Network 2015

A minimal recap of the noise.

J. Cole on David Letterman, performs Be Free. This was such an amazing performance. Here’s the Straight Outta Compton (Trailer). Better Call Saul is the prequel Breaking Bad deserves. What made the first episode so great was how Saul was portrayed as someone who had very little, but found ways to get things done.

Hooks - Alerts for Everything App: This is a new app that I’ve been using a lot lately. When a new movie is released that is rated high, or when my favorite band releases new music, or when Game of Thrones airs a new episode, or when someone I’m subscribed to on YouTube uploads a new video, or when my mom shares something new on Facebook, or whatever else you can imagine that you don’t want to miss—I get a notification on my screen, keeping me updated. I click the notification and it takes me right to that update. It’s a simple as that. Download it (it’s free) and start getting notifications for the things you care about.

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh:

This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms; that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers, as the White House has claimed since May 2011, but from a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer who betrayed the secret in return for much of the $25 million reward offered by the US, and that, while Obama did order the raid and the Seal team did carry it out, many other aspects of the administration’s account were false.

This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms; that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers, as the White House has claimed since May 2011, but from a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer who betrayed the secret in return for much of the $25 million reward offered by the US, and that, while Obama did order the raid and the Seal team did carry it out, many other aspects of the administration’s account were false.

Boyhood

Synopsis:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.

I’ve never seen anything like this. To spend 12 years filming a movie, with the same cast, well that’s unheard of. It was special to watch Mason grow up right in front of my eyes. I watched him face so many relatable moments: from the different step dads to the many phases of finding himself through his teen years. What a brilliant movie.

★★★★★

Camp X-Ray

Synopsis:

A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squad-mates, she strikes up an usual friendship with one of the detainees.

I didn’t know this story would be so simple. I mean that in a good way. Most of this movie takes place while Cole (Kristen Stewart), the new guard, is on duty. The guards are babysitting the detainees: not from escaping, but preventing them from killing themselves.

Cole meets one of the detainees named Ali (Peyman Moadi) while offering books during her first shift. From there the story kicks off.

This two hour movie is simply a long, split up conversation between two people that are both far from home (ones a young female soldier, the other is a suspected terrorist, during the years of 9/11)—but somehow, a friendship is born. The performance between these two are outstanding.

★★★★☆

The Imitation Game

Joe Williams:

Many of the people reading this review are doing it on a computer. And all of them are reading it in English. It’s not much of stretch to say that you could credit both of those things to a man named Alan Turing.

Turing was a British mathematician who spearheaded the Allied effort to decode the Nazis’ secret communications. Many historians now believe that cracking the Enigma code was the decisive factor in defeating the Germans. And in the process, Turing invented the first machine that could rightly be called a computer.

It’s hard to imagine a world without computers. It’s even harder to imagine having to explain to someone—in a world without them—that you’re about to build a computer, to win an entire war.

★★★★☆

The Dark Tower Finally Has Its Director

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Mike Fleming Jr, writing for Deadline:

Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower, the Stephen King novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain. I’ve heard talks will begin shortly toward a deal that will have him overseeing a rewrite and directing the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment signed on earlier this year to co-finance the franchise with Media Rights Capital — it gives new topper Tom Rothman a strong franchise play — and now it looks like they’re near to naming the helmer who’ll bring this massively ambitious project to life.

Sequels?

Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.

Who will play Roland?

Next step will be to tap a star to play the gunslinger. Numerous stars have flirted with that role, including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe. It will be nice to see King — who options his works for $1 with short leashes, but a long one here — finally get a movie on what is his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels.

Jay-Z’s B-Sides (Full Two Hour Concert)

Watching this concert live was incredible. I’ve never felt so close to a concert from my house. The lights were off and the TV was blaring all two hours of Jay’s performance. This is a must watch!

The Weeknd - The Hills

It’s exciting to see The Weeknd grow, as artist and in popularity. It must’ve been four year ago when I first heard of him. The music I heard in House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence—the three mixtapes he released that year—was dark and seductive. I knew then that the world needed this.

Kendrick Lamar - You Ain’t Gotta Lie (momma Said) [Music Video]11

My favorite song on his new album now has a music video.

Eminem - Phenomenal

From the Southpaw soundtrack.

