MOVIE REVIEW | The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It made me care about superficial, childish, self imposed problems.”

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“There are two types of people in the world: The people who naturally excel at life. And the people who hope all those people die in a big explosion.”

A year or so ago, I wrote about the movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and I said, “It’s a story so foreign to me and my teenage years, but it’s told and acted in a way that makes it seem somehow relatable.”  A year later, I don’t remember any of the specifics that made me find that movie so relatable at the time.  What I do remember are the more sensationalistic, button pushing plot points, lines of dialogue and images.  And now, as a fading memory, The Diary of Teenage Girl seems kind of cheap and obvious, especially after watching The Edge of Seventeen.

Since her earliest years at school, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) has been an outcast.  While her older brother (Blake Jenner as Darian) has always been good looking, popular and a master of everything he attempts, Nadine has only ever found solace in two people, her father, and her best friend since grade two, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).  When her father dies in her early teens, Krista becomes even more vital to Nadine’s life. (more…)

***2016 RECAP*** MUSIC REVIEW | The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Liking this record almost feels you’ve passed some sort of test or initiation.”

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Who did The Drones make Feelin Kinda Free for? It’s dark, threatening, challenging and not interested in pandering to anyone. It’s also a kind of visceral, angry, unapologetic rock and roll that the world needs more of. The grit and growl goes beyond front man Gareth Liddiard’s voice, it permeates every note and beat of Feelin Kinda Free.


***2016 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I was wrong about everything I expected, and I’m really glad that I was.”

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“No child left behind.”

I saw the trailer for Hunt for the Wilderpeople on three recent trips to the cinema.  And while it made me laugh every single time, I still had no real burning desire to see it on the big screen.  The trailer was so laugh heavy, I assumed it probably ruined all of the movie’s best jokes.  It also gave a really wacky, loose tone that I thought would struggle to sustain a feature length running time.  Then, I went to the movies to see The Nice Guys, it was sold out, and the only other option was Hunt for the WIiderpeople.  Turns out, I was wrong about everything I expected, and I’m really glad that I was.

Preteen Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a bad egg.  His history of offences and re-offences is too long to list.  We’re talking graffiti-ing, littering, smashing stuff, burning stuff, breaking stuff, stealing stuff, throwing rocks and running away.  After exhausting all other relatives, he’s sent to live in the New Zealand country side with distant aunt, Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and her husband, the quiet and cranky master of the bush, Hector (Sam Neil). (more…)

***21016 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | The Nice Guys (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s not quite as wacky as the trailer had me hoping it would be, but I still loved it and laughed constantly as I watched it.”

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“You’re the world’s worst detectives.”

In 1987, screenwriter Shane Black defined the mismatched buddy copy action movie as we know it, with Lethal Weapon.  He accomplished the rare feat of delivering a sequel that more than live up to its predecessor with Lethal Weapon 2, and let his darker tendencies show on the The Last Boy Scout.  A movie that starts with quarterback shooting opposition players in front of a capacity crowd before killing himself, and only gets more and more bleak from there, while still finding room for plenty of jokes, smart ass comebacks and zingers.

Those movies, plus an uncredited punch up on action classic Predator, put Black on the kind of streak that made people wonder if he could do any wrong.  Turns out, he could.  1993 saw a million dollar pay cheque for a re-write on the floptacular Last Action Hero, before he scored a record breaking $4million for writing the monumental shit bomb that was The Long Kiss Goodnight.  The kind of movie that is only remembered and talked about today because of just how spectacularly it flopped. (more…)

***2016 RECAP*** MUSIC REVIEW | Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I went into Coloring Book worried that I had built Chance the Rapper up too much in my head, based on too little.  Turns out, those hopes weren’t high enough.”

Chance 1.pngChance the Rapper is a dude who I have only ever seen and heard through guest verses on other people’s songs.  I like what he did with Kanye and I was a big fan of what he did with Action Bronson.  It’s because I like those little snippets of him so much, that I have been so lazy in getting around to his latest LP, Coloring Book.  I dug his guest spots so much, I was worried I’d have too high expectations of an entire album and come away disappointed.  But I’m a trooper, so I jumped in anyway.

The great mix of a vintage, jazz trumpet, with the signature Chance the Rapper weird yelps last upwards of five seconds before All We Got gives way to a flow so precise and natural, it goes beyond sounding written and rehearsed, and becomes more like it’s as much a part of his everyday life as breathing.  Then it’s time for some standard hip hop hubris on No Problem, opening with a threat to labels dumb enough not to take a chance on Chance.  But there’s a wink and sense of humour to his delivery that makes it sound a lot more endearing and self aware than your standard insecure rap braggery. (more…)