For Part 1 of this 2007 movie retrospective, please click here.
Cutest Couple: Seth Rogen & Judd Apatow
In 2006, a movie called 40 Year-Old Virgin came out, directed by Judd Apatow and introducing Seth Rogen in a supporting role. The movie performed moderately well, but gained more traction on DVD than it did in the theater. It did, however, load the bases for 2007, when Knocked Up and Superbad made a quarter-billion dollars (domestically) at the box office. Rogen starred in Knocked Up and was a writer/actor in Superbad. Apatow, who wrote and directed Knocked Up, in addition to producing Superbad, became a household name and finalist for TIME’s “Person of the Year.”
thanks to these two men and their brand, the term ‘bromance’ was coined, and soon everybody in the world (i.e. age range 7 to 90) thought they would be considered funny if they casually used it in normal conversation
Over the past few months, The Computer Newspaper has re-visited the year 2007 for an occasional feature called P.I.E., or Perspective Is Everything. This has ranged from an-entirely-too-thorough-to-be-readable music tournament of albums to a retrospective on the Florida Gators’ NCAA basketball success. Naturally, within the holy trinity of popular culture, this leaves us with only film to dissect. Let’s at least have fun with this biotch!
(Editor’s Note: ‘biotch’ is a variation of the word ‘bitch,’ but one would definitely have to travel further back in time than 2007 to remember an instance when this was a funny thing to say)
While doing the research for this piece, it became clear that looking at a list of movies that came out five years ago is an experience fundamentally akin to reviewing your old high school yearbook. Flipping through those pages, skimming images from a simpler time, there are fleeting moments of fond nostalgia.
[Tangent: When I look through my yearbook, ten years later, the nostalgia I feel is not for high school, necessarily, but for the idea of the yearbook itself. I don’t get transported back to a pep rally or English class, but only to the moment I first looked through our senior yearbook and thought ‘oh wow, they put in that picture… that is going to be priceless in ten years!’ Now, honestly, it could be burned in a terrible fire and only like an hour of the rest of my life would be affected. Otherwise, I live in a weird, wistful boomerang where the only thing I remember is what it was like to need a yearbook to remember things. Clearly none of us that shelled out $60 per copy were taking into account the extent to which we all would just live on the internet.]
Traipsing through your high school yearbook is just like looking at a list of movies from five years ago. And in case that does not seem like a fair comparison, how else do you explain this retrospective, hastily-fashioned list of Senior Superlatives for 2007 film? You cannot, unless you believe in the existence of journalism gimmicks. Continue reading
To celebrate the first 25% of the year being complete, The Computer Newspaper did what it always does: round up the biggest newsmakers in popular culture for a brief discussion.
The Computer Newspaper: First of all, welcome everybody, I know you have busy schedules… well, probably not as busy as they were a month or two ago, but hey, that’s celebrity these days, amirite?
Jennifer Lawrence: I shouldn’t be here, I’m an Oscar-caliber actress. I’m not some Youtube video with a definitive shelf-life.
TCN: Jennifer, first of all, you are here so that we can look at you. Maybe even ask you out for a wine tasting, take the edge off you a bit. Second of all, The Hunger Games is all the rage and the truth is, we would have rather had Stanley Tucci be here to represent the film but he has a pending lawsuit against The Computer Newspaper for our “The Tooch is Loose” bumper stickers.
Lawrence: If I show you my breasts for a few minutes, can I afterwards leave?
Sh*t Girls Say: That is so something a girl would say to an online periodical. Continue reading
On the toes of another Final Four, and in accordance with The Computer Newspaper’s P.I.E. retrospective for the year 2007, now feels like the right time to look back five years at the back-to-back champion Florida Gators– the most important college basketball team of the past twenty years.
[It is not that brash of a statement. Two decades ago, in 1992, Duke was winning their second of back-to-back championships and the Fab Five, culturally speaking, was at the peak of their powers. Since then, Florida is the only other repeat champion (and smart money is on that trend continuing), and well, there cannot be another Fab Five.]
