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Late Night Rant: The Finals, Injustice and Selena Gomez

Here’s what’s on tap tonight: 

1. Finals Flame Out? 

LBJ angryIf you know anything about me, then you know that I am a huge LeBron James fan and thus one of the Miami Heat, who are currently up 3-2 in their series against the rough and rugged Indiana Pacers. And even though nothing is guaranteed, it seems likely that they will win one of the next two games and advance to The Finals, where the San Antonio Spurs await after having swept the Memphis Grizzlies. But from what I’ve seen in this series, I’m concerned about my favourite team’s chances to repeat as NBA champions. Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two of the Heat’s Big 3, are injured and haven’t been playing well at all. Even in the last game, LeBron ended up taking over in the 3rd quarter (in which he scored 16 of his 30 points) and basically winning the game for his team alone with a little bit of help from one Udonis Haslem (he went 5-5 from the field in the 3rd quarter). If the Heat are to have a chance against the rested and waiting Spurs, then the Heat will need all of their cogs meshing together and that means both Wade and Bosh have to be very good or great. So far they haven’t been impressive. I sure hope I’m wrong about this…

2. Injustice

injusticeIf you love fighting games and you like DC comic book heroes, then you will absolutely love the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Wii. I have an Xbox, personally. The game is extremely fluid and fun, while allowing you to play with all of the heroes and villains you know so well; such as: Superman, the Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor,  Deathstroke, Shazam, the Flash and Ares, to name a few. The game is one of, if not the best fighter I’ve ever played and is just an extraordinary amount of fun. The combos are wicked and the moves are entertaining and exciting. The levels are visually stunning and the story is solid. The game was made by NetherRealm, the same people who created the Mortal Kombat games, and does not disappoint from all of the epic trailers they released. If you’re super intense about gaming, they even break down the moves for you by frame rate; which is kind of ridiculous in my opinion, but I’m sure it’s very helpful. It’s great for casual gamers as well and works beautifully online even with a mediocre connection. Here’s a trailer. So yeah. Pick it up if you haven’t already.

3. Gomez Album and Chat

sg come and get itAgain, if you know something about me, you know that I…err, appreciate what Selena Gomez does and stands for. Very recently she announced that she is going to be releasing a new album (this is coming after just putting out her latest single Come and Get It) and I’m pretty pumped. It’s been a long time since she made any music (I mean a really long time) and I enjoy listening to it. So I’m glad that now I’ll have options instead of just listening to the single on repeat. Gomez also said that she’ll be having a live chat on YouTube this Monday at 7:00PM to talk about the album, answer questions and of course, give away some prizes and stuff like that. It’s pretty cool that she’s been as active as she has been recently and it’s a good sign for fans. As a little extra bonus, she tweeted and posted on Facebook about an upcoming movie that she’ll be in called Getaway. Yes, things are looking up in the world.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for ya tonight. 

Stay frosty.

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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

This movie has made me want to read the novel.
This movie has made me want to read the novel.

First off, let me tell you that I have not read the book that this film is based off of, so I have absolutely no bias towards it in the slightest. I went into the theatre expecting nothing great. No pun intended.

The feeling I came out with surprised me.

This movie actually was great. In fact, it’s one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve gone to see in a long while. Everything just seemed to flow well together and smoothly. Many critics were rattled by what they saw as an overt use of colour and brightness, but I found that it wasn’t any more over the top than it needed to be.

The music was interesting, as they chose to fuse present day songs with the 1920s style setting. Amazingly, this didn’t impact the movie in the way you think it would. The flow remained smooth and nothing felt really out of place other than the fact that the audience undoubtedly noticed that it was current music. The song choices themselves were great and added to the scenes they were used in, making everything pleasing to the eye.

Speaking of pleasing to the eye, Leonardo DiCaprio had one of the best performances in this movie that I’ve seen in a while. Again, I haven’t read the novel, but it felt like he played Jay Gatsby to a tee. He made you feel the pain and hope that Gatsby held and made you root for him within minutes of screen time. He was easy to sympathize with and did an unreal job of showing the difficulty his character had with the love he held for Daisy (Carey Mulligan).

Specifically, the scene that Gatsby has with the main antagonist, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), is one of the most intense and well done scenes in the entire movie. It has the audience focused and on the edge of their seats. The tension in the the theatre was so thick I could have cut it with a knife.

