Kurt Cobain, the man we never knew.

6 04 2012
Español: Kurt Cobain en concierto junto a su b...

Español: Kurt Cobain en concierto junto a su banda Nirvana en Paris durante la gira prmocional de In Utero en 1994 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I started to just type in some quick personal thoughts in regards to this link for the Biography of Kurt Cobain. I’ve seen it before myself and for what it’s worth it’s good, just like all of the other one’s they have made. However while writing some things down I eventually turned this  in to all out nice sized little note/blog in regards to him taking his own life. So here is the link, since it is 1 day pass the anniversary of his death, to his Biography special. Also here is my note I wrote in regards to the whole thing as well! The link you will find at the bottom of this note.)

Call me old fashion but every time I think about Kurt Cobain and try to just reflect on his time here and all the great music he gave us, I always run in to this wall. That wall of course is the simple fact that he decided to end his own life. He just decided nothing and no one was even worth living for. Nevermind the fact he was a brand new father and nevermind the fact he had so many people who loved, admired and respected him. None of it mattered a thing.

Now I know his music along with the rest of Nirvana is being carried on to a next generation of alternative rock fans as well inspiring new artists to go out and create their own music, but to somebody like me, who was 13 years old at the time when he decided to take his own life, who first got my hands on the album Nevermind when I was 12 years old and living in a group home who from that point on decided that this was a perfect idea on how to view the world when it just takes the best it can from you. From somebody like me who would always try so hard to really stay in tuned with what Kurt was talking about and not caring about anything else, I just couldn’t believe what he had done.

However going back to when I was 12 and got my first copy of Nevermind, in as bad of a situation I was back when this album was released, you can believe me when I say this that this particular album along with this group and everything they did from that point on would just be a blue print for what at that time was considered modern day self destruction! A nice little album title now that I think about it, but the point is that if certain types of record and media company’s and outlets are going to try to start bringing back Kurt Cobain (besides the main reason and that is to make money) in a way so that newer generations can not only get a listen on him but also maybe be inspired to go out and create their own music ideas and such, then I guess that’s good. However no matter what type of sunshine ridiculous and lame anniversary promo sale they try to paint on this man who INTENTIONALLY AND ON PURPOSE decided to take his own life without giving any second thoughts about why he shouldn’t, then I’m just going to have to go ahead and object. The reason for this is because I can only take so much of the modern-day sales ad and marketing routine dance, which literally drives me to the point of just saying “I am not freaking stupid!”

Now I’d admit entire situation of when he killed himself was crazy and even sad, but ever since all of that happened and after talking to other people about it and growing up over the years while reflecting back on that day, it has become more clear than ever now that this selfish bastard really did hurt a lot of people, especially those close to him.

So with that all being said I hope somewhere, sometime and someplace Mr. Kurt Cobain really can help somebody become inspired to achieve their goals or to help them stay strong in their time of need because as far as the part of trying to make up for it goes, I personally do not think it can be done. He just hurt way too many people.

Kurt Cobain on Biography Channel


Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack review

4 04 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought I’d post this fan vid of the song “What if we could” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from the soundtrack “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. I like a lot of the songs on this album, however this one in particular just stands out to me for some reason. I love the tone and melody to it.

In regards to the rest of the album I have to say that when it comes to the rest of the tracks, I pretty much like all of them. It’s kind of rare that I will find a movie soundtrack that will have so many tracks, or all of them, with the type of tone, style and mood which I prefer. In addition to that I think this truly is some of Trent’s finer work, the whole album of course. If you get a chance give it a listen.

Between being both a little up beat and artistic while at the same time maintaining that signature calm and smoothing sound, which I myself always traced back to Trent’s “FRAGILE” album days, really did in my opinion give the film the perfect touch. That along with the fact that the album also has on more characteristic or factor which was also really important and that is mysterious as well as an overall “stay away, dangerous” type of feeling and effect.

One more final note I wanted to add too before I go. If you haven’t read the books yet, or at least the first one, then I highly recommend you do. They are some of the most incredible pieces of work and if I had the chance, that is if it were at all possible, I would have loved to had meet Mr. Stieg Larsson either before he passed away or if he were still alive today. This is a man who not only dedicated himself to the idea of freedom of expression along with equality rights but also in so many ways incorporated it in to his work. I can only read about him and his achievements just like everyone else but I wonder if he were alive today what his current work might have reflected instead. This of course would be just something to ponder for now.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (OST by Trent Reznor – What If We Could)

If you happen to be a fan or admirer, here is the official site for Stieg Larsson. It’s an insightful little website giving just a little bit more of backdrop as to who the man was, what he has done and where he came from.

Stieg Larsson: The World of Millennium

“Rock of Ages” trailer debut, along with a little flashback!

3 04 2012
Rock of Ages (2012 film)

Rock of Ages (2012 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So it looks like Tom Cruise’s latest film titled “Rock of Ages” has finally released it’s first official trailer! I have to admit and I am not going to lie I’m not too big on musical type films however I think personally this film just might find an audience given the music being played along with the fact that it takes during the time (1987) and the place where if you happened to even be remotely connected to this scene, then you were just cool as f@*king shit! Sorry, but it was just a known fact.

