Blessings: A Review

Blessings: A Review

Introduction:

The first edition of #MusicMonday in 2018 follows Futuristic. Furtistic first came on the scene in 2009 with his debut album The Professor X Tape. He followed that up with The Fly Trap in 2011, Dream Big in 2012, Chasing Down a Dream in 2013, T.G.I.F. in 2013, Traveling Local in 2014, The Rise in 2015, his collaborative album with Devvon Tercel Coast 2 Coast in 2015, As Seen on the Internet in 2016, and What More Could You Ask For? in 2017. Now comes his latest and, possibly, greatest yet: Blessings. 

1. Life

The intro track is rather intense. It feels like Futuristic playing catch-up with his audience while venting his frustrations and worries. This has become standard for rap albums, but Futuristic does a good job. His flow is impeccable and his wordplay is strong. The production is solid. Life is his 44 Bars and he owns it.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B

2. Benz

The opening is kinda funny. The hook is kinda a flashy dig at his friends. The song is just a flex song. While it’s catchy and kinda fun, it’s all style and no substance.

Track Rating: 6/10

Grade: C

3. Do Too Much

The hook and production are sleek and fun. It’s a groovy jam. Futuristic’s vocals are really solid. Overall, this jam is a really confident and solid one. It’s a step up from the last track.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

4. Talk (ft. Tech N9ne and Devvon Terrell)

This is a really impressive and energetic song. Every single person included brings their A+ game and it’s fantastic. The standout line is Devvon’s lisp-y Mike Tyson. The lyricism and sheer prowess and speed of the song is breakneck. It’s the standout of the whole album.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

5. Clock

Futuristic’s vocals are really solid. The love song about making time is really good. The production is sleek and standout. His lyricism is very solid, but it’s his vocals that shine. It’s a great inclusion on this album. The pianos are a really nice touch.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

6. Lights

If there’s one thing I can say for this album, it’s the production is standout. Another chill and brightly produced is really cool. The song about fame is cool. The inclusion of the clock ticking in the background is a nice touch. Futuristic’s vocals are solid again. His lyricism is fantastic. His flow pattern is what makes him one of the greats.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

7. Not the Vibe

The premise of this song is really smart. The hook is contradictory to the verses. While the hook says none of the things he claims to do in the verses are good or what he’s about. That’s a really cool performance tool. He uses it to be say everything everyone else says in his verses and then clarifies in his hook it’s not right. It’s a solid track.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

8. Get It Together

A smooth, guitar driven track is uncommon in rap, making a really great addition to the album. While the song itself is confusing as to what it’s trying to say, the production is excellent. The lyricism is remarkable, but the songwriting is messy.

Track Rating: 6/10

Grade: B-

9. Epiphany (ft. NF)

The first single off the album is haunting. NF is incredible in his feature and meshes really well wot Futuristic. The beat is really cool and the two flow extremely well together. This is a great song. The raw talent and emotion from the two is great.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

10. Change Somebody

The final song on the album leaves things on a positive, uplifting note. The production on this last one is outstanding. The mixtures of horns and vocals and other sounds creates an unorthodox flow, but Futuristic kills it. This is the best one to end this wonderful album. It’s a big finale that works really well. It’s a perfect end.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion:

Futuristic is one of the best in business. His flow is something really impressive and his ability to pick good collaborators and write strong rhymes makes him a contender to be an all-time great. The production on this album is ridiculously amazing. This is Futuristic’s best album yet, and he’s got lots of fuel left in him.

Album Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

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The Third Annual KohOscars

The Third Annual KohOscars

2017 was a great year for film and this year’s awards reflect that. The third annual KohOscars introduces new categories this year with Best Comic Book Movie, Best Remake/Reboot, Best Stunts, Best Ensemble, Best Soundtrack, and Best Post-Credits Scene. We are also limiting the number of nominees per category to a maximum of fifteen and a minimum of nine.

Best Picture:bigsick

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Logan
  • Wonder Woman
  • Baby Driver
  • The Big Sick
  • Logan Lucky
  • It
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Coco
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Greatest Showman

Best Actor:spiderman-homecoming-759

  • Hugh Jackman, Logan/The Greatest Showman
  • Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast
  • Mike Vogel, The Case for Christ
  • Chris Pine, Wonder Woman
  • Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
  • Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Andy Serkis, War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
  • Michael Keaton, The Founder
  • Bill Skarsgård, It
  • Ben Stiller, Brad’s Status
  • Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Kenneth Branagh, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Ben Affleck, Justice League
  • Mark Hamill, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Actress:landscape-1478512906-beauty-and-the-beast-movie

  • Emma Watson, Beauty & the Beast
  • Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
  • Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick
  • Allison Williams, Get Out
  • Lily James, Baby Driver
  • Margaret Qualley, Death Note
  • Sophia Lillis, It
  • Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West
  • Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Supporting Actor:guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-wallpaper

  • John C. Reilly, Kong: Skull Island
  • Patrick Stewart, Logan
  • Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast
  • Kurt Russell, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Michael Rooker, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Jamie Foxx, Baby Driver
  • Jon Hamm, Baby Driver
  • Michael Keaton, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Ray Romano, The Big Sick
  • Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky
  • Karl Urban, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Tom Hiddleston, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Jared Leto, Blade Runner 2049

