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Welcome to the DFL's new go to blog about music and movies! Here at the Duxbury Free Library we have a wide array of movies in all genres from Action and Adventure to Comedy and Horror. We also have a ton of television shows including new seasons of True Blood, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and of course Downton Abbey. So if anyone is like me and is saddened by the demise of movie rental stores, fear not! The DFL is the place for all your video rental needs. As if a great selection of DVD's wasn't enough, the DFL also has a fantastic selection of CD's covering all styles of music from all eras. Be sure to check in and see reviews and write ups on some of the best music and movies, new and old, that the DFL has just waiting for you to take out

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Final Trailer of X-Men: Days of Future Past

The third and final trailer for the new Marvel movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has been released and gives us a few more glimpses of some of our favorite mutants joining forces once again to save the world.  The film promises to be a seamless melding of the X-Men in two different time periods as Wolverine travels back in time 50 years to save Magneto from his imprisonment beneath the Pentagon.  Watch the trailer and read about the film below.  In the meantime, check out X-Men: First Class or any of the X-Men trilogy to get yourself up to date with the genetically evolved super-humans.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer

Today's Playlist

1. Hang Wire - Pixies
2. 60 Miles - Doctors and Lawyers
3. Expire - Screaming Females
4. Shut the Door - Fugazi
5. Stuart - The Dead Milkmen

Nirvana and Joan Jett Rock the Hall of Fame

      Last week was the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and boy was it one for the record books.  From a performance by the E Street Band with their previously inducted leader Bruce Springsteen, to the first live performance by Cat Stevens in decades, to all four original members of KISS putting aside their differences to stand on stage and accept their award together, it was one mind blowing moment after another.  Linda Ronstadt couldn't be there to accept her award but received a wonderful tribute by some of the biggest women in rock including Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.  Hall and Oates joked about being the only duo accepted into the Rock Hall who are still friends before cutting their speech short because of lack of time.
      Of course the most anticipated moment of the night was the induction of Nirvana.  In their first year of eligibility, the punk rock founders of grunge came together with some amazingly talented women to play songs which they haven't performed in over 20 years, since the death of their legendary singer Kurt Cobain.  The performances were beyond spectacular and would  no doubt have made the voice of Generation X proud. Things started off with a remarkable performance of their most famous single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" fronted by the ever talented Joan Jett.  Her vocals were spot on and sounded so much like Cobain's snarling raspiness you would have thought it was the real thing with your eyes closed.  Dave Grohl looked right at home behind his kit, banging his head just as hard as the drums with Krist Noveselic leaning back and ripping his bass lines with the same ferocity as his 25 year old self.
      Next up was a fantastic rendition of "Lithium" by St. Vincent's Annie Clark who captured the hoarse screams of the songs chorus perfectly.  Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon came to the stage to perform the blistering b-side "Aneurysm" even falling to the ground at one point and shrieking into the mic with the same heartfelt sincerity as Cobain himself.  The performance closed with the In Utero classic "All Apologies" performed by Lorde, the only one of the women born after Cobain's suicide.  Noveselic put down the bass for the last song in favor of his latest intstrument of choice, the accordian and capped off an already phenominal performance.
      The three surviving members, Grohl, Noveselic, and guitarist Pat Smear then performed a secret show at a small club in New York to family and friends playing a full set of classic Nirvana tunes.  The band was joined again by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, and other 90's stalwarts like Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis whose performance of the Bleach track "School" was sensational.
      Obviously I'm leaving out many more stupendous performances and OMG moments but you'll have to watch the broadcast of the show in May to see everything. For now, you can see the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performance below.

Nirvana with Joan Jett "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Outkast's Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

When I first heard there was a Jimi Hendrix bio pic in the works I was understandably skeptical.  Who could ever portray the guitar god in an accurate and successful manner?  Who would have the look, voice, and fingers to pull off an on screen rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" live?!  The answer presented itself in the form of Outkast's Andre 3000.  The singer turned actor spent months intensely preparing for a role which had to be done right.  Considering the legacy of the man himself, it would have to be exact and after watching the clips and seeing the pics, its obvious that Andre nailed it.  From his clothes, to his voice, to his mannerisms, the Outkast singer did a phenomenal job.  The film recently had its U.S. premier at SXSW and will no doubt be available soon to those who could not attend.  I'm anxious to watch the movie in its entirety and hope that it's just as spectacular as it looks.  Read this Rolling Stone article below about the film and others which premiered at SXSW.

