^ I'll allow it. Poor poor Jordy. Oh well, at least they have Devante Adams waiting in the wings to breakout. Thank god they re-signed Cobb too. Also nice timing with them drafting Ty Montgomery (he was dope at Stanford). Plus they have Jeff Janis, who is basically another version of Jordy, albeit shittier.
Anyway, I'm gonna delay this Boreds fantasy draft another week to see if we can get more teams. C'mon you guys, joiiiiiiiiiiiin.
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation (Thought I wrote about it in here last week, oh well). Super Solid movie. I never gave a shit about the MI franchise before, but went because the reviews were solid here. Great stunt work all around, and the girl in it should become a big time breakout star after. B+ Straight Outta Compton Saw it last night, and it was way awesome. It has obvious flaws -- its one big Ice Cube wankfest in a way, plus the guy they got to play Suge Knight kinda sucks and isn't intimidating at all -- but they did a great job at showing the innate charisma each of the main 3 NWA dudes possessed, and how each of them were products of a crazy fucking environment and time period. I was worried it'd be an elaborate white washing, black & white version of their past too, but they did a great job of showing how fucked up they used to be. I was also surprised that they made Jerry Heller such a nuanced character. It's also pretty damn funny. Didn't expect to see an elaborate origin story behind the "Bye Felicia" throwaway line from Friday, or Ice Cube literally saying "Man, this shit is funny!" outloud while writing the script for Friday. I hope the guy they got to play Easy E blows up after this too, he was probably the most solid actor, with Ice Cube's kid giving the 2nd best performance. I don't think this movie will win awards, but it's definitely gonna be something I watch over and over again on cable. A-/B+
Yup last night's episode was good. No twists, just solid character development and Elliot catching up with the audience (aka another split personality of his) and a solid reference to Fight Club (but its not even the end of the story, just the episode, that's the best part). I like how Tyrell's life went completely down the shitter and now he's all in with Elliot, whatever that means. I also dig how we have both a protagonist we can't trust, with an antagonist we can't trust, working together to change the world, and with no hint at what could possibly happen in the wake of it. Finale should be solid. I'm bummed it's already gonna be over because it's been a hell of a week long love affair for me.
Sooooooooooooooooo we still got spots in our Boreds Fantasy League. Still gonna do that $50 buy in, which we can all send in on draft day. Who is interested? C'mon Atila and Fellside and Chris Benoit and HpH. Draft is scheduled for Sunday August 30 at 7 PM PST
Gotdamn she is smoking hot in that video. She's got like a Rachel Leigh Cook vibe here. She probably shouldn't have engaged with those dumb 4Chan trolls in another crusade against how horribly misogynistic the internet can be, but fuck anyone who posts on 4Chan anyway. She's the shit. So far the two new songs (this and "Never Ending Circles") are pretty good, but don't blow my mind. I kinda wanted more guitar on their next album and that's not happening on either. Also both these songs sound exactly like something Genesis made. Whatevs, they're probably my favorite band out there now, so I'm sure the new album will be good regardless.
As for other music I'm digging, I actually suck and got really really into the Paramore album from 2 years ago. I never listen to the radio, so I definitely missed out on when "Ain't It Fun" got huge, but fuck that song is amazing. The rest of the album is actually great from top to bottom too. Just goes to show you that those two brothers who quit the band and threw all that shade at Hayley and the other two were holding them back. This album just fucking owned their asses. Oh and the 2nd new song from The Wonder Years is good. Deafheaven released a new song today from their new album, which is probably only 2nd to Chrvches on my list of most anticipated of the year. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17629-deafheaven-brought-to-the-water/
^ Yeah sorry about your loss Morgan (and for the late reply). That whole write up was beautiful though. BTW don't be a stranger yo, if you're ever around Orange County again, hit me up and I'll buy ya a beer.
In other news, I never ended up moving to Fresno because my boss switched my project at the last second. So I've been hanging in the San Marcos/Carlsbad/Oceanside/Vista area lately. Its pretty damn nice out here, just sucks that I've had to live like a nomad. I really wanna go full adult and get my own place or whatever and I freaking can't because apparently I'm supposedly going to Fresno sometime within the next few months (or it might be later in 2016).
I could have sworn I wrote up a whole thing in here about how much the finale sucked too, but whatevs. I just thought it was funny how they filmed that train station shootout at the new ARCTIC station in Anaheim, across from the Honda Center where I used to work, and kinda down the street from where I am now in Santa Ana. STOP STALKING ME TRUE DETECTIVE. LOL at how the central mystery over the killing turned out to be boring as fuck, and just led to an exploration about the most convoluted secret rich people conspiracy ever. Oh andI can't believe people didn't predict Ray getting shot up and killed in that forest, and subsequently treated it like it was a brilliant move. All you had to do was remember the cool dream sequence in episode 3 to know that he was going to inevitably go out like that. It was just hilarious how contrived it all ended up to be, because he was out scott free, but had to do the stereotypical "Gaze at my dumb kid one last time" thing. And the gut punch with his stupid memo not getting uploaded was just funny. Season 2 took itself way too seriously, and I enjoyed hate watching it. But now that I realized I could have spent the entire time watching Mr. Robot instead, I get mad at myself for wasting my life doing so.
Well I'm all caught up on this and its safe to say that its my favorite new show of the year, and the best show of the summer (even beating Hannibal, which has been on fire the last few weeks). Now I'm on a mission to get my friends watching before the season ends next week. Just gotta get them to look past the stupid stupid (albeit memorable) title. I am so damn happy that Rami Malek finally has something great to do now. Dude has been an underrated actor ever since The Pacific, and now he found the perfect role where he can be both charismatic and weird. Props to the show for getting us so invested in the secondary characters so quickly too. By episode 3 I was super worried about all of em, especially Shayla (and I am now going to become a Frankie Shaw fan for life). And the dude who plays Tyrell is great too. He's the perfect mix of Patrick Bateman and Pete Campbell. I know we still have 2 episodes left to go, but I really do think this is going to be our next Breaking Bad. Its so damn smart and has so much potential to get even better. Hell, episode 6 "Brave Traveler" may have been the best episode of a TV Drama this year (beating out "Five-O" from Better Call Saul). and it actually might just be considered a separate standalone episode that barely has to do with the bigger picture of the show.
Its bad that I want to more fucked up preseason injuries to happen so that we can finally stop talking about this stupid Ballghazi issue. Poor Arian Foster. Just like Stephen Jackson on that shitty Falcons Hard Knocks, now we get to see how he goes down in a week's time. The Texans have nothing going for them now, so they might as well let JJ Watt play running back or tight end all the time.