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Happy Record Store Day To All

Today is national record store day! Please support your local store! It is dire and let the local companies continue to thrive in the music business that is now depleting by the second due to the digital era. I’ll tell you what music on vinyl is some of the best music you can hear and today you can find just what you want.
Stores like Newbury Comics and Bullmoose really thrive in entertainment music sales today, the local stores not so much, but if you have one from where you live it is a must to support them by all means! Whether you snag the latest and hottest record or the contemporary classics let Record Store Day be a place in your heart, or a place in your playlist, if you will.
Bands like the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden still perform music within local music industries. Bands today still recognize their roots and show its appreciation by this, and the fans support them at all costs.

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Social Media as We Know It

The ownership, and righteousness of what people’s Facebooks, and twitters hold is unfathomable to what things were intended in the first place. Social media can at times show what way you learn just by what you share and post. Depending on how much of a stand you make with that, strong opinion, or open minded, people may be more wanting to take the spiral of silence. To simply not argue, and create tension in the first place is the norm. Wanting to debate these days isn’t civilized and educated that you would want it to be. Social media also creates distractions, and gives forms of brain training to keep accessing the same pin codes over and over. Distractions and addictions go hand in hand for me. For there to be something you’re doing by multi-tasking, and working the amount of your addiction wants you to reach for the phone, and respond. Therefore by multi tasking it seems as if it is a one sided affair that is gained by on how fast you can finish your assignment to answer your phone, update FB twitter, etc.

 

Facebook being the biggest does hold the amount of what we want to see, and by our civil values we can choose what we want to see. However being in that bubble I don’t think is a good thing. Facebook gives you that choice, but there will always be that somebody to rain on your parade, and go against your view, so what is it that we are really communicating? Man, if only the real world was like that, I wish I could block out some people. Social media gives and demands us these powers that we didn’t have so much of before. Being masked behind the screen can deface the humanness of what it is we do not want to face.

 

The infatuation of social media, leaves this generation on Facebook for an average of ten hours a day, and that may not go well with an impressionable mind. From my own experience, social media in large quantities can trigger anxiety, and feelings of loneliness.

 

What seems a bit intimidating to me, is that there really is no sights of what the long term effects may lead to. Who knows if what we are all consumed in is leading to any brain alterations, and complexities in ways of thinking. Going back to the spiral of silence, it seems as though we are wired to rethink what we were going to say.

 

 

 

It seems as though the more we progress with technology the more we rely on it.With a society that is fully consumed day by day on media for ever second of the given day it seems to be a handful. The media consumption is because of the second biggest industry in the world. Brands, ads, creations all around you it correlates much to the electronics that are subliminal. They know how to own their customers and how they can get them to buy what they want. My point being, now that we are all on our screens, of any kind, we consume so much of what is around us. So much so that we may not be able to decipher from what is reality and what is not. There may even be a correlation to the education,  and what we are taught. As a human being to lead through social media blindly is a bad choice.

 

Being aware is the key to it essentially. Otherwise the social media world will leave you in a rapid discharge, by fantasy and by what the person next to you is constantly doing. The amount of time on Facebook in a given day is staggering, checking the informative notifications, the chats and the interesting articles that you choose to follow. I think we all may have thought there would be so much more at this point though in the future. We all might have figured we would have been in a totally different world, but instead we are in a clustered, disorganized society. We all thought we’d have flying cars, and regularly scheduled trips to the moon, but we are left with is our thoughts. Our thoughts show us a connection between us all as a community, but is this always a good thing?

-Jake.

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Happy Predictions! The Nominations That Deserve A Win

