The Mixed Tape


100 Great Villains: Part V
March 30, 2010, 8:24 am
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60. Ray Sinclair (Something Wild) played by Ray Liotta

“I’m glad to see you finally made it to the suburbs, B–TCH!”

59. Christian Szell (Marathon Man) played by Laurence Olivier

“Thus far I find you rather detestable, may I say that without hurting your feelings?”

58. Charlie Meadows (Barton Fink) played by John Goodman

“Sometimes it gets so hot I just want to crawl right out of my skin.”

57. Commodus (Gladiator) played by Joaquin Phoenix

“Am I not merciful?”

56. Kitano Sensai (Battle Royale) played by Takeshi Kitano

“Don’t you forget. Fight for survival and find out if you are worth it.”

55. Judge Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) voiced by Tony Jay

“And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!”

54. Arthur Jenson (Network) played by Ned Beatty

“We no longer live in a world of nations and idealogies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale.”

53. Lt. Hirim Coffey (The Abyss) played by Michael Biehn

“Sniff something? Did ya, rat boy?”

52. Harry Waters (In Bruges) played by Ralph Fiennes

“Did I ask you to be his psychiatrist? No. I asked you to f–king kill him.”

51. Warden Norton (The Shawshank Redemption) played by Bob Gunton

“Salvation lies within.”





Tyler’s Top 10 Films of 2009

I missed a lot due to economic struggles. But that’s okay.

1. The Hurt Locker

dir. Kathryn Bigelow

I just can’t get enough of it. What better way to end our decade then with a brilliant film about the war that shadowed our generation. Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie both give powerful performances and Bigelow’s direction is nothing but perfection. The best war film of this decade that steers away from political opinion and concentrates on the emotional and personal aspect of a faceless combat.

2. Inglorious Basterds

dir. Quentin Tarantino

Leave it to Tarantino to bring us another boldly insane compilation of history, art, and violence that may be the most entertaining film this year. Unpredictable as always, Tarantino jumps between storys, arranging them like puzzle pieces and connecting them in the end to an explosive climax that rewrites history. Points also go to one of the most intelligent villains in film history.

3. Up

dir. Pete Docter & Bob Peterson

…and Pixar continues to dominate the animated world. No surprise with another original outing that introoduces more hilarious characters interacting with beautiful animation. Not only is it a comedy but also touches on mature subject of human loss and the weight of our personal goals. Where many kids’ films fail, Up succeeds in every way.

4. Up In The Air

dir. Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman has proved himself to be one of the brightest new directors to emerge from the past decade. This one can easily be marked as his best film to date. With Clooney’s charm and Reitman’s direction, Up In The Air uses the crumbling foundations of our fears and economic struggles to tell a story about human connection and the dire need that we sometimes forget.

5. A Serious Man

dir. Joel & Ethan Coen

Nobody does dark comedy quite like the Coens and this one is just as incredible as Fargo and No Country For old Men. As much of a study of a man’s degradation as it is of Jewish culture, A Serious Man has a dark agenda for its viewers as well as its characters. The last shot is a killer.

6. District 9

dir. Neill Blomkamp

2009 was a great year for science fiction. Newcomer Blomkamp had an original concept and he used that to create an exciting alien thriller all at the low cost of 30 million. Here’s proof (Michael bay, please take note) that story and execution are the most rewarding aspects in great filmmaking.

7. (500) Days of Summer

dir. Marc Webb

A thoughtful and intelligent anti-love story featuring some of todays most promising young talent, (500) Days can claim the award for sleeper hit of the year. And it deserves it, for being a clever little film studying the clashes between our generations perspective on the joy, confusion, and pain that comes with it.

8. Star Trek

dir. J.J. Abrams

I’m sure many people’s favorite CGI infested blockbuster this year was Avatar which was a great movie but this one still stands as my favorite. I’m not even a Trekkie (Trekker?). I rarely watched the show but this movie contained every amounts of fun and excitement a blockbuster should contain. Colorful characters, incredible effects, and a sharp script, we were spoiled this summer.

9. Drag Me To Hell

dir. Sam Raimi

Lets face it, the 2000s was a terrible decade for horror. It wasn’t until the end that the masterful Raimi broke away from his silly superhero genre to give us one of the most awesome descents into the genre since his Evil Dead trilogy. Funny? Scary? It’s both and it’s one hell of a ride. Pun intended.