Best Supporting Actress:sw-the-last-jedi-tall-b

  • Dafne Keen, Logan
  • Pom Klementieff, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Elizabeth Debicki, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Kaya Scodelario, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Emma Thompson, Beauty & the Beast
  • Elis González, Baby Driver
  • Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
  • Riley Keough, Logan Lucky
  • Elizabeth Olsen, Ingrid Goes West
  • Tessa Thompson, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Gal Gadot, Justice League
  • Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Ana de Armas, Blade Runner 2049
  • Zendaya, The Greatest Showman

Best Director:1491990205555-1

  • Bill Condon, Beauty & the Beast
  • James Mangold, Logan
  • James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman
  • Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
  • Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok 
  • Kenneth Branagh, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049

Best Cameo:maxresdefault1

  • Luke Evans, The Fate of the Furious
  • Stan Lee, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Sean Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Orlando Bloom, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Russell Crowe, The Mummy
  • Stanley Tucci, Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Brogan Hall, Baby Driver
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Bo Burnham, The Big Sick
  • Seth MacFarlane, Logan Lucky
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Matt Damon, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Jesse Eisenberg, Justice League
  • Joe Manginello, Justice League
  • Frank Oz, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Comic Book Movievalerian-2017

  • Logan
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Justice League

Best Sequel:piratesofthecaribbean-deadmentellnotales-1494963463382_1280w

  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Logan
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Justice League
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Pitch Perfect 3

Best Remake/Reboot:deathnote

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Death Note
  • It
  • Murder on the Orient Express

Best Animated Feature:miguel-rivera-4096x2304-hector-coco-animation-disney-pixar-2017-4k-8693

  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Cars 3
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Batman and Harley Quinn
  • Coco

Best Adapted Screenplay:5. Logan

  • Ben Affleck, Live By Night
  • Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green, Logan
  • Stephen Chbosky & Evan Spiliotopoulos, Beauty & the Beast
  • Allan Heinberg, Wonder Woman
  • Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Day, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chis McKenna, and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Luc Besson, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Charley Parlapanides, Vlad Parlapanides, and Jeremy Slater, Death Note
  • Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback, War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman, It
  • Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, & Christopher L. Yost, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Michael Green, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049

Best Original Screenplay:baby-driver-et00040794-14-03-2017-09-05-24

  • J.D. Dillard & Alex Thurer, Sleight
  • Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
  • Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick
  • James Gunn, The Belko Experiment
  • Rebecca Blunt, Logan Lucky
  • Scott Lobdell, Happy Death Day
  • David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West
  • Mike White, Brad’s Status
  • Adrian Molina & Matthew Aldrich, Coco
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Max Landis, Bright
  • Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, The Greatest Showman

Best Cinematography:zz4f1c300d

  • Larry Fong, Kong: Skull Island
  • John Mathieson, Logan
  • Tobias A. Schliessler, Beauty & the Beast
  • Paul Cameron, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Matthew Jensen, Wonder Woman
  • Robert Richardson, Live By Night
  • Bill Pope, Baby Driver
  • Ben Richardson, Wind River
  • David Tattersall, Death Note
  • Chung-hoon Chung, It
  • Javier Aguirresarobe, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Haris Zambarloukos, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Fabian Wagner, Justice League
  • Ben Davis, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Best Film Editing:1491990205555-1

  • Vance Null, The Case for Christ
  • Virginia Katz, Beauty & the Beast
  • Fred Raskin and Craig Wood, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Martin Walsh, Wonder Woman
  • Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss, Baby Driver
  • Debbie Berman and Dan Lebental, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Julien Rey, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Zene Baker and Joel Negron, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Bob Ducsay, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Michael Tronik, Bright
  • Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker, Jon Poll, & Spencer Susser, The Greatest Showman

Best Production Design:hou_art_20170113_livebynight_headerjpg

  • Stefan Dechant, Kong: Skull Island
  • Jess Gonchor, Live By Night
  • Sarah Greenwood, Beauty & the Beast
  • Scott Chambliss, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Nigel Phelps, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Aline Bonetto, Wonder Woman
  • Marcus Rowland, Baby Driver
  • Jack Fisk, Song to Song
  • Claude Paré, It
  • Susie Mancini, Ingrid Goes West
  • Dan Hennah and Ra Vincent, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Jim Clay, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Rick Heinrichs, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Nathan Crowley, The Greatest Showman

Best Original Score:it-movie-2017-pennywise-bill-skarsgard

  • Alan Menken, Beauty & the Beast
  • Tyler Bates, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Geoff Zanelli, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Rupert Gregson-Williams, Wonder Woman
  • Randy Newman, Cars 3
  • Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson, Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Benjamin Wallfisch, It
  • Jonathan Sadoff and Nick Thornburn, Ingrid Goes West
  • Mark Mothersbaugh, Brad’s Status
  • Mark Mothersbaugh, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Patrick Doyle, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Danny Elfman, Justice League
  • Michael Giacchino, Coco
  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, Blade Runner 2049
  • John Debney and Joseph Trapanese, The Greatest Showman

