Friday, January 19, 2018

Sleepless (2017) Is Uninspired Cop Garbage


Jaime Foxx plays undercover police officer Vincent Downs, a no nonsense cop who has to save his son from drug dealers because he is an absolute moron who puts his son in harms way.

Michelle Monaghan, who ImpOp normally finds to be a good actor, is unconvincing as Jennifer Bryant, Internal Affairs agent. She's the tough female cop who wants the same respect that the men get even though she continues to make poor choices and get her ass kicked by men. 

Scoot McNairy (Scoot, really bud?), who is the only one doing a decent acting job, plays drug dealer Novak. He's a mean guy who will stop at nothing to get his drugs as you'd expect with every poorly written cop movie.

Lame Plot:

Downs is undercover and he son is kidnapped to force him to give back drugs to a baddie. Cue cliche action film stupidity after cliche action film stupidity. At one point, Downs' son "T," escapes and calls his father, who instead of telling him to run to the front door of the casino or an emergency exit, tells him to stay put allowing him to get in even more trouble. Spoiler Alert, Bryant's partner is a dirty cop which is obvious from the jump though it is supposed to be a surprise. Shocking. Downs again puts his son in harm's way, forcing him to drive a car in a chase, basically as bait, allowing the bad guys to force him to crash. Momma bear Gabrielle Union also joins the fracas, because you know, action movie bullshit, and now the entire family is facing death. Dad kills the bad guy but he gets shot (again) though luckily Mom who showed up is a nurse. Bryant gets his corrupt partner, and happy ending with Downs though things are cued up for a sequel that will never happen since this movie was so terrible! How did this trash even get made once?

ImpOp graciously gives this movie a D+

Don't waste your time, instead go watch great cop movies like Training Day,  The DepartedHeat, or Reservoir Dogs.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 Imperious Opinion Music & Media Awards

The Imperious Opinion Music & Media Awards are back after a long and strange 2017.
In the world (movie trailer opening) that celebrates the corporate machines behind karaoke singers and actors pretending to be artists, where shills like Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, & Gucci Gang keep selling an image without substance and yet are considered musicians, ImpOp steps in to highlight and share honest, true art, lovingly crafted by earnest creators who put their true hearts and souls into their work to inspire and make are lives that much better. 

Album of the Year:
J Roddy Walston & The Business 
Destroyers of the Soft Life

Song of the Year:
Dropkick Murphys “Paying My Way”

Rock Album of the Year:
Nothing More 
The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Rock Song of the Year:
CKY “Replaceable”

Nothing quite like an old fashioned snotty rock song with a bobbing riff. Horns up!

Punk Album of the Year:
Rancid Trouble Maker

Punk Song of the Year:
Anti-Flag “Racists”

Indie/Pop Album of the Year:
Portugal. The Man Woodstock

Indie/Pop Song of the Year:
Dan Auerbach “Waiting on a Song”

Heavy/Metal Album of the Year:
Wednesday 13 Condolences

Heavy/Metal Song of the Year:
Error37 “XxCactaurXCorexX”

Hip Hop/Rap Album of the Year:
311 Mosaic
Okay, not exactly Hip Hop/Rap but by gawd the selections offered this year were just straight garbage and this was a great album. So, ya know, meh.

Hip Hop/Rap Song of the Year:
Tech N9ne “Erbody But Me”

Country Album of the Year:
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound

Country Song of the Year:
Lukas Nelson “Set Me Down On A Cloud”

Cover Song of the Year:
Bleached “One Second”

Narrowly beating out the myriad of great covers by the underrated band Teenage Bottlerocket on Stealing the Covers, Bleached snuck in with the cover of the Tegan and Sara track from their tribute album, The Con X: Covers.

Comedy Song of the Year:
Ninja Sex Party “Why I Cry” 

Technically this song came out in 2015 on the album Attitude City, but there weren’t a ton of great comedy albums out this year, and the NSP deserves credit for their catalogue of work. 

Saddest Song of the Year:
Shoddy Blacktooth “I Don’t Cry (I Get Drunk I Get High)”

Comeback of the Year:

John Feldmann returned to work after a nine year hiatus teaming up with Mike Herrera (MxPx), Travis Barker (Blink-182), and Phillip Sneed (Greek Fire). What resulted was the classic Goldfinger sound with a new lineup. Feldmann is still the heart and soul of the group and even after many years of anticipation, The Knife delivered!

