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GARBAGE – “Not Your Kind of People” Review

By: Greg Reifsteck   facebook.com/gregcomedy    twitter: gregcomedy

Sounding like the opening notes of Cream’s White Room if it were played at the Gates of Mars, Garbage’s first album in seven years Not Your Kind of People that dropped today, proves these ‘90s sonic trailblazers are still going to stay one step ahead of the tired noise that presently passes for music on modern rock radio.

(c) 2012 Garbage

The opening track is Automatic Systematic Habit, that after it winds up releases into a propulsive electro clash pump, one that will have new listeners pogoing their dormitory rooms, and vets like myself knowing it was well worth the wait.  Red headed Irish dream Shirley Manson’s voice is electronically distorted like she is a terminator out of the Fox TV series she acted in, while the band rested from their touring burnout from their 2006 effort “Bleed Like Me.”  But, her sure fire Scottish gusto still pushes through the production, tearing into our ears and into our libidos.

“I won’t be your dirty little secret,” she proclaims, almost making a statement about how Garbage has never been appreciated.  Their 1997 effort Version 2.0 debuted with the aptly titled single Push It, solidifying them as rock critic darlings.  It was their fully erect cock, their fully extended middle finger to traditional alternative radio. Powered by the producing and percussion genius of Butch Vig, who was behind Nirvana’s Never mind, everyone knew it was going to be an impossible album to beat.

Thusly, the next five years or so mainstream radio wasn’t kind to Garbage.  With the narrow-minded programmers wanting only sure-fire hits, their experimental next few treks were only appreciated by their fervent fan base, which I am proud to be a fan of.

I will be brutally honest about their recent album, though, that it is far from one of their best effort.  Many of the middle tracks on the album, like the title track and Control both sound like strippers dream dance songs in lyrics and pace, getting a little too bogged down in the lyrics, distortion and melodrama. They are more like good cruising songs for coming home from the bar to, at the crack of dawn while watching the sun come up.  But, make no mistake this is a solid B- effort by Garbage, which, in the world of other bands is a solid A-.

This album reminds me of The Killers last effort Day & Age, whom after putting out their mega-seller  Sam’s Town had nothing to lose.  There is peppering of the ‘80s in this stew, as there was in that effort. Some of the electronic twangs will make you nostalgic.  But there is a futuristic vibe as well.  It also doesn’t hurt that Vig was keeping fresh producing Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown that won a Best Rock Album Grammy.

I Hate Love’s hypnotic dance beat sounds like it is from a nightclub on the spaceship taking off at the end of the world.  It will jettison you across your living room, since close-minded club DJ’s will probably not be caught dead playing the track at a club near you.  Hopefully I am wrong.  Again Manson declares from the bottom of her dark heart, pulling no punches with her lyrics, “Love makes you desperate, and feeling a fool. Love makes you ruthless, and love makes you cruel. And love makes you crazy, with nothing but lies. Love promises nothing, and then your love dies.”

There were two tracks that were spilled onstage by the band on their first tour dates at the El Rey in Hollywood, and at many music fests across the country over the last month before the album’s release. Battle in Me and Man on a Wire, both in title and content are machine gun drills to the mosh pit.  Fogies like me will even be out there fighting for position when Duke Erickson and Steve Marker shoot out these hooks you will be humming for the next few weeks of your life.

The coda is Beloved Freak, a testament to a band that now has no formal record deal, and is smartly putting out their album independently. Pick it up online right now. The lush last track sends you off into a satisfying musical afterlife of affirmation.  “Where we’re going we’ll remain.  When we’re gone we’ll remain…This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…So you stand beloved freak, and the world is lying at your feet.  Let it shine.” Amen, Garbage, my beloved freaks.  Forever shine more than the others.

Film News: The Help, Shark Night, Apollo 18, The Smurfs, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and more

Published by EOTM News Editor on September 6th, 2011 - in Box Office News, Film, Film News, Review

“The Help” topped the box office for the third straight weekend, earning $19.9 million over the Labor Day weekend.