Best Original Song:1-17

  • “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” Beauty & the Beast
  • “Evermore,” Beauty & the Beast
  • “Days in the Sun,” Beauty & the Beast
  • “Run That Race,” Cars 3
  • “Was He Slow?” Baby Driver
  • “A Million on My Soul,” Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • “Lose Yourself in Nature and Find Peace,” Brad’s Status
  • “Everybody Knows,” Justice League
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “Un Poco Loco,” Coco
  • “The Greatest Show,” The Greatest Showman
  • “A Million Dreams,” The Greatest Showman
  • “The Other Side,” The Greatest Showman
  • “Rewrite the Stars,” The Greatest Showman
  • “Tightrope,” The Greatest Showman

Best Costume Design:bg

  • Kelli Jones, Power Rangers
  • Jacqueline West, Live By Night
  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty & the Beast
  • Judianna Makovsky, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Penny Rose, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Lindy Hemming, Wonder Woman
  • Courtney Hoffman, Baby Driver
  • Louise Frogley, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Mayes C. Rubeo, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Michael Wilkinson, Justice League
  • Michael Caplan, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Renée April, Blade Runner 2049
  • Ellen Mirojnick, The Greatest Showman

Best Hair & Makeup:img_0365

  • Jenny Harling, Beauty & the Beast
  • Joel Harlow, Logan
  • Julie Hill-Parker, The Case for Christ
  • Camille Friend, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Kerrin Jackson, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Christine Blundell, Wonder Woman
  • Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, The Mummy
  • Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Sarah Craig, It
  • Vincenzo Mastrantonio, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Paulina Boneva, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Peter King, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Alessandro Bertolazzi, Bright
  • Nicki Ledermann, The Greatest Showman

Best Sound Editing:gallery-1469440016-logo-thor-ragnarok

  • Beauty & the Beast
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Baby Driver
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Get Out
  • It
  • Coco
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Greatest Showman

Best Sound Mixing:transformers-last-knight-poster-optimus-prime

  • Beauty & the Beast
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Baby Driver
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Coco
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Greatest Showman

Best Visual Effects:warofplanetofapes

  • Kong: Skull Island 
  • Logan
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Death Note
  • Bright
  • It
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Justice League
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Stunts:atomicblonde-2

  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Mummy
  • Baby Driver
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Bright

Best Ensemble:ew_website_2700x1800-murderexpress

  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Baby Driver
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • It
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Justice League
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Soundtrack:baby-driver-et00040794-14-03-2017-09-05-24

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Baby Driver
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Logan Lucky
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Coco
  • The Greatest Showman

Best Post-Credits Scene:pirates-caribbean-5-movie-posters

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Justice League

Legacy Film of the Year:home-girls

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fargo
  • Heathers
  • The Big Lebowski

Doctor Who: Ranking the Regenerations

Doctor Who: Ranking the Regenerations

The saddest times of life are when we have to say goodbye. And we said goodbye to this particular time traveller for the thirteenth time yesterday. Now, it’s time to rank the regenerations of The Doctor, across the 54 years of Doctor Who.

13. The Sixth Doctor (Time and the Raini)colinbaker

  • Episode: Time and the Raini
  • Outgoing Doctor: Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy)
  • Incoming Doctor: Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor
  • Last Line: “Ohh… carrot juice? Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice!”
  • First Line: “Oh no, Mel.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Mel Bush
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: TARDIS Crash
  • Written By: Pip and Jane Baker

12. The Fifth Doctor (The Caves of Androzani)peterdavison-5thdoctor

  • Episode: The Caves of Androzani
  • Outgoing Doctor: Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor
  • Last Line: “I might regenerate. I don’t know. Feels different this time…Adric?”
  • First Line: “You were expecting someone else?”
  • Companion(s) Present: Peri Brown
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Poisoned
  • Written By: Robert Holmes

11. The Fourth Doctor (Logopolis)tom-baker-doctor-who-blow-up-bbc

  • Episode: Logopolis
  • Outgoing Doctor: Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor
  • Last Line: “It’s the end. But the moment has been prepared for.”
  • First Line: “Ah. You’ve come to help me find the Zero Room. Welcome aboard. I’m the Doctor. Or will be if this regeneration works out.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Adric, Nyssa, & Tegan
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Fall Damage
  • Written By: Christopher H. Bidmead

10. The Third Doctor (Planet of Spiders)sean_pertwee_and_katy_manning_celebrate_doctor_who_star_jon_pertwee_on_his_birthday

  • Episode: Planet of Spiders
  • Outgoing Doctor: Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor
  • Last Line: “A tear, Sarah Jane? No, don’t cry. While there’s life there’s…”
  • First Line: “I tell you, Brigadier, there’s nothing to worry about. The brontosaurus is large and placid… And stupid! If the square on the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square on the other two sides, why is a mouse when it spins? Never did know the answer to that one.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Sarah Jane Smith & The Brigadier
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Exposure to toxic radiation
  • Written By: Robert Sloman

9. The First Doctor (The Tenth Planet)doctor-who

  • Episode: The Tenth Planet (and Twice Upon a Time)
  • Outgoing Doctor: William Hartnell’s First Doctor (Also Played By David Bradley)
  • Incoming Doctor: Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor
  • Last Line: “Ah, yes! Thank you. It’s good. Keep warm.” (The Tenth Planet), “Well then, here we go — the long way round.” (Twice Upon a Time)
  • First Line: “Slower! Slower! Concentrate on one thing. One thing!”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis

