Osheaga: Lined Up

July 16, 2009

I’m gonna miss Osheaga this year. It’s sort of bittersweet because I would’ve loved to go. But I would’ve loved to go on both days and probably shouldn’t spend the $125 for the two day pass. Yesterday, the schedule was released and I can already see a major conflict in interest on Day 1. Both The Roots and Lykke Li are playing at roughly the same time. I wouldn’t know who to catch. It’s no surprise that Coldplay(blah!) finishes day one and that the Beastie Boys are the last band on day two. Full schedule for day one here and for day two here in PDF format.

The Roots (w/Cody Chestnutt) – The Seed 2.0
Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone (acoustic)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Little Shadow (Acoustic)
Ting Tings – Keep Your Head

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The 11.95 Review: Bruno

July 13, 2009

I almost died of laughter when I first saw Borat. I was afraid that I might actually die seeing Bruno after seeing the trailer. And I almost did. Sascha Baron Cohen strikes again as yet another character from Da Ali G show. This time he hits America as the gay Austrian fashionista Bruno and it’s just as, if not more, hilarious as his previous effort.

If Borat offended you, then Bruno will make your moral compass spin and eventually crack. The film’s narrative is actually quite similar to Borat complete with “real” people caught in some terrible moments of humanity. I use quotes because it’s debatable how real any of it is. But real or not the one thing that counts is that it’s damn funny. There’s a rather embarrassing part with Paula Abdul, an unforgettable segment with Ron Paul and a fantastic interview with Harrison Ford.

I thought for a second that Cohen’s follow up would just be more of the same. And it was. But in a good way. There are some of the funniest and filthiest moments I’ve seen at the movies all year in this one. Try not to take yourself so seriously and go see it.

Verdict – 8.5/10

In Brightest Day

July 11, 2009

He gets to do all sorts of things to Scarlett Johansson and now he gets to take flight as Hal Jordan in a big screen adaptation of Green Lantern. I’m thinking he’ll be great as long as the script doesn’t rely too much on humor. Look for it in 2011.

Endless Possibilites

July 11, 2009

I was flipping through stations earlier and stopped at CMT. Now I admittedly do not care for country music. I will never understand why it’s so huge considering that the more popular artists venture into pop. BUt I was compelled to stop when I heard this song. The artist is Sierra Noble and the song is Possibility.

She’s Canadian made, born in Manitoba, and the song is one of the softest, sweetest songs I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t know much about her and she doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page yet. The song is very simple, lacks percussion of any kind and her voice is perfectly fragile. I got that caving in feeling inside when I heard the song and it reminds me of better times with better people. I hate these songs that create sentimentality but at the same time I’m always impressed by the ones that can do it. And this song does it almost better than any other I’ve ever heard. I’m hoping to hear big things from her someday soon. Highly recommended.

Sierra Noble – Possibility