Tuesday, December 23, 2008
(10)The Black Keys, Attack & Release (9) Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreaks (8) Plants & Animals, Parc Avenue (7) Spiritualized, Songs in A&E (6) Foals, Antidotes (5) The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound (4) Santogold, Santogold (3) Okkervil River, The Stand-Ins (2) Titus Andronicus, The Airing of Grievances (1) Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago.
Stay tuned for the 1st Team Allstars....
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Now let's see who has the better taste... is it the poutine and veal sandwich types or the garlic fries and clam chowder in a breadbowl crowd (Toronto in blue / SF in orange):
“Wendy and Lucy" / "Milk"
Jonathan Demme, “Rachel Getting Married” / Gus Van Sant, "Milk"
BEST PERFORMANCE, MALE
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” / Sean Penn, "Milk" & Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” (Tie)
BEST PERFORMANCE, FEMALE
Michelle Williams, “Wendy and Lucy” / Sally Hawkins, "Happy Go Lucky"
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, MALE
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” / Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt, “Rachel Getting Married” / Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
Jenny Lumet, “Rachel Getting Married” / Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Let the Right One In” / “Let the Right One In”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Man on Wire” / "My Winnipeg"
Toronto might get the edge in the Documentary category, since "My Winnipeg" can barely, barely be categorized as such. (Toronto also gets props for naming Jean Claude a runner-up for Best Actor in "JCVD").
All in all, they both got Heath right, and that's all that really matters this year. Check out the full Toronto list here and the full SF list here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
And to celebrate, I'm going to let you all in on the "Pop Gunning Secret" - it's kind of like the Caramilk secret, in that nobody really cares.
You've always been wondering about the origins of Pop Gunning, right? Keeping you up at night? No?
In any case, here it is. This is where the name for this blog comes from - Mister Edgar Allen Poe:
We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused—in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery—by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press—their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.I wholeheartedly agree with Poe. On the other hand, I completely disagree.
Here's to the discussion of ephemeral matters, ephemerally or otherwise!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Here are 2 tracks that might show up on Pop Gunning's best of lists:
The Gaslight Anthem - Old White Lincoln [right click link for MP3]
Maybe it's the bouncey Cure-ish bassline ("Just Like Heaven"), but this song caught me quick and hard with its irrepressible chorus and Springsteen via Killers world-weariness.
From the album The '59 Sound.
Chairlift - Evident Untensil [right click link for MP3]
Features some of the most awesomely hilarious lyrics I've heard in a while, and at the same time boasts a Brooklyn meets Miami (see Jan Hammer) sound.
From the album Does You Inspire You?
So if you're looking for a solid list of anything from music to movies to the Top 10 Worst Toys or the Top 10 Iphone Apps, then head over to Fimoculous' 2008 List of Lists.
It's the ultimate resource for that wonderful holiday pastime of arbitrary enumeration.
Speaking of which, Pop Gunning will release it's own Top 10 Lists starting next week. They'll include best-of lists for 2008 music, movies, movie trailers (and any other requests you might have).
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1) Will Smith is in a movie this xmas season
2) It is dramatic!
3) It will be bland and formulaic
1) Jim Carrey is in a movie this xmas season
2) It is comedic!
3) It will be bland and formulaic
Monday, December 08, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
She is. And I'm convinced.
According to an article in Time:
The Morning Banana Diet regime is simple: A banana (or as many as you want) and room temperature water for breakfast; eat anything you like for lunch and dinner (by 8 p.m.). A three o'clock snack is okay, but no desserts after meals, and you have to go to bed before midnight.It's so huge, you'd be hard pressed to find a banana in Tokyo. God does it again.
Here's what he says about his first time:
I was in awe of the talent, the story, and the professionalism. I couldn’t wait to get back to NY and every time I got back there I went and tried to get in again. The second and third time I couldn’t believe how much more I had missed, and walked away feeling the same excitement. I guess after the third time you become a “RENT HEAD”.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Geez, his kids must be the most popular in school. Maybe not as popular as I was when would go to the Portuguese chicken place at lunch and bring back a bag of fries to the schoolyard, but I digress...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Caught Slumdog Millionaire last night and it's definitely gotta be one of the best films of the year. Director Danny Boyle's slowly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers, with such other gems as 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
But it got me thinking, what are some of the best movies that involve/revolve around game shows?
