Monday, April 20, 2015


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?


It's time for a new feature on this blog which will once more feature YouTube clips that I think are incredibly cool or incredibly funny and are a must-see for everyone.

OK
This is Funny!!!

Check out Matthew McConaughey's reaction to watching the new Star Wars trailer as taken from the movie Interstellar.
I totally laughed out loud when I saw this.
I enjoyed watching this more than watching the whole movie of Interstellar.
(Plea to Christopher Nolan:  Please stop writing movies!!! You have some talent as a director but as a writer you really need to stop)



MICRO HERO OF THE DAY


OK, its time for a new feature on this blog featuring micro heroes.

The new Avengers movie is coming out soon.
So, here we go...



TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY

With the new Star Wars trailer that has just come out, how about a little patriotic Jedi action.




BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

A Bevy of Blondes
I have now come to the point in the Top Playmates List that consists of all blondes.
This will bring the list all the way through #50.
So stay tuned, because they are going to come hot and heavy for the foreseeable future.


At #34 on the Top Playmate List is the first British Playmate on the list, Miss September 2003 - Luci Victoria.  And what can I say?  She is Beautiful and British!!! I've always been sort of a Anglofile and when I first saw this playmate and heard her accent, my heart sort of melted.  It really makes me want to move to England.


YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

This feature on my blog showcases one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.
I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.


There are certain movies that I really like but everyone else seems to disdain.  Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines is one of those movie.  I really liked the movie and I thought it was a good addition to the Terminator franchise.  Now, of course, it wasn't as good as T2 but I liked it about on par with the first Terminator movie.
For me, the highlight of the movie, especially from a film score point of view, was the final scene of the movie which featured Marco Beltrami's music over Nick Stahl's narration and I think it worked brilliantly and capped the movie off with a powerhouse emotional impact.
So, for your enjoyment, here is the final scene to Terminator 3 with music by Marco Beltrami.


 

2013 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

So in my last post, I presented my choices for the Best Albums of the Year for 2014 (see post here: http://mattstarr28.blogspot.com/2015/03/best-albums-of-year-usually-i-pick-top.html )
And I thought it was a pretty good post so I decided to do it again but this time for 2013 and I may go back a few more years and present my picks for albums that I found to be really good during those years.

But for now, here are the outstanding albums of 2013:

Best Contemporary Christian Album of the Year

Well, here we hit a snag.
I didn't think there was a Christian album that stood out this year but one album that I would point out is Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman.  Chapman is a mainstay of CCM and one of its most important artists (and I have every one of his albums) but often his albums (which tend to be rather long, at least 12 tracks most of the time) become monotonous and the songs lose any distinctiveness and all the songs begin to sound just alike.  However, the title track is really good and the best track on the album.
Here is the video of the song:



Best Pop Album of the Year
More Than Just a Dream - Fitz & the Tantrums



Whoa!!!  Now here is a pop album!!!  Wow!!!  This is probably one of the best pop albums I have ever heard!!! 
Amazingly, there is not a bad track on this album and many of the tracks are pure gold.
This album kind of flew under the radar and didn't get recognized as it should have but it is head and shoulders above any pop album I've heard in a long time.
I mentioned this album in a post of mine a few months ago with the video of the track, Out of My League.  See it here: http://mattstarr28.blogspot.com/2014/08/you-were-out-of-my-league-all-things-i.html

Best Christmas Album of the Year
Wrapped in Red - Kelly Clarkson



What a great pic of Kelly Clarkson.  Kelly Clarkson is one of the best pop vocalists out there (as long as she contains the shouting and actually sings) and in 2013 she released her first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red and it turned out to be the outstanding holiday offering of the season.  Consisting of many previously recorded songs (naturally) there were a couple of original tracks such as the title track that highlighted Kelly's vocal abilities to the utmost.
Here is the video of the title track:




Best Classical Crossover Album of the Year
Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling




What a terrible pic of Lindsey Stirling.  However, the girl has talent.  Real talent.  I've put this album under the Classical Crossover category because of its instrumental nature but it doesn't feature any classical tracks and it could actually be classified more as classical pop or even electro-classical as it consists mostly of Lindsey on violin playing original tunes to beat-box accompaniment and electronic backing.  And that being said, this album comes off as a breath of fresh air and an exciting genre-bending listening experience.
Here is the video of one of the outstanding tracks from this album called Transcendence:




Best Jazz Album of the Year
Say That to Say This - Trombone Shorty


Now I'm not a huge jazz fan but this album caught my attention and it is all good.  Trombone Shorty's third studio album does it on all levels.  It's not just a great jazz album, it is a great album all the way around.  And what a talented artist.  He plays the trombone (obviously) but he also plays the trumpet and sings lead vocals on this album.  It is a tour de force from an artist that has reached his creative maturity.
Here is the video of the more funky than jazzy track, Fire and Brimstone:




Best Score Album of the Year
The Book Thief - John Williams



John Williams.  He is the maestro of film music.  Not only was this the best score of 2013, it was also the best film of 2013 and one of the best films of this decade.  This score was pure Williams with orchestration and themes that no one composing today can match.  He is simply the best and anytime he scores a movie, attention must be paid.
Just give a listen to the following suite from the score and marvel at the magnificence that is John Williams.





And before I get to the Best Album of the Year, here are a couple of honorable mentions (including the aforementioned Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman).  I didn't single out a Best Adult Contemporary Album for 2013 but there were a few albums that fit into that category that were good but not great.  Il Divo released A Musical Affair consisting of tracks from the Broadway stage with almost every track being a collaboration of some kind.  Now normally I would be all over this album (and I did buy it on cd) but the inclusion of foreign language usage on these mostly English songs just didn't really do it for me.  Surprisingly, Josh Groban and Michael Buble both put albums out in 2013 but both were a bit lesser efforts than they had previously put out so even though both were Adult Contemporary albums, neither merit the title of Best to me.


Best Album of the Year
Random Access Memories - Daft Punk


RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES.
DAFT PUNK.
This is the Best Album of the Year.
What can I say about this album?  It is a masterpiece.
Daft Punk is generally considered an electronic group but this album delves into symphonic, funk, disco, and melds it all together into a listening experience that is incredible.
No wonder it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year because it is the Best Album of the Year.
I can't really say more, you just have to listen to understand so here are a couple of videos of the two of the best tracks but all the tracks are good so do yourself a favor and go buy this album.
Here is Get Lucky (featuring Pharrell Willaims and Niles Rodgers):



And here is Instant Crush (featuring Julian Casablancas):



And that's just a sampling from this incredible album.  All the tracks on this album are unique and quality.  Random Access Memories is an album that just keeps going and is good all the way to the end.
The Best Album of the Year.