Photo Credit: Dreamworks SKG

The film, set in Mississippi during the 1960s, a southern society girl returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a small Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories. The film  has taken in a total of $124 million domestically.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release are:

1. “The Help,” Disney, $19,881,571, 2,843 locations, $6,993 average, $124,272,124, four weeks.

2. “The Debt,” Focus, $12,851,600, 1,826 locations, $7,038 average, $14,753,014, one week.

3. “Apollo 18,” Weinstein Co., $10,705,556, 3,328 locations, $3,217 average, $10,705,556, one week.

4. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Fox, $10,325,485, 3,193 locations, $3,234 average, $162,550,178, five weeks.

5. “Shark Night,” Relativity Media, $10,126,458, 2,806 locations, $3,609 average, $10,126,458, one week.

6. “Colombia,” Sony/Tristar, $9,570,213, 2,614 locations, $3,661 average, $24,132,335, two weeks.

7. “Our Idiot Brother,” Weinstein Co., $7,038,249, 2,555 locations, $2,755 average, $17,273,593, two weeks.

8. “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World,” Weinstein Co., $6,801,885, 3,007 locations, $2,262 average, $31,201,190, three weeks.

9. “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” Film District, $6,382,227, 2,780 locations, $2,296 average, $17,882,416, two weeks.

10. “The Smurfs,” Sony Animation/Columbia, $5,724,093, 2,706 locations, $2,115 average, $133,676,705, six weeks.

11. “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” Warner Bros., $4,261,090, 1,450 locations, $2,939 average, $75,464,794, six weeks.

12. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Warner Bros., $3,401,110, 1,092 locations, $3,115 average, $375,552,093, eight weeks.

13. “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Paramount, $2,573,586, 1,050 locations, $2,451 average, $172,272,760, seven weeks.

14. “Cowboys & Aliens,” Universal, $2,500,535, 1,185 locations, $2,110 average, $96,881,690, six weeks.

15. “30 Minutes Or Less,” Sony, $2,303,738, 1,355 locations, $1,700 average, $35,501,445, four weeks.

16. “Conan the Barbarian,” Lionsgate, $2,004,585, 1,722 locations, $1,164 average, $20,222,175, three weeks.

17. “Final Destination 5,” Warner Bros., $1,842,163, 1,226 locations, $1,503 average, $40,887,561, four weeks.

18. “Cars 2,” Disney/Pixar, $1,777,989, 2,043 locations, $870 average, $189,256,895, 11 weeks.

19. “One Day,” Focus, $1,721,604, 1,187 locations, $1,450 average, $12,699,139, three weeks.

20. “Seven Days in Utopia,” Visio Ent., $1,604,500, 561 locations, $2,860 average, $1,604,500, one week.

REVIEW: “Shark Night 3D”

Published by EOTM News Editor on September 3rd, 2011 - in Entertainment News, Film, Review

Courtesy of Neon Tommy

Let’s be honest, you don’t go to see a movie like “Shark Night 3-D” because it’s a cinematic masterpiece. You go because it looks ridiculous and you want to be entertained. To that end, “Shark Night” achieves its purpose.

You might know the director, David R. Ellis, for some of his other so-horrible-it’s-good work. Ever seen “Snakes on a Plane” or any of the “Final Destination” flicks? He directed a few of those. With that in mind, there is no surprise as to what direction this film is going in: the horror genre’s racial stereotypes remain in tact, most of the characters are going to die in the general order they always do, and the heroes will survive. And, of course, disaster could very easily be avoided if they would just stay out of the water after the first shark attack.

But they just have to go back in, right?

With a movie like “Shark Night” or “Piranha,” the film is generally sold off the blood, gore, and nudity. Rated PG-13, this movie lacks all of the above, unless you count the murky blood in the water and some chunks of flesh here and there. There are no cheap nude shots, and the most you will see in terms of intimacy is a quick peck on the lips. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if the studio releases an “Uncut” rated-R version on Blu-Ray.

“Shark Night” had some moments that were genuinely funny; I have to give the director credit for that. For a movie that is about sharks, though, you don’t get to see many. Most of the time you just see a fin protruding from the lake, but there are a couple nice shots. You do get a mini science lesson about sharks, though! In fact, you might learn a lot about the fish watching this movie, which is odd.

