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aerosmithThis past Sunday, we held MusicBowl 53 where we allowed you the fans to vote as Aerosmith (representing New England) took on Motley Crue (representing LA) to coincide with SuperBowl LIII. After collecting your votes on the blog and on Twitter, Aerosmith was the winner of the MusicBowl. As is tradition on the blog, we cover an album from the winning band for the album of the week post and for this week’s we chose Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith. The bad boys of Boston which was made up of Steven Tyler (Vocals/Keyboards/Harmonica), Joe Perry (Lead Guitar), Brad Whitford (Rhythm Guitar), Tom Hamilton (Bass), and Joey Kramer (Drums) released their third studio album on April 8, 1975 via Columbia Records and was produced by Jack Douglas. The album is the band’s most successful album in the United States selling over 8 million copies while peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Rolling Stone ranked Toys In The Attic 229 on their The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

4DA2205A-7F67-404F-81AC-C65008FA9907_530x1. Toys In The Attic– The title track kicks off the album in style to which Tyler recalls, “Joe was jamming a riff and I started yelling, ‘Toys, toys, toys…’ Organic, immediate, infectious…I just started singing and it fit like chocolate and peanut butter. Joe plays his ass off on that song.” 5/5

2. Uncle Salty– Is kind of a creepy song that Tyler has said that it is about an orphanage where a man named Uncle Salty works at and has his way with a girl there. Tyler said, “Salty worked in a home for lost children and had his way with this little girl. That’s what it’s about. I’m the little girl, the orphaned boy. I put myself in that place. I’m Uncle Salty too.” 4/5

3. Adam’s Apple– a bluesy track where Steven takes the time to use the story of Adam and Eve to explore man’s behavior when it comes to sexuality. 4.5/5

4. Walk This Way-This is the original version of the track before Run DMC came around in a track that is all about a high school kid who loses his virginity. There’s a funny story about the origins of the lyrics. Tyler left the original lyrics inside a cab in New York and had to rewrite them in the studio. 5/5

5. Big Ten Inch Record-This is the band’s cover of Bullmoose Jackson’s track and Aerosmith does a great job with it. 4/5

aerosmith toys6. Sweet Emotion– One of my all time favorite Aerosmith song’s that I first heard when I watched the film Dazed And Confused. The song was written by Tom Hamilton who came up with the bass riff that was played alongside an bass marimba in the beginning. The track also featured a talk box and what Tyler describes, “On ‘Sweet Emotion’, we used these backward handclaps and four of us in the studio chanting, ‘Fuck you, Frank.’ If you play it backward, you can hear this.” 5/5

7. No More No More-a track whose lyrics Tyler describes saying, “On a song like ‘No More No More,’ the lyrics came from my verbal diarrhea, a mishmash that I made up and eventually changed the lyrics to something cool…about life on the road: boredom, disillusion, Holiday Inns, stalemate, jailbait. My diary.” 4/5

8. Round And Round-a bad ass rock song from the band whose sound reminds me of a Kiss like track with the big bass riffs to match with the guitars in a track where Brad Whitford plays lead guitar on. The lyrics seem to be talking about life as a musician and how ti just spins out of control, but it just goes round and round like a vicious cycle. 4.5/5

9. You See Me Crying– The last track on the album that the band has stated was a pain in the ass to record because it took so long due to complex playing. It’s a piano ballad that for a while Tyler didn’t remember recording due to the memory loss from the drug use. 4.5/5

CS625486-01B-BIGMy Final Thoughts– This is definitely up there in the echelon of what is considered a classic Aerosmith record and it’s definitely top five for me, but to be honest I grew up a fan of 80’s Aerosmith. I have a new appreciation over the years for their 70’s material which is why I decided to visit it today. This album really put the band on the charts and it certainly paid off as even producer Jack Douglas saw that the band had matured while being on the road before recording this. My favorite track is Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, the title track, and even Round And Round. Uncle Salty is my least favorite track on the album. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

