Jack’s Mannequin means a lot of different things to its fans. For some, Jack’s Mannequin means simply good piano music. For others, it’s love. And for more, it’s hope. For me, it means a bit of all those things and still more. With all those feelings tied up in Jack’s Mannequin, it’s no wonder the 10 Years in Transit tour sold out almost instantly, and luckily I managed to snag a ticket.
Archive for January, 2012
If you’re like us, you’re counting down to April 1 and the return of Game of Thrones. What will Daerneys do with her new role as a dragon queen, will someone smack that a-hole Joffrey, will Dinklage continue being kickass and what of the mysterious North?
In the latest teaser, our characters look weatherbeaten and weary. There’s plenty of sneers and manipulative looks to go around. And then there’s that great teaser quote, “a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
Kansas City’s The Grisly Hand has a new EP due out February 1, but you can get an early taste of the EP and download a track for free now.
I expected “The Grey” to be similar to the likes of “Taken” or “Unknown,” where Liam Neeson goes around beating the shit out of everyone, only in this case, beating the shit out of wolves. Maybe I was just incredibly eager to see him punch out a wolf; let’s just say that “The Grey” was not what I was expecting.
I have loved movies since I was a little kid. I remember staying up way too late with my dad watching Hitchcock movies (sometimes long after he passed out). Why can you no longer make interesting action movies? Gone are the days of North by Northwest, replaced by whatever is most recently directed by Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich (I know it’s kind of cool to hate on Michael Bay, but I don’t say this to be cool; I legitimately dislike most Michael Bay movies). Character development and suspense have all but been replaced by fast editing and faster cars. “Man on a Ledge” is no different.
Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a woman that has dressed as a man in order to make a living as a waiter in Dublin, Ireland. She saves nearly all her money so she can buy a corner tobacco shop and has fantasies of finding a wife that will love her. While it sounds like it could have some interesting things to say about gender roles in the 1800s, the movie typically settles for a teen-comedy style of writing and editing (many, many times a character will refer to Albert as ‘my good man’ followed by a cutaway to a close-up of Close). Nothing is more distracting or takes you out of a story more than cheesy film gimmicks like this. What should have been a serious movie tackling a woman being forced to make a living as a man drew more laughter from the audience than most Adam Sandler movies (wait, that isn’t saying much, but I think you get my point).