Some movies employ 3-D technology, but never find a good use for it (“PoTC: On Stranger Tides,” for example). This is a film to see in 3-D. The best kills in the movie use the technology well, and it adds to the horror flick as a whole, making the attacks a lot more interesting than they would be in 2-D. In fact, just don’t see this one in 2-D—it would be far too flat otherwise, and it relies heavily on the tech gimmick to get by.

There is one particular thing about this film that I really enjoyed. I don’t want to give any spoilers for the few people who want to see this movie, so I will just say this: there is an intriguing commentary on our voyeuristic culture hidden within this film. It hints at our morbid curiosity, and our general lack of sensitivity when it comes to the macabre. It’s subtle, but if you look for it and pick up on it, I think you would appreciate it. So if you do see ”Shark Night,” keep a weather eye.

Read more:

http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/09/review-shark-night-3d-achieves-its-purpose-being-ridiculous

Movie Review: Bridesmaids

Published by EOTM News Editor on May 26th, 2011 - in Celebrity News, Movies, Review

Having being chosen as her best friend’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie (Kristen Wiig) has to creatively navigate her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an eclectic group of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) as the wedding day approaches.

The premise is indeed basic, and gathers momentum as the story progresses.  The individual personality traits of each of the ensemble cast characters come to life as the wedding nears.  As always with an ensemble cast, one of the principal characters psychologically latches on to me.  It’s said that a subconscious connection occurs based on our own personality traits.

My connection is to Melissa McCarthy as Megan, currently starring as Molly in the television series ‘Mike & Molly’.  Admittedly I haven’t watched the series.  Having said that, her character of Megan in ‘Bridesmaids’ is rich with those finer nuances with the ‘savvy’ overtones we all wished we have in a friend and I truly enjoyed every scene that featured her presence.

Be forewarned, ‘Bridesmaids’ features an adult look from a female perspective of those private conversations that take between women relative to the aspects of sex, career, aspirations, and living life.  I’m reminded of the 2009 comedic sleeper hit ‘The Hangover’ which presented a male themed adult look of life’s daily tribulations and another adult themed favorite out earlier this year ‘No Strings Attached’ starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.  And yes, I enjoyed these comedies and the adult ‘R-Rated’ approach to dialog and subject matter!

Club La Vida NOT Loco

Published by EOTM Press Room on September 7th, 2010 - in Review

If you enjoy Caribbean atmospheres with a hint of Hip Hop you must check out Club La Vida in Hollywood, California on a Sunday night.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EOTM (Press Release)Sep 07, 2010 – EOTM was in the house for Jamaican Gold’s annual Labor Day Bash inside La Vida on September 5th with special guest Chi Ching Ching.

To be perfectly honest I wasn’t too enthused on going to another Hollywood Club on a Saturday night. Why? Well it’s the long lines and the infamous red rope that had me squirming. I didn’t know how long my crew and I would be standing in the media line waiting on the promoter that had invited us out. However, it appears club owners and promoters have it figured out at La Vida because we were inside within ten minutes.

The venue has a beautifully lit courtyard with large fire pits decorated with colorful rock coals that do wonders on a chilly night.

Between her rugged mountains and sun drenched beaches, emerald jungles and impossibly blue Caribbean waters, the island of Jamaica is both a study in contrasts and a living lesson in geography as was La Vida and our Jamaican Gold experience.

We were immediately taken in by the open layout and bars, three inside and one outside. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing with a variety of music playing on a beautiful white plaster arched courtyard with the nostalgia of a Montego Bay. Complete with shade, sun and fire if weather calls for it. Couches and lounge chairs made outside seating even more appealing.  There was complementary, colorful and delicious chips and salsa. The Restaurant serves authentic Mexican which our selections were delicious. The shrimp and calamari was delicious. Truly, the only thing missing was the white sand and if I may add…. Taye Diggs.

If you enjoy the soul of Jamaican resort type atmospheres, authentic Mexican and the best of reggae with a hint of hip hop connect with Jamaican Gold today.

www.lareggaeclubs.com or www.jamaicangold.com

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