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Top 50 Songs of the 2000s (40-31)

40. Deftones - Knife Prty

I have to admit that I have a pretty heavy bias when it comes to this album--as the old cliche goes, "this album got me through some tough times." I have a lot of very emotional memories attached to this disc but I promise that didn't influence me in picking this song (too much). This song is just such an emotional ride and features some impressive drum work by Abe Cunningham. The epic, swirling ending featuring the chilling vocal performance of Rodleen Getsick gives me goosebumps every time. Just such a powerful, epic, haunting, borderline disturbing song by one of my favorite bands since high school, I had to give it a spot on the countdown.

39. Dredg – The Canyon Behind Her

To say this is the most epic song in the diverse Dredg catalog is a far bigger compliment than you might even realize. I've always thought Dredg was one of the most underrated bands I had ever heard. Every time I show this band to someone they're always blown aw…

Top 50 Songs of the 2000s (50-41)

The other day I saw that Pitchfork Media did a staff list of their top 500 songs of the last decade so I decided it would be fun to make my own (much more esoteric) list. As with most lists like this I make, while it is not merely a list of my favorite songs and I do make these lists with a degree of objectivity, it is also very much a biased list. I also put far more emphasis on sheer musicality and songwriting than I do on popularity or "social significance" and therefore don't expect many people to agree with my choices...but that's why it's fun, right? Anyway I'll be posting a series of five entries in the next five days counting down my own person top 50 songs of the last decade in increments of 10...starting with 50-41:

50. System of a Down - Tentative

When I started getting into more underground/DIY (and, thus, better) music, I sort of wrote this band off. Even though they were still one of the few "nu metal" bands I thought had some merit,…

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine = waste of time You'd think a Wolverine movie would be easy. Set up a bunch of cool action sequences put Weapon-x in them and watch bad guys get sliced and diced. Instead they adapted the weaker part of Wolverine's origin. I didn't like the focus on Victor and James/Logan as brothers the dynamic doesn't work for me. It doesn't feel natural and the movie never really sells it. We never get to see brothers being brothers, instead we get guys fighting and killing stuff in lame pg-13 fashion. The new Sabretooth Liev Schrieber is pure genius. I wish we could go back and put him in over tyler mane's lumbering grunting Sabretooth from the original fox x-men film.
Ryan Reynolds is used far to little. Blob was better than I thought he would be but he didn't fit in the film and should've been in Last Stand instead. WillIam was atrocious and should please stick to singing. Stryker was fantastic and he was a great heavy which is difficult to pu…

more hot chicks in sexy outfits to kick off the school year oh yeah!

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HaRRY PoTTER and the HaLF-BLooD PRiNCe

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ugggh! What wasted opportunity. The Harry Potter series in my opinion has been grossly mishandled. The books should have been adapted as hour long tv shows or mini-series. maybe turning every chapter into an episode or or every half book into a movie or something to that effect.
I think that the film series started off well enough Sorcerer's Stone was faithful enough as was Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban added more style to the series which the following films carried brilliantly. I as very upset with the massive changes in Goblet of Fire and the Order of the Phoenix run time. This film also similarly flabbergasting story choices that I felt unnecessarily deviated from the awesome things that actually happen in the book.
The Half-Blood Prince is very much a companion piece for death;y Hallows and in that way it works well in book form i fail to see how the films will blend and tell the upcoming story. I was disappointed in the f…

drag me to hell

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DRAG ME TO HELL Sam Raimi is back at his best. I hated Spiderman-3 loved Spider-man 2 and absolutely love Drag Me to Hell it's a rare experience when you realize you are going to love a film after only 15 minutes. Some movies that can elicit this are Easy Rider, Th Dark Knight,

Star Wars A New Hope, Hellboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Desperado, Kill Bill, Ghostbusters, True Romance, The Running Man, the Goonies, Total Recall, and Star Trek 11 to name a few. This film is one of those few simply for the way and style in which the DRAG ME TO HELL title card is shown. It feels so Grindhouse and cool. This film would fit in perfectly as a modern day Grindhouse it's strange how this film feels like a modern day period piece. I am flabbergasted at the skill Raimi shows in turning mundane items like a handkerchief and an old ladies teeth and turning them into iconic horror props, pop-out scares, to gross, frightening, disturbing, and hilarious effects. I would have loved to see the film wi…

Ghosts of Girlfriend's past

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Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past is an odd addition to my summer movie picks. Much like yourself I figured this was a sappy chick flick, I was never more wrong. My first taste of Ghosts of girlfriend's past came upon my fourth viewing of Star Trek. I was chatting with some of the movie theatre staff talking movies as i usually do. He mentioned in passing he got to see Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past while cleaning and that it was very unexpectedly funny. I replied "NO WAY".


He said "for real, it's actually not that much of a chick flick. it's kind of about a guy who is a real player and it has actually has good advice about relationships, Check it out."

I took his recommendation to heart and being the open minded cine-phile that I am. Checked it out a couple of days later after my fifth viewing of Star Trek and was pleasantly surprised. First off the script is very smart and witty. It successfully plays with all sorts of relationship, and christmas carol…

GI JOE rise of Cobra

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Gi JoE Rise of COBra

YO joE!!! the last video is what i'm used to thinking of when it comes to GI joe in film. I consider Stephen Sommers movies to be one of my film guilty pleasures. His films are cheesy, fun, over the top awesome. He has a real great talent for making films fun and light. It's a shame he wasn't involved in Mummy 3 which i have yet to watch but am not exactly thrilled about. I love Van Helsing even if it took a while for me to appreciate its ridiculous fun. Gi Joe is in the vain of Van Helsing and is set in the not to distant future. The special effects aren't quite as good as Van Helsing and are more along the lines of the Mummy Returns which are passable. The action is fun and the editing is tight and effective. The story is simple nano-mite briefcase is the macguffin and everyone is fighting for it. The casting with exception of Duke and General Hawk, is spot on.
For Duke I'd like to have seen Wahlberg or Di Caprio or Chris Pine and Hawk shoul…

shameless plug

I would like to invite one and all to enjoy my youtube page and rap group Cult Classic I think you'll be quiet familiar with the subject matter of my raps which is similar to the subject matter of my blogs here are some vids. Hey Girl the first video is the only song i consider appropriate for all ages my freestyles are a little harder to keep pg-13 enjoy and I'd love to hear your feedback. Just so you know my rap alias is MC maaster CHIEF lol enjoy



COMING SOON

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So for the time being you will receive a bunch of movie reviews for the Summer movie season 09In no particular order you will soon get my two cents on:
Observe and REPORt adventureLand Los Sin Nombre GI JOE rise of Cobra Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen BrunoLand of the Lost The Hangover Funny People Night at the Museum battle of the SMiTHsonian Angels and Demons Drag me to HELL TERMINATOR salvation Let the Right one In Harry Potter and the HALF-Blood PRINCE Ghosts of girlfriend's past Up X-MEN ORIGINS wolverine GREEN LANTERN'S FIRST FLIGHT Inglorious BASTERDS WOMDER WOMAN (animated) WATCHMEN
also comic reviews of WATCHMEN FINAL CRISIS SECRET INVASION DARK KNIGHT RETURNS DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN EMPIRE SUPERMAN red son Just Imagine STAN LEE creating the dcu

also tv reviews of LOST FRINGE BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD IRON-MAN ARMORED ADVENTURES WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN
and...SATY TUNED KIDDIES stephen of comicbookweekness is back