8. The War Doctor (The Day of The Doctor)wardoctor

  • Episode: The Day of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: John Hurt’s War Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Yes… Of course, I suppose it makes sense. Wearing a bit thin. I hope the ears are a bit less conspicuous this time.”
  • First Line: (Said six seasons prior) “Run.”
  • Companion(s) Present: None (Scene prior: Tenth & Eleventh Doctor & Clara)
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

7. The Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who)sylvester-mccoy-doctor-who

  • Episode: Doctor Who (TV Movie)
  • Outgoing Doctor: Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Timing malfunction. The Master, he’s out there! He’s out there…I know… I’ve got to stop…him…”
  • First Line: “Who am I?”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Shot by gangsters
  • Written By: Matthew Jacobs

6. The Eighth Doctor (The Night of The Doctor)mcgann1

  • Episode: The Night of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: John Hurt’s War Doctor
  • Last Line: “Physician, heal thyself.”
  • First Line: “Doctor no more.”
  • Companion(s) Present: None
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Spacecraft Crash
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

5. The Second Doctor (The War Games)patricktroughton1

  • Episode: The War Games
  • Outgoing Doctor: Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor
  • Last Line: “No, stop! You’re making me giddy! No!”
  • First Line: (not said until next season) “Shoes, must find my shoes. Unhand me, madam!”
  • Companion(s) Present: None. The Council of Time Lords are present.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Forcibly Regenerated by Time Lords
  • Written By: Terrence Dicks and Malcolm Hulke

4. The Twelfth Doctor (Twice Upon a Time)peter_capaldi_confirms_he_s_leaving_doctor_who_at_the_end_of_series_10

  • Episode: Twice Upon a Time
  • Outgoing Doctor: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor
  • Last Line: “Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor…I let you go.”
  • First Line: “Oh, brilliant!”
  • Companion(s) Present: At the time of regeneration, none. In the scene prior, Clara Oswald, Bill Potts, & Nardole.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Damage from an explosion from a battle with Cybermen.
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

3. The Ninth Doctor (The Parting of the Ways)christopher_eccleston_1

  • Episode: The Parting of the Ways
  • Outgoing Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor
  • Last Line:  “Rose… before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”
  • First Line: “Hello! Okay…New teeth. That’s weird. So, where was I? Oh, that’s right. Barcelona!”
  • Companion(s) Present: Rose Tyler
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Absorbed Time Vortex energy
  • Written By: Russell T. Davies

2. The Tenth Doctor (The End of Time: Part Two)DOCTOR WHO

  • Episode: The End of Time: Part Two
  • Outgoing Doctor: David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor
  • Last Line: “I don’t want to go.”
  • First Line: “Legs! I’ve still got legs!”
  • Companion(s) Present: At the time, none. In the scene prior, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Wilfred Mott.
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Exposure to toxic radiation
  • Written By: Russell T. Davies

1. The Eleventh Doctor (The Time of The Doctor)hpm7gqe

  • Episode: The Time of The Doctor
  • Outgoing Doctor: Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor
  • Incoming Doctor: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor
  • Last Line: “I’ll always remember when The Doctor was me.”
  • First Line: “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color.”
  • Companion(s) Present: Clara Oswald, Amy Pond
  • Circumstance for Regeneration: Old Age, Natural Causes
  • Written By: Steven Moffat

Reminiscent: A Review

Reminiscent: A Review

Introduction

This week’s edition of #MusicMonday is the second of three articles in a mini-series focusing on individual members of Midwestern rap group The Forks. Previously, I covered MyzBeatz and his album Phenom4Eons. This week, I’m tackling the newly released, debut mixtape from SW: Reminiscent. SW is an East Grand Forks-based rapper. Born Steven Widman, SW grew in popularity following his performance of “Desperados” by Andy Mineo at Grand Cities Idol in April 2016. After, he set out for a career, releasing his singles Panda (Remix) and God & Society in May 2016, followed by Sit Back (ft. C-Lee) in June 2016 and 44 Bars (Remix) in August 2016. After this, he took a long hiatus, marking his change in producers and his part in the formation of The Forks. In August 2017, SW returned with his single The Memo, followed in October by Let the Beat Bounce (ft. 2K). Now comes his first mixtape ever, Reminiscent. You can download Reminiscent for free here.

1. The Reason (ft. C-Los)

Borrowing the beat of Trip Lee’s “Schweet”, SW uses the beat to introduce his album by exploring what the reasons for him rapping or being put where he are. He’s accompanied by C-Los, the producer of the record and solo rapper in his own right. C-Los flows well on the beat with SW. Their chemistry and lyricism is strong and makes for a solid debut. It sets the tone for what’s to come. The intensity of the song seemingly heralds an album similarly, however, the comedic elements from the two present an alternative opinion. It’s a good intro.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

2. The Memo

The fourth single from the mixtape utilizes a beat by YouTube producer IVN. SW’s flow pattern is really impressive. The song is really impressive lyrically, dealing with the idea of identity. It’s a really fun jam. The intensity is there, suggesting it’s going to continue with that angle. It’s a great track that emulates the spirit of a song by Logic.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

