May 29, 2008

#8: Street Kings, Foals, and Pre-View Review

Ah yes, time for yet another episode of Rock and Reel. Despite some heavy-ish themes this week in the films and album we discuss, I'd call this our funniest episode yet. And this isn't by any means a stand-up comedy podcast. My guess is that Kevin and I were particularly punchy (i.e. drunk) when we recorded this, and as such there's a certain candidness that crosses a line or two throughout this episode. Here's what we cover:

"Street Kings" may not be in very many first-run theatres currently, but it was when we recorded this a few weeks back, and with any luck you'll be able to find it in second-run theatres or on DVD in the next few months. If you're one of the people who has yet to see it, make sure you check out our review of the film as a means of attempting to discover if this film might be for you. Also, if you HAVE seen the movie, maybe give a listen and find out if you agree with our extra-long assessment of the film, which stars Keanu Reeves and Forrest Whittaker, among others.

Our Album of the Week is from the band Foals and their debut record "Antidotes." It has some danceable qualities to it, along with a little bit of math rock stylings. If you don't know what "math rock" is, fear not for we attempt to define it during our review. Also, the song "Balloons" is contained in this segment, and at the very least I suggest you give that a listen and see if it's your cup of tea.

We close things out with a new segment, simply titled "Pre-View Review," where we do the impossible and judge a book by its cover, or rather a film by its trailer. With the summer blockbuster season already in full gear, we tackle the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film "The Happening" starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. Did we like this entire film based upon the 2 minutes of carefully edited footage the studio put together for us? The fun part is that after the film gets released we'll follow up and give a legitimate review just to see how accurate we were in the end. The segment is a lot of fun, and I guarantee there will be more "Pre-View Reviews" in upcoming shows.

Next episode is our comedy-themed show, with our reviews of the Judd Apatow-produced laugh-fest known as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the album by New Zealand's 4th most popular folk parody duo Flight of the Conchords. We'll also debut yet another new segment, appropriately titled "Please Kill Me Now," where we watch a really bad movie and then describe ways in which we'd rather be killed than watch it again. Fun!

0:00-1:20 Intro
1:20-31:15 Movie Review: Street Kings
31:15-45:45 Album of the Week: Foals - Antidotes (feat. song "Balloons")
45:45-53:00 Pre-View Review: The Happening
53:00-57:19 Preview of Next Week/Closing

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