Thursday, December 31, 2009

So long OT

Time to reflect...

The worst part of the past decade has been the loss of freedoms due to fear of terrorism, the return and subsequent acceptance of Family Guy, and the disturbing Autotune voice that is in every single song.

Looking forward to...

Getting an Education...Mike's Wedding...Japan....Blog2.0

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Go ahead and ask me about my t-shirt

My Teefury shirts finally showed up, I guess the holidays delayed them for a bit. I ordered 3 T's from the 5$ grab bag. I really lucked out, two of the three shirts were from Designed by Humans, which are a bit higher test than teefury.

I'm using my own photos in case the links go dead.

Flutter, I knew getting in on this grab bag I could end up with some Hallowe'en T's, but I had to take that chance. So I'm going to put this T away until October. It would look real cool then, but spooky anytime before then.

Welcome to Brazil. This is a cool colour blue. The pattern is nice.

Freedom Fighter, this one is the coolest, and the best deal for 5$. The boxing gloves are kind of embossed and look like blood/paint.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve!

Oh boy! Santa comes tomorrow! I'm over at Mom's place, which is the place to be for gifts and festive beverages. We watched It's a Wonderful Life and then the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special. I'm so happy to have my family with me at Christmas.

I hope you have a merry Christmas, and you are happy and with the people you love.

Cop Out trailer hits Itunes

Check out the trailer for Cop Out (Formerly "A Couple of Dicks" CLICK HERE), the new movie directed by Kevin Smith and starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.

This trailer should be in front of every Sherlock Holmes showing, which should get some attention.

I'm looking forward to seeing this in February, just after the K.Smith Q&A at Roy Thompson Hall. Hopefully Kev will have lots of Tracy stories and also be finished writing Hit Sombody!.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Home Alone & Die Hard festive double feature

It's almost Christmas, so what better way to get into the festive mood than some rum and eggnog and two holiday classics back to back at the Bloor Cinema.

Home Alone
Home Alone I've seen about a billion times, but only twice on the big screen back in the day. Even as a kid I would see something twice if it was worthwhile. Home alone holds up even 20 years later.

Die Hard [Blu-ray]
Die Hard was also fun, by this time I was feeling extra festive. This was the first time I had seen it on the big screen, and the print was cleaner than Home Alone.

A great night at the movies.

It's a Wonderful Life

I went to see one of the best movies ever, It's a Wonderful Life at the Bloor Cinema. It was a free screening for members. I have seen it a million times and I notice something new everytime.

Two thing I noticed in this viewing:

When Sam Wainright invites George and Mary to drive down to Florida in front of Martini's new house, Mary is holding her stomach as if she is pregnant.

The guy who takes the money during the bank run is the first one to greet George with money at the end.

This movie is so perfect.

I'm going back to the Bloor tonight for Home Alone and possibly Die Hard, two wicked blockbuster Christmas movies.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

best movies of the year

I go to the movies a lot. over sixty times this year. So I have a good idea of what is worth seeing. Here is my list of the best movies out in 2009. Some are still showing and you should check them out while you can. In no order they are:

George Clooney in Jason Reitman's excellent man in transit film.

George Clooney's voice this time, in Wes Anderson's fantastic stop motion film.

Glasses on.

Up (4 Disc Combo Pack with Digital Copy and DVD) [Blu-ray]
First ten minutes brought me to tears.

Fucking Creepy. Not on Bluray, still worth owning.

Inglourious Basterds (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Blah, blah, blah.

Moon [Blu-ray]
Sam Rockwell is sci-fi paranoid awesomeness, Jagger you should buy this on Bluray.

Observe and Report [Blu-ray]
Best mall-cop movie of the year (Yes, I saw Paul Blart and know what I'm talking about).
Drag Me to Hell (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Suck face with a Gypsy Demon.

Star Trek (Three-Disc +Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
It's hot, who can deny it?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunny J's Albums of the Decade 2000-2009

The year is wrapping up and so is the decade. A decade marred by terrorism, economic collapse and auto-tune. How can so much music suck? Billbord declared Nickleback the band of the decade, gross.

Douchebags win TV singing contests and are considered legitimate acts, so it's no surprise music sucks enough Nickleback could be considered the "best".

But not everything about this decade sucked, some really good albums came out. Notice most of these came out toward the beginning of the decade, maybe they have had longer to settle in my brain as great. I haven't heard anything lately that has had that instant classic album feeling, so here is my list, the best of the decade, in no way complete, in no way difinitive:   

Big Dumb Face, Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!
Duke Lion Fights The Terror!! [Explicit]
Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit's first solo record is sheer brilliance, epic in scope and concept, hilarious and yet to many people, unlistenable. Drugs help but are not necessary. I love this record, but it's not for everyone. I'm putting it at the top of my list because the next record is at the top of everyones list, and is starting to get smug.

Radiohead, Kid A
Kid A

This album poster has been on my wall for almost ten years now, but I still remember the day Colin showed up at O'Gorman just as school ended with Kid A in hand, a day before it's release. I remember the impromptu listening party at Jay Byck's house, and finding the secret liner notes. Everyone was expecting something different from Radiohead and they delivered. Kid A changed the game.

Weezer (Green Album)
Colin and I listened to all 28 minutes of Weezer's highly anticipated follow up to Pinkerton on the edge of our seats. It was the soundtrack to our summer, it was playing at every house, and in every car. You could not escape it. I let a teacher borrow it and he ended up having to buy it for his son.

Queens Of The Stone Age Songs for the Deaf,
Songs for the Deaf
I knew this would be huge, it wasn't. It did put QOTSA on the radar of everyone who missed Rated R. Dave Grohl on drums, fucking incredible.

Peaches, The Teaches of Peaches
The Teaches Of Peaches

I saw Peaches live at the El-mo after seeing her in a one page spread in Spin. I read about her music and knew I wanted to listen to it. That first show blew me away and I bought the LP. I love to introduce people to her hyper-danceable raunch.

A Perfect Circle,Mer De Noms
Mer de Noms
Incredible production and songwriting as well as the vocal powerhouse that is Maynard James Kennan. The follow up Thirteenth Step could not hold a candle to Mer De Noms. I'm glad I never got that APC tattoo.

Auf Der Maur
Auf der Maur
Her debut, solid. She just rocks. If you don't know it your a shitty Canadian. Can't wait for new music next year!

Tenacious D
Tenacious D
One of the best comedy albums ever, funny lyrics with well crafted songs and Dave Grohl on drums, So overplayed in the Sam the Record Man basement, it would elicit cringes from some staff.