Saturday, January 22, 2011

Waking Sleeping Beauty

So, as I've stated before, I'm somewhat of a Tim Burton fantic. And a Pixar fanatic (Chicken Little is my homeboy)
So I was looking for another movie to rent and I found what looked to be an awesome documentary called Waking Sleeping Beauty.
I almost died when it credited John Lasseter and Tim Burton right next to each other.
So I rent the movie, watch it all the way through, and give a huge sigh.
I have one question to the people who credited the movie.
So, if you get approximatly four scenes with two of the people mentioned (two for each visionary), can they really be credited as actors in the movie!?!?!?!
I swear, I got ten second facefuls of two of my favorite directors pretty much twice during the movie.
Don't get me wrong, WSB was a good documentary, I just wish they would've spread it out more equally. It spent way too much time on the fighting big wigs at the time. I felt it set this huge goal that the directors were MILES short of.
It was kind of like when I bought Patti Smith's biography JUST KIDS. I was expecting a tale of life on the road with a rock and roll band and on what being a punk rocker poet chick would be like.
Instead I got a beautiful story of two artists in the Chelsea Hotel, surrounded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane.
In both cases, I like the story, it just wasn't what I was expecting.
So yes, if you're looking to see it, just remember you're going to get something different than described.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love Letters From Hogwarts

Dear you,

I'm in a wizard rock band, Love Wrocks (we're on Myspace and Facebook) and we submitted two songs to an awesome charity compilation Love Letters From hogwarts. All the proceeds go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It'll be on Bandcamp and maybe iTunes Feburary 8. Or you can buy a physical copy, but more on that later.
Sorry to spam you all, I just want to spread the word. And hope someone buys it besides me.
And if you don't know what wizard rock is, here is the answer to that.
Wizard rock is an incredibly silly genre of music devoted to songs involving Harry Potter in one way or another. It's incredibly stupidly fun.
It also is a fun way to promote literacy. If you wanna start a band, grab a kazoo/guitar/flute/lute/tuba/bass/drumkit/your vocal chords/mandolin and get at it!
Randi Redvines

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two Awesome Movie Reviews!

I had recently gotten four teeth pulled (ugh) and my mom let me rent some movies off of iTunse ( I do not approve dowlnoading, I was simply to lazy and in pain to go rent a movie). I got Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and the Nightmare Before Christmas.
I'm not gonig to review the Nightmare Before Christmas 'cause everybody's seen that. And if you haven't, just watch ABC around Christmas.

Corpse Bride:
I'm going to get this out of the way right now: I'm somewhat of a Tim Burton fanatic. I think he's a distracted Genius and isn't afraid to shock.
But I'd never seen Corpse Bride, a major offense  on my part, so I figured now would be the perfect time.
So the basic plot is Victor Van Dorf (Johnny Depp acing the part) is in an arranged marriage to Victoria becaus Victoria's family is broke and Victor's family.... well, I forgot. I watched it three days after the teeth in the backroom at some lame Christmas party.
So anyway, they go in for the wedding rehearsel, and Victor keeps screwing up his vows (LAWL) and Mr. Mean Priest Man (Christopher Lee in a very funny role) tells him to come back once he gets them all right. And on the way out he sets Victoria's mom's dress on fire.
So Victor goes walking through the forest, trying to get his vows right. So he comes to a clearing and says them prefectly, and slips the ring on a branch.
Only it's not a branch.
It's a beautiful dead corpse wearing a wedding dress.
Emily The Awesome Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter making my mouth drop in aweful admiration) thinks Victor just proposed to her. Victor, the ever squeamish, chooses to pass out then.
And wakes up in the Underworld.
So then this awesome dead hot jazz band tells the story in song. Basically, when Emily was alive, she fell in love with this jerk who really just wanted her money. So her dad said no and then they went to go secretly get married in the woods where Victor found her, and then mr. Jerkface killed Emily and took all her money.
Here's the song that explains it all, since I'm still working out summarizing:
So basically, stuff happens and you have to go see the rest of the movie.
It's a stunning, stop-motion, well voiced, hilarious, reverse-of-the-norm musical feature that kicks butt.

Backstory!: I found this movie because one of my awesome adult friends told me I looked like Ramona Flowers...(and now that I've seen the movie, I'm flattered) and at the time I had no clue what that meant, so I asked and she told me about the movie and in my tooth induced bordom, I picked this off the top of my head (thanks Roxanne!).
So Scott Pilgrim is actually a comic book that got converted into a movie. Michal Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star, as well as an awesome cast of other hilarious people.
This kind of takes place in a video game. But I'll give you plot before I explain that.
So Scott Pilgrim is in this band. They remind me of the Ramones with this awesome chick drummer named Kim (provides comic relief).
Scott used to date this girl named Envy Adams, the lead singer for now super band The Clash At Demonhead. But she broke up with him and devestated him, and he's never had a haircut or a girlfriend since. So now he's dating this highschooler (Scott's 22) named Knives who thinks hes a god or something like that.
And then he sees Ramona Flowers, super hot chick (hehehheheheheh) who dyes her hair every week and a half.
And he must try to date her. So they hook up. But everybody else is all like" SCOTT NO YOU CANT DATE HER SHeS OUT of youR LEAUGE!!" (exaaaaaaaaaaactly how I spelled it).
But he does. But then there's a problem.
Ramona has seven evil EXES who Scott has to defeat before he can date her.
You'll have to watch the movie to find out the rest, but whenever Scott defeats an evil ex, he gets gold coins and it feels like Super Mario, Zelda, Guitar Hero, and many other games combined into a movie of epic epicness.
So there's a lot I left out and you need to hear the Clash At Demonhead's version of Metric's Black Sheep (better than the original).
I gotta get some chocolate milk.

The Epic Start of Awesome!

Hey everyone! You probably know me already  if you're reading this, but maybe not. I'm really happy to finally be starting a blog.
What you're most likely going to find here:
Lots of Harry Potter fandom stuff (I heart wizards)
Distracted thoughts on the evoloution of music and other musical things (another passion of mine)
Anything I say goes.
See ya back here soon.
-Randi Redvines
P.S. if you don'y check back with me 'cause you think I'm lame, you don't get cookies