Two hours and twenty nine minutes of crazy! Gone Girl is one of the better films for the American cinema. It's edgy, soft and powerful. I can't wait to read the novel. I first learned about this movie from briefly watching an interview on a cable channel. Seeing Tyler Perry in the same frame with Ben Affleck struck my interest and the way he spoke about this film also gave me curiosity.
How much of this film is actually true, I may never know. I will admit it drew parallel to fears I have about myself in my womanhood, being married and in love. Seeing this woman plot against a man who allegedly cheated and "abused" her was excruciating. I didn't know who I wanted to survive by the end of it. It was a great depiction, every actor brought their A game for this film. I was ecstatic to read Reese Witherspoon produced this film. GONE GIRL!
Seriously, this work questioned the way I view relationships on alot of levels. Seeing where I am emotionally I could be an Amazing Amy if I just scrolled a little bit more through social media to stalk boys. Watch this movie and talk about it with your friends. See who wins.
As we reach the middle of 2015, so many things have surfaced to pop culture. From gender identity, ISIS operations, plastic surgery and Bluebell ice cream recalls one could say this is a year of a different drum. Some years in pop culture seem obscure while others seem like just a blip away. How far have we come? Have we even made a distance? Who the fuck knows, but here are a few things to note:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Whether you have a life or you're extremely anti-social you should take a few hours and indulge in Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a great comedic gem about a sheltered woman who finds her voice while living in New York. Ellie Kempner and Titus Burgess deliver hilarity at an all time high. Tina Fey is still grooving and I'm glad she's still making great work.
Reality television is something I love and despise all in the same breath. I love it for obvious reasons, over the top plots, the weird camera angles and scripted yet non-scripted monologues. Lately I've found myself really enjoying VH1's new series, "Barely Famous". The Foster sisters are a crazy duo who take on Hollywood one free Birkin at a time.
Music this year has been interesting, with SXSW come and gone I haven't found myself to cling to any noteworthy albums. But here are a few honorable mentions thus far:
Party Supplies and Bronsolino do it again in their masterpiece entitled, "Mr. Wonderful" . If you're into gourmet meals and rap this is your album. Cohesion at its finest.
Sremmlife gives a glimpse of the millennial rap that is coming of age. Swae and Slim crank some jams on this album to get you from the club to the gym and on to a new THOT. Who knew Mississippi had more out there?
I've read this shit and heard it a hundred times, but somehow you can't resist it. Mr. Graham keeps that mixtape juice flowing as this is his 4th one. I'm happy he still gives to the EP crowd a very good move by the OVO family.
More importantly, I'm anticipating the release of R8. Which I hope drops soon because summer is coming and if I'm still being force-fed this kinda rap I might as well be a thot in real life.
On the virtual wave, I have found many things of pleasure. My most prized meme at the moment is Pepe. Pepe is a frog of many identities who comes in and takes the lives of plebs and internet trolls. I love him and bless those who keep his image alive in a good way.
As a young Texas woman who loves female art, its no suprise I enjoy Beyonce's talents. I may not agree with every image she portrays or sing every song but I have a special place for this woman in my heart of art.
When I indulge into the deeper international political realms of art, a female group named Pussy Riot is found. This is where I found my joy, looking at these women demonstrate their views on religion and society in Russia. How amazing was the Pussy Riot documentary?
I did recognize a few similar things in the structure of Pussy Riot and Beyonce. Pussy Riot, who wears a mask while performing to cover their identity to PROTECT themselves (allegedly) from officials while Beyonce choses to wear her mask for......? As the story of Pussy Riot came to buzz around 2012 the word feminist wasn't really being thrown around just yet to America. Could one say Beyonce is riding the Pussy Riot wave? Is she showing her allegiance to the army of womens rights? If so, I think shes got to go further aesthetically.
The year is almost over and what a time it has been! So much has been created and looking forward to seeing things expand next year. I heard alot of great music this year and saw quite a bit of art that has inspired me. I would like to thank every artist who creates from their heart to give to the people.
Moving on, the waves of the year have been very interesting to say the least. I have found that my taste in music has changed, I tried my hardest to pinpoint the moments as to where or what triggered it or the sounds I heard to make me even consider indulging in a "new wave".
One song in particular that stuck out to me is "I'm so Pretty" by Chargaux, a string duo that hails from New York City. Their music is nothing like any female artists you've heard, period. They play their string instruments over the most intriguing beats ever. "I'm so pretty" is a gem to me because the message is simple yet the instrumentation is "space"-esque. I hate to use the word futuristic because how much further can we sound in 2014? "I'm so pretty" is really beyond its time.
Another artist that swept me off of my gotdamn headphone was Yung Jake. Had it not been for my friend Sharla Hammond telling me about this guy (google her she's amazing) I don't think I would even have the motivation to blog. Yung Jake appeared to me as a youtube sensation guy, I was really intrigued by his "cyber effects" and his flow. If you have a chance to see him, do not miss it. He's definitely new new wave.
Over time this year I reached a new type of music through searching Soundcloud. I found myself using this site more and more, lurking through likes and reposts of some of my favorite artists. Here are a few EP's I found that are note worthy:
Cities Aviv - Black Pleasure (Memphis is doing major shit right now)
Buscabulla - Sonosonar Mixtape (Puerto Rico is popping it out on the drums)
Travis $cott - Days Before Rodeo (Tell me who's hotter)
Dreams West (This nigga is 2078 AD and has no idea)
Rosewood Theives - Enter the Terrordome (Houston's REAL southern rap group)
Another tape that had me really excited about music was the Underground Cassette Tape Music Mixtape hosted by Gangster Boo (Memphis) and BeatKing (Houston). This tape was an instant classic to me, just by the way of production and content. Ms. Boo kept very elegantly trill on this tape while BeatKing respresented the epitome of H-town rap culture. It was super cohesive. Word to Speakerfoxx in Atlanta, Brodinski and everyone who was apart of that piece.
I want to also leave you with one of the lastest bands that have taken my ears, Mr. Twin Sister. I first discovered this band a few years back as "Twin Sister" on a youtube reference and liked their work then. Their latest work which is their self titled album, is phenomenial.
Lastly, I want to express my many thanks again to everyone in the world creating. It is very important to make things because of the wave of impression. I guarantee that these artists listed here on my blog will continue to make better waves for culture and society. But those impressions are only as big as the idea within the creator. Originality is recognized by those who understand what has been done and what they have not seen. Inspiration occurs to me when my ideas are concreted by arts that are similar to my theories. From my theories, one can truly say that there is a future beyond what we think exsists and it's up to the individual to find the truth.
Some mainstream artists have done a great job in giving light to the artists who are being innovative. I hope mainstream artists continue to credit the underground for their doing to inspire them and pay! Ownership and creative control is becoming more necessary with the internet age. People can now take what you have done and reciprocate it in an even faster way. Protection in your work can only go so far in the virtual world until you're physically confronted with flattery or just copying style.
In 2015, let the waves continue and as we look to the present.