Archive for May 2012
By Jenny Álvarez
Set in 1970s Texas, Cellmates tells the story of hardened Ku Klux Klansman, Leroy Lowe (Tom Sizemore), who has risen through the ranks to be crowned ‘Grand Dragon’ of the State of Texas. Unfortunately for him, the government has started cracking down on the organization’s activities and it isn’t long before Leroy is sent to the Low Lee Tuna Prison Work Farm to serve time…harvesting potatoes. Worlds quickly collide when farm owner Warden Merville (Stacy Keach) forces Leroy to share a prison cell with eccentric Mexican field laborer Emilio Ortiz (Hector Jimenez) as part of his penitence. None too happy with the arrangement, Leroy sets out to make things very difficult for Emilio in the cramped quarters, but Emilio’s chatty disposition slowly chips away at Leroy’s gruff exterior. When an unlikely friendship develops, Leroy comes to realize how his ignorant past has distorted his view of the world, and what he must now do to make things right.
An offbeat comedy with heart, Cellmates is co-written, directed and produced by Jesse Baget. The film stars veteran actors Tom Sizemore and Stacy Keach; Mexican actors Hector Jimenez and Olga Segura; and a special appearance by comedic actor Kevin Farley. This movie is a comedy with satirical humor related to race relations in this country. But the real fun here comes from Stacy Keach as a warden who tries (and fails) to instill a mania for potato farming on his highly skeptical prisoners or when Leroy falls in love and his cellmate serves as the translator for an illicit exchange of love letters. This could easily have come off as far too silly, but in the context of the tone of the film — it all works very nicely. Definitely this movie will make you smile and fans of good movies will receive it with enthusiastic applause. This movie opens in limited release on June 1st.
Aaron Freeman also known as Gene Ween and from the rock band Ween has called it quits. “It’s time to move on,” Freeman told Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. “I’m retiring Gene Ween.” He has been with the band for 25 years and has decided to move on. Freeman seems to have already moved on from Ween: His solo album “Marvelous Clouds” was released earlier this month. Freeman, along with childhood friend Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo), started the group in the mid-1980s. Their highest charting single was “Push th’ Little Daisies” released in 1992 which gained them widespread attention and hit the charts.
The pop star Madonna sang Lady Gaga’s song ‘Born This Way’ during a rehearsal. Gaga’s song is rumored to have copied Madonna’s popular single ‘Express Yourself’. Madonna was asked about Gaga’s single and stated ”I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was … interesting.” Lady Gaga refused the speculations and responded ”What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about. … If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.”
The English punk band Sex Pistols re-released their 1977 single ‘God Save the Queen.’ It will be a remastered 7-inch vinyl record of the song. The song was released in 1977 during Queen Elizabeth’s Silver jubilee. The song was made to attack Britons social conformity and deference to the Crown. Despite technically outselling the Number 1 record, it only peaks at Number 2. Members of the band were attacked in the streets during this time.
Reviewed by Jenny Alvarez
A great storytelling comes with a teeny-size 14-year-old girl who lives with her family beneath the floorboards of a big house and the human-size boy who befriends her, is adapted from British author Mary Norton’s wonderful children’s fantasy novels, The Borrowers. The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great Spirited Away animator Hayao Miyazaki.
The entire family will enjoy a beautiful scenery along the way, full of fascinating insects, mice or a cat as well as humans may briefly frighten young children. Arrietty has to face a world full of complications so when she met Shawn, both realize there is nothing to be afraid of into a world bigger than life—literally. Their friendship shows a different perspective with awesome and intricate images. Shawn and Arrietty’s bond is unbreakable, and they are willing to sacrifice for each other. The idealism of cross-cultural, even forbidden friendship collides head-on with certain realities of the miniature world that have been long maintained, presumably for logical reasons. This movie is highly recommended and will be on DVD/Blu- Ray.
The rap singer Marshall Mathers or better known as Eminem is coming back with a new album. Eminem revealed that he is working on new solo record. The album will be his first solo record since 2010′s Recovery. Eminem has sold more that 85 million records worldwide and has totaled over 1 billion views on his music videos on his official on YouTube. Eminem won Grammy Awards for both Relapse and Recovery, giving him a total of 13 Grammys in his career. Looks like Shadys back, tell a friend.
The champion world boxer Johnny Tapia was found dead in his Albuquerque, N.M., home on Sunday. Johnny Tapia won major world championships in three weight classes and was one of the elite fighters of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is a boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police stated that his death is uknown and an autopsy will be done to determine reasons for his death. He was 45 years old. Johnny wrote an autobiography called “Mi Vida Loca”, also known as his nickname
Tom Gabel from the punk rock band Against Me! performed in San Diego with her new name Laura Jane Grace. This is her first performance, since coming out a transgender. Grace said ”I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something.” Grace performed songs such as ”Transgender Dysphoria Blues” as well as ”Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ,” “Dead Friend,” “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “Drinking with the Jocks” and “Black Me Out.” Grace was with his wife Heather and his daughter. Grace stated that she is open to sharing her transition with her fans.