How To Get Away With Murder…Or…My Newest Obsession.

Ok, let’s just get right into to. If you haven’t already seen the pilot episode, then stop right here. This will only be for people who have seen it and who want to discuss spoilers, or theories on what’s gonna come ahead during the season.

My goal is to post one of these every Thursday night during the airing of HTGAWM and post comments and tweets and my instant reactions as a sort of liveblog.

So, if ya ready, le’ go…

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Saw Amazing Spiderman 2….

On a pop culture movie note, I saw spider man 2 today.

My review was….meh. I was kinda bored even with the special effects and junk.

I really only saw it because I wanted to see if it followed the comic book plotline.

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It follows comic book storyline…

 

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Comic Book Movie Sequels…Second Better Than First

Watching X-Men 2: X-Men United and realizing it really was the best of the original trilogy. Best all around storyline, best use of key character powers and also pretty much action packed and good pace.

Is it just me, but does it seem like the 2nd movie in comic book film trilogies seem to always be the best? Even though the first movies are awesome, there is so much explaining having to be done so that audiences who are not familiar with the comic book lore can be introduced to the characters, that sometimes it loses a lil bit. The one film trilogy that IMHO seems to have started strong is Superman I, but all in all, I’d probably talke Superman II over I (“Kneel Before Zod”!).

So anyone agree? Was X2 better than X1 and X3? Was Superman I better than Superman II, and III/IV? Wasn’t Ironman 2 better than Ironman 1, 2, 3 (actually, I prerfer the original Ironman more than 2 or 3)? Was Spiderman 2 (Toby McGuire Mix) better than Spiderman 1?ImageImageImageImage

Mic Check Ya’ll And Ya Don’t Stop…GRAMMYs RAP Category…

GRAMMYs BEST RAP CATEGORIES

So I’ll admit, I’m NOT on it when it comes to the RAP categories.  I haven’t bought a whole rap album since, IDK, Kanye West’s Late Registration (and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even buy the COMPLETE album).  So aside from the occasional single that I overhear on my pop station or my morning drive into work (when I didn’t live 5 min away).  So I’ll admit, I’m not to up on the rap category, but I have heard all of the nominees for BEST RAP PERFORMANCE and I have at the very least heard a good bit of all the albums nominated for BEST RAP ALBUM.  So take what I say with a grain of salt.  I KNOW nothing…

So first up: BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

Nominees are Drake – Started From The Bottom, Eminem – Berserk, Jay Z – Tom Ford, Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank), Mackelmore & Lewis – Thriftshop.

The only song I haven’t actually heard is “Berserk” by Eminem.  Unlike in the past, none of Eminem’s songs have grabbed my attention lately, I kinda like “Monster” with Rihanna, but still, it’s not “Love The Way You Lie”… so…bleh.  I admit, I’ve only heard Kendrick Lamar when I’m changing stations from the Urban Contemporary station to one of the Pop stations.  But I know people LOVE Kendrick Lamar, and I know that the critics LOVE Kendrick Lamar as much as the music fans do.  I won’t even lie, I like the melody/beat for “Tom Ford” since the beginning.  Of all the whole song list of “Magna Carta”, I only really like and remember “Tom Ford”.   “Holy Grail” is just a throw-away joint I think used because Jay z was on JT’s 20/20 album for “Suit and Tie” and feeling like it was a “contractual” obligation than some big time collabo.  Finally, there is “Thriftshop” by Macklemore and Lewis is def a pop hit, and catchy as hell and yes Macklemore is a rapper, but in this field and with these RAP heavyweights, Macklemore just seems as flaky as cotton candy to me and this award should go to a true RAP performing MC, but I can actually see Macklemore winning this one, but my personal pick is “Tom Ford”, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kendrick Lamar.

Next up: BEST RAP ALBUM

Nominees: Drake – Nothing Was The Same, Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore & Lewis – The Heist, Kanye West – Yeezus.

I’ll be completely honest here, I could care less who wins this, but I’ll admit to being a little peeved if Macklemore wins this award above Kendrick Lamar or Drake or even Kanye West.  Yes Macklemore had a great year, but the BEST RAP ALBUM …naw, I just don’t see it.  My pic would be one of the three I mentioned, but I totally wouldn’t put it past the Academy to vote for Macklemore for the “message” of his music.

