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Music video blog that also includes video, audio, and interactive media. You'll find some reviews and recommendations from the underground of the entertainment world, covering music, film, gaming, and more.
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28 February, 2011

Music Video: Interpol's "The Heinrich Maneuver"

Lovely piece of video art to a great song. A MechanoChameleon favorite. Enjoy ;)

Oscars 2011 or The B.S. Awards: Who/What Should Have Won

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards, brought to you by: the mute button. Seriously, Fox Movies, can these ads get any more disturbing? (Anne Hathaway. Also sponsored by the mute button.)

So the Oscars aired at a little past 3 a.m. in Beirut. Was it worth the overnight? Well, here's what we thought. We won't attempt to argue, because our choices are quite obvious. They were better than the rest. 'Nuff said.

MC's Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Hailee Steinfeld for a stunning performance in True Grit
We thought Mattie Ross was even more convincing than Nina Sayers. Not only was she not nominated for Best Actress, she didn't even win Best Supporting Actress? Bullshit.

MC's Best Adapted Screenplay: The Coen Brothers' True Grit
In what world is it acceptable for True Grit to lose to The Social Network for Best Adapted Screenplay? Bullshit.

MC's Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan's Inception
Inception loses Best Original Screenplay to The King's Speech?! What? Look, I liked The King's Speech, but it was no where near the best. Bullshit.

MC's Best Director: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
So he tells us a touching story about his mom seeing some play and ringing him up with a movie concept, and now it's a legitimate win for The King's Speech? Bullshit!

MC's Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jeff Bridges loses to Colin fucking Firth?! How did that happen? Bullshit! Jeff Bridges should have won by a landslide. Did you people even see the film?

MC's Best Picture: Inception/Black Swan/True Grit
Take your pick. Any of these three brilliant films would have beaten The King's Speech, we think. But hey, wouldn't want to piss off the queen eh?

Nice touch opening the Best Score award with a classic Star Wars tune.
Loved seeing Florence of Florence and the Machine on stage, brief as her performance was.
Was anyone else totally unaware of Gwyneth Paltrow's newfound country singing skills? "Stick to acting" says Heavy G. We're going to have to agree.
The only major award we (more or less) approve of was Best Actress.
Otherwise, totally disappointing. They call it the event of the season, we call it staying up late for nothing. Yet another great victory for terrible decision-making.

26 February, 2011

Play: Mini-Games That Are Actually Worth the Money

Make the best out of your internet card (I use this one, Lebanon) with these absolutely awesome games. Download the demo versions first and try these games out, we know you'll like these bits of gaming heaven.

Agatha Christie™ Death on the Nile [Shockwave Games]

Type: Point and Click

Theme: Mystery/Investigation

Price: $6.99

Buy it here

Type: Strategy/Defense

Theme: Zombie Apocalypse

Price: $19.95

Buy it here

Hamlet, or the last game without MMORPG features, shaders and product placement

Type: Point and Click

Theme: Shakespeare, Loosely Based

Price: $6.99 ($3.49 with first game discount coupon)

Buy it here

25 February, 2011

Smartphones in Lebanon: What's Your Mobile Religion?

So you're looking to buy yourself a brand new smartphone. Well, if you're in Lebanon you probably already know that a lot of folks 'round here have recently converted to the Blackberry conviction, an act which enables one's brain to replace everyone's name/face with a bunch of numbers/letters dubbed the "BB pin". So much more fun than being on a first-name basis, isn't it?
Others are of the iPhone conviction. These are a special breed of smartphone bearers; they are hunters, tracking down their overpriced technological prey, year after year, upgrade after upgrade, forever and ever and ever. In the meantime, Apple are making a handsome profit out of the iPhone congregation, whilst never even having to bother with phone design. "Just make it a little round at the edges, they'll love it." And they did.
There are also those who will go as far as to go out and buy themselves BOTH a Blackberry phone and an iPhone. That's just sad. And it seems to me that as time goes by, the Lebanese smartphone mentality is shifting more and more towards the highly erroneous view which can be summarized as follows:

The following is a highly opinionated review of Lebanese smartphone habits and their pitfalls. You could say it is somewhat of a rough guide for those of you who are considering purchasing a new phone. Let us begin by saying that for the remainder of this post, we will be operating under the assumption that peer pressure is NOT the right reason to buy a phone. Having established the parameters of our quest, let us get down to business:

