Sunday, March 02, 2008

Rose, You Would Be A Fool To Jump For This Gold

This weekend I got tickets to the Kanye West “Glow in the Dark Tour” in May. The concert features Kanye West, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. Personally I am looking forward to seeing Lupe Fiasco the most. Not taking anything away from the other artists, I know Kanye and Rihanna will put on a good show, but Lupe has been on my “to see” list for some time know.

Speaking of hip-hop, be sure to check out Rhymefest’s “Man in the Mirror” mix tape. The mix tape finds Rhymefest and Mark Ronson joining forces to make a Michael Jackson tribute album. Yes, I know it sounds odd but trust me the mix tape is well worth checking out. Rhymefest’s flow is as tight as ever, and the Michael Jackson samples are both inventive and hilarious. The mixtape will keep “festheads” like myself content until his sophomore album drops this spring/summer.

Random Song 1: Rhymefest - Foolin' Around (ft. Dres) (MySpace)
Random Song 2: Rhymefest - Man In the Mirror (Myspace)


As odd as this may sound, I think Jumper would have worked better as an hour-long weekly TV series (ala Quantum Leap). The concept is interesting enough that in the hands of a decent writer (say Joss Whedon, Tim Kring, the people who work on Battlestar Galactica, etc.) it could make a decent show.

As a movie, there is not really much to recommend. The special effects are good enough to keep your attention. Yet everything else in this film is awful. The plot holes in this film are ridiculous. We are lead to believe that Jumpers can withstand obscene amounts of electricity, but still can't beat the drunken frat boy at the bar in a one-on-one fight? Also Bilson hasn't seen her friend (whom many believed to be dead) in 8 years, yet she hopes on a plane to Rome with Hayden mere hours after seeing him? It seems that logical thinking was the only thing jumping in this picture. The dialogue was laughable bad, and the acting was fairly wooden. This is especially apparent on the part of Rachel Bilson. Corpses have shown more expression and range than Bilson. I know we are supposed to root for the hero saving the girl, but honestly, I was hoping she would accidentally fall into one of the wormholes or something.

Random Song 3: Destroyer - Libby's First Sunrise (buy)
Random Song 4: Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand A Chance (buy)

La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose follows the exact same formula that countless other films about musicians have followed. We see the rough childhood, the battle with substance abuse, the raw talent that will propel the main character to fame, love lost, etc. Yet the one important thing that the film fails to do is ignite your curiosity to learn more about Edith. There was nothing in the film that really brings home her relevance in history. Nothing that makes you want to run out and read more about her life; download her recordings etc.

I think part of the problem comes down to writer/director Olivier Dahan's script. Despite jumping back and forth through time, Dahan's story seems to rehash the same points over and over. While barely touching on some of the more interesting plot threads. An example is when Dahan highlights Piaf’s as a mother. This point is hinted at early on but only introduced in the last 15 minutes of the film.

Marion Cotillard is the only real bright spot to this by the numbers biopic. She does a great job of portraying Edith over the course of twenty-four years. Cotillard's performance helps to keep the film interesting. I only wish that Dahan's script and direction were as exciting.

Random Song 5: Mark Ronson - Toxic (ft. Tiggers) (buy)
Random Song 6: Bon Jovi vs. Eminem vs. Timbaland - Mockingbird Prayer (courtesy of Icky)

Fool's Gold

I will go on record by saying I will be extremely shocked if Fool’s Gold does not receive several nominations at the end of the year. This film has "Razzie Awards" written all over it. This film is the leading candidate in my book for worst film of the year.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson (remember when they actually took film seriously? Yep, I miss those days too) had some chemistry in "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days." A film I found mildly entertaining at best. That chemistry is non-existent in this movie. In Fool’s Gold, McConaughey and Hudson play a recently divorced couple that must join forces to find treasury buried at sea. Needless to say: comedic (and I use that term loosely) mishaps occur during their adventure; McConaughey goes topless in every other scene; the supporting cast (which includes Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner and Ray Winstone! ) all contemplate firing their agents; at the end, the audience shed tears of joy that the wretched film is finally over…okay that was just me.

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