50 Sticks Of Dynamite - Love Dream Truth Love
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing 50 Sticks a few times, and there are always two things that stick with me:
1) How much fun I’d just had,
2) Ian really makes the banjo look cool.
The band is comprised of four members: lead vocalist / songwriter and banjo player Ian McFayden, Michael Dominguez on background vocals and bass, Chris Jenson on drums and background vocals, and last but not least - percussionist, guitar player, and background vocalist Whitey Wingland. This is the band's second album, and to my surprise it was more of a rock album than its bluesy predecessor.
Roc Marciano - The Pimpire Strikes Back
Roc Marciano gets better with each and every release.
He has two faces it seems. One one side, you have the sophisticated ignorance: The drug dealing, pimped out, heartless hustla from Hempstead, Long Island. The other side is one of the best up and coming independent hip-hop artists: He can loop up just about anything for a beat, his wordplay continues to make you hit rewind, and he can paint you a vivid picture like few can.
The Pimpire Strikes Back sees him (sometimes hilariously) focusing on the female aspect of his street operations.
Oldboy - Revenge Served Bloody
I have not seen the original Oldboy. I have heard much about the infamous film and certain things that happened within the story. Thankfully no one spoiled the ending for me. It's all about the ending, trust me.
Oldboy had been in a bit of development hell before Spike Lee came along with Josh Brolin. Will Smith and Steven Spielberg were originally attached to do an Americanized version of the Japanese manga from which the original movie is based. The manga version isn't so sadistic and shocking and would have provided material that both artists could lend their talents to.
Spike Lee has no such reservations, and this movie is very much in your face as a result.
Homefront - Lesser Than The Sum Of Its Parts
2 from the bottomless well of aging action heroes called "The Expendables" reunite for Homefront.
Jason Statham stars as Phil Broker, a former undercover DEA agent lying low in a sleepy, meth-filled Louisiana town.
Right there you know what type of movie this is going to be. It's a plot straight from the late 80's / early 90's - the heyday of action movies and the period in which Homefront screenwriter Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his powers. The movie wants to be a tough guy throwback film with a little heart thrown into the mix, but the circumstances surrounding the ever escalating violence are much too convenient and predictable to be effective.
Paul Walker - R.I.P. 1973-2013
It would be very selfish to make this post about me and how bad I feel...even though it would be easy.
I want to choose my words carefully.
There are family and friends of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas who have lost an important person in their lives, and co-stars that had become friends as well. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to them in this terrible time.
I am not the type to geek out on celebrities or place them on a pedestal. Reality TV is not for me, and I don't read gossip rags. Everything that I have ever read or seen on Paul Walker has been nothing but positive. He seemed to be a rare breed among many of the actors in the industry. I found myself much more hurt than I would have expected once it was confirmed that his death was not a hoax (More)
2013 LA Auto Show
Living in Southern California, which many consider the hub of car culture, can leave a gearhead spoiled.
In SoCal it's not uncommon to see Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Teslas and Porsches all over the streets. It's not an everyday thing, but common enough that you won't freak out when you see one.
I'd love to share some of my pics and observations with you all. I encourage you guys to take a trip to the show if you have some free time, or Google these awesome machines to find better info and pics!