Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Review: Even though I really don't like movies that are divided into parts that means you have to wait many months between them, I wanted to see the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as soon as possible. And now I have. I liked it, and in the way that I like anything that has to do with Harry Potter, either if it's the books or the movies. They are charming and I enjoy them as long as they last. But then I have almost forgotten about them 5 minutes after I'm done. So they will never reach any kind of best of all times lists. But nonetheless, I like them for what they are and I look forward to watch part 2 in July next year.

Piranha

Piranha

Review: Buckets of blood, boobs and bad campy humour. That's Piranha for you. Sounds like a crappy movie? Well, this ain't really meant to be the movie of the week or Schindler's List. It is a bad movie but in a good kind of way. If you sit down to watch this, you're getting exactly what you expect. Nothing more, nothing less. Lots of blood and lots of boobs.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone

Review: Last night Winter's Bone won the grand prize at Stockholm International Film Festival so it was quite a bit of anticipation that I sat down to watch it today. And I wasn't disappointed. The movie was really good and the cast was amazing, especially Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. It's a very strong and brutal movie in it's purity and it's one of those movies that stays with you. I recommend it strongly.

Today's Schedule

Up at 9. Eating breakfast while watching the latest episode of The Simpsons. Check and answer email before watching the first episode of Teachers. Take a break. Look for work, do dishes and a few other things around the apartment. Back to to sofa to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead before digging into Winter's Bone. Around this time it's time for some food. After that it's either time for another episode of Teachers or the episode of Misfits from last week that I haven't got around to see yet. Then I might see if I can find something fun to watch or else I end off with the latest episode of Boardwalk Empire followed by the end of Piranha that I began watching last night. Reading a bit of Kevin Smith before going to bed. Exciting life, eh?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine

Review: What more do I need to say than check out the title. I rest my case. Verdict? It sucked. But hey, at least Chevy Chase was in it.

Grown Ups

Grown Ups

Review: I can't believe I actually watched this! I knew it would be aweful. Why oh why? Somebody should be here to stop me sometimes.

Easy A

Easy A

Review: I'm starting of this Sunday with an easily digestible high school comedy. For some reason they are always kind of fun to watch. Not that I ever think they will make better ones than Breakfast Club or Can't Buy Me Love, but still, it's easy entertainment. By the way, now that I was thinking of high school flicks I just realized that I want to see Gregory's Girl again. Have to make a mental note about that. Well, back to Easy A. First off, I dig Emma Stone. She's always fun to watch. There's nothing original about the movie, but that is part of the charm with these kinds of movies. With that being said I have to say that Easy A was easy entertainment. Just what I needed for a Sunday morning. And now I all of a sudden begin humming "easy like a Sunday morning", seeing the really crappy Faith No More video in front of my eyes. God, today I'm rambling. Peace out!

Soundtrack of Week 47

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Review: And now it's time for the second movie tip from Pippa, and it's yet another Australian flick. And another dark one. And most importantly, another good one. This one is about 17-year old J and his struggle to survive inside a family totally ingulfed in criminal destruction. It's dark, but at the same time warm and human. A good script and a perfect casting makes this another movie I highly recommend. 

Van Diemen's Land

Van Diemen's Land

Review: It's always nice when people around suggests movies for me to watch. Because then you sometime stumble across movies you perhaps would miss out on otherwise. Such as Van Diemen's Land. My Australian friend Pippa suggested this one and I'm really glad she did. The movie is based on true story about Alexander Pearce, an infamous Australian convict and his escape with seven other convicts. During their escape from a penal settlement on Van Diemen's Land (nowadays known as Tasmania) their initial enthusiasm and joy of being free soon changes into cannibalism and a struggle to survive. This is a truly strong movie which stays with you after it's finished. It's far from a feelgood movie, but it's extremly good and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Now I can't wait to see the next movie that Pippa suggested to me.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Review: I expected this movie to be quite crappy when I began watching it. 116 minutes later I knew for a fact that it was quite crappy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free Music from Cadence Weapon and Big Pauper

First up we have a free mixtape of Cadence Weapon rapping over his favourite beats. Featuring amongst others Buck 65, Subtitle and Birdapres. Go here to download.
Next up is a free EP of psych-laden hip hop from Big Pauper and Circle into Square. Go here to download.