ImpOp’s “Find” of the Year:
Manchester Orchestra 

Best “Single” Release of the Year That Wasn’t On An Album Until Later When It Appeared On An Album:
Atmosphere & Prof

 Best Song About How Love Sucks:
Rise Against “Politics of Love”

Best Song Written by A Former MLB Pitcher:
Pulley “No ‘I’ In Team”

Best Song About Growing Up Overseas:
The Shins “Mildenhall”

Prettiest Voice:
Jessica Lea Mayfield 

Best Duet:
Old 97’s & Brandi Carlile 
“Good With God”

Best Album by a (sort of) Gothyish Band:

Best Album by a Weird Hipster:
Father John Misty Pure Comedy

Best Song That Names A Bunch of Cities:
The Mavericks “Ride With Me”

Best Song Under Two Minutes:
Guttermouth “The Point”

Best “I’m a Fuck Up” Song:
Waters “Hiccups”

Best Band Named After Another Band:
A Tribe Called Red

Best Canadian Garage Rock Duo:
The Pack A.D. 

Best Band Name:
Stale Cunt

Best Album by Past Oasis Members:
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 
Who Built The Moon?


A Perfect Circle, Against Me, Amanda Palmer, Apathy, Avatar, AWOLNation, Axis of Awesome, Baby Baby, Band of Skulls, Beartooth, Black Pistol Fire, Black Stone Cherry, The Blackwater Fever, The Blanks, Blitzen Trapper, Bon Iver, Brian Fallon,The Briggs, Brutal Youth, Buckethead, Butch Walker, Chad Gray, The Coathangers, Combichrist, Conor Oberst, The Crispies, Ed Harcourt, Danny Brown, David Lichens, Dead Cross, Deb Talan, Descendents, Dirty Heads, Dorothy, Face To Face, Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye, Flatfoot 56, Flogging Molly, Foxtails Brigade, Friendship Park, Frightened Rabbit, GDI, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Goes Cube, Green Day, Highly Suspect, Iron & Wine, Jake Bugg,The Jayhawks, JD McPherson, Jesca Hoop, Jimmy Eat World, Justin Townes Earle,Kane Strang, K.Flay, The Killers, King Charles, Kurt Vile, The Last Gang, Liam Gallagher, Levee Walkers, The Lippies, MakeWar, Margo Price, Marilyn Manson, Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg, Masked Intruder, Mastodon, Mew, Missio, Mister Heavenly, Mother Mother, Nevermen, New Found Glory, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nonpoint, Nine Inch Nails, O’Brother, Otep, Patent Pending, Phantogram, P.O.S., Powerman 5000, Power Trip, Prophets of Rage, Racing Glaciers, Radkey, 
The Ravonettes, Red Fang, Regina Spektor, Riverboat Gamblers, Royal Thunder, Rubblebucket, The Rumjacks, Runaway Symphony, Run The Jewels, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Seether, Sigrid, Sir Sly, Sleigh Bells, Starset, Steel Woods, Teenage Bottlerocket, 10 Years, 30 Seconds To Mars, Tim Minchin, The Tossers, Trivium, Wavves, We Came As Romans, The White Buffalo, The Virus, Wolf Alice, Zack de la Rocha, Zeal & Ardor. 

Movie of the Year:

Comedy Movie of the Year:
Goon 2 Last of the Enforcers

Horror Movie of the Year:

Fantasy Movie of the Year:
The Great Wall

Best Movie Containing Lightsabers & Porgs:
Star Wars The Last Jedi

Best Chick Flick:
Wonder Woman

Documentary of the Year: 

Worst Movie Franchise That Should Be Destroyed From Existence:
Fast & Furious 

Most Overrated Movie:
Baby Driver

Best Remake We Didn't Know We Needed:
Kong: Skull Island

Least Necessary Remake:
Spider-Man: Homecoming

Please Stop Making This Genre You're Murdering Our Souls Award:
Pitch Perfect 3

TV Show of the Year:
Game of Thrones Season 7

Comedy Show of the Year:
The Good Place

Comedian of the Year:
Dave Chappelle 

After his semi-disappearance from public life, few thought Dave Chappelle could return to form, or even top his previous work, with a return to standup comedy. With The Age of Spin, Dave did both with not one, but two Netflix specials.

