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New Song: “We Made You” Eminem

“We Made You” is the first single released of Eminem’s sixth studio album, Relapse. The song features vocalist Charmagne Tripp, who is impersonating Jessica Simpson. With this track Eminem reverts back to his old style of catchy beats and funny, socially relevant lyrics. Of course, it wouldn’t be Eminem if he didn’t make fun of at least five people in his song. Ripping on Bret Michaels, Amy Winehouse and Jessica Simpson among others, Eminem’s lyrics are ridiculous and offensive.

I personally think the video is a little bit too much, but maybe it is just me. All the same, I enjoy this song and thought Charmagne Tripp’s chorus was very well done. Let us know if you know any more about her.

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Movie Review: State of Play

 State of Play,” directed by Kevin MacDonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) is the story of a group of investigative reporters from the fictional Washington Globe, trying to solve the murder of a prominent Congressman’s aide. The movie is an adaptation of a BBC miniseries of the same title. The film stars Russell Crowe as old fashioned journalist Cal McAffery, in charge of uncovering a web of lies in this mysterious death. Rachel McAdams is Della Frye, a blogger and web journalist who is paired with Crowe to help investigate the murder. Ben Affleck stars as Congressman Stephen Collins, an up and coming politician seemingly blindsided by situations beyond his control.

State of Play is a political/crime thriller/drama that is well composed and acted. The storyline is clever, with a few twists, turns and downright surprises. Crowe, Affleck and McAdams put on solid performances, and the movie is well directed. I was not expecting much from this movie, but was pleasantly surprised. Seeing as there are few quality movies in theaters, “State of Play” is a safe bet to get your money’s worth.

New Trailer: 2012

Slated for release in mid-November, “2012,” written and directed by Roland Emmerich (Independance Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow), is a sprawling epic of devastation that assumes the apocalyptic events predicted by the Myan calander have come true.  Starring John Cusack and Thandie Newton, 2012 looks to be a fall blockbuster movie that will have many people on the edge of their seats. Since the trailer has been released, it already has over 2.5 million hits on Youtube. Let us know if this teaser trailer catches your interest.

Upcoming Movie: Public Enemies

Public Enemies is the story of Federal government’s attempted take down of notorious 1930’s gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Written and Directed by Michael Mann (Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and Collateral), this movie has been called the Scarface of the 21st century by some viewers.  The movie  stars Johnny Depp as John Dillinger,  Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis and Marion Cotillard as Dillinger’s love interest. I am excited about this movie, as I enjoy gangster films and have enjoyed many of Depp and Bale’s past performances. I think the trailer looks pretty good as well.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Artist of the Week: Atmosphere

Atmosphere is a hip-hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota consisting of rapper, Slug and DJ/producer Ant. Although the  indie rap group’s first album came out in 1997, their last few albums have enjoyed the most commercial success, culminating with an appearance on David Letterman. One of the reasons the duo has remained relevant over the years is their constant touring and strong fan base.

Their most recent album, “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold,” received critical acclaim and success, premiering at #5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200, selling 36,000 copies in their first week. Some of my favorite songs are You,

Yesterday, and Sunshine. Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Movie Review: “Observe and Report”

Last evening I was lucky enough to see a free advance screening of “Observe and Report“, starring Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt. Ronnie, the bi-polar head of mall security who’s defining mission is finding and bringing to justice a man who has been flashing women in the mall parking lot.

“Observe and Report” earns its R rating in the first five minutes. Profanity as well as nudity laced, if crude humor is your style, this movie is a must see. There is more to the movie than one garners from the preview, including Ronnie’s delusional goal to become a real police officer, his gang of wacky friends and their obsession with guns, Nell, a Toast a Bun employee and her unique relationship with Ronnie and her fellow employee’s (including her boss, played by Patton Oswalt), Ronnie’s interactions with an Arab American working in the mall who he not so affectionately nicknamed “Saddam” and Ronnie’s hopelessly drunk yet somehow hilarious mother.

Borderline shocking, exceptionally awkward and I’ll say it again, downright crude, “Observe and Report” had me in stitches. If you need a laugh, “Observe and Report” is worth the ten dollars.

Upcoming Movie: “Taking Woodstock”

Although “Taking Woodstock” will not hit theaters until Mid-August, upon seeing the trailer I knew I had to post about this movie. From “Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee comes the motion picture about a young man working at his parent’s motel in the Catskills who inadvertently sets in motion the music festival Woodstock in the summer of 1969. Starring Demitri Martin as Elliot Tiber, the novel and subsequent film are based on the true story of how this legendary music festival began.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.