The Imitation Game [REVIEW]

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I am behind on my Oscar/Golden Globe film watching. I’ve normally seen at least half of them by now and I’m pretty sure Imitation Game is one of the few on the I’ve actually watched.

The film and the performances were great. For people who are fans of historical films then this is another reason to make sure it’s on your list to watch. Though I count myself as a history buff, historical films are sort of like defensive lineman in American Football, because of their categorization they can never become the best of an overall group for me. The reason for this is because my nature is to spend the whole of the film wondering if what is being shown on screen is historically accurate. I watch the film and I start thinking about googling articles like Slate’s How Accurate Is The Imitation Game?

The positive effect of these films is that they inspire me to learn more about subjects I either knew about passively, which is the case with the Imitation Game, or knew nothing about at all.

Books like these get added to my wishlist:

Alan Turing: The Enigma
Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma
The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park
Enigma: The Battle for the Code
Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code (Polish Histories)

I’ve noticed this inefficiency in my movie watching and I adjust to watching it for what it really is, a story. From that point of view the film is a must see. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a wonderful character based on Alan Turning and is much better than I felt he was in Star Trek. It also gives me an positive introduction to him as the actor most likely to play Dr. Strange.

There isn’t a bad character in this film. All were developed sufficiently and the pacing and action of the film delivered. It received its well deserved nomination at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

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2015 Movie List Based on Golden Globes and Oscars

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My wife and I do this thing every year. After getting sick of wasting our time watch crappy movies we make a list of the Oscar nominated films and start checking them off, adding certain snubbed films and never forgetting our corny comic book and sci-fi roots (yes we love the Marvel movies and crapfests like Jupiter Ascending).

We normally get a decent start on this list but not this year, we have plenty to watch, write, talk and think about.

American Sniper 
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Boyhood 
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
The Imitation Game 
Selma 
The Theory of Everything 
Whiplash 

Foxcatcher
Two Days, One Night
Still Alice
Gone Girl
Wild
Ida Poland
Leviathan Russia
Tangerines Estonia
Timbuktu Mauritania
Wild Tales Argentina
Citizenfour -Documentary
Finding Vivian Maier -Documentary
Last Days in Vietnam -Documentary
The Salt of the Earth -Documentary
Virunga -Documentary
Big Hero 6 
The Boxtrolls 
How to Train Your Dragon 2 
Song of the Sea 
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)

The films in bold we put a slightly stronger emphasis on since we skew towards the Academy Award nominees. I personally love the foreign films, but they are often difficult to find, haven’t watched all of the 2014 nominees yet.

Horror Movie Music: Cannibal Corpse Brings “A Skeletal Domain” to Las Vegas

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Horror movies exist and are popular because the allow us to explore our uncomfortable fight or flight feelings without actually being in any danger. Kids can’t parse the reality with the fiction and have more trouble sleeping at night after a well paced ghost story or scream filled blood bath. Horror films themselves have changed over the years, Dracula and The Mummy eventually gave way to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre which inspired the crazy 80s slasher flicks where Freddy Kruger killed teenagers in their dreams, Jason chased around people with a knife, Michael Myers did the same and Chuckie was a murderous children’s toy.

Horror in the 90s and 2000s gave way to more gruesome scenes but also aimed at being psychological. The psychology manifested itself in the style of the Japanese remakes of the Grudge and The Ring also in the puzzle filled mayhem of the Saw series. Today we have a ton zombies. Tons and tons of zombies.

The same ideas in horror movies exist in music too. There is the Rob Zombie type of industrial influenced catchy hard rock and there are death metal bands like Cannibal Corpse.

Except for the Death, that created the death metal genre, Cannibal Corpse are the most popular and most relevant death metal band in the world. Take the most disgusting thing you can think of, say stabbing a vagina with a knife or ejaculating blood, maybe necrophilia? Cannibal Corpse has horror story type lyrics for all these things. In fact necrophilia has its own subset of urinating on maggot filled assholes, necrophilia with amputees and the “sucking out the goo, feast on her crotch” sort of necrophilia which you know doesn’t have a scientific name but nonetheless is a thing because there’s a Cannibal Corpse lyric about it.

