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New "Guardians of the Galaxy" Trailer Corey O'Brien |
05/19/2014 | Filed In: Movies | Corey O'Brien | Guardians of the Galaxy

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" shared a new trailer today.  I love everything about this movie, especially the racoon with a gun.  What I hate about this trailer and what will annoy me about the movie is the music. "Spirit in the Sky" again, really?  How much money is Norman Greenbaum sucking out of the collective pool of royalty money amongst music budgets in Hollywood. Who is Mr. Greenbaum's attorney that negotiated the sale of his soul to Satan for such blanket coverage? I would like to hire that lawyer.

Here is an actual list of movies and TV shows this song has been in. Put a bag over this song and don't take it off until its spirit is actually in the sky.

If that particular music selection didn't have you sticking tree branches in your ears it's followed by Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." Did the music supervisor for this film graduate from the University of Unoriginality with a major in boring and a minor in trite?  "Hooked on a Feeling" has haunted me since its use in "Ally McBeal." Remember that stupid dancing baby?  

If these two songs were house guests you would have asked them to leave years ago or resorted to blunt force trauma and a backyard burial just to get away from their grating overuse in mass culture.

We are decades past the 70s, 80s or whatever decade these songs were conceived, back when people made out to them. All they do now is make us wretch and rightly so.

Now that I've got that off my chest I will say something positive...I really can't wait to see this film.  It looks original, close to the comic and it's Mavel so you know it will be slick.  Enjoy the trailer below.

 

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The Offspring Are Coming! The Offspring Are Coming! Corey O'Brien |
05/16/2014 | Filed In: The Offspring | Concerts | Saltair | August | Corey O'Brien | Pennywise | Stiff Little Fingers

The Offspring Are Coming! The Offspring Are Coming!

You can add one more must see show to your Summer list.  The Offspring are coming along with Pennywise and Stiff Little Fingers to Saltair on August 26th.  Killer lineup, bro!

Rumor also has it that The Offspring may be working on new music.  Noodles told Tut.by that the band planned to head in the studio after they wrapped up their last tour.  I guess we will have to wait and see on that front.  

Of course last month was the 20th anniversary of "Smash" the album that made The Offspring pretty damn big.  Pop that one in your playlist and remember what a badass this album made you feel like until you see them in August.

 

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Spiderman Breaks Out In Arcade Fire Video for "We Exist" Corey O'Brien |
05/16/2014 | Filed In: Arcade Fire | Relflektor | We Exist | Corey O'Brien | Spiderman | Andrew Garfield

Spiderman Breaks Out In Arcade Fire Video for

I am watching this video to see if I can spot myself or any of my friends as it was filmed at this year Coachella. Andrew Garfield, who is the current Spiderman, was seen wandering around the festival in a dress, which is where the end of this video was filmed.  Though a couple of my friends were wearing cutoffs I can't seem to spot any of them. Maybe they formed a dance troop while I was waiting in the line for some Spicy Pie.

The video certainly elaborates on the verse of "We Exist".  The thing with Arcade Fire that many people like and some may hate is how atmospheric their songs are, especially with the tracks on "Reflektor", that you get lost in the music and miss the words.

Andrew Garfield, who born in California, but grew up in the U.K., is certainly most known for his role as Spiderman, but certainly also from "The Social Network." It is a different side for an actor the U.S. is just getting to know and let's face it, this video may be challenging for some.  That is what makes it a good video and a great companion piece to the song.  There's nothing original about just standing on a stage strumming. It's always better when a band has something to say and a story to tell.

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Todd Nuke 'Em reviews GODZILLA todd | Program Director
05/16/2014 | Filed In: Godzilla | Gareth Edwards | Bryan Cranston

Todd Nuke 'Em reviews GODZILLA

#GODZILLA can't be stopped. #May16th http://t.co/MCPaYpiudN pic.twitter.com/SJXSBXZ2lC

— Godzilla (@GodzillaMovie) May 8, 2014

 

 

You have to understand that I am inclined to like Godzilla from the start. I was, after all, the kid who would build giant cities made of cards in my basement and then smash them to bits. When I was young, it was before technology could deliver pretty much any movie ever made right to your computer or TV, and I had to stay up late to watch the old Godzilla movies that sometimes aired as the late night feature on the weekend. It was a treat, because how could a young boy not be excited to see giant monsters stomping the crap out of a city?

Having the chance to see the Godzilla franchise rebooted with modern special effects thrilled me, and I got to see it last night. Director Gareth Edwards stayed true to tradition with his mega-budget release for 2014. It was, in many ways, an homage to the decades of kaiju films churned out by Toho Studios and others since the original Gojira in 1954. The premise is simple enough: multiple monsters birthed from exposure to radioactivity battle it out while smashing buildings to bits. Edwards knows how to build up suspense and to keep the action from becoming a computer-generated special-effects orgy. This version of Godzilla is tense, action-packed, and fun. There was even a part where I had a lump in my throat when I was uncertain about Godzilla‚Äôs fate. I saw it on a regular screen, but I will return to see it in IMAX 3D before its theatrical run is over. And I will be recreating the train scene on my model railroad at home!  

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You Might Be From Salt Lake City If... Corey O'Brien |
05/16/2014 | Filed In: Salt Lake City | Lists | Corey O'Brien

You Might Be From Salt Lake City If...

Another day, another list of Utah and our quirky characteristics.  This time it's a list of the emotional and social scars growing up in Salt Lake has left you with.  I suspect that even if you grew up here, but aren't from here you've been indoctrinated into fry sauce, dipping your fries in ice cream or that Utah accent.

It's not really your fault.  It's your parents fault so blame them for everything, decide you were wrong, own your problems and read this list of the "12 Signs You Grew Up In Salt Lake" from the people over at Newscastic.

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