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Pop Shock: Miley

So, maybe this is me being an old person. But, I don’t really think so.

I’ll freely admit there were times during last night’s VMAs that I looked at my husband and said, “I don’t get this. Do you get this? Does this mean we’re old?” Namely, Kanye; I just don’t get Kanye. I’ll just put that out there. Why perform in such a way that I can’t SEE you performing? I’m sure it was symbolism of some kind. It usually is, isn’t it?

Bah. Humbug.

I’m not against weird, though. I actually quite enjoyed Lady Gaga’s square mask, white nun-inspired costume that led into an entertaining exercise in quick changes and wig parades! Fun stuff.

But…Miley.

What was with Miley?

I want to like Miley; really, I do! But, her performance at last night’s VMAs makes it really hard for me. Here’s the video, but I don’t suggest watching it. It’s pretty gross.

 

Can we start with the teddy bears? It was a furry convention! Giant bears everywhere! Although, I did like the huge teddy bear with the Geordi La Forge mask on. You know the one I mean; Miley came out of its chest like it was a spaceship from the planet Skank. So, after semi-humping the teddy bear entry/door, she traipses down the teddy bear stairs with her tongue hanging out. Ummm, okay. You’ve got a tongue. Is that supposed to be sexy? Doesn’t quite hit the mark for me, Miles. Instead of sexy, she came across as a terribly immature child desperately trying to gain attention.

Then comes the dancing with over-the-top pelvis thrusting. This is nothing really new, I guess. It was gross, yes, but nothing new from a pop starlet trying too hard.

That’s where she went wrong, incidentally: she was trying WAY TOO HARD. She ended up copying and ramping up every other tired attempt at over-sexualized individualism.

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Their expressions say it all.

I get it, YOU LIKE SEX. You don’t need to point at your crotch every other beat. And later with a foam finger? Okay, you like sex with others and yourself. I get it.

And, Robin Thicke? Dude! You’re married with a child! The do-it-yourself Kama Sutra display was a bit much! Actually, it was more than a bit too much; it was WAY too much.

Oh, yeah, let’s not forget the singing. Miley was NOT at her best last night. If fact, she was pretty horrible. But, judging from her performance, she didn’t choose to focus on vocals. That was extremely obvious!

I can only suppose that she was meant to seem grown up. Shocking. Cutting edge.

No. It didn’t work.¬†Her behavior didn’t come across as shocking or cutting edge. It came across as immature, gross, and just plain vulgar.

Think of the (Will Smith’s) children!

What do you think, guys? Am I over-reacting?

 

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Spike Lee’s Pumping New Blood into Oldboy

When the remake to the Korean ultra-violent classic Oldboy was announced, it originally had Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Will Smith to star. Needless to say, I was worried. Very worried. This is one of my favorite films, and I don’t want its brilliance to be tarnished by some sub-par regurgitation. A gruesome film such as this should not be recreated by Spielberg and Smith. Although incredibly talented, they’re a bit too wholesome.

Sweet bloody revenge. Josh Brolin likes that.

Sweet bloody revenge. Josh Brolin likes that.

The film’s story follows a man who has been held captive (15 years in the original, 20 years in the remake) in what looks like a studio apartment in a low-income apartment complex, blamed for the murder of his wife, and then finally set free with no explanation as to why he was held captive or why he was freed. He then proceeds to seek out gloriously bloody and merciless revenge against his mysterious captor.

A remake (or re-imagining, as Spike Lee calls it) for this film calls for a director who can make a gritty, dangerous film and not have fans worry that it might get a PG-13 rating, that’s Spike Lee. This film needs a leading man with a great amount of range and the ability to come off as menacing, that’s Josh Brolin.

I’m not a die-hard fan of Spike Lee’s films, but I do respect his work nevertheless. However, I am a fan of Josh Brolin’s work and just from watching this trailer, I believe he will do an incredible job.

I cannot wait to see him go off on some people during the hallway hammer fight scene, one of the most epic fight scenes ever.

I wonder if he’ll cut his own tongue off.

And I’m pretty sure he slits Samuel L. Jackson’s throat too. Not that I dislike Sam Jackson but it’ll sure be cool to watch.

Follow the dotted line.

Follow the dotted line.

I’m rambling…

Anyway, I have been eagerly awaiting this film’s release for a while now, but I have to wait just a bit longer. It doesn’t come out until October 25th, so the red-band trailer will have to do for now. I’m probably going to have to watch the original multiple times until October.

Spike and Josh, don’t fail me.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer:

And if you haven’t seen the original…shame on you! Go watch it! Here’s the trailer for it:

Oldboy (2013) stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is directed by Spike Lee.

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