Friday, May 31, 2013

meat, potatoes and stuff.... episode 60 of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is ready to eat!

The 60th episode of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is uploaded and now available through iTunes, Talkshoe, Stitcher Radio and streaming LIVE right here!

This felt like a good show, but I apologize in advance if I offend you. Topics this week include: fast food vs. weight loss, the history of relationships and my favorite books as a child. It's a meaty episode and a fun one.... ENJOY!

Songs played this week are all from the band Motionless!:

1) Frustration Alibi

2) Melody

3) Destination Moon (acoustic)

4) Anyone

5) Stay

6) How To Lose A Friend

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's Friday and time for another weekly dose of 'Kpants'....

The 59th episode of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is uploaded and now available through iTunes, Talkshoe, Stitcher Radio and streaming LIVE right here!

An upbeat, yet somber episode this week. It's an odd one indeed. This weeks topics include: tornadoes, being 19 and the loss of time and memories. Listen and I hope you ENJOY!

Songs played this week:

1) Bottle Of Beer by Bad Pharmer

2) To Make Things Worse by Motionless

3) Silent Night by Andrew Abaria

4) I Tried Coke by The Banditos

5) Blood Rum by The Associated Press

6) Close Encounters by Bankrupt

Friday, May 17, 2013

episode 58 of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is jam-packed full of awesomeness!

The 58th episode of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is uploaded and now available through iTunes, Talkshoe, Stitcher Radio and streaming LIVE right here!

This week, on The Kpants: A jam packed episode of amazing music and some jibber jabber. My topics include: fear of failure and fear of success, my new internets, being a science nerd and nostalgia. This is pretty epic, while still being simplistic. It's a keeper, ENJOY!

Songs played this week are all by Tetrastar:

1) Handlebars originally by Flobots

2) Skullcrusher Mountain originally by Jonathan Coulton

3) Rainbow In The Dark originally by Dio

4) Such Great Heights originally by The Postal Service

5) 4 Chord Song originally by The Axis Of Awesome

6) Float On originally by Modest Mouse

Friday, May 10, 2013

'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' version 2.0 is here....! (but not perfected yet.)

The 57th episode of 'The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour' is uploaded and now available through iTunes, Talkshoe, Stitcher Radio and streaming LIVE right here!

The Kpants is now version 2.0! The wait is over and I hope it was worth it. There are still several bugs to work out, but it will only get better. This weeks topics include: garage sales vs. flea markets, telling people how you feel and why I LOVED 1993. It's almost a perfectly timed hour of power. Dig in and ENJOY!

Songs played this week:

1) White Collar Worker by The Mobbs

2) Against The Sun by Eggstone

3) Hey Kate! by The Fire Apes

4) Why I Don't Like August 93 by Elevator To Hell

5) Now Or Never by I Plead Irony

6) Satisfied by 8Stops7

Thursday, May 9, 2013

my thoughts on.... 'Sinister'

Sorry it's been so long since I've written a review, but life seems to have caught up with me. I hope this is a small repayment on a larger investment. Anyway....

Being an old school horror guy, who's been in love with monsters since he was a kid, it's hard for me to feel a scare anymore. It's nice to have that rush every once in a while. 'Sinister' started out with the real potential to be something great. The opening sequence is disturbing, unsettling and generally kind of creepy. What happens for the next 45 minutes after that is also pretty damn frightening. However, at the end of the day.... the payoff just wasn't there. It was yet another horror movie with a great premise and great promise, that seemed to have the writer's lose their train of thought at the end. We've all been in this same situation. I can't tell you how many times I've come up with a fantastic idea for a story and the more I try and flush it out, the less and less fantastic the story becomes. It's as if the producers of this movie only heard the basic concept and didn't take time to hear the whole treatment. This would be one of those times where I wish that a director would take over a movie from another director and re-do his ending, rather than remake another movie that may or many not need a remake. Not that I'm against remakes per say, I'm just tired of watching something and loving it up until the end, only to feel cheated.

What makes this movie interesting, is the back story of the main character and the motives of the killer. Ethan Hawke does a great job, as usual, of playing a writer who'e haunted by the books he writes. He infiltrates the headspace of serial killers and writes books about them and the murders they committed. Sometimes he gets so involved that it causes him to have to move several times and is costing him his marriage and family. Soon, his mind seems to be starting to go too. As he begins work on his new book, we find him moving in to yet another home. What his family doesn't realize is, that this is the house where the last murders took place in his book. Nobody in town wants him living there or in their town and his kids aren't too keen on it either. Soon, he discovers a box of old films and a projector in the attic. Unable to help himself, he begins watching the films. What ends up being on the films are the murders of each family he's writing about. It's almost as if he's being fed information by the killer himself. As he continues watching the films, he starts noticing a figure that seems to show up at each murder site. This plummets him into the mouth of madness and just as everything seems to be falling apart.... we find out the true story behind Mr. Boogie and the murders contained on each film. I just can't say you'll care.

I keep thinking about the ending of this movie and trying to justify what I saw. Sadly, the killer who made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, turns into something far less frightening. The special effects go from disturbing to just plain silly. Ethan Hawke continues to try and sell what you're seeing, but it's just so far fetched and "green screened" that you never regain the fear you had in the beginning. I feel that this is a solid 3 out of 5 star outing. I still want to give it 4, but the way it all wrapped up was just too far fetched and far from the original concept. Why oh why did they have to poop on the finale? If the Bluray has an alternate ending on it, I'd love to see it. Maybe it sheds a better light on things?

My final thoughts are this: The individual 16 mm home movies of each killing, are pretty intense. I've seen far worse, but for a standard Hollywood horror flick, they are better than average and far more disturbing. The killer is fairly scary looking. Anymore, it's hard to come up with something we've never seen before and Mr. Boogie seems to fit that bill. Finally, I've said this many times before about many different movies.... turn this one off about 20 - 30 minutes from the ending. Your guideline on when to stop, is somewhere around when the backwards walking kids start showing up. I have no freaking clue who thought it was a good idea to have the kids filmed backwards and they played forwards, as a device to make them more creepy. Perhaps they took a cue from all of the J-horror flicks out there, but that's not exactly what they're doing and that's not what the J-horror directors were intending. It just comes off as stupid. The whole 5 - 7 minute montage of the kids moving all around Ethan's character, is supposed to be scary. The end result is anything but that. It comes off more as a joke. An unintentional joke.

Anyway, that's it! If you have some spare time, you could do far worse than 'Sinister'. It really reminds me of another set of let down of a good start movies, 'Insidious' and 'Dead Silence'. (both of which were done by James Wan.) Just check your brain at the door, turn off the lights and drink heavily. Perhaps by they time the kids start moving strangely, so will your brain and your vision and you can see past the crap that follows. ENJOY responsibly.