Sunday, March 31, 2013

Game of Thrones mix tape

As I'm sure most of you know, season three of Game of Thrones starts tonight. So, in order to get everyone pumped for the premiere, here's a fun little Game of Thrones inspired mix for you all.

1. "Immigrant Song" - Led Zeppelin
2. "Heads will Roll" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. "Kings of the Wild Frontier" - Adam and the Ants
4. "War Pigs" - Black Sabbath
5. "Zombie" - The Cranberries
6. "Only A Lad" - Oingo Boingo
7. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" - Alice Cooper
8. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" - Simon & Garfunkle
9. "Dragon Queen" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10. "Baptized By Fire" - Spinnerette
11. "War Child" - Blondie
12. "Devil Woman" - Cliff Richards
13. "Renegade" - Styx
14. "Back from the Dead" - The Adverts
15. "Set the House Ablaze" - The Jam

And of course:

Monday, March 25, 2013

5 reasons season three of Portlandia was the best

As you probably know, it's been a couple of weeks since the end of Portlandia season three. And in its absence I've been forced to do a lot of soul searching and reminiscing about the season as a whole. As a result, I've come to the decision that, for many reasons, season three was the best season yet. Don't wanna take my word for it? Well, check out a few of my reasons below. 

1. Season-long character arcs: Although I do love the the standard, disjointed Portlandia skit format, this season they switched it up with some of our favorite characters existing within storylines that developed over the course several episdoes. There were still a lot of crazy stand alone skits that were never referenced a second time, but having running plotlines throughout the season really served to bring more closure in the season ender. Peter and Nance became B&B owners, Fred and Carrie were almost torn apart and in the last episode we were left with a sense of finality and fulfillment which was a refreshing change from the previous two seasons. 

2. Winter special: Airing a few weeks before the actual first episode of season three, the winter special, "Winter in Portlandia", served as a good way to ease us into the season. There were very few things from the episode that were carried through into the next ten episodes, but it was nice to get a special, extra episode before the start of the real season to set a tone of sorts. Not to mention, it was just a really good episode. 

3. Use of the word "shit": In the previous two seasons of the show, there was little to no swearing, but it seems they got a little more lax in the third by throwing the word "shit" into the mix. Still no sign of an uncensored "fuck", but I'll take the occasional "shit". Not sure why I find this so exciting, I guess I just like swearing.  

4: Roseanne as the temp mayor: Initially, I wouldn't have necessarily thought that Roseanne would make such a great addition to the show, but, for me, she was one of the standout guest stars of the season. As much as I love Kyle MacLachlan as the official mayor of Portland, Roseanne's few episodes as the temp mayor were great and just watching her walk around the city judging the Portlandia natives was possibly one of the funniest things to happen all season. 

5. Carrie finally in a relationship with a girl: Carrie Brownstein and Chloe Sevigny guys, this cannot require much explanation. I know I can't be the only one who was hoping that the show wouldn't deny Carrie's occasional love for the ladies. So, after three seasons of the Carrie's character exclusively dating men, it was a nice change of pace for her to get a bit of action from Chloe Sevigny. Furthermore, and on a slightly more political note, I really appreciate the way they approached the whole "girl on girl" subject by totally going for it but, at the same time, not making a big deal out of the fact that Carrie is into girls. There was no big coming out or dramatic "I don't know what to do, I think I'm into her". It was just, "I'm into this girl, whatever", the way it should be, so thanks for that guys because, not gonna lie, this scene accounts for about 35% of my love for season three. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Watchin' Stuff Lite: Vol. 10

Hey guys, sorry it's been a couple weeks, but I'm back with more recommendations for this lovely Friday.

#1: "Driver's Seat" - Sniff 'n' the Tears

#2: Dogtooth. If you're on Netflix as much as I am you've probably seen this one on there a few times. However, despite the amount of times I've seen it on Netflix, I had yet to watch it until recently, in fact, I didn't even know what it was about. Having now seen the movie I can highly recommend it to you as an unsettling foreign film about young adults who have been isolated from the rest of the world for their entire lives and therefore can't function as normal people. It's one of those movies that'll stick with you into the following days.

#3: "Girl Anachronism" - The Dresden Dolls

#4: Slums of Beverly Hill. On a much lighter note, I also recently watched this movie on Netflix. Not much to say about it but: Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, dysfunctional family, the 1970s, living in cheap apartments on the outskirts of Beverly Hills. If you're looking for a way to come down from the intensity of Dogtooth, this would be a good movie to turn to.

#5: "#1 Crush" - Garbage

Friday, March 1, 2013

Watchin' Stuff Lite: Vol. 9

#1: "Home Again" - Oingo Boingo. According to the Portlandia from two weeks ago, because I had an asymmetrical haircut a little while back, I should also (assumably) know Oingo Boingo. So, here's proof that I'm not a cultural tease. Also, I just love this song.

#2: Sassy Pants. Trying to break away from documentary recommendation for a bit with this movie about a home-schooled and ridiculously sheltered girl who breaks free of her mother's clutches to a new life with her dad and his live-in boyfriend Haley Joel Osment. Basically, one of the main reasons to watch this is to see the kid from The Sixth Sense play an adorable gay boy in cut-offs with scene hair.

#3: "Place In the Country" - Adam Ant. Sticking to a similar vein as Oingo Boingo, here's a fun Adam Ant tune.

#4: A Bag of Hammers. Another random Netflix find, this is a surprisingly sweet movie about two con men (Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig) who take it upon themselves to take care of the 12-year-old boy from next door who's having a rough time with his single mother.

#5: "Thirteen" - Big Star. Just because it makes me happy.