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8 perfect songs for Road Trip

 I guess there’s no need some kinda explanation for the title. Everybody loves road trippin’. And music should be a huge part of it. Because lets face it, traveling without music is like eating french fries without ketchup.

Sheryl Crow – Soak up the Sun

Actually almost every single cherish Sheryl Crow song is a road trip material(and because she always talk about road and trip). Songs like Everyday is winding road, or All I wanna do will works too. But Soak up the sun definitely the best in telling our expectations bout what our trip should be. The song is cheerful, windy, and really could make you want to soak up all the sun.

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Phil Collins – Take Me Home

I can use In the air tonight,  or Home by the Sea too because of how atmospheric and hypnotic those two songs felt. But the lyrics of those two is too dark and dangerous to listened at a road trip where usually people mind goes blank in the middle of the nowhere.  Take Me Home is different. Take me home felt good and safe. The beat and drums felt like an extension version of Toto’s Africa(which is a very good road trip song too, but too cliche for me to pick)

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Eagle Eye Cherry – To Love Somebody

There’s a light indeed every time the intro of this song hitting. The first time I heard this very great acoustic version of a very popular Bee Gees track, is from Y Tu Mama Tambien, my favorite Road Trip movie of all time. So, I guess that explained why this song goes in this list.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain 

I heard a lot of people said, that CCR is the greatest band in terms of producing road trippin songs. In fact, you can road tripping the whole world using the any CCR greatest hits album. Well, yeah, if you like country rock. CCR is a great band, but listening to their whole record while in road trip will introducing you to the same extreme boredom when you listen to other southern influenced rock band too much. Almost all of their music sound the same, from Stevie ray Vaughan to ZZ Top. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great bands and awesome musician, but putting every track in a road trip play list to their kind of music is absolutely stupid.  And I love have you ever seen the rain, the song is always exist in my road trip, wherever I’m going to, which is why I put it in this list.

 

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The Rolling Stones – You cant always get what you want 

After the first peace chorus, there’s something breezy about when the music break apart and goes in to another part of the song. That’s the perfect moment that came from this song. The part that easily could make me remember all the beautiful sunset that I’ve seen. The part that easily could make me feel all the beaches that I’ve been. You can always get what you want probably is not the greatest Rolling stone track for me, but it’s the most memorable, because you cant always get what you want, just like all the trip.

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College feat Electric Youth – A Real Hero 

This is the song to hear when the first time a white pristine sandy beach shooting up in your eyes. This is the song to hear when you car is passing a mega huge desert with emptiness laying all over the place. This is the song to hear when you see the sun is coming up from the sea, and make you feel throwing out the sentence, “IM ALIVE” to yourself. This song is born to be a road trip song. This song is born to accompany you driving no matter where you are. One of the greatest thing ever created by humankind.

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Queens of the Stone Age – Make it with Chu 

 There’s a reason why almost every Queens of the Stone Age song is good for driving and sex….. Its because their song is felt like a driving and sex! Especially this song. Not that I expecting all the road tripper to having sex while driving.

 

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Summer of Space – With You 

Every time this song is playing, i just want to grab my car keys and driving all night long while letting this song keep playing. It feels like an angel whispering to you to get the hell out from the city and do some road trip.

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Honorable mention : All Saints – Pure Shores, Moby – In This World, Led Zeppelin – Whole lotta love, Jason Mraz – I’m Yours, Elton John – Tiny Dancer, U2 – Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For, etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shame * 8.25/10

Shame obviously a very very adult theme movie. But, even though the movie is full of naked woman all over the place, Shame definitely is not a jerk off material, cause I can see how potentially audience viewers might be distracted by the nudity and graphic of this film. But I shit you not, shame wasn’t that kind of cheap movie. Why? because from the beautiful directing style of Steve McQueen, to the intensity that Fassbender brings, SHAME is the 2011 2nd best movie after Drive. Its a good anti-erotic NC-17 movie.

Shame tells you the story of  Brandon, played by Fassbender, a sex addict who never knows how intimacy and love feels. So much sex surrounding him it becomes sick and perverted though he seems to be the only one who knows it for sure. But still, all those shit doesn’t stop him from getting on with his day with sex sex and sex.  This inability to bond with fellow human creatures is causing him pain, but apparently not enough to push him to find a solution.

