Monday, January 30, 2012

Why I Hated DRIVE [RANT]

My filmmaker friend Kim Moir tagged me on Facebook about the film Drive

His post about Drive "My fave flick from 2011. Probably high on Dankwa's list too."

My eloquent reply:
I TRULY HATED Drive. Story was WACK, characters were shrug worthy despite being played by some good actors. The elevator scene between the leads was beautiful 4 a second. Albert Brooks was a big snooze. Oscar worthy? NO WAY. Not a snub if you didn't give a worthy performance. Because a comedic actor played a bad guy? SO WHAT! Joe Pesci he wasn't.

Because I seem to be the only one of my filmmaker friends to NOT like this film, I'm going to get the BluRay & give it another chance, but I'm sure I was right the first time as its "snub" in awards dictates
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Another one of my filmmaker friends

Rm Robinson lol Dankwa you dont like anything .... but yeah Drive story was bad but the music to me helped out the movie to me. I just wish he did more getaway jobs.
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More feedback

Raymond M.
Drive is a devisive movie. I know people who loved it and I know people who hated it. I know one guy who demanded his money back after seeing it.... I agree that Albert Brooks was mediocre to terrible and that some of the dialog was horrible, The movie excels in the style and world that it creates. Its a cool throwback to 70's and 80' action flicks with the silent anti-hero righting wrongs and protecting the innocent. Its also VERY well directed and slick and takes a basic story and makes it special. People who can appreciate that tend to love it. People who want more narrative meat on their movie's bones tend to not get what the fuss is about.


Even mo feedback

Kim Moir wrote: " -- don't read this post (potential spoilers) I thought the story was just offbeat enough to be compelling. So much of the film was smarter than similar films that preceded it. This material could have been so tired and derivative (Fast and Furious ; ) -- but introduced something fresh and unexpected into many scenes. The violence was both shocking and organic -- that's one helluva paradox to execute. Don't remember much about the soundtrack, but I'll buy the Blu-Ray tomorrow -- and I'll listen closely.

LOVED Albert Brooks' performance. He practically oozed grease, yet he looked no more threatening than a aluminum siding salesman. His foreshadowing line about having dirty hands is one of the best lines of any movie in the entire year! Few characters, in the end, were who they appeared, especially "The Driver" who was, in the end, a psychopath. His mild appearance led everyone to underestimate him."

UPDATE: I DID rewatch Drive and...I was right the first time. More details later.

JUNE 2012: Said update is in my Drive review here

Super Bowl advertisers seek buzz on social media

As a lover of ALL THINGS MEDIA including TV and having studied advertising in college THIS is the kind of stuff I like to read about

NEW YORK | Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:35pm EST
(Reuters) - In the age of Twitter and Facebook, many Super Bowl viewers will use the commercial breaks to go online and see what people are saying about the game. This year, advertisers want them to tweet about their favorite commercials as well.

Read the article HERE

The Films of Martin Scorsese [SLIDESHOW]

The program CBS News Sunday Morning (February 29, 2012) had a really nice segment on director Martin Scorsese. You can see a slide show they set up (46 slides!) about his films. See the slide show here

Best Picture Oscar 2012

This morning was the FIRST morning I got a real good look at the 2012 Academy Awards nominations. Yes I was tweeting about them @NotherBrother, but I never just sat down and read the list...until now. I posted at the 'Nother Brother Entertainment Blog how I feel about the Academy Awards (here), but suffice it to say I LOVE them. I mean I took time out of my busy, busy, work day to watch the nominations LIVE (January 24, 2012).

Now that I've talked about them and perused the entire list, here are the NINE nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture

“War Horse”

“The Artist”

“Midnight in Paris”


“The Descendants”

“The Tree of Life”

“The Help”


“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Of those nine I have seen Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Help and Hugo. Of those four MY VOTE for Best Picture would go to—Midnight in Paris a WONDERFUL Motion Picture ESPECIALLY if you love literature.

Of the remaining FIVE I really only want to see The Descendants.

I really, really, REALLY don't want to see The Artist, but it's getting SO MUCH buzz and acclaim I feel I must. I mean I really, really, REALLY didn't want to see The Help, but I did and enjoyed it. (Read my full review here)

I really, really, REALLY don't want to see War Horse, but it's Spielberg so I might.

