Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The Nine Most Anticipated Events of 2019

9. Shaft (June 14): Shaft is one of our greatest cinematic heroes and it is a shame that we have only gotten one Shaft film in the last fourth-second year. They are finally dusting off the baddest mother… (I better shut my mouth)  in a third reboot, this time with the son of the Sam Jackson Shaft and grandnephew of the Richard Roundtree original. And that is really all I know and really all I need to know.

8. Maggie Rogers – Heard it in a Past Life (January 18): Alaska was one of those songs that reignite your faith in music. It was something new but also feels old and timeless at the same time. Every song she has released since has been at the very least good (netting three songs of each of my last two best songs of the year lists) and Maggie Rogers is finally releasing her full length debut this year.

7. Wu-Tang: An American Saga (TBA): Netflix may have a massive every expanding library of original content, but I would much rather pay for Hulu because they ordered straight to series a show based on the origins of the Wu-Tang Clan. And this is not even the most anticipated Hulu show this year.

6. Captain Marvel (March 8): I have been a Brie Larson supporter going back to the days she was making crappy Avril Lagine knock-offs. Okay, it was her turn as Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where I realized she could make it as an actress (what forking murderer’s row of actresses that movie launched: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza). Half a decade later she was winning an Oscar. And now she is playing the strongest Avenger in the Marvel Universe who will get her own movie before (likely) taking down Thanos a month later. Ironically DC’s Captain Marvel (who now goes by Shazam) gets his movie in April. So we will get three Captain Marvel movies in seven weeks. And that does not even include the six other superhero movies this year and five new superhero television shows this year (and that does not include the Disney+ shows that may or may not launch this year).

5. Kingdom Hearts 3 (January 29): I joke whenever I do my music round up lists that maybe this is the year we get to hear Dr. Dre’s Detox. And before that I joked about the Chinese Democracy release. But the music industry is nothing compared to video game delays which are very frequent and sometimes very long. The second Kingdom Hearts came out in 2005 (just three years after the first). But fourteen years later, the Final Fantasy / Disney mash up is finally getting released. New areas include Kingdom of Corona (based on Tangled), San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6), Toy Box (Toy Story), Monstropolis (Monsters, Inc.), and Arendelle (Frozen).

4. Zombieland Too (October 11): Zombies have completely dominated this decade with The Walking Dead launching in 2010 and just way to many zombie themed movies and shows to count at this point. But there was one movie that predated the current trend: Zombieland. A wacky look at the zombie apocalypse with maybe the greatest cameo ever in the history of cinema. Such a great concept that it was one of Amazon’s first attempt at a scripted series. But the pilot was killed online so hard it did not get picked up to series. The big problem is they recast everyone instead of created new characters. Well that original cast is back and there is no movie I am more excited about.

3. Women’s World Cup (June 7-July 7): The greatest women soccer players are heading to France this year and the United States are not the slam dunk they have been in the past. The home squad will be tough and Germany and England will not have far to travel. Of course first up is the Knockout Round of which the US may have the easiest draw.

2. Game of Thrones (April, HBO): I finally caught up on the show last summer and now I am completely ready for the final season of the show. Very few things live up to the hype, but Game of Thrones is as good as people say it is. But I am a bit wary of the final season because of how uneven the last sixth season was. I have noticed a trend when shows based on books run out of written material as the Handmaid’s Tale second season was a bit of a disappointment too But c’mon how bad can a shoe with a forking ice dragon be?

1. Veronica Mars (Summer, Hulu): It feels like a lot of things coming this year got incepted from my brain: a Wu-Tang show, Brie Larson: Superhero, another Zombieland, and I did not even have room for the Deadwood movie. But there is one event that tops them all. This was almost like a fever dream, seeing this on Deadline and reading it a couple times to make sure I was reading it correctly. Wait, a Veronica Mars reboot? And it is going to be on Hulu. Oh hey, I have Hulu. The show was one of the most perfectly crafted shows ever about a spunky teenager who solves crime, but it is significantly better than that logline. The Kickstarter movie was fine in a fan service-y kind of way of having to cram in all the characters we loved. Creator Rob Thomas says the new show will be darker. But we will see some familiar faces like Dick Casablancas and Deputy Leo. Oh and Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a staff writer on the show. Seriously. For those that missed the show the first time around, or just want to watch again, all three seasons and the movie will be on Hulu this summer.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The 100 Best Songs of 2018

