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Kris Roe - San Dimas (18/4/14 - Camden Underworld, London)

More nostalgia-based, sing-along good times.

Cloud Nothings - I’m Not Part of Me

from Here and Nowhere Else

I think this might be the most hooked I’ve been on a guitar-based indie-pop song since Girls’ ‘Lust for Life’ in 2009. It’s tremendous.

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Directed by: Peter Chelsom // Written by: Marc Klein // Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon, Eugene Levy

It makes no sense how much I can enjoy this movie still. A scene barely passes by without something that, one some level, bugs the living shit out of me. Kate Beckinsale’s breathy acting, Jeremy Piven’s awful best man’s speech, the kid inexplicably dressed as Satan during Christmas, John Corbett’s entire character, John Cusack deciding to have a lay down in the middle of a rink while people are skating… it’s all ridiculous or terrible. Then there’s the fact that I don’t even slightly believe in anything this film is selling in terms of fate and destiny; nor do I find the idea particularly appealing. So I should find it contemptible. And yet it’s quite possible I’ve seen this film more than any other, at least in my adult years. It’s absolutely crazy. I guess John Cusack, New York at Christmas and Kate Beckinsale’s looks are enough to right a lot of cinematic wrongs.

So here’s a small thing. There was a week about six months ago where not only did I decide to buy my ticket to see Taylor Swift, but I decided to do so at the direct expense of seeing Neutral Milk Hotel, possibly ever. It felt like kind of a watershed moment. Here I was, perhaps forsaking my only chance to see a band I’ve listened to for over a decade… to go to a pop concert. It’s something I’ve honestly felt guilty and conflicted about it ever since. But now… I don’t have to worry. I’ve bought my Saturday ticket for Jabberwocky and I am going to see Neutral Milk Hotel after all, along with Cloud Nothings, Pissed Jeans and The Van Pelt, and it feels like things are finally lining up for old Liz Lemon. Three cheers for a lack of consequences for our choices.

So here’s a small thing. There was a week about six months ago where not only did I decide to buy my ticket to see Taylor Swift, but I decided to do so at the direct expense of seeing Neutral Milk Hotel, possibly ever. It felt like kind of a watershed moment. Here I was, perhaps forsaking my only chance to see a band I’ve listened to for over a decade… to go to a pop concert. It’s something I’ve honestly felt guilty and conflicted about it ever since. But now… I don’t have to worry. I’ve bought my Saturday ticket for Jabberwocky and I am going to see Neutral Milk Hotel after all, along with Cloud Nothings, Pissed Jeans and The Van Pelt, and it feels like things are finally lining up for old Liz Lemon. Three cheers for a lack of consequences for our choices.

Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo // Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely & Ed Brubaker // Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders

Yeah, I dug this in a pretty big, bad way. The plot was okay, if maybe a tad overblown, but I thought they did an amazing job of getting Captain America over as a premiere superhero. Here’s this guy who’s not the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” in a robot suit, nor a god, nor a monster… and this movie totally convinced me he hangs with those guys anyway. I just absolutely loved him, all honourable and patriotic and bounding around all super cool like. Honestly, I have no idea of what anyone else might think, but for me this movie did for Captain America what Robert Downey Jr. and co. did for Iron Man that first time around, which is a massive achievement.

Probably nestles behind Iron Man and The Avengers as my third favourite Marvel movie so far.

I know it’d be wiser to go in with low expectations and all that - maybe even especially due to the content of this video - but if you think this doesn’t make me completely lose my shit all the same, you would be wrong. 

Between Wrestlemania and last night’s Raw I’m definitely on a big wrestling high.

Between Wrestlemania and last night’s Raw I’m definitely on a big wrestling high.

By the way, that Batman toothbrush I posted about was terrible. The head doesn’t even rotate. It’s basically a vibrator with bristles.