Friday, September 26, 2014

Book of Life

I caught a screening of Book of Life (3d) last night, and really enjoyed it.

Two things in particular struck me.  First, the visuals were astounding, especially in 3d.  I would re-watch just for that alone.  Second, I loved *loved* how the movie was so Mexico-centric.  It is seeped with Mexican folklore, history and culture through and through - in every frame, in the accent of the actors singing the songs, and even in the jokes.  All too often, you see popular movies, books and stories from other countries being adapted and watered down for fear that American movie-goers won't get it.  But Book of Life can be held up as a prime counter-point.  Yes, it is clearly made by folks with a Mexican background, but it's still perfectly accessible to watchers of any upbringing. 

As it's an animated feature, I'm sure a common question might be: How does it compare to Pixar films?  Well, Pixar films have gotten quite sophisticated from a storytelling perspective - I mean, after seeing Brave, I seriously wouldn't be surprised if Pixar attempted a non-kids-targeted feature film (sorry for the awkward phrasing - feature film for adults could be construed as something else entirely).   Book of Life does emotionally pay out; however, in general, it veers more the comedic  route, so I think a good analogy would be Shrek: funny throughout, but reels it in at the end for a touching ending.

All in all, go see this movie.  It's fun and touching, all wrapped in a visual feast.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Nicky Da B

Unfortunately, this is my first introduction to Nicky Da B, and he has passed away. Fresh music and intriguing accompanying videos. Rest in peace. Hot Potato Style Express Yourself (Diplo feat Nicky Da B) Go Loko [via mefi]

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nneke

Heartbeat

Hope Sandoval + Bert Jansch

All this Remains (Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blitz the Ambassador

Make You No Forget DIKEMBE! [via mefi]

Y'akoto

Love her voice, the dancing and the fashion. And the Amy Winehouse comparisons are apt. Perfect Timing Without You Tamba [via mefi]

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Jay Robinson

You are Mine

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gnarls Barkley : Crazy (Slow version)

Fantastic.




[Via the trailer to Birdman, which also looks fantastic]

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ridgelings

I saw these guys play live tonight, and I won't be surprised one bit if I see them playing at much larger venues in the near future. They have a rather anemic web presence, but their sole recording should give you an idea of what they're all about: Ridgelings Facebook

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marvin Gaye

Damn, loving these unreleased Marvin Gaye songs:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bombay Royale

Fun music with videos that turn genres on their head. Just wish I could understand what they were singing.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Supremes

It's always refreshing to hear some of the lesser known songs of classic groups.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Supergeil

An advertisement for a German supermarket, but entertaining as hell nonetheless.  The Guardian gives some context.


[via Mefi]

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Frankie Smith

This is simultaneously f'ckn ridiculous and what the world needs more of.

Friday, January 03, 2014