If you get the feeling that Cannibal Corpse are being shocking for the sake of being shocking? Yup you got it right.

Their new album A Skeletal Domain seems to have taken up the Resident Evil and Walking Dead, undead murdering mutant thing. I prefer that, but the old stuff is what it is, silly B horror movie crap. If you’re a fan of Cannibal Corpse already then you’ll like this, it’s nothing new, but you’re a fan and you don’t want anything new. You want the same violent brutal, no clean singing, intense death metal you’ve come to know and love from Corpse Grinder and the crew.

My preference in the world of Death Metal has always been the technical death metal like Suffocation or grindcore bands like Carcass and Cryptopsy. Then there’s Gorguts, who have transcended death metal and still remain filled with both death and metal. Cannibal Corpse is a mainstay and anything they release or anytime they come through town they are a metalhead must. You’ll lose your hesher license if you’ve never seen Cannibal Corpse live.

They came through Vegas on February 6th along with Behemoth (who I also have something say about), and their fans were in full force. The 130 pound female security guard in the pit was head banging while attempting to keep fat bearded white dudes of questionable levels of sanitation safe.

No worries, she had blue gloves on.

You may be actually grossed out if you took the time to read the lyrics, but why are trying to get so deep with something that was never meant to be taken seriously?

Cannibal Corpse live makes you see the horror movie connection better than listening to the recorded music. Zombies and serial killers, being grossed in the safety of a film or death metal song, that’s Cannibal Corpse and live they’re a bunch of fat dudes head banging.

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was annoyed that the crowd wasn’t head banging to every song. It was by no means a sedated crowd in Las Vegas that night, the main pit never calmed down and the small pits that opened up near the stage got especially crazy. Cannibal Corpse is built for one thing: extreme metal hand banging.

Enjoy it and fire up those chain saws, cut their fucking heads off!

The Curator Mix #1

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Listen to my curated mess by clicking here here

A little taste of what’s been going through my ears recently and why:

***Rich Gang “Flava” from The Tour Part 1 Mixtape***

I’m on the Young Thug bandwagon. Like many on this bandwagon, I have no idea why I’m on it, I just know I’m here and enjoying my time. Rich Homie Quan ain’t a slouch either.

***White Lighter “Omen” from Self Titled Debut***

This is a dude who probably stuggles to pay rent, but I’ve been following Mark Salomon for a long time and his song writing sticks with me. This might be too normal for some people, but it’s a solid rock song and I’m just a fan.

***Tool “Rosetta Stoned” from 10,000 Days***

I feel most fans dislike this album and I was right there with them, but many of these songs have grown on me over the years and Rosetta Stoned is one of the weirdest songs they’ve ever written and here it is for you.

***BLKHRTS “Pack a Day” from Death,Romance and the color BLK***

This is one of the many Deathbomb Arc bands I’m fucking with. The jury is still out on many of these, I threw this in there because it’s a taste of what the label shoots for. They recently released a sampler on bandcamp, google it cause I don’t feel like linking to it.

***White Mandingos “My First White Girl” The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me***

Murs has a way of being funny and satirical but at the same time having a real message. If you get the message in this song you might be dumb or if you don’t you might be dumb… does that make any sense?

***Cannibal Corpse “Kill of Become” From “A Skeletal Domain”

I’m gonna go see Cannibal Corpse along with Behemoth in a few days and this song is cool, zombies and killing and what not. Can’t wait to FIRE UP THE CHAINSAW-HACK ALL THEIR FUCKING HEADS OFF-IF YOU WANT TO LIVE YOU HAVE TO KILL OR BECOME

Watch “Modest Mouse – The Best Room (Audio)” on YouTube

We missed you Modest Mouse, welcome back. New album out soon.

