Blink-182 - I Miss You
I felt obligated to post this classic at some point because it remains one of my all time favorite songs of any genre. I had it on repeat for weeks on end when I first bought Blink-182’s truly phenomenal self titled 2003 album Blink-182. I used to run cross country back when I was 13, and for over a year I kept it on my shitty 128 MB mp3 player that could hold only about 30 songs. I played it religiously while at full weekend meets and what not. I don’t often show such dedication to a solitary song. I’m not a huge Blink-182 fan or anything, but I have a profound appreciation for their best works.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10
Your own ideas:
And all you could ever say was ‘okay’ to her like you found out the McFlurry machine wasn’t working.
I had expectations for The Lego Movie to be good since everybody was raving it. Perhaps, not to the extent of Disney’s Frozen, but it was definitely picking up hype as a must-see. So my dear friend Alicia and I decided to see the movie tonight. I had to temper my expectations though. I didn’t want to be disappointed. As it goes…
The trick to a successful children’s movie is, I think, first and foremost is the dual narrative that it provides: one, for obviously, the children which the movie is primarily directed towards at; and two, the narrative that somehow tugs at the parents’ hearts. Secondly, it’s important that the movie presents lovable characters – characters that children would want to identify as. Thirdly, the key to a successful children’s movie, is that it shows that it is unequivocally fun and funny – the movie should be a constant circus show. The Lego Movie totally nailed these select criteria for me. It’s a movie that is simple and consistently funny enough to follow for children, but is surprisingly thoughtful in its social commentary and sentiment for the older crowd. The characters are lovable and the voice acting is superb (I just looked at the cast; all-star). Also, the references were sick and out of control (ha meta-reference), everyone would know what they’re talking about. Now, the animation is really the bread & butter of this movie though, being that it is a Lego movie. The animation is vibrant, colorful, and I usually hate 3D, but it worked its magic three-dimensionally here. The details of use of Lego pieces were outstanding.
I mentioned the surprising social commentary of this movie – a thinly veiled satirical ‘shots fired’ at corporations, capitalism, and consumerism. The society in which the Lego people operate in is undoubtedly Orwellian. The sarcasm that pervades the movie is hidden behind Chris Pratt’s ‘lovable dumbass’ of a character though. The kids won’t get the sarcasm, but the adults definitely would. The only criticism I have with this though, is that the movie felt like a giant advertising for Lego – sort of hypocritical, but hey, “do as I say, not as I do”, right? Perhaps, it’s more of an ode to Lego than actually being a movie to push sales (the sales would definitely be positively affected though). When you ignore that fact though, we might see more kids cultivating their creativity trying to build something on their own based on what they have seen in the movie. I’m a glass half-full kinda guy anyway. So that’s nice to think about.
Without giving away too much, the sentiment is definitely strong throughout. You just find yourself rooting for Chris Pratt’s character, Emmet. You just want this Average Joe to win, you know? He’s an underdog. He is us. The movie manages to make its audience feel special without actually being special (that’s the reality). The message is clear – social conformity sucks, so you gotta just do you, even if it ain’t so special. It is a lesson that is profound in its own regard.
While this movie is flawless (it’s actually critic-proof besides perhaps the subtle hypocrisy), a certain je nais sais quoi is missing that has me holding back from giving it a perfect score. Perhaps, the message is too clear? I don’t know. What I do know though is this a must-see movie especially if the winter months have your backs against the rope. The Lego Movie is a colourful menagerie of funny quips, pop-culture references, and action that audience will find surprisingly smart and sweet.
i watched the lego movie today. it was p good. i reviewed it over at cvltvrevvltvre.tumblr.com
As we all know Pharrell had a big year in 2013. He appeared left, right, and center. This Pharrell dude can make hits whether he is producing or singing falsetto on a feature. Last year, he was featured on radio hits Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, and on the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack with “Happy”. Pharrell is poised to stay within the mainstream’s radar this year, too. So far in 2014, he performed at the Grammy’s, NBA All-Star Game, and recently The Academy Awards. But dat Arby’s hat tho…
In December 2013, Pharrell signed with Columbia Records as they “felt it was his time again”. They announced that he would be releasing a new album in 2014 riding his widespread exposure in the past year. On February 18, 2014, Pharrell announced that his album would be dropping on March 3.
It’s past March 3 now and I have played G I R L twice a day back-to-back since. Supposedly, this album is supposed to be a quasi-concept album on modern feminism. It has been a concept he wanted to tackle for a while now, apparently. Also, I think Pharrell just wanted to steer clear of the misogyny controversy he got stirred up with the lyrics on “Blurred Lines”, as well as the aesthetic on the music video. I’m not going to comment much on the concept, but I’ll say that I appreciate Pharrell’s feminist effort on this album. However, I found the themes particularly loose. Where this album shines though, as with anything that Pharrell touches is the production. The beats are fresh, funky, groovy, and hella danceable to. It feels light, as well. It also has that 70’s and 80’s texture that pervades G I R L. My favourite tracks are “Come Get It Bae” (which features an uncredited Miley Cyrus) and “Lost Queen”.
This album is radio-ready and we already have “Happy” dominating our airwaves. I won’t be too surprised if more than half of these songs get consistent play on the radio throughout the year. I reckon this is one of the year’s top pop albums, if not the top. Though, I do think that Pharrell definitely could have challenged himself to a more ‘difficult’ pop album. Pharrell is a more than capable musician, but he sticks to a formula. You can’t fault him though, because it works. It is truly catchy though throughout, I’d give Pharrell that, but I can already feel myself getting annoyed in the future when it gets overplayed. It’s a good pop album, but a painfully mediocre music album, generally. If you generally like pop music, catchy beats, and thoughtless danceable tracks, then go ahead and cop G I R L. Otherwise, you could skip; you’ll most likely hear it playing everywhere, anyway.