3. 44 Bars

Speaking of Logic, SW takes the Logic classic out for a spin. Opening up for a honest 44 bars of venting, this is a really personal song where he opens up about the responsibilities that come with it. The lyricism is solid and the emotion is something you don’t see very often in mainstream rap music. It’s a mesmerizing track that SW utilizes to establish a connection with the listener. It’s a honest song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

4. Confidence

This track is intense in its production and SW flows pretty well a beat that is pretty mediocre and choppy at the outset. However, things switch and speed and sound more like a regular SW track. He rides it like a bike and fees comfortable. This track is actually genius in its construction. It’s a song that is about growing confidence in what he’s doing, which he decides to show in the beat and lyricism than just saying he’s become more confident. It’s a very inventive song as the listener starts out uncomfortable listening to the track and ends up with a sense of pride of what SW manages to accomplish.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

5. Run It

Borrowing another beat from Logic, the pace picks up. The lyricism and production are absolutely knockout. He fits this beat like a glove. At five songs in, SW shows just how comfortable and at home he feels behind a mic. He loosens up and sheds the intensity factor to prove his sheer talent and skill, all while having tons of obvious fun. This is the best of the bunch so far.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

6. The Journey

Things get epic here in track six. We’re digging into the meat of SW’s album with this song about his life journey. He rides the beat well and the lyricism is really solid. It’s impossible to compare this to the song we just came off of, but The Journey is a really solid entry into the album.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

7. Calling Kaleb (Skit) [ft. C-Los & 2K]

This hilarious skit between songs helps establish the chemistry between the artists and signal a lighter tone for the next song. The skit sees SW and C-Los about to work on another song on the album and require the services of 2K to sing the hook, only to catch his voicemail. It’s a skit that fits right in and helps loosen the listener up after The Journey. The beat used to score the skit may or may not also be an Easter egg to a future project? Ultimately, it’s a just a funny insert for the album and it does more good than harm. It’s a funny piece for an album that’s about to take a fun turn.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

8. Let the Beat Bounce (ft. 2K)

After introducing 2K on the track before with his voicemail, we get to hear what the pair can do together. The production on this one is fun and really solid. SW’s lyricism is super strong and fun. With the added cameos from producer C-Los, the final single for the album is a real jam. The final feature from 2K is a really fun addition, bring a sort of Marty from Social Club Misfits vibe to the song. His lyricism is actually pretty cool, despite being a little less advanced than SW. Overall, it’s a really fun track that is probably the biggest jam on the record.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. Wisdom

Borrowing J. Cole’s “Fire Squad” instrumental, SW delivers what might be his best song yet. As proven with previous tracks, SW is a great hook writer. He delivers a song that is really advanced in terms of what he does lyrically. Covering the subject of gaining knowledge and wisdom in life, it’s the first song to break the pattern of Reminiscent. Instead of focusing on the past and “reminiscing”, he takes what he’s learned and brings looking forward. The production is pretty straight forward and is really solid, but what shines here is the one-two punch of the excellent performance and the strong lyricism. It’s a really strong song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

10. God & Society

Taking his first single, released over a full year in advance, and repurposing and re-recording it to fit his record. The song works extremely well, fitting right in with the narrative being created. Taking a look at the present and applying the wisdom he’s gained, SW calls out the issues of today’s society and what we need to solve it. His performance is stellar and the lyricism holds up strong. The production is really solid. This song is really uplifting despite the seemingly negative premise. It’s a perfect fit for the record and an excellent song.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

11. On The Grind (ft. 2K)

2K returns on the album to sing the hook for the epic penultimate song. Just from the strings on the outset, it’s an obviously intense finale. With C-Los making a cameo, the song actually brought a few tears to my eyes in the production. Everyone’s performances are spectacular. The lyricism from SW is very strong and the hook is excellent. The song focuses on what SW’s been doing, which is creating this album and seemingly more. It’s a really impressive song that perfectly fits into your workout playlist. It’s incredible.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

12. Day By Day

The finale of the album summarizes SW’s journey and his desire for the listener to take away. As we’ve reached the end, it feels like we’ve gone on the journey with SW. His lyricism is solid and he flows extremely well. The production is great. This song just perfectly ties up all the loose ends and everything thematically into an excellent package with a nice little bow. This song is solid and wraps up a really good album.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion:

SW crafts a spectacular debut. Reminiscent from start to finish, crafts a story thematically and executes every aspect impressively. There’s nothing on this album that should be found as unimpressive. Nothing displayed here is average or mediocre. Everything packed into this album, from performances to lyricism to production, is done superbly. Wisdom, Confidence, Run It, & On The Grind are especially excellent, from their concept to their production, these songs and the album as a whole can be summed up in one word: impressive.

Album Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

You can download Reminiscent for free here.

