Thursday, June 5, 2008

YouTube for lovers, my tube for scorn

Bo Diddley recently joined the ranks of Kurt Vonnegut in the dead department, so there's been some shared stories, reviews, videos, etc. Someone on the forum (Gchaime) recently posted this video of Bo in 1966, putting on a really good performance. Check out those riffs and those babes. He had girls with guitars decades before Robert Palmer, and Lady Bo could actually play.

I came across a band called War Tapes. Based on my love of heavy metal and the name, you might be inclined to think they're a metal band. They are more of a retro-style post-punk/80s alt/Cure-ish group. I dig their sound.

This has nothing to do with music, but it does have a lot to do with vaginas.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Warning sign: Shia LaBeouf

I haven't seen the new Indiana Jones movie, although I plan to eventually. Indy's films are the kind of stupid action film that I find enjoyable. I don't attribute it to nostalgia, but I don't attribute it to any kind of good filmmaking, either. Perhaps I respect the energy and style? I'm not sure. In any event, I will go see the inevitable crapfest that is Crystal Skull.

I try not to see terrible movies, in part to discourage future terrible movies, but also to save myself some time and money. Why waste what's left of my valuable life watching shit? Some people never learn this lesson, but also feel the need to complain. They really have no one blame but themselves, because the vast majority of the time, you can accurately judge a movie by its trailer. There are some rules to judge trailers with. The rules aren't concrete, but they are helpful. For example, generally speaking, if there is an explosion in a trailer, chances are the movie will suck. That's one reason I'm concerned about The Dark Knight, although certainly not the only one.

Another warning is if Shia LaBeouf is in the trailer. Chances are, if he is in the trailer, he's (obviously) in the movie, and the film will suck. I don't know why he's become such a popular actor, but he's been around long enough that he doesn't have to accept the roles in terrible films. His filmography is telling, however. Charlie's Angels: Full Thorttle, Constantine, Disturbia, Surf's Up, Transformers...not to mention the films he had small roles in, like Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.

It's at the point where you can just say, "I don't want to see that movie; it's a LaBeouf," and people will know what you mean. "Oh, it's a piece of Shia, then? Too bad."

I'm disappointed that I will help further his worthless career, but I have a soft spot for Indy. Like any soft spot in the mind or heart, it will probably kill me.