everybodyFor this week’s Album Of The Week, we are doing something a little different than we usually do and we are choosing to cover a soundtrack. Just like our review of The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, we are tackling another film, but not from a comic book movie. If you know director Richard Linklater, then you know that soundtrack have always been a huge part of his films that they are almost another character. One of the most legendary of his works is the 1994 film Dazed And Confused which boasted an amazing soundtrack that featured a lot of legendary 70’s classic rock. However, today we are covering the soundtrack to his latest film Everybody Wants Some!! which is the unofficial sequel to Dazed And Confused. The soundtrack boasts an eclectic mix of music from the likes of Blondie, Van Halen, The Cars, Hot Chocolate, and so much more. The soundtrack was released on all formats back in April of this year which includes a Cassette release. If you want to see the review of the film which I did for my 365 movies in 365 days challenge blog, then click here.

Paramount1. My Sharona by The Knack- It was The Knacks debut single and a song that was very representative of where New Wave punk was at in 1979. The lyrics are about a relationship the singer had with a 17 year old named Sharona . 4/5

2. Heart Of Glass by Blondie- a classic track from the new wave band which touched upon disco after a suggestion from the albums producer in a track about lost love/ 4/5

3. Take Your Time (Do It Right) by S.O.S. Band- a straight up post-disco track with a funky bass line that was a huge hit for the S.O.S. Band in the US. A lot of bands and musicians like Rick James adopted this sound in the early 80’s. 4/5

4. Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar- An unbelievable rocker from Pat Benatar with that driving riff that instantly made this a hard rock classic. It also introduced us to the brilliance of Neil Giraldo. 5/5

5. Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers- One of my least favorite tracks ont he album from Northern Ireland punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers. 2/5

6. Every 1’s a Winner by Hot Chocolate- They’re a disco band, but this track has one of the funkiest riffs on the album and a funky bass line. 5/5

maxresdefault (1)7. Everybody Wants Some!! by Van Halen- The hard rock classic from one of the best LA rock bands ever. You knew with a title for a film like Evetybody Wants Some!! that this was going to end up on here. 5/5

8. Let’s Get Serious by Jermaine Jackson- Jermaine should have gotten serious about his career as he attempted to have a career after The Jackson 5 with this disco track.  3/5

9.  Pop Muzik by M- M describes this interesting track saying, “I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarize the last 25 years of pop music. It was a deliberate point I was trying to make. Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale. That’s why I really wanted to make a simple, bland statement, which was, ‘All we’re talking about basically (is) pop music.” 3/5

10. Because the Night by Patti Smith Group- One of my favorite tracks on the album that was originally written by Bruce Springsteen for an album of his, but he didn’t like his version. This song best represents where the 80’s scene would go (just look at Pat Benatar and so many others). 5/5

11. I Want You To Want Me (Live) by Cheap Trick- one of the best rock songs from rock and roll hall of famers Cheap Trick and this is the live version which helped sky rocket the band into the spotlight.Just listen to how amazing Robin Zander’s vocals are in this song. 5/5

12. Hand In Hand by Dire Straits- a cool ballad like track from Dire Straits on an album that showed the world that they had arrived. 4/5

13. Whip It by Devo- the new wave classic that is known world wide. It’s sadly the only song most people remember from them. 5/5

14. Romeo’s Tune by Steve Forbert- an cool pop track from folk singer Steve Forbert which was his biggest hit of his career. 4/5

15. Good Times Roll by The Cars- A quintessential mid-tempo rock song from the cool cats of Boston The Cars. A song that should be people’s motto more often these days. 5/5

16. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang- A song that is often attributed to being the first Hip Hop song that was introduced to the world. They even tell you that they are rapping in the track. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The soundtrack isn’t as amazing as the first one, but it was very eclectic in the mix of genres and different type of music in the film. It definitely helps the film and it fits well with the content. There are a couple of tracks on here that I didn’t really like and it reflect in what I gave them for a grade individually, but don’t let that deter you because it is a great soundtrack. I am going to give the soundtrack 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade.

