Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WATCH: "THE BABADOOK" TRAILER

The name is ridiculous, and the trailer is just okay, but there has been considerable buzz building around this Australian horror film, with many people citing as one of the scariest they've seen in a long time. It's currently scoring a very impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is great for a horror movie, or any movie for that matter. I am definitely interested in seeing this one. FULL STORY: ROTTEN TOMATOES

WATCH: "AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW" TRAILER

October is upon us, and with it comes the promise of another season of "American Horror Story". Season 4 sees the show telling the tale of a traveling freak show (as you probably guessed from the title), with most of the usual cast returning, along with a few unusual additions (Patti LaBelle?). While the premise makes it sound like it could be one of the series' crazier tales, the trailer makes it look somewhat more straightforward than usual. I guess we'll find out for sure when it begins on October 8.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEWS: GUN NUT SHOOTS DOWN DRONE

While there are many people in this country who strongly believe the Constitution entitles them to own any sort of weapon they want, they don't seem to feel quite so strongly about a hobbyist's right to own and operate a drone. Here, in beautiful Lower Township, New Jersey, a man apparently became so distressed by the presence of a drone flying in his general vicinity that he decided the most reasonable course of action would be to retrieve his shotgun and get all "Duck Hunt" on it. Unfortunately for him, law enforcement officers generally have at least some degree of common sense and therefore could not agree with his position, leading to his arrest. Look, I certainly don't want people flying drones onto my property and shooting video of what I may or may not be doing at my computer, but I am also not overly thrilled with the idea that there are paranoid nut jobs whose first instinct is to shoot at anything even remotely suspicious living anywhere near me. At the very least, it could make it very challenging for Amazon to get packages to me whenever they start delivering things this way. FULL STORY: CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD

NEWS: MICROSOFT SKIPS 9, REVEALS WINDOWS 10

In a move that surprised no one, today Microsoft announced the latest iteration of Windows. In a move that did come as a bit more of a surprise, they also announced that they were continuing the tradition of screwy counting they began with the Xbox One, by naming their new OS Windows 10. Why they elected to do this is unclear, but ultimately of little importance. What is important is the return of the Start Menu, now merged with the "live tile" experience of W8's Start Screen, along with many other additional features. It will be available for testing beginning tomorrow, and will be out to retail by late 2015. FULL STORY: PC GAMER

READ: INVESTING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HARD (OR EXPENSIVE)

A lot of people don't put money aside for retirement simply because they don't think they can afford to do so, or because they think it is too complicated to get involved. Luckily, a lot of new apps and services have been debuting lately that aim to make things considerably less daunting for the average person, like Acorns, which automatically rounds up purchases for you and sends the extra change to an investment account. FULL STORY: SAVE10FIRST

LISTEN: PRINCE "ART OFFICIAL AGE"

Who knew that getting back onto the same major label he so desperately wanted off of years ago would help Prince to get some of his creative mojo back again? After a string of independently released albums that were mediocre at best, he has returned to Warner Bros Records with the sort of record we had been waiting for him to make. The smart blend of classic R&B sounds with some of the modern electronic experimentation he had become known for in the 80's is a refreshing return to form for the artist. It may not rank amongst his all-time best releases, but it is certainly the best of his 21'st century output.

WATCH: "INHERENT VICE" TRAILER

While director P.T. Anderson has yet to have made a bad movie in my opinion, has last 2 films ("The Master", "There Will Be Blood") have been somewhat more subdued, so it would be nice to see him return to the sort of sprawling, batshit-crazy dramas that helped him establish his name ("Boogie Nights", "Magnolia"). Luckily for me, based on the trailer, it looks like his latest project may be exactly what I'm looking for.

NEWS: NETFLIX MAKING MOVIES (AGAIN)

The internet is abuzz with news that Netflix, following the success it's had with original series like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black", is now getting into the original movie business. Of course, the internet seems to be forgetting that the company has tried this before, under the name Red Envelope Entertainment, which met with only limited success before being abandoned (the most notable film released by the company is probably the Romanian abortion drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"). Nevertheless, at least they are getting back into the movie business in a big way, with their first effort being a co-production with The Weinstein Company of a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". It has been a long time since the original film was released, and director Ang Lee is not returning, but the first one was so good, it's hard not to be at least a little excited for this. FULL STORY: DEADLINE

Monday, September 29, 2014

READ: RACIST FOOTBALL TEAM'S FANS DON'T LIKE TO BE CALLED OUT ON RACISM

In a turn of events that should surprise no one, it turns out that fans of the Washington Redskins who feel that their team's blatantly racist name is just fine as it is, don't especially like being called out on that position. A segment on "The Daily Show" that aired last week featured a panel of said fans, who when being confronted by a panel of Native Americans say they felt threatened and feared for their safety, although the footage seen thus far doesn't do much to support these claims. More upsetting however is that there was apparently more video shot in which some of the Native American participants went to a tailgate event outside of FedEx Field, with one wearing the t-shirt in the photo, and were treated with such hostility that the program decided against using the footage in the piece (it is a comedy show after all and it doesn't sound like what transpired was very funny). The footage has not been released as of yet, but the first hand account is upsetting enough on its own. FULL STORY: MISSOULA INDEPENDENT

WATCH: AMY'S BAKING COMPANY STRIKES AGAIN

As anyone who recalls having seen the most infamous episode of Gordon Ramsey's "Kitchen Nightmares" ever filmed already knows, the owners of Amy's Baking Company are completely fucking insane. As such, this recent footage of one of the owners chasing a customer into the street whilst brandishing what appears to be a knife (they claim it's actually a pen) should come as no surprise. I honestly have no idea how these people manage to stay in business, but at least it provides for entertaining moments like this.