Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2012!

Tri’s Top 10 Hip Hop Albums/Mixtapes

1. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar

2. The Money Store – Death Grips

3. 1999 – Joey Bada$$

4. Undeniable – Logic

5. Cancer 4 Cure – El-P

6. The People’s Rapper – Jon Connor

7. R.A.P Music – Killer Mike

8. No Love Deep Web – Death Grips

9. Skelethon – Aesop Rock

10. History Will Absolve You – Billy Woods

Top 10 Honorable Mentions (all very close)

1. Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color – Brother Ali
2. Whole Foods – Sean Brown
3. Live from the Underground – Big K.R.I.T.
4. Habits and Contradictions – ScHoolboy Q
5. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors – Big Boi
6. Wu Block – Wu Block
7. Control System – Ab-Soul
8. Duality – Captain Murphy
9. Rare Chandeliers – Action Bronson
10. The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Agree, Disagree? Give me your thoughts!

Top 10 Films of 2012!

Here’s my Top 10 Movies of 2012! Of course this is all opinion, so don’t get too crazyyyy.

1. Django Unchained

Leo is a lot different from his other roles. HE’S AMAZING.

This movie blew me away. Tarantino does it again with hilarious dialogue, extreme violence, and controversial material.

2. Skyfall

Classy as hell.

This is my favorite Bond movie, even beating Casino Royale. That movie was great! The movie never felt it’s playtime. This “reboot” of the series is much appreciated. Also, Roger Deakins and Sam Mendes= yes.

3. Lincoln

Uncanny.

Speilberg does it again! A movie that doesn’t get boring despite its subject matter. I like US History, but most people don’t. It keeps the pace, and the ending is so tense, even when we know the ending. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis = win.

4. Silver Linings Playbook

Great onscreen chemistry.

I walked into this movie blind, without even watching a trailer. I was so thrown off by it in the beginning, but as the movie concluded, I could see what David O. Russell was doing…and it was awesome. The acting is magnificent; Robert DeNiro is finally doing something good, Bradley Cooper surprises everyone, and Jennifer Lawrence presents her acting chops that were displayed in Winter’s Bone. This was awesome.

5. Moonrise Kingdom

More great onscreen romance!

One of the funniest movies of the year. Well, to me. Many people won’t like this movie because of how quirky and weird it is. I personally laughed my ass off. I was watching it in New York also, so the theater was packed, and everyone laughed and understood the little jokes. In Houston, no one would’ve been in the theaters. Poo.

6. Argo

Bryan Cranston! When he’s in something, it has to be good. Let’s forget about Total Recall…

The beginning moved somewhat slow to me, with very little suspense. The movie finally does kick into gear in the last act, the “heist” scene. Literally on the edge of my seat. Ben Affleck does it again! Three in a row.

7. The Cabin in the Woods

DON’T GO IN DER YOU’LL DIE

I posted a review about this earlier this year, but I guess it got deleted? Whatever. This is a wonderful satire of the modern state of horror films (even when it was made in 2009). Getting deep into the messages is really fun, and watching with friends is even more entertaining. Enlightening people that think this movie is just “another horror movie” is so fun.

8. Les Miserables

so sad…SADDDDDD

A very very very very very sad movie. I almost cried 15 times. Acting is great, direction is great, singing is meh. Go watch with your friends so you can all cry together!

9. End of watch

These scenes are the best. So hilarious!

This movie was a surprise to me. I walked in expecting a 6, just a fun buddy cop movie. What I got was one of the most intense movies I’ve seen this year! It ratchets up the risks and the tension every 5 minutes. The characters feel so real, especially the Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. Their chemistry is impeccable. The only detracting thing from this movie is the generic villains and lack of normal things to compare all this crazy stuff to. They’re always saying. “Man our work is so boring.” Then the every 5 seconds they find a billioin pounds of crack and dead bodies everywhere.

10. Life of Pi

so beautiful.