carrie2It was right around 1999, when you started to see a lot more companies come out with sequels and remakes of past horror films and The Rage: Carrie 2 was one of sorts. 23 years after the release of the original Stephen King classic Carrie, they decided to come out with the sequel which takes place 23 years after the original. Rachel Lang (Emily Bergl) is not one of the in crowd at the school and it just so happens that she is the half sister of Carrie White (although she doesn’t know it). One day, she finds out that some of the football players have a game where they sleep with girls as art of a game and her best friend Lisa (Mena Suvari) as one of them. After Eric (Zachary Ty Bryan) rejects her, she commits suicide and that messes up Rachel. Sue Snell (Amy Irving) was one of the original survivors of that horrific event and now she works at the school as a guidance counselor and she begins to notice something about Rachel that reminds her of someone from her past. While Rachel looks for revenge on the jocks, Sue is looking to stop her from the same fate as her half sister. The film also stars Jason London (Dazed And Confused) as Jesse Ryan, Dylan Bruno (Taken 3) as Mark, J. Smith-Cameron (Man On A Ledge) as Barbara Lang, John Doe (Road House) as Boyd, Rachel Blanchard (Road Trip) as Monica, and the film was directed by Katt Shea (Poison Ivy).

Emily_Bergl_Zachery_Ty_Bryan_Rage_Carrie_2This movie when it came out was slammed at every corner and I can ind of understand why people felt that way. It was Hollywood’s way of unofficially remaking the film and having it set in modern times. (Yes they would do that again 15 years later). I like the fact that Amy Irving returned for this film as she was the connecting point to the original story. The idea of the film wasn’t bad, the effort was there, but the jocks were just a little over the top for me. They are so bad that you end up wanting Rachel to get mad some how. The scene where Rachel finally does lose a screw, they basically emulated the one from the first Carrie film and just put it in a house party. Zachary Ty Bryan in my opinion has a death that no man ever wants to feel or go through. It was a nice touch for such a douchey character that he played. The one thing that they did a little different was the relationship that Rachel had with Jesse was different than what Carrie White had in the original. What doesn’t make sense to me is how old was this guy that impregnated Rachel’s mom that did the same to Carrie White? If they’re half sisters, what was he fifty or sixty when he impregnated Rachel’s mom? It’s not the best sequel out there, but it wasn’t that bad either. I am giving the film an C for a final grade.

The prophecyIn the horror genre, religion had always played a big part whether it be films about possessions and exorcisms to the idea of a haunting spirit that is devilish in nature and even films about the antichrist. In 1995, First Look International released a new kind of take on religion as The Prophecy focused on the war between the angels. Elias Koteas (Gattaca) plays Thomas Dagget, a man who once tried to be a priest, but after losing a little faith became a police officer instead. One day after an encounter with an angel named Simon (Eric Stoltz), his knowledge and faith will be once again tested when he realizes that he is now in the middle of a war between the angels as Gabriel (Christopher Walken) is here to collect on a soul that is so evil that it could win the war for him. The other problem is that Simon hid the soul in a little girl and now it’s up to Thomas to try and protect her from Gabriel. The film also stars Virginia Madsen (Candyman) as Katherine, Viggo Mortensen (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) as Lucifer, Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) as Rachel, Adam Goldberg (Dazed And Confused) as Jerry, Moriah Shining Dove Snyder (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Mary, Steve Hytner (Face/OfGregory Widenf) as Joseph, and the film was directed by Gregory Widen (Backdraft).

prophecyOne thing that I have to say about this film is that it does contain some incredible imagery within it like one vision that Thomas and Katherine are given during the film of the war and it’s casualties in Heaven. Some of you may be wondering how Christopher Walken did as the archangel Gabriel and if you know Walken then you obviously know what to expect. He was definitely cunning, witty, and he has that swagger he has had for a long time now. One thing that I do have to say is that Viggo Mortensen’s performance is Shakespearean like as he portrayed the fallen angel known as Lucifer who has a stake in the war. Viggo portrayed Lucifer to a T where he is sly, elusive, and deceiving where he can sway you into making the wrong choice which was amazing. The acting overall in the film was pretty good as you got the performances you wanted and expected from the stars in the film. Some of the scenic shots were pretty cool as well as the overall cinematography. Even though the 90’s were criticized for now being a great decade for horror, it definitely had it’s own distinct look and feel that was different from others. You can truly find a lot of gems in the horror genre from the 90’s and I would have to consider this one of them because it was different from what was being put out at the time. I really liked the film and I think everyone should give this one a shot as it’ available to watch right now on Netflix. I am going to give this film an B+ for a final grade.

