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Musicalish #178

A dose of the real Tyler Cassidy, before he became Fresh! Enjoy.

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Musicalish #177

Here's a post dedicated to one of the most original rap names in recent years: Froggy Fresh, AKA Krispy Kreme, AKA Tyler Cassidy. I've posted some of his music before, but here's the ones I hadn't.

The true story behind his persona was just recently put out, and as for the music: it sure has evolved! From top to bottom better, to not so good, to humble beginnings...

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Musicalish #176

A big slice of Strange in this one! Dominion. Hell yeah. And then some...

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Musicalish #175

Some more music, yeah.

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The King's Speech (2010)

The King's Speech (2010)

Here's the story of King George VI, initially the Duke of York, his speech problems, his improbable therapist, his rise to reign, and their overcoming.

It's a true story, and a simple tale, but they make the most of it. Colin Firth takes on the role of King - with a commendable stutter, and Geoffrey Rush the one and only Lionel Logue, who starts out a mere mortal but ends up closer to the throne than most. There's also Helena Bonham Carter, the Queen, and they paint a picture of the monarchy as I wish it was: passionate, compassionate, and with great responsibility.

They're a charming cast - mostly the king and his therapist, and the story itself was way more emotional than I'd expected. It starts off a bit slow, at a packed stadium, with a speech that George just cannot call forth no matter how much he wants to. There's no rush during those moments of awkward speechlessness, and both frustration and pity are clear as air, so after all the trials and tribulations with the odd, unconventional, inconvenient and sometimes totally preposterous practice methods Lionel devices, there's no greater victory than the slow, but unwavering speech the King delivers at the very end, when Great Britain has just declared war on Hitler and the world stands on the brink of war.

The entire movie prepares for that one speech, and I guess I should have prepared too, because it was a teary moment. The acting's impeccable, as are the sceneries and script. It feels authentic. It feels difficult. I started fearing I'd develop a stutter too. Wonder how easy it was for Colin to move out of the role, and speak normally? How did he do it? Did he share the fear?

There's no action, but there is tension, and drama. There's no romance, but there is affection. There's some comedy. There's character. There are nuances. I feel like seeing this I'm discovering what qualities don't exist in the ferocious; fast-paced flicks I usually do like to watch, and how they can make even a story as devoid of physical drama as this so worth watching. All the fine-tuned components that make up a good movie.

The king's speech: you really ought to hear it! It was pretty inspiring.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Next (2007)

Next (2007)

A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

That's the basis! There's fancy magic tricks, there's action, there's tricks of the trade, and time and mind, and there's a girl.

In the words of the wise: I'm a not a huge Nichalas Cage fan but... and I think the same goes for Jessica Biel. Neither's an incredible actor, but they've got the charm and intensity. They're easy in any role they get, and they play these convincingly. The CGI is crap, but it's a good story, and I like the characters.

It's the second time I watch it, and unfortunately it's one of those movies where the surprises enhance the plot, but even with the plot made clear it's not a bad movie. First time's special, though.

It's an action thriller with plenty of deja vu and romance, but not all too cheesy-like. It feels like the typical Nichalas Cage type of movie, though maybe these are just the types of movies I usually watch, and he just happens to be in a lot of them. Not bad at all.

 rated 3/5: not bad
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