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Swedish DJ and musician Avicii passed away on Friday at the age of 28. While his name was only directly associated with a few songs, he was instrumental in making the music industry sound how it does today.

Here are some of the songs that he became famous for:


WAKE ME UP

This song was number 1 on my Song of the Year list for 2013 before I started this site…

They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me


HEY BROTHER

What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down
For you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do


LEVELS

This song featured some of the sounds from Flo Rida’s “Good Feelin, which he helped create.

Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah
Get a feeling that I never, never, never, never had before, no no
I get a good feeling, yeah

Fourth try at a bracket, after the highly successful ones of Disney vs. PixarNetflix, and Amazon vs. Hulu brackets is the Marvel Universe. The bracket was taken from Twitter user @Rye_B_Thats_Me.

Spoiler alert: I think I really like the X-Men movies.


ROUND OF 32

The Avengers vs. Thor: The Dark World – The Avengers — I mean, The Avengers was the end of Phase I, and the movie that started tying all our favorite characters together
Spider-Man (2002) vs. X-Men (2000) – X-Men — No one can deny that Spider-Man was a great movie, but X-Men launched this entire Marvel Universe into existence
Thor: Ragnarok vs. Ant-Man – Thor: Ragnorak — I did not particularly like either of these…but the lesser of two evil (villains)
Logan vs. Blade 2 – Logan — I loved Logan…and I’ve never seen Blade 2, so this one was pretty easy!

Captain America: Civil War vs. X-Men: Apocalypse – Captain America: Civil War — This was it. Our favorite heroes battling against each other, over the future of their kind
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 vs. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spider-Man: Homecoming — This movie was a rejuvenation and breath of fresh air to a becomingly stale series
X-Men: Days of Future Past vs. Iron Man 2 – X-Men: Days of Future Past — Iron Man is a solid character, but the origin stories and going back in time to the beginnings and creations of the X-Men wins out
Deadpool vs. The Wolverine – Deadpool — This one was really tough because I love Wolverine, both the movie and character, but Deadpool and its comedy changed the future of MCU movies and comedy

Spider-Man 2 vs. Fantastic 4 (2005) – Spider-Man 2 — The Fantastic 4 movies never really took off…nor were they very good
X-Men 2 vs. Iron Man 3 – X2 — Both equally medium, one had to move on
Avengers: Age of Ultron vs. Thor – Thor — Thor was good at the onset, before getting more boring as time went on
Captain America: The Winter Soldier vs. Blade – Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Same as before…I’ve never seen the Blade movies, and Bucky was great as Winter Soldier (Spoiler Alert? But if you are reading this bracket, you should expect those here…)

Black Panther vs. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Black Panther — Black Panther is going to have recency bias for many, and it is better than Origins: Wolverine…but not by much
X-Men: First Class vs. Captain America: The First Avenger – X-Men: First Class — The start of the X-Men and the beginning of their story
Iron Man vs. Doctor Strange – Iron Man — Doctor Strange was a whole different version of superhero and Marvel, but Iron Man started the current MCU universe
Guardians of the Galaxy vs. The Amazing Spiderman – The Amazing Spiderman — Guardians was a fun different brand of MCU, but Emma Stone is gonna push most movies over the edge


SWEET SIXTEEN

The Avengers vs. X-Men (2000) – X-Men — The Avengers is fantastic, but I think the fact that the mutants of X-Men were the first (good) movie of the modern era moves it along
Thor: Ragnorak vs. Logan – Logan — Logan all the way. The entertainment levels are so high in this movie…compared to the bore of Thor…

Captain America: Civil War vs. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Captain America: Civil War — Spider-Man appears in Captain America, so how can his awesome character win out over the full collection?
X-Men: Days of Future Past vs. Deadpool – X-Men: Days of Future Past — Intensity is what MCU is based on, and while comedy is fun, the strength of Future Past powers thru

Spider-Man 2 vs. X-Men 2 – Spider-Man 2 — Doc Ock pushes past the X-Men series
Thor vs. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Thor is one of the weaker series’ amongst the individuals, and Cap basically represents America

Black Panther vs. X-Men: First Class – Black Panther — Wakanda Forever
Iron Man vs. The Amazing Spiderman – Iron Man — Tony Stark will win out over Peter Parker