Andre 3000 Plays Jimi Hendrix

Ender's Game - YA Adaptation of a Sci-Fi Classic



When my 9th grade English teacher decided to abandon the curriculum during our fourth term we were all a little skeptical.  Tossing aside Bram Stoker, she decided she’d rather read Orson Scott Card and thus we blasted off into space with the sci-fi classic Ender’s Game instead of trudging through nineteenth century Transylvania.  The book was INCREDIBLE.  Not only was the story captivating and intensely well written, but Card’s concept is strikingly original.  So naturally, when I heard the film was being made I was beyond ecstatic and my enthusiasm for the movie only grew when I heard the great Harrison Ford would be playing Colonel Graff.  After all was said and done however, the film turned out to be an attempted YA adaptation of what is truly a sci-fi classic which was a little disappointing.  The film focuses on Ender Wiggin, a young boy genius in the future who is selected to train with other young prodigies in an attempt to ready themselves for an attack on an alien race known as the Formics.  The aliens attacked earth 50 years earlier in an attempt to colonize the planet but were stopped by the great hero Mazer Rackham.  Now, decades later, it is up to these young children to stop the Formics once and for all.  Ender is consider by Graff and the other commanders to be the most likely to succeed at stopping the aliens and as he progresses through his training it becomes ever clearer than young Ender will be the one to save them all.  Starting off with the new “launchies” Ender is a natural from the very beginning.  He quickly ascends the ranks to join the Salamander Army, one of several teams who compete in zero gravity matches to practice strategy and leadership.  Ender sets himself apart from the older Salamanders rather quickly and soon is given his own team, the Dragon Army to command.  After continuing to excel, the moment of truth is upon them and Ender moves on to advanced battle simulations, the last phase of his training.  While the movie was great, it was nothing compared to the book.  Characters like Ender’s friends Bean and Petra have such minimal roles in the film after being pivotal in the book and much of the backstory is largely brushed over.  In the end, the movie was a successful adaptation albeit one that didn’t do justice to the novel.  Definitely watch the movie, and if you like it and are intrigued, READ THE BOOK!  It will not disappoint, and with ten other books in the series you’ll get to see a lot more.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cult Classics - Dazed and Confused, the Perfect Summer Film



This has seemed like the longest winter in recent memory but good weather this week is certainly a sign that spring and summer are nearly upon us.  For students, the warmer weather also means that summer vacation is inching ever closer and so I thought that it was an appropriate time for my next Cult Classic, a movie that defines the end of school and the start of summer.  Dazed and Confused came out in 1993, but the movie is so accurate that you would think it was truly filmed in 1976.  The film centers on several groups of friends as they try and navigate the often brutal, confusing, and insane universe that is adolescence.  Mitch, the young na├»ve freshman, is caught between two worlds.  He and his friends must evade the seniors at all costs as the annual tradition of spanking the new freshman on the last day of school with homemade paddle boards is alive and well.  After getting cornered at the end of baseball practice and having his rear end mercilessly slapped, young Mitch is taken under the wing of coolest of the cool seniors, quarterback Randall “Pink” Floyd who invites him out for the first night of summer to partake in some serious shenanigans.  Remember, this is 1976 so it’s not just the young boys who must deal with the ever present threat of hazing.  The popular girls led by a young Parker Posey do all manner of humiliating things to the incoming freshman tweens before inviting them out as well, having been officially accepted into their clique.  All high school stereotypes are well represented from the uncool kids who stay in and play cards on the weekends to the stoner, party types whose only focus is keeping the party going.  Crazy cool muscle cars and a soundtrack which is unparalleled including tacks by War, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Sweet, and many others bring even more to this already exceptionally well done film.  The movie also acted as a launching point for some Hollywood heavyweights including Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey whose character Wooderson has become a cultural icon that McConaughey continues to embrace, even ending his Oscar winning acceptance speech with Wooderson’s classic line “Alright, alright, alright”.  The film is one unforgettable quote after another and is a perfect way to get excited for the warm weather to come.  So throw on some Aerosmith, roll down your windows and go for a cruise straight back to the summer of ’76.     