Well here's my Top 7 Game Show Movies:
- Magnolia - finds in the game show the perfect breeding ground for utter misery and disappointment
- Slumdog Millionaire - uses the game show as an entertaining framing device in highlighting the deep scars cut through wealth-based class divisions
- The Gladiators - a docu-style satire of the military-industrial complex where future wars are fought in a choreographed game show between individual combatants/contestants
- The Running Man - anticipating the reality TV phenomenon, the Arnold kicks major ass in this action-spoof of voyeuristic blood lust
- Quiz Show - based on the true events of the 1950s American quiz show scandals
- European Vacation - Clark and the Griswald gang win a trip to Europe on "A Pig in a Poke"
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - based on the memoir of a former game show host / secret agent
PS. Let's not forget the amazing South Park episode, "With Apologies To Jesse Jackson". Watch the awe-ful clip here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
He likes country music, so he makes a country record.
He likes porn, so he makes a porno.
He likes coaching kids football, so he creates his own youth football league.
And more recently, he's a fan of the soap opera "One Life To Live", so he makes a guest appearance and records an alternate opening theme song for the show:
Unfortunately, it was only used for a couple episodes. Here's the standard version.
Friday, November 14, 2008
What the hell kind of lifestyle is this?!
Eating gross fruité cookies after working out to a Tae Bo DVD before watching Portuguese soap operas on mute and sharing peach schnapps with your cat all night then waking up in your elastic waist jeans to a breakfast of more fruit creme biscuits. Ah, the life!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Above are the winners in the Overall category, in the "Animal Behavior - Birds" category, and "Underwater World" category. The awards are organized by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Check out the winners at National Geographic.
Or visit the NHM to browse the entire gallery of photos.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Batman, a small city in Turkey, is apparently suing Christopher Nolan and the producers of The Dark Knight (not DC Comics though).
Hurriyet Daily News reports:
“The royalty of the name ‘Batman’ belongs to us … There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us,” Kalkan [Hüseyin Kalkan, the mayor] told to the Doğan news agency.Even stranger is the above cited article's sub-headline: The mayor of Batman, a city recently under scrutiny due to unsolved murders and increasing rates of female suicides, will sue the director of the movie "Batman" movie.
But as much as this legal action smacks of desperation and inanity, the other shoe fits just as poorly. Meaning, that Warner Bros. is just as much in the wrong if this account of a Batman native who couldn't name his German restaurants Batman is true:
“I named my two restaurants Batman. But six months ago, a team of employees from the production company of the movie Batman made me change the title. Telling them that Batman was the name of my hometown did not change anything,” Dağ said.Can't we all just get along?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Yes, the U.S. presidential election is only 1 day away. No, you won't see/hear anything new or interesting from anyone tonight.
I suggest watching a movie instead. Here's a list of some films that will segue nicely into tomorrow's regularly scheduled obsessive election results viewing.
Top 11 Pre-Election Movies:
1) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - James Stewart plays a young idealistic Senator who shows the old dudes that good things can still happen in Washington. View clip.
2) Street Fight - Documentary surrounding a down n' dirty mayoral election in Newark, NJ. View trailer.
3) The Parallax View - This 70s political conspiracy film stars Warren Beatty. View the wicked trailer.
4) The Day the Earth Stood Still - A benevolent alien beams down to earth to unite humans to avoid certain destruction. View trailer.
5) Persepolis - This animated gem deftly illustrates the profound detachment and investment that simultaneously exist between the personalized individual and the politicized citizen. View clip.
6) Fahrenheit 9/11 - Michael Moore's 2004 film will remind you how badly the last two went. Watch the entire thing on YouTube.
7) The Weather Underground - Check out what Barack Obama's "pal" Bill Ayers got up to with the radical left group the Weathermen. View trailer.Just don't watch W.
8) Iraq in Fragments - A reminder that this election is not just about the recent economic collapse. It's about the Iraq war, and the fact that the United States and its President has an impact that extends well beyond its own borders. View trailer.
9) Southland Tales - This movie will surely confuse you enough that you'll thankfully forget ever hearing of 'Joe the Plumber'. View clip.
10) The Dead Zone - David Cronenberg's film is based on Stephen King's novel and it revolves around a schoolteacher who's suddenly burdened with psychic powers and foresees that a rising political star will become President - with disastrous consequences. View clip.
11) Election - Alexander Payne's satire on a high school election where Sarah Palin, er... I mean Tracy Flick will do anything to get elected. View trailer.
A giant Lego man mysteriously washed up on a beach in Brighton. It's the 30th anniversary of the Lego man, so I'm guessing publicity stunt. Article.
This ain't no publicity stunt. Just a horse who got his head stuck in a tree. Now that's mystery. Article.
Both of these photos are brought to you by the Telegraph.co.uk, which is obviously very dedicated to hard news. They're also reporting that a flying car based on a Ferrari design could be reality within two years. They make it sound like that's so soon - more like way overdue. I've been waiting on that shit since '98.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The pseudo-lesbian techno lolitas have a movie based around them, which itself is based on a novel about them. The movie stars none other than The O.C. pout mistress Mischa Barton (with a fake Russian accent no less).
