4 – Short Term 12
3 – The Conjuring
2 – The Broken Circle Breakdown
1 – Her
My wife and I attended the Kanye West Yeezus Tour at the Baltimore Arena for Valentine’s Day.
“I love you like Kanye loves Kanye“.
I forgot how small the Baltimore Arena was. It was definitely an intimate arena experience, and with our GA tickets, we got super close. My wife is in the yellow kicks about 4 people back from the stage ↓
Kanye/Yeezus had a great set in which he was accompanied and elevated by backup, modern dancers ↓
Just like his dancers, Kanye was faceless, but it was a beadazzled no face. We went to see a performance, and the show definitely delivered. In contrast to the faced portion of the show, I actually preferred the mask. The mask added to his Yeezus character and acted as a shield, allowing Kanye to give a more vocally emotive performance. The second half (maskless portion of the show), Kanye had a lot of fun singing a montage of old hits. He definitely enjoyed himself, but the whole “Kanye face” portion didn’t carry the same spectacle.
There was even a portion of the set allotted for Yeezus to speak to his disciples. Accompanied by a piano, Kanye’s stream of consciousness became really “Mr. Rogers” at times. Singing out little motivational phrases like in this clip I captured with my phone ↓
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The whole show had a great 2001 A Space Odyssey vibe.
And the Yeezus Jesus was quite a sight to behold. Here he is on top of the splitting Mount Yeezus Volcano, and backed with a super bright circular LED display ↓
It was kitsch in the best way possible.
“You have to realize there´s a decisive difference between kitsch and camp. Camp implies irony, kitsch doesn´t. Kitsch is meant to be deep. Bad kitsch is intended to be deep, and everybody laughs. Good kitsch is intended to be deep, and nobody laughs.”
— Odd Nerdrum
I was riding on Metro the other day and decided to take a photo of the Cathedral Heights Metro Station from House of Cards…
I quickly realized (after a google search) that this metro stop did not exist.
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In a word this documentary is mesmerizing.
Filled with some of the darkest content imaginable, at times it was hard to believe what was being said or taking place.
Good documentaries have interesting subjects and subject matter. Great documentaries juxtapose footage to tell a story while delivering powerful subtext.
This is best illustrated in the duck scene.
– Say ‘I’m sorry, Duck”
– I’m sorry, Duck.
That’s it. Now say,
‘It was an accident…
‘I was scared so I hit you.”
In the context of the story this is an amazing moment in this doc.
If the raw emotional content wasn’t enough to make a great documentary, this film also delivers some technically amazing shots like this full conversation perfectly framed from another car with wireless mics in a convertible.↓
Riddled with bizarre scenes against beautiful backdrops ↓
Featuring a dynamic cast of ‘characters’ that are all coping with the aftermath of this horrific moment in history in different ways. From defensive pride to complete denial, the viewer vividly experiences a wide range of perspectives.
This documentary is definitely worth a watch.
From the movie’s poster alone, you know going in, you’re not about to see a work of art. And, in general, I tend to like a bunch of terrible movies, but this even missed “the right kind of terrible” mark for me.
Full of typical Hollywood cliches and piss-poor writing, I kept asking myself the question “What makes a bad actor?” Is a bad performance the actor’s fault, or is there only so far you can push bad writing or direction?
The flick did have 2 Oscar Nominees…
In the end, there is no reason to waste your time watching this movie.
I DID find this bully scene just the “right kind of terrible”↓
but it’s not worth suffering through the rest of the movie.
Members of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir cover Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before Friday’s Opening Ceremony, and wow… I mean WOW. After your laughter subsides, they quickly win you over. The main 3 performers own the stage and love every minute of it ↓