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”.