Saturday, December 31, 2016

Worst Movies Of 2016

Wow! There were a lot of bad movies that came out this year! I could have easily made this a top twenty worse movies of the year but settled on twelve s it matched my Best Movies Of 2016 list. Some of these movies, if marketed as comedies, would have gotten a far higher rating from me.

"This movie wasn't hot garbage but I would never tell someone to watch it no matter how much they liked the first one. This takes place twenty years after the first and in case you're wondering, Vivica Fox is not still a stripper. She a nurse now. Yay her...I guess."

Best Movies Of 2016

This is a list of my twelve favorite movies of 2016. It started off really rough with good films being few and far between but started to pick up towards the end of the year. While quite a few of these are blockbuster superhero films there were some really good small films that came out this year that you should check out. I ended up seeing close to 40 new movies which sounds like a lot but I usually see closer to 70. If you disagree with this list go get a hobby. 

"I got to see La La Land with Cam at the Arclight over on Sunset and I have to say that this movie made me all kinds of happy! Just pure happy! This is why movies are made and why I go to see them. I love when a movie makes me feel something strongly whether its joy, excitement, or laughter."

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Ross Radio Show 173

People say there is no good rap music out these days. While most of it is in Canada there are some really good mixtapes and albums out there if you loo for them. I decided to put one together from artists and songs that I have played the hell out of this year. Royce Da 5'9” Savages and Dead President's Heads. Talib Kweli Attack the Block and Letter From The Government. Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram) Lights On and Fell Into The Sun. Killer Mike Ric Flair and Run The Jewels Blockbuster Night 1 and All Due Respect. Click here for previous Ross Radio Shows.

Theater Whore: La La Land

La La Land 10/10

I got to see La La Land with Cam at the Arclight over on Sunset and I have to say that this movie made me all kinds of happy! Just pure happy! This is why movies are made and why I go to see them. I love when a movie makes me feel something strongly whether its joy, excitement, or laughter. I'm not into being sad. I know. Weird, right? Cam says she would for sure call this movie a musical while I think its just the way older films were made where all of a sudden people would just start dancing and singing to express how they feel. Hell, I do it with Cam and my cousin Jasmine. I'll just make up songs or dance like an ass because I am excited or on a food high which strikes just before getting the “itis.” If this movie doesn't cheer you up maybe you shouldn't have come right after a funeral.

Friday, December 23, 2016

My Song Of The Week: Shine

I did this remix of Rihanna's song Diamonds and called it Shine. This was a fun one to play around with and helps me continue doing remixes of artists I don't like all that much. Click here for previous My Song Of The Week.


Theater Whore: Manchester By The Sea

Manchester By The Sea 9/10

This will have some spoilers. Last night Cam and I went to see the movie Manchester By The Sea. I wasn't quite sure what this movie was even about but I like some of the cast fine so I wasn't opposed to checking it out. We went to the Arclight over in Culver City which was the first time for me at that location. Its not close to as well set up as the one over on Sunset but its ten times better than The Grove. That place is the devil. This movie is about a guy in Boston named Lee Chandler played by Casey Affleck. He is a janitor for multiple apartments and just goes about his day cleaning up and fixing folks shit. One night he gets hammered at a bar before getting into a brawl.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Song Of The Week: Given Hell

I did this remix of All American Rejects song Gives You Hell. This is one of those songs that even if you don't know it you know it. I really like the way this came out and have listened to it about eight times already. Click here for previous My Song Of The Week.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Review: London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen 3/10

I read my review again for the movie Olympus Has Fallen from a few years back and apparently I really enjoyed it. I just watched London Has Fallen tonight and can not say the same thing. This movie is about terrorists getting revenge and the reason why seems amazingly justified. The bad guy is at his daughters wedding and it gets bombed killing a bunch of folks but not him. He decides to attack all these word leaders including the president Benjamin Asher again played by Aaron Eckhart. Of course there to protect him is Mike Banning played by Gerard Butler. Instead of ignoring his wife like in the first film she is pregnant so that means there is one more dangerous mission.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Review: The Iceman

The Iceman 5/10

I finally watched this movie The Iceman starring Michael Shannon as the real life serial killer Richard Kuklinski. I had meant to watch this for a while since I watched the documentary about the guy years ago on cable. This movie should have been way better than it was but it seemed like they were trying to make this lunatic somewhat a good guy and as if he were just doing bad things to get money to give his family a better life. They showed a few moments of him losing his shit at home but left out how he beat his wife played by Winona Ryder and would be evil as hell for long periods of time. In this it was more like he would lose his temper and some of the bad would get out for his family to see. This movie definitely had a Goodfellas vibe to it which wasn't helped by the fact that Ray Liotta was in it.

