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Movie Breakdown: Vacation

July 29, 2015

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The Impression:

Vacation has been given an update (thankfully, it’s more of a spiritual sequel than an outright reboot) with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.  The trailers have been somewhat hit or miss on the laugh-front.

The Reality:

The original Vacation is a solid time.  Chevy Chase bumbles around, there’s a hefty variety of goofy jokes to be had, and then just when you’ve had enough you’re reminded that family is important.  Moral delivered!  The end.

The 2015 version of Vacation is somewhat the same.  Ed Helms (as Rusty Griswold) does indeed bumble about just as Chevy did on the original voyage to Wally World, and the concept of family is certainly hailed as the end all be all of creation, but the humor is in a completely different realm.  I don’t know if that’s part of the “updating” or what, but the new Vacation is as crass as can be at every turn.  Personally, I didn’t mind.  I laughed quite a bit at all of the ridiculousness on the screen and generally found the film to be an entertaining entry into the series, but I can see how some might just find the whole damn thing to be offensive.

If you’re really attached to Chevy’s Vacation, I’m not sure the new one is for you.  While it does feature nice callbacks to the 1983 film, overall it’s a louder (some would say dumber) effort that clearly wants to make you yell #OMG every few minutes.  On the other hand, if you’re like me and get a good laugh out of most things immature and kind of stupid, then I say catch a matinee and have some fun.

One late note, I wish Christina Applegate was in every movie.

The Lesson:

Sure, I’d watch another one.  It just can’t be a new take on Christmas Vacation.  That film is perfect.

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Stream This

June 14, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave
Hospital Ships – Destruction In Yr Soul
High On Fire – Spitting Fire
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
Melt Yourself Down – Self Titled
Sigur Ros – Kveikur
Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The Dune
Action Bronson And Harry Fraud – Saaab Stories
Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big
Austra – Olympia
Vacation – Candy Waves
Beach Day – Trip Trap Attack
Heliotropes – A Constant Sea

VIDEOS

Polica will put out Shulamith out later this year on Mom + Pop Records.

Hebronix will release Unreal on July 9 via ATP Recordings.

Pure X recently put out Crawling Up The Stairs on Acephale.

Boyfrndz will release Natures on July 16.

Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is out now.

Hooded Fang’s Gravez is available now.

Mum will release Smilewound on September 17 via Morr Music.

The Uncluded recently released Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers.

Blue Hawaii’s Untogether is out now on Airbus Records.

Water Liars’ Wyoming is out now.

Sombear will put out Love You In The Dark on July 23 via Trans-Records.

Quilt have a 10″ split with MMOSS titled New Hampshire Freaks that’s out now.

Dungeonesse’s self titled album is out now.

Kisses’ Kids In LA is out now.

Black Sabbath recently released 13.  They play the Frank Erwin Center on July 27.

Angel Haze recently put out the No Bueno single.

Maps And Atlases’ Beware And Be Grateful is available now.

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