10. Observe and Report

dir. Jody Hill

My most controversial pick here. Say what you want about this dark film, there is no other comedy quite like this one (and don’t you dare say Paul Blart: Mall Cop). I loved this movie for it’s careful attention to it’s characters and the social destruction it creates as Seth Rogen’s (in his best performance to date) mall cop Ronnie breaks the definition of “off your meds.” It may make you laugh or it may just disgust you, but if you think Observe and Report is another mindless, crude, potty-mouthed comedy, you are dead wrong.

Honorable Mentions:

Zombieland

World’s Greatest Dad

Avatar

Watchmen

The Hangover

Thirst

Like I said before, not that much money so I still gotta see these:

Crazy Heart

Where The Wild Things Are

The White Ribbon

The Road

Precious

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A Single Man

Moon

The Informant

-Tyler Correa



Tyler’s Favorite Films of the Decade
January 1, 2010, 12:52 am
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And what a decade it was.

10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In all honesty the whole trilogy belongs up here as one movie. But just like Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II the second is the best. Here are the three reasons why: Gollum, Helm’s Deep, Sam’s Speech.

9. Wall-E

The best animated film of the decade. Storytelling at it’s greatest and evidence that Pixar is one of the most creative powers in the business. Truly a remarkable film that reminds us we don’t need celebrity voices, crude humor, or pop culture references to reach children.

8. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino lets his love for cinema and bloody chaos rule the screen in an orgy of artful violence and Asian culture. One of the most entertaining films this decade, it’s filmmaking at it’s greatest.

7. The Hurt Locker

The Platoon of the 2000’s, this is the first great film about the Iraq War. No political message, no cliches, just a story about the men who stare death in the face and call it their job.

6. Children of Men

A mesmerizing look at hope in the face of anarchy. Expertly crafted with long takes, Alfonso Cuaron presents to us a science fiction tale strung together with human emotion, enchanting characters, and a world on the brink of destruction.I know it’s said a lot but this is a “one-of-a-kind” film.

5. Elephant

I’m having trouble describing the emotions of how I can praise this film. It’s a haunting portrayal of a high school and its moments leading up to an unsuspected act of violence. The camera gracefully follows a random selection of students and their interactions with each other just as their lives will be shaken by the events. Gus Vant Sant’s boldest and argubly greatest film to date as he doesn’t ask questions about the tragic lives of teenagers but simply shows us the dark abyss from which they cannot escape.

4. Requiem For A Dream

Hey kids, you don’t wanna do drugs. But don’t take my word for it, just ask Mr. Aronofsky here, in fact he’s got a little film he would like to show you. It will numb your senses, and take all your fears and trials and shove them into a pit of acid. Then it will make you watch the lives of these four individuals as they deteriorate into worthless, meaningless experiences. You’ll cry. Believe me, you will cry.

3. Slumdog Millionaire

There is nothing wrong with this movie. Everything is perfect about it and it will be remembered for years to come.

2. No Country For Old Men

Upon first seeing this film I had no idea what to think of it. This was unlike any Coen brother movie they had ever made so I was confused. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. Tommy Lee Jones’ apocalyptic words stayed in my head for days, and soon I began to realize I loved this film. Dark, disturbing, and nodding its head at hopelessness, the Coen brothers have not topped themselves yet. A movie that will stay in your mind forever and that’s what makes it great.

1. Oldboy

If you have not seen this film do yourself a favor and see it as soon as possible. Asian filmmaking is strongly generated by their powerful and creative storytelling. Oldboy is proof of that. A twisted tale of revenge that would have been a disaster in the hands of an American director (we’re looking at you Spielberg). Everything about Chan-wook Park’s masterpiece is brilliant, from the brutality to the emotinally wrecking plot. Beautifully shot and perfectly acted, this is a film that is years ahead of it’s time. It will be studied for years to come and if you can stomach the dark places it descends you will experience a film like no other.

Honorable Mentions:

Gangs of New York

The Dark Knight

The Fall

The 25th Hour

There Will Be Blood

Cast Away

Best In Show

Adaptation

Inglorious Basterds

– Tyler Correa



Tyler’s Top 5 Albums of the Decade
December 27, 2009, 12:03 am
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-by Tyler Correa-

5. Wolfmother (2006) – Wolfmother

A mixture of folk, metal, alternative and a strong resemblance to the classic rock vibe, this band from Australia is a major accomplishment of talent. With it’s the mesmerizing voice of Andrew Stockdale and the band’s overflowing creativity, Wolfmother is one of the decade’s most fascinating albums. With lyrics that closely follow along the influences of folk music, Stock dale and his fellow Aussies remind us why rock can be so fun.