I don’t think that shame is an entertainment.  Shame probably is the only film that I do think as one of the best ever, even though, I probably don’t ever need or want to see it again. The whole movie tone is very brooding, stone cold, and relentless. Even the shot of the usual glamorous New York city is feels very dark and long in Shame. Shame is a beautifully shot film, but there is nothing pretty about it. It feels like, American Psycho. Replace all the killings with Sex. Like usual, Michael Fassbender is awesome. He feels very raw and sexually shameful gritty in here. You can really feel the loneliness and  angry that comes within him, and you know that the character doesn’t realize that. The director seems to be fascinated by Fassbender’s naked body because the director has him nude within the first minutes of Shame, including a totally unnecessary shot of the star standing in front of a toilet, relieving himself after an encounter with an escort in his apartment. But this kind of nudity works well in this kinda movie. As Brandon’s sister, Sissy, Mulligan understands that there’s fear, insecurity, pain, and a bit of persistence in the character. The naked introduction of her probably needless, but its evoking some idea in my mind, like, “don’t tell me that this guy will fuck his own sister?” and actually its the real thought that makes me going till the end of Shame. But, alas, it didn’t happen.

In the end, Shame is a wonderful masterpiece. but the truth is, please don’t make any sequel out of this. It was really fucked up enough to see it at the first time. It’s a sad realistic truth about sex and the addiction that comes along with it. And probably, a lot of guys in this world, already plague by it, whether or not they realized it.

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Quick Review : Part III

The Descendants(2011) 

Decent, but not special, touchy and pretty logical movie. Clooney is a hit and miss for me.  Love his work at From Dusk till Dawn, the Perfect Storm and Solaris, but other than that, BLAH. The Descendants did nothing for me other than just simple plain movie. I doubt the movie will be much memorable if the setting, music, and atmosphere wasn’t in Hawaii or Hawaii-esque. The ending is brilliant by the way. Neither sad or happy and teach us, human, that no matter how bad things is going around us, there’s always a bright side out of it.

7/10

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  Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol(2011)

Surprisingly good and effective. There’s something annoying but interesting came out from Tom Cruise every time his face shows up. I’m laughing at the screen when “A TOM CRUISE PRODUCTION” shows up. Cool gadget. Cool opening scene. Powerful Paula Patton. Simon Pegg as a comic relief is irritating. Flaws logic(how could there’s  no single person/guest make some kind of report to the security when Tom Cruise climbing that tallest building in the world? He didn’t climb wall, he climb glasses! With other guest inside of it. Because its the tallest building in the planet! get the logic?). Splendid action scene. Oh, and I watched this after the Raid, surprisingly again, i found this flick is better than The Raid.  Money says everything right?

8/10.

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The Divide(2011)

Filled with plot holes, characters potrayed as an idiot and illogical decision. Very bleak, uncomfortable, dirty and disturbing atmosphere. Makes me somehow questioning human conscience. I went in with no expectation, and the movie really flabbergasted me in terms of where it was ended and predictability. The science fiction genre is ended in about 50 minutes, and replaced by thriller with a little drop of torture porn. Love it.

7.5/10

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Survival Style 5+(2005) 

Original. Daring. Surreal.  Bizzare. Fun. Insane. Why? I won’t spoil the story but let me just tell you the main characters in this movie. A gang of thieves with very homo erotic members, a British professional assassin whom always asked somebody “what is your function of your life”, a middle age guy whose being hypnotized to act like a bird, an immortal girl who always trying to killed and to be killed by her husband. is that enough?

8/10

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 Carnage(2011)

Roman Polanski weakest movie ironically is the most star studded one. Filled with heavy weight of acting like Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz, Carnage is failed to connect with me. Its too pretentious and in the same place, simple. Its like, Roman trying too hard to make a  heavy but not too heavy comedy, but he failed. The plot  is too shallow and blah for me to take it serious. Its like watching some random group uninterestingly complaining and whining about their life, but this time they cost us.  Well, what can I say. It is a Carnage.

5.5/10

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The Ghost and the Darkness(1996) 

I always loved a monster/hunt movies no matter how bad/stupid the movie is.  Well, to tell you the truth, The Ghost and the Darkness is far from Bad and Stupid. It tells us a very convincingly and realistic take on Tsavo Man eater. The real case where 2 lions devouring a lot of humans in Tsavo(obviously). Michael Douglas is always interesting to watch. The Lion is cool. But Val Kilmer. Hmm, what can I say. Even the Lion is acting better than him. Other than Kilmer miscast, the production value from this flick is good and enjoyable enough as your Saturday night movies with a popcorn. Do not put your expectation high by the way.

7/10

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