Josef Mauritzson - Höstens Färger feat. Linn Höglund

I just realized that I almost never post any music in Swedish here on beats, breaks & big smiles 2.0. I really don't know why, even though I'm the first to admit that the majority of what I listen to is in other languages. I think that with exception of Swedish punk rock, I never listen to songs in Swedish. Time to go a different route. The video of the day is my friend Josef Mauritzsons video Höstens Färger. The song is about a strong memory from Josefs darkest days when he was trapped in his abuse of alcohol and drugs. He was out picking mushrooms with his father when he all of a sudden stopped seeing colours. Everything around him was in a greyscale and he was sure his last moment had arrived. But he survived and have now been drugfree for 8 years. And now came the time when he felt he was ready to record this song. And what a song it is! I got goosebumps from it and couldn't stop watching it. I've always known that Josef was a good producer, but here he also shines as a lyricist. And what about the soulful vibes from Linn Höglund! Here we have a talent to look out for in the future.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Triune Gods

I've been a fan of both Scott Da Ros and bleubird for quite a few years now. So what could make me more happy seeing them joining forces together with Japanese emcee Sibitt? Not much. What we have to look forward to is Triune Gods debut album Seven Days Six Nights that drops in the middle of January next year.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Soundtrack of Week 46

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Douglas Coupland - Player One

I can't wait to get this one on my nightstand.

Friday, November 19, 2010

passage - Wrec Center

Unreleased track from passage from the upcoming DVD Broken Machine Films.

passage and the lost & found sound - wrec center from joshua rogers on Vimeo.

Motörhead Shiraz

I'm definitely getting myself a bottle or two of this!

A Treat in November

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Celebration of Micheal Larsen

Rhymesayers have posted this video from the benefit for Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen on November 9, 2010. If you want to read a detailed description of the evening, click here. It seems to have been an evening to remember in so many ways.

Grimace Federation feat. Aesop Rock - Bosico

It's always a treat to hear Aesop Rock doing his thing. Here he is rapping on and doing a remix of Grimace Federation's track Bosico.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marathon of Dope Compilation Vol. 1

Let us all start the week with a wicked free compilation. It's the good people at Marathon of Dope who's dropped their first label compilation and as usual it's for free. It consists of new and unreleased tracks from artists such as Speed Dial 7, Mike Ladd, passage, Pip Skid, Elissa P, Zucchini Drive and bleubird. Go here to get it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

Review: This is a movie that I've been wanting to see ever since it first came out a few months ago, but I haven't got around to it until today. So did it hold up to my expectations? Yeah, it did. It was a warm and sweet movie which put me in a good mood. Which was what I really needed after a kind of crappy weekend. But back to the movie. I totally recommend everyone to see it, it was really good. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are excellent in this one, and Mark Ruffalo is also making a very good performance.

cars & trains - The Sun Always Sets (acoustic)

I gave you an acoustic video from cars & trains a few weeks ago. Now here's another video from the same session.

cars & trains - the sun always sets (acoustic) from cars & trains on Vimeo.

Soundtrack of Week 45

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Misfits Season 2!

Finally! Season 2 of the show Misfits is here! Don't miss it people!

I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here

Review: I just watch the mockumentary that chronicles a year in the life of Joaquin Phoenix life. I guess most people already know about this movie. Joaquin publicly annonunced his retirement from acting and then tried to pursue a career as a rapper. During this time we also got to witness the downfall of this man through drugs, fights and so on. In September this year the director, Casey Affleck, announced that it all was fake. And now the movie is here. The thing is, and I guess a lot of people say this after they found out, but I never really believed in the story. Sure, I truly believed that he quit acting, but the rapper thing? No way. But that is really besides the point. Is it a good movie? Well, it's interesting and well done, but at the same time it feels like a bit of a waste of time. Especially seeing it after the truth came out. But still, Joaquin is a good actor and a fascinating character so it was worth watching.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

Review: Just like I said the other day, I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into The Colour of Magic. Now I have, and what can I say? I have a constant smile whenever I see the creations of Terry Pratchett and feel really satisfied with life. It's humour, warmth and wonderful characters and sceneries is a true treat. I only wish there was more to see now. Fortunatly Christmas is only about a month away, and then I can watch Hogfather again.

