The Great Pumpkin (No Charlie Brown)
Pumpkin is the best movie you've never seen. Seriously. This is why I wrote an On Second Thought piece about the film for Stylus this week. Check it out and please see this movie. If you like Ghost World and Heathers, you'll like Pumpkin. Trust.
Basically, the film is the story of Christina Ricci/Carolyn McDuffy an incredibly cute and incredibly stupid sorority girl at USC (called Southern California State University) who falls in love with a mentally retarded challenged athlete named Pumpkin Romanoff. Hilarity ensues. Yeah, the movie is that weird. It's also that good.
In other news, I also covered a Lupe Fiasco set for Rap-Up magazine last week. You can check it here. It's not my finest writing but it was just a half hour set and it was pretty underwhelming to tell you the truth. Ian's compared Lupe to Guru from Gangstarr and I think that comparison's pretty dead-on. I have the feeling if I'd heard Lupe when I was 16, he'd be my new favorite rapper. He's definitely good and the rap world needs more Lupe Fiasco's more than they needs Young Jeezy's, but Lupe's album seems to be missing something. It's more admirable and impressive than it is fun to listen to. This is probably why I've listened it only twice while I've listened to the Method Man CD about 8 or 9 times since I got it.
Oh by the way, remember what I said about the Paris Hilton CD? The part about how critics were going to rush out and praise it as better than expected and a "frothy summer delight." Well, Check All Music Guide's 4.5 star review of her new album. All I can say is egads. Well, egads is all that I can say that doesn't involve the seven words you can't say on television.
Also...Talib Kweli now has an infrequently updated blog...but a blog nonetheless. Check out his April 18th post. It's rather good and it raises some interesting questions about the nature of artists and constructive criticism vs. hating on them. At one point, he addresses the issue of critics hating on Common's Electric Circus while loving Be. In the post, Kweli maintains that Electric Circus was the album Common needed to make to get to Be and critics don't understand the path of the artist. And you know what? He's probably right. That being said, Electric Circus is damned underrated. I don't care what anyone says. I like that album a lot. I like Be too. But it seems that people generally divide themselves into one camp or the either. Oh well.
Until next time...