Revival: A Review

Revival: A Review

Introduction:

Eminem is a rap legend. When asked to put four faces on the Mount Rushmore of rap music, Eminem is automatically on it. Marshall Mathers was born in 1972 and hails from Detroit, Michigan. He made his name in underground Detroit rap scene in the early to mid 90s, before gaining the attention of rap legend and producer Dr. Dre. He released his first album, The Slim Shady LP, in 1999, swiftly following it up with what is widely considered one of hip hop’s best albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, released in 2000. In 2002, The Eminem Show was released, marking yet another chart-topping success for Eminem. That same year, Eminem starred in a semi-autobiographical movie called 8 Mile, for which he won a Grammy and an Oscar for his song “Lose Yourself”. In 2004, Eminem released Encore, which signaled an apparent end to his career, solidified by the release of his greatest hits album, Curtain Call, was released in 2005. In 2007, he was hospitalized after a drug overdose, calling attention to his addiction that fueled “Slim Shady”. In 2009, after a five year hiatus to focus on his rehab and recovery, he returned with Relapse, followed subsequently by a deluxe edition called Relapse: Refill. In 2010, Eminem produced Recovery, finishing off the songs he wrote during his rehab period. After a three break, Eminem returned with the record breaking sequel to his 2000 album: The Marshall Mathers LP2 in 2013. During his next four year break, Eminem released two singles Guts Over Fear in 2014 and Campaign Speech in 2016. Now comes what many are predicting as his final album: Revival.

1. Walk on Water (ft. Beyoncé)

Beyoncé’s vocals are absolutely killer. The gospel style of the song is great. The choice to have Eminem brainstorming to try and write new stuff is great. This song is so meta and is incredible lyrically. It’s incredible. He talks about the return, but also the potential of him being done with this album. It’s a beautiful song that perfectly sums up and addresses what Eminem has been up to and the problems he’s faced.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

2. Believe

Using a trap beat, Eminem is about merge the old school with the new style. And he fairs pretty well. While lyricism and performance is okay, the song fits the theme of the album. It’s mainly about Eminem getting confidence back after the vulnerability in the last song. It’s alright as a song, but I give it respect for fitting the theme.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

3. Chloraseptic (ft. Phresher)

He uses another new type beat and brings in someone who lives in that world to help. They perform well together and the beat works very well for them. The song hits all the Eminem check marks. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible. The best part of the song is the hook by Phresher. It doesn’t really talk about anything. It’s just kind of Eminem trying to do shock rap, but it just comes across as lame for such a legend. I get he’s trying to mimic new rap, but it just doesn’t work.

Track Rating: 5/10

Grade: C-

4. Untouchable

The second single from the album is an interesting one. Taking a look at the political climate for the first time in Eminem’s album career, he examines black gang culture and the stigma that this white boy has never been in that world. He also covers white privilege and briefly examines the military. It’s a really cool song that feels like Eminem finally letting out his emotions on something he’s cared about for a long time. The hook and guitars are awesome. The production is really solid. This album is Eminem giving his opinions on everything he’s missed in the last four years since MMLP2.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

5. River (ft. Ed Sheeran)

Ed Sheeran’s vocals are stellar. Admittedly, I’m a huge Sheeran fan and Em fan so this song is already exciting for me. The beat we have is acoustic based and is absolutely strong. Eminem’s lyricism is strong. The song about dating, love, and relationship in the 21st century is a story and Eminem does storytelling best. This song is the best of the album so far, from the different production and the emotional performances from Ed and Em. These two are a perfect match. Overall, this song is incredible in every aspect.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

6. Remind Me (Intro)

The production is really cool. It’s a short song but it’s really cool.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

7. Remind Me

The song which samples the guitars and hook from “I Love Rock and Roll” and it’s brilliant. Em kills this track. It’s an old school style Eminem song and it lives up to the name, reminding us of the old Em. It’s a fun song, despite there being a few cringe worthy moments.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

8. Revival (Interlude)

The beautiful piano and whistle combo make for a really pretty break after that aggressive song. The vocals are gorgeous and it’s

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

9. Like Home (ft. Alicia Keys)

Politics return, but in a hopeful ballad about rebuilding, while criticizing President Trump. The hook is really pretty with Alicia’s vocals. The hook almost doesn’t fit with the subject matter of Em’s verses, but it also fits like a glove. It’s a good song. It’s gorgeous vocally and impressive lyrically. Em’s performance is solid. I like it.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

10. Bad Husband (ft. X Ambassadors)

Addressing domestic abuse in a song is a tricky, but important topic. X Ambassadors are a solid addition to the song. Eminem’s heartfelt apology is sweet. It’s a very real and personal song about Em’s life. It’s pretty good.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

11. Tragic Endings (ft. Skylar Grey)

The production on this one is awesome. Skylar’s vocals are great. The hook is great. Em’s performance is good again. We’re back into another relationship abuse song. It’s a good one though. It’s a solid emotional song. Skylar Grey’s vocals are the highlight of the track.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B

12. Framed

The production and performance are extremely reminiscent of Slim Shady. That’s exactly what he’s going for. Eminem is showing his three different personalities in another storytelling song. Following our DID Eminem going on a killing spree, this a really fun story song that gives us Em & Slim together. This song is great. I think this song is supposed to show us that Em isn’t just one thing or one person, he’s multiple. He’s still Slim Shady and he’s Eminem.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

13. Nowhere Fast (ft. Kehlani)

Kehlani’s vocals beautiful. Using strings and keys to give a really fun, fast beat. Em rides the beat like it’s nothing. Dealing with the idea of his legacy again and what may happen in the future, Em murders this beat. It’s a really cool song with strong lyricism. The performance and vocals are really solid.