So the question is: should you really give a shit about this?
Lucky for you, I have the right personal dichotomy to answer that question. On the one hand, I was raised on sports and can recite trivia like it’s scripture. However, as an adult, I understand there is more to the world than, say, the Pro Bowl, and like everyone else, loathe the state of 24/7 sports media where superlatives and debate become either redundant or unfounded. I come to you sagacious, but jaded (isn’t that always the case); in this spirit, give me a chance. Continue reading
ELITE 8 RESULTS
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
The Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Loser: LCD Soundsystem
Obituary: If you scour through the 2007 archives, looking at ‘best-of’ lists from a variety of publications, you get an immediate sense that LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver would be considered the consummate winner. It has the hits and it has the sense of importance great albums do, when the ideas are too confident to be contained by 3 or 4 minute track lengths, and when the package put together seems like an announcement of purpose. As far as its influence, there is no question James Murphy (otherwise known as LCD Soundsystem) registered an impact on the stubborn, outer shell of the music industry, spilling genres onto other genres and outlining a style still yet to be truly imitated with any success.
In case you missed our introduction to the P.I.E. series and this tournament bracket, please see https://computernewspaper.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/2007-a-year-in-review-2
Sweet 16 Results
Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals
The Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Obituary: If we were today to take a poll amongst hipsters–which for sample size purposes, would be likely best conducted outside of a Buffalo Exchange store–we would probably elicit about an 86% high-five rate amongst our subjects if asked the question “So how do you feel about Yeasayer?”. With that in mind, we can celebrate 2007 for giving us this Brooklyn outfit’s debut.
ROUND 1 RESULTS – PART 2
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Spoon Ga Ga Ga
Loser: Lily Allen
Obituary: Lily Allen is British, and not in that sneaky way that Sting or that guy who plays McNulty is. Lily Allen is super British, and when you first listen to Alright, Still it’s hard to think about anything else. Like a Guy Ritchie film, it’s the impenitent frankness of her words and demeanor, dressed up in what sounds like a lower-class British accent, that make it so charming. Adele and Amy Winehouse are great, but it’s easy to forget that they’re not part of the American pop-culture monster. There’s something distinctly foreign about Lily Allen. It’s not just the britishisms or the accent — it’s the wit and tone. If that was all she had to offer, it would be easy to write her off in an exercise like this that is meant to value you resonance over novelty, but upon further review, it turns out she’s a fairly substantial talent as well. By writing about things like waiting in line at a club or how her brother won’t ever get laid because he’s too much of a stoner, she’s not asking to be taken too seriously, but there’s a clever cadence to her vocal patterns and an unpredictability to her melodies that suggest she’s not just stumbling into stardom; she knows exactly what she’s doing.
ROUND 1 RESULTS – PART 1
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
St. Vincent Marry Me
Loser: Modest Mouse
Obituary: Even in 2007, this album had several factors working against it, critically speaking. For one, the band had been together for 14 years and this was their fifth album in that span, and secondly, it was a follow-up to their Good News For People Who Love Bad News record that launched them to a new level of stardom, much because it had one of the best songs of the past decade, “Float On.” Now, five years later, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank still remains their most recent album, giving little reason to believe that it was anything but a retirement party. Granted, the band still tours and as soon as a year ago claimed to be ‘in the studio with Big Boi,’ but this information confuses more than it excites. Continue reading
“Perspective Is Everything,” or P.I.E. as nobody would dare acronymnize it, is not only a clean, trite phrase that outlines the importance of objectivity, it is also the name of our new recurring segment! The Computer Newspaper will periodically curate a “Year In Review,” but strictly the cases where we have enough distance to make qualified, unbiased judgments on its significant cultural events. Nostalgia is not just for the old or the uninspired; it can also be for the progressive. We want to examine what is now interesting about That Year, not what was.
In the following weeks, we’ll start this series by looking back on 2007. We’ll be reflecting on entertainment, culture, and sports. First up, music.