Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Film/Game/Cd you should own vol 2:

Film - Lost Season 1

Ok so it's not really a film but im starting my rewatch of LOST and the season kick starts with a plane crash and the survivors of flight 815 stranded on a tropical island. They assume they will be rescued in a few days but are sorley mistaken. From mysteries such as a french transmition signal. Wispers in the jungle, Talk of "The others" and a mysterious hatch found in the ground the character driven show is driven with the help of the questions the mysteries bring to light. The show has recieved very mixed opinions due to these questions but if your in it more fore the story of the characters this show is easily the best out there.

Game - Half life: The orange box

O.k so this game might not be what the world LOVES in a first person shooter but that's esactly what makes these games. The story develops well and there fun and original to play. The landscapes are more fun and it isn't always continuiosly shoot/hide/shoot/hide like other shooters. The game also features one of the best puzzle games ever created in portal. This game is probably easy to pick up now for very low prices so i suggest this game to everyone who hasn't played it.

CD - Nas & Damien Marley -Distant Relatives

For this i have tryed to review it but couldnt find the right words to say how great it is so i took the following from the bbc website as it is fitting.

"When Nas confirmed this collaboration with Damian Marley, he mentioned how hip hop and reggae are intertwined. Documented history agrees: hip hop exploded from the projects of New York only after taking inspiration from Jamaican sound system culture. (Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop book of 2005 explores these roots.) This set’s title is a nod to a mutual lineage that stretches back to Africa – its artwork features an image of Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia when the country defended itself from invading Italian forces in the late 19th century.

With common backgrounds considered, it’s disappointing that collaborative projects featuring prominent artists from these fields haven’t yet delivered a worthwhile album. Marley’s 2005 release Welcome to Jamrock was a step forwards, but Distant Relatives represents an accomplished attempt to go further, fusing traits with few discernable flaws. It succeeds where previous “Artist A feat. Artist B” efforts have not by allowing space aplenty for its twin protagonists to shine, neither compromising their strengths to play second fiddle while the other steals the spotlight.

Nas has exhibited abilities above your average emcee ever since his sensational Illmatic LP of 1994, commenting on street life without the usual clich├ęs; Marley, meanwhile, has enjoyed commercial success while never glossing over the poverty that blights his Jamaican homeland, introducing a new generation to reggae as more than a background beat to roll a joint to. The fierce integrity exhibited by both could have led to a clashing of egos – but Distant Relatives is the result of a harmonious union, as if these performers had been recording together for several albums.

Nas might not embrace Jah as readily as Rastafarian Marley does – the rapper addresses his scepticism on In His Own Words, neither belittling nor bowing – but the balance between Zion-celebrating lyricism and the real-life observations that accompany hip hop wherever it lays its backwards cap fascinates throughout. Braggadocio is on the back-burner, too – when Marley insists that he’s “badder than Al Pacine” (sic) on Nah Mean, it’s with no reference to petty beef, but to far wider issues of capitalism and colonialism. Nas rhymes about his (then unborn) son on Count Your Blessings, and it’s instances of tenderness like this that lend Distant Relatives a universal appeal that suits its titular statement of intent: that we are all, underneath everything, related.

Being intertwined is one thing, inseparable quite another. Here, the solder never comes unstuck."

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