Directed by Rolan Joffé, him of past films like The Mission, and more recent fiascos like Captivity. I wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't even make it to video in North America.
Below is the trailer. Starts off awesome: "Lana was a beatiful girl..." and keeps getting better (ie. worse).
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Real People/Advertising. Guess it depends on your definition of "the real"....
Well, whatever that is, it hasn't stopped politicians off all stripes from hoisting up the everyman in their TV ads since the 1950s. Framing them with their respective marketing strategies, and basically robbing them of any personal agency, or "realness". In effect, they are often reduced to an instrument of the campaign.
Errol Morris has an Editorial rundown in the NY Times today about these "Real-People Ads."
The impetus behind this article is his recent work on a new campaign ad for Barack Obama. "People in the Middle for Obama". It does better to let the 'real-people' speak for themselves (seemingly), but Morris's signature editing style does just that - it edits their soundclips to echo those of their chosen candidate.
Poor (pun intended) John McCain is getting seriously outspent (4:1) and now outclassed by Obama's advertising campaign (for President). Most expensive election ever.
Check out past campaign ads starring Joe Schmo. From 1952 on. (McGovern's ad is sick).
Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name?I'll name you some good 3rd movies: Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Return of the Jedi, Back to the Future III, Godfather III, Spiderman III, errr... wait, Nolan might have a point there. Well, I haven't seen The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift yet... where there's Bow Wow, there's hope.
Anyways, in the second part of the interview, Nolan dissects his favourite sequence from the film. Peep it here.
And if you're bugging out for more TDK treats, don't worry. The DVD's on it's way in December and the film is reportedly to be re-released in theaters in January - just in time for awards season. The NY Times has an article on its chances in what might turn out to be the 2008 Pop Oscars.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sadly, the "Godfather of Rocksteady" passed on recently. Alton Ellis, 70, died of cancer on October 10, 2008.
His soul was legendary - the tough cryer from Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.
This song does some justice to his legacy. Listen to it: If I Could Rule This World, from the album Mr. Soul of Jamaica (later repackaged as Cry Tough).
As a side note, check out artist Keith Warren Greiman visual interpretation of the song "Cry Tough" by Ellis.
Listen here. Look here. Via Said the Gramophone.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Speaking of Norm, here's a blast from the past where he steals an interview away from "Melrose Place" star Courntey Thorne-Smith on Conan.
Did you know that Neil is his brother? One of Canada's best TV journalists.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is the artwork for Merriweather Post Pavilion:
Does it move for you? It does for me, and I kind of hate it - i'm now questioning my capacity for objectivity. And I was never even able to do those damned magic eye things....
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This new one stars Paul Schneider of Lars and the Real Girl and All the Real Girls. He keeps it real in this too:
Indeed. "Don't elect an old dude for President". Sorry McCain fans.
Volume 1 (with Michael Cera). Volume 2 (with Jack Black). Volume 3 (with Danny McBride).
Seriously, take a look at this relative of the Triceratops. He/She is a hottie.
The bones of which were found in along the Pipestone Creek riverbed in Alberta, Canada.
Via National Geographic.
Despite their less-than-cuddly appearance, researchers believe other Pachyrhinosaurs would have found the sharp adornments appealing.
Philip Currie, a paleontologist at the University of Alberta, said "it's generally conceded that these horns on the face and the frill were to make [the dinosaurs] attractive to potential mates."
Monday, October 20, 2008
It's sorta kinda near where I grew up so I used to stop by every once in a while. But I had no idea it was so famous. It was on the market for a while in the winter and I guess everybody was in a frenzy about it.
The house has a website. A tribute song. Neatorama has a post on the history of the petit dwelling. And Ellen Degeneres did a whole bit about it on her show - watch the clip here.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Looks awesome, eh? Don't be so surprised. I missed it at the Toronto Film Festival, but I will be sure to check it out opening week once it hits theaters.
Don't you wish you were on a first name basis with Steven Seagal? After all, he is God.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I don't know what beats it - maybe Super Mario Kart or NBA Jam for SNES, perhaps Blades of Steel for NES. What d'ya think?
I recently saw an interview with Jeremy Roenick (the strongest player in the game), and he said that it's by far the most common topic fans will bring up with him.
Immortalized in this clip from the movie Swingers, the game's capacity to make players bleed from the head with no fighting is one of the reasons it's so pure and amazingly playable.
As a testament to it's greatness, there's an entire website devoted to the classic game: NHL94.com.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I lasted forever.
I am very bad at pinball.
I was bored.
Whenever I've played pinball, I've wished it I could last longer. It happened and it wasn't that great. Is pinball inherently boring?
If you're interested in checking it out yourself, then buy it for only $4,395USD. Don't trust me, then watch a 7minute review of it on the Tube (pfft).