I remember moving to L.A. when I was a kid at the age of 8, and even though I never got a chance to see it let alone live it, and even though I pretty much lived on the opposite side of this scene, I can still recall older kids and even my own babysitter who had to ditch (cancel) watching me and my sis due to the fact that Guns N’ Roses was playing at the Whiskey and he just had to see them. I could be wrong though, it may have been a different club but I know it was on the Strip and I know it was in West Hollywood. He even wore his shirt he got there for the show the next night when he came over to see us and tell me about it (because at that time I was just the biggest Guns N Roses fan of all time at that time in my life. Nothing else mattered) and I think one of the reasons I very much so recall this was due to the fact that during the show Axl at one point stopped the set because he was so wasted and so pissed at something, I don’t know what, that he told everyone this was the last time you will ever see Guns N Roses play together again!

Of course he came back out and I guess played the rest of the set because this guy just kept on going on about the show, but that was my first official time hearing about Axl Rose walking off stage and telling everyone in the audience “this is it, no more” and then walk off. And this was 1989 so I think this was not the first time he actually did this but it was the first time I ever heard of it and I remember the feeling I had too. I was devastated! I was 9 years old and I all the sudden had this thought that everything was just going to stop! As if this was just going to hurt rock music, especially in L.A., just so hard. I thought it was going to be a huge major event, but as it turned out that wasn’t the case.

But getting back to the main point of this little post. The fact that it takes place during a real “Prime” time during the Sunset Strip L.A. Rock music scene, and the fact that they are using all the hits that to this day almost anyone young or old can recall, I think this will definitely find an audience which will truly like it!

(the link for the trailer is right below)

Rock of Ages trailer

“Hunger Games” receives racist tweets from dim witted fans.

1 04 2012
The Hunger Games (film)

The Hunger Games (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(there is a link for the article posted at the bottom for which this note is in reference to.)

The “Hunger Games” just came out a week ago and I finally got a chance to go out and see it this past week. Never having read the books I think what attracted me the most to go see this film was the simple fact that the reviews along with the overall box office success, including breaking certain records, really did kind of grab my curiosity, so I went. And to be honest with you I kind of liked it! I wasn’t sure if I would or not, given the fact that I had no clue what the film was really about, other than it revolved around a game of hunting and survival for young and older teens. But sitting there watching this film I kind of realized that the story itself was more than just trying to stay alive, but it was also about courage and the sacrifice which came along with it.

However without getting too far off track I came across this one particular article that at first just seemed kind of flat out mean, even bullish perhaps (the people whom it was about, not the actual article itself mind you). The article is in reference to a bunch of racist tweets following the release of the film from fans who did not appreciate a few of the supporting characters cast. One instance in particular was in regards to the actress who played Rue, Amandla Stenberg. A lot of fans just did not like that she was not what they had in mind, from what they remember reading about her in the books, when they went to go see the film.

However this is not the first time that not only has an actor or actress been cast to play a part in a film and was not the exact make or maybe even the same ethnicity of the character form an original story, but the character portrayed in the film along with the film itself went on to receive great reviews as well as success! Such as in this case with Hunger Games pulling in a little over $155 million dollars at the box office just from last weekend alone.

I thought Amanda did a terrific job when it came to playing her character and to be honest with you coming from somebody like me who did not really get to read the book first but, instead saw the film version first instead, all I can say is I couldn’t think of anyone else playing Rue the way she did her self! Her version was perfect in my opinion!

So I guess you could say aside from the rather dull few, the rest of the public who saw the movie really did enjoy it and loved it as well! Like I had mentioned before, I was taken by surprise from it! It really did deliver in so many ways and on so many levels that maybe one day when I find the time to sit down and start on my next series of books this will be one of them.

‘The Hunger Games’ Actress, Amandla Stenberg, Responds To Racist Tweets About Rue

Alduin has been defeated!

1 04 2012
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alduin has finally been defeated! Skyrim is now once again safe for all. Still plenty of quests to follow-up on however the main part of the game is now finished, and what a game it was. Been working on this think since late Dec. Took a pretty good long break in between simply because I was not even sure I wanted to get in to it but now I am so glad I decided to finish it! This game is just a true piece of  art with some of the best game detail as well as music score soundtrack I have ever heard! And the Dragons in this thing are like nothing I have ever seen, or heard, especially when they all gather at the end to compliment you on a job well done then bid you adieu. The link below shows this final battle in a pretty nice HD quality presentation.

Alduin fight! Really great HD video of the last battle!

It’s kind of funny when I think about it. I mentioned how well detailed and even in some cases realistic the dragons themselves actually come across as during the game. Just to give you a quick example of it, towards the end the stakes are high and so is the fighting. With that said while playing this game on the PS3, with an HDMI cable and of course on a “46 flat panel big screen TV, the amount of high definition and detail is ridiculous! So much so in fact that as you are fighting some of the more aggressive dragons at the end who like to run up to you even from far away and you can do is watch would almost be enough to make some people to get a little bit intense or maybe even nervous or possibly scared! Of course at the same time that would be kind of funny thing to watch of someone! A gamer flipping out because a dragon on-screen is on the ground running after them, in a really creepy sort of way might I add since they don’t really walk too much to begin with.

However I’m not going to sit here and say that I have been totally perfect in the past when it has come to really intense and scary types of video games. I’m not really going to get in to detail about it or anything since I kind of want to come to a close with this post however I will say this. For anyone and everyone who got to play this game when it came out back in 2004 for the PC with a pretty good or at least advance game card then you will know what I am talking about when I say DOOM 3 in the dark with no lights on, and maybe even a kick ass surround system just to top off the whole entire genuine straight evil effect! I can still remember playing that game on a pretty nice DELL system set up back in the day when it was released! I swear to you the devil was inside it! Especially when you turned the lights off and played it! SCARY!