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 loved the experience of Tarantino's latest. For me it's up there with Fiction and Dogs as instant classics.
Go see this movie and have fun with it for what it is, don't let the PC shouters shoot down your enjoyment of this flick which is now full atop my cinematic experiences of 2012.
I love movies as much as I love music so I ingest as much cinema as possible, good/bad/otherwise, I try to see em all.
Here are my favorite five flicks of 2012
5 - The Secret World of Arrietty
This treat from Disney/Studio Ghibli is a deep, entrancing retelling of the Borrowers that is given a sheen that only Studio Ghibli seems to be able to do. This is tender and beautiful filmmaking that left me wanting to just live in my imagination forever. It really is a wonderful film.
4 - Don't Think
I've seen lots of concerts...I've seen lots of concert films...NONE of them make you feel like part of the audience as well as this Chemical Brothers concert flick does. Instead of a static shot of the two Manchester DJ's for two hours (which would be pretty boring to watch) the film focuses on individuals in the crowd and you as the viewer share the experience with them as your ears are pounded by the sounds of the CB's absolutely killing it at Fuji Rock in 2011.
3 - The Man with the Iron Fists
I heard people beefing that this one was poorly acted, edited and written. My question is have they ever seen any of the chop-socky movies of the 60s-90s? Go into this one with the mindset that the RZA made a movie that pays homage to all the flicks that filled his brain during his formative years and you have a winner. I didn't have more fun in the theater this year than I did with this one.
2 - The Raid: Redemption
I did not see a more visceral, exciting, or brutal display of action on the big screen this year. This movie is balls to the wall full of awesome Indonesian martial art choreography and very little exposition to wiegh down the best fight seens put to film this year.
1 - Django Unchained
This is the perfect marriage of QT's indelible cinematic style and one of America's truest representation of the evil's of slavery ever put to film. This is the movie that sat in my head longer and louder than any other flick this year and as an added bonus the soundtrack is straight up tits.