Archive for January, 2018


 

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I know.  There was a Prince song in this spot last week.  But when they decide to put up a video of my single favorite Prince song ever, a song I didn’t even know he made a video for?

Well, you’re going to have to suck it up if you don’t like the Purple One.

Watching this…he was really married to this girl.

So, Prince wrote a song about her cheating, then had her star in the video for it?

Enjoy!

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‘Lady Bird’

 

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It’s exciting (and a little sad) to think of how much good territory there still is to cover in genre films, simply by seeing these stories through the eyes of different storytellers (and by extension, different protagonists.)  I personally feel ‘Get Out’/horror was the best example this awards season, but ‘Lady Bird’/coming of age is a fresh take in its own way too.

A California teenager butts heads with their parents (and everyone else).  They take their first real steps into love and sex. We’ve been seeing this genre since…’Rebel Without a Cause’ right?  And yet, off the top of my head…I can’t tell you when was the last time (if ever) I’ve seen it told through the eyes of a teenage girl.

Saoirse Ronan is the real deal if you didn’t know.  She NAILS the accent, she nails all the insecurities of the teenage years, she’s carrying movies and I don’t think she’s 25 yet?  And Laurie Metcalf carries her share of what’s essentially a ‘two-hander’;  probably a little harder on her daughter than necessary, but with good intentions.  The working title of this was evidently ‘Mothers and Daughters’; that may not be as marketable, but it’s definitely a perfect fit.

Recommend.

 

 

RAKIM

Our music this weeks starts with a belated birthday tribute to the man we still call ‘the God MC.’

Respect your roots.

Enjoy!

 

 

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I get it.  I get why this is the frontrunner.

‘The Shape of Water’ checks off so many boxes, even to a film geek like me.  Non traditional love story? Check.  Feels super original in the land of remaking everything? Check.  Non verbal lead character? Check.  Character actors who character actors worship (Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlberg?) Check check check.

In a year where all the Best Director nominees will argue their man (or woman!) did the best job this year, it’s going to be hard to argue against Del Toro’s vision here.  A…’creature’ is captured in Cold War era America and brought to a secret location.  He forms a bond with a mute cleaning lady and the two fall in love.  I mean…COME ON!!!

It’s del Toro so you know it’s beautiful to look at; the creature looks ‘real’ within the world they’ve created; the cast is solid from top to bottom.  The biggest nit pick (if you want to call it that) is if the viewer is willing to go all in on what’s essentially a fantasy film.

The nominations would say yes.  We’ll find it in another month if that translates to wins.

 

 

 

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The weekend is upon us!

So why not end this week with the double Academy Award nominated Mary J. Blige?

Next Best Picture review Sunday night.  Until then…

 

 

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Listening to His Purple Highness all day, so this felt like the obvious choice.

Prince.  Do I need to say more?

Enjoy!

 

 

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Editor’s Note first: now that we know what’s what, my feelings are the Oscar nominated films I haven’t touched yet will start up again Sunday night.  My reaction looking over the nominations this morning:  there are some definite frontrunners (mostly in the acting categories), but I really don’t know who’s winning Best Picture.  More than a few films have more than a few passionate backers this year so…from the outside looking in, the show should be interesting this year for that alone.

More music for now.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Let’s bring the music into this week.

An oldie but goodie to start this week; I swear this song is the audio version of Sam Jackson beer to me.  Soon as I hear the beat, the fists and elbows start swinging!

Enjoy!

 

 

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On the weekend of the 2nd Women’s March, I thought I’d start this week by publicly acknowledging something I ‘borrowed’ from a woman…

Somewhere down the line, I heard Kerry Washington uses this technique called ‘Who Am I?’  As you’ll see below, it’s a mini cheat sheet that, for actors at least, can quickly put you into the mind of the character you’re playing (and also help you recognize the things you have in common with who you’re playing and the things you don’t).

I use this in 90 percent of my auditions to put me in the right ‘shoes’ so to speak; it’s been incredibly helpful (so thank you Kerry.)

For today though, I’ll answer the questions in my own voice, so whether you’re new to me or known me for awhile, maybe you’ll learn something. Ah, one more caveat: don’t think about it too much, the gut answer is probably the closest to ‘who you are’.

Enjoy.

Who Am I? – Malik Aziz

Month: March

Color: Black

Time of Day: Morning

Superpower: Invisibility

Flower: Rose

Song: A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke

Car: Maserati 

Item of Clothing: Hoodie

Animal: Beagle

Food: Pizza

Movie: The Godfather

City/Town: Los Angeles

Sport: Basketball

 

 

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The weekend!

I didn’t realize til this morning the Oscars nominations come out Tuesday, so we’ll take a few days off from the movie reviews and see how that falls.

In the meantime, something upbeat to start the weekend.

And I miss Heavy D.

Have a good one gang!