Zooey Deschanel

Fresh music to put a Spring in your step

I know the music industry is having a hard time right now, but there is next to nothing new or for that matter good coming out this spring.  There are two shining exceptions:

Lessons Not Learned by Underground Blues Division

Lessons Not Learned is the debut album from the hardest working band in Electric Blues today!

Thoughtful, driven, and passionate rock in the spirit of Jimi Hendrix with a dash of punk, Underground Blues Division captured the intensity and power of the uncompromising stage show on this album.

Crazy Avenue, Long Way Down, and the title track Lessons not Learned are destined to become standards played so often you burn a hole through your iPod.

This album returns rock to its blues roots, full of rebellion, angst, and cries against the system.  I cannot count how many times I have seen the boys in concert, and thanks to this album I can take the fun with me.

Wise up, and let these rockers take you to school with Lessons not Learned, available at The Underground Blues Division - Lessons Not Learned.

Volume Two by She & Him

[reus name="She and Him Volume Two Listen"] Zooey Deschanel spits in the eye of the sophomore jinx with Volume Two by She & Him.  Melodic and mesmerizing, Zooey's breathes new life into the spirit of the 50's and 60's female crooner.

Laden with Torchsongs, danceable tracks, and songs that will bring a smile to your face, Zooey reminds me of Leslie Gore, Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark, and her music is destined to be remembered along side theirs.

Volume Two surpasses Volume One in power, beauty, and warmth.  She and Him have found their groove and are carving a new niche for themselves.  I cannot think of anyone else making music like this today, if you can, please let me know in the comments.

In the Sun, Ridin' in my car, Gonna get along without you know are the best tracks on the album, but that is like trying to choose the best stones from a back of perfect diamonds.  Check it out in the MP3 player (=>) from Amazon MP3, at Amazon or She & Him - Volume Two.

Your Turn

I hope and pray I missed something.  If you know a new album that deserves to be featured in our hot spring list, let me know in the comments.

Exploring: The Happening

Review of:  The Happening Overall Rating: 1 F---

Unfortunately betrayal and hurt was the only thing that happened from The Happening.  This movie was a terrible waste of time and money.  Please spare your self, this film is not even worth renting or wasting time on when it eventually gets put on TV.  It lacked an internal consistency, characters that we cared about, and a surprise twist.  The only good thing this film provides is as an example of how a great premise can be made terrible through poor choices, poor writing and poor editing.

The Happening is about when a Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is “fatal.” Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai).

Likes

  • Zooey Deschanel did a good job acting in the film.
  • The Idea / Premise behind the film was fascinating.
  • M. Night Shyamalan did have some moments of supernatural horror in the film. I will give him credit for the brilliant terrifying scene where we just get to see the feet hear the sounds and then see the feet again.
  • Although most of the surprises in the film were overly predictable and taken from the book of bad movie devices they at lease refrained from one *****Spoiler Alert***** they didn't kill the child *****End Spoiler Alert *****

Dislikes / Concerns

  • Movie was overly predictable.  We got to the point where we made the predictability of the movie into a game where we would call a countdown to a camera pan or a change from one person to another.
  • The movie felt like it was written by committee.  Far too many ideas seemed neutered.  There were so many devices and people put in for no purpose at all and they even contradicted events that happened merely minutes earlier.
  • There was far too much time spent on characters I just didn't care about.
  • I didn't think nor have the expectation that the happening was a monster film so why was the wind treated as if it was a monster.  Even the filming techniques were handled as if I we were watching a monster film turning the happening into a monster film that lacked a monster.
  • The movie was far too long and slow moving.  If we were to cut out all of the inconsistent, unnecessary and repetitive parts there would be about 30 minutes of true terror left.  It would have made a nice short film... maybe.
  • The not so dramatic cheating subplot:  it was terrible, unsatisfactory, over dramatized and much better done on the Simpsons where at least Marge not only had brunch with another man but she also went bowling.
  • That entire part would have made the movie better if it had been cut and we were just left with knowing they had a fight in the past without the reason why.
  • This part of the movie made me not like the two main characters even more after learning why they were fighting this is very bad because the tension is lost when the viewer could care less if the lead characters die.
  • Where's the Twist?  M. Night Shyamalan is well known for having a wonderful twist to his movies but that did not happen in the happening.
  • Most of the characters actions felt scripted and lacked an internal consistency.  The most prominent example of this being John Leguizamo's character.  He is a math teacher who has a passion for probability.  He knows the probability of his wife's survival is very low and yet leaves his daughter... Why???
  • ***** Spoiler Alert ***** The wind chase scene was terrible.   First, I liked the scene in Planet of the Apes, I like some other movies that put in an homage to that scene, but this was not one of them.  It's hard to make the wind into a monster, why didn't they make it a cloud of pollen or some kind of yellow  cloud.  Then we would have had something visual that could have risen, fallen, lurk and chase people.  It would have made the whole movie far more dramatic and given a more terrifying visual monster. *****End Spoiler Alert*****

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    Theater or Renter: The Happening

    The Plot / Story: Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is “fatal.” Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai).

    I gave the trailer a 5 out of 5. It succeeds in showing us what the story of "The Happening" is about. We get a good feeling of suspense and fear of the unknown. The trailer really sets up the confusion over the tradgedy that is striking the characters in this tale and leaves me guessing over what it exactly is.

    I think this will be a Theater. First the names involved in this movie really builds faith in this being a really good film. I really enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's style and for some unknown reason Zooey Deschanel is very compelling to me that and I have enjoyed all of the films that I have seen her in. Also John Leguizamo is in the film and I really enjoy his acting and his ability to play a diverse role of characters. At first I was concerned that this was just another Outbreak film but after looking into it more I get a feeling that it is much more. I actually have 3 theories over what has happened to everyone in the film so I will have to see this weekend wether or not my guess is right.

    For more information about The Happening see Theater or Renter: June 2008

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