1. It's not that Drive is such a crazy innovative movie that referencing details would ruin it. It's actually a pretty clear and straightforward story, if aggressively subtle. The spoilers would be micro rather than macro - I don't want to talk to much about those minute details because they are the fun part. You can pretty much tell the destination right away, but getting there is what makes Drive so enjoyable and memorable.
Monza, site of the Italian Grand Prix since 1950, and the third of my three favorite Formula 1 courses. Built in 1922 in the Royal Villa of Monza park, the sun-dappled views created by the surrounding forest provide an arboreal setting which stands in marked contrast to the high technology of modern day F1 racing. With only 8 corners and the cars running at minimum downforce as a result, Monza is also the fastest course of the year, cars topping out at more ethan 200 mph and average lap&nbs...
LinkFrogging...sending in a Ringer.
In this episode, Jibbies and Loond get out into the field, visiting the always sonically spectacular Scout Bar in the southern Houston ‘burbs to take in DevilDriver and Skeletonwitch. A full-metal time is had by one and all, the only tiny downside being getting pan-handled by some chick for $1 on behalf of one of the local openers. Talk about harshing your buzz….I mean can’t you tell that we’re standing here having fun, rocking out? And what’s with the snarky comment when we say no? Hopefully this isn’t going to become a new cross-venue trend. Once J&L detail the show itself, they turn toward the future, pontificating on the ins-and-outs of Anthrax and Testament ‘co-headlining’ their upcoming tour and attempting to answer the question, “Is it really a Dead Horse reunion without Michael Haaga participating?”
[Ed. Note: Our interview with DevilDriver guitarist Jeff Kendrick, though not labelled as such, was Ep. 016, making this Ep. 017]
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Music featured this episode:
Skeletonwitch - 'Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod'
DevilDriver - 'These Fighting Words'
Pantera - 'Primal Concrete Sledge'
Anthrax - 'figthemtillyoucant'
deadhorse - 'Scottish Hell'
Sketch of the Day returns with a look into my creative process. (F-bombs deleted.)
Behind the scenes of the upcoming sci-fi film.
LinkFrogging...an institute you can't disparage!
It's not that I didn't WANT to like Warrior. It's that I didn't EXPECT to like it.
As far as I could tell, it was the latest attempt at a sports movie set in the world of mixed martial arts and would simply squeeze the genre's battle-tested tropes and plot twists into a pair of fingerless gloves. The trailer and commercials do little to dispel that notion, pretty much laying out the conceit of the movie ("the two men fighting for the championship tonight...ARE BROTHERS!") and playing up every moderately-clichéd beat from the film as if it's the spiritual successor to Never Back Down, Fighting or the direct-to-DVD Undisputed sequels. When I told a friend I had just come from a preview screening, he said, "You mean the one that's 'The Fighter' but with Nick Nolte?"
It's not The Fighter, but it does treat its subject matter with a level of seriousness that continued to impress and surprise me. Warrior isn't just the best MMA film to date, it just might be one of the best sports movies of the past decade.
Photo: Mark McArdle
Former F1 driver David Coulthard took a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car to the future site of Circuit of the Americas and did some dirt tracking with it. Then for good measure he made a turn or two on the streets outside Austin, Tex. That plus some words from CotA Chairman Tavo Hellmund make this a fun video for anyone excited about the return of Formula One to the US.
Back when the Formula One circuit stopped in Monaco I described it as one of my three favorite courses the drivers faced each year. Why? Because it is the closest F1 gets to taking the machine out of the equation and testing the man on his own. And Spa-Francorchamps, site of the Belgian Grand Prix? It is, without qualification, my favorite course.
At 4 1/3 miles Spa is the longest circuit of the F1 season. Its back-to-back straightaways allow the drivers to appr...