My Song Of The Week: Trouble

Almost as a dare on myself I did a remix of the Taylor Swift song I Knew You Were Trouble. Its at 75 bpm with some 150 thrown in. The beat is from a previous song I did called The Setup. Click here for previous My Song Of The Week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Review: Blade 2

Blade II 6/10

This movie did not age well. I recently watched Blade II again and can say that it has been well over ten years since I saw it. This came out in 2002 where we thought we had mastered the art of making CGI characters based off of real people look realistic when fighting. This one takes place a few years after te first film with Blade searching for Whistler who has been turned into a vampire. I think. I'm pretty sure he is. Either way, Blade's new partner Scud does not trust Whistler and Whistler is old as fuck and does not care for the work Scud does. Its mad dramatic, yo.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Song Of The Week: Punch Drunk In Love

I know it has been a hot minute since I did one of these but even though I have not been posting music on here I have been making songs like crazy. Over 20 of them since my last My Song Of The Week. Not even sure why I have been such a lazy ass about it. I wanted to make a song with acoustic guitars and it ended up turning into this remix of Drunk In Love featuring Beyonce and Jay-Z and became Punch Drunk In Love. Hope you like it. This, like most of what I make, is meant to be listened to with headphones on. Click here for previous episodes.

(bonus song) Dreamt

This song was done because of a podcast I listened to with Steven Kotler. He spoke of doing creative things as soon as you woke up so I gave it a try with a beat instead of writing like I normally would.

The Review: The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride 8/10

I finally watched the movie The Princess Bride from 1987. I know, I know. So soon, right? I only knew a few things about this movie like the guy from Saw was in this (Cary Elwes), Andre The Giant was in it, and Ruben from Dead Like Me (Mandy Patinkin) was there. So imagine my shock when Wonder Years is being read this story by Columbo. That is pretty much why I gave this a score less than 10. Whenever the movie would stop when Fred Savage would whine or complain I was yanked right out of the movie. It didn't need him or his grandfather and I wish there was a version without their little interludes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Review: Zootopia

Zootopia 10/10

I watched Zootopia and this was one of the cutest damned movies I've seen in a long time. My grown ass was sitting here going “Aww...” a few times while watching. I'm not ashamed to admit it. This is about a bunny named Judy Hopps that wants to be a police officer when she was little and everyone straight out laughed at her. Her own parents are even tell her that its never happened before and she should just stay on the farm with them and her 200-something siblings. While protecting a sheep and another rabbit from a fox he knocks her down and scratches her face to remind her that his kind used to hunt hers. I was like “Oh,no he didn't just scratch this bunny! STOP SCRATCHING THAT BUNNY!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Review: The Green Room

The Green Room 7/10

A while back I saw the trailer for this movie and while I know it came out in theaters I could not find a place nearby actually playing it. The Green Room was also Anton Yelchin's last film before his death. Or maybe it was that bad Star Trek movie. Either way, he and Patrick Stewart are the people I knew from other things. This is about a punk band that gets hired to play at a gig with some neo-Nazi's as the crowd. They go there and one of them witnesses a crime. The bad guys are like “Its cool, just relax...” and the next thing you know they are trapped in the green room with a big ass dude with a gun and a bunch of bad guys on the outside.

The Review: Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man 8/10

Someone at work showed me the trailer for Swiss Army Man and the next day my cousin Jasmine mentioned it because she had seen it. We decided to check it out and I am so glad we did. This is one of those movies where if the trailer doesn't get you interested you should skip it. I saw it and was all in. This stars Paul Dano as this guy named Hank all alone on an island that wants to just die. He is just about to hang himself when he notices a man wash ashore. He slips and for real begins to hang before falling down and pulling the body ashore.

Theater Whore: Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals 1/10

A couple of nights ago Cam asked if I wanted to see a movie. Of course I wanted to so we went to the Arclight and imagine my shock when I saw how packed the theater was when we were choosing seats. All of the seats are good so we got them and I have to say my body was not ready for this shit fest that we were about to experience. Nocturnal Animals will go down as one of the worse movies I have ever seen in a theater next to Tomb Raider and Mr. Bean. The only thing that made it tolerable was trying not to laugh at things that should have been artistic and Cam's reaction to the most random things that made her crack up with laughter.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Review: 13th


I cant really give this a number rating for my review since 13th was a documentary. I cant even say that I enjoyed it because it wasn't a laugh fest in any sense of the word. This is a series of interviews talking about the 13th Amendment that states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” and how it was used to make freed Black folk into prisoners and in a lot of cases work. They listed some companies that use prison labor like McDonald's where they sew their uniforms, Wal-Mart with prison grown produce, Victoria's Secret (get that image out of your head, ladies), CostCo, Starbucks, and many more. The shit is depressing.