Comedy Album of the Year:
Marc Maron Too Real

Comic Book of the Year:
Doomsday Clock (DC)

Artist of the Year:
Pichi & Avo

Thank you to one and all who created art that touched our lives!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

ImpOp Music Playlist December 2017 Edition: 35 Tracks To End The Year

Apathy, OC, Marvalyss “Winter Winds”

Awolnation "Passion"

Black Pistol Fire "Speak of the Devil"

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Little Thing Gone Wild”

Error37 “She Saw Flesh As A Flaw”

Goldfinger “A Million Miles”

J Roddy Walston And The Business “The Wanting”

Jake Bugg “Burn Alone”

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit “Last of My Kind”

Jessica Lea Mayfield "Sorry is Gone"

JD McPherson “Lucky Penny”

The Killers “Run For Cover”

The Last Gang "Sing For Your Supper"

Liam Gallagher “For What It’s Worth”

Manchester Orchestra “The Maze”

Marilyn Manson “We Know Where You Live”

Mastodon “Toe To Toes”

Nothing More “Don’t Stop”

A Perfect Circle “The Doomed” 

Portugal. The Man “Keep On”

Pulley “Different”

Rancid “This Is Not The End”

Rise Against “How Many Walls”

The Shins “It’s Only Life”

Shoddy Blacktooth “Human Race”

Stars “Fluorescent Light”

Teenage Bottlerocket “Alien Motion 

10 Years “Novacaine" 

Theory of a Deadman “Rx” 

Trivium "The Sin And The Sentence"

311 “Perfect Mistake” 

We Came As Romans "Cold Like War"

Wednesday 13 “Omen Amen”

The White Buffalo “I Am The Moon” 

Wolf Alice "Beautifully Unconventional"

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Weezer Pacific Daydream: ImpOp Album Review

Wow, Weezer’s Pacific Daydream is a terrible album! ImpOp has followed Weezer ever since they dropped the “blue album” in 1994, and even supported them in concert. Rivers Cuomo has just mailed it in with the bands awful 11th studio album. Is there any point to this album or are they just writing about random things that come into their purview? This is the softest least interesting basic pop by numbers attempt the band has ever generated.

Remember when Cuomo penned this little ditty back in 2014?

“Back To the Shack”

Sorry guys, I didn’t realize that I needed you so much,
I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks,
I ended up with nobody and I started feeling dumb,
Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums,

Take me back, back to the shack,
Back to the start with the lightning strap,
Kick in the door, more hardcore,
Rockin’ out like it’s ’94,
Let’s turn up the radio,
Turn off those stupid singing shows,
I know where we need to go,
Back to the shack

Well guess what, Rivers forgot about what he wrote then and went completely garbage pop for Pacific Daydream.

The 1st track, “Mexican Fender” is a soft chime filled affair trying to be a summer ballad. It’s not. It’s just a lame Cuomo fantasy without soul or purpose. 

"Feels Like Summer" is an ear piercing painful experience. It physically hurts to listen to. 

ImpOp are devoted Beach Boys fans but if Weezer were trying to honor the boys on the song “Beach Boys,” they failed. The lyrics are garbage and it sounds more like a 21 Pilots tribute than anything. 

The other 6 tracks on the album are just a bad or worse save for the lone decent track on the album, "Get Right." 

In the end, Pacific Daydream is an overproduced nightmare without substance or rock n’ roll. We have no problem with bands experimenting, but this is the absolute worst album Weezer has ever done. Do not buy it, stream it, or ingest it in any way. Shame on you guys! It’s an errant money grab with near 50 year olds trying to gain entrance to the Taylor Swift world.

Weezer Pacific Daydream D-
Total Tracks 10
Tracks Saved 1
Time 34:32

Friday, October 20, 2017

ImpOp Music Playlist October / November 2017 Edition: 36 Tracks For Fall

AFI “White Offerings”

Beartooth “Rock Is Dead”

CKY “Replaceable” 

Dan Auerbach “Show Me”

The Dirty Heads & Tech N9ne “Burn Slow”

Dropkick Murphys “Out Of Our Heads”

Ezra Furman “Restless Year”

Father John Misty “When The God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell To Pay

Flogging Molly “The Bride Wore Black”

Foster The People “Lotus Eater”

Gogol Bordello “If I Ever Get Home Before Dark”

Green Day “Too Dumb To Die”

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit “Cumberland Gap”

Josh Ritter “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home”

Justin Townes Earle “Champagne Corolla”

Lukas Nelson “Set Me Down On A Cloud”

The Mavericks “Ride With Me”

Manchester Orchestra “The Gold”

Millencolin “Bring Me Home”

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir “Erupt & Matter”

Nine Inch Nails “Not Anymore”

Nothing More “Let Em Burn”

Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”

Powerman 5000 “Sid Vicious In A Dress”

Pulley “No ‘I’ In Team”

Rancid “Cold, Cold, Blood”

Rise Against “House on Fire”

Seether “Let You Down”

The Shins “Dead Alive”

Shoddy Blacktooth “Nothing Could Be Better Than This”

Teenage Bottlerocket “Walking The Yard”

311 “Forever Now” 

12 Foot Ninja “One Hand Killing”

Waters “Molly Is A Babe” 

Wavves “Dreams of Grandeur”

Wednesday 13 “Something Wicked This Way Comes”