Deadpool Review

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Deadpool – Action/Comedy                                                              (9/10)

 

This movie is the best Marvel movie to come out in quite some time, Captain America Civil War included. Despite being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (albeit in the Sony version without the Avengers and focusing more on the mutants and X-men), this movie is not for children due to over-exaggerated violence and profane language. Any adults that find themselves drawn to Marvel movies should definitely give this a watch. The story line is non-linear most of the movie, flashbacks and background exposition in a quite entertaining way. Unlike Suicide Squad, the exposition is made in a comedic and tasteful way.

The main character, Wade Wilson, known as Deadpool later in the movie, is quite an in-depth and deep character. He still makes poop jokes and is childish, but in a very adult and mature way. His depth isn’t cheapened by his quips and in some ways his jokes are what makes his character so unique.

The other characters are portrayed in relation to Deadpool, but not in a way that makes them 2 dimensional flat characters. Each character has a different and distinct personality that gives them, while not each having their own story arch, their own character development. The characters interact with Deadpool and each other in a very authentic way that has a fair bit of realism that draws you into the story naturally.

With a wink to the audience, the dialogue and humor makes this movie quite a unique and a must watch. The violent scenes are completely over the top with their brutality and gore, similar to Quentin Tarantino’s films, but in a way that is comedic and not as harsh and serious as you might expect. With every shot of a gun, Deadpool manages to portray the violence as an extension of both his proficiency with weapons and the comedic nature of his character making it quite spectacular, if you can handle a fair amount of gore.

I would say this movie is a must see for anyone that wants a refreshing new look on action movies with a heavy emphasis on comedy (unlike the other X-men movies from this cannon). For those who have read any Deadpool comics (such as myself) this movie is an absolute dream. Deadpool with all his quirks, forth wall breaking, bad to the bone, anti hero has come alive from the comic books in full cinematic glory.

All and all I give Deadpool a nine out of ten, a must see masterpiece (at least by now-a-day standards). Definitely worth your time if you are an action or Marvel fan and I would say still worth your time if you are not one. I highly recommend renting and seeing the movie yourself.

 

-Nigel Smikle

 

Prince Catalogue

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At Bedrock, we are all very saddened by the passing of the monumental musician Prince. Both an exceptional songwriter and virtuoso of the guitar, as well as many other instruments, Prince leaves quite a vacancy in his absence from the world. Primarily known for the electrifying performances of his live shows, the artist leaves behind the residue of his recorded catalog, which is full of idiosyncrasies, brilliant creativity, and fun. Upon Prince’s death many of our customers have expressed interest in familiarized themselves with Prince’s work, a daunting task considering that he was consistently releasing material for almost forty years (not to mention the colossal amount of unreleased work). Part of the joy of going through Prince’s catalogue is that it’s all actually exceptional and worth hearing (assuming you are a Prince fan). At Bedrock we are committed to hunting down as much of the Prince catalogue as is available and presenting it to you for you consumption.

A good place to start is the three CD set The Hits/B sides. The album is comprised of two discs worth of hit singles (some of which do not appear on any other albums) and a disc of B-sides that are very compelling and aren’t available anywhere else. This CD is a great introduction to Prince’s world and contains essential tracks, which are exclusive to this release.

If a listener is hoping to get a little deeper into Princes music I suggest that the start combing through Prince’s iconic 80’s releases. Check out Dirty Mind, Controvery, 1999, and Purple Rain. These are the most commercial albums and cemented Princes reputation as an ingenious innovator.

After getting the classics go back to the beginning where it all started in the 70’s with Prince’s first two albums For You and Prince, fantastic releases in themselves despite the fact that Prince is still in a state of becoming.

Next fill out the rest of the 80’s and early 90’s with classics that that Prince made while already established as an artist to watch. Start with the masterpiece Sign “O” The Times (a digestible double album). Get Parade, Diamonds and Pearls, The symbol album from when he changed his name. Also try and grab the epic albums Emancipation and Crystal Ball, both whopping three disc albums without a dull moment on them. Crystal Ball is particularly notable for the superb fourth bonus disc it comes with, The Truth.

Once you’ve rounded out your classic Prince add some of his more contemporary work. Check out The Rainbow Children, Musicology, 3121, and finally obtain the most recent Prince releases Hit ‘n’ Run Phases 1&2, a fitting finale to a rich full career.

Prince has an exceptional and lengthy catalogue but hopefully one can wade their way through the immense quantity of material and discover the greatness in this artist. The one’s I have mentioned are just an introduction and any other Prince albums not included in this write up are not bad albums by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just hard to digest such an enormous output of material all at once.

Painting With – Animal Collective

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Animal Collective’s new album Painting With is a triumph. For those familiar with the group, Painting With will come across as a more urban feeling version of the band’s classic effort Merriweather Post Pavilion (a more pastoral affair). Part of the reason for this distinction between urban and pastoral comes with the subject matter of the respective albums. For instance, Merriweather Post Pavilion takes it’s name form an outdoor concert venue in Maryland. The album is about being outside with friends and the interrelationship of egos in nature. Painting With, on the other hand, is concerned with the more synthetic project of art, for example painting. The tour that Animal Collective is undergoing now boasts an incredible set design in which the stage and musicians are constructed to resemble a painting in the modernist style. It is a visually stunning event as well as an auditory one.

