Saturday, November 6, 2010

Artist of the Week: Bring me the Horizon

I have gotten away from doing this, which is a shame, because it was my most popular series aside from Douchebag of the Week, but I'm bringing it back.  This week's entry is metalcore Bring Me the Horizon.  The band hails from Sheffield, United Kingdom, and has made a huge impact in the music scene.

The band started off as a brutal deathcore band, with their first record entitled "Count Your Blessings".  The band moved to a more progressive sound, but still retained their supersonic sounds with 2008's "Suicide Season."

Album cover for 2010 album
The bands most recent effort, "There is a Hell, Believe me I've Seen it, there is a Hell, let's keep it a Secret, is an absolute masterpiece.  The band abandoned typical metalcore bands, by offering few breakdowns, and more of a textured, supersonic sound.  The band also incorporates female vocalist Lights on a few of their songs, which adds an extra touch.  The music is "softer" than their previous work, but is definitely their defining work. 

The band is also achieving their most mainstream success, debuting at #17 on the Billboard 200, #12 on the U.K. charts, and #1 in Australia.  Check it out these guys if you haven't already, they are pretty damn good!
 

Songs to check out below
Crucify ME
Don't Go
Chelsea Smile: Video

Douchebag of the Week: Kevin Garnett

There were a couple of ways that I could have gone with this week's posting, I contemplated going with Brad Childress, but I decided to go in the direction of the Boston Celtics, and Kevin Garnett.

For those of you who haven't been following the saga of Kevin Garnett, he told Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva that he "looked like a cancer patient."

Villanueva suffers from a condition, in which he is unable to grow hair on his head, and Villanueva spends much of his free time speaking with kids.  Villanueva went to twitter, and tweeted that Garnett is a bully, and that the "cancer smack" was completely inappropriate.

I have never liked Garnett, he is a punk, who seems to only go after players that are smaller than him.  You aren't likely to see Garnett mix it up with a large center, but rather smaller players like Anthony Peeler, a guard much smaller than Garnett.  When forced to mix it up with Zaza Pachulia, KG backed off like a little bitch.

I'm not saying that Villanueva is a victim here.  The dude should have gotten in KG's face, as opposed to posting a message on a social networking site.  He should come out and stick his fist in KG's jaw.

Garnett continues to stain his legacy.  The guy is going to be in the basketball Hall-of-Fame someday, yet he continues to play like a thug.  He swings at players, and he runs his mouth.  It is one thing to talk trash, and swear at each other, but cancer smack is completely uncalled for.

The solution is for KG is to apologize to Villanueva, and make a donation to Cancer research.  Perhaps Garnett can visit the St. Jude Hospital, were hundreds of kids battle cancer.  Most have no hair, or can barely walk.  Maybe then, he will see the impact his ignorance has.

Kevin Garnett, you are nothing more than a classless thug, and our newest Douchebag of the Week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Potheads measure gets stoned. Cali says no to legal pot

Election day came in went all over the country, but marijuana is still illegal in California.  The measure, which would allow Californians to possess up to an ounce of pot legally, as well as grow their own, was defeated.

The supporters of the legalization of the drug claimed that it would end a hypocritical ban on a drug that the supporters believe is less harmful than alcohol.  The legalization would also, in theory, generate more tax revenue to a state that is struggling financially.  It would also free up law enforcement to stop busting pot smoking citizens, and go after more threatening criminals.

Michael Phelps hitting the Bong
Opponents of the legalization of pot say that it threatens the safety of citizens, and violates federal law, and drug-free workplaces.  Surprisingly, former pothead Arnold "the Govenator" Schwarzenegger.

From a personal standpoint I don't see the big deal about pot.  I myself, do not smoke weed, nor do I ever plan to.  However, I feel that people should be able to do as they please, as long as it doesn't effect the health or well-being of others.  According to www.drugwarfacts.org, 80,000 people die as a result of alcohol.  Many die in automobile accidents, as well as alcohol-related diseases such as cirrhosis.  I couldn't find the amount of deaths related to marijuana, but I would be confident in guessing that it's less that 80,000.

Medical marijuana is still legal in California, and medical cards are incredibly easy to obtain.  Perhaps this initiative failed because its supporters were too baked to vote, or there are more uptight Christian groups in California than I thought.  I think legal marijuana could have been a potential boon to our sagging economy.  Perhaps California can sell Meg Whitman into prostitution to generate revenue.  Nah, that won't work either. I suppose stoners are back to the drawing board.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Danielle Harris: The ultimate Scream-Queen

Like I've stated here before, I love Halloween, and I love horror films.  Good ole' slasher films, and not that torture porn bullshit like Saw and Hostel.  I like some of the classics, films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and the like.  Some big-time actors have their roots in horror, A-listers like Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon and Jamie Lee Curtis.  Horror movies in America have a cult-like fanbase that has unrivaled passion.

