Sunday, February 19, 2017

"WALL" NOT SO GREAT

          Hit and miss.
          The trailer didn't look half bad. The premise being that the 5,500 mile-long Great Wall of China was built over the course of 1,700 years to keep out, not only invading hordes of regular folks, but also big weird monsters that attack every sixty years. When two European mercenaries, William and Tovar (Damon and Pascal, respectively), in search of legendary black powder, are caught by Imperial forces, only their great skill assisting in the fight against the monsters can save them--but for how long?
          Not one of the better Matt Damon roles. Usually he picks excellent material. But the character here is pretty thin, and not very likeable. Nor unlikeable. Just kind of not there. He also seems to slip in and out of a lukewarm Irish accent.
          The film does border on annoying by putting the Damon character at the forefront in China. There's no real reason to do it. And he's lacking. He doesn't even seem like a super-great archer whose amazing skills would be of invaluable service to so many other excellent archers who've spent their lives training to fight the monsters. When William and Tovar put William's amazing skill on display, it's done in such an impossibly silly way, no one could take it seriously. Not to give anything away, but the demonstration is dumb enough to be cringe-worthy.
          The monsters look all right. Vaguely resembling green lizard-like wildebeests, they charge around in vast numbers at great speed showing alarming intelligence. Like insects, their job is to feed the queen. And their chief quality is greed. The greed of the monsters seeking to invade China is the film's primary conflict.
          And just in case we can't figure that out, Westerners are there. Trying to get that precious black powder to use as a weapon. For killing and stealing.
          Willem Dafoe reminds us yet again of his remarkable acting skill. He plays a European dude who came to China looking for black powder twenty-five years earlier and never left. Also, Tian Jing as Commander Lin Mae is interesting to watch because she's a beautiful woman and also a military leader.
          Yet in the big picture the problem with The Great Wall is that the story has a message. Instead of being organically-driven with original characters, it's controlled and forced. Six writers were required to meet the intended product, and because none of them were surprised, neither are we.
         


THE GREAT WALL
Starring Matt Damon,
Tian Jing,
Willem Dafoe,
Pedro Pascal,
Andy Lau,
Hanyu Zhang
Directed by Yimou Zhang
Written by Carlo Bernard,
Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy
Based on a story by Max Brooks,
Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
Runtime 103 minutes
Rated PG-13
         

MWM - MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS

MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS
https://soundcloud.com/stewart-kirby/mwm-mothers-without-masters


Different version from the original acoustic and the first metal take posted. This one's punchier.



Friday, February 17, 2017

MWM JAM PICS

If somehow a recording was discovered to contain, through a method devised by Leonardo Da Vinci, the sounds his very own bathroom noises, it would be worth many millions, perhaps billions of dollars. And what we've recorded already is way better than that.


Still shots of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson throwing up together: Priceless, guaranteed. Everybody would be talking about it. That is simple fact. And yet though these pictures have no vomit, do they therefore have no worth? You people are sick.


Emily Dickinson caught in the throes of the flu, spewing from ends. God lancing one of His own boils. Pictures of these things would go so incredibly viral. We aren't like any of them, though. What we do is rock. As is clearly somewhat evident by these totally non-viral shots.


NO GOOD REASON
STOOD ME UP
ONE MORE NIGHT
SURFBOARD CINDY
DIRTY ENERGY
JUST A FACE
RELEASE
MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS


All easy to find online. Simply imagine that the songs owe you money. You'll find them, no prob.





A FEW WORDS ON AAAYYY-GE

If there's one thing TV taught me growing up it's that extending a thumb and saying, "Aaaayyy!" is really cool. But wait...perhaps you don't remember the Fonz? Ah, that's because you're half my age. And that means you're like most of the people I see every day.


I happily confess it does seem a tad askew. Most of the people I work with are twenty-five, give or take a couple years. My band mates are also twenty-five, give or take a couple years. A lot of the women I go out with are half my age, too. Being me is like being an incredibly bald vampire. (Nosfera-Stew. Gonna Nosfer-rockyou!)


Keep in mind, when the eighty pound bags of concrete mix need lifting, I lift two or three at a time. Not the norm. When a forklift needs more propane, I never take the truck across the street for a freshie. I carry an empty on my shoulder and walk back with a full one because it's fast and easy. For me. I'm the guy who initiates the arm wrestling and I'm the guy who wins. Quickly. I see people every day who are younger than me, but look and act aged.


And it's not like I'm tagging along with the band asking them to let me hold the tambourine. It's my fuckin' band. Again. Even with paltry recording devices and no bass player (so far), we straight up rock.


What makes my going out with women half my age particularly special is that I don't have any money. I'm just super rich in everything else. I could totally be interested in women my own age and older. Usually the problem is that they're done with men. Might be because they never met me.


Not one particle of my being waits for money. Pining for validation motivates me not in the slightest. I don't write to pay my bills. I already pay my bills. I never dream or aspire or hope. I simply do. The experience is the payment.


I don't own a TV. Not owning a TV is something else TV taught me. I don't passively watch inferior shit, I actively create superior shit. Knowing exactly where to put just the right comma splice, too.


Anyway, been pretty busy. But I haven't remotely forgotten about the ongoing story. Chapter 11 in THE GOLDEN CITY is in the works. Before drinking deeply of that next chapter, I want to thank you for checking in with a hearty "Aaaayyy!" because I appreciate the time you spend with me here in this devout and ad-free zone of the energized mind.


Much obliged.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

MWM - RELEASE

RELEASE
https://soundcloud.com/stewart-kirby/mwm-release


MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS are:
Tamson Ross - Guitar
Stewart Kirby - Words, vocals
Chris Sculley - Drums







MWM - DIRTY ENERGY

DIRTY ENERGY
https://soundcloud.com/stewart-kirby/mwm-dirty-energy


MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS are:
Stewart Kirby - Words, vocals
Chris Sculley - Drums
Tamson Ross - Guitar







MWM - JUST A FACE

JUST A FACE
https://soundcloud.com/stewart-kirby/mwm-just-a-face


MOTHERS WITHOUT MASTERS are:
Tamson Ross - Guitar
Chris Sculley - Drums
Stewart Kirby - Words, vocals