Blackberry Breakdown
The device can be relatively cheap, but if you are going to activate the Blackberry internet service, you're looking at around $40 a month. So all in all, it's not the best bargain. Note that the Blackberry is currently the only device that allows its users internet access at all times, limited as the available bandwidth may be. Because of the internet capabilities of Blackberry phones, they are considered optimum communication devices since they enable their user to stay connected at all times to services such as Google Talk, MSN, and Whatsapp. The BBM service is a different story; this is where we find things to be quite a bit problematic. If you are someone who does not mind being a click away from half of (if not more than) your acquaintances at ALL times, be my guest. We find that the BBM service pushes it one step too far when it comes to personal space. But that's just us.
Another drawback in the world of Blackberry phones is the fact that they do not offer the wide variety of applications that are currently available for iPhone, which may be enough motive for many to turn to Apple products in search of a better quality and quantity of applications.

iPhone Examination
Where do we begin? The iPhone is quite an attractive phone. I suppose it shouldn't surprise us that there are people out there who would steal for the latest iPhone. (It does, though. Go figure.) Of course there is the aforementioned advantage of application variety: games, widgets, music apps, etc. But is it worth the money? Most people will tell you that if they could afford it, they would definitely buy themselves a handsome iPhone and stare at it all day. "Oooo, shinyyy." And that's the point, the average person cannot afford a brand new iPhone. You see, although Blackberry phones may drain you of your cash gradually, on a steady weekly basis, the iPhone will cost you a hefty chunk of cash. People will get part-time jobs solely for the purpose of saving for an iPhone, and by the time they have enough cash, the next generation of Apple phones will have already been released. Tsk tsk tsk.
We find that it's quite silly to settle for a used iPhone (that will still cost a small fortune) or work overtime just to be able to afford a new one when you can get all the perks and privileges of iPhone and more with other phones.

What? Other phones? Yeah, believe it or not, there are other phones that qualify as "awesome". A whole bunch of phones, actually. Android is an operating system that blows the cool off both iPhone and Blackberry. It is integrated with a number of devices; Motorola, Samsung, HTC, you can even install it on some Nokia smartphones if you know someone who is super tech savvy.
As an example, the video below will illustrate much of what we are trying to say. HTC Evo is one of many devices that run Android:

15 February, 2011

Follow-up: 6 Underrated Characters in Fiction

As a follow-up to our 6 Overrated Characters in Fiction post, here is a list of fictional characters we think are underrated, along with reasonable explanations for why each of these characters makes the list.

1. Cyril Proudbottom from The Wind in the Willows: for breaking Mr. Toad out of jail, and being the funniest/coolest horse I've ever met.

2. Stephane Miroux from The Science of Sleep: for being the most tripped-out dude in the history of cinema.

3. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory: for constantly making Alice's Adventures in Wonderland references, and for wanting to solve the Middle East crisis by building an exact replica of the promised land in Mexico.
4. Bartleby from Bartleby, the Scrivener: for being possibly the first man in literature to share our views on work. "I would prefer not to." As would we, Bartleby. As would we.

5. Nearly Headless Nick (a.k.a. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington) from the Harry Potter books: because he is played by John Cleese in the film. JOHN CLEESE!

6. Sancho Panza (right) from The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha: because he is often thought of as the side-kick, when in truth he is an extremely loyal friend and a positive guiding force for Don Quixote. Also, he puts up with a whole lot of sh**!

08 February, 2011

6 Overrated Characters in Fiction

1. Village girl from The Jungle Book: because Mowgli picks her over Baloo & Bagheera. Total BS, if you ask me. (I'll admit, she is kind of hot, but you can't just leave Baloo!)

2. The Ghost from The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: because you can't base an entire play (including Hamlet's endless fits of melancholy) on the ramblings of an old, possibly non-existent specter.

3. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter books: because it's really Ron & Hermione who do all the bloody work.

4. SpongeBob SquarePants: for being on every 8-year-old's pajamas and because he's f***ing annoying! 

5. James Bond: for being but a fantasy of all the slightly bald, slightly over-weight middle-aged men in England (and well, because he is really only as good as his gadgets)

6. Osama Bin Laden from The News and other boring shows: Quite self-explanatory, don't you think?

04 February, 2011

Listen: "Helplessness Blues" by Fleet Foxes

You know we're Fleet Foxes freaks. If you are too, we're pretty sure you saw it coming. Yep, here it is, you're about to listen to the first track to be released off of their brand new album Helplessness Blues. As usual, we've taken a quick liking to this track, and we want to share the love :] enjoy!

01 February, 2011

Music Video: LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great"

Check out the music video for this awesome track from LCD Soundsystem's album Sound of Silver.