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The 88th Academy Awards about to air this Sunday, We have many people ready to grab some chilled drinks and swarm their friends coaches to sit and see who did it big this time around. Brushing aside all the negativity about the Oscars being all white (Which why would Chris Rock the king of black comedy host a racist event?) This year is star studded and glamorous as usual. My one problem is that the pickings are slim. I personally feel like last year was one of the best years for film we have had in a while and the fact that they are only choosing 5 nominees out of a possible 10 is pretty skimpy and something that should reign more controversy than it actually does.
We here at IndieBall take all aspects of film seriously. From the casting and directing to behind the scene cuts including visuals, sound scores, and all around production ascetics. We have a higher demand for films that are on a grande stage like the Academy Awards. We try not to nitpick or demean the film; however we do want the film to be the best of its category, so we will tell our thoughts blunt and crucially on if they lived up to the hype or if it busted.
Now before we get into the predictions, I would like to (with arms wide open) give some insights on the prospects that just barley missed the list. Here, Folks are some Honorable Mentions
Straight Outta Compton told the jaw dropping, odd defying story of the first ever Gangster Rap Group, the notorious NWA.  From racial prejudice in the underrated run down streets of Compton to the riots that changed America, Director F Gary Gray (Friday, Law Abided Citizen) captured what it was like to be a young black male in a corrupt economy and how hard the men of NWA fought not only for their lives, but for their music and for a voice. From Easy E to Dre, Cube to Yella and Ren. These boys outlasted brutal cops, a hateful mainstream culture and the shady industry. This movie was a hard hitting biopic that (maybe didn’t give us the entire truth) but at least shed light on the boys from the hood who started an entire generation of music. On the subject of Straight Outta Compton – Jason Mitchell – Who portrayed the late Eric Wright (Easy E) was a spitting image of the gangster icon who took America by storm and broke the heart of Millions with a devastating yet inspirational battle with HIV. The movie is a tribute not only to NWA, but to Mr. Wright. Jason Mitchell handsdown killed it.. And the fact that he wasn’t nominated is something to think about. He did Easy E justice and brought some deeper profound light on a almost forgotten icon. Sure Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but I feel like it deserves more than that.
One last Honorable Mention, without a doubt in my mind, is The Hateful Eight. There are certain things that get overhyped and dragged out for good reasons, and this movie is one of them. Anything Tarintino touches is a masterpiece and this movie should have been up there for Best Picture. The grimy realism, starstudded cast and intricate story entwined with Post Civil War history and impeccable dialogue. This movie was shafted because the awards weren’t thinking clearly. Only choosing 8 out of a possible 10 noms.
Now. Without further ado….. I will tell you (not just the predictions) but the standouts who I think should take the cake without any trouble at all
Best Picture: The Revenant
I will be the first to say I did not care for Bird Man whatsoever. I was impressed with the Cinematography but the story was awkward and most of the actors in my opinion (Norton, Keaton) Were washed up throw aways. However, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu truly did something impossible. He took his follow up film and crushed expectations. There is so much to say about this groundbreaking project that I feel like I can’t even scratch the surfaces. I said before that The Hateful Eight had glorious cinematography.. But nothing can compare to what Inarritu and DOF Emmanual Lubezki had accomplished. It makes Tarintino’s western masterpiece look like a homemade movie. Looking at all the long drawn out scenes filmed in natural lighting, you wonder how they pulled off the remarkable chorography of constant movement. A beautiful, heart pounding revenge tale with a cast whose dedication and accuracy of potrayal is insurmountable, The Revenant is a story that will leave you saying HOW THE FUCK DID THEY DO THAT. This movie will win without question
Best Actor In A Leading Role: Matt Damon
We all know the tragedy.. Leo has never ceased an Oscar win. I thought he had it back with the Wolf Of Wall Street, but he just barley missed. However, The Revenant he played Hugh Glass, the furtrapper who lost his son to the dang murderous Fitsgerald.. He didnt do the job justice. Yes, he was thrown through the gauntlet, and he delivered some solid lines and movements; but his all around performance was meh. Here is my initial issue. Leo just played Leo.. I dont know how to explain it. There are actors out there like his co-star Tom Hardy, or Christian Bale who can just remove every aspect about themselves and dedicate it to there charecter. Making you almost forget that they even played in the movie. Leo, on the other hand.. Never seems to fully commit. Wheter he is trying to hard, or he isnt finding a connection.. He just doesnt go the extra mile. Matt Damon on the other hand, blew me away in The Martian, A Science Fiction movie based on Andy Weirs book of the same title.  Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut who is left for dead and struggles to fight for survival on a foreign planet. Matt Damons transformation into Weirs charecter is beautiful and unique. Delivering heart stinging lines, and constantly on que with the comic relief. You want him to see home again, and its worth while seeing him give anything for the cost to be back.  Though this is a science fiction, which hardly gets nominated.. This project was the right fit for Damon. Bring Oscar Home, Damon.
Best Actress In A Role: Saoirse Ronan
My gut wanted to say Charolette Rampling whose potrayal in,45 years, as a wife in a crumbling marriage who delivered a unrelinguishing performance. But when I think harder about it, the more I see Ronan’s performance flicker in my mind. Ronan ceaselessly gives a evergrowing resonating performance throughout the entirety of Brooklyn as an Irish Immigrant named Ellis who has a captivating battle between what she wants for her life, be it the new opportunities of the new country, or what she feels like she has to do back in her homeland. A heavy hitting example of acting from the young breakout actress
Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role: Tom Hardy and Rachel McAdams
Yes Christian Bale, The Oscar Slayer did it again and just demolished all expectations.. But Tom Hardy, who portrayed John Fitzgerald, the ruthless murderous man in The Revenant delivered a role that I didnt think was possible from his caliber. He amazed me in Warrior, and did a hell of a job in Legend but what he did in The Revenant is unbeatable. From the accent to the body language. He will give you chills and will keep all the attention drawn on him in every scene he offers. Along side Will Poulter who was equally ravishing, Hardy out performs the star Leo and just gives a show of a lifetime. No matter how evil he is in this film, he is a vill
ain you will enjoy despising. Tremendous.
On the other side. I feel like this is an unlikely longshot.. But out of all the ladies, veteran actress Rachel McAdams in Spotlight deserves this award the most. All the women in this category shined bright. Jennifer Jason Leigh is a riot and deserves this too.. But for an all around deliver in a outstanding movie. McAdams deserves this.
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
I need no descriptions for this one. I raved about him and his film throughout the entire review. He crushed it. Keep em coming man.
Of course there are more categories that are of importance so here is a quick list of the remainders we would like to see bring home the gold
Cinematography: The Revenant
Screenplay: Straight Outta Compton
Editing: Mad Max Fury Road
Production Design: The Martian
Music: Bridge Of Spies
Let us know in the comments what you all think! Til next time, this is Indy Ball, here to satisfy all your pop cultural needs.
This Article was written by West Coast Correspondent, Dillon Adair
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The Cults and Classics of February

