Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#229 - MovieCount2014 - Banksy Does New York

Chronicling Banksy's month long residency from last year. Good movie that shows how Bansky's art brought out the good and ugly in NYC.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#228 - MovieCount2014 - I Know That Voice

This documentary about voice actors makes me think I missed my calling.

#227 - MovieCount2014 - Los Angeles Plays Itself

A fascinating documentary about Los Angeles and how the city has played into movies throughout the history of film. It's very long, and considering the fact that it's nearly 3 hours long I was very surprised at the glaring omissions in this film. I could rattle off a huge list of movies set in or filmed in Los Angeles that did not make the movie. Boogie Nights, Training Day, Pulp Fiction, Swingers, Punch Drunk Love, Last Action Hero, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Rocketeer, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1941, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. etc. etc. They could have expanded on more films, like The Big Lebowski (scene above) or Boyz N The Hood (just showing a stop sign). Spend less time on other films, like The Glimmer Man. There was a little time spent on locations of movies not set in LA but filmed there, despite the title of the documentary - but a whole hour could have been dedicated to that; sets & filming locales, like the houses in Back To The Future, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and every time they film in that same Los Angeles Studio Center building across from downtown. I was expecting more of a love letter to Los Angeles and it's films, and a shout out to the many studios, but the filmmaker also seemed bitter towards Hollywood and it's effects on the city & the reflection of L.A. in film (an abbreviation he hates). It is a great history lesson, and it made many great points (like the reality of who would actually be living in the Hollywood Hills or in a Malibu beach house)... So anyway, I liked the movie as I was watching it, but thinking back, there's a ton I would have done different.

Monday, November 24, 2014

#226 - MovieCount2014 - Hello Ladies

The movie finale for the cancelled HBO series Hello Ladies was so good, so funny, & sweet, that it pisses me off even more the show was axed. Especially when there is so much awful shit on TV. But it's a very rare occasion that a show actually has a chance to say goodbye, and this was a great parting gift for the fans. 

#225 - MovieCount2014 - BASEketball

Squeak's a little bitch.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#224 - MovieCount2014 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

I like this movie. In fact, I like the whole series. I don't give a shit. This was a pretty good movie about brainwashing propaganda, or as we know it, Fox News.

ShowCount 2014: Kentucky Knife Fight

Kentucky Knife Fight
 Whiskey Folk
Christian Lee Hutson
 Off Broadway
St. Louis

I thought I was done for the year, but the opportunity popped up to see the final performance ever of St. Louis band Kentucky Knife Fight. Incredible last show. Mark it 15. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ShowCount 2014 Final Recap

November 16th marks one year anniversary of the last show I went to in 2013. Now it's official that my highly anticipated final concert trip on Thanksgiving weekend is now officially & painfully scrapped, I can declare my 2014 concert season is done, and I can tally up the shows I attended. 14 shows total in 2014, same amount as 2013. Both years are pretty low numbers for me...

The Life and Times
Spacesuit / Sweet Cobra
The Firebird
St. Louis
January 23, 2014
Incredible band to catch live if you can manage it, they don't tour much.

Kip Winger
The State Room
April 17, 2014
Rare show in Quincy by one of my all time favorites.

The Hold Steady
Deer Tick
The Blue Note
April 27, 2014
Awesome, energetic show! Warning: Craig Finn, THS's lead singer is a spitter.

Exodus / Suicidal Tendencies
The Pageant
St. Louis
May 17, 2014
Heavyweight heavy metal and I was right up front for it. So awesome.

The Maulers
+ many other opening acts
The Barn
Camp Point
May 28, 2014
Second final Maulers show I've seen. It's quick, but it's awesome.

Almost KISS
The Dock
May 28, 2014
Caught most of this show after The Maulers, and it was great.

Bobby Bare Jrs' Young Criminals’ Starvation League
Those Darlins
The Features
Tony and the Tan Lines
March Madness Marching Band
Lebowski Fest
Executive Lawn
July 11 & 12, 2014
I'm counting this two day affair as one event -- it evens out the fact I counted the Maulers and Almost KISS on the same night as two things... but I saw 4 out of 5 bands during Lebowski Fest + a marching band. Bobby Bare Jr. is my favorite new discovery of 2014. Big bonus: Ran into My Morning Jacket and got a pic with Jim James.

