2.] “If I Can’t” by 50 Cent
3.] “Fireman” by Lil Wayne
4.] “Pokerface” by Lady Gaga
5.] “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath
6.] “What’s Your Fantasy” by Ludacris
7.] “March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails
With music it seems most fanatics will romanticize the past. Music is “never as good as it was” and “there is nothing new coming out worth out time”. I’m guilty of saying and thinking both of these things more than a few times. We just get comfortable, we latch on, and we make memories with our favorite music. The flip side of this is that music carries on. No matter if you don’t like it, new music continues to come out. Old bands put out new stuff all the time, newer bands are putting out some of their best work, and there is something awesome we haven’t heard being played in a garage somewhere right now. We just never know. 2013 does have some releases of note on the horizon. To celebrate the future, we’ll listen to past songs from artists with new material (supposedly) dropping in the year.
Tool is finally getting out another album in 2013. They had material and was planning to work on it in 2012. Then again, Tool has a track record for making their fans impatiently wait. Trent Reznor had the same problem too, but seems to be pretty consistent with material. Trent announced he is currently working on NEW Nine Inch Nails material. It was like five years between “Pretty Hate Machine” and “The Downward Spiral” and then another five years until “The Fragile” and another five for “With Teeth”. After that he started cranking out downloadable content all the time until going with the new project. Black Sabbath is also getting a new album out there after a million years. On a hip hop front, a few heavy hitters have releases coming out like 50 Cent, Ludacris, and what is said to be Lil’ Wayne’s LAST album. If he’s a man of his word and never makes another album then this is a reason to celebrate. And finally, Lady Gaga is putting out another album. I’m not a fan, but that will surely be a huge release in 2013.
[Music To Get Keep Partying To…]
1.] “1999” by Prince
2.] “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K.
3.] “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Doggy Dogg
4.] “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” by George Thorogood
5.] “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
6.] “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
7.] “Enter Sandman” by Metallica
The party never ends! New Year’s Eve rocked and “they” (alcoholics) say the best way to cure a hang-over is to drink MORE; something-something about “hair of the cat”. If that’s what you want to do, go for it. Just because everyone else is going back to being responsible does not mean you have to. And let’s be honest, if you want to party you don’t need a silly countdown to get sloshed. Good party music is a necessity.
The definition of what is “good party music” is subjective as anything. You’d want to just put on all your favorite songs, but trust me there is a difference between your favorite songs while sober and your favorite songs while drunk. In fact, a lot of the music you hear while drunk is your favorite songs. Well, this is if you’re doing it right. For my list here I’m going with a balance. You have to get into the “theme” of a party so Prince’s “1999” followed up by “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K. should make sure that everyone is in a good and upbeat mood. From there it breaks down to two very different iconic songs of indulgence in Snoop’s “Gin and Juice” and Mr. Thorogood’s rendition of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”. From there I would hope you’re good and sloppy. When you’re at this point of intoxication any old song that you’re familiar with is “GREAT!”. For this reason I’m going to sneak in a Bon Jovi song. I don’t dislike Bon Jovi, but I only like them once in a while when a classic like “Livin’ On A Prayer” comes on. You want to hear “Wanted Dead or Alive” and you’ll even sing part of it because you want to hear it. The truth is that the song kind of sucks and the idea of it and the drunken chorus in all of our heads is what’s cool about it. So yeah, “Livin’ On A Prayer”! Every drunken person over the age of probably 25 or so knows the words to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. None of us are listening to this song regularly, but when it comes on at a party it’s like “wigger napalm”. To wrap it up, I’d imagine a drunken person who is at the edge and with eyes that don’t want to fully open. What’s better than drunkenly singing along with “Enter Sandman”? These aren’t songs anyone should listen to every day. Some things are left better for certain situations. In this case, if you’re going to get drunk you might as well embarrass yourself and everyone around you at the same time. Party! Wooo!
What is YOUR New Year’s Playlist?