The winter time is never the biggest time for movies from January through March  so the search for cults and classics released within this time frame is definitely not the easiest. Every once and awhile you find some gems, and memorable ones but for the most part nothing. January and February movies are infamously known for movies that never quite deliver to grab your attention and are surely to be a complete bomb at the box office.

 

However, with the help of my good friend and correspondent Dillon Adair we have compiled a list of movies from this month’s release dates that weren’t so infamous, representing the Cults and Classics of February.

 

The Beach release date: Feb 2nd, 2000

‘The Beach’, starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tilda Swinton. Leo’s acting shows just the tip of the Iceberg to what acting chops he will accomplish for his future rolls. This movie is definitely one of his smallest and unknown rolls, but I still adore this movie for its landscapes, and paradise vibes. It all seems so precious to be within the moment of purity, and being on an island that no one knows about. Things are pure bliss, that is until things go askew and the whereabouts of the island become a known commodity. This movie is bar none a cult, it didn’t get well received, by critics, that may be because of its adaptation from the book that leave people scratching their heads. Nonetheless “The Beach” is underrated and holds intrinsic value towards original Leo fans, and those who love masterful landscapes.

 

 

The Harder They Come. release date: Feb 8th, 1973

 

The story of Jimmy Cliff, reggae musician whose dreams of becoming a musician is put into perspective. A young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. This biopic is underrated, and this film does his music justice, no doubt. I have always listened to all kinds of Reggae and the record “The Harder They Come” is one of the most underrated records ever. The film maybe is not a masterpiece but the music is

This is also one of the biggest cult classics ever and it is very entertaining. The actor who played Jimmy has quite the vocal range himself. If you are a reggae fan, a Jimmy Cliff fan or just appreciate music altogether it is a must see film.

 

 

The Warriors Feb 9th, 1975

 

This movie is really a bit of both, being a cult and a classic. Truly brilliant angst, violence, and original on all levels. The concept is really a timeless and enchanting for just about everything. ‘The Warriors’ is a film that will make most viewers cringe at times, but you’ll forgive the shortcomings and praise with some exciting camera takes, the excellent use of music, and the good performance of David Patrick Kelly as the villainous antagonist. The character arcs are all on their own a work of great writing. The great moment in the movie is when Patrick Kelly, clicking together three soda bottles, coaxes the Warriors out of hiding by whining in what is a spur of the moment acting, “Warriors, come out and play!”

 

 

Saving Silverman Feb 9th, 2001

 

This movie became the revolution of all early 2000 comedies, like the American Pie series, and just about every other gag teen funny movie. ‘Saving Silverman’ however is of the few that actually worked with the help from actors Jack Black and Steve Zahn. This cult classic still never fails to make me laugh, and the chemistry between all of the characters is seemingly effortless. The endless obsessions with Neil Diamond all create a genuinality in this given film.

 

 

Silence of The Lambs February 13th, 1991

 

One of the most cringe worthy, and bad taste in your mouth kind of movie you could ever ask for. ‘Silence of The Lambs’ shall always live on, with the Jodie Foster’s incredible detective skills to Anthony Hopkins brilliant performance sending shivers down your spine. An absolute classic that should always be remembered. Not enough can be said, or put into words on how this movie translates into a psychological horror.

