Review: Passion Pit, Matt and Kim

We came late to the concert by an hour or so. I had never been to this specific venue and didn’t know what to expect, there was a large congregation of people on the covered hockey rink, that is where we ended up, amidst throngs of pre-pubescent looking girls in spandex, tipsy twenty-somethings, bobbing heads, shouldered girls, flailing bodies, glow sticks and splashes of alcohol.

Matt and Kim have a lovely musical sound and stage presence. Their playful vocals were partnered by crowd interaction, conversation and grinning facial expressions. Kim decided to take a walk on the audience at one point. They were very pleasant to watch and listen to.

“Daylight”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBeu3FVi60

Passion Pit had a very cool light show. There were white fabric orbs suspended above them, which were illuminated by different colored lights for each song. Unfortunately the bass was so high that much of the more impressive falsetto from the singer and keyboard were lost. Which is a shame, the higher vocal experimentation is one of the more enjoyable aspects of Passion Pit, in my opinion.

“Sleepyhead”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0RvPYRRRbE

All in all I was somewhat disappointed with Passion Pit’s performance. The poor quality of the sound was coupled with a lack of Performance zeal, the whole experience was overpowered by the largeness of the arena. I still enjoy listening to Passion Pit and have no doubt I will be for a long time. I hope I’ll have another opportunity to see them in a smaller venue in the future.

Preview: The Skin of Our Teeth

Hi Everyone! I know it’s been a really really really really long time, but Danny Fob is back to tell you about the amazing things happening all around campus. Sorry for the hiatus, but I had this crazy horrible busy semester that involved some really epic research and papers. Basically, I had no life and couldn’t even see shows, might as well write about them. Everyone I know had the same experience, so hopefully this one will be way better. It is my last, so let’s hope so.

Anyway, tonight I’m going to The Skin of Our Teeth, a SMTD production. I am looking forward to seeing it. Apparently it is rarely put on or seen, so this should prove to be a rare and wonderful experience full of the adventures of a family as it connects to different periods of history and society. I am seeing it tonight, Friday at 8pm, but if you plan on seeing it, it is also playing Saturday at 8pm in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and then again on Sunday, February 24th at 2pm. I hope you all come out and see it!

As always,
Danny Fob

Preview for Argo

Preview for Argo
up to make sure you still see all your Oscar nominated movies before the 24th? Well if so… you are in luck!
That’s because Argo is still playing and if you are looking for another reason beyond, “I need to catch up on my Oscar movies,” then I have some. I recommend seeing Argo because it is a good mix of true story, politics, thriller, and ultimately one about peace and cooperation .I know several people have dismissed Argo as saying that it isn’t the epic thriller it should be for the thriller category, and it isn’t political enough to rub shoulders with new and old classics such as Good Night, and Good Luck or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But it is still good to see. Perhaps it would be more sizzling and spine tingling if it could fit into thriller genre. Or have a more serious in depth feeling if it could fit into the political movie genre. But to be true to a few different genres, in addition to maintaining veracity with actual events is not always an easy feat. But Argo manages it.
I will say that once you realize what Argo stands for, you will realize that truth is stranger than fiction. Or maybe just that the CIA’s ways are strange. Some of the humor that Hollywood makes about itself is pretty hilarious. My favorite line is, “You can teach a rhesus monkey to be a director!” I will also say that the depiction of the Middle East is realistic and nothing related to orientalism. Ironically, this is referenced in the movie as well.
So, yes if you love to have a thrill, like 1970’s garb, are a 1970s history buff, or better yet a 1970’s Mid-east-US relations history buff, and like some action… then this is your movie. Go and see it!