So what say you peeps, who are you looking forward to winning in the RAP categories?  Who are you mad wasn’t nominated, who do you absolutely hope doesn’t win…

Just Let Your Soul Glow…GRAMMY 2014 R&B Nominees

So let get into it then.  So many categories, so little time. So I’m gonna just focus on the big categories as I see them.  Most of them should be televised, but some may not but who cares, I knows what I knows so I’m just gonna pick and choose categories I’m interesting in and maybe throw a bone to the BIG categories.  Sooo, hereeeeee we go…

To get ya caught up on the BIG categories, here is a “play at home” ballot you can peruse… Grammys Ballot 2014: Play at home.

Let’s work our way up…First up R&B categories.  So there are like 5 big categories for R&B.  Only maybe one of the five is actually televised, and I think it’ll be the BEST R&B PERFORMANCE or maybe BEST R&B ALBUM.

First: BEST R&B ALBUM (not sure if this one will be televised)

So I like R&B music, but I freely admit that I really have no skin in the game in this category. I love all the artist, but IMHO, for at least 3 of em, I would say it’s not even their BEST album. If I had to choose, I’d chose Chrisette Michele, one cause I love CM, two cause IMHO, Girl On Fire is Alicia Key’s WEAKEST album to date and the only saving grace is the Maxwell collabo “Fire We Make” (and actually he could have done it without her). Faith Evans and John Legend both have had BETTER albums. Let’s not even talk about TGT. R&B “Supergroups” should have ended with LSG, I’m just sayin’. My pick: Chrisette Michele. My sister Robin’s pick…same.

Next up: BEST R&B PERFORMANCE (I think this one will be televised for sure, it has the R&B girl of the moment, and my pick for winner, Tamar Braxton. Tamar is nominated for “Love and War” The other big name in this category is Miguel for “How Many Drinks”.  Miguel actually won last year and How Many Drinks is from the same album I believer.  My money is on Tamar to take this one for sure.

So check out the other R&B categories here at the next link, and tell me what your picks are for Best in R&B from last year, even if it’s NOT on the official nomination list.

GRAMMY R&B Nominations

Who Do You Love….Time For The GRAMMY Awards…..The “Biggest Night In Music”

Alright, it’s GRAMMY time.  Tomorrow, Sunday January 26 at 7pm (CST) on CBS the 56th Annual GRAMMYs Awards happens.  As usual the telecast will NOT feature all of the actual awards, because, 1) there are just too many of them and 2) I guess the GRAMMY Academy assumes (correctly I think) believe that the viewing public aren’t interested in hearing who won the GRAMMY for BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM.  Although,  you should care cause my home town NOLA is representin’ with the Hot 8 Brass Band, nominated in this category! GEAUX HOT 8!!!).

So, the telecast nowadays actually only broadcast only about 20 of the BIG categories like ALBUM OF THE YEAR, RECORD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST POP VOCAL, BEST R&B…and so on.  The remainder of the telecast is “out the box” performances and duets “you’ll never see anywhere else”…or whatever.  To be honest, the GRAMMYs of late have been meh when it comes to performance anyways, rare are the days of true show-stopping performances   Quick name the first GRAMMY show-stopping performance that comes to your mind in the last 10 years….don’t google, just off the top of your head…name it?  Hard ain’t it?  Of late, the GRAMMY performances are interesting as they happen, but rarely are they epic enough to actually instantly recall them.

So if ya know me, then you know I love all things music.  I have a very eclectic taste in music.  I’m primarily an R&B girl, but I’m also down with pop, pop rock and top 40…blame it on my morning drive to and from work for 7 years in DFW.  My commute wasn’t long, but it wasn’t short, so I had a lot of exposure to top 40.  Plus you kinda have to play Top 40 stations if you work in a “multicultural” workplace.  Now there is some music I just DO NOT listen to (country music for one) so no dawg you ain’t gonna get nothing from me on country music, but you do get the pleasure of my expertise on any of the actual categories I know a little bit about…lol.

So let’s get it in, to get you ready for the upcoming posts, check out this link from the GRAMMY website with the complete nominees list.

GRAMMY Nominees List