What becomes of interest in Painting With is the relationship of art objects (synthetic things) to viewers. Indeed, it seems these synthetic things have a natural relationship to the viewer as well despite being objects of construction. It follows that synthetic objects like art have a real place in the natural ecosystem despite being removed from it and can consequently effect the environment external to it. That’s why the album is called Painting With, because the painting is painting with the viewer reminiscent of the ideas of John Dewey’s Art as Experience.

The album is very much concerned with the ecosystem. References to dinosaurs evoke a fear of extinction and our own-shared experience fading into the past. There is also reference to episodic experience felt in serial formats like television and pop music. “Recycling” closes the album, pleading with the viewer to do all that can be done to preserve this experience. For Animal Collective it seems as though art as an aesthetic object can be employed to preserve the greater object it is encompassed in, nature. Have an aesthetic experience with the object today either on Vinyl or CD at Bedrock. We also encourage you to experience Animal Collective live. Preserve the experience!

 

-Benjamin Westfall

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New Releases 3/29/2016

New this week at Bedrock:

Concussion: Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world. With captivating performances by Alec Baldwin and Academy Award® nominee Albert Brooks (1987 Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast News).

The Hateful Eight: During a post-Civil War Wyoming winter, a stagecoach bearing a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), his foul-mouthed prize (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an ex-Union officer (Samuel L. Jackson) and a lawman (Walton Goggins) makes it’s way towards Red Rock. The worsening snows force them to shelter at a general store occupied by a caretaker (Demian Bichir), a cowboy (Michael Madsen), Red Rock’s hangman (Tim Roth), and an aged Confederate general (Bruce Dern). As the blizzard traps them within─possibly with no escape─resentments, greed, and hidden agendas emerge that might destroy them before the elements do, in Quentin Tarantino’s moody and stylish sagebrusher.

New Releases 3/9/2015

New this week at Bedrock:

In the Heart of the Sea – In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

The Peanuts Movie – Dream big and laugh along with good ol Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang as you ve never seen them before in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure that proves every underdog has his day!

New Releases 2/23/2016

The Good Dinosaur – From the innovative minds of Disney-Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be. This film asks the question: what if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

Racing Extinction – Academy Award-winning filmmakers expose the forces that are leading our planet to it’s next mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. A never-before-seen view of an international wildlife trade, operating in the shadows, reveals how creatures that have survived for millions of years may be wiped from Earth in our lifetime.

Spotlight – Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams lead a critically acclaimed cast in this gripping true story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered a scandal that rocked one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Delving into allegations of child abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese, a tenacious team of Boston Globe reporters exposes a decades-long cover-up that reaches the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment.

Girls Season 4

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Bedrock is pleased to add the fourth season of the HBO television series Girls to our DVD collection. The Show does a fantastic job of capturing what it’s like to be young and out of college in New York City in our contemporary period. Besides the question of how any of these individuals can afford to pay rent in New York, the show does a positive job of exploring the struggle of coming to grips with adulthood and the limitations adult life can bring after the seemingly endless possibility of college.

The season starts with the protagonist Hannah moving to Iowa for a graduate school writing program. While initially the program seems like a good move, Hannah ultimately feels suffocated by the program and must face her limitations as a writer. In the end, she leaves the program and moves back to New York only to find that her boyfriend has moved on to date an interesting, attractive experimental artist. The fault of the show lies in its very appeal. These characters can never really grow up or the show will be over. If Hannah were real it would be quite disappointing to watch her fail at Grad School to return to what’s familiar, but as a viewer one has the expectation that Hannah will stay in New York. If she didn’t, comedy would not ensue. Iowa was an amusing detour, but we need the interactions of all the characters in the epicenter of culture. The interactions the characters have with Hannah’s ex-boyfriend’s, Adam, girlfriend Mimi-Rose at her performance art show are priceless! It captures the ambitions of creative young people to be cultured, compelling, interesting members of society juxtaposed with the reality of how the majority of people (like Hannah) are weirded out and made uncomfortable by those very things that would give them that cultural validation that they are so desperately trying to grasp while grappling with adulthood.

It is also quite amazing to watch the character Shoshanna interview for jobs after graduating college. Her commentary on the process is quite amusing. Lucky for her she is offered a job in Tokyo because the person who currently holds the position is bi-polar and the company is going to let them go, “on their next manic upswing”. The possibilities are limitless for the mentally stable twenty something with a college degree in New York.

Girls is not for everyone. The show has a tendency to stress the awkward factor that some find uncomfortable or tedious. If you’ve ever been to New York though, and are wondering what has happened to the place and the new generation of college educated girls who inhabit it, you might want to give the show a try. See what’s new on the landscape. Bedrock has seasons 1 through 4 so you can start from the beginning!

 

-Benjamin Westfall