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QUICK REVIEW: AFI – The Missing Man

Howdy ladies and gents, it seems like I’m always coming back to this blog every once in a while, and that’s obviously no good for people who which to get consistent material from me and for that I apologize. However, I’m back to talk about some music and today I’ll be discussing AFI’s EP from 2018; The Missing Man.

After I heard “Get Dark” and reviewed it, I was hyped to hear more AFI and I bought the EP and listened to it a few times. I even had a review I was drafted in mid-December of 2018. However, I just never got around to writing it up due to my work shifts during Christmas and after personal activities that kept me busy. But I have always wanted to share my thoughts on this EP and now that I’m listening to music a lot more I have thoughts that I want to share so here we are.

Now The Missing Man feels like a continuation of the sound AFI has been delivering since Burials and AFI (The Blood Album) with a balance of songs that rock hard, some more moody material and more melodic material. How much you enjoy this EP will depend on what era/sound you like from AFI. Anyone hoping for the crazier sounds of the past will be disappointed, this is definitely more in line with their recent work and feels like a combination of their last two albums sound. I personally love Burials safe for a couple of songs, while AFI (The Blood Album) only had a handful of songs I liked (I will discuss that album in the future). With only 5 tracks this EP is over by pretty swiftly but there’s something special about this sound that’ll make you want to go back for more.

The EP opens with “Trash Bat” and it’s great. Its loud, upbeat, in your face and has the exact kind of sound I like from this band. I love the chorus with the sound of the guitars alongside Davey Havok and the backing vocals. It’s over pretty quickly but has such an addictive sound that makes you want to hit the repeat button. “Break Angels” feels like it could have been on Burials, and I like it but mainly for the chorus. “Back Into The Sun” is a slower-paced song which at first I wasn’t sure about, but after a while, it really grew on me because of the chorus and heavy guitars. Next up is “Get Dark“, simply put I love this song. It’s super fun, loud, catchy, swift in pace and has a catchy as hell chorus. This was the oomph that their last album was missing. And finally, there’s the title track “The Missing Man” and it’s my least my favourite song on the EP. It starts out well and I do like the overall moody tone and there’s a bit in the middle that sounds good, but overall it doesn’t grab me. It lacks something distinctive as the final track.

Best Songs:

  1. Get Dark
  2. Trash Bat
  3. Back Into The Sun

So to conclude The Missing Man is solid EP from AFI, it’s familiar yet different and if you’re open to hearing new sounds from the band then I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s a short yet fun experience and it definitely resonates with me more than their last album. So have you heard this EP and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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The Good Sounds of SG Lewis

Howdy ladies and gents, its been a while since I’ve posted on this blog that wasn’t film-related. But since I’ve been on lockdown for just over a month and won’t be flying back home any time soon, I’ve had a lot of time to think and I’ve wanted to start writing about music again. So I wanted to start by talking about one of my favourite artists I’ve found in the last few years; SG Lewis.

My Discovery & Journey

So I discovered SG Lewis while I worked at the airport in my home town 4 years ago. His song “All Night” was on the radio and it caught me ear, so I put some of the lyrics on my phone and then found the song online. I became obsessed with the song for months. Then later that year I bought his EP Yours and found new songs to jam to and in 2017 I found Shivers which was also a nice listening experience. In 2018 I heard Dusk and that was my favourite EP so far with its gorgeous sounds and I was in love especially with the song “Aura“. And in 2019 I heard both Dark and Dawn and they were awesome as they had that familiar gorgeous sound but had progressed in new and exciting ways. And on top of that, I got to see him live TWICE! Once at ONBlackheath music festival in London and then around 4 months later at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver. Both experiences were such awesome sessions, but the Vancouver show as extra special as I got to meet him in person which was just amazing!

Why His Music Is So Good

So I’ve given you a condensed version of how I found Lewis’ music and my listening experience so far. But now its time to tell you I believe his music is so good. Now, as I’ve stated on previous music-related blog posts I am no music aficionado, though I try to do my best to communicate my points through sound and feeling. So SG Lewis’ music in the broadest of terms is essentially electronic, but because of the variety in his music, you can get vibes of R&B, disco, house and the 80’s feeling with the use of synth. Lewis’ music has an immediate effect on your ears because it’s so infectious. Once you hear that beat or specific melody it has a way of getting into your head and then you just want to hit the repeat button. Also, the songs never outstay their welcome, they’re always just long enough to leave you wanting more. And one of the key things that make his music so accessible for me is how he has a song for any situation. Whether you’re chilling and vibing to the sounds of “No Less“, “Golden” or “Rest” or you want to dance to the sounds of “Aura“, “Hurting” or “Coming Up“, there is always a song to suit your mood. And then there’s hearing his songs live which adds a new dimension to the songs because of the live vocals, improvisation, extra bass from the speakers and joy you feel from being able to dance with likeminded individuals. There’s nothing quite like it.

