December 17, 2009

When I saw that this week’s episode of Crash was titled “Alone Again Or,” I knew it would have good music. Love was probably my favorite 60’s band, and of course “Alone Again Or,” was the song that got me into the band in the first place after hearing it in a skate video while I was in college. But I digress. Yes, this episode did have some great music, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear “The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate” by Oslo play during the ending credits, instead of the obvious choice of the title song.

Regarding the actual episode itself, I think it’s safe to say that Crash the TV show far exceeds Crash the movie. While I thought the movie was OK, it mostly played out as an inferior attempt to make a more accessible, less comedic version of Magnolia. However, when I saw Dennis Hopper cast in the show, I decided it would be worth a watch, and it has slowly gotten better and better with each episode. For those of you who have not seen this episode, here’s a quick preview.

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Ben 10: Alien Swarm

December 1, 2009

Hope everyone had as swell of a Thanksgiving with your friends and families as I did. While the football games were pretty awful (getting used to this lately, seeing as how the Lions are always playing on Thanksgiving), I spent some quality time with the family and packed on a few quality pounds of food. Helped teach my nephew Ryan (he’s 11) to carve his first turkey, too.

One thing that Ryan is a huge fan of is Ben 10. It’s a popular cartoon sci-fi series, and while I have watched a few episodes of it with him in the past and found them decent enough, I did think the first live action movie, Ben 10: Race Against Time was pretty painful to watch…so you can imagine I was less than excited to watch the sequel movie, Ben 10: Alien Swarm with him over the break. However, this movie seems to have a much higher budget than the first, and was actually quite enjoyable and actually had some impressive special effects, enough to impress this self-professed FX geek. Yes, the story was a bit predictable, but this is to be expected for a fun sci-fi movie aimed at younger crowds. Overall, good job…and of course, there was also some good music, as El-P’s “Flyentology” played in the end credits.

“Flyentology” is a great adrenaline-boosting jam, and I’ve heard it countless times over the past year while playing Fight Night Round 4. There’s just something about that lead-in hook that really gets your blood going, and the song to me is pretty obvious choice for music to pump yourself up. You can check out a clip of the song in the film below.

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