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GATW Guest Writer

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November 15th, 2007

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The National is a unique band to follow.  Rarely can the listener trace a band as they develop and hear them trying to find their voice.  These guys are with out a doubt one of the hardest working groups out right now.  From less than thrilling record sales and concert attendance to no quite developing a sound that clicked as a whole, The Nationals' career so far has not been one to envy.  

Around 2005, they started to get more attention with the album, Alligator, and the song that brought them some attention, Mr. November.  This song is a glimpse to where they were going as far as a signature sound was concerned.  New York appeared to be wanting to keep The National a secret that only the locals and adventurous music enthusiasts knew about until Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came around and challenged the nations' art center.  
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Chase Whale

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November 14th, 2007

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James Murphy is one busy man. He co-manages one of the biggest indie record labels (DFA Records), creates successful music, remixes tracks for some of the best talent in the industry and still makes time to play at parties. With that, one could only ask, "What else can this guy get himself into?" Answer: tap into the mainstream circuit.

Last year, LCD Soundsystem buddied up with Nike (don't call them a sell out when you are reading this in your Dunks) and made one of the coolest mix tapes to date. 45:33 is exactly how it sounds, only running twenty seconds longer . Nike worked out a deal with doctors to enhance the vibrations of the sounds so when it hits the inner core of your ear, it triggers your muscle tissues to bounce, making you want to move. Just kidding. But it was created and tested to enhance your jogging experience.

This mix was a gift to Nike + owners, and could only be bought on iTunes until now. DFA has finally released this on their label, giving us a few extra remixes and treats like "Freak Out / Starry Eyes," which sounds like it could fit well into an old school Kung Fu film.

With original tracks and an extended version of Someone Great, 45:33 is the only thing you need to hear while you are hitting that treadmill or trying to ignore the grunts of over-beefed dudes trying to out bench one another. I know it has helped me through those difficult times. Trust me, I'm no runner, but this gets me moving.

Chase Whale

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November 14th, 2007

Hey Vince Vaughn, stick to rated R stuff with lots of cussing and sexual innuendos. This movie is full of bad CGI and is not worth writing about.

Chase Whale

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November 12th, 2007

Synopsis:

Josh Brolin stars as Llewelyn Moss, a hunter who stumbles upon money, heroin, and lots of trouble. Killing and violence ensues.

Chase thinks!:

When Javier Bardem flips his coin and asks his future friend or foe to "call it," it makes me wonder if he did just that when agreeing to star in this film.

I have never felt so insulted and pissed off after leaving a film. The first half of the movie was fun, entertaining, and pretty intense. It looked like it was heading in a very good direction considering all the reviews I had read, but the second half of this film felt flat fast. I counted at least six plot holes, one after another becoming more annoying than the last.

Also, there were so many unmarked characters in this, I had no idea who was who. “Hey, who is that guy? Oh it doesn't matter, he just got killed. But who is that guy? What’s his role in this movie? Still doesn't matter because he too just got killed.”

This garbage of a would be solid film gets a six for two reasons, and two reasons only. One, the performances of Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem were on point. Josh perfected a Southern boy hell bent on keeping this money, and Javier perfected a mysterious killer hell bent on getting his money back. He scared the hell out of me, and I would not like to run into this guy when he's having a bad day. Sorry, but Tommy Lee Jones will not be added in this because I have seen him play a sheriff in three movies already and the only performance he has ever done that stands out in my head is his role in Under Siege.

Second, I am not sure how many people noticed this, but Kelly McDonalds (Trainspotting anyone?) Southern belle accent was perfect considering the fact that she is from the UK. Let's not forget Don Cheadles attempt in Oceans 11. Sorry Don, you are still a badass in my book.

Everybody is excited about the Coen Brothers since they directed cult hit movies like The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona, but let’s not forget about the ones they want slid under the matt, i.e. The Ladykillers. That movie looked like it would suck and it did. This movie, however, has it's own category of "this movie will not suck, but guess what? It did." genre.

Yes, I get it: "We have made successful films off 'not giving a shit' principles, so we do what we want." This proved that doesn't work every time. This film was a mess.

Chase Whale

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November 8th, 2007

GATW Guest Writer

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November 8th, 2007

Starring Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
Directed by Robert Redford.

Lions for Lambs is a movie about... War? Peace? Motivation? Laziness? I'm not too sure. Watch the movie trailer and maybe that will help.

The running time of the movie was around 80 minutes. I felt like I was watching an extended short film that would never end. Actually, it did end, but without an ending. Confused? So was I.

The movie basically evolves around 3 different stories: A political science professor who is adamantly trying to motive his apathetic, "has potential" student. A journalist who is covering the "war on terror" and being pushed by a Senator to "tell the truth." And two former college students who enlisted and are wounded and trapped in the middle of a snowy valley while the enemy closes in.

The actors did a decent job of portraying their characters and, on several occasions, convinced me that what I was watching was something bigger than it turned out to be. I felt that the film's story was lacking and that everything it had to offer was lost in the compressed/dialogue-dense mess.

After the film, the audience had a chance to respond and this is what some of them had to say:

"The characters all seemed like stick figures with agendas."

"I felt like I was reading a newspaper article on war."

"Tom Cruise is bullshit."

In the end, I don't really recommend this movie. I hate having to say that, but it's true. I wish there was something I could do to make it better, but there isn't.

Chase Whale

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November 7th, 2007

Vice Magazine is known for covering stories in the most disturbing parts of the world. In this documentary, the Vice crew set out to Chernobyl, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rio, Beirut, Congo, and Bulgaria to document their search for guns, radiation bombs, drug dealing dancers, five legged bears, and dinosaurs.

PLO BOY SCOUTS IN BEIRUT
The footy for this starts off pretty nice. Little kids trying to skateboard in the streets, and then cuts to Shane Smith, Vice Co-Founder talking about a group called Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade thats main function is getting kids to go to Israel and blow themselves up. There, it's well respected to blow ones self up for his/her country. As disturbing as that seems, the children have learned songs for their dedication on suicide bombing.

Take note on the lyrics three children sing about killing all Israelians while their parents sit next to them and clap.

Note to self: Don't ever move to Beirut.

BULGARIAN DIRTY BOMBS
“So that’s how you set off a DIRTY BOMB made out of cessiam or some radioactive material. In New York it wouldn’t kill that many people, maybe a couple thousand people but it would erradiate all of Manhattan.”
-SHANE SMITH (more...)

GATW Guest Writer

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November 6th, 2007

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On November 2, Canadian acts Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy played a show many people have mixed feelings about including myself.  The first act shall now and forever remain nameless because it was this act that inspired nothing but drunken frustration. Basically, the act consisted of a solo singer/songwriter singing a Dave Matthews style song and just when the audience thinks the first song is over, he samples the chord progression in his laptop and adds layers that could have easily been created by a four-year-old using Garage Band. After about forty-five minutes of this earshattering mess, it all stops and the crowd has a chance to regroup and gather their thoughts. 
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Chase Whale

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November 5th, 2007

GATW Guest Writer

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November 4th, 2007

American Gangster is one of those films that when you first hear the details of the project you think the film is destined for greatness. The producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Stephen Zaillian both have Oscars for their past work. The film is directed by Ridley Scott, the very talented director who has had a tremendous amount of success in many different genres. Including a previous trip into the crime drama genre with Black Rain, a tense and entertaining film about an American cop investigating a personal case in Japan. American Gangster also stars two of the most popular and talented actors currently working in American cinema, Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Given the talent behind American Gangster anything other than a modern masterpiece could be considered a disappointment.
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