ELITE EIGHT

X-Men (2000) vs. Logan – X-Men — The OG wins out

Captain America: Civil War vs. X-Men Days of Future Past – Captain America: Civil War — The originals and individual movies are great, but when you put all these powerhouses together it just creates an unbelievable movie. And while both of these feature great casts of characters, Civil War is the better of the two

Spider-Man 2 vs. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Captain America: The Winter Soldier — The weakest bracket has Hydra moving on thru to the Final Four

Black Panther vs. Iron Man – Black Panther — I started off by saying how Black Panther may have recency bias, but it really does have a lot going for it


FINAL FOUR

X-Men (2000) vs. Captain America: Civil War – X-Men — I’ll go back to what I said in the first round…this movie was the one that really launched this entire franchise, and should be in the Championship game

Captain America: The Winter Soldier vs. Black Panther – Black Panther — The newest movie is also the one heading to the Championship


CHAMPIONSHIP

X-Men (2000) vs. Black Panther – X-MEN (2000) — When I started filling out this bracket, I did NOT think that this movie would be the ultimate champion. But when you look at it big picture, the entire MCU universe only exists because of the success that X-Men started off with in 2000. Without it, we never would’ve gotten to Black Panther in 2018. It’s kinda fitting that the first good movie in this bracket, and the most recent one, face off against each other

As Season 1 comes to an end (an overview of the show can be found here), the story of John O’Neill is intriguing. The CIA and FBI, had they been capable of working together, quite possibly could’ve stopped 9/11 in its tracks…but politics and bureaucracy got in the way.

The show does a good job mixing real-world footage with show footage, allowing the realism and historical fiction to play out.

But becaue of that, it is infuriating to watch as Richard Clarke, John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels), and Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim) with the FBI, and Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard) and George Tenet (Alec Baldwin) with the CIA, as well as White House officials, particularly Condoleezza Rice, just can’t work together. The lack of passing information between departments, because everyone needs to be the one in power, led to one of the worst disasters in American history…and if this still continues these days (and you have to assume it does), what other horrors are we missing with the info in our pockets?

Your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you, failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter, because we failed.

9/11 will haunt the memories of many (and no one will forget their stories of the day), and this can only make people hate Condoleezza and the likes even more, for impeding the prevention of this from happening.

Recently dubbed the best Hulu original, this show reached its crescendo in the first nine episodes, and the finale was less riveting but great nonetheless, this show gets an overall 9 out of 10.

 

Back in October I spoke about NYCFC’s quest for a stadium, and at the time the focus was on Elmont, and how we all hoped it wouldn’t end up there.

Well yesterday, thanks to a story from YIMBY, we got some unconfirmed news of a possible stadium coming to The Bronx.

The stadium project, which would cost upwards of $700K, is set to hold 26K fans, under a “pitch open” roof, allowing the players to face the elements, while the fans can stay dry.

This location, the Harlem River Yards, is currently home to commercial properties and a large rail yard, which they would build the stadium (and a collection of housing) over, with an expected completion date of 2022.

Among their selling points, and something that wasn’t as doable in Elmont, is the ease of getting to the stadium. There are already existing subway stops within a 10-minute walk of the stadium, they are certain to add parking garages, and they are promising the addition of a new ferry stop on the NYC ferry system.

If this turns out to be the reality, a lot of fans would be very happy with it. I can’t wait to see what other amenities show up inside the stadium.

Pictures via YIMBY, courtesy of Rafael Vinoly Architects

The music is there from the moment it starts, kind of like how La La Land did, and young PT Barnum clearly always wanted to be entertaining.

Growing up in poverty, wanting the love of a rich girl who he just couldn’t have, and when PT (Hugh Jackman) grew up he came back and swept her off her feet (Michelle Williams).

He takes up a loan to open a museum of things that people have never seen. Wax animals, stuffed figures, and magicians to name a few. But he needed a gimmick to get people in his doors…and then it hit him. He started small, really small…Tom Thumb in fact, a bearded lady, and trapeze artists, to name a few. And he turned them all into curiosities for people to come explore.
From NYC to a trip to Queen Victoria, and having the great singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) join the act.

