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Sap-craptacular Happy Endings

When was the last time you saw a movie that didn’t end with two people smiling at each other in a fully blooming meadow with bunnies, sunshine, lollipops, rainbows and every other happy thing on planet earth going on in the background. Exageration??? Maybe. But when was the last time you saw a movie that didn’t end with everything working out perfectly and all the “good” people in the movie living happily ever after? Maybe recently, if you’ve seen The Town – which is bad ass and a definate must watch/must buy if you haven’t already. But even in that movie they worked hard to send movie-goers home happy.

Let me back up a couple of paces though and at least inform our readers what this rant is based on.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
If you’ve seen it then you no doubt know exactly what i’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it, I may ruin the ending here but don’t worry you don’t want to see it anyways. Actually, rent it or something so you can laugh at how ridiculously cheesy and pathetic the ending is.

Quick synopsis: Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) gets out of jail after serving 8 years for white collar crime, happened in Wall Street , and his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) is marrying stock broker Jacob (Shia Leboef) and doesn’t have a relationship with her father. After the markets crash a la 2008 a company (clean fusion energy start up) Jacob was raising money for needs 100 million to keep it going. Jacob starts talking to Gordon behind Winnies back eventually finding out Gordon put money away for Winnie in a Swiss bank account which conveniently is worth 100 mil. Jacob tries to get the money from Winnie but Gordon steals it because he’s a swindling money sucker, and Jacob ends up losing Winnie and the money all after he has just found out Winnie is preggers. End of movie right, we all know Gecko is a dick and Jacob was an idiot that didn’t listen to his Fiance. Nope, Jacob finds Gecko sneaks into his office and shows him his grandson’s ultrasound. A little while later Gordon has a change of heart and in the final scene asks if he can try to be a father again to the grandson and then Winnie and Jacob get back together and kiss. Brutal.

How desperate are we to see everything work out just perfectly in the end. Why can our population not take an ending that sometimes maybe doesn’t work out great for everyone or shows the perspective of “sometimes life just sucks”. That must be the reason these writers are ending movies in such an obvious, pathetic way. Sure if this movie was a ro-com I would expect such a result, but in a movie about the crash of Wall Street and an entire nation you would think the ending could be a little more somber. Greed is bad, but greed keeps winning the battles against the powers of good. Realistic and more appropriate than cuddly bunny, bedtime story endings.

To be fair to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps though even if the ending was different the movie probably still would have been subpar thanks to a cheesy cameo by Charlie Sheen (who apparently can’t act at all) and some weird filmography that tried to make a story about financial markets too artistic with weird filming techniques and some strange scene transitions.

If you’re going to see a movie, go see The Town.

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Concert Review: Mumford & Sons

Last Sunday night I had to head over to my brother’s place for my Mom’s birthday dinner. Now, I love my Mom and love spending time with her but I had been at a keg party the night before and was still feeling a little listless, lazy, and generally sour. But it was okay because I had an early exit strategy, a concert I had bought tickets too a few months before – Mumford & Sons with Guests. But as I sat down for a little greek salad with the fam, I had no clue that in my pocket I held tickets to one of the best concerts/performances I had ever seen.

It’s not like I was an easy sell that night either – hungover, Sunday night, tired, grumpy. So it was a rough start when I lined up with about 200 other people waiting to get in the door at 8 when it opened, thinking well the opener will probably start at 8:30, it is Sunday night after all right? It was an hour later when we finally learned the opening band would go on at 9:30 and Mumford & Sons would take the stage 10:45!!!! Grumble, grumble, grumpy me. But in the back of my mind I knew it would be worth waiting, even though tickets were a ridiculously low $20 each with taxes, fees, and everything else in.

The opening act took the stage at 9:30 and slowly people began to move toward the raised stage as the lead singer attempted to introduce the band but did so in such a garbled manner no one could make sense of it. My friend would later find out from the pianist of the band that they are called The Middle East. They started off rather sleepy, albeit melodic, before getting the crowd full force into it with some of their more upbeat tracks like Hunger. They saved the best for last, closing their set with the hauntingly beautiful Blood which begins soft and works its way up to a fantastic ending using xylophones, whistling, and trumpets along the way. Simply amazing to listen to in person, I look forward to seeing what this band can produce in the future and can’t wait to catch them next time they are in town.

That was just the opener though, the best was yet to come.

Mumford & Sons took the stage to a roar from the jammed dance floor of the club and quickly made people forget it was 10:45 on a Sunday night by starting off their set with the title track from their current album, Sigh No More. Their energy on stage never wavered as they berated and attacked their instruments with such fervor it was impossible to not be engrossed by their celtic rock sound. The unique sound of Markus Mumford’s voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar, cello, banjo, and piano is truly uplifting as you listen to their songs that often start slow before building into an all out furour by the last chord. All band members took time to interact with the crowd to give the show a more intimate feel and I would guess that not one person at the club would not have loved to have a beer with these genuine, nice-seeming guys. Everything came to an apex when the band played Roll Away Your Stone and The Middle East reappeared on stage halfway through to make as much noise as possible in conjunction with Mumford & Sons which only enhanced the song. The night wrapped up with an encore of Feel the Tide, which left everyone in the club wanting more and waiting for the next time this amazing band comes to town.

If Mumford & Sons are coming to your town I encourage you to buy as many tickets as you can and take as many friends as you can rustle up, because anyone that misses the chance to see these guys on this tour will be paying a lot more and not seeing them in as intimate a setting next time they are on the road. This band will be worth seeing for many years down the road.