blackmassheader2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (a play on the words Tuesday and True Story), but I had to bring it back for a special movie. This past Friday, Black Mass, the film about one of South Boston’s most notorious gangsters in James “Whitey” Bulger was released into theaters. The film stars Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) stars as the notorious gangster himself as it looks at how Whitey got the push he needed in the game thanks to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  It takes you deep into South Boston as Bulger goes on a rampage as he becomes one of the most powerful gangsters and second on the list of the FBI’s most wanted men behind Osama Bin Laden. The film is based on the book of the same name by former Boston Globe writers Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill and it looks at what Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano had to say about Bulger. The film also stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey) as Lindsey Cyr, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Billy Bulger, Kevin Bacon (Footloose) as Charles McGuire, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, Rory Cochrane (Dazed And Confused) as Steve Flemmi, David Harbour (The Equalizer) as John Morris, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, Corey Stroll (This Is Where I Leave You) as Fred Wyshak, Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) as Marianne Connolly, W. Earl Brown (Scream) as John Martorano, Jesse Plemons (Observe And Report) as Kevin Weeks, Juno Temple (Killer Joe) as Deborah Hussey, and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace).

black massAs with every film that is based on a true story, there are always those who doubt how true each event is and whether or not Hollywood expressed their creative liberty with some of the film. Kevin Weeks, one of the men depicted in the film recently spoke out on the film calling it fiction. He commented on Johnny Depp’s performance of Bulger and how it was written saying, “The only resemblance to Whitey’s character was the hairline. The funny thing is, Whitey’s look didn’t really change at all, just his clothes. It’s like we were stuck in a time warp. And the mannerisms—the way that Whitey talked to us—he never swore at us. In all the years I was with that man, he never swore at me once.” He later commented on a scene in the film that was depicted in Miami when a deal was being made to take out an important figure. Weeks says, “That never happened. In fact, I didn’t know about Roger Wheeler’s death until the Callahan murder. So just by having me be there giving Halloran the money, they have involved me in a conspiracy to kill Roger Wheeler. I’ve been libeled. I wasn’t involved in that at all, so I have a big problem with that. I just don’t know where they get the right to put events in there that did not happen.” There is also a very cool article from Time Magazine that describes what was fact or fiction about some important events in the film. In the film, they claim that the violence increased once Bulger’s son died. While it’s true that his son did die, they claim that he had ordered several hits before then with Weeks telling The Daily Beast, “Whitey was violent long before his son’s death.” Nevertheless, I thought Johnny Depp’s performance was masterful and that he was the best part of the film. I do feel that they made Flemmi and Weeks minor characters in the film than what they probably were in real life. The film itself was good, but Edgerton and Depp absolutely steal the show. One of my favorite elements of the film was the cinematography because they take some amazing shots of the city of Boston and Southie. Overall, my final grade for the film is a B=+

Dirty GirlI am starting to figure out that I am a huge fan of Juno Temple and her work whether it be Killer Joe, Horns, Maleficent, or in the film that I chose for today’s Filmfest Friday flick. The film I chose for today is 2010’s Dirty Girl which pins Juno Temple as the overly sexual, fatherless, and lost girl Danielle. Danielle is lost because she is doing all the wrong things that end up finding her being sent down to a special classroom with the “special kids” or as it would be called Study Skills in some states.There she is forced to partner with Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) who is a boy just screaming to come out of the closet, but is scared to be himself for fear of what his father may do. With the help of Clarke, Danielle finally discovers who her real father is and the two will set out on a road trip to California so that Danielle can reunite with her father. Hopefully on the trip, Clarke can find what he is looking for as well because he is also on a personal journey. The film also stars Milla Jovovich (Dazed And Confused) as Danielle’s mother Sue Ann, Mary Steenburgen (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) as Clarke’s mother Peggy, Dwight Yoakam (Sling Blade) as Clarke’s father Joseph, Brent Briscoe (The Dark Knight Rises) as Officer Perry, William H. Macy (Boogie Nights) as Ray, Nicholas D’Agosto (Fired Up) as Joel, Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) as Danny, and the film was directed by Abe Sylvia (Nurse Jackie). 

