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My thoughts on the music of today.

Recently, I've received my copy of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", which is a very intriguing and educational documentary on the history of heavy metal, the bands that made it possible, the fans that worship it, and the controversies that surrounded it, all through the perspective of anthropologist and director Sam Dunn. After watching it, it has got me thinking on what people think of music and how we criticize it. Music is an art form that has spanned for centuries and it changes from generation to generation. Today, from what I feel, people can still manage to pick up a guitar or keyboard and make catchy songs that are worth listening to. Other times, it's either annoying or written poorly. Many people have different tastes in music. For me, I'm more of a rocker, a metal-head, and someone who has been noted to have a great taste in music.

Besides rock, I enjoy folk music, ****cal, and movie/video game scores. I like them because I enjoy the melodic tones of an orchestra, the grittiness of rock and roll, the calmness and witty songwriting of folk, and the intensity of the music from a motion picture or a video game. In terms of the music I hate, I hate Country (with the exception of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Polka (Weird Al doesn't count), and I absolutely hate anything that's mainstream, such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, etc. All of these choices of music I like and hate are my preferences and my preferences alone, because I made that choice to do so. I was raised on what my preferences in music are, and not just by what some other person told me I should listen to, nor do I follow a crowd of people and like what everyone else likes, and yes, I'm well aware that the teenybopper demographic is guilty of all charges on this particular problem.

When people hear what someone else's taste in music is, there is bound to be someone or a group of people attempting to fiercely debate me or another individual, or think of me as "inhumane" or "not with the times", in which case the person stating what their preference is would either say "f*** you" or in a more sympathetic way, say "that's my opinion, and I'm sticking with it", but that's rarely what they say. There are also people that think they know what they're talking about, when in fact, they don't understand what the music stands for nor do they know what the songs mean. In my opinion, I'm better off not knowing what today's pop music is about or what it stands for. Sadly, that's a hard thing to do, since I hear it everywhere. That, and teenyboppers and insane fangirls have a problem with trying to force their tastes onto those who dislike or despise pop music. I know this, because I see it on the internet all the time.

It seems as though pop music is taking over the wide range of entertainment mediums to the point where hearing Justin Bieber's "Baby" or "One Time" is inescapable. For that, I would love to punch these people in the face, because little to no one wants to hear it. It's like the Backstreet Boys all over again, where everywhere you go, you hear the song "I Want it That Way", and you'd want to have brain surgery in order to get the song out of your head, and no one wants to pay thousands of dollars or have their life hang by a thread all because of one or more songs that we hear constantly over the speakers in a K-Mart, a mall, or wherever. To conclude, like in the motion picture industry, music is starting to get stale, and it started as soon as the 90s boy band and/or a single pop artist in the 2000s made it onto the Billboard charts for god knows what reason. I'll admit, I was a young sucker for this crap in elementary school, but looking at my past today, I would want to erase those memories from my brain as soon as possible. Thankfully I don't have to anymore, since Queen, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, and other rock and metal bands of the past eras pretty much did the job for me.

Now before anyone starts flaming me, no, I do not hate all pop music. There are certain pop groups I like. I'm just giving my thoughts on the music of today and why it's to the point where I just can't stand it anymore. So if you're one of those fangirls of insert boy band here that would love to kick my ass because of what you just read, I got something to say. I don't give two f***s about whatever boy band is popular. You don't like what I listen to, then that's your loss. Don't listen to it, don't even acknowledge it. I'll do the same. Don't give me s***, otherwise, f*** you too. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to my Savatage album "Dead Winter Dead". Now that's some good ol' progressive metal music.

Movie Review: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

Written on July 14th, 2011

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey is an R-rated documentary involving the culture of metal music, bands, fans, and the controversies that surrounded it as a whole. It covers all the realms of heavy metal in general, including hard rock, power metal, death metal, and industrial metal, because all of the bands in the heavy metal spectrum are involved.

The film follows director Sam Dunn as he travels around the world attending shows and concerts, as well as giving interviews to the bands and individuals that made heavy metal and rock music what it is today, including Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister), Alice Cooper, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Rob Zombie, Ronnie James Dio, and Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden). Sam Dunn covers the history of heavy metal, and discusses the controversy surrounding it involving censorship, satanism, blasphemy, violence, and rebellion.

One of the main morals this film manages to prove is that different people look at music differently, and you shouldn't judge someone, no matter if they are fan or a band member, based on what music they play or what they listen to. If you don't like what the other person listens to, there is a good chance where the person tells you to "f*** off", or simply say "f*** you". This film covers more than that, and in full detail. The film shows that the band members and fans are just normal people wanting to have a good time without a care in the world.

This is one of the best documentaries I have seen (next to Frank and Ollie), let alone the best documentary I've seen on rock music, and watching this makes me proud to be more than an animation student who gets his inspiration from music. I'm a head-banger, a hard-rocker, and a metal-head, and damn it, I'm proud of it.


Movie Review: The Unborn (2009)

Written on July 13th, 2011

I have seen a lot of horror movies, especially ones that were unintentionally funny. But no horror movie stoops lower than The Unborn, a movie so boring, it almost put me to sleep in the theater.

The film follows a teenage girl that gets a feeling that a spirit posing as a young child is stalking her and trying to take possession of her. So she attempts to go and find out why this spirit is haunting her so much. That's the story, like we haven't heard this scenario before. It's a run-of-the-mill spirit possession tale.

Like the story, the characters in this film are uninteresting and dull, you'd wish you're watching another version of Twilight. The acting is wooden, there are barely any special effects, and all-in-all, the film is unrelentlessly boring to watch.

