Archives for December 2010

Festivus 2010

Review of TRON: Legacy and a Festivus celebration

This week on Entertainment for the Rest of Us the crew air their grievances and demonstrate feats of strength to celebrate Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us. In addition the EftRoU gang welcome Mark Bell, from the super popular website Film Threat, to discuss Disney’s TRON: Legacy. Learn why why ‘Q’ and Shady are big fans and why the Moderator and Mark feel this is just a rehash of the original TRON.

Tron Legacy Poster

Disney Enterprise

Just in case you don’t know what TRON: Legacy is about here is a short synopsis: After being left an orphan Sam Flynn, a rebellious 27-year-old, investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade, a signal that could only come from his father. Before he knows it, he finds himself pulled into a digital world where his father, Kevin Flynn, has been trapped for 20 years. Big time stars in this movie are: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.

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Is Q becoming a fanboy…

I think I am a fanboy in the making.

Kill Shakespeare

Kill Shakespeare Issue #1 cover, IDW Publishing

As most of our regular listeners and readers know, I am a geek at heart and there is no doubt about that. In my early teenage days I can remember learning and teaching myself Basic (the programming language) on an Apple IIe and on the Commodore 64 my parents bought me. Somewhere during my early high school years, I broke away from the mold of being a geek. I stopped reading comic books, I stopped use my Commodore any more and quit programming.  I become more involved in sports and girls and just gave up on the idea of things geek related.

Kill-Shakespeare

IDW Publishing

The reason why I think I am a fanboy in the making is because I am starting to buy comic books again. The comic I love the most is Kill Shakespeare, created by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col. The entire Kill Shakespeare team has turned me into a huge fan of their work. I love Kill Shakespeare so much I can’t wait until I get home to read each issue right after I purchase it from a great local coffee house, Enchanted Grounds.

To prove to you that I have become a fanboy, all you have to do is pick up issue #7 of Kill Shakespeare open up to the back of the book and you will see my very own name in print. How cool is that! I am a Kill Shakespeare fanboy and truly feel that this comic can do no wrong. I think it all started with our interview with Anthony Del Col and my first comic book review.

If you have not read an issue of Kill Shakespeare, you are missing out on a great story and a very enjoyable read. Be sure to check it out soon rather than later!

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A review of The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

Twentieth Century Fox\Walden Media

On this week’s episode of Entertainment for the Rest of Us. The Moderator and Q welcome Cassandra Perkins, host of Behind the Mask on Voices of Reality TV, to review and discuss The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader starring Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and William Moseley.  In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace. They meet up with Prince Caspian for an adventure across the seas of Narnia aboard the ship The Dawn Treader.

Sit back and enjoy as the EftRoU team share their thoughts about this must see, in a theaters, movie.

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controlling all these knobs…

Memorable moments in music and a review of 2001 classic Kubrick

In this weeks episode of Entertainment for the Rest of Us we introduce a new segment we are calling “Memorable Moments…”

In this segment the EftRoU crew (and we mean crew, The Moderator, Mike, Dano, Shady the Biker, Warren, plus Shady brings a fan David Veal and Q) discuss memorable moments in music. They share stories about songs that had an impact on them in their youth. Listen in as Q’s tries to control all these knobs and find out why these songs had such an impact on them.

2001 - A Kubrick Classic

Warner Bros. (1968)

Also on the show this week the crew tries to tackle a Retro DV-Debrief. They discuss the classic Kubrick movie “2001: A Space Odyssey“. Listen in as the old guys defend this movie to the young guys and find out what Dano really thinks of this film. On a side note here is a little extra review from Dano, Obama Mission Control: A Space Odyssey.

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A Music Review of “Pink Friday” by Nicki Minaj…

Universal Motown Records 2010

I have to admit that Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj has been my most anticipated release  for the year. I first heard Nicki over a year ago on a remix of “Single Ladies” by Beyonce and I was so impressed not only by her style, talent, but also her attitude as a female rapper. I tend to love strong female artists with a voice, and she is definitely that and beyond. Many things about her reminded me of Lil Kim who was one of the first rappers I really got into back in the day. What impressed me the most with Nicki was her quick growth in the industry, before she even had a solo album released.

Nicki Minaj started out as an artist of the group Young Money which was a group of rappers and singers put together by Lil Wayne. The album debuted in 2009 and the success of the single “Bedrock” brought not only Drake but Nicki Minaj great attention. Shortly thereafter, Nicki Was guesting on many big artists songs: Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Usher, Will.i.am, Gucci Mane, Kanye West, and you name it. This was such an incredible task being she hadn’t even released a solo album yet, and she was already a mega star and named the new “Queen” of Hip Hop music.

However all of the praise and positive reactions was receiving put huge pressure on her to not only release her solo album, but also be just as successful at it. Her first single was released in May of 2010 with a hip hop track called “Massive Attack” which featured  Sean Garrett. Though a decent song in its own right, it didnt seem to have the strenth and energy expected from Nicki. Her second single came out in June of the year called “Your Love” which was a sultry pop ballad sampleing one of  Annie Lennox hit songs, and showed us not only Nicki’s rap skills but vocal abilities as well. This song did extrmemly well on the charts, and it was decided that her album needed to be released very soon.

Pink Friday debuted on November 22nd this year and reached huge praise from not only fans but critics as well. Her album is a perfect blend of rap, pop, and female empowerment. Some critics were dissapointed that there wasn’t more of the Nicki strong Hip Hop songs that we all have grown to love, but I myself disagree because Nicki is a great combination of both Hip Hop/R&B and Pop musical styles.

Songs such as “I am the Best”, “Right Thru Me”, “Roman’s Revenge”, and “Last Chance” are great examples of Nicki’s range of abilities in different genres of music. She has some great guest stars on the album such as; Will.I.Am, Rihanna, Eminemn, and Natasha Bedingfield which help her in her musical efforts.

I have to say, and its rare for me to say this but this is DEFINITELY the album of the year for me! I love every single song, and listened to this album non stop for the first two weeks after I got it. While I am a music lover and always have been, its rare for me to like an album this much. Nicki has blown me away and more than exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait to see what Nicki brings to us for the future to come, and see her out on tour for this album.

A heads up to all readers, the album is pretty explicit, and definitely not for the kiddies. However, a clean version is also availble as well. I highly recommend the Deluxe version of the album which includes four bonus tracks, more than worth the extra couple of bucks!  

I give Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj FIVE out of FIVE STARS!!! A first for an EfTRoU Review!!!

-Warren