Bridge of Spies (Trailer)

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks go top secret in this Cold War thriller.

The Martian Tailer

I remember reading the book and being excited that a movie was being made. Now it’s almost here.

Narcos — A Netflix Original Series

There’s a race between HBO and Netflix. The winner will be us, the consumer. We’ll be the ones reaping the benefits of all this great content. The goal,” says Reed Hastings, is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.”

The Medellin cartel - the most violent, ruthless and wealthy criminal organization in the history of modern crime. And the one man who lorded over them all… Pablo Escobar.

NARCOS is the true story of the U.S. and Colombian efforts to battle the Medellin cartel during the cocaine-fueled drug wars of the 1980′s. Multi-layered and multi-faceted, NARCOS depicts a brutal world where lines are blurred and little is black and white. The Netflix original series, starring Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, and Pedro Pascal, premieres August 28, 2015.

Oceanhorn

I waited years for this game. It’s called Oceanhorn, and it’s like Zelda for the iPhone. If you want to see how far we’ve come with technology, and how far iOS has come as a gaming platform, look no further.

The Weeknd - Tell Your Friends [Prod. By Kanye West] (Music Video)

Lupe Fiasco - Pharaoh Height 2/30 (Mixtape)

  1. In
  2. Valleys
  3. Of
  4. Kings
  5. Pyramid
  6. Schemes

Now that Lupe is free from Atlantic Records, I’d expect to see more of this style from him—the creative, experimental version of him, like when he was younger and released the Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtapes, which this title is declaring: Pharaoh Height 2/30.

Airplane Mode - I Said So! (Music Video)

Dave Wiskus:

Let’s get our friends and some random people off the street to dance to the song.” The idea was to do something that would be inexpensive to make, but still entertaining. Almost nobody shown in the video had heard the song before, so what you’re seeing are people’s genuine reactions to the music. Well, as genuine as you can be when someone tells you to dance and shoves a camera in your face. […]

We thought making a video like this would be easy because we thought everyone wants to be in a music video. Turns out, no. In fact, on the streets of New York City, people aren’t especially trusting of a dude carrying a tub of Purell wipes asking them to dance on camera.

Kendrick Lamar Performs To Pimp a Butterfly Medley on Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

You have to watch this.

View from the Overlook, a 30-minute documentary on the making of The Shining

Jason Kottke:

From 2007, a 30-minute documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Includes interviews with Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, and Sydney Pollack.

Switched on Pop: 23. Hotline Hello: Drake and Adele

My new favorite podcasts. They break down and go into many details about today’s popular songs.

Logic’s The Incredible True Story (three songs from the album)

Almost here.

  1. Contact
  2. Fade Away
  3. Upgrade
  4. White People
  5. Like Woah
  6. Young Jesus (Feat. Big Lenbo)
  7. Innermission (Feat. Lucy Rose)
  8. I Am The Greatest
  9. The Cube
  10. Lord Willin’
  11. City of Stars
  12. Stainless (Feat. Dria)
  13. Babel
  14. Paradise (Feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  15. Never Been
  16. Run It
  17. Lucidity
  18. The Incredible True Story

Travis Scott - Antidote (Video)

Whole album is good. Creative, easy to listen to, and filled with good vibes.

Don’t you open up that window Don’t you let out that antidote

Erykah Badu - Phone Down

Always loved her music. She has a mixtape coming out on Apple Music in a few weeks. Can’t wait.

Netflix Original: F is for Family, starring Bill Burr (Trailer)

Bill Burr takes us inside the home of the average, dysfunctional 70s family in his animated series.

Kendrick Lamar - Black Friday (A Tale of 2 Citiez Remix)

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams

Sad news: Robin Williams was just found dead in his home, from apparent suicide. He’s someone that I grew up watching. From the boy Jack that aged four times faster than everyone else, and was a 40 year old man by the time he reached fifth grade—to the wise man in Good Will Hunting, that taught Will about life.

Robin Williams, I enjoyed your films, your jokes, and your unique personality. Thanks for all the great memories. Rest in peace.

Some of my favorites from him:

Videos:

Billy on the Street: Christmas with Will Ferrell

Star Wars I-III: The Phantom Edit

A condensed version of the prequels cutting away all the fluff and focusing on the narrative of how Anakin becomes Darth Vader.


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