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Yup! After a log wait since the news was announced and after lots or should I say LOADS of speculations and risk of spoiling every boy’s childhood favorite superhero image of the mutant turtles, the trailer has finally been released by Michael Bay.

Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo are teaming up in Michael Bay’s production “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, and this time the turtles have their eye candy April O’Neil played by the beautiful Megan Fox. And the role or The Shredder would be played by William Fichtner. By the looks of it, the trailer looks pretty darn exciting, but like they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, never and I mean never judge a movie by its trailer. I remember during my childhood waking up at 5 am to watch TMNT on TV, and I for one can assure that I would rather have the movie not being released at all, than have the entire franchise getting ruined over some big budget live action. But then again, since it is Michael Bay’s production, I do have peaking hopes from this movie.

The movie would be released on 12th of August 2013. The first trailer was released recently. Watch it right here and decide for yourself what you feel about it.

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Linkin Park is coming back with a new single and hopefully a new album soon. The new single or probably just a song that the band has released on YouTube is a lyrics video named “Guilty All the Same” featuring Rakim. Having Rakim feature on a track itself would make the song heavy-duty lyrics, but listening to the music style  to me gave a hint of “Minutes to Midnight” album’s touch to it, with more live instruments and less digital tones, the kind that were used in “A Thousand Suns” and “Living Things”.

Many feel that Linkin Park is trying to go back its basics, but you never know, which new style of music is hidden up the sleeves of the band.

Listen to the song right here and decide what you feel about it.

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Slim Shady aka Eminem aka Marshall Mathers aka Rap God is back and with the biggest bang ever. The album itself has been named as a sequel to his previous album which went diamond at the time of its release “Marshall Mathers LP”. This is a follow-up to Eminem’s album recovery, released in 2010. Eminem has released a combined effort with Royce da 5’9″ in the 2011 album “Hell – The Sequel”. In ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2″, the blonde haired King of mischief, Slim Shady has come back after a long time, since the album “Relapse” and Eminem seems to be stuffed up with so much of thoughts that he has broken all records of spitting out words in a rhyme, or rather to put it in his own words “Lyrics comin’ at you at Super Sonic Speed” .Time to kick off with the latest album review.

1) Bad Guy, which is a continuation or rather a sequel to the song Stan from the Part 1 album. the song is an epic example of story telling, where Matthew Mitchell is on a vengeful mission to avenge his brother’s death, by killing Eminem. The lyrics and flow are such that you can almost see the scene in front of your eyes “Surprised to see me? Cat got your tongue?… Gag, chloroform rag, gag almost hacked up a lung… Like you picked an axe up and swung… Stick to the core plan, drag to the back of a trunk… By one of your fans, irony spectacular, huh?”.

2) Parking Lot (Skit), the only skit in the entire album, which again is a continuation of the skit from the song Criminal from Part 1 of the album, going by which Eminem shoots himself in the end finding himself cornered by the cops.

3) Rhyme or Reason, is a song with Eminem dissing his dad. The song samples the song by ‘The Zombies’ “Time of Season,”. The song describes about the issues that Eminem had to go through in his life, having to lead a fatherless life. The song has an awesome mix between the “Time of the Season” song and Eminem’s rap.

(Whats your name?) Shady… (Who’s your daddy?) I don’t give a fuck, but I wonder… (Is he rich like me?) Doubt it, ha… (Has he taken, any time, to show you what you need to live?)

4) So Much Better, is about how his love ditched him for other artists in the industry and how he would be so much better if she drops dead.

5) Survival. In this song he talks about how tough the rap industry has become and only the ones who are the fittest would survive in the end. He talks about the situations in the industry being really tough and it’s not easy to survive, but also claims that even if the odds are against Em and even if he is not prepare, he would always be able to overcome the scene, come what ever may, because he knows he is says “I am an adapter and I can adjust”.

The song was released as the first single from the album and was used as a track for Medal of Honor game.

6) Legacy. The song is about Em’s legacy and how he grew up to be the legend he is today and how he was when he was growing up, all the troubles he to go through and how he realized his skills of rhyme writing could help him overcome many of his troubles.

“I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling… Now I think the fact that I’m differently wired’s awesome… ‘Cause if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be able to work Words like this and connect lines like crosswords”

7) Asshole. The song where EM proudly calls himself an asshole and claims to have come into the world when it was in need of a villain. He says that sometimes he is so much into playing his part as the villain in the world that he forgets his role as a father that he plays in his real life to two of his daughters.