Track Rating. 8/10

Grade: A-

14. Heat

The guitars are really cool. Eminem is doing another sorta cringey and it’s really weird. The production and hook are great, but I’m not sure how I feel about the song itself. It’s rather uncomfortable to listen to.

Track Rating: 5/10

Grade: C-

15. Offended

The production is stellar again and Em rides it like a bike, making fun of people who get offended easily. The hook is good with solid vocals. I like this track for the unapologetic nature of the song.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

16. Need Me (ft. P!nk)

Pink’s vocals are pretty solid, but her vocals make up half of the song. Em doesn’t rap until almost halfway through the song. Overall, this song is just kinda unimpressive. There’s nothing defining about it.

Track Rating: 4/10

Grade: D+

17. In Your Head

Sampling the song of the same name, Em delivers a jam. It’s aggressive and emotional and completely Eminem. It’s his 44 Bars.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

18. Castle

The vocals are gorgeous and haunting. Em tells the story about his personal life prior to making it as Eminem and being a rapper and becoming a dad. It’s an great song. The ending with his pill overdose is sad.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

19. Arose

The immediate follow up is heartbreaking as Eminem is dying and thinking about his family. It’s tragic and heartbreaking. The vocals and performance are incredible and the lyricism is honest and the song overall is great.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion:

Eminem delivers another mixed bag album. The legend has been gone for so long that it makes sense for him to release a long album, but several of these just don’t land. He has great songs in here like River and Arose, but he also has bad ones in here. He will always be a legend, but if this album is truly his last, this is a bit of a disappointment to go out on, as he spends much of his time calling out Trump or doing a standard Eminem thing. There is a great storyline or theme that could’ve been followed, but was pumped full of extra stuff that just didn’t need to be there. When he lands, he lands with the power that only Eminem could. But when he fails, it’s cringe-worthy. Eminem just delivered another middling album that isn’t bad, but isn’t amazing either.

Album Rating: 7/10

Grade: B-

Critic’s Choice Awards: My Picks

Critic’s Choice Awards: My Picks

The Critic’s Choice Awards nominations have been released and here are my picks for what should win in the film categories. Check back in on Thursday, January 11, 2018, to see who won and if I was right or wrong in my predictions.

Best Picture:bigsick

  • The Big Sick
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Florida Project
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Winner: The Shape of Water

Best Actor:screen-shot-2017-07-17-at-4-30-37-pm

  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
  • Tom Hanks, The Post
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Winner: Gary Oldman

Best Actress:239293_146_news_hub_198282_677x251

  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep, The Post

Winner: Frances McDormand

Best Supporting Actor:5. Logan

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Patrick Stewart, Logan
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

Winner: Sam Rockwell

Best Supporting Actress:story_bg_image-2faac00e-29cb-4107-b7f2-fb8_9tJrB8e

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Hong Chau, Downsizing
  • Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
  • Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Winner: Allison Janney

Best Young Actor/Actress:wonder-cur

  • McKenna Grace, Gifted
  • Dafne Keen, Logan
  • Brooklynn Pierce, The Florida Project
  • Millicent Simmonds, Wonder
  • Jacob Tremblay, Wonder

Winner: Brooklynn Pierce

Best Acting Ensemble:dunkirk-2017-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000

  • Dunkirk
  • Lady Bird
  • Mudbound
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director:mv5bndi0nju3mtc3nf5bml5banbnxkftztgwndc5mtmymdi-_v1_

  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Luda Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Steven Spielberg, The Post

Winner: Guillermo del Toro

Best Animated Feature:10. The Lego Batman Movie

  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Loving Vincent

Winner: Coco

Best Action Movie:warofplanetofapes

  • Baby Driver
  • Logan
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Wonder Woman

Winner: Wonder Woman

Best Comedy:769341148_5618218526001_5617890179001-vs

  • The Big Sick
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Girls Trip
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird

Winner: The Big Sick

Best Actor in a Comedy:omyvigfmyc082ay8fv6-o

  • Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
  • Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories

Winner: James Franco

Best Actress in a Comedy:lady-bird-film

  • Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
  • Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Winner: Margot Robbie

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie:it-movie-2017-pennywise-bill-skarsgard

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Get Out
  • It
  • The Shape of Water

Winner: Get Out

Best Original Screenplay:the-post-poster-meryl-streep-tom-hanks

  • Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
  • Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out

Winner: Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay:Mudbound - Still 4

  • James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
  • Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
  • Dee Rees and Virgil Williams, Mudbound
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
  • Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky, Wonder

Winner: Call Me By Your Name

Best Cinematography:zz4f1c300d

  • Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
  • Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
  • Dan Lausten, The Shape of Water
  • Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
  • Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me By Your Name

Winner: Blade Runner 2049

Best Production Design:ew_website_2700x1800-murderexpress

  • The Shape of Water
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Phantom Thread

Winner: The Shape of Water

Best Editing:baby-driver-et00040794-14-03-2017-09-05-24

  • Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar, The Post
  • Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
  • Lee Smith, Dunkirk
  • Joe Walker, Blade Runner 2049
  • Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

Winner: Baby Driver

Best Costume Design:1491990205555-1

  • Renée April, Blade Runner 2049
  • Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
  • Lindy Hemming, Wonder Woman
  • Luis Sequira, The Shape of Water

