Archive for August, 2007

TMNT

Posted in Movie Reviews on August 10, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: TMNT

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelley, Nolan North, Mitchell Whitfield, Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart, Mako

Genre: Action/Adventure

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: Since defeating The Shredder, the Turtles have gone their separate ways. Now, with the help of April O’Neil (Gellar) and their Master Splinter (Mako) the turtles must band together again to stop an ancient evil from destroying the world.

Review: When I first heard of a new Turtles movie I was psyched, but when I found out it was CGI I was a bit skeptical. I’m now glad I took the risk to watch it. It wasn’t as good as the previous, live-action movies (except for the third one…), but it was a good throwback to an old favorite of mine. The old ones were a bit more realistic (if 5-foot turtles could ever be realistic, that is) than this one. All the monsters and supernatural stuff kind of bothered me. Overall it wasn’t a bad story, though. I’m glad April and Casey Jones had a part to play, and it’s cool to see Splinter actually go out and do some fighting. I did like it, but I hope this is the end of the line for the CGI Turtles. It was good for one shot, but I hope they don’t overdo it. If there was an upcoming live-action Turtles project, I would definitely look into it though.

Rating: 3.5/5

Dream Theater / Redemption / Into Eternity

Posted in Concert Reviews on August 10, 2007 by coryangennet

Bands: Dream Theater / Redemption / Into Eternity

Date/Time: Thursday, August 09, 2007 @ 7:00 PM

Venue: The State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Metal / Progressive

Summary: As Dream Theater is one of my top three favorite bands of all time, I couldn’t pass this up. Though the set list wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, it was not a disappointment. The opening bands were better than some that I’ve seen, but nothing too spectacular. So here’s the rundown.

Into Eternity: Into Eternity is a pretty good metal band out of Canada. The music was awesome from a metal fan’s point of view. The singing, on the other hand, was a bit strange. The singer went with either a really high pitched screeching to a low, deep growl. There was really no middle ground, which would’ve suited the music a little better. They got better towards the end of the set, and when they were done, they got a fairly nice applause that they deserved.

Redemption: These guys were about the exact opposite from the first band when it came to how I first thought. The singing was much easier to listen to, but the music wasn’t anything special. These guys were more along the Dream Theater lines, with long instrumental breaks, which were quite good. However, I didn’t like the fact that whenever there was an instrumental part, the lead singer would leave the stage. Now LaBrie (DT vocalist) would do the same thing, but the singer for Redemption seemed to barely make it back to the mic in time to start singing again. It just seemed like he didn’t really want to be on stage. Overall, I would call them decent.

Dream Theater:

Hell yeah. Dream Theater is a great band to see live. They tend to never really play anything the same. Even songs they’ve been playing for multiple years always get different variations for each tour, so the concert-goer isn’t ever really hearing the same thing twice. They also have a great video setup that shows visuals along with each song. It makes their shows even more interesting. The mix of slow and fast songs was alright (though I personally would’ve liked to hear a few more of the up-beat ones). I just loved seeing the different array of people at the show. I saw it range from a kid that couldn’t have been more than eight with his parents, up to a guy that had to have been at least fifty-five or older rocking out right in front of us. It was a great show.Rating:

Stone Sour / Dirty Little Rabbits

Posted in Concert Reviews on August 3, 2007 by coryangennet

Bands: Stone Sour / Dirty Little Rabbits

Date/Time: Friday, August 03, 2007 @ 8:00

Venue: The Venue @ Playmaker’s Pavilion, Fargo, ND

Genre: Metal / Psychedelic

Summary: A weird start, but ended up being one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Once again, however, one of the bands couldn’t make it. I didn’t know who they were in the first place, but it would’ve been nice to see them anyway.

Dirty Little Rabbits: I don’t really know how to even describe this band’s sound. I think the most accurate way to say it is No Doubt and a lot of drugs. It was interesting, but unless you were tripping on something, it didn’t really work. The musicians were awesome (Clown from Slipknot is the drummer, hence the connection with Stone Sour). The singing, however, is what ruined it. Stella Katsoudas, the singer, had a high pitched, creepy kind of voice that would’ve been great if they were singing the theme song to some creepy horror movie, but not for a metal concert. Overall they were alright, but it just wasn’t the kind of band I’d expect with Stone Sour.

Stone Sour Corey Taylor (vocals) never ceases to amaze me. He’s a great front man, and always gets the crowd even more into it. The whole set was awesome. They played a lot of stuff from both their new album Come What(ever) May, and their first, self-titled, album. I was actually very happy with the selections from each. Not to mention Corey’s rendition of Sweet Home Alabama North Dakota. I think he likes playing in smaller, mid-west venues. Stone Sour is a great band, I’m very happy to have had the chance to see them live. Now I just need another shot to see Slipknot up close.

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