I wasn’t ready for “The Dark Knight Rises” when it came out this past summer. I was all about it and ready to have my mind blown, but when it came out I just didn’t go see it. I heard some reviews from friends and around. Some people love it and some people hate it. Regardless I knew that I had to see it. I finally got to sit down with it on DVD. It wasn’t a big IMAX experience, but it was an experience nonetheless. “Batman Begins” was a great movie. Christopher Nolan painted a wonderfully dark and intriguing picture and Christian Bale kicked ass in the suits, Bat and three pieces. It made the superhero genre something more artistic. It didn’t have to be a cartoon with a lot of flash. Nolan made Batman gritty and as real as a superhero movie can. This carried on with “The Dark Knight”. That was one of the best movies of all time. People cling on to the great performance of Heath Ledger, but I think Bale’s Batman was once again the backbone of the movie. People seem to love these movies, but folks seem to take for granted the work of Bale. There are plenty of reasons why this franchise is great. The final installment, “The Dark Knight Rises”, concludes this version of Batman perfectly. In “Rises”, Batman is faced off with Bane. He’s the “bad guy” of this one and is played like a bad ass by Tom Hardy. We also get some side story love with Selina Kyle, basically Catwoman, and more goodness with Gary Oldman’s “Gordon”, Cillian Murhpy’s “Crane”/”Scarecrow”, Morgan Freeman as “Lucious Fox”, and about a dozen really awesome actors in really cool supporting roles. Of course Michael Caine holds it down as “Alfred”. His character never had any huge flashy storyline, but the arc over the three movies and his impact on the character shouldn’t go underappreciated. He should be nominated for a “Best Supporting Actor” award for damn sure. One cool addition to the world was Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character. He almost serves as the “fan” of Batman. The awe-inspired child who looks to Batman as a sign of hope and what is right in the world. I don’t need to get into the plot of this movie. I’d be wasting people’s time. If you’ve seen it you know it and if you haven’t you need to experience it for yourself. There is so much heart and soul in this movie that it’s crazy. Every character has a strong presence and purpose in the ongoing plot. There was no really over the top performance like “The Joker”, but the layers of subtext is amazing. Christian Bale brought the same level of acting he has brought his best of roles to this outstanding performance. We all know, love, and care for Batman but Bale brought it to a level of humanity and desperation that should go down as the best superhero performance of all time. I know that’s a crazy statement of hype and some big hyperbole, but it’s true. If anyone talks shit about “the Batman voice” after this movie then you’re just an uninformed douche. If you’ve ever enjoyed a superhero movie then you should have seen the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale trilogy. There is so much movie magic involved with these films that it’s not hard to see these are modern classics. If you’re old enough to appreciate these movies then there is no reason not to watch them. This movie is part of that. All three movies are “must see”. A
I was never a big fan of The Hardys. There was a period between like 99 and 01 when I appreciated their work, but soon after that I just got worn out by their shtick. When they first came on the scene they were cool and inspiring for everyone who wanted to do backyard wrestling. Between The Hardy Boys looking like feminine vampire ravers and doing tons of high spots and Mick Foley’s “childhood roof jump” being heralded it was easy to get behind it. This lead to thousands of kids going into the backyards and emulating it. The second you start to understand the psychology and workings of a wrestling match is the second you realize how bad and sloppy these guys are. They’ve had okay matches in their careers but their drug, social, and other antics overshadow anything they’ve done in the ring.
That said, I realize the value of The Hardy name. Jeff Hardy is a former World Champion and a main eventer while Matt Hardy has a good amount of titles himself. For some reason fans still like these guys and cheer for these two. It’s not nearly on the same level as it was or could have been if they’d not been fuck ups, but the WWE built their name up to have a nice niche value. They use it on the indies or in TNA now, but that could all change. Today I’m going to figure out the best-slash-worst way to reintroduce The Hardys to the WWE.
After defeating Team Co-Bro, Santino and Ryder, on Smackdown the team of Primo and Epico stand victorious. The lovely Rosa Mendes proclaims that Primo and Epico are former Tag Team Champions and will regain the belts again in the future because they are the only family in the WWE, not named McMahon, that matter. They hype up the family name and how Rosa is a lifelong fan of their family’s work. They use cliché stuff like “blood is thicker than water” and how there has been no other family to ever dominate tag team wrestling like they have.
From there Primo, Epico, and Rosa start doing well for themselves. They get a win on Superstars and even get to cut a twenty second promo on RAW during the first hour. They’re whole mission is to hype how they are the only family in the WWE and how they’re the best “family team” ever.
Eventually, like after eight weeks of this, Primo and Epico start dressing up and coming out the music of other wrestling families. They come out like Harlem Heat, The Steiners, and maybe even Undertaker and Kane just for good silly fun. They get a title match and hype up how they’re going to be “going to the Extreme”. They end up winning the Tag Titles while dressed up like the Hardys.
The next week Matt and Jeff casually get tickets to the show and sit in the front row. Primo and Epico come out as themselves with the belts and mock all of the families. They start mocking the Hardys and of course they jump the rail and a brawl ensues. The GM comes out and declares that by looking at the footage that the Hardys are the WWE Tag Team Champions.
So somehow, the Hardys get the Tag Team Titles without actually wrestling. Primo and Epico take on The Hardys in a match on Main Event.
“THE BITTER PILL”Steven Soderbergh can be a weird dude. It’s a good kind of weird though. In his latest movie he’s tackling the world of psycho-pharmacology. It goes into how the drugs affect people and the people around them. It’s not a topic that hasn’t been covered before. The whole idea of an artsy in-your-face pharma-drug movie has been done and done well. This is Steven Soderberg though. You can’t expect anything too conventional. There has to be a slant and an interesting perspective or I doubt he’d do it. He put together a great cast too. Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones? This movie AT LEAST will be “good” and “interesting” with a huge upswing if the planets align.