In Edgar Wright’s exhilarating genre pastiche Baby Driver, lanes of traffic become dance floors for swerving vehicles, gunshots ring out like bebop punctuation, and even the tough-guy patter has a musical quality, a rat-a-tat rhythm. Wright, the director of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and a couple other peerless laugh riots, has crammed a jukebox musical under the hood of a gearhead crime caper. His clever hook: The movie’s hero, an underworld wheelman played by Ansel Elgort, has a lifelong case of tinnitus, and he drowns out the high-pitched whine by flooding his damaged eardrums with music, a constant stream of good vibrations piped in from the candy-colored iPods he keeps in his pockets. Wright has always had a movie like this in him, and not just because he’s been dreaming about it since the ’90s. Up until now, the filmmaker has used his supreme technical prowess mostly for the purpose of jokes, scoring big laughs through crack timing—the quick cut to … [Read more...] about Edgar Wright drifts out of comedy and into the crime-musical bliss of
Pipe dream musical
In this edition of CNET Member Asks, we're dealing with an important subject and an interesting twist of fate. This week we are combining two member-submitted questions on the same subject, both from guys named Rick. Rick A. is from West Milton, Ohio. Rick T. is from an area outside of Louisville, Kentucky.Both have the same problem. They both live in rural areas, which leaves them with no reliable or fast connection to the internet. In fact, more than half of all rural Americans deal with this problem. Both Ricks sound pretty fed up -- rightfully so, in my opinion. Somehow this "Rick telepathy" led them to submit similar questions. So without further ado, here's what they had to say:"I live in a rural area of Ohio where cable service is not available and DSL service is extremely slow (1Mbps). I would like to reliably stream Netflix or another TV service. Satellite internet (HughesNet) is very expensive and reduces throughput to 2Mbps when you hit your data cap of 10/20/30/50GB (the … [Read more...] about CNET Member Asks: What’s the best way to get online in rural areas?
Power Hour creates one tight 60-minute set from a musician’s discography or a genre, picking both big hits and deeper cuts. Guided By Voices packs more musical ideas into a single album than most bands do into their entire careers, and it does it the old-fashioned way: by keeping them short. Led by the compulsively prolific Robert Pollard, the Dayton, Ohio-bred group rarely breaks the two-minute mark—three minutes would be edging toward proggy self-indulgence—in its sharp, jagged nuggets of British Invasion-indebted power pop and shambolic garage rock. Most of these feel like the bursts of late-night inspiration that they are. Kicking off with the clunk of a four-track hitting record, buried under tape hiss and lo-fi reverb effects, Pollard’s tunes stride in, bang out their bright and shiny hooks, then get out while the gettin’ is good, leaving room for two dozen tracks on a single record and a catalog of songs that numbers in the thousands. To honor … [Read more...] about Shotgun 60 Guided By Voices songs in just 60 minutes
Drew Magary’s Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Email Drew here. Buy his book here. You know, there are a lot of emotions you can feel when you’re watching Patrick Mahomes play football: joy, excitement, mild horniness, perhaps a touch of wistfulness that he’s not YOUR quarterback, and such and such. But the overriding sensation I’ve gotten while watching Mahomes and the Chiefs barnstorm through the first half of the league schedule has been bafflement, as in: How in the fuck did THIS man last until 10th in the draft? How did nine teams whiff this badly on what appears to be the most important new talent the NFL has seen in over a decade? Because Mahomes’s strengths were already evident well before he was drafted. He’s 6-foot-3. He can throw the ball out of the stadium, and he can do it on the move. He ran a 4.8 40 at the combine. He has a photographic memory when it comes to learning an offense. … [Read more...] about How The Fuck Did So Many Teams Pass On Patrick Mahomes?
We open in a fucking airport. A fucking AIRPORT!!! Of course Love Actually, the apex of cynically vacant faux-motional cash-grab garbage cinema would hang its BIG METAPHOR on the bleak, empathy-stripped cathedral of turgid bureaucracy known as "the airport." Of course. And then, of course, Hugh Grant's voice pipes in to tell us how inspiring and magical the airport is, because when you're at the airport you can't help but notice that "love actually IS all around." THE FUCKING AIRPORT!!!!! If that's not the epitome of unexamined privilege—declaring that the airport is your favorite place—then I don't know what is. Welcome to Love Actually. Bill Nighy and his technicolor dream-blouse are in the studio recording a shitty, vapid Christmas song in hopes of squeezing a few dollars out of idiots who will pay for any tatty garbage as long as it has a celebrity's name attached (way better metaphor for your movie than "the airport," BTW!). Bill Nighy keeps ruining perfectly good … [Read more...] about I Rewatched