4. Audioslave (2002) – Audioslave


Take Rage Against The Machine and replace lead singer Zack de la Rocha with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and you got Audioslave. Cornell’s powerful voice mixed with Tom Morello’s stylish guitar rhythyms was a match made in heaven. Their style, suggested as a mixture of 70s hard rock and 90s alternative, is what made their self-titled debut a modern day masterpiece. The album ranges from many different tracks some hard, rocking songs such as “Cochise” and “Show Me How To Live” and the hauntingly quieter pieces like “What You Are” and “Like A Stone.” Their songs dived into the issues of abuse, rejection, and death. Audioslave was a short-lived band with rockers from the 90s who were given a second chance in another decade. They did a fine job.

3. Night Ripper (2006) – Girl Talk

Gregg Michael Gillis, a Pittsburgh DJ, who goes by the stage name Girl Talk is proof that mash-ups and digital sampling is not only a way to mix tunes but a form of art in its own right. Using over 200 samples from different tracks, Gillis creates an ongoing, unstoppable ensemble of music never keeping the same beat for longer than a minute. Not only does Night Ripper offer a variety of diverse beats, it also juxtaposes familiar rhythms of catchy rock and pop songs and the foulest of all foul-mouthed rap lyrics to create a satire on musical taste. Maybe not a satire, but a statement about the state of our listening habits, attention span, and tolerance of trashy lyrics for the sake of a good beat. Either way it’s looked at, Night Ripper is the work of a pioneer in both the DJ culture and the music industry.

2. Black Holes and Revelations (2006) – Muse

What I love about Muse is their unique sound. Unlike many other bands, they are unpredictable and pure talent through and through. Black Holes is beautifully crafted work of music. Bold, original, and brilliant, Muse’s creativity runs wild in the album that almost redefines a genre. Everything runs smoothly on a rough line of electric rhythm and hard rock. Black Holes is Muse’s best album because it provides them the certain freedom many bands forget is what makes their style unique. Not a single song sounds the same and Muse is a powerhouse of creativity and artistic integrity.

1. Oracle Spectacular (2008) – MGMT

Who the hell is this band? Everyone was asking the same thing. Exploding with their smash hit “Kids,” MGMT made a splash into the mainstream world. What’s strange about MGMT, at least to me, was their sound. I didn’t think much of it. But after a few days, “Kids,” “Time To Pretend,” and “Electric Feel” could not leave my head. Their music is almost intoxicating and in a very good way. MGMT isn’t my favorite band but Oracle Spectacular is my favorite album of this decade. It’s a stylish blend of funk, electronica, and pure joy. A breath of fresh air in a genre that needed some life in it, MGMT is a wonderful group of artist who I hope continue their ongoing quest of originality.

Honorable mentions:

It’s Blitz! (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

The Fame (Lady Gaga)

With Teeth (Nine Inch Nails)



100 Great Villains: Part IV

My friend was arguing with me the other day about what he felt made a good villain. In his opinion, Alien was one of the best. Yes it is a great MONSTER, but what makes a great antagonist, is the human aspect. Sometimes this can be seen nonhuman characters but it’s the personality and the emotion that helps a villain shine. So because of that a few will be excluded: The Shark from Jaws, Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Michael Myers, and anything that could represent a monster. This may be confusing and cause some debate ( I am keeping T-1000, he’s human enough) but it’s a great way to separate those that make us run in terror and those that makes us want to rethink our humanity.

70. Loren Visser (Blood Simple) played by M. Emmet Walsh

“Gimme a call whenever you wanna cut off my head. I can always crawl around without it.”

69. Stuntman Mike (Death Proof) played by Kurt Russell

“This car is 100% death proof. Only to get the full benefit of it, honey, you really need to be sitting in my seat.”

68. Lestat de Lioncourt (Interview With The Vampire) played by Tom Cruise

“Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.”

67. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) played by Christian Bale

“I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.”

