Showing posts from November, 2012

Album Review: "Phillip Phillips: The World from the Side of the Moon" (2012)

If you watched this year's American Idol or watched the London Olympics, chances are, you've heard of Phillip Phillips. The young man with the unique name has taken 2012 quietly by storm.In January, on the very premiere of the eleventh season of American Idol, Phillips was a trending topic on Twitter as a result of his memorable audition. His unique twist on Michael Jackson's Thriller resulted in dropped jaws all over the world (including my home). Week after week, Phillips was declared safe, never finding himself among the bottom three vote getters. In May, after a record 140 million votes, Phillips was declared the eleventh champion of American Idol. But it didn't end there, his coronation song, Home, caused a ripple, shooting to the top of the US iTunes chart and debuting within the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song, with its unique indie vibe, rose to new heights of popularity when it was used as part of the 2012 London Olympics. It seemed to strike a note…

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Recently I was listening to the new episode of The Animation Addicts Podcast with The Rotoscopers (if you're still not listening to them, I'm still angry with you) and the episode was dedicated to the new Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph (listen to their awesome review episode hereor read my review here) and the world of video games! The Nerdy Couch Discussion centered on the hosts' Top 5 video games of all time. And of course, I didn't want to be left out!

I've never been a hardcore gamer, but come on, growing up in the 90s, it was kind of hard to avoid video games, right? (90s Baby shoutout!!!) Besides, one could arguably say, the 1990s was the best period for video games ever!

So here are:


5. All The Disney Games (various platforms; 1990s-present):Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, Pocahontas, A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, Tigger's Hunny Hunt, Cars, WALL-E, and many, many more! Some o…

Album Review: Kelly Clarkson: Greatest Hits Chapter One (2012)

It's been exactly a decade since Kelly Clarkson burst onto the music scene, creating history as the very first winner of a little singing contest you may have heard of. Does American Idol ring a bell? Yeah, exactly. In the ten years since the Texas girl's victory, she's experienced a massive level of success, cementing her status as nothing less than a pop icon. With five multi-platinum studio albums, two Grammys, four American Music awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and many, many more, Kelly Clarkson remains among the cream of the female pop divas of today. In fact, she's competed with everyone on the charts, from Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in the early 2000s to the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna in the 2010s. Her career is impressive, with hardly a low point and continued influence on today's dynamic industry. The massive success of her most recent single, "Stronger" in 2011 (her third #1 on the Billboard Hot 100) proves that. At the…

Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph

Disney's 52nd Animated Classic Is Just That - A Classic.

It's been a bumpy few years for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The past decade alone has seen some of the most dynamic, outlandish, and downrightbizarreanimated films been released by the once-revered studio. Remember Treasure Planet? How about Brother Bear? After the legendary Disney Renaissance of the 1990s ended with Tarzan in 1999, Disney went into something of a creative and financial slump. Although some movies worked (The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo and Stitch), on the whole, people seemed to have forgotten about the studio that once made beloved classics like Beauty and the Beastand Aladdin.Little brother Pixar was dominating the market with their own brand of hits like Finding Nemo and the Incredibles.

The historic $7 billion purchase of Pixar by Disney in 2006 led to something of a creative re-awakening. Pixar honcho John Lasseter (the brain behind Pixar classics Toy Storyand A Bug's Life) took on the …