My personal favorite horror actress is Danielle Harris.  She is a name that most of you probably don't know.  Her most mainstream role was a brief stint on the sitcom, Roseanne, playing the next-door neighbor Molly.  However, as an 11 year-old, she tore up the screen in Halloween 4 and 5. 

The films are flawed, but Danielle's performance in these two films, really carries the film.  She shows great vulnerability as the tortured Jamie Lloyd, the niece of psychopathic killer Michael Myers.  Most child-actors in horror films are somewhat annoying to me, but Harris plays these roles to perfection, making the viewer really feel the torment she is experiencing.

The films weren't as successful as some of the others in the series, but they are definitely two of the best.  Halloween 5 had a terrible script, but Harris knocked the role out of the park, carrying the role on her tiny shoulders. 

The roles haven't been a plentiful as an adult, but she still keeps her roots deeply entrenched in the horror community.  She appeared in her most notable role to date, playing Annie Brackett in 2007's Halloween, directed by Rob Zombie.  In the film, she portrays Annie Brackett, the best friend of lead character.  She takes on Zombie's roided up version of Michael Myers, and lives to tell about it.  She also appeared in last year's sequel to the film.

2010 and beyond promises to be big for Harris.  She appeared in the controversial Hatchet 2, and she has three more films in production.  Harris doesn't give a shit about being mainstream, she's a horror fan just like the rest of us.  She has a passion for horror, and its evident in her enthusiasm for her work.  She may never be a mainstream star, but she will always be tops in the hearts of hardcore horror fans.  Danielle is the definition of a scream-queen!






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Chargers prevail in clash with the Titans, 33-25

Perhaps the Chargers season isn't lost after all.  The Chargers snapped their three game losing streak on Sunday, with a comeback win over the first place Titans, 33-25.  According to reports, Norv Turner, who has taken a lot of crap from me on this blog, delivered a fiery speech that may have saved the season.  The Chargers turned a halftime deficit into a key victory.

The Chargers still look pathetic on special teams, as Mike Scifres had a punt blocked, that resulted in a Titans safety.  The Chargers were able to force the Titans to punt on the ensuing series.  I am baffled that Steve Crosby is still employed.

Philip River lead the way on the Chargers second drive, taking the Bolts on a 16 play, 83 yard drive that was capped by a Mike Tolbert 1 yard TD run.

Vince Young, who has an 0-4 record against San Diego, played well enough to win.  He made several big plays in the first half, hitting tight end Jared Cook on a 36 yard completion, that helped set up a Titans field goal.  On the next Titans drive, he completed passes of 24,26, and 28 yards.  He hooked up with Craig Stevens on a one yard completion, to give the Titans a 12-7 lead.  Young was only 10-21, but threw for 253 yards, and two scores.  He left the game in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury.

The Chargers looked finished when the Titans went up 19-7, with Chris Johnson scoring on a 29 yard TD run.  The run was quite impressive, as he embarrassed several Chargers in the process.  Besides that run, Johnson didn't do much, rushing for just 59 yards.

The Chargers offense started to click at the end of the second half, as Rivers led a TD drive that ended with Ryan Mathews scoring from 7 yards out.  The Chargers walked into the locker room with a 5 point deficit.

After cutting the deficit down to 2, the Chargers went ahead for good, when Rivers found the dynamic Antonio Gates for 48 yard touchdown.  Gates had another brilliant game, going for 123 yards on 5 catches, and a score.  Plus, he is single-handily carrying my fantasy team.

After a Kris Brown field goal put the Chargers up 27-19, the Chargers secondary had a major breakdown, as Vince Young found a wide-open Nate Washington on a 71 yard strike.  Washington didn't have a Charger defender within 20 yards of him on the play.  The Titans failed to cash-in on the 2 point conversion, and the Chargers still had a 2 point lead.

The Chargers scored on the ensuing drive, with Philip Rivers connecting with Darren Sproles on a 13 yard reception, that gave the Chargers an 8 point lead.  The Chargers could have put the game away simply by converting the extra point, but Mike Scifres fumbled the snap and the Charger botched a simple extra point.

The Titans had one last shot, but backup QB Kerry Collins threw a pass that star RB Chris Johnson dropped on a fourth and two play.  When the dust cleared the Chargers had their 3rd victory of the season.

If the Chargers had a competent special teams unit, Philip Rivers would be a runaway MVP candidate.  He is currently on pace to break the record for most passing yards in a season, already having five 300 yard passing games this season.  Three of the four receivers the Chargers had active are undrafted free agents.  No matter who plays at receiver, Rivers just makes plays.

The Chargers stand at 3-5, going into their bye-week.