I love John Legend. Specifically, I love his love songs. Whenever I see that he has an album scheduled to be released, I count down the days and dutifully purchase his record. I do have to confess, then, that I was not as enthralled with his last two recordings. I feel that Mr. Legend is at his best crooning out tunes of new love: special and exciting and captivating. Love in the Future does not disappoint. The album feels as if movie producers took all the sappy love scene songs and put them onto one record (For the record, EVERY good love scene in a movie should quintessentially include John Legend). Continue reading
I am a huge X-Men fan and a huge Marvel fan. But, I think that we can be some of the toughest critics out there. I don’t know if I can name a Marvel fan that has liked every single movie that the comic book giant has released, and I don’t really know of a true comic book fan who completely liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009. I tried to explain it away with the whole, “the movies are in their own universe” thing, but this one did horrors to Deadpool. Unforgivable horrors that will be getting their own retcon.
Warning: slight spoilers ahead
Heroescon 2013, a set on Flickr.
It’s almost two weeks late, but here are the photos I took from HerosCon 2013.
I didn’t know that Justin Timberlake was releasing an album until late January or early February, but when I heard “Suit and Tie,” I knew that March 19th couldn’t come fast enough. I loved the direction the single and his Grammy performance was going. Definitely old school sound meets new production style and concepts.
At first, I was a put off by the track number. Only 10 singles?!? Why wait five years to put out an album if it’s only 10 tracks? But, whatever, it’s JT. I’ll trust him. I started listening to “Pusher Love Girl” while making dinner and realized four minutes later that the same song was still playing. Each track is easily six minutes long with the song and a reprise included. Overall, worth the download for the cd since the playtime is still at least an hour.
I love this album. I don’t know if I have a favorite track since they flow into each other seamlessly. The feel is mellow and consistent throughout. It’s “grown and sexy,” “chill and relax’” and pretty much a good jazz/R’n'B/Pop album. I think it will be a different experience for fans of “Future Sex/Love Sounds” and “Justified,” but Justin is in a different place now than he was when he released his previous albums. Realistically, none of them sound the same. But, this one is my favorite. This album has a smoother, more easy-going feel, and I love riding it out.
I like to pick favorite songs that aren’t singles, but “Mirrors,” “Pusher Love Girl” and “Suit & Tie” are extremely well done. There are plenty of other tracks I sang to today. Check out love crooners “That Girl” and “Tunnel Vision” for heartfelt Justin. Add “Let the Groove in” to your work out mix or pre-party jam.
Dancing With the Stars
This season marks the 14th gathering of some of Hollywood beloved classic stars in a winner takes all 12 week dance competition. At first, I was skeptical that this season would lose its zing for me, but I found a few things that will entice new audiences and keep loyal fans.
Highlights: Best season premier to date. Two dancers received nines in their scores (never before done on the first night) and all others received positive praise for musicality and performance value.
People to watch: Don’t count Gladys Knight out! While she is the oldest star on the show, the lady can move. Classical singer and sitcom personality Jaleel White scored two nines and were surprisingly wonderful to watch.
Concerns: There is a lot of good talent in this season, but I’m nervous that some of the better dancers won’t make it because they aren’t as well-known. Every season, a Disney star does REALLY well, but doesn’t seem to have the fan base to grab the mirror ball trophy.
The Hunger Games
Highlights: New trilogy for literary nerds to salivate over after the end of Harry Potter.
Plot: Girl is picked to fight to the death in a yearly gladiator style reality show.
What to watch for: Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar nominated actress turned badass and is fast tracking to be the next big movie series star. The remaining cast is solid and is filled with some of my favorite actors. (Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Lenny Kravits just to name a few.)
Concerns: In reading up on The Hunger Games news, Elizabeth Banks commented that she will play her character, Effie, as a villain. Effie is, in my opinion, NOT a villain. She’s too dumb and wrapped up in the Capitol frivolities to be villainous. She’s a product of a messed up society. So, I’m worried that the film will ruin one of my favorite characters.
My dearest Kindle,
It has been three months since we first met at Best Buy. When I first held your demo model in my hands, I have to admit I was skeptical. The demo, Dearest, is not a good example of who you are. I almost walked away. I was sure you were just another trumped up, over priced gadget. But, I am so glad I took heed to the sales clerk and gave you a shot.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…