This week’s cover is the Ben l’Oncle Soul version of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army“. The l’Oncle Soul version takes the well recognized and imposing guitar riff of the original and turns it into a groovy 1960s inspired soul/pop tune. It’s such a good take on the original that it has been copied almost note for note (extraneous runs included) by X-FACTOR UK runner up Marcus Collins. Check the Collins version out because the musical plagiarism is so shameless that it’s funny.
The biggest night of the year for the movie industry is this Sunday and the civilized world is all a titter wondering who will win the Best Picture…the silent movie that no one saw or the overrated movie that George Clooney was in? Speaking of Clooney will he take home the Best Actor trophy or will Brad Pitt finally be recognized as a real actor by his peers? And will the two men remain BFF’s when it is all over? And most important of all who will win the Best Actress throw down? Will Glenn Close finally win an Oscar? Can Meryl Streep’s great performance overcome the crappy movie she was in? Or will Viola Davis continue the long tradition of the Academy recognizing black people only when they play one five types of roles…the crook, the ho, the clown, the crackhead, or the help? How the hell should I know? And why am I asking all of these rhetorical questions?
Well like 99.9% of the rest of the bloggers on the Intertubes, I may not have any inside knowledge on the Oscar races this year but I do feel an uncontrollable need to share my own opinions and prognostication skills with the World Wide Web. So to find out what a humble citizen of this Earth with too much free time on his hands and a love of cinema thinks will and should happen at the Oscars just click the linky-dink below this sentence.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71% (Critics) / 72% (Audience)
Directed By: Roman Polanski
Written By: Yasmine Reza, Roman Polanski and Michael Katims
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Synopsis: After two boys have a fight on the playground their parents meet to work out the issue. What begins as a polite coming together for the children quickly devolves into truly messy situation.
Synopsis: On the last weekend before the Yankee Pedlar Inn closes its doors forever, two of the inn’s employees (and amateur ghost hunters!) are determined to prove that the legend of the haunted hotel is definitely real to disastrous results.
Alicia Myers is the former lead singer of the group One Way (another R&B act that is under appreciated) who embarked on a solo career in the early 1980s that included several gospel tinged, uptempo numbers. Myers may not be very well known and it’s likely that most people can’t name any of her songs but they will still know them when they hear them because they have been sampled by contemporary artists.
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1981!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% (Critics) / 82% (Audience)
Directed By: Robert Aldrich
Written By: Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller
Starring: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Agnes Moorehead, Victor Buono, Mary Astor and Joseph Cotten
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: Charlotte Hollis, an aging, eccentric, wealthy recluse is haunted by a years old terrifying family secret that threatens to not only be exposed when a long lost relative returns to town but to also drive Charlotte mad with guilt and remorse in this classic from 1964.
Synopsis: Tim Burton takes a crack at the Roald Dahl classic about a poor boy who wins a tour of the most magical candy factory in the world.