An Idiot Abroad

I wrote about the show An Idiot Abroad about a month ago. After seeing the first episode I wasn't very impressed and didn't really know if I was to see the rest of the episodes. But I must say that the show, and Karl Pilkington in particular, grew on me. And today I watch the final episode. I won't really miss it, but it was fun while it lasted.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

anticon + Beans = End It All

Yes, it's true. Beans from Anti-Pop Consortium signs to anticon
The album End It All hits stores February 15 next year. TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe sings on one track, and Four Tet, Clark, Tobacco, Nobody, Son Lux, Interpol's Sam Fogarino, and Bumps (the drum section from Tortoise) all contribute beats to the 13-song, 33-minute album.

Looptroop Rockers - On Repeat

I very seldom listen to Looptroop Rockers nowadays. Or to be more precise, I haven't listened to them at all since they added Rockers to their name. But still, I just saw this video today. The guys wrote this song after the racists got into the Swedish Parliament less than 2 months ago. I like the song and the message, so here it is.

Going Postal Review

Going Postal

Review: I must admit that I discovered the joys of Terry Pratchett quite late in my life. But as they say, better late than never. A few years ago Sky One made an adaptation of Hogfather which I fell totally in love with. It's now a part of my yearly Christmas tradition to watch it. 2 years later, in 2008, The Colour of Magic came. It was an adaptation of the two novels The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. I have totally missed that one I'm afraid. A mistake I will make up for these next couple of days. But to get back to the subject. This year the third installment in adaptations came, Going Postal. I just watched the two episodes, and I must say it's a treat. Not quite as good as The Hogfather but nevertheless a true joy to watch. I really love the magic of the Discworld and the humour of Terry Pratchett. I really look forward to sinking my teeth into The Colour of Magic now!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me

Review: This is an adaptation of Jim Thompsons novel of the same name. When it got released it instantly got a lot of attention due to its graphic depiction of violence, especially against women.  And it is a brutal movie, but at the same time I've seen way worse movies when it comes to that, and the violence in The Killer Inside Me never really bothers me. It's too clean in some way. And that is somehow the problem with the movie itself. The actors are doing a good job and it's a quite beautiful movie in some ways. But it never touches me, and when the movie ended I already began to forget about it.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Going Postal

The first snow of the season outside combined with violent winds. A really good reason to get cozy indoors and to watch the first episode of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. I'll get back to you when I've seen both episodes. All I have to do now is brew me some nice hot tea.

A Second Season of The Walking Dead

Good news. AMC has just decided that there will be a 13-episode second season of The Walking Dead. I'm happy!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Cage - Captain Bumout

New video from one of last year's best albums. Talking about best albums, I've started to think about which 10 albums will represent 2010. The countdown will take place in December.

Buck 65 - Unhip

New free stuff from Buck 65! Download here.
For you who live in Gothenburg, you need to go to Parken now on Friday. There he will open up for Holy Fuck. You're in for a treat.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Worst Book in Ages!

Even though I'm not a fan of AC/DC this post is not really about them. I'm currently reading the book AC/DC Maximum Rock and Roll by Murray Engleheart and Arnoud Durieux. And I just have to say. This is by far the worst written book I've read in a long time! It basically Murray and Arnoud sucking AC/DCs dicks for over 500 pages. Not the least bit objectivity in this book. Every single sentence is the authors worshipping every breath of air the Australians have ever taken. It could have been a good book about a musically important band. But in the hands of these groupies every page is a pain to read!

Soundtrack of Week 44


Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth - Love is All

The latest video from The Tallest Man on Earths latest album The Wild Hunt.

Friday, November 05, 2010

otem rellik - Structural Integrity feat. Danielle Ate the Sandwich

These last couple of weeks I've been listening quite a lot to both otem rellik and Danielle Ate the Sandwich separately. So why not just posting the video to their collab on Structural Integrity. A perfect song for a relaxed evening at home.

Structural Integrity feat. Danielle Ate the Sandwich from otem rellik on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

cars & trains - Every Morning (acoustic version)

Here's the acoustic version of cars & trains song Every Morning. The original is found on Factor's awesome album Lawson Graham.

cars & trains - every morning (acoustic) from cars & trains on Vimeo.

The Gumshoe Strut - Too Long in the Tooth EP

Once again we get free goodies from the Marathon of Dope camp. Now it's time for a free EP from The Gumshoe Strut. Go and download it, and while you're at it: Get their other stuff too. Marathon of Dope equals quality!