 

 

The Breakfast Club Feb 15th, 1985

 

Oh John Hughes, how I’ve missed your artistic directing and presence that gave us the great inspirations throughout the 80’s. My most beloved of his has to be this right here,‘The Breakfast Club’. I always admire movies that can be done in one single setting, with the same set of actors using all forms of creativity all in the same length of the movie. John Hughes’ pursuit in choosing these complete opposites says quite a lot about society in a day to day sequence. Here you have it in a school setting, 1980’s from sushi to eating pb&j’s. The rich kid or preppy girl, the bully, the jock, the weirdo, and the nerd. All in whom are serving the same amount of Saturday education time, for what was thought to be a drag became a memorable experience. Undeniably a classic.

 

 

Army of Darkness Feb 19th, 1993

 

Oh where to begin with this cult masterpiece? ‘Army of Darkness’ where taking from the satire end of things and tying it with some supreme violence and horror. This was a movie that paved the way for a lot of different horror comedies today. ‘Army of Darkness’ runs with spin offs and all sorts of serious moments followed up with comedic relief. The film really shows what fun can be created in the world of filmmaking with strong writing, pure creativity, and just having fun. The light is definitely shined over the darkness.

 

Office Space February 19th, 1999

 

What’s not to love about ‘Office Space’, honestly? So many quotes of “Yeah, that’d be great.”, and “You took my stapler.” After all these years it is still as funny as the first time I saw it. The fact of the matter however is that it is hardly ever mentioned, or remembered as it should be, like a ‘Clerks’, or ‘Jay and Silent Bob’. This only gives it more reason to be given the nod as a cult, and right where it should be.

 

Bottle Rocket Feb 21st, 1996

 

‘Bottle Rocket’ starring Owen and Luke Wilson in their debut acting roles, and now has since began the great start to their acting careers, as well as director Wes Anderson.’Bottle Rocket’ offers a long lasting adventure, with poignant film shots, and a clever dialogue to boot, all in which gave this movie it’s hidden treasures. Wes Anderson’s feel for his movies don’t go unappreciated, this movie was quite the start into his longed eccentric filming style. ‘Bottle Rocket’ reminds you of films you’ve seen before, but not quite in the same way and style done before, definitely a cult. The Wilson brothers have since carried on well, in their now twenty years of acting.

-Jake Pendleton, jpendoy21@yahoo.com

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Product Placements Ugh

Watching movies for a matter of its first five minutes can create an annoucense for some people, for other’s they couldn’t give two shits.

I didn’t care for a while. But when I delved into the movie world it was product placement, was what annoyed me more and more. Only when it is done right. Just don’t choke me with that product, god damn.

Product placement can be annoying especially when it’s Apple, or Coke. Something about it, it feels so ungenuine and pretentious. Much like a lot of director’s they tend to dislike it also. However when the offer is there how can you not take it?

I think it only annoys me when the majority of the movie is ran around, and is the underlying subject within the movie. I feel the sense of it being important, but with the case of the movie “Chef” for example, throughout the entire movie you see them reference twitter to represent them, but it almost felt like it was the only way for El Jefe food truck to make it relevant.

It’s like ugh. All my opinion, but it feels gimmicky and not genuine. For the case of the movie Chef, it was over the top. A good movie I thought, but the only kicker would be the constant product placement. Director Tarantino has said in many interviews that he despises product placement. I can see why he would feel that way. I can agree at this point of watching movies. Even though Tarantino talked about McDonald’s Big Mac’s and Burger King Whoppers in Pulp Fiction.

I can understand it, and there’s no ways of getting around it, but that’s where a made up/ generic brand can come into play. Becoming mentioned in movies shows them as the giant conglomerate as they are. As the viewer I don’t think you can’t help it to notice every brand and marketing ploy. It all depends on how critical you are as a viewer Even if it is for a brief moment.

Take “Big Daddy” for instance, it’ brief and it’s hilarious. Egg McMuffin mm that’s some good shit.

Also sometimes watching a movie with nothing but product placement in a movie it gets too over the top. It’s too “brandy”.

Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is another example, it worked as a huge marketing strategy.White Castles sales boosted incredibly since the movie’s release.

Back to The Future it worked there too with the DeLorean Motor Company.I see it’s importance. However it is a car what else are you going to expect you can’t dance around every brand in the world. Here it came out and worked. But jeeze some movies have a motive that is only driven to advertisements. I mean I know most movies are but it’s not like the viewers see it firsthand.

It takes me back to the classics, and the movies with out it in your face. The Criterion Collection, and all that is represented.

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