28 February 2010

We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YOUTUBE EDITION!)

Where's Celine?

15 February 2010

Wes Anderson's Spiderman

Weird. Two director parodies in the same week.
And how good is this Owen Wilson imitation?!

We Are the World for Haiti 2010

Mixed feelings, honestly.
1. First and foremost, you can say anything about Celine, but Mrs. Oldcanadianfucker really destroyed Cyndi Lauper's part, which was perfect to begin with.
2. Lionel Ritchie's orgasm face while he is lip-synching with said part is pretty incredible.
3. I like the Janet/Michael duet. I thought it was tasteful and both of them have great voices that mix well with eachother.
4. It's cool that they included rappers for a song which is completely sung in its original form.
5. Kanye's part is really well-written and powerful. I like the Katrina reference, especially since he could've reopened his "George Bush is a racist" can of worms regarding that, but clearly didn't give a shit. Good job, Kanye. Your heart is in the right place.
6. It's good that Barbara Streisand stopped being a bitch long enough to go sing a song for someone else's benefit for seven seconds.
1. First and foremost (again), not including any indie artists, especially since indie fans are probably the only people who knew this song in the first place, is unwise. There are lots of indie artists out there who have unique voices (Joanna Newsom, Wayne Coyne, Jeff Tweedy, Thom Yorke, Robin Pecknold, Sam Beam, Justin Vernon, Fever Ray, Neko Case, Zombie Jay Reatard) that wouldn't have oversung the song like it ended up being.
2. Why is it that Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand the only "classic" artists represented here? I know Bruce and Stevie Wonder were on the first one, but why not even include them?
4. I don't like how the video starts with Justin Bieber [sp?] singing with Jennifer Hudson and the Pussycat Dolls chick backing him up. Isn't that kind of racist? MJ wouldn't have stood for that.
5. Jennifer Nettle from Sugarland. What is she doing with her face and her voice? Gimme some time to figure out who she's imitating, and, after vomiting, I will reveal that information to you.
6. This is a big one: Wyclef's faux accent and singing voice is not just annoying, it's offensive. Yeah, he lived in Haiti for the first thirteen years of his life, but he doesn't have an accent naturally anymore!
7. When was the last time Pink was relevant? Why does she have more than one solo?
8. Oh my god. Jamie Foxx, read this carefully and repeatedly: YOU ARE NOT FUCKING RAY CHARLES. HE IS DEAD. AND YOU ARE NOT HIM. Why is it even remotely acceptable to do an impression of him in the middle of a song which is intended to give aid to a people whose country was demolished and hundreds of thousands of whom died?

I'd like to hear your opinions, so don't hesitate to reply, unless you disagree.
But regardless of where you stand on the remake of the song, please don't hesitate in giving to this community. Ten bucks, c'mon!

08 February 2010

SNL: Crisis of Conformity

I read a while ago that Fred Armisen was a big punk rocker, and now that he's proven it, I love him more.
This is a lot like that time Fear came on SNL per John Belushi's request. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend finding it.

03 February 2010

The Joy Theatre

I was checking Reddit today, and one of the posts on the front page was a picture of the Joy Theatre on Canal Street in New Orleans. Being that I always am amazed by the beauty and potential of this building, I figured I'd look it up. A brief synopsis is below, but if you click this link, many people discuss their experiences in the Joy Theatre, including the granddaughter of Mr. Joy Houck, its founder. It's sweet to feel how nostalgic they are about the theatre. Has anyone seen this documentary?

From No More Joy, a documentary about "the rise and fall of New Orleans's movie theatres":

"In 1946, it was announced that the first movie theatre in 20 years was
to be erected on Canal Street.

On February 7, 1947, the Joy Theatre opened at a cost of $275,000
and seated 1,250 patrons. The ultra-modern theatre was to be
equipped with a “crying room” – the first of its kind in New Orleans.

The Joy was built by long-time theatre operators Joy Houck (the
Theatre’s namesake) and Levere Montgomery, Sr. and the Architect
was B. W. Stevens.

The Joy would be home to Universal Pictures, which at that time was
one of the smaller of the major film companies. “Lover Come Back” with
Lucille Ball was the opening feature with Dan Duryea live on stage.
Throughout the 1950’s and early ‘60’s, Universal made some well
known films such as “The Egg and I,” which started the Ma & Pa Kettle
series. Others include “Tammy and the Bachelor,” “Imitation of Life,”
“Operation Petticoat” and Rock Hudson films like “Pillow Talk,” and
“Come September,” and the Joy featured them all.

The Joy Theatre closed in 2003 after years of lackluster ticket sales and after the theater's manager was evicted for violations of the lease agreement, including late payments on rent.

Then in August of 2005, the flood following Hurricane Katrina inundated the structure. To this day, the future of the Joy is undetermined."

These pictures are of the Joy, the one I found today and one from LONG AGO.

01 February 2010

Principality of Sealand

Prepare to have your mind blown.

There is a sovereign nation called Sealand that the UK courts ruled out of their jurisdiction due to its being past three miles from the UK border.
It has its own currency, constitution, and everything....
just not a zip code. Sealand's mail is delivered to a PO Box in England. I love that part. Read up on it; it's really interesting. I can't wait until the documentary comes out!

Glenn Close in Hook?


So, the pirate who gets sent to the Boo Box...
That's Glenn Close.
Weird, huh?
Honestly, how many times have you seen Hook and not known this?