Gordon Elgart

Film Review: CHAPPiE

by Gordon Elgart on March 6, 2015

I hated every character in this movie, including the stupid robot.

Chappie stars as CHAPPiE

Chappie stars as CHAPPiE

Let’s get what’s good about this movie out of the way quickly. It won’t take long. The effects are amazing. It’s incredible to think about how far we’ve come with effects, where you can watch a robot walk, talk and fight, and never for a moment think that it’s just a CGI creation. The visual effects team nailed it, and I would be absolutely OK with them winning whatever awards, or garnering any accolades, because they deserve it. Holy crap. The rest of the movie? I can’t believe I made it to the end.

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Big Data and Joywave on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Big Data and Joywave on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, in a video that has sadly been wiped from the internet.

Here’s a tough one. I have no idea if I’m a fan of Big Data or Joywave. Maybe I’m a fan of both. What I do know is that their single, “Dangerous,” has been on heavy rotation for me since the first time I heard it blasting out of my car’s speakers on Live 105. The main riff is just so driving and infectious, the wandering drums that punctuate the beats are addictive, and the vocal melody fits perfectly. So who do I actually like? Big Data or Joywave? Let’s figure that out together. [read the whole post]

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Taking any excuse to put up an image from Clash of the Titans, the 1981 original.

Our editor will take any excuse to put up an image from Clash of the Titans, the 1981 original.

Watching bands get announced for SXSW is always fun. These giant lists, featuring hundreds of bands each, get released, and if you’ve heard of a handful of them before seeing the list, you deserve a prize. So what I do is start throwing the bands that sound promising into a giant playlist, and weed these thousand-or-so bands into a few dozen. Then I add them to My Schedule on the SXSW site, and as their showcases get announced, the website sorts them by time and date for me. Thanks, website!  [read the whole post]

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Will Butler doing his day job

 

Today, Will Butler released his debut solo album, Policy. Longtime Arcade Fire fans have vastly differing opinions on the less famous Butler brother. Some think of him as a coattail rider, acting like a spaz on stage with a band with which he has no business being on stage. Others, such as myself, look at him as an important multi-instrumentalist and bringer of manic energy. His behavior in the early days was crazy, even a little scary, and I’ve always enjoyed him. What he’s done with his solo career is a surprise by any estimation. [read the whole post]

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Film Review: Focus

by Gordon Elgart on February 27, 2015

A smooth, fun star vehicle for Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus

I love a good con man movie. My favorites are The Sting, The Spanish Prisoner, House of Games, and Diggstown. Each of these movies features both the players in the film being conned as well as the audience. Focus doesn’t enter the realm of classic cinema, but it’s stylish, fun, and full of joyous reveals. Everything else I’m about to say is unnecessary exposition. Who wants to know the details of a good con?

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What’s the best music venue in San Francisco? Ask this question in a crowd of concert junkies, and everyone will have a different answer. Then mention Swedish American Hall to them, and you’ll probably hear something like “Oh that place was so great!” And it was, it is, and will continue to be, as the fine folks at Noise Pop have taken over events curation there, and will be bringing their taste to what was always the most tasteful place for music in the entire city. This is like a euphoria of tastefulness. And last night’s kickoff event with Ben Gibbard and Zach Rogue was just the beginning. [read the whole post]

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Film Review: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

February 20, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNJ-UxlKXGY

Did everyone writing this go back in time to when they were nine years’ old? Comedy sequels always suck. Like a sketch being brought back on Saturday Night Live, they use the same catch phrases, the same jokes, and oftentimes even the same plot. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is no exception, in that it sucks, but […]

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 13, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D-dkRWBaco

What if you took all the story beats from a James Bond movie and turned them up to 11? When Casino Royale was being advertised a few years ago, the tagline often being used was “This is not your father’s James Bond.” Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class, Layer Cake, Kick […]

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Film Review: Seventh Son

February 6, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXiNkOjM7oM

Looked good on the drawing board; looks terrible up on the screen. When a movie is supposed to be released in February, you worry a bit about the quality. The best movies don’t usually come out in the dumping grounds of January and February. When a movie is supposed to come out in February of […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 1/22/2015 – 1/28/2015

January 22, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q74TyTUrTo

The nerds of San Francisco have some incredibly tough choices to make this week when it comes to their live entertainment. They could be comedy nerds, seeing all of what SF Sketchfest has to offer. Perhaps they’re film nerds, and they’ll be spending the week at The Castro Theater for Noir City. But what of the […]

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