21 Jump Street: The comedy to beat in 2012

21 Jump StreetFrom the opening scene of 21 Jump Street when Schmidt (Jonah Hill) comes off the school bus dressed like Eminem with “The Real Slim Shady” playing in the background, I started laughing and couldn’t stop.

I never watched the original 21 Jump Street starring Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise, so I wasn’t that interested in seeing the movie, but this adaptation only takes the basic idea of the show so you don’t need to know anything about it.

Schmidt and Jenko (Channing Tatum) went to high school together – one was a nerd, the other a popular jock (you guess which was which). Years later the two found themselves in police academy and the same stereotypes were playing themselves out. Schmidt aced the theory and Jenko the physical. On their own, they were terrible cops, and together they complement each other, but still weren’t that special. After a failed bust, they were sent to an undercover operation on 21 Jump Street and sent to a high school to pose as seniors and investigate a new drug that was making the rounds.

The movie had everything you see in a comedy nowadays, but mixed with a good amount of action and a somewhat interesting storyline. Jonah Hill, much skinner this time around was his regular hilarious self, and Channing Tatum surprisingly did a good job – it was the first movie I’ve seen of his, and given his regular movie choices, it’s probably the only one. I was also happy to see Brie Larson, who played Kate Gregson in the awesome show United States of Tara. She played Hill’s love interest and just as she did with Kate, I genuinely saw her as an 18 year old senior.

If you’re looking for a laugh, I definitely recommend seeing this one. I’d say it’s kind of like Pineapple Express but without as much pot – it even featured a Franco, by the name of Dave Franco, aka James’ younger brother. I give 21 Jump Street a 4/5.

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A few musical addictions

I haven’t done a music post in a while so I thought I’d recommend a few of my favourites for this fine #musicmonday.

Drake – Thank Me Later

Now while I’ve been listening to the album a lot lately, I’m not the biggest fan of Drake. He has catchy songs, which I really enjoy from time to time, but like he says in one of them, his career is so over produced and created. I can’t see this upper class kid rapping about what he raps about and take him seriously. He lacks what the kids call “street cred”.

Eminem – Recovery

When I was a teenager I used to be such a big fan of Eminem. As the years went by and the albums got ridiculously repetitive (funny, serious, kim/hayley, repeat) I lost interest in him. I haven’t even bothered picking up his previous two albums and according to him on this one, that’s a good thing because they sucked. I’m not sure if this is a case of someone who has gone stale and is trying to revamp his career, but Eminem seems to share a lot more and not just take jabs at his family and celebs (though these themes pop up once or twice).

Broken Bells – self titled

Thanks to Twitter I was introduced to Broken Bells. I’d never heard of them before, but now I love this album. It’s a mellow album, for the most part, and EVERY song is single-worthy, which is so hard to find with music today. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for new music to listen to.

My musical addiction: B.O.B

Artist: Bobby Simmons

Album: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Up until about two weeks ago I had no clue who this guy was, until after I saw he sampled a Vampire Weekend song. I decided to check out the track and liked it.

The album has a few great tracks on it and features the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore), Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Eminem, etc. So for an artist I’d never heard of he had some good backing and production on this album. It likely won’t be an album I’ll want to listen to a year or two down the road, but for now it’s catchy and has quite a few single-worthy tracks on it. One of them is Airplanes, part II featuring Hayley Williams & Eminem. The Eminem part really made the song for me, which was and still is a bit of a shock, since I’d grown quite sick of him over the years.

This is a fun summer album that if you’re into the top 40 kind of music, you’ll probably enjoy. If you’re more “indy” then this isn’t one for you. Here’s the first single off of the album called Nothin’ on you. It’s a great, catchy track as well. Enjoy!

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