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Month: December 2010

And Now A Look Into 2011: FALLING SKIES

When I went and saw True Grit earlier this week, there was a pretty interesting trailer for a forthcoming TNT show, called Falling Skies.

Upon watching the special effects laden trailer, I knew I had to find out more. So, after digging up some information, I found the official plot synopsis.

FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign called 2nd Mass against the occupying alien force.

In short, it looks like it’s going to be the Walking Dead of alien invasion movies.  Taking an existing trope of alien invasion films, and penetrating the rarely explored portion of what happens AFTER the credits role, it looks like what could be a very interesting TV show from TNT with high production values.  Sure, it helps that I’ve always thought that Noah Wyle was a pretty decent hand as an actor, too.

I’m a little bummed that it’s only set for 10 episodes right now, but hopefully this will be an instance of BBC-esq quality over quantity.

Falling Skies is set to premiere in June 2011.

Follow after the jump for a look at the trailer. Please note that it automatically starts playing.

Best of 2010: The Albums

The final year end tradition to continue this year is my round up of my favorite albums from 2010.

You’ll note that this list is someone different from the favorite tracks, as in some cases, my favorite albums worked best as a cohesive whole, not as an individual track, and some albums were eh, but with amazing songs.

Much like with the movies list, this isn’t ranked, just a listing of favorites, with the strong urge to you to check them out.

Here goes.

The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


The Brother Kite – Isolation


Daft Punk – Tron Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring


The Octopus Project – Hexadecagon


Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks

And, in a special recommendation, as I’m very sure any reader of this blog would enjoy it, hands down, my favorite comedy album of the year.

Kyle Kinane – Death Of The Party

Best of 2010: The Songs

Another Blast-O-Rama tradition continues this year, as like at the end of 2009, I’m posting my favorite tracks from 2010.

26 tracks in length, and coming in at 195 MB, this is a compliation of all the songs that really got me going in 2010.

The full tracklist (in artist alphabetical order) is as follows:

  • “Moonless March” by Aloha
  • “Radio Down! (feat. Biz Markie)” by The Aquabats
  • “Ready to Start” by The Arcade Fire
  • “World Sick” by Broken Social Scene
  • “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green
  • “TRON Legacy (End Titles)” by Daft Punk
  • “Bushwick Blues” by Delta Spirit
  • “Your Petty Pretty Things” by The Get Up Kids
  • “On Melancholy Hill” by Gorillaz
  • “I Just Sighed. I just Sighed, Just So You Know” by Los Campesinos!
  • “Spoiler Alert” by MC Frontalot
  • “Question” by Nada Surf
  • “Black Sheep” by Metric
  • “A Phantasy” by The Octopus Project
  • “You And I Know” by Ra Ra Riot
  • “Fuck Shit Stack” by Reggie Watts
  • “Let There Be Horns” by RJD2
  • “Doin’ It Again” by The Roots
  • “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells
  • “Fixed” by Stars
  • “Bartolomeo and The Buzzing of Bees” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
  • “Breakneck Speed” by Tokyo Police Club
  • “In Motion” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • “Cousins” by Vampire Weekend
  • “I Hope You Die” by Wye Oak
  • “Ambling Alp” by Yeasayer

Click here to download the collection!

And let me know what you think in the comments!

Best of 2010: The Films

In an attempt to celebrate the year that just passed, here is a list of my absolutely favorite films from 2010.

Note, there are some movies not a part of this list which I enjoyed, but found flawed enough to not count as the best (Iron Man 2, Tron Legacy).  There are also movies which I think may end up on this list, which I just haven’t seen yet (Black Swan).

Also, much like last year, there is no official ranking, these are just the movies that I really enjoyed, and recommend you see as soon as you can.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

How To Train Your Dragon

Inception

Kick-Ass

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

If you’ve yet to see some of these films yet, I recommend you change that, and fast. Get to the theater, get to Amazon.com. Make it happen.

And now I turn it over to you, dear reader. In the comments, let me know your thoughts.  What movies did you love? Which did I miss? Which am I wrong about?

Sound off in the comments!

Going Out In Style: TYLER STOUT Wraps Up MONDO/STAR WARS

It’s sad to say this, but it’s true.

The amazing Mondo/Lucasfilm collaboration for unique screen printed Star Wars posters is coming to an end.

And when the final posters go on sale on Friday, December 31st, they’re going out with a bang.

Featuring the largest print run yet, with 875 standard editions, and 325 variant editions, these 24″x36″ prints feature art from one of Mondo’s best contracted artists, Tyler Stout, who you may remember from his amazing Iron Man, Inglorious Basterds and Blade Runner posters (the latter of which is on my wall at home).

But Mondo didn’t let him just cheap out and do some silly print, oh no. He did three posters – one for each film in the trilogy.

With the exclusive reveal of all 3 prints, UGO also has written an amazing look back at the art of Tyler Stout, which I highly recommend checking out at the source link below, but let’s talk about the main appeal – these AMAZING posters.

Stout always goes the extra mile, adding unique design elements to every inch of the poster, and he hasn’t let up here.  Equally messy yet defined, these posters do a great job of presenting immortal moments from the Classic Trilogy in a style never seen before.

After my loss at getting the Olly Moss posters, I’m definitely going to be F5’ing Mondo’s website to get a crack at these.

Personally, I want the “standard” versions, but the metallic variants are great, even going the extra mile to change Return of the Jedi to it’s original title – Revenge of the Jedi.

These Star Wars prints have been a great celebration of one of most timeless series of films ever, and while I’m sad to see it end, I can’t wait to see what Mondo has up their sleeves next.  I’d imagine whatever it is, it’ll be easier to order, too.

A full gallery of all 6 prints (3 standard, 3 variant) appear below.

Source: UGO.com.