8) Bezerk is the song with Slim Shady taking the rap game back to old school style of rap with boom box and old school lyrics pattern, with a good enough cut of rock, sampling  Billy Squier’s “The Stroke” and referring and mocking cultures from various walks and time. The song was released as the 2nd single from the album and the first video single.

9) Rap God. “I’m beginning to feel like Rap God Rap God” and truly does Eminem prove the line he says in the song and clears why he is indeed the Rap God. In 6 minutes Shady spills his thoughts about everything in the Rap industry, giving reference to all the Rap Legends and artists who have come and gone and gives them the credit saying that

“Me? I’m a product of Rakim… Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac, N-W-A., Cube, hey, Doc, Ren… Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim”

The song is the 3rd single from the album.

10) Brainless talks about how dark and crazy is Eminem up in his head and how dangerous things can get if he goes Brainless. Well he has had similar songs back in the days, still, though it sounds rude, it feels great to have Eminem talk about his screwed up head every time.

11)  Stronger Than I Was is a reminiscent of Em’s ‘Hailie’s Song’ from “The Eminem Show” album somehow where he claims he can’t sing, but still sings and then begins rapping. Similarly, in Stronger Than I Was, Eminem sings most part of the song and then continues the song by doing what he does best… rapping. The song is about troubles between him and his partner and how he has become stronger than he was, when he was with his sweetheart before their breakup.

12) Monster is the song where the hit duo that made a single from Em’s last album “Recovery” one of the biggest hits that Em has had “Love the way you Lie”, but this time claims making friends with the Monster that;s under his bed. The song has been released as the 4th single from the album and revisits some of Em’s previous hit videos like “My Name Is”, “Lose Yourself and “The Way I Am”.

13) So Far… is a fun song, with Eminem making fun of everything other than celebs and talking about his devotion to his city which made him, drawing a sudden twist in the beats going back to ‘The Real Slim Shady” to pick the lyrics “And every single person is a Slim Shady lurking… He could be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings” to bring in  “Went to Burger King, they spit on my onion rings… I think my karma is catching up with me”.

14) Love Game feat. Kendrick Lamar where Eminem gives one of the funniest track ever, sampling Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders’ 1965 “Game of Love,” and this time Kendrick Lamar joining Em as his partner in crime who is just at the same level of spitting out funny lyrics.

15) Headlights feat. fun.’s Nate Ruess. Now this song is something that nobody would’ve expected, but maybe some would’ve hoped about, where Em talks about someone, who might have been mentioned probably once or twice in an album of his, not much… his mother. In all of his previous album, he has called his mother all of the abusive nouns under the sun. But to everyone’s surprise, in this song, Em apologizes to his mom and says sorry for “Cleanin’ out his Closet”.

16) Evil Twin  is a song with heavy beats and music to support, where Eminem talks about him finding it hard to find the difference between him and his evil twin which off course is Slim Shady what are the effects of the lines starting to blur.

Now to rate the album in all, I can’t even dare to give anything less than 4.5 stars out of 5. Not giving all 5 because even though the album does live up to the name “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″, I feel that Em could’ve brought up some other topics into his rap game, since there are buckets or rather pools of issues that I can’t wait to hear Eminem put out his takes on in, his own way.

Your thoughts???

Tribute to Paul Walker!!!

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Movies
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Since I have not been posting any posts on the blog and wanted to start putting materials up again, I thought of starting with a post as tribute for the late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker. I would be making this post more of a personal point.

It has been 3 weeks since the tragic passing away of actor Paul Walker and even till this point it has proved difficult to absorb the same fact. I have been on a Fast and Furious marathon ever since.  I know for one that many of his fans like myself never actually realized how much we  loved and admired the actor till when the tragic accident took place. It is just because many of us were so much touched or rather connected to Paul’s role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise in such a way that we never realized that anything of the sort was actually even in existence. I never knew the guy in person, but somehow, the incident has made a sour impact in my head. Sadly, it has been only after the incident that I had started viewing his interviews and other videos on YouTube, and I actually felt that, he was almost exactly the same kind of person he used act like onscreen. His dressing style, his way of speaking and this lifestyle, all in all was so much like a common man.

