Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
I'm so in love with this list. GD, I love horror movies...anyway, to quote Jay-Z, "On to the next one".
#7 - The Ring
This one is one of the few on the list that actually terrified me. Balls out shook me to the core.
I can remember seeing it in the theater and nervously crinkling and folding my popcorn napkin to shreds during the final act.
The idea behind the main plot line is a little off, sure. Ghosts living inside technology or using it to bend reality to their will?
The pseudo-intellectual in me would tell you that it is a theme that parallels our overreliance on technology (which to be fair, is a common line that has been woven by Japanese filmmakers for years - Godzilla, about half the anime ever made, you get the idea)
The scene that got me the most? The little girl victim that we see in the closet in the film's first act. Check out a behind the scenes shot of SFX master, Rick Baker putting the final touches on her below!
Before you die, you should see this movie. It's so great.
Even the trailer still gives me the chills.
Fun Fact #1 - Subliminal frames from the Ring video are inserted in the film. For example, the 'Ring' image can be glimpsed for a fraction of a second in the transition between the ferry/horse sequence and Rachel's car drive to Anna Morgan's farm on Moesko Island.
4 Minutes Mad Horse Free