The Who

Let me start this by saying that, although I like The Who, it’s not one of big bands in my playlist (as in “I’m don’t think I can be called a fan yet”.) But yes, I do enjoy a lot of their songs so, although not almost peeing in my pants like they were Def Leppard, I went to their gig in Sydney. That proved to be a smart move, after all.

The show started with Dallas Crane. The description of “alternative rock” sounds perfectly for them. I got a little bit late into their show and I thought “hey, they sound like a hard-rock Beatles”, only to get a completely different type of song next and then think “They sound like The Police”. Also, unfortunately for them, it seems the audio was bad equalized and drums and the second guitar had a louder volume than the rest — so you would hear the beat taking over everything else. Really bad.

Then we had Counting Crows. Now let me be honest and say that it took me 2 songs to remember that their greatest hit was Mr. Jones. Yeah, I lost contact with them since that song. But, for some reason, all the songs they played sounded most the same (you can blame me for thinking that — I’m far away from being a fan.)

Then, them. The Who. It’s hard to imagine that, at 64 and 65, Townshend and Daltrey can have so much energy — specially Daltrey, which didn’t stop a second. Even the few minutes he could rest, he would stay in the stage and do something, like spinning, running in circles or playing tambourines. That’s one thing that, to me, seems to show how much he was enjoying being there. Not that Townshend was out of stage all the time: He also performed incredible well, with new riffs and chords for some old songs and going into length in his solos.

The playlist order was kinda strange to me. Usually, artists play their most famous songs in the end, but they played the famous ones (Baba O’Reily, Who Are You, which appeared in TV series recently) right in the beginning, leaving some less known songs in the end.

Anyhow, one night I won’t forget too soon.

The Playlist:

  • Can’t Explain
  • The Seeker
  • Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  • Fragments Of Fragments (not sure)
  • Who Are You
  • Behind Blue Eyes
  • The Relay
  • Baba O’Reily
  • Eminence Front
  • 5:15
  • Love Reign O’er Me
  • My Generation (without the lisp)
  • Cry If You Want
  • Won’t Get Fooled Again

And the encore:

  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Substitute
  • Pinball Wizard
  • See Me, Feel Me
  • Tea & Theatre

Yahoo’s 100 Movies To See Before You Die

Yahoo! released a list of 100 movies you should see before you die. So I decided to check how many I need to watch:

Yup, lot’s to watch. I can’t die yet.

W. (2008)

IMDB plot:

A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

In a movie about George W. Bush, you’d imagine that Oliver Stone would paint him as a really stupid person, incapable of adding 2 and 2. But, what you see in the movie, it’s not that.

The movie shows the history of GWB, from the early days till his presidency. And the movie paints a man that was born in a rich family, doesn’t like hard work, even with his father pressure and his fight to get over not one shadow (his father) but two (his brother, which was supposed to run to presidency instead of GWB.) And, in the end, the only bad thing in his presidency was Dick Cheney…

I think the acting was too much caricatured than the real thing. Richard Dreyfuss, playing Cheney, is really mean and greedy; Thandie Newton, as Condoleezza Rice, seems like she is more interested in flirting with men than doing politics (although, as far as I could tell from the TV, the real Rice was a very strong woman with a lust for power — not sex.) Josh Brolin, playing W., did a good work making him human and not a dumb guy from “Dumb and Dumber”, as all the rest of the crew.

So, the movie is not really a critique against George W. Bush, but to Dick Cheney.

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008)

IMDB plot:

All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they’re more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Desperate to rein in his players, Lodge injects two newbies into the distrust: a non-player character controlled by Lodge, who the power gamers immediately distrust, and the rarest gamer of all — a girl. Can the group overcome their bickering to save the kingdom, or will the evil necromancer Mort Kemnon triumph unopposed? A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery — in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys.

First thing you’ll notice is the really cheap special effects. The second thing is the poor acting. Then you’ll notice the warrior with 17 charisma.

Now, if you didn’t understand the last bit, then probably the first two points would take you away from the the movie. If you at least thought “A warrior with charisma?”, then you should watch this.

The first minutes are probably drive you away from the movie. The special effects and the “wood plank” acting looks pretty bad. Then you realize it’s a game and, although the visuals don’t improve (even with the special effects going away), the acting kinda makes sense. But, as you keep watching the movie, the RPG jokes keep flowing in and the thing really “grows” on you.

I never thought nonsense and RPG jokes would work together, but they do. Most of the time is like “I don’t believe someone would do that in a game” and, amazingly, it works pretty fine. The contrast between the munchkins and the real RPG player just makes everything funnier.

A movie for everyone that enjoys RPGing, for sure. May require some understanding of Dungeons & Dragons, though.