I would try to review the late actor’s final complete movie, i.e. Hours, once I watch it. Since the 7th installment to the mega franchise series “Fast and Furious” was only mid way when the accident took place, Paul’s brother would be playing Paul’s part for the remaining film to shoot the exit of Paul’s character from the series. Well, it would be difficult to watch O’Conner being removed from the action packed series, which was built on with one of the base pillars as O’Conner himself.

All we can do now is hope that Paul’s sole rests in peace and may God bless him and his family and friends.

Watch the video which was posted as tribute to Paul Walker by the Fast and Furious family.

God Bless!!!

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The boys have finally released their follow-up to the 2009 “This Is Us” after a long wait. And this time with the fifth original member, Kevin Richardson back in the group. The group is a perfect package with all sorts of voices that a group would need: Nick – the perfect disc voice; AJ – the rock star voice; Brian – One of the most beautiful male voice singer voice that I have heard (I’m not just saying that and yes I have heard a lot of artists, before anyone says that “this guy knows nothing”); Howie – A voice which doesn’t require any auto-tune and still sounds as if it’s on auto-tune even when he is talking; and then the voice that just came back to where it belongs, Kevin – The soothing one, and when these voices come together as one to sing a chorus, leaves people speechless. The album came out on the 30th of this past month (July), with various songs released on different web sites as the album release date approached closer.

The album starts off with the already quiet popular title track “In a World Like This” which is an upbeat song about being able to find and hold on to true love in world where we live in today. Then comes “Permanent Stain” which was released as a promotional single about a month ago, which again is an upbeat song with a lively music, maintaining the pace and effect till the end. Then comes one of my personal favorites from the album “Breathe“. It is a beautiful song with beautiful music with a slow tempo and off course beautiful singing by the quintet. Next is “Madeleine“, which is a motivational song to rise up against all the odds and be strong when you feel all is lost and gone. Really beautiful lyrics to motivate someone to get back up after whatever sort of fall one has suffered. Follows one of my clear favorites from the album “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made of)“. One just can’t resist oneself from banging his/her head to the beats of the song. Gives a flavor of OneRepublic sort of music but then the singing shouts loud that “Backstreet’s Back”!!! Then there are songs like “Make Believe“, Try“, “Trust Me“, which are wonderful examples of how with beautiful and meaningful lyrics a song would be way better than the “popular” songs that get most of the hype these days. To highlight the song “Try“, its a beautiful one man show for AJ McLean, who has sung the entire song with the boys joining in for the chorus. Next is “Love Somebody” which I found a bit on a lower level than the rest of songs that precede it. “One Phone Call” is a perfect boy band song. “Feels Like Home” is a song boasting about the boys being around for over 20 years now and touring around the world for their fans so many times that every other country and city feels like home to them. “Soldier” is another song which I felt that starts off pretty well, but the chorus tune could’ve been more catchier. The album ends with a nice pop and peppy song talking about leaving a “Light On” for the loved one.

Well, I have always said this and would say it again, I would be a really bad choice to review a Backstreet Boys album. To me album is beautiful. Their last album “This Is Us” was good but didn’t live up to the Backstreet standards somehow. The album that was released before it “Unbreakable” was another beautiful album. But I can safely say that “In a World Like This” is better than Unbreakable at some level.

I would give “In a World Like This” an easy 4.5 stars out of 5. And that’s not just because it’s a Backstreet Boys album.

So… What do you feel???

 

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Do I seriously have to say anything more? Come 2015, the Man of Steel is going to get even more stronger and what you see in the pic above is going to be the highlight of the movie. Yes!!! Batman is going to be in the movie. It was announced at Comic Con and the crowd, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, went CRAZY!

Watch the Comic Con announcement right here!

According to reports, Christopher Nolan would be producing the sequel, which just adds to the excitement all together. The only kicker here is that  Christian Bale won’t be returning as Batman. Well going by the storyline it does make sense, but it would have been amazing to have Dark Knight going along side Man of Steel. All we can do now is wait.

 

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Well, according to me, the first flick was an okay sort of a movie. There was nothing spectacular about it other than the effects. The story lacked the strength that somehow came out in the trailer of the movie, talking about “the Untold Story” and all. Still won’t all it a bad movie though.
This time at comic Con, they have revealed the next monster our friendly neighbor Spidey Boy would have to go on war against, and now we know that its going to be Jamie Foxx in the avatar of Electro!
“You wanna know how powerful I am? Well I wanna know too” is the dialog we can hear Electro say in the teaser.
Watch it right here!!!

Video  —  Posted: July 21, 2013 in Movies
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