A celebration of humanity.

First glance the movie seems a bit underwhelming, but once you sink in and appreciate the movie, it’s really enjoyable to learn the start of the modern circus. Meanwhile, this movie was clearly made for Broadway…or a big top.

Once you see it you’ll never be the same.

The movie is loaded with talent, beyond our main pairing, including Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Paul Sparks (House of Cards, The Crown).
On top of that, the soundtrack is top-notch, with This Is Me leading the way.

Everyone’s got an act.

Watching this made me miss the circus, and I’m glad I saw the last shows they had to offer. This movie gets an 8 out of 10.

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – PT Barnum

One of the problems with shopping for clothing online is that you never know what’s going to fit, and what needs to be returned within an hour of receiving it. Well, Amazon certainly has its fair share of returns, but they have tried to make it a lot easier to get it all done, introducing Amazon Prime Wardrobe.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe requires you to order three or more items from the qualified list, and you don’t have to pay for any of it until after you’ve tried it on.

The order ships to you, and you aren’t charged for anything until 7-days after you receive the box. Once you get the order Amazon provides you with an easy list where you just select “Keep” or “Return”.

Once that’s done you can just close the easily resealable box, and use the enclosed return label before dropping it off at a local UPS store.

And yes…I got new sneakers.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally come out on DVD, which means I’ve gotten a chance to watch it…and learn what a terribly boring storyline it is.

<There will be spoilers in this post. Sorry/Not Sorry!>

General Leia (Carrie Fisher) leads her rebellion army, with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and BB-8 in their X-Wing, standing up to the First Order…all while waiting for Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to reappear.
But on the search for him is Rey (Daisy Ridley), who wants to train in the Jedi ways, all while Finn (John Boyega) tries to reconnect with her.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is leading Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to the dark side, as they try to find a replacement for Vader.

As long as Skywalker lives, hope lives in the galaxy.

Did you get all that? Because that’s pretty much the gist of it…and while the storyline is boring, the action is not.

The fight scene between Luke and Rey, despite being incredibly short, was one of my favorites, and when the Millennium Falcon swoops onto the scene you can practically feel everyone cheering.

But now for my issues with it all:

  • The Leia in space scene should never have happened. The Force has been around for thousands of years, but suddenly now in the last 20 they’ve learned to fly in space?
  • On that note, since when can they all just close their eyes and make “Skype” calls to each other?
  • Also, turning on a lightsaber from across the room to kill somebody…if we can do that, and not need to hold it in your actual hand, why not just have tens of lightsabers, sit back and just fight everyone at once?
  • Why does Snoke look and sound like Voldemort?
  • Is Rose annoying? Yes. Definitely yes.

What are you looking at me for? -Leia

This movie has the action and excitement, lacks the story…only gets a 6.5 out of 10 from me.

My next bracket, after the Disney vs. Pixar and Netflix brackets is a showdown between Amazon and Hulu. I debated doing each first-round matchup as Amazon vs Hulu…but (**Spoiler Alert**) Amazon would’ve destroyed Hulu. So instead they won’t see each other until the Championship (**/End spoiler**).


SWEET SIXTEEN

Mozart in the Jungle vs. Patriot – Mozart in the Jungle — A sad secret American agent has no chance against the New York Philarmonic
The Man in the High Castle vs. Good Girls Revolt – The Man in the High Castle — Good Girls Revolt showed a women’s world in a sexist industry, but an alternate reality where the Nazis win marches on
Red Oaks vs. Transparent – Red Oaks — Transparent has slowly gone downhill each season, and the Pfefferman’s can’t make it in a tennis club
Sneaky Pete vs. Catastrophe – Catastrophe — Sneaky Pete has been a solid show, but the British Catastrophe will make anyone laugh

The Path vs. The Wrong Mans – The Path — The Wrong Mans saw a duo getting in the wrong spot at the wrong time, but I’d follow The Path up a ladder to see where it might go
Chance vs. The Booth at the End – The Booth at the End — Hugh Laurie’s Chance was dark and grim, as is Booth at the End which will grant people whatever they ask for…at a price
The Looming Tower vs. The Awesomes – The Looming Tower — The Looming Tower is one of the best miniseries on TV, and not just currently but in the last 10 years. And Seth Myers’ animated show won’t advance
11.22.63 vs. Behind The Mask – Behind The Mask — The Stephen King/JFK story was a good read and great as a TV show, but Behind The Mask is an underrated documentary that has won a Sports Emmy