Modest Mouse – The Best Room (Audio): http://youtu.be/Bmw8lVXHIms

Raygun (Feat DOOM) by Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD



For those of us on the edge of our seats waiting for the occasionally talked about Doomstarks record, here’s a taste of what’s to come. Ghostface Killah and Doom have previously worked together on a number of tracks.

It should also be noted that this song is not an early release from the Doomstarks record but a release from Ghostface Killah’s new record with BADBADNOTGOOD, a great collaboration in its own right.

Sour Soul by BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah comes out February 24th.
Doomstarks comes out in 2015.

Lambgoat Compiles a Sortable List of All the Hardcore and Metal Albums That Were Released in 2014

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Maybe you’d like to review how good 2014 was for heavy music? Well if that’s the case the guys at Lambgoat have compiled a list of all the releases in the world of hardcore and metal released in 2014.

I will be visiting this often next year as it was impossible to keep up with everything that was happening in the extreme music world when you’re spending so much time listening to other kinds of music too.

Dälek Releases First New Music in 4 Years

It’s been years since Dälek has released new material. This video is timely and very socially aware. The beat isn’t as crazy as most Dälek fans would want and hope for but new music on a topic that is important makes me excited about what might be coming right around the corner.

The song will be featured on the upcoming film 6 Angry Women.

“Police State is Nervous” is Dälek’s first new music release since 2011. Hopefully soon we get solid information on a new album and a tour.

clipping. Release New Video For “Get Up”

Clipping is currently putting out some of the best hip hop you can find. Their first album Midcity (and is free) took the internet by storm and created an avant-garde piece of hip-hop that was still accessible due to Daveed Diggs’ flow and lyrical style. Get Up is from their new album released by Sub Pop.

William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes create intense atmosphere of noise and quiet for Diggs’ to wrap his lyrics around. This is their new video ‘Get Up’ all set Daveed Diggs rapping over the obnoxious noise of an alarm clock. You’d think it’d be terrible but both the sounds and sights keep you hypnotized.

White Lighter’s Self-Titled New Album [REVIEW]

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Are you into rock albums?

How about well written non-pretentious not too artsy rock lyrics that work with the music that surrounds it?

Well boy, then I got a deal for you!

White Lighter is a new project from Mark Salomon and Steven Dail from the golden age of “we’re not a christian band, but christians in a band” era of hard rock. Mark Salomon you may know from his most popular group Stavesacre, he has also done interesting stuff with The Crucified, Neon Horse and memorable guest spots with Argyle Park and Chatterbox (go find Chatterbox kids.. really go we’ll wait). Outer Circle, his foray into old school punk is one of my favorite punk albums ever.

Steven Dail played his part in one of the better Nu-Metal bands Project 86, yup I called them that, and was also a member of Neon Horse and the cray cray under appreciated Crash Rickshaw one off album.

Now along with Jason Martin who’s paid his dues in Starflyer and Neon Horse (wait a second, isn’t this group literally Neon Horse?) and a soon to be released project called Low and Behold.

That’s more background than I’m used to giving.

Mark Salomon is a guy that probably waits tables by day, yet his song writing has had a profound effect on me. I’ve enjoyed its mystery and its nuance, I’ve loved the way it allowed me to insert my own meaning to the words despite knowing he’s probably writing about something completely different.

On some occasions his song writing style has allowed me to interpret them in different ways across different moments in my life.

I am a fan. You may not be.

This album might be too standard for you. But when it comes to these three I’m used to nuance and I expect it and I get it here.

This probably won’t go down as my favorite piece of work by anyone in this group, simply because I’m older and I’ve been influenced by other art at a time I was more apt to be influenced. But these artists haven’t let me down, I am aware of the standard and quality I’m going to get from them and that’s why I buy their music and that’s why I’ll watch them live if they mosey through Las Vegas.

White Lighter’s debut album is good piece of work and is a definite must if you’re familiar with the group and perhaps if you’re young enough, an album whose music and lyrics will leave an imprint on your heart and mind.

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    Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 by Anthony Beevor

    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by
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    Sandman by Neil Gaiman

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