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The Great Gatsby: Please Don’t Suck

Some words I must share in anticipation of director/writer Baz Luhrmann‘s attempt at “The Great Gatsby.

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First and foremost, please don’t fuck it up. With the limited amount of reading my generation-A.D.D. brain has done throughout my life, one of the few books I have read, which is hands down is my favorite book ever, is The Great Gatsby. I love the book so much so that I bought the rest of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s collection and I’m currently on my third Fitzgerald novel right now. You can see why I am hoping this movie doesn’t do to Fitzgerald’s work what South Park claimed George Lucas and Steven Spielberg did to the Indiana Jones franchise with the “Kingdown of the Crystal Skull.”

The trailers make it look sexy and everything, and the plot is too good for this movie to royally suck, but I am still worried.

Reason’s Why I’m Worried:

1) Baz Luhrmann’s other works include 1996’s Romeo + Juliet.

Though this movie was quite visually stimulating, taking the setting of a work of SHAKESPEARE from 1400s Verona, Italy, to a fictional modern-day L.A./Miami-esque city is taking quite the liberty. Not to mention his interpretation of Mercutio:

Mercutio from Romeo + Juliet (1996)

I have no doubts that the colors, tones, sets, etc. Lurhmann uses in Gatsby will be visually and aesthetically awesome, but I just hope he doesn’t take too many liberties with my baby.

2) The Damned Soundtrack

Call me an old grandpa, but I don’t need hip-hop and dub-step in a movie soundtrack to make me want to go see a movie set in 1920s New York. I may be alone on this, in comparison to other 80’s babies, but I really dig 1920s music. It was the beginning of Jazz for fuck’s sake. Watch an episode of Boardwalk Empire. If you haven’t yet, the music, the dialogue, the set designs, and costumes all thoroughly do an amazing job of making you feel like you are sippin high-balls and chain smokin at a Josephine Baker performance in 1920s Harlem.

As a music lover, I would have loved for this movie’s soundtrack to be strictly geared toward the era. Some rag-time, some Creole Jazz, some Sidney Betchet, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, you know.

Now I get the director wants millions to see the movie, and not many 20-something year olds and younger give two shits about the soundtrack staying true to the era, and that he has to make it sexy and hype it up to kill it at the box office, but this soundtrack is garbage. So Rick Ross worked in Tarentino’s “Django Unchained,” but WHY would Baz think will.i.am., Lana Del Ray, and Gotye are worthy of accompanying easily one of the top 5 greatest American novels ever written? When I think of the roaring ’20s in New York City, I think of unknown jazz legends playing in speakeasies for careless young people chillin, without an ounce of responsibility, yet somehow, with class. I do not think of FERGIE or Jay Z.

Exhibit A of the soundtrack being stanky is Andre 3000 & Beyonce’s rendition of Amy Winehouse & Marc Ronson’s “Back to Black.” I love Andre 3000 and Beyonce, but I also love Amy Winehouse, and they totally Butchered it. I mean, she’s dead. How fittingly eerie it would have been for Gatsby to just use the original “Back to Black,” but no, instead they resort to mooching off the sex appeal and popularity of Queen B. The soundtrack overall isn’t really a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but If Luhrmann has already sold out this bad with the soundtrack, it doesn’t make me too hopeful for the movie’s full potential.

The Upside

The Cast. I absolutely have no complaints about the cast. Tobey Maguire fits Nick Carraway just fine. Kinda like Will Smith as Ali; you’re unsure if you agree, but you’re just like “eh, I don’t see why not.”

and I love Leo, full homo.

 And Carey Mulligan is just how Fitz described Daisy.

I pictured this psycho from Boardwalk as Tom Buchannan for some reason. 

but its actually this guy, which works.

and then Myrtle

so yeah, no complaints about the cast. Whatever, I’m a total 1920s-phile, so I hope its a good movie. It probably will be decent. Though reading Fitzgerald’s language is what produces the most evocative effect possible.

Some ’20s Jazz

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On My Playlist: Surfer Blood – Swim

On My Playlist: Weezer – El Scorcho

searched and searched for a gif of Johnny Grunge leg-dropping New Jack through a press table, but no success. So please do share if you ever come across one.

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Ryan Lochte?

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Alice in Chains and Will Smith

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On My Playlist: Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place

Still Feeling Super Patriotic

From April 12th, 2013, Matthew Bellamy of Muse played the Star Spangled Banner at the TD Garden in Boston. I was there, 3 Days before the bombings, and the crowd loved it, as if it were after. Very cool gesture by that British man.

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London Marathon. source: Buzzfeed.

London Marathon. source: Buzzfeed.

Sox OF Johnny Gomes customized bat. source: Buzzfeed

Red Sox OF Johnny Gomes customized bat. source: Buzzfeed

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Coyotes Defenseman Keith Yandle, from Milton, MA, and his tribute warm-up jersey. source: CBS Sports

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Never Alone, the city streets are where we roam, Never Alone, this is Boston it’s our home.

 

America Fuck Yeah!

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Boston, MA

Falside the Beatsmith

GET IT WHILE ITS HOT!

Provi based Beatsmith who goes by the name of Falside has made his catalog of psychedelic hip hop beats available for FREE Download, today only, so get on it! Props to Tim for the tip.

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On My Playlist: Radiohead – My Iron Lung

Love for Boston

Some words of love for Boston from some bands/musicians/athletes etc. on the Twittersphere and Facebook.

 

I love seeing love from NY and the Chi. I heard the Police Commissioner say in a presser that Boston has been offered services by Law Enforcement from Baltimore, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. So that’s awesome. Thanks to all those who help others, anywhere, ever. One Love.

Top 40 Hit Take 30

Bill Cosby and Jimmy Fallon dancing to Reggae, the only way one can dance to reggae.

*song is Sponji Reggae by Black Uhuru, performed by The Roots

 

Muse & Biffy Clyro 4/12 @ the Gahden

So guess what I’m doing tonight. . .

Muse Live

 

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro

Not quite Wembely Stadium, but the TD Garden will do. Some exhilaratingly brilliant live Rock Music from two power trios. Some Brits and some Scots invading the gahden kehd, I’m friggin pysched. I’ll document the night and post it, that is, if I remember to do so. beahs tend to interfere with my picture taking and such.

Brandon Bass Posterizes Brook Lopez

Now if only they could win this damn game. #males #dunks #testosterone #grunt #bitch

On My Playlist: Jimi Hendrix – Pali Gap

Ain’t no soup betta than voodoo soup! For real tho, this song is amazing. If you play guitar, indulge in some greenery and jam along. its still fun even if you don’t come anywhere close to doing what he did, which is the case for me. Hendrix 4 eva.

Game of Thrones Metal Cover is Badass

. . . as one would assume.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

This song is my absolute jam right now. Shout out to Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery.

Top 40 Hit Take 29

More Top 40 Hits here . . .

On My Playlist: Deftones – Feiticeira

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