I actually watched this movie about a week ago and forgot to write a review until right now. I actually think that is the best thing I could have done to review this movie though. You kind of have to mull this one over for a few days. Anyway… Colossal follows an alcoholic woman who after a bad breakup moves back to her childhood town. She gets black out drunk one night only to wake up and see that Seoul had been attacked by a giant monster the night before, eventually realizing that SHE is the giant monster. Anne Hathaway is our leading girl in this and always plays crazy pretty well. Sudeikis is our support and really takes this movie home for me. Not only does he break away from his normal comic relief bit, but he sells everything he does in this. I wouldn’t mind more roles with him like this… After watching trailers for this movie I have gained a lot of respect for the way they went about certain aspects of it, the largest one being the characters. This is a very character driven film, it isn’t about the monsters at all in fact, it’s about the people and the monsters are just used as way to progress the characters. What the trailers do is present us with enough entertainment that we sign up to watch it, only to give us something entirely different than what we thought. At first I hated that and was quite upset, after some time though I am glad they did it that way. I was caught off guard. I was also caught off guard with some character twists in the movie too. I have watched a lot of movies to the point that I can accurately predict most movies after about fifteen minutes and I could never pin this one down. It’s not without error though. The ending, though satisfying, is someone unfulfilling. Lots of questions I have will never be answered and lots of loose ends are still dangling. In the end though I enjoyed this movie, if only for the sheer fact that my wife and I couldn’t even decide if we liked how much it fucked with us.
Although Ill Mind 9 is not my favorite Ill Mind of Hopsin to be released, I would say that it struck a chord and was more heartfelt than any of the other ones. Ill Mind of Hopsin 9 is a rap song by Hopsin where he raps as if he was speaking to his child that he has never met and is forcibly separated from. The tone is very different than in any other Ill Mind and I believe that was done very intentionally. This isn’t an angry subject for him, I think it is more something he needed to say and he wanted to go about it as if it were actually a message to his soon. The beat is lighter, the rap is slower, and his voice is softer. Especially in the hook. It is a great song, a better one of Hopsin’s. Not my favorite Ill Mind, but definitely the deepest and probably most important.
I’m a big fan of rap, it is by far my favorite genre and almost exclusively what I listen too. What I love most is hardcore and underground. Madchild is one of the best hardcore-underground rappers out there, and lyrically brilliant. A rapper of Canadian decent, often rapping of his upbringing, drug problems, and views, he never holds back. He is often considered the “king” of freestyle battle raps, having won multiple national competitions and tournaments… His sound and rhythm is hard to describe, but so noticeable and unique that when you hear him once you can pick him out of a crowd. There is a reason he is underground though. That being he never pulls punches with his lyrics and says what he wants. Being said you may not like him, but if you do you will love him.\
When I was trying to figure out what song I should review it was between this and 7 Years. Ultimately I chose Mama Said because of its relatability, uplifting nature, and how damn inspirational it is. Lukas Graham is a band, and not just a person as many people think. Though, Lukas Graham Forchhammer is the main focal point of the group and it is completely his sound. Lukas Forchhammer has one of the best voices I have ever heard, and I wish I could hit the notes he does with his range. His sound is that of a mellow, yet soulful rap in front of acoustic instruments… Mama Said is a beautiful song because it talks about how he was raised poor and simple, yet despite this he had a good life and others had it worse. It then goes on to talk about how he wanted to use his music to break out of the life he had… To many this sing is very relatable… What makes the song so amazing though is that it super uplifting and inspires you to pursue your dreams… I find myself singing this to myself all the time since first hearing this.
Y’all Want A Single is a single released by the band Korn in 2003. Korn is a heavy metal, or nu metal, band that has had many hits and is well recognized for being “out there”… In 2003 their album Take a Look in the Mirror was going to be released and their record label made them make a single. They didn’t want to. So, what did they say? FUCK THAT!.. Y’all Want A Single tells about the disgust of record labels, chart toppers, and overly played singles. It encourages people to steal this song and to not buy into the fake corporation known as the “music business”. What I love about this song is it talks (or more-so yells) about singles having a formula of being less than three minutes and thirty seconds, and having a hook in twenty seconds… This sing does just that! Because it HAS to! This is a great song to sing along to and head bang in the car… but it has a damn good message behind it.
Simon and Garfunkel are a new favorite of mine, but not low on the list. Huge in the 60s, Simon and Garfunkel are the masters of relaxing folk rock. With amazing hits such as “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson” they are still relevant today. Despite having a very clean and mellow sound during the psychadelic era, they were still able to keep up with their beautiful and meaningful lyrics. A must listen for not just folk fans, but everyone.
Probably the most popular song of 2015, and the most powerful song I have ever heard, everyone knows of Hello by Adele. Coming back from her long hiatus Adele released the album 25, which quickly rose to one of the top albums of all time. The reason I chose to review Hello and not just the whole album is I find myself returning to this song nearly every day. Everyone can relate to looking in the past, and holding on to wrongs you want to right. I find this song a strange combination of sad, yet uplifting. The lyrics behind it are so deep, yet the powerful and beautiful voice of Adele just makes you want to sing along and get going. This normally is not my type of music, but Adele, and on a smaller scale, this song, appeals to everyone. I love it, and will keep returning to it daily.
So The Decemberists are my all time favorite band. I realize that I have said for months and months that I won’t review anything that is a favorite, but fuck that rule! I first discovered The Decemberists from Parks and Recreation season 6 finale when they preformed The Crane Wife 3 at the unity concert. I heard that song and thought that the singers voice was absolutely beautiful and that the acoustic folk sound was so unique to them. You know what they say about folk music? If it was never new, and never gets old. It is a folk song. Every song by them is relaxing, yet moving. The music brings me back, and makes me want to go for a drive and contemplate life. I know it sounds cheesy, and it is. But that’s what they are going for, and they do it perfectly. For musicians too, they are fun to cover. The speed and melody is nice, yet fun to play. Last but not least I can’t get over their singers voice and the backing of the woman’s vocals… so beautiful.
Oh god… what can I say about this song. I will start out by saying that A7X is one of my favorite bands, and The Rev (RIP) will always be my all time favorite drummer. He in fact has some really cool lyrics in this! So, on to this one hell of a fucked up song. Which, at the same time is weirdly sweet in a psychopathic kind of way. But, love is love is love! A Little Piece of Heaven is about a guy that is so in love with his girlfriend that he kills her out of fear of losing her and to keep her young forever. After sleeping with her as a corpse many times, her soul repossess her body. She then proceeds to do the same acts to the man. They then spend eternity trying to make it up to each other and killing people. Supremely fucked up, but this song is still completely awesome! This song involves every member doing a little bit of singing, and though the story is fucked up the singing IS quite beautiful. With the addition of Juliette Commagere singing the part of the girl I truly believe this is the best sounding and well rounded A7X song out there.