Songs from this Morning

1. Million Years - Nico Vego
2. Popular - Nada Surf
3. Junk Cruzn - King Cop
4. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
5. Sticken - No Doubt
6. Supervixen - Garbage
7. Sirens - Pearl Jam
8. Fun - Speedy Ortiz
9. No Ground - No Age
10. Different Days - The Men

TD Garden to Host Two Incredible Classic Bands

There is certainly no shortage of amazing live music to see in Boston on any given day and this summer is going to be no exception.  Besides mainstays like Boston Calling Music Festival and Radio 92.9's annual Earthfest (which is free in case you didn't know) the Boston TD Garden will play host to two huge stadium rock bands this year and both promise to be unforgettable.  Queen with Adam Lambert has announced a full North American tour after the success of their shows last year and are slated to play the Garden on July 22.  Brian May has said that this is the closest anyone will get to seeing Queen as they were in their hey-day with their undeniably incredible front man Freddie Mercury.  His large shoes have been masterfully filled by Lambert who, while focused on his own projects, is having an amazing time touring with Queen and brings the same flair, enthusiasm, and vocals to classic songs like "Don't Stop Me Now", "Bicycle", and of course "Bohemian Rhapsody".  As if that wasn't good enough, the TD Garden will also host Fleetwood Mac on October 10th and with the recent announcement of the return of Christie McVie, the band will see it's Rumours lineup together again for the first time in nearly 20 years.  McVie has fully committed to the tour and the potential for a new album which means longtime fans would not only get to see classics like "Go Your Own Way" and "Dreams" but also new tracks from a band that has spanned nearly five decades.  So don't miss out!  And be sure to stay up to date with the rest of the Boston music scene because it continues to provide some of the best shows in the Northeast.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

American Hustle - Was it True or Not?!



After all the hype surrounding the Oscar nominated American Hustle I was surprised to find that the film was an overly convoluted and confusing crime thriller with a comedic edge that, while entertaining, left much to be desired.  The film focuses on small time con man Irving Rosenfeld, superbly portrayed by Christian Bale and his accomplice/love interest/mistress Sydney Prosser, also wonderfully played by Amy Adams.  The two are unstoppable and feel like they could do anything and con anyone, until they get caught in a sting operation by up and coming FBI agent Richie DiMaso played by Bradley Cooper.  In an attempt to escape prosecution, the two agree to help DiMaso try and bring down Mayor Camine Polito played by Jeremy Renner.  Along the way, DiMaso gets too power hungry and begins to break the rules established by Irving and Sydney and ends up getting them dragged into the deep underworld of corrupt politicians and deadly mob bosses.  The movie is stacked with big Hollywood names such as Louis C.K. who plays the FBI agent in charge of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence who plays Irving’s immature, wild, and dangerous wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld.  While the film is a brilliant portrayal of the glitz and glamor of the 1970’s, the story was difficult to grasp and didn’t have the sophistication of other great crime thrillers.  It felt like the movie couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be.  Part comedy, part love story, part drama, part thriller, the list goes on and on and made the film feel like a splattering of different genres as opposed to a seamless melding of two or three.  The only relatable character is Irving who you can tell is a good guy but a criminal at heart and desperately just wants to be happy.  While the ending was surprising, it didn’t give me the wow factor I was hoping for after sitting through the 2 hour long movie.  In addition, the film opens with the strange statement of “Some of this is true” which I thought would be clarified at the end but wasn’t which left me with more questions than I knew what to do with.  All in all, after seeing the film it’s no surprise it went home empty handed at the Academy Awards.

Thor: The Dark World - A Decent Yet Disappointing Sequel



When it comes to super hero movie sequels, it’s often difficult to get it right.  When they’re bad they’re awful, and when they’re good they’re fantastic.  Thor: The Dark World amazingly manages to fall right between the two.  The movie picks up two years after the first film left off, with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgard and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)  fighting to regain control of the nine realms whilst gaining further admiration from his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and preparing to take the throne.  Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is left on Earth trying to pick up the pieces of her life while endlessly searching for Thor and hoping that one day he will return.  Her search brings her to an abandoned building where portals in time and space allow for objects or people to move between realms.  After getting sucked in to one of the portals, Jane finds herself face to face with the ancient artifact Aether which was created thousands of years ago by the dark elf Malekith in an attempt to take over the nine realms.  Once the Aether has attached itself to its new host Jane, Malekith awakens and returns to defeat Asgard and bring destruction to the Universe.  While the movie was as entertaining and action filled as you would hope any super hero movie would be, the plot didn’t feel as cohesive as the first film and Natalie Portman’s character was largely useless apart from being the vessel for the Aether.  Her sidekick Darcy and colleague Erik are even more useless, showing up at random times to make some sort of comment for comedic relief.  The movie does see Thor asking for the assistance of Loki which is fun to see as the brothers execute an elaborate and tricky plan to try and stop Malekith.  Overall, the film felt forced and didn’t feel like a natural progression from the first movie.  A small Captain America cameo was appreciated and reminded us that the Avengers were and are still around, despite working on separate projects at the moment.  At the end of the day, if you’re a big Thor fan than the film will not disappoint because the hammer wielding brute is his same old heroic self.  But for someone looking for some substance, Thor: The Dark World shouldn’t be at the top of your list.