video review : Gino Jennings and Mr Vegas debating about Christian women wearing makeup and other fashion accessories

video review : Gino Jennings and Mr Vegas debating about Christian women wearing makeup and other fashion accessories

This Kingston YMCA debate about whether or not The Bible permits women to wear makeup and other fashion accessories doesn’t really get interesting until it drops the formalities. That happens after Mr Vegas does a speech condemning Gino Jennings for referring to said women as “whores”, which he considers sexist. Jennings says he’s been misrepresented but makes it clear that, as far as he’s concerned, The Bible does, in fact, forbid women “walking around looking like Jezebel”.

The underlining premise, that “God” is real and what The Bible says is true in the first place, makes for a ridiculous argument either way, but Jennings comes across as the obvious winner. That’s partly because it’s his church they’re debating in. He’s also more charismatic. Vegas repeats himself annoyingly. The idiot reading for Jennings does the same. “Disputing daily,” he chants with a brain of mush. The debate ends with Vegas being ushered (thrown) out to a round of applause.

my rating : 4 of 5

2018

audio review : Black Woman ( song ) … Jungle Brothers

This is a homage to black women. The Brothers seem to think that particular group of people should be not only admired but worshipped. “You started out just a little girl, given the power to change the world,” one verse goes, “And though some of your ways to man are odd, you are the proof that there is a God.”

Such claims are absurd, of course. Some black women deserve praise. Others deserve a punch in the face. In either case, I don’t see what race or, for that matter, gender have to do with it. This is a nice song though, mainly because of the tribal beat, which is led by a Commodores Assembly Line sample.

my rating : 4 of 5

1989

audio review : Done By The Forces Of Nature ( album ) ... Jungle Brothers

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn : Naturals [ Simply Salted ]

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn : Naturals [ Simply Salted ]

The concept of Naturals popcorn, or popping corn as Orville Redenbacher prefers to say it, is that it’s made with “real” ingredients. This Simply Salted variety is just that; salted popcorn with palm oil and vitamin E for freshness.

What’s a bit surprising is how little butter and other usual additives are missed. While not quite “delicious” as claimed in the promo, this Gourmet Popping Corn does provide “whole-grain goodness” when it comes to taste.

my rating : 4 of 5

Slim Jim : Mild

Slim Jim : Mild

Slim Jim is one of the best brands of beef jerky partly because of its signature skinniness, which enhances the taste. It’s delicious for sure, at least when you first bite into it; this Mild variety being my flavor of choice. The one major flaw is the way the skin has the tendency to clump after several chews.

my rating : 4 of 5

video review : Undertaker : The Last Ride

video review : Undertaker : The Last Ride

The Last Ride bit references The Undertaker’s final WWE match, but there should be a question mark at the end. Many athletes get addicted to the thrill of performing for thousands of cheering fans and don’t know when or how to quit. Taker, my favorite wrestler almost since his 1990 debut, is no exception. At 55 years old and riddled with injuries, he still can’t manage to formally announce his retirement from the sport.

This behind-the-scenes documentary series, which, like most, would be better edited down to one lone project, chronicles his latter years, starting at his WrestleMania 33 bout with Roman Reigns. It stops just after WrestleMania 36 and, while compelling all the way; I lost interest in the kayfabe aspect of wrestling as a teenager but remain a die-hard fan of the shoots; it never stops feeling like an extended epilogue.

my rating : 4 of 5

2020

audio review : Charly ( EP ) … Max B

audio review : Charly ( EP ) ... Max B

Charly Wingate, better known as Max B, is still in prison and I still don’t know how he’s making what sounds like studio music from there. He’s supposed to be released next year. Perhaps he should’ve waited till then to release these songs, which sound like the start of what could be a damn good album.

I said “start”, but the order is off. Porno Music 2; a sequel that, without a careful comparative analysis, seems to match, if not outmatch, the 2009 original; should come later in the set. It’s song two of five, perhaps because of the “2”, but it should be song four or three. That’s my only major gripe here.

The lame title is more forgivable, especially when you’re distracted by a catchy chorus. This EP, which is better than the crowded House Money, confirms that Max B is still the best relatively famous rapper when it comes to singing hooks. He’s just warming up on the first song. It gets better from there.

my rating : 4 of 5

2020

video review : Kamaru Usman versus Colby Covington at UFC 245

video review : Kamaru Usman versus Colby Covington at UFC 245

This is a case of two wrestlers canceling each other out in the sense that it seems neither wants to go for a takedown. The result is a virtual kickboxing match full of action. It’s a back and forth brawl, very close, until the final round when Usman puts Covington down.

my rating : 4 of 5

2019

audio review : A Bird In The Hand ( song ) … Ice Cube

The prelude; Big Bird from Sesame Street announcing he’s found an old book of poetry in his nest; is genius. The song, which, at just over two minutes with no chorus, is barely that, doesn’t disappoint from there.

It’s a soliloquy from a young dad who turns to illegal drug sales in order to make money. It’s also a diss to George Bush and other white political leaders, whom a lot of black people blame for their money problems.

my rating : 4 of 5

1991

audio review : A Bird In The Hand ( song ) ... Ice Cube

video review : House Of 1000 Corpses

video review : House Of 1000 Corpses

This movie is less about the House than its occupants; a family of sadistic killers that make The Addams look normal. The Corpses are the mummified remains of their victims, most of whom were tortured to death.

An unlucky four pay an inadvertent visit the night before Halloween after picking up a hitchhiker girl. The car suddenly breaks down, so the girl says she lives within walking distance and her brother has a tow truck.

There isn’t really much of a plot beyond that and there doesn’t need to be. The charm of this horror flick, which is directed, occasionally like a song video, by White Zombie frontman Rob Zombie, is its zany gory style.

my rating : 4 of 5

2003

video review : The Devil’s Rejects
video review : 3 From Hell

video review : Total Recall

video review : Total Recall

Douglas Quaid’s wife is hot, especially when she’s fighting up a sweat. He loses her, along with the normal life he thought he had, after going to Rekall, a corporation that sells fake vacation memories via brain implants. He chooses the Mars trip with the option of being a “secret agent”.

Things go wrong immediately and that’s when the adventure begins. It’s also when the confusion begins as Quaid tries to determine what’s real and what isn’t. The plot sometimes lapses to trite; the hero is prone to corny one-liners; but Total Recall is ultimately a trip that’s both fun and memorable.

my rating : 4 of 5

1990

audio review : Stranger In Moscow ( song ) … Michael Jackson

“How does it feel?” Lonely and cold, gloomy and ominous. The most popular singer in the world has experienced a “swift and sudden fall from grace”, it’s raining, “sunny days seem far away”, and it seems he’s in imminent danger. He’s a Stranger In Moscow.

The song, flawed mainly by a gratuitous prelude; the storm is too quiet; and synth drums that sound somewhat out of place, doesn’t make much of an impact until the final third. That’s when Michael Jackson drops the subtleties and finally opens up vocally.

my rating : 4 of 5

1995

audio review : History ( album ) ... Michael Jackson

audio review : Chosen One ( song ) … Future ( featuring Rocko )

This song peaks early with Future’s verse; the style (flow/delivery) of which is as immaculate as the Phantom he’s driving “like a four-wheeler”. Not that new car care matters much when you’re rich enough to have “ten” of them.

The other best part is the Southside beat, specifically its synth orchestration, which gives the song a sheen of ghetto elegance. Its only flaws, in fact, are that Rocko isn’t rapping like Future and “The” is missing from the title.

my rating : 4 of 5

2013