Saturday, May 31, 2014

50 Cent still angry on Animal Ambition

Animal Ambition (June 2014) by 50 Cent
Damn, 11 years is a long time in rapper years. From 2003-2005, Queens-born sieve 50 Cent was not to be messed with. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) is one of those undeniable gangsta rap classics, containing timeless tracks like smash hit In Da Club, Eminem collaboration Patiently Waiting, the introspective Many Men, and Ja Rule eulogy Back Down, among others. With Dr. Dre and Eminem behind him, a highly marketable background story working in his favor, and textbook hooks to lace his angry rhymes with, 50 soon became the world's favorite bad guy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

2013 Offseason winners: revisited

Andrew Bynum, Cleveland CavaliersDeron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

The abyss is looming. It seems like just yesterday when I picked seven teams primed for improvement in 2013-2014. All 30 teams were 0-0 and anything could happen. Flash forward to right now. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, last year's NBA finalists, are both one win away from an old-school versus new-school rematch. Many teams are already in the midst of devising strategies for the stacked NBA Draft (June 26) and free agency (July 1). Let's see how my selections fared.

"This is the real meatballs in the batter"

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
"Haven't you read their junk mail?"
By now you guys already know that I'm a major fangirl of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (review here, here and here). The last book I read, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, in many ways reminded me of H2G, thanks in no small part to its loopy reasoning and witty turns of phrases, and thus really whetted my appetite for Part 4 of Douglas Adams's five-book trilogy. So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish was published in 1984 and a song of the same name was also used in the 2005 movie adaptation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Dre laughing all the way to the bank

Apple buys Beats Electronics
All plugged in!
Fault Dr. Dre for being tardy with Detox all you want, the 49-year old Comptonian and Aftermath Entertainment CEO just drunkenly officially became hip-hop's first billionaire (or, didn't he?), selling Beats Electronics to Apple for $3 billion. The acquistion was originally reported to be for $3.2 billion, but apparently Apple hadn't even begun its due diligence when that number came out.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) by Marc Webb
So electric. Much static. Wow.
As you guys already know, I finally caught up and watched The Amazing Spider-Man last week. It was more entertaining than I expected it to be, not in the least because Andrew Garfield's sassed-up version of Spidey was a breath of fresh air. Sure, Tobey Maguire tried to ooze cool in Spider-Man 3, but we all know that went horribly, terrifingly, cringe-inducingly wrong in ways that still haunt my dreams. All in all, Marc Webb had done a great job of reinventing Spider-Man, effectively sparking my curiosity for the reboot. With the electric new trailer, he also grabbed my attention.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) by Marc Webb
"Tobey Magwho?"
I guess I'm late to the party again. I had intentionally steered clear of the "new" Spider-Man, simply because I A) had come to personify Tobey Maguire with the world's favorite spider-bitten hero, B) wasn't so sure The Social Network pretty boy Andrew Garfield could pull off the role, and C) was very skeptical about the reboot altogether. For two years I dismissed my sister's persistent praise for the Marc Webb movie, but in the end, I caved. The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 simply looked too good, and so I immersed myself in its 2012 predecessor, aptly titled The Amazing Spider-Man.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

This Is 40

This Is 40 by Judd Apatow
How would you kill your wife?
It rarely ever happens, but on Friday I had the house to myself for the first time in forever. I of course went for a quick sushi run and watched This Is 40 (2012) by Achorman producer Judd Apatow. The 'sort-of sequel to Knocked Up' had been on my bucket list ever since I came across Megan Fox's boobs the delighfully absurd trailer, and Adam Carolla's casual mentions of the movie on his podcast made sure that it stayed on my radar. My time had finally come.