I prefer to keep it retro.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 26, 2010 by therippa

I went to Ozzfest yesterday (8/24). The show was fairly average, and I even liked the previous Ozzfest I went to in 2008 a helluva lot better. But then along came Motley Crue! They easily made amends for a subpar performance from the earlier bands and performers (especially Rob Halford, who was rather disappointing). And let’s not neglect the fact that Black Label Society got fucking cancelled because of apparent technical difficulties- and of course I wore a Black Label Society shirt to the event. That’s not the point, though. The point is, my friend who I went with is a complete (death)metalhead, and he enjoys heavy..heavy stuff. He went as far to say that Motley Crue MADE the show for him. Let’s face it- for the most part, the old school performers know how to entertain, and know how to do it better than some of the more contemporary metal bands. Although, what I find the most ironic about my friend’s statement, is that Motley Crue was arguably the “lightest” rock at Ozzfest. Go figure.

To me, it isn’t indecipherable lyrics and vocal growls that make a performance more intense. But that’s an argument that can’t be won, so I rather not go into it. I just wanted to make this post to further show my appreciation to a band like Motley Crue, who after all these years still can get it done on stage with the original members. And not just “get it done”, but put on an amazing show. If you ever have the opportunity to see a rare Motley Crue concert, then go do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a fan of them before you go, just check them out.

And how could I not praise Ozzy Osbourne’s performance? I’ve seen the guy three times now, and he always delivers. It’s been said many times before, but Ozzy is perhaps the best showman in rock n’ roll history. While his voice may crack more than one would desire, his mannerisms and ability to rile up a crowd make him 10x better than most vocalists who are in the prime of their careers. Ozzy has never been a pure singer. He is however, a pure performer. Here’s a little link to show you what I’m talking about:

Date Night

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by therippa

So tonight, I went on a date. But it wasn’t your typical date, nah. Tonight, I went on a date with Steve Carell and Tina Fey, the co-stars of the fresh film “Date Night”. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to go on a date with these two remarkable actors? Well, alright, let’s just say I went on a date with Tina. After all, I’m in fucking love with her. Anyhow, as soon as I was told that this film starred the main man from The Office, and the lead character from 30 Rock, I immediately felt obliged to tune in. I have to say, Carell and Fey were so dynamic and complementary to each other in their roles. Before I sat in the theater, I wasn’t expecting an amazing hit, nor was I expecting a cohesive story that made SOME sense. I was just expecting what anyone else would- a chaotic mess of senseless laughter. That’s usually what these hour and a half flicks consist of, isn’t it? But whatever, I like a movie like that now and again.

However, what I got from Date Night was something else entirely. Not only was the movie full of chaos and laughs, but it also put together a solid plot and storyline. About ten minutes in, you’re figuring its another one of those stories where the couple merely wants to improve their relationship, get away from the kids for a little while, and seek out some adventure. We’ve seen this cliche before, right? And while the story is based on just that, it becomes something more. What seems like a small white lie at an expensive restaurant, in this case, taking somebody else’s dinner reservation, turns into a dangerous journey. Phil Foster (Carell) and Claire Foster (Fey) end up in a seemingly fatal situation. They have to dodge bullets shot at them by mobsters and even speed away from legions upon legions of furious NYPD cars. And yeah, while much of the content is rightly deemed farfetched, I’m confident it will entertain any fan of Fey or Carell. Not to mention, there’s parts featuring Ray Liotta, Mark Wahlberg, and James Franco. In other words, there’s something for everybody. If you like action, you got it. If you want to bring a girl for some romantic comedy, you got that too.

Sure, this isn’t a “proper” critique of Date Night, but I simply wanted to voice my appreciation for this VERY entertaining gem. The comedic styles of Fey and Carell just mesh perfectly. If you’ve watched their marquee television shows, then you can certainly see how that might happen. There’s many instances in the movie when their comedy is subtle, and I think we want to be able to find the “laughter” ourselves, so to speak, which is why subtle humor works so effectively. I hate when actors are too over the top. It’s as if they’re essentially demanding you to laugh at whatever it is they’re doing. That isn’t funny. Who wants to be forced to laugh?

Point is, you guys need to go see this movie. I laughed crazily at it- it had awesome comedic timing. Combining Carell and Fey’s acting styles, along with the outrageous stunts pulled off in the movie, you’ll walk out of the theater with a smile. And while that may not warrant a perfect movie, it’s definitely close to it.