PREVIEW: DANCE MEDITATION

Dance Meditation

Dance Meditation is a meditative, community dance party happening in Ann Arbor this Sunday. Originated by Michael Patrick Peters, the practice started in Detroit and has migrated toward our town for the weekend. Based on the yogic movement techniques, the practice is inspired by an experimental healing ideology called Transforming Tension Through Creativity. Dance Meditation involves letting loose and moving the body however it needs to in order to expel tension or creative blockage. Two of my friends wo are U of M grads that recently moved to Detroit attended the original Detroit variation. They claimed it was the most invigorating experience they had ever shared with their new community.

For an energetic, cathartic, liberating, rejuvenating, creative evening of dance, don’t miss this unique opportunity to let loose and be free. The event will start at 5:30 pm on Sunday February 24th at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive). $15 at the door includes space to dance and tea following the meditation. Check out the Facebook event for more details and directions. See you there!

Review: Hitchcock

I was very excited to see the movie about Hitchcock. Hitchcock was and is famous for directing psychological thrillers and has been known as the Master of Suspense as well an auteur. He was also known to take his art seriously and was known to be a little arrogant. He famously said that, “Actors should be treated as cattle.” But what was not known until recent years that are until actress Tippi Hedren spoke up, was that Hitchcock was a rather controlling man. And moreover he was sexually inappropriate with female actresses. So naturally when I heard that they were making a movie about this man, which showed glimpses of his professional and personal side I had to see to see it!
The movie definitely showed the creep in Hitchcock. For instance, his room and Actress Vera Miles’ room were adjacent to one another. Hitchcock had a hole in the wall, so that he could spy on her in her room! He of course kept the hole hidden by concealing it with a painting; He also did the same with other actresses as well. But his creepiness didn’t stop with his voyeuristic tendencies. So sometimes he would come up behind people very stealthily and then he would place he would speak or he would even place his hands on their shoulders. Everyone from his secretary to his wife, found it rather jolting.
The movie however felt at times slow and was being dragged on at times. In addition, it felt rather boring. The movie was trying to show Hitchcock’s life after his success after one of his movies. Then the awkward phase in his life comes when he doesn’t know what to do next. He looks at one book which he is thinking of adapting. He picks a book, but his wife suggests another. He sticks to his book. He eventually starts production of Psycho, which he allots his house as an investment. During that time, his wife hangs out with one of his friends- who Hitchcock is slightly jealous towards. As the film progresses, it showcases his struggles on set and his wife’s fondness in working with his friend. But most of the scenes which showcase these events- him meeting with producers to fund the movie, he and his wife walking in their home, and even him on set are mostly all VERY BORING. It could be attributable to the story line, and the boringness of everydayness in the movie adds an neorealistic touch to the film. However, it also kills the movie and gives it a dull feeling.
But the film does have some saving parts to it. The acting is rather well. As I mentioned, it accurately portrays Hitchcock’s creepiness. Jessica Biel was also rather stunning as Vera Miles. This is the actress who Hitchcock despises because of her refusal to have an affair with him- especially when he promised that he could make her the next Grace Kelly. She seems the like the nice supporting actress who does her job as an actress well, but also wants a regular life. But what really saves the movie- both plot-wise, and pace-wise is the storyline of Helen Mirren’’s character Alma. When Hitchcock becomes ill, she comes into take over direction of the movie. It is surprising how much this woman knows about film. She comes in and says which lens to use, how each actor should pursue their character, etc. She helps Psycho wrap up, and she helps Hitchcock get better. I should add that her deciding to help Hitchcock go on set finally forces them to confront their marital issues. She tells him that he needs to give up his focus on his fantasy blondes if they are to be together. She too realizes that their mutual friend isn’t all that he seems to be. At the end of the movie, Hitchcock shares his award and success for Psycho with his wife and they seem to finally be sweet and loving towards each other.

The Bottom-line: 2.5 stars
Though this movie does a great portrayal of Hitchcock, wraps up the film nicely with the story of Alma, and there is an neorealistic quality to the film, it does drag and leaves one wondering… wait what is this film about? It just seems every day like at times, and doesn’t have a special plot quality to it.