Monthly Archives: March 2013

MLB 2013 Predictions

With the first game of the season taking place tomorrow, I’ve decided it’s time to make my 2013 MLB predictions official.

American League:

MVP: Mike Trout

Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander

ALCS: Angels over Rays

National League:

MVP: Matt Kemp

Cy Young Award: Stephen Strasburg

NLCS: Dodgers over Reds

World Series: Dodgers over Angels

I’m not even going to bother trying to predict Rookie of the Year. There will be stars that will bust and underdogs that will shine, as it is every year in baseball. However I suggest looking out for Bryce Harper (NL: Nationals), Jedd Gyorko (NL: Padres), Matt Moore (AL: Rays), and Aaron Hicks (AL: Twins).

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Filming The Empire Strikes Back Opening Crawl

My inner nerd couldn’t resist. Who doesn’t love Star Wars? Stumbled upon this picture today while browsing The PhotoMag. It’s amazing to think how far film technology and editing software have come. Check out the full post here http://www.thephotomag.com/2013/03/behind-scenes-shots-from-popular-movies.html

Filming The Empire Strikes Back Credits Roll

5 Songs Beautifully Used In Films

Here is my opinion on some of the best uses of songs in a movie scene; film scores are excluded. These are in no particular order because I don’t particularly like ranking things. I’m not a sap so don’t worry, there’s no ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on this list

 

The Departed: I’m Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murpheys

It might just be my roots, but the movie and the use of the song are perfection. Just a heads up, there are some f-bombs dropped in this scene.

 

 

Warrior: About Today by The National

Spoiler alert! This is the ending of the movie so if you plan on watching it (and I highly suggest you do) it may not be wise to watch this clip. About Today is a beautiful song on its own and this scene would not be half as emotional without it. The intro and outro of the song was edited by Mark Isham for the movie. I will admit I cried the first time I watched it on the big screen. Be reminded these two characters are brothers!

 

 

The Graduate: The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel

I couldn’t comprise this list without including The Graduate and Simon & Garfunkel. Whether or not a song is effective in a film is pure opinion; however it is a fact that The Graduate changed how film utilizes soundtracks. The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson, in my opinion, are the two most strongest songs in the film. I spent awhile debating which one was more effective, then I gave up and decided “What the hey, let’s put them both in.”

 

 

 

Remember The Titans: Peace Train by Cat Stevens

It only last about a minute, but the use of this song creates a huge emotional resonance that leaves me with goosebumps.

 

 

The Breakfast Club – Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

I don’t think I need to explain this one. I’ll leave you with this.

 

Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World

Music has always been a way for me to deal with emotions and understanding what’s going on around me. Two weeks ago from today, my friend Tony suddenly passed away. Ironically just the week before I had rediscovered the song Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World on my iPod. After all that’s happened, the lyrics really speak to me. I feel like Jimmy Eat World is a very under-rated band. Most known for their song The Middle, most people don’t look past that but they’ve come out with some really solid albums.

“A song for a heart so big, God wouldn’t let it live.” – Jimmy Eat World

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