1. Lottery - Jade Bird

2. High Horse - Kacey Musgraves

3. Somebody - Jillian Jacqueline

4. Make Me Feel - Janelle Monáe

5. God is a woman - Ariana Grande

6. Love Has All Been Done Before - Jade Bird

7. Cumberland Gap - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

8. Bad - Lennon Stella

9. If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven - Brian Fallon

10. Good Kisser - Lake Street Dive

11. Short Court Style - Natalie Prass

12. Butterflies - Kacey Musgraves

13. Trust My Lonely - Alessia Cara

14. Beyond - Leon Bridges

15. Girlfriend - Anderson East

16. Volcanic Love - The Aces

17. Coolhand - Buzzy Lee

18. Fireworks - First Aid Kit

19. New Birth in New England - Phosphorescent

20. Once In My Life - The Decemberists

21. A Brighter Love - St. Lucia

22. Miracle - CHVRCHES

23. 1950 - King Princess

24. If You Know You Know - Pusha T

25. Light On - Maggie Rogers

26. Sincerity Is Scary - The 1975

27. If I Were You - Jillian Jacqueline featuring Keith Urban

28. Mistake - Middle Kids

29. Armor - Sara Bareilles

30. Twentytwo - Sunflower Bean

31. The Middle - Trampled By Turtles

32. Such a Simple Thing - Ray LaMontagne

33. Holy - King Princess

34. Reasons - Jillian Jacqueline

35. Back to You - Selena Gomez

36. Fast Slow Disco - St. Vincent

37. I Can Change - Lake Street Dive

38. Fallingwater - Maggie Rogers

39. The Outfield - The Night Game

40. What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get? - Snow Patrol

41. Bad Bad News - Leon Bridges

42. A Good Night - John Legend and BloodPop®

43. Us - James Bay

44. Kite - Lucie Silvas

45. Trigger Bang - Lily Allen featuring Giggs

46. Graffiti - CHVRCHES

47. Talia - King Princess

48. Last One - The Aces

49. Caterpillar - Royce da 5'9" feat. Eminem, King Green

50. Mary Don't You Weep (Piano and a Microphone 1983 Version) - Prince

51. Rebel Heart - First Aid Kit

52. Ring the Bells - JOHNNYSWIM and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

53. Give a Little - Maggie Rogers

54. Summer Fever - Little Big Town

55. Africa - Weezer

56. Bringing the House Down - CLOVES

57. Everybody Knows - The Jayhawks

58. Lies - The Tibbs

59. Delicate - Taylor Swift

60. Everybody Wants to Be Famous - Superorganism

61. Paradise - George Ezra

62. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra

63. Pussy Is God - King Princess

64. Get Out - CHVRCHES

65. Nina Cried Power - Hozier featuring Mavis Staples

66. Caught In the Middle - Paramore

67. Plastic Hamburgers - Fantastic Negrito

68. You Say - Lauren Daigle

69. Wait by the River - Lord Huron

70. Sad Girls - Jillian Jacqueline

71. Wait - Amy Vachal

72. I Like That - Janelle Monáe

73. you should see me in a crown - Billie Eilish

74. Broken - lovelytheband

75. Come Through - The Regrettes

76. If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be) - Leon Bridges

77. She's Kerosene - The Interrupters

78. Uh Huh - Jade Bird

79. Rose-Colored Boy - Paramore

80. Your Side of the Bed - Loote

81. Space Cowboy - Kacey Musgraves

82. Ohio - Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness

83. Happier - Ed Sheeran

84. Casanova - Rayland Baxter

85. Lovers in Love - Lindi Ortega

86. When the Curtain Falls - Greta Van Fleet

87. Nothing Compares 2 U - Prince

88. Can't Deny Me - Pearl Jam

89. 4 Ur Life - Danielia Cotton

90. Life On Earth - Snow Patrol

91. Rich - Maren Morris

92. Bad Luck - Neko Case

93. Field Sense - Amy Vachal featuring Kiyo Cato

94. Furious - Jade Bird

95. Hometown - Maddie Ross

96. It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) - The 1975

97. Hello Summer - Danielle Bradbery

98. Move - Milo Greene

99. Shotgun - George Ezra

100. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - Dave Matthews Band

Sunday, December 30, 2018

57 Channels and Only This Is On: 12/29/2018

Ray Donovan: Seeing the montage of Terry shaking, Bunchy looking like he is enjoying taking a punch, and Ray getting beat down again, I began to wonder, is Ray brain damaged? Is that why he is seeing things and ended up under psychiatric watch? But this season is starting to get confusing. It started simple enough with Ray trying to secure the mayoral race. But now there have been so many twist and turns, and double, maybe triple crosses, I am not entirely sure what exactly what Ray is trying to accomplish.

Vikings: Oh wow, they killed the Bishop. And he just killed his replacement. And with an actor of his name recognition, I figured he would be around much longer than a season and would essentially replace Ragnar as the lead of the show. But then what exactly became of Lagatha? When Bjorn could not find her on the battlefield, I just assumed that King Herald captured her, but she was not on the boat with him at the end.
You can download Vikings on iTunes.

Angie Tribeca: Music artists have been air dropping their album with little to no notice for most of this decade but I do not remember a television show doing so with three days notice before. But hey, this is a show that launched with a twenty-six hour, ad-free marathon. And we get our first format change, gone is the police station and now the team is a clandestine government organization traveling around in a van. Sadly Deon Cole is also gone except for a cameo for the first five episode. Papa Giles is conspicuously absent. I have a feeling though he may show up with the french dude at some point. The show has also gone heavy on the parody this season and thankfully it is still forking hilarious.
You can download Angie Tribeca on iTunes.