Recommendations

So it comes to recommendations and this is where it gets tricky as I would say just listen to everything in chronological order as you’ll enjoy the ride and see Lewis’ progression as an artist. But if I had to narrow it down I would say it would be down to the following EPs: Yours, Shivers and Dusk. Each of those has my favourite listening experience from start to finish with Dusk being the best in my opinion. It’s just something special, you just vibe with it on another level, its instantly replayable, and again it has to be stated how good “Aura” is, it is a perfect jam for dancing.

Now from the EPs to specific tracks and while it’s hard to narrow it down, the following 10 songs are my favourites that I believe are essential and you should listen to right now. Check them out below:

  1. Aura
  2. Dreaming
  3. Lighter
  4. All Night
  5. Holding Back
  6. Yours
  7. Hurting
  8. Meant to Be
  9. No Less
  10. Coming Up

And that’s it, I hope my words and examples have spurred you on to check out some of SG Lewis’ music as he really is one of the best artists out there that deserve more love. If you’re a new or an established fan of Lewis, let me know what which song are your favourites in the comment section below. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2020 in Life, Media, Music

 

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I return after an extended absence to deliver my review for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 101 of Film Focus, I talk about the latest adaption from the world of Mortal Kombat in the form of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. Now I am a big fan of this franchise and I have been interested in watching this film since the first trailer dropped online in January 2020. It was a 2D animated MK film with an R rating that focused on Scorpion and the first MK tournament? Yeah, sign me up! So is this a good representation of MK or not? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out.

P.S. Sorry for the change in mic quality as my normal set up is back in Canada.

Anyway here’s the review:

Also if you’re interested in my thoughts on the upcoming live-action Mortal Komat film you should check out this episode as well:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: SG Lewis – Chemicals

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, it has been a while since my last post, I’ve been dealing with a severe case of creative block in recent times. But today I just had to remerge to share my thoughts on the latest song from SG Lewis; “Chemicals“.

Now I love SG Lewis, I’ve been following his music since I heard his single “All Night” back in April 2016, and since then I’ve listened to everything he’s released and had the pleasure of seeing him live twice. Needless to say, I am a massive fan and I’m always looking forward to when he drops some new music. So imagine my surprise a week ago when he said on social media he’d drop new music today. I got hyped as hell. Anyways enough of that, let’s talk about “Chemicals“.

Here’s the song:

Ah, “Chemicals” man that’s some good stuff! I knew in the opening seconds of the sound that I was down for it. It’s upbeat and groovy straight from the start and while it’s different from the material he’s realised before, he still has that undeniably fun and wonderful sound that makes Lewis’ music so good.

So “Chemicals” feels a little swifter, upbeat and groovier than what Lewis’ previous material and that’s not a bad thing, quite the opposite. I’ve found that Lewis’ music has always had a great balance between being something you can relax and dance to, but this song is definitely more for dancing to. It starts like the Kool-Aid Man busting through a wall saying “Oh yeah! Time to dance!” And I love it. Two of my all-time favourite songs from Lewis has been “Aura” and “Hurting”, both have a gorgeous sound that’s made for dancing especially the former. And this song follows suit with a sound that needs to be heard in the club or performed live. I love the vocals, catchy chorus and certain elements of the instrumental remind me vibes to Justice and Daft Punk, but mixed in with that awesome and sound that Lewis has crafted over the years.

All I can say is that this song could not have come at a better time, this lockdown situation due to the virus has got a lot of people feeling a little low, frustrated or lost. And so when music like this comes along, the kind that is so fun and energetic, it really helps elevate your mood and keep that fire of positivity alive. I know I’ll be jamming to this for a while to come and can’t wait to hear what Lewis has coming up in the future.

