By: Alexandrea van Huizen
Panic! at the Disco has returned and we can't be more excited. The band will release their fourth studio album titled 'Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!' on October 8, 2013. However, they've already released two singles off the album, 'Miss Jackson' and 'This is Gospel' and we cannot get enough of them!
'Miss Jackson' is the first single off the album which features guest vocals from 'Lolo'. 'Miss Jackson' is titled after Janet Jackson and references her hit song 'Nasty' with the line, 'Miss Jackson, are you nasty?' According to lead singer Brendon Urie:
"'Miss Jackson' is about something that actually happened to me when I was younger. I hadn't really talked about it, and I felt that if I didn't, I would keep thinking about it, it would drive me crazy. When I was younger, I would mess around; I'd sleep with one girl one night, sleep with her friend the next night, and not care about how they felt, or how I made them feel. And then it happened to me and I realised 'Wow, that's what that feels like? I feel really shitty.' I knew I had to change, because I didn't want to feel that way again, or make other people feel that way. So I wrote the song. It's based off someone who is real, though I don't think they would know it. They might suspect it, and if they figure it out, I'd love to talk to them about it."
'this is gospel'
The second single off the album, 'This is Gospel', was released on August 12, 2013, same day as the music video. In the video, vocalist Brendon Urie is seen to be struggling, trying to break free. There have been talks about this song being written about the alcohol and drug addictions faced by fellow bandmate, Spencer Smith. Whether or not this song was really written about Smith remains a mystery as there have been no official word from the band yet.
Like most of P!ATD's songs, both singles come from a very personal place and it is extremely important that fans get to see the real them being portrayed in their videos and from their lyrics. Taken from the band's official website, Urie writes a heartwarming post about fellow band member, Spencer Smith. Urie went on to say,
"And I wrote as sincerely and honestly as I could for this album. I didn't want to hold anything back. No one was telling me what I could and couldn't say. This was my diary and the pages were filled with confessions. About everything. About my story. What I had gone through and what I was going through. I kept writing and never really stopped."
It's unfortunate that Spencer will not be touring with the band but we wish him well and hope he makes a full recovery soon. I'm sure the fans have not been disappointed by both songs and like us, can't wait for the whole album to be released.
By: Tiffany Riyadi
Giant robots? Check. Aliens in a form of a huge grotesque monster? Check. The world is ending and the only person who can save it is as a smoking hot guy with a nice six pack? Check.
Pacific Rim (Directed by Guillermo del Toro and Written by del Toro/Travis Beacham) does have all the premises to be the blockbuster of the year. I was curious to see whether the movie would live up to it’s hype.
Verdict? It did not disappoint.
In all honesty, I did not expect too much from the movie. Yeah..sure, You’ll get the usual. Cool CGI, explosions here there, bad guy dies and the good guys win, the world is saved and all that jazz; pretty much like every other action movie out there! But the movie delivered so much more.
The movie starts with the gigantic aliens- or Kaiju (as they call it) emerging from the depths of the Pacific ocean! You know, they look like your worst seafood nightmare! In order to fight the aliens, humanity with all its glory, put aside their differences and create a kickass weapon in the form of massive robots called Jäger (that means hunter in German); controlled by two human pilots that have had their brains bounded with the robots. Think ‘War of the Worlds’ meet ‘Cloverfield’ meet ‘Transformers’.
For a while, the Jägers managed to keep the Kaijus and their fishy asses away! Eventually, however, The Kaijus evolve to better match the Jägers, causing the World Government to render the humanoid robots obsolete.
For one, it actually has a pretty decent storyline- quite honestly watching a lot of action movies these days I often turn off my brain and just enjoy the show. All the shootings, the bombings and the explosions! I am usually uninterested in the plot and forget about the characters and their emotions.
After all if your main target audience are the TWEENS, I think the “OMG-let’s-combine-cool-cars-aliens-giant-robots-with-a-smoking-hot-babe-that-does-not-actually-contribute-to-the-storyline” strategy works, I'm cool! (yes Transformers, I’m looking at you).
Pacific Rim though, kept me hanging on to the edge of my seat for that whole 132 minutes; sitting open-mouthed and completely neglecting my salted popcorn! I like how the show explores the emotional depths of the characters. It is actually a clever way to insert flashbacks and set an emotional tone.
Granted it’s no ‘Hachiko’, but from a movie with the tagline of ‘Go Big or Go Extinct,’ it’s a stellar achievement.
I especially love how del Toro does not opt for a sexy smoldering heroine that jumps on the male lead every chance she gets. Instead we have this quirky, doll-like, kick ass Japanese girl doing the tricks! Despite the lack of intimacy between the protagonist, (not even a single kiss, I took note of it!) they have a connection and they deeply care for each other.
Yes, it’s predictable. You won’t get any ‘Shutter Island’ mindfuckery, or twist-and-turns of the plot, or witty deep philosophical quotes that you would post as a Facebook status.
After all, it’s a movie about giant robots fighting giant aliens! For the genre, it actually puts some consideration to the characters and the storyline; which similar movies seem to unfortunately lack!
LTL strongly urges you to watch Pacific Rim (although judging by how it is, the chances are one of your friends have already ask you to go). Its fan-freaking-tastic.
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