Winner: Phantom Thread

Best Hair & Makeup:landscape-1478512906-beauty-and-the-beast-movie

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Darkest Hour
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Wonder

Winner: Darkest Hour

Best Visual Effects:gallery-1469440016-logo-thor-ragnarok

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Wonder Woman

Winner: War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Song:miguel-rivera-4096x2304-hector-coco-animation-disney-pixar-2017-4k-8693

  • Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast
  • “Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
  • “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Winner: “Remember Me”

Best Score:the_post_dom_nor_d30_071017_204253_204322_r_comp_rgb-0

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • Johnny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • Dario Marianelli, Darkest Hour
  • Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer, Blade Runner 2049
  • John Williams, The Post
  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Winner: The Shape of Water

My Score: 10/26 = 39% = F

Godspell: A Review

Godspell: A Review

Introduction:

I had never heard of the show Godspell until it was announced as the musical my senior year. So I figured, what better way to promote my final high school musical than by reviewing the original cast recording. Written by John-Michael Tebelak and composed by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell follows the adventures of Jesus Christ and his band of misfits as they form the most enduring community in world history in the form of playing games, telling stories, and singing songs, leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. Since there are many versions of the show, I decided I’d review the original cast album, which excludes “Tower of Babble” and “Beautiful City” (written for the film).

1. Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

Starting with some obnoxious horns, the opener launches with some stellar vocals from David Haskell, the originator of the roles of Judas and John The Baptist. After his a capella solo, the 70s disco/gospel music kicks in and we have a full cast that gets the listener moving to the grooving disco-esqe number.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

2. Save the People

The second number features pianos and acoustic guitars, arranged in a style similar to Billy Joel. Stephen Nathan, the original Jesus, jumps into a beautiful number calling for God to “save the people” of Earth. It’s beautiful song vocally and instrumentally that is an infectious and catchy tune.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

3. Day By Day

The most popular number from the show, “Day by Day” is a slow burn. While asking for God’s aid in taking life one day at a time is a pretty topic, the song takes a bit to pick up. Once it does, it’s a pretty fun tune.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

4. Learn Your Lessons Well

An overly exuberant number about memorizing scripture and what you’re taught in Sunday school, it’s a fun tune that slides right into the show.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

5. Bless the Lord

The soft rock song is pretty solid. It moves pretty well and grooves along nicely. It speeds up and creates a real sense of fun in the show. As a stand-alone song, it’s not great, but it’s solid. Joanne Jonas’s vocals are solid.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: B+

6. All for the Best

This vaudeville-style duo between Stephen Nathan and David Haskell is the best song of the show. With its comical sense of timing and wonderful arrangements, the sixth number is truly a delight.

Track Rating: 10/10
Grade: A+

7. All Good Gifts

This acoustic, Gospel-inspired number is beautiful. Lamar Alford shines vocally. His prowess is truly unmatched. The song about being thankful for the gifts of God is really wonderful.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

8. Light of the World

This disco pop number is the definition of infectious. It’s just a delightful blast that does a perfect job of closing the first act, utilizing dance breaks and unparalleled energy.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. Turn Back, O Man

This sleezy showtune is fun gives a real 20s showgirl vibe, which is what they’re going for in the show. Sonia Manzano is incredible and her performance is wonderful. It’s song that is so catchy that you’ll be singing it forever.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

10. Alas for You

This rage-filled 70s rock number is directed as a warning to hypocrites and truly exhibits the performance of Stephen Nathan and his range. It’s a wonderful tune.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

11. By My Side

This slower, more personal number lands better than “Day by Day”, but it’s still rather dull. Overall, the performances are haunting, but the lyricism falls short.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

12. We Beseech Thee

Jeffery Mylett and company deliver a final fun and lighthearted number for the show as the company pretends to be instruments and just jam in the Gospel-Rock blend. It explifies the fun of the show.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A+

13. On the Willows

The song performed traditionally by The Band, in other version Judas, is a tragically beautiful number carried by acoustic guitars as Judas prepares his betrayal of Jesus. While David Haskell doesn’t perform the song in the show, Steve Reinhardt leads The Band in a final tune before we reach the end of our show.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

14. Finale

Stephen Nathan’s acting is once again displayed as he and the company really bring the show home and fill the audience will several different emotions at once: despair at the death of Jesus, anger at the circumstances, fear of the unknown, and hope and joy for the future. It evokes such incredible feelings and closes the show in an incredible way.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

15. Day by Day (Reprise)

While our show does not perform this number, it closes out the cast album. I’m not sure contextually why the song is placed last other than to symbolize Jesus’s resurrection and epilogue the show as they’re continuing the community, but overall, it’s not a good song in the slightest. While faster paced than the original, it’s a sad reprise that doesn’t need to in the show. I can see why they replaced it with “Beautiful City,” a much superior song.

Track Rating: 1/10

Grade: F

 

Conclusion:

The album is fun and the songs are really great. It’s a show that must be experienced in person, with a cast that works for you, and you have the chance to do so Friday, November 17th – Sunday, November 19th at the East Grand Forks Senior High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Showtimes are at 7:00pm Friday – Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday.

Album Rating: 8/10

Grade: B+