Tobey Maguire did a solid job in his performance as the main character, Nick Carraway. He played the “sidekick” role in this movie rather well and everything really did seem as though it as coming from behind his eyes. He was easy to identify with and the audience quickly was able to cozy in with him for the full ride of the flick.

The narration, spoken by Maguire, can only be taken from the novel itself. The words are all so perfect for the movie and are brilliant in themselves. The writing is just fabulous, it is no wonder that the book was such a huge success. As an author myself, this is always what I’m most interested in and Mr. Fitzgerald (the author) definitely proved himself worthy of high praise.

The words make the movie that much more intense and poetic, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. They also help the audience understand Carraway’s character while simultaneously adding to the plot.

The ending of the flick is, of course, sad and for a moment almost disappointing until it is understood that it could not have ended any other way in Fitzgerald’s mind. Carraway ends up broken, Gatsby dies and Daisy leaves with her jerk of a husband.

But when the film ends with the lines about the past, something which Gatsby and Carraway talk about extensively earlier on, one just has to give the author and the movie the respect it deserves. I know I’m being a little vague here, but you really just have to see the movie to understand what I’m talking about at this point.

If I had any knocks on this movie, it would have to be that Carraway ends up turning the story he’s telling to a doctor into a novel in which he calls, The Great Gatsby. This seems super lame until you realize that this book was written in 1925, so Fitzgerald did it before a lot of other filmmakers and authors overused it.

Overall, it was a great film with amazing writing, good acting (DiCaprio is really worth seeing) and a fun but mysterious feel. I highly recommend it.

Rating out of 100: 80

Late Night Rant: New band, NBA and Gilbert Gottfried

So I’m doing another one of these. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

1. Imagine Dragons

imagine dragonsThese guys are a band I just came across today when my roommate showed me their music. I must say, it has taken me aback with how much I like it. It’s the kind of stuff where you think you like it the first time you hear it, but you want to hear it again a few more times just to make sure. After I heard the original song that got me, Radioactive, I sought out more of their tunes and found that I enjoyed almost all of them; which is weird for me. I don’t know anything about this band at all except that they’re good and you should check them out if you’re looking for someone new to listen to or give a chance.

Their music is also the kind that, if you’re like me, brings up a lot of things to think about. Just the sound and the way the lyrics are sung strikes something within me that makes me smile and delve into deeper thought. It’s one of those things that’s hard to explain, so you just kind of have to listen to it, y’know?

Click here if you’re interested.

2. Miami Heat VS Milwaukee Bucks

heat vs bucksGame 2 was played tonight at the American Airlines Arena and the Bucks sure showed up to play. It’s strange though, it was much the opposite type of game that they played in the previous one. Before, they leaned heavily on Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to provide scoring. Tonight, not so much. Instead, their entire team got involved except those two. It gave the Heat a bit of a run for their money for most of the game until they got into the fourth quarter, where the Heat spouted off a 12-0 run in just over two minutes.

Yikes.

As for the Heat, they took the game and now lead the series 2-0. But they still haven’t played great in either of the games they’ve played. They have looked strong at points, but never for the entire game. I’m hoping that part of it is the fact that they’re playing the Bucks, but who knows? As the series shifts to Milwaukee, perhaps they’ll play with a bit more intensity for more of the game.

Right now though, it’s looking like this series really will end in a sweep. Sorry Bucks, just bad luck.

3. Gilbert Gottfried 

gilbert-gottfriedOne of my roommates (a different one than the one who introduced me to Imagine Dragons) showed me this absolutely hilarious video tonight that is just Gilbert Gottfried reading from the novel 50 Shades of Grey. It is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Mixing his voice with the mature subject matter of the book is simply hysterical. If you don’t laugh at stuff like this, then you’re not human. I suppose it would be even more funny if you’ve actually read the book (I haven’t and never will), but nonetheless it’s the best video I’ve seen on the internet in a long while. The dude’s just got a classic voice.

Click here if you wanna see the video. But be warned, the book he’s reading from contains explicit content… Duh.

Well, that’s it for tonight. Hope you guys enjoyed this! I’ll be doing more of these in the future for sure.

Stay frosty.