11 Nov 2010

From the onset forward, As You Were (Decon Records) strikes with anthems of frustration and breakthrough; and this is accurately Lyrics Born’s intention with this new album: a documentation of overcoming indecision in a world where “the global economy shit its pants” and the record industry was in flux (and Lyrics Born has hence ditched two labels).

 I have been a fan of John Carrey for some time, and after a few hits and misses over the past few years, “I Love You Phillip Morris” feels to have restored him back to comedic glory with Ewan McGregor as the perfect accomplice in this hilarious story.

The day after the 2010 elections, CNN Money posted a telling story, "Final nail in coffin for Net neutrality?" With more GOP in Congress, the threat of cable companies using their corporate influence in the form of lobby dollars to control our access to online content could become a reality. Yes. Control our access to the internet. Companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T deciding what you have access to and how fast you can access said information or websites.

"This is like in Colorado where they build developments and suddenly people are being eaten by mountain lions." This quote is from the beginning of “Echotone,” a documentary that spotlights the conflict between art and commerce, between musicians who have lived and worked in downtown Austin for years and the rise of residential dwellers, i.e. progress.

 If we need to be hit over the head again with a dead fish that's consumed its weight in plastic bits, this is the movie to do it. “Bag It,” directed by Suzan Beraza and narrated by Jeb Berrier, puts a spotlight on one habit that needs to go – our overuse of plastics and in particular, those plastic shopping bags that may look lovely in the movie “Magnolia” but in reality, is toxic in more ways the one.

Playing at the Starz Denver Film Festival 2010, “Blue Valentine,” directed by Derek Cianfrance (a University of Colorado graduate), is one of those films that give you the feeling, sometimes an uncomfortable one, that you’re in the room eavesdropping in on the intense conversation taking place between the two people on the screen.

 It was an era that will never repeat. It was New York City in the '70s, when creativity rose from the ashes of the East Village and the Bowery in the form of music, film, and art, stripped down and true to life to the point that one filmmaker was detained by police at the airport for the possession of underground films.


After running the new Brute Chorus release, How the Caged Bird Sings, through my speakers and headphones a few times, I keep coming back to this phrase: working-class music. Bare bones and B.S. free, I envision a dark bar filled with regulars smoking and drinking pints, all moving in unison to a 50’s jukebox that’s blaring “Could This Be Love.”

It's Halloween and the boys in Two Door Cinema Club honor the holiday by donning posh costumes for one of the most amazing performances, definitely holding a solid place in my top 10 favorite shows in 2010.

01 Nov 2010

The wonderful thing about film festivals like the Starz Denver Film Festival is (November 3 - 14, 2010), when the lights go down and we have turned off our cell phones, what appears on the screen is free from "feel good movie of the year" anecdotes, a 3D horror-meets-jaws-meets-spring-break, talking dogs, a remake of 80s television show that wasn't that good to begin with...you get the picture. Pun intended.

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