I'm indifferent about Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, but if I see War Horse I might round that out with The Tree of Life so I can say I've seen ALL NINE Best Picture nominees.

I'll see if I can see the remaining five, but it looks like The Descendants and The Artist may be the only ones I see before the Academy Awards telecast on February 26, 2012.

Related Links
  • Read what I thought about ALL TEN of the Best Picture nominees here
  • See my Special Compilation of African Americans at the Oscars at the Cool Black Media Blog here

Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain

A funny stand up set bookended by a documentary & a short film. The stand up was great, the bookends while cool should have been left for the DVD.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grenade [LYRICS]

Easy come, easy go
That's just how you live, oh
Take, take, take it all
But you never give
Should've known you was trouble
From the first kiss
Had your eyes wide open
Why were they open?

Gave you all I had
And you tossed it in the trash
You tossed it in the trash, you did
To give me all your love
Is all I ever asked
Cause what you don't understand

I'd catch a grenade for you
Throw my hand on a blade for you
I'd jump in front of a train for you
You know I'd do anything for you
I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for you, baby
But you won't do the same

Why I did not like RAY

First it was too long & it was too short. RAY CHARLES' life & career was too long to fit in a feature film.

The film Ray while clocking in over 2 hours still was too short to encompass his life & career. A Temptations like mini series may have served his story better.

Second, I think Jamie Foxx is VERY talented, but I thought his performance was for the most part MIMICRY, yes well done, but not really "acting".

I REALLY hated Ray until my aunt told me "it was a musical" & then I thought a musical it succeeded. I applaud the producers for finding someone who can actually play the piano & sing.

But the film as a whole I just didn't think was good.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crazy Love [LYRICS]

I can hear her heartbeat for a thousand miles
Hear the heavens open everytime she smiles
And when I come to her that's where I belong
Yet, I'm running to her like a river strong

She gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love

She's got a fine sense of humor when I'm feeling low down
And when I come to her when the sun goes down
Takes my troubles away, takes away my grief
Takes away my heartache, in the night like a theif

She gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Yes I need, yes I need her in the daytime
And oh I need, yes I need her in the night
I want to throw my arms all around her
To kiss and hug and kiss and hug her tight
And oh...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yes Sequels Are Supposed to Get Better But...

I just finished watching PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & while better than the previous two I still don't know WTF that means. "No one knows what it means, but it's provocative!...It gets the people going!"

But seriously I thought the 1st one SUCKED, but heard the 2nd was better & so I watched that. Yes it was better, still not THAT scary.

For some dumbass reason I decided to watch yet another sequel. I know right? WTF is wrong with me?

This one again was better than the last, but I'm still like WTF? It took almost an hour to get good and then the end was another quick shocker that seems to BEG sequel. I think I read that THEY ARE making Part 4. So we'll see...

'Red Tails' Opening Weekend Box Office [PHOTO]

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Cover 2 Cover - I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME

This morning I listened to TWO covers of the song I Can't Make You Love Me written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and first recorded by Bonnie Rait.

I had listened to the cover version by Tank all summer on Pandora which led me to download the song via iTunes. An online friend (Hey Chezon) recommended the Boyz II Men version which I first listened to this morning.

I then listened to the George Michael version. The Boyz II Men version was good as well as the George Michael version, but out the three my favorite still has to be the Tank version off of his 2010 album Now or Never (album cover pictured below). Great job homie!

I Can't Make You Love Me - Wikpedia

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hyman Roth Monologue

There was this kid I grew up with; he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me, you know. We did our first work together, worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition, we ran molasses into Canada... made a fortune, your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him.

Later on he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI's on the way to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Greene, and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen; I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business! The Godfather Part II

Excellently delivered by LEE STRASBERG

Very Necessary

Profanity is sometimes not only required, but necessary. Despite what my friends may think I try NOT to curse a lot on the Internet. I curse not really to be profane, but as a PUNCTUATION to a statement. Like "That movie was ridiculous!" as opposed to "That movie was gotdamn ridiculous!". Which do you think is more effective as an exclamation? You know which I prefer,  which makes this mobile post necessary—very.


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