Tri Point Paradox
Seven Days Fuller 
The King Bees
End of the World Party II
July 19, 2014
Awesome outdoor party headlined by a great band that literally assembles from across the country on rare occasions.

Chuck Berry
The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
St. Louis
July 23, 2014
Sad sight to see, but a legend nonetheless. Most conflicted show I've ever seen.

Patrick Sweany
The Bridge
Columbia MO
July 26, 2014
This guy is a powerhouse. One of the coolest guys and baddest blues man in the country.

Local H
Divine Sorrow
The Hush List
The Mad Magician
St. Louis
July 29, 2014
Richard Patrick from Filter grabbed my GoPro and shot some incredible footage. Plus there was Helmet and Local H, so...

The Cult
The Lions of Hazelwood
The Pageant
St. Louis
August 6, 2014
The only show I sat down for this year, but The Cult still sounds incredible, and they have so many iconic guitar riffs.

Rick Springfield
Western Illinois University
September 13, 2014
Free show! Rick sounds and looks great after all these years, and usually when you get an act from the 70s/80s trying to churn out new music, it sucks... His new stuff actually sounds pretty damn good.

Pearl Jam
Scottrade Center
St. Louis
October  3, 2014
The big show was my last show, always at the top of my concert to-do list, one of my favorite bands of all time - we were right down by the stage & the show was fantastic. Every PJ show is the best show you could possibly ever see.

#221 - MovieCount2014 - Creepshow 2

While it's not a terrible movie, Creepshow 2 absolutely pales in comparison to the original.

#220 - MovieCount2014 - 2010

I always liked this movie as a kid. 2010, or "2010: The Year We Make Contact" as it was also called with the spoiler right there in the title. Now it's 30 years old, set in the future, which is now 4 years in the past, so it's fun to look back from here in the distant future we live in to see what they got right in 1984. We are all really, really far behind in the space travel department. A couple shuttle disasters, economic collapse, and years of war could be to blame. But our computer technology is doing much, much better. Especially in the size and design of computers, and how the displays look. TV technology is far superior than predicted. There's no Soviet Union, but US-Russian relations are still a bit frosty. The movie also featured an electric car, and while they are not common, they are not as noisy as predicted, and I spotted a Budweiser in what appeared to be pouch form, like a Capri-Sun. Everybody's upholstery is white, because in the past, they always predicted everything would be clean and white in the future. Hospitals and hospital staff are all very, very white, and they use celsius instead of farenheit. They mention the Astrodome, so unless they were talking about the old days (which they were not) they didn't predict Houston's new ballpark. Oh, Zooey Deschanel's mom Mary Jo Deschanel pops up in this movie. And, 30 years later, Hellen Mirren somehow actually looks BETTER than she did in 1984. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#219 - MovieCount2014 - Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Decent rock doc, even though I don't claim to be a Big Star fan. Also a good Memphis rock doc. I would really like to see a feature length documentary about Local H.

#218 - MovieCount2014 - Divergent

How the hell did Like Michigan get filled in? Movie wasn't terrible I guess, but I'm not the target demo. Seems better suited as a CW series.

#217 - MovieCount2014 - Maleficent (Second Viewing)

Holds up on the second viewing, still good.

#216 - MovieCount 2014 - Mud

Seemed like a Mark Twain story set in present day.

#215 - MovieCount 2014 - The Prestige

They should just make a Nikola Tesla movie starring David Bowie. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

#74 SeriesCount 2014 - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Season 1

I wouldn't normally count a program like this as a series, shows like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and all the late night talk shows are all ongoing year 'round, stopping regularly for breaks. Last Week Tonight fits into the season column, simply because the promos actually said season finale, it won't be back until 2015, and it's definitely counted as a 24 episode season. 24 episodes that buzzed by and made it feel like I only watched 8. This show is brilliant and it brilliantly brings to light real world and very important issues. This show is so funny, but more than that, it is important.

#214 - MovieCount 2014 - Muppets Most Wanted

Entertaining. And there was a pigfrog & a frogpig.

#213 - MovieCount 2014 - Boyhood

Boy, this movie seemed like it took 12 years to watch.

#73 SeriesCount 2014 - Doctor Who - Series 8

I like the new Doctor. But he's no David Tennant.