I walked in with no expectations, and walked out blown away! This was a great movie from start to almost finish. The end is somewhat choppy, and it wants to describe everything to the viewer, when I think it should have been left to interpretation. Also, the CGI was great, but it still pulled me out of the experience. Still a wonderful movie though.

Fun movies that don’t require thinking:

1. Expendables 2 – what the first one should have been! The action is insane, and the comedy is very appreciated. Laughed a lot in the theater.

2. 21 Jump Street – another surprise. This movie is hilarious, and the action isn’t that bad…

3. Wreck-It Ralph – another hit from Pixar. This movie has themes that run through most Pixar movies, making it feel slightly recycled. However, the video game concept is pulled off amazingly.

4. The Raid : Redemption – one of ( if not ) the best action movies I’ve ever seen. That’s all I can say.

5. Marvel’s Avengers – the first hour is incredibly slow for people that have seen the other 6 Marvel movies, but it makes up for it for the other hour and a half. Fast and furious and fun, all I wanted out of this movie.

Les Miserables Movie Review – Tears, all the tears

General review: Be sure to drink a lot of water, because you will be crying. A lot. This movie is a musical that is semi-opera, filled to the brim with themes and multi-layered characters. However, the overarching theme of hope shines through the most. The cast did great acting-wise, but some do not shine so bright in the singing category. The set and costume design were amazing, and really put you into the time period. Tom Hooper does a great job in the direction and editing of the film, and it shines during solo pieces, such as I Dreamed a Dream. If you don’t like musicals, you will hate this movie, since it nearly reaches 3 hours. However, if you love yourself a good, emotional musical, get your eyes ready, because there will be tears.

don’t you already feel like crying.

Full Review: This movie is directed by Tom Hooper, previously known for The King’s Speech ( a decent movie, but nothing special. ) When he embarked on the quest to adapt this musical, he did something most never thought of doing: live recording. I’ll tell you one thing, the live recording does this movie justice, helping the actors shine while singing.

Let’s get into this.

The cast: *disclaimer: when I say they sing good, obviously not as good as the original musical cast, but just for the movie in general…if that makes sense.*

Hugh Jackman- His acting is great, and his singing is one of the best in the film. The age progression that they employ for him is also very good. The film spans around 20 years, and you really see time affecting him. His character development is great, albiet rushed in the beginning.

Anne Hathaway- Her story line sets up a lot of the movie, and it is very important for her performance to really hit home. Luckily, Anne Hathaway blows it out of the water with her acting, and her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream”. She sings the whole thing in one take! It’s great! Her voice is also very good (shown off when she and Hugh Jackman belted a few numbers during the Oscars a few years back.)

Russell Crowe- Oh Russell Crowe. His singing is very weak, and he often gets swallowed up by the other superior singers in the film. He belongs in a rock band (in which he is), not an opera/musical. His character shows no change whatsoever throughout the movie, even though the original character does, I think. He is just displayed as the antagonist. Grr, I’m bad. That’s about it.

Amanda Seyfried- She’s great (and adorable), even if she doesn’t get much screen time. Her voice has  a very quick vibrato, so it distracted me while I was watching it. It sounded like the girl version of the lead singer of Fall Out Boy. She serves her purpose, but doesn’t blow it out of the water.

The Plot- The plot is simple, but complex at the same time. The actions are very simple, but keeping track of all of the character motivations is the most fun. The intertwining lives and themes of this movie is what pulls the most heartstrings. The movie is about hope, war, love, death, life, forgiveness, and so much more. This movie is mostly about the human situation, and that is why many people can relate with it. Every theme gets its moment to shine, but hope shines the brightest.

The set and costume design are impeccable! You feel transported to the barricade of the French Revolution, to this time of rebellion and poverty. If the design was bad, most of the movie would have suffered.

The controversy – Many people have panned Tom Hooper’s decision to do the live recording, single cut songs, and zooming up close on the actor’s face. I personally loved this decision. It makes the song feel very personal, even if it is part of a spectacular event. There is a really good balance between the epic and the personal. I LOVE IT.

Overall score- 9/10

so epic.