So to conclude I think “Chemicals” is another awesome song from SG Lewis, its got such a lively and groovy vibe that makes me smile and want to dance and I can’t recommend it enough! So have you heard this new song and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you with more content soon, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2020 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Sonic the Hedgehog Review – It’s Good!

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, today I am here to share my review for Sonic the Hedgehog via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 100 of Film Focus, I get to talk about a film I’ve been so cautiously optimistic about for a while now; Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, this film has had an interesting journey to the big screen with a few delays to the reveal of Sonic’s questionable initial design to the better redesign and so on. So with Detective Pikachu being a pretty solid video game film from last year, does Sonic continue that upward trend or not? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out.

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Sonic the Hedgehog and if so what did you think of it? Did it meet or exceed your expectations? And did you think it was better or worse than Detective Pikachu. Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Birds of Prey Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, today I am here to share my review for Birds of Prey via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 99 of Film Focus, I review the latest film from DC in the form of Birds of Prey or as its been recently dubbed, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”. So this film has a had an interesting journey from its concept as Gotham City Sirens to where it is right now. In addition to that this film had an uphill battle with those who weren’t keen on Suicide Squad and the marketing not doing too much to hype up potential audiences. That being said there were certainly fans of Margot Robbie’s Harley who were down to see her in another film as well. So is Birds of Prey good or not? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out.

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Birds of Prey and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Oscars 2020 – A Brief Recap

Howdy ladies and gents, how are you? So today is the day after the 92nd Academy Awards and I’m here to deliver my thoughts on the results via my podcast, Film Focus! So another Oscars has come and gone and while my interest this year was pretty much nonexistent, there was a handful of specific awards I wanted certain films and individuals I wanted to win. Now like last year I didn’t watch the Oscars but I saw most of the winners as it was happening online yesterday, so like last year I wanted to do a brief and casual recap of the winners.

Anyway here’s the episode:

So what did you think of the Oscars, whether it be the winners, losers or anything else, please drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Double Review: Bad Boys For Life & 1917

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, yeah I’m still alive haha. Today I am here to share my thoughts on both Bad Boys For Life and 1917 via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 97 of Film Focus, I’ve got a double film review for Bad Boys For Life and 1917. Now I was initially going to do separate reviews for both but decided to put them together in the same episode as it’d be an interesting balance between something fun and something serious. Both films left me with thought I just had to share, so how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 😀

Timecodes:

02:24 Bad Boys For Life Review
14:32 1917 Review

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Bad Boys For Life and 1917 and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Howdy people of the internet, hopefully you’ve seen PART 1, 2 & 3 of 2020 film preview, and yes it’s just over halfway through January but I’m finally getting around to showing my 10 films I’m looking forward to the most via my podcast Film Focus.

Check out the episode below:

So that’s my top 10 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2020 and are any of your entries on my list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2020 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out this year. In PART 1 I covered films from January to April, in PART 2 I covered May to August and in this post, I’ll be covering September to December. I had to be incredibly selective this time around so I hope you appreciate my choices. 🙂

Now before we begin I have two main things I need to point out:

  1. Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…

Okay then, let’s start 😀

The King’s Man

Release Date: September 18th (USA & UK)

Trailer:

I’ve had an interesting change of opinion with this film. I initially wasn’t interested in this film due to how Matthew Vaughn handled Kingsman: The Golden Circle; a film not without merit, humour and creative action, but it was largely missing a lot of the charm, wit and restraint of the first film. So when I heard there was a prequel I was like “No thanks.” But then I saw the trailer and was like “Okay, Mr Vaughn you have my attention.” It genuinely looks like fun, very creative and has a great cast including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

The Many Saints of Newark

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

At the time of writing this, I haven’t actually finished The Sopranos yet, but I’m currently enjoying and I’m very curious to see how a prequel will play out. Seeing the early adventures of Tony Soprano is intriguing, but what gives me hope is that original creator David Chase is directly involved and they’ve assembled a solid cast including Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz, Michael Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Release Date: September 25th (USA & UK)

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.” I only found out about this film in the last week and it sounded pretty interesting. Plus the cast is one of the most impressive sets of actors I’ve seen assembled for a while including Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance.

