Sherryn Daniel, Special to CC2K

Sherryn Daniel, Special to CC2K

ImageI may be way past my teens and currently enrolled into grad school, but my love/lust for The Backstreet Boys has never wavered. I've been in love with them since I first saw their music video for "Everybody" on MTV (back when MTV actually had music). This signature hit was their third single from their debut US album Backstreet's Back in 1997 and in my opinion, propelled them to stardom. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, and sort of parodied Michael Jackson's Thriller. Musical sequences shot Brian Litrell as a werewolf; A.J Mclean as Erik from "Phantom of the Opera"; Nick Carter as a mummy; Howie Dorough as a Dracula; and Kevin Richardson (the hot one) as Two- Face, much like Jekyl and Hyde.  

 


Thursday, 03 December 2009 20:00

Album Review: Scars by Basement Jaxx


ImageBritish dance-pop duo Basement Jaxx’s—Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe—fifth album, Scars, came out in September with the heavily promoted single “Raindrops” stealing air waves at top clubs and dance halls. It’s also the only song on the new album that doesn’t share production or performance credits, as the rest of Scars is chock-full of guest stars.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 20:00

Album Review: Love 2 by Air


ImageLove 2
is the sixth studio album from Nicholas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, the French duo that comprises Air, whose name is a backronym for "amour, imagination and rêve," which translate to love, imagination and dream, and those last two elements — imagination and dreams — act as underlying themes for most of their work, especially Love 2.

ImageWith the premiere of New Moon, the next film in the Twilight series, less than two weeks away, CC2K contributor Sherryn Daniel reflects on whether the series has some hidden commonalities with a sci-fi offering of a decade ago, the WB series Roswell, and debates the merits of each.

 

Teens, tweens, and even young girls get flustered when they see or even think about Robert Pattinson, the sexy actor who plays vampire with a bite in the Twilight movies (based off of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series).  Many even seem to relate to the character Bella, the lonely, emo heroin from the books and in the movies.  But what most Twilight fans don’t realize that in 1999, the WB had a teen drama called Roswell (watch the pilot here) that pretty much has the same plot with aliens instead of vampires. The show never had as much popularity as Stephenie Meyer’s creation, but it did have just enough to become a cult classic.

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 02:27

Music Review: Muse's The Resistance

Muse's new album sounds like a lot of other bands, but not Muse. What happened?

ImageMuse’s fifth album, The Resistance, is their first attempt at trying way too hard. Even though this is the band’s first album with orchestral flare, the innocuous lyrics pertaining to an unflattering government with easy to sing lyrics about fighting the powers that be doesn’t spark any originality.

Sunday, 27 February 2011 00:00

My Top 10 Michael Jackson Hits

In the wake of the King of Pop's death, CC2K's Sherryn Daniel chooses his best videos ever.

ImageThough this is a presumptuous detail to spew out, it’s not an easy task to break the racial barrier— musically. The man has been around for 50 years and there has to be at least one Michael Jackson song or video that lingers in EVERYONE’S heads. To compile a top ten for MJ is a very difficult task. He had way too many hits that I actually loved and if I can defy the powers that be, I would cook up a top 30, 40 or even 50 hits list. But life doesn’t work that way. Wonderful things end. So, here is a top ten list from a Michael Jackson fanatic.

ImageFor this week’s Book Nook, CC2K contributor Sherryn Daniel compares the 2007 Masterpiece Theater adaptation of Jane Eyre to the classic Charlotte Bronte novel.

Masterpiece Theater’s four-episode miniseries version of Jane Eyre condenses Charlotte Bronte's novel artfully through its character portrayals, riveting storyline, and beautiful cinematography.  The 2007 feature—which received several BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations—did not add any extra bells or whistles to Bronte’s story, but it did manage to shade in some gray areas from the novel.

Tuesday, 07 April 2009 20:00

Album Review: Ode to J. Smith by Travis

An uneven, if ambitious, effort.

ImageOk! Magazine and the BBC are saying that this is the best album that Travis has ever recorded. After hearing each track multiple times, I can partially agree, but Ode to J. Smith is seriously uneven. The album may have some buoyant tracks, including “Something Anything” and “Get Up,” but it doesn’t have that same melancholy from Travis’ fourth album “12 Memories” that has given the band cult status and endeared them to fans.


 

Sunday, 05 April 2009 20:01

Quick Takes: Bollywood's Outsourced

ImageBollywood, in some form, has been making splashes across Hollywood ever since Slumdog Millionaire raked in several Oscars and Golden Globe trophies. However Slumdog Millionaire is not a pure Bollywood film, neither is Outsourced, a flick that came out in 2007,  about a man who lost his managing position at a Seattle Call center due to outsourcing to India. Employees in the call center’s new location would be making pennies on the dollar (2 American cents per rupee) and to add salt to Todd Anderson’s (Josh Hamilton) injury, he was sent to Mumbai to train his replacement.

 


Wednesday, 01 April 2009 20:00

April Fools Week: Do Nottie Watch Hottie

ImageNo wonder this movie was a Razzie contender; I wish I can rewind and erase the time I watched it. If only I can turn back time. The Hottie and the Nottie was a box office disaster filled with “huh” actors, strung in a lopsided storyline and starring the most insipid, empty, stain on planet earth— Paris Hilton, of course.

 

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