66. General Mapache (The Wild Bunch) played by Emilio Fernandez

“He’s not important to me…”

65. Don Logan (Sexy Beast) played by Ben Kingsley

“I wont let you be happy. Why should I?”

64. Harlen Maguire (Road to Perdition) played by Jude Law

“Smile.”

63. Gordon Gekko (Wall Street) played by Michael Douglas

“What’s worth doing, is worth doing for money.”

62. Tyler Durden (Fight Club) played by Brad Pitt

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected.”

61. Mallory Knox (Natural Born Killers) played by Juliette Lewis

“I’m not really as bad as they say I am. I’m actually a really nice person.”

Oh, now it’s gonna get good. We got a lot more coming. Let me know some of your favorites. they may make an appearance.

What’s your favorite villain? Comment below.



100 Great Villains Part 3
November 30, 2009, 10:37 pm
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So after a big break the bad guys are back. For this week we bring in some enjoyable villains many from comedies. Some play with the lines of reality, some are satirical caricatures, and some are just hilarious in their own way. Either way, a good villain can make you cringe as well as make you laugh or even rethink your personal political views. Here are some slightly over-the-top performances that are nothing short of entertaining.

80. Aaron Stampler (Primal Fear) played by Edward Norton

Looks to me like They’re gonna shoot ol’ Aaron so full o’ poison it’s gonna come out of his eyes!”

79. Col. William Tavington (The Patriot) played by Jason Isaacs

You know, it’s an ugly business doing one’s duty… but just occasionally it’s a real pleasure.”

78. Orin Scrivello (Little Shop of Horrors) played by Steve Martin

” Let me ask you something. Does this scare you? Would you like it if I took this and headed right for your damn incisors!”

77. Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp (GoldenEye) played by Famke Janssen

It’s clean. I had to ventilate someone.”

76. Ernie McCracken (Kingpin) played by Bill Murray

“Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst… Was I talking out loud? Sorry.

75. Mickey Knox (Natural Born Killers) played by Woddy Harrelson

“At birth, I was cast into a flaming pit of scum forgotten by God.”

74. Simon Skinner (Hot Fuzz) played by Timothy Dalton

“Lock me up. I’m a slasher! I must be stopped! A slasher… of prices!

73. Vincenzo Coccotti (True Romance) played by Christopher Walken

“I’m the Anti-Christ. You got me in a vendetta kind of mood. You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you.”

72. Leonard Smalls (Raising Arizona) played by Randall “Tex” Cobb

“You want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, hire a cop.”

71. Bill Lumbergh (Office Space) played by Gary Cole

“I’m also gonna need you to come in on Sunday too.”

Next week: 70-69




100 Great Villains: Part II
November 13, 2009, 7:24 pm
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Last time we started a look at 10 great villains and will continue that study with the help from a pirate, a teenage rebel, a terrorist’s little brother, a gunslinger, a nazi, and even a grasshopper. Bad guys that you may have seen but never took the time to remember. Well here’s a reminder of how awesome they really are.

90. William Stryker (X2: X-Men United) played by Brian Cox

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” I was piloting Black Op’s missions in the jungles of Northern Vietnam while you were sucking on your mama’s tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don’t lecture me about war. This already is war.”

89. Simon Gruber (Die Hard with a Vengeance) played by Jeremy Irons

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Said Simple Simon to the pieman going to the fair, ‘Give me your pies… or I’ll cave your head in.'”

88. Johnny Ringo (Tombstone) played by Michael Biehn

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I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now!”

87. Hopper (A Bug’s Life) voiced by Kevin Spacey

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“Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this earth to serve us!”

86. J.D. (Heathers) played by Christian Slater

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“Your society nods its head at any horror the American teenager can think to bring upon itself.”


85. The Kurgan (Highlander) played by Clancy Brown

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“Tonight, you sleep in hell.”

84. Hando (Romper Stomper) played by Russell Crowe

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“I want people to know I’m proud of my white history and white blood. One day it might be all I have.”

83. Bucho (Desperado) played by Joaquim de Almeida

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“Now you drive around town. You see someone you don’t know, you shoot them. How hard is that?”

82. Agent Smith (The Matrix) played by Hugo Weaving

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“Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”

81. Captain Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) played by Geoffrey Rush

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“Don’t dare impugn me honor boy! I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where. Though it does seem a shame to lose something so fine, don’t it lads?”

There you go, tune in next week for 89-71.

-Tyler Correa