Saturday, April 11, 2009
Before we get started it's important to point out that Guys and Dolls is one big, floppy musical, but it starred Frank Sinatra so I had to check it out. If sudden attacks of song and dance aren't your thing then this is a flick you should definitely avoid. I found it to be highly entertaining, both the musical numbers and the non-musical bits of the movie. Admittedly a good deal of my enjoyment for Guys and Dolls is probably due to my general affinity for that particular era in time, the clothes, the slang, I find it all very fascinating. I've never been fond of Marlon Brando but he is tolerable in this movie, and even delivers a handful of very good scenes with co-star Jean Simmons. The price of admission for this pic is paid for by Frankie and his character Nathan Detroit. At the time Sinatra himself was pretty much the epitome of cool so playing a character who is supposed to reflect that really wasn't much of a stretch for him, but he is highly entertaining nonetheless. Bottom line is you will probably only enjoy this movie if either you like musicals, or you are a fan of Sinatra. I think for the time being I am done spotlighting Sinatra movies, and I'm feeling like branching out to other obscure film offerings to offer up small bits of insight on, so keep an eye on this spot in the future for movie spotlights that don't center around Frank Sinatra.
On a side note I'm currently listening to It's Blitz by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and it's a great album. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Josh Willis(9) at 10:13 AM
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I've been absent from blogging for a couple weeks now due to various things like work and weddings getting in the way of my free time. However when I get the chance I have a couple substantial posts to make and some music and games to recommend. Until then watch this Quiznos commercial.
Posted by Josh Willis(9) at 7:05 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Let us as intelligent people sidestep the dark cloud of racism accusations that haunt Capcom's latest Resident Evil entry and take a good hard look at the product's quality as a video game. RE5 has a case that could be made for it as the best in the longstanding series of games. This is the kind of polish on gameplay and presentation you get when an A-class developer puts the time and effort into an A-class property. The game doesn't reinvent the wheel it has borrowed from Resident Evil 4, but to me everything about the game is tighter than its PS2 predecessor. Yes I would like to be able to move while firing my fully upgradeable firearm, but that's more the panic I feel when surrounded by angry mutant zombies looking to disembowl me more than it is a broken or incomplete game mechanic. The game is still a difficult endeavor, reminding me in parts of Resident Evil 4's propensity for making me its bitch, but I have enjoyed the successes all the more for their difficulty. The game is a blast playing co-op, and this feature is the real hook for myself and the SpotCrew. Having a friend to watch your back makes the prospect of felling the hordes of zombies and monsters a much more amiable task. As we stand now we have bulldozed half of the game in the first day of playing, and I'm looking forward to ending my work day so that I can join in on the fun I'm sure the Crew is having now even as we speak. Those who have been listening to the SpotCast know my feelings on all the heat the game has received for its supposedly racist implications. I find the issue to be so ridiculous at this point that I no longer want to devote any brain functions to it, that's bio-electricity I could be using to focus on something more important like listening to T.I.'s "Paper Trail". Do I give Resident Evil 5 two thumbs up? An emphatic yes.
Posted by Josh Willis(9) at 10:58 AM
Monday, March 9, 2009
For the literally dozens of Zune owners out there the SpotCast is now readily available on the Zune marketplace. For all of those who have already checked us out and have used their time to listen to us run our mouths you have my warmest thanks, if we ever meet in person I will hug you.
Posted by Josh Willis(9) at 12:30 PM