ELITE EIGHT

Mozart in the Jungle vs. The Man in the High Castle – Mozart in the Jungle — The Man in the High Castle had its ups and downs, with Season 3 coming later this year (supposedly), but Mozart in the Jungle hits all the high notes
Red Oaks vs. Catastrophe – Red Oaks — The Gettys are more intriguing than the dysfunctional family

The Path vs. The Booth at the End – The Path — The Booth at the End was so simple a show, but worked on a lot of levels because of that. But The Path creates a full story and journey for its viewers to go down
The Looming Tower vs. Behind The Mask – The Looming Tower — Behind The Mask had the insights of what it’s like to be a mascot, on all levels of professionalism, but the drama in Looming Tower is too good to ignore


FINAL FOUR

Mozart in the Jungle vs. Red Oaks – Mozart in the Jungle — The music of Mozart and the singing of Placido Domingo move on the the Championship matchup

The Path vs. The Looming Tower – The Looming Tower — The two strongest Hulu shows not surprisingly meets in the Hulu Final. Both are strong dramas, one an ongoing series, and one a miniseries. And while The Looming Tower is fresh (the final episode airs next Wednesday), I think it looms (towers?) over The Path


CHAMPIONSHIP

Mozart in the Jungle vs. The Looming Tower – MOZART IN THE JUNGLE — While Netflix has a good array of Drama and Comedy, it seems almost like the best shows here are Drama for Hulu and Comedy for Amazon. But while The Looming Tower is a well-shot show, there’s nothing better on these platforms right now than an Oboeist turning Maestro.

Episode 3, with Malala Yousafzai, was a bore, hence why I didn’t write about it… I couldn’t get thru the full episode, as Dave tried humor and it just wasn’t working with her…also, and a likely unpopular opinion, I’m not entirely enthralled with her story.

But David Letterman’s special has now reached the second half of season 1, and Jay-Z is the lucky guest.

While the humor wasn’t there last time, Dave makes up for it with a little banter off the top, before bringing out Jay-Z for an interesting look into his life.

Jay is reserved and soft-spoken, even with mentions of his 13 albums and 21 Grammys. Topics range from his life growing up in the Marcy Projects with four siblings, what motivated his songs, and the paper route that led to crack.

I’m told your wife is also in show business. – Dave
Yeah, she’s starting. – Jay-Z

Dave also tries to pry a bit, getting into the rift, before turning more serious and talking about how the n-word is used these days.

Like the other episodes, Dave has some added guests, the first being Nate Holden, an 88-year-old California politician and the one who got MLK’s birthday as a holiday in California, and whose name graces the theater where this episode was taped.
Dave also heads outside the auditorium to Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios, to explore the producers world and how music is created, as well as some time with up-and-comer Madison Ward.

Next up for this series? Actress, comedian, producer: Tina Fey.

La Casa de Papel Part 2 dropped this weekend, and now that the American audiences have clamored over it (after the successful Part 1) Netflix has fully rebranded it as Money Heist and made “English audio” the seeming default for the Spanish language show.

Our cast of city named thieves are continuing their takeover of the Royal Mint, under the now watchful eye of the police. When we last ended the police had stumbled upon the staging house, and all the evidence in the world seemed stacked against our group. But is this all a giant part of The Professor’s (Alvaro Morte) plans?

Helsinki is still caring for his likely dead brother, Oslo…Tokio (Ursula Corbero), our narrator, has had enough of the plan, as her and Rio dream of a life after, and Berlin (Pedro Alonso) won’t let her ruin everything.

Meanwhile, on the outside, the Professor and Raquel (Itziar Ituño) are getting closer to each other…will their relationship get destroyed when this is all over?

This season is the culmination of the Ocean’s Eleven meets Inside Man robbery, one of the greatest jobs in recent history…will our group of outlaws get away with it? Or will the house of paper go up in flames?

This season concludes with an 8 out of 10 performance.

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