Overall, this film has the reputation of being the worst motion picture I have ever seen in the theater. As I mentioned before, this film was so boring that it almost put me to sleep, and god forbid if you sleep in the theater. You'd later wake up seeing that the film is playing again and either say to yourself "Did I see this before?" or "Is this film still running?" Bottom line, I'd rather watch the remake of "When a Stranger Calls" then watch this again, because THAT actually had something entertaining.


Movie Review: Paprika (2006)

Written on May 14th, 2011

I adore surrealism. It captures the mind and twists it to reveal images that may seem questionable, yet imaginative if done the right way. It also shows images of events that probably or absolutely would never happen in a sane sense of reality. Satoshi Kon, the late film director of anime hits such as "Perfect Blue" and "Tokyo Godfathers" manages to illustrate this through the dreams of innocent people in this psychological thriller.

The film follows a therapist named Dr. Chiba, who has an alter ego living within her named Paprika that dives into other people's dreams using a prototype machine codenamed the DC-Mini, created by a fat scientist named Dr. Tokita, that is in danger of falling into the hands of a dream terrorist, causing all hell to break loose. Suicides (or attempted suicides) are a constant result. It is up to Dr. Chiba, her alter ego Paprika, and Detective Konakawa to recover the device, find out who's behind it, and what his/her intentions are.

This is film that literally gives meaning to the term "mindf***". This film is so strange, it's almost impossible to imagine what the director's mind was in. Director Satoshi Kon managed to make the cutesy images of one's dream turn into an absolute nightmare through superb animated imagery and art direction. It's like a combination of Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix. The animation is fantastic and colorful, and the storyline is very impressive. It would be 4 years later when another movie would copy the story and make it live-action. That movie would happen to be Christopher Nolan's blockbuster hit"Inception". The music is also very good, considering that it consists of acombination of both techno and an orchestral score most of the time. The strangest of all the music tracks in this film is heard when you see a parade of moving objects, a frog band, and Japanese dolls roaming the city streets.

This is much more than an art house movie. It is a psychological crime thriller for smart audiencesthat keeps you thinking. It's one of the strangest films I have ever seen, and I've seen some pretty strange movies before hand. So to conclude, I love this movie. It's inventive, intelligent, disturbing, and a favorite of mine.


The planned death of a sentry.

Hey kids. Just a random blog. Say hi to a planned sentry kill my team planned. I'm the BLU pyro.

For the record, I plan to do this more often.


What do you guys think?

Several days ago was Mel Blanc day

So several days ago here in Oregon, it was Mel Blanc day. The late legendary voice actor got inducted into the Lincoln High School hall of fame for his work in the motion picture arts.

For those who don't know who Mel Blanc is (which if you don't, you need to watch more cartoons), Mel Blanc is the voice actor responsible for giving most of the Looney Tunes his voice back in the 30s to the early 80s. He also provided voices to many different characters outside the Looney Tunes such as Woody Woodpecker, Tom Cat (in the Chuck Jones shorts), Captain Caveman, Mr. Spacely (of The Jetsons), and many others, working for different studios like Universal, Disney, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and of course, Warner Brothers. Because of his voice work, some of the characters to this day have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for motion picture achievements, including himself for his work in radio. He was also born in the city I live close to known as Portland, Oregon, so to me, it made me happy to be an Oregonian and live and work in the city a legend grew up in.

Mel Blanc. Rest in peace, buddy.

In other news, I recently got the game "Audiosurf", and to tell you the truth, I absolutely love this game. I have a huge music library, so this game is perfect for me. I also created an Audiosurf account, so go on ahead and check it out.

That's all for me. Later.

In the words of GLaDoS: I'm still alive.

Yes kids. I'm still alive. I have been getting a lot of movies, as you might've noticed from my recent blog updates. My most recent films I've obtained are Superbad, Surf's Up, and Balto. So far, I have already reached the 950 film mark. I think I might have a bigger film library than Roger Ebert himself if that's the case. Then again, no one has a bigger film library than Roger Ebert.

So I just wanted to do a quick update. I'm still on here. It's just that I've been very busy with work. My finals are done and I'm off for the summer. So guys, I'm back.

Dismissed from college.

Yep...I got dismissed from The Art Institute of Portland. In other words: kicked out. My grades were terrible and because of that, I was dismissed for good. I am not able to return, nor will I ever get the chance to become an animator...


April fools!

Seriously, there's no way in hell I would be kicked out. I passed all my cla$$es last term. XD

Little kids =/= Team Fortress 2: A rant.

As some of you may know, I love Team Fortress 2. I find it to be one of the greatest games I have ever played, let alone, the best multiplayer shooter ever concieved. 9 great characters, and a s***load of weapons to choose from to eliminate your enemy. As a gamer at heart,out of all the games Valve has made, Team Fortress 2 and both of the Left 4 Dead games are the best ones they have made in my opinion.


There seems to be a problem when kids that are underaged are playing these games and s***talk other mature players just to be annoying. When I play TF2, there's always going to be this one kid that annoys other players. This is where the beauty of the mute player option, or screwing with thekidcomes into play. Some of them after finding out that they have been muted by every other player, exits the game and re-enters it. To me, this is the equivelant of listening to a whiny, bratty kid in a movie theater. It's annoying.

I need to ask something. Where are the parents, and why do these parents let kids play games like TF2 online? It's like giving the kid too much sugar and make him go sugar happy.Parents need to understand that there are other players online that just want to play with good sportsmanship while at the same time, have group conversations over text/voice chat. I happen to be one of those players, and I speak for others when I say I'm tired of hearing underaged kids on a MATURE rated game talking crap to me and other players. If anything, these games need to be password protected. Yeah, we got that on consoles, but Steam really needs that option, and parents need to keep a closer eye on kids and not let them go online on games meant for mature audiences.

What do you guys think?