Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ong Bak 2

Tony Jaa is a boss, and the first Ong Bak movie was dope. I have no idea when this might come to the States, but I know a bootleg Thai video spot in east Oakland, and they probably have it already.

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If The Script Were Flipped…

New Yorker Article: How Chicago Shaped Obama

Regardless of the terrible cover image the New Yorker has been getting some heat for, the article inside puts a focus on Obama’s time as a community organizer in the Chicago and his rise to political power in Illinois. It’s long as hell, but is really interesting.

Included in the article is an Obama quote from 1996 when he described his thoughts on Bill Clinton, saying: “Well, his campaign’s fascinating to a student of politics. It’s disturbing to someone who cares about certain issues. But politically it seems to be working.” Funny, but that’s almost exactly how I would characterize the Obama campaign at this point.

Definitely worth a read whenever you have time to sit down and really get into it (again, it’s long). Much love to Rage for sending me the article.

“Like many politicians, Obama is paradoxical. He is by nature an incrementalist, yet he has laid out an ambitious first-term agenda (energy independence, universal health care, withdrawal from Iraq). He campaigns on reforming a broken political process, yet he has always played politics by the rules as they exist, not as he would like them to exist. He runs as an outsider, but he has succeeded by mastering the inside game. He is ideologically a man of the left, but at times he has been genuinely deferential to core philosophical insights of the right.”

Watchmen Comic on iTunes

To get people hyped for the upcoming movie, iTunes has an animated Watchmen comic available for download, and for the very Chinese friendly price of free ninety-nine! This is the first of what will apparently be many Watchmen “motion comics.”

Watchmen is considered one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, and the trailer that they have for it that is currently running with screenings of The Dark Knight (which is a masterpiece that my nerdy ass has already seen twice) is really dope.

Go See Ali Wong Tonight, 7/21

Laughing is good for your soul!

R.Les

I try not to just repost shit from other people’s blogs all the time, but I had to jump on the bandwagon for this one. First, give credit where credit’s due: the homie Tad put me on to these videos and he got them from DJ Phatrick. Now that we got that out of the way:

Damn. This is a talented brother. Apparently he uses mostly traditional instruments but mixes them down to sound all futuristic. Those beats are bananas, like John Legend produced by the Neptunes…lightweight.

Heath Ledger is a Boss, RIP

Just got back from the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Batman flick, which knocked me on my ass. I’m a comic book nerd, and this could quite possibly be the best comic book flick I’ve ever seen, real talk.

All the hype around Heath Ledger’s final completed performance as the Joker is totally warranted, the man acted his ass off. I heard he locked himself in a hotel room with the lights off for months to get into character and develop the Joker’s voice and mannerisms. Bananas. The Joker’s an evil force of fucking nature in this movie, and you can’t take your eyes off him when he’s on screen. RIP Heath Ledger, you are a boss.

Aaron Eckhart comes out of nowhere also and nails the role of Harvey Dent.

On top of all that, we got to see the trailer for the Watchmen movie, which looks sick as hell. Watchmen is one of the most popular and celebrated graphic novel/comic book series of all time, and I’m a big fan of it. It looks like they really nailed the look and tone of the book.

Us comic book heads definitely have it good right now.