Tuesday, October 28, 2014

8 Things the Boston Celtics showed us in the preseason

Boston Celtics 2014-2015 preseason
"I missed the Celtics THIS much"
Wit the 2014-2015 now just around the corner, the time has come to take stock of the Celtics. GM Danny Ainge partook in quite some wheeling and dealing, bringing in guys like Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Dwight Powell, Will Bynum and draftees Marcus Smart and James Young, and trading away Keith Bogans and Joel Anthony. We only have glorified scrimmages the preseason to go by, but the Celtics definitely showed a lot of potential in those games, going 5-3. Do preseason games mean anything? Heck no, but, just like last year, I did take away a couple of things.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) by Michael Bay
Cowabunga dudes
Last week marked the first edition of Quero@TheMovies. While most of my colleagues decided to check out The Drop (the sophomore feature film of Belgian director Michaël Roskam), myself, Jeroen, Mark & René decided to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the only right option out there. Sure, director Michael Bay is known for serving up hot garbage, but the TMNT franchise will always have a magnetic pull on me. I have many fond memories of the first animated series, the theme song for which gives me chills to this very day, the awesome figurines, and the 1990 Steve Barron movie. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Minor roster tweaks instead of major splash for Celtics

Boston Celtics acquire Will Bynum
BOOM goes the Bynumite
Celtics fans all over the world knew that two things could happen this summer.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by Wes Ball
aMAZEing
James Dashner's The Maze Runner series has certainly taken our family by storm. Earlier in the year, I bought the books, and I had to literally fight my siblings for a chance to read them myself. My sister Margot, in particular, got completely lost in the fandom, feverishly tweeting @jamesdashner and director @wesball, making an epic fan video, and getting herself invited to an exclusive fan screening in Amsterdam. On Saturday, she fixed us all tickets to the three-screen, Barco/Kinepolis "The Maze Runner Experience". 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Runner Runner

Runner Runner by Brad Furman
All bluff
On Friday night I saw Runner Runner (2013), directed by Brad Furman, whom you might or might not know from The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) with Matthew McConaughey. I remember having seen the trailer at some point, but I guess it hadn't stuck, perhaps because I never saw a review for the crime drama or even had a friend talk it up to me. Now, I'm the first to acknowledge the many skills of Justin Timberlake, and I think he's definitely a solid actor, but he's not leading man material. In Time had a cool concept behind it, but I had a feeling that Runner Runner, too, was just a bunch of empty calories.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"If content is king, then context is God"

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
K.O.
I recently read Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (2013) by Wine Library TV and VaynerMedia founder Gary Vaynerchuk. When the social media marketing book arrived in the Queromedia Library (joining Small Is The New Big, The DipThe Conversation Company & Hatching Twitter, among others), I immediately claimed it. Critical acclaim for it was simply too high to be ignored, as marketing guru Seth Godin called the work "condensed, general and helpul" and Darren Rowse from Copyblogger praising the book as well (can't find the link to the article, I'm sorry!).

Monday, September 29, 2014

"One eye was on my work, the other on my master"

12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
Captivating
Last night I finished reading Twelve Years A Slave (1853), the memoir of Solomon Northup, which was turned into a movie by Steve McQueen accoladed for its cast, screenplay, design, score and cinematography. I must admit that I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but I assure you that I'm making work of it. Solomon's slave story is as brutal as they come, and I'm very curious to find out how McQueen brought it to life and depicted the inhumanity of slavery.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#shutdown4chan

Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures - The Fappening
4chan must go
The Fappening is still happening, and it's disgusting how little is being done about it. Last week, a second wave of nude photos ("The Fappening 2: The Second Cumming") was released by 4chan hackers, victimizing Jennifer Lawrence (again), Kim Kardashian, Meagan Good, music video model Emily Ratajkowski and Gabrielle Union, among others.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Skateboard P is still rolling

Pharrell Williams - Sportpaleis
Happy feet
Pharrell is a hit-maker. 

Granted, he has used his groovy skills mostly to craft hit records for others, as demonstrated by a long and glorious producing resume that includes Drop It Like It's Hot, I'm A Slave 4 U, Hot In Herre, and most recently Blurred Lines and Get Lucky.