Last Night in Soho

Release Date: September 25th (USA) September 18th (UK)

Any time Edgar Wright makes a new film I’m down, the guy is such a unique director who has such great handling on character, style and humour. Plus he’s made two of my favourite films in the last decade with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Baby Driver so he automatically has my money long before the film’s release. But besides the interesting premise involving time travel and fashion design, I’m curious to see how it plays out as it’s labelled as a psychological horror on Wikipedia which is very different from the genres that Wright’s tackled in the past.

Venom 2

Release Date: October 2nd (USA & UK)

I’m not going to lie I wasn’t overly keen on Venom, there were some decent ideas and moments, and the look of the characters was definitely better than what we got in Spider-Man 3, but that still wasn’t a very good representation of Eddie Brock or Venom. My interest in the sequel was probably less than 20%, but then Andy Serkis stepped on as director and that got my attention. Clearly, he must have seen something interesting in the story in order to take the project on and I hope that he’ll add a little flavour to the film and make it something worth watching.

Death on the Nile

Release Date: October 9th (USA & UK)

I know a lot of people weren’t overly keen on the 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, but I thought it was fun for the most part and I was down to see a curious to see a sequel. So now Hercule Poirot has to find a killer while on holiday in Egypt, and I love the choice of location and another murder mystery film is always welcome if handled well. I’m also feeling this cast, alongside Kenneth Branagh returning we get some new faces like Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Dawn French and Russell Brand.

Respect

Release Date: October 9th (USA)

Trailer:

I didn’t even know this film was coming out until my sister mentioned it to me recently, so I looked up the teaser and damn, Jennifer Hudson already has me sold. Hudson has one of the most amazing voices ever and it doesn’t get to be shown in films as much. She was one of/if not the best part of Cats, but here I feel she’ll be able to really show off her terrific seeing and acting skills. I don’t know much about Aretha Franklin beyond her music so I’ll be fascinated to see how it pans out.

Halloween Kills

Release Date: October 16th (USA & UK)

Halloween from 2018 was a nice surprise, I didn’t think it was gonna work, but it was quite fun, had some solid kills and had some depth with Laurie Strode dealing with PTSD from her experiences in the first film. While I knew there’d be a sequel, I am very curious to see how Michael made it out of his last situation because he was pretty cooked the last time around. As long as the kills are good and the themes of the last film aren’t ignored and the film plays with our expectations it’ll be entertaining.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Release Date:  October 23rd (USA & UK)

So here’s the premise for this film: “A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.” So beyond that interesting plot summary, I like the casting of  Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal and Aidan Gillen. But most importantly the film is directed by Taylor Sheridan who wrote both Sicario and Day of the Soldado, Hell or High Water and Wind River, so I’m hyped.

The Eternals

Release Date: November 6th (USA & UK)

To be honest, while I’m excited to see how this film turns out, I’d be lying if I said my hype levels were super high for the film. I’m down to see any new Marvel adaptation especially when you have a cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington. But I’m more curious about director Chloé Zhao, both of her previous films; Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider did really well in film festivals and are critically well-received. I just hope Marvel will allow her style to shine through to deliver a different kind of comic book experience.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Release Date: November 20th (USA & UK)

I feel like I should be more hyped for this but I’m basically just whelmed at the moment. I was one of the few people who really liked Godzilla (2014), I though Kong: Skull Island was fine and Godzilla: King of the Monsters from last year was fun for what it was, but I felt like it lacked the tension, scale and scary factor. But I doubt the new film will have any of that as it is just a big fight between two notable titans. I just hope that Godzilla gets to kick some ass as I know he’ll probably be jobbed because of the western love for King Kong, but I guess we’ll see. I just hope the action is well-choreographed and that the reason for these two characters coming to blows makes some sense and that the human story isn’t too dumb.

Dune

Release Date: December 18th (USA & UK)

Denis Villeneuve is one of those directors who always makes something interesting and after Blade Runner 2049 especially I’ll watch anything he makes. I’ve not seen any of the previous adaptations of Dune, but I know this will be solid with Vileneueve behind it. Plus the cast for this film is insane, it includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. I really hope it’ll be good.

News of the World

Release Date: December 25th (USA)

Here’s the premise: “A Texan travelling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.” Sounds cool, but the main reason I’m down for this film is the inclusion of Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass. The last time these two worked together we got Captain Phillips and that was my favourite film of 2013, so I can only hope this film will be close to that level of quality.

So finally that’s PART 3 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comment section below and come back soon to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2020! Peace out. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Films, Media

 

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