dirty girl 2When watching this film, you have to remember what times must have been like in Norman, Oklahoma circa 1987 and it all makes sense that someone would treat Clarke the way his father treats him. Fathers must have believed that it was a mental disease that could be cured and hence is the reason our society was so backwards for such a long time. Even though Danielle is on a journey to find her father, she is also on a journey to self discovery because Clarke is the most enlightened one of the duo. Clarke is the one that is most accepting of people while Danielle is much like her society, but she is willing to accept him because she feels they are misfits. Throughout this whole journey, Danielle wakes up and grows up right before your eyes, but she couldn’t have done it without Clarke as he is the agent of change much like John Candy’s character in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is to Steve Martin’s character hence the reason it’s a coming of age story. This is an amazing film that every one should check out because it’s well written and well acted and it features a great cast as well. The film debuted back in September of 2010 at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and it’s available to watch on Netflix as we speak. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade because it was enjoyable to watch.

The Stoned AgeThere are films that come out and surprise people as to how amazing of a film they are like Dazed And Confused and then there are films put out by rival studios to try and jump on the competition. I feel like that was the case for today’s Cheeseball Cinema film that I enjoyed as a young teenager when I saw it on the shelf of my local Strawberries (Music Store) called The Stöned Age. All that local California metal heads Joe (Michael Kopelow) and Hubbs (Bradford Tatum) want to do is get drunk, stoned, and get laid, but the problem is where are the chicks and where’s the party at? They hear from a local rat named Tack (Clifton Collins Jr.) that there’s a couple of chicks in the valley from northern California that are visiting, but there’s only a couple of problems. First off, the local bad ass named Crump (Daniel Collins) has gotten out of jail and he spotted them first which means there his and they have to get rid of Tack in order to party with these babes. Will they avoid the obstacles and do what it is they set out to do or will the night end in absolute disaster? The film also stars Renee Allman (Showdown In Little Tokyo) as Lanie, China Katner (Airheads) as Jill, Michael Wiseman (Planet Of The Apes) as Crump’s brother, Kevin Kilner (American Pie 2) as Officer Dean, Art Chudabala (War Of The Worlds) as Mike Dick, David Groh (Victory at Entebbe) as Dad.

Renee Allman

Renee Allman

To say that this film is better than Dazed And Confused must be some kind of joke because the film is clearly not better than Dazed as the poster claims. Hey, if that is what you have to do to get people interested than by all means go for it. Dazed And Confused was a completely different animal than The Stöned Age because it wasn’t only about the kids drinking and trying to find a place to party, but it dived deep into their psyches at the time. This film just follows a couple of metalheads that want to get high and bang chicks, but it does do something. While a lot of metal heads back in the 80’s where stoners and did like to drink, they weren’t all morons like the movie portrays them to be. You can tell that the film was written by someone who truly didn’t know what metal heads were about and that is why your film is here. One of the things they did get right was the casting of Renee Allman who was super sexy in this film and she’s just about the only T&A that you will see in this film. I liked China Katner who is the daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Katner of Jefferson Airplane/Starship fame, but she plays the 70’s hippie chick (so she doesn’t get naked) who hangs with a metal chick if that makes sense. Her character is also very contradictory as she hates the guys, but in the end she makes out with both of them. Overall, the film is OK, it’s not the greatest film ever written, but if you’re a fan of Blue Öyster Cult, Ted Nugent, Montrose, and other 70’s era rock and metal then you definitley like this films soundtrack which is a definite highlight. On a scale of one being close to an a-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving this film a 2.3 for a final grade.