All posts by Kev Brock

I'm a musician, singer/songwriter, blogger, writer, poet, bodybuilder, movie lover, music lover, video gamer, history/political buff, conservative/republican, etc. I like to do a lot of things.

When will my best of 2019 lists coming for music and movies? They will be coming soon…

Usually at the end of every year, I would write up a best of top 10 or a top 15 lists for Best Music Albums and Best Movies of the year. You can betcha I will do both lists for this year too; however, I think I will wait to do both of these lists in Jan. I’m not going to rush these two.

There are still more movies I need to see of 2019 and there are still some more music albums that I need to hear of 2019. This year’s been a decent year for music and movies, though. For music, I’m finding a lot of good albums that I liked this year and there were some good movies this year too.

These lists will be coming. As for movies, the next movie I will be seeing in theater is “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” and there are still a bunch of movies that came out this year that I haven’t seen yet but will see them soon. So much to catch upon, so little time, ya know?

I will get those lists but I will write a list of the upcoming movies I want to see for 2020 that I can write up easily this weekend. Be on the lookout.

Kev

Saw the Mr. Rogers movie, “It’s a Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood” yesterday afternoon… really GOOD!!!

So yesterday afternoon, I went to the mall to get my Christmas shopping done. When I finished my Christmas shopping, I decided to hit the movies to kill some time and I ended up seeing the Mr. Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks titled, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while ’cause I used to be a Mr. Rogers fan when I was little. I used to watch that show all the time when I was a kid and it used to be my favorite show.

So now here we have a Mr. Rogers biopic/biography film of the famous children’s TV show host with Tom Hanks playing the role of Fred Rogers. At first I was a little skeptical of Hanks playing the role of Fred Rogers and I wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to pull it off or not but now that I’ve seen the film for myself, I was blown away. Tom nailed the Fred Rogers role perfectly. Tom nailed his looks and Tom nailed his speaking voice too… it is pretty much dead on with the real life Fred Rogers. Tom knocks it out of the park like usual. Tom can play anything that throws at him, is there anything that man can’t do? I think there is another Oscar coming for Tom. Tom is a two time Oscar winner believe it or not even though it seems like he won a lot… he won an award for the film “Philadelphia” and won another one for “Forrest Gump”. Does Tom have a third one on the way? I hope Tom gets a nomination for the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” film at least and hopes the Academy doesn’t snub him for the next Oscars show. This is one of Tom’s best roles.

As for the film itself goes, I was impressed of how it was directed. They got the feel of Mr. Rogers perfectly. I almost felt like watching the TV show except this was on the big screen. They nailed the Mr. Rogers TV set perfectly… they got the music perfect and the whole movie was directed by a female director and she did a really really good job. I thought the other cast in the film did a great job too even if the movie is full of unknown actors, Hanks was the only big name pretty much.

After years and years of violent action movies and dark films, we finally get a movie that is very positive and heartfelt. It’s that type of movie that will make you smile all the way through and it certainly did that to me.

The film tells the real life story of Fred Rogers befriending a journalist who worked for Esquire magazine, it’s about that famous interview that Fred Rogers did with them. The film was about the friendship of Fred and journalist Tom Junod (which the film changed his name to Loyd Vogel).

I thought it was an amazingly well made and perfect film. It was beautiful. Loved it. Definitely getting the BluRay when it comes out and this film is definitely bound to get some Oscar nominations for sure and I hope Tom doesn’t get snubbed. If you were a fan of Mr. Rogers or if you never watched the show before, it is recommended seeing. The film is an introduction of Mr. Rogers too so you don’t really need to watch the original TV show. Glad I went and saw it.

Next movie to see in theater is “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” in a few weeks.

Kev

Did Kid Rock just hinted that he’s making a comeback to rap/metal??? It seems that he just did…

Looks like Kid Rock is getting all fed up with the  bullcrap he’s getting by the hardcore left these days. Y’all know that it seems that Kid Rock is leaning right politically and he’s been getting a lot of liberal backlash… especially for his rant against Oprah Winfrey on his twitter page. Was this in response to that?

Anyhow, Kid Rock is in the studio again recording a new record for 2021 and it’s looking he just hinted he’s going back to rap metal. The genre that pretty much started his career in the 90’s. Kid Rock’s rap metal stuff was pretty huge in the 90’s but in the 2000’s years, Kid Rock began to stay away from rap/metal and going different directions with his music over the years. He’s been doing a lot of country music and southern rock stuff which this type of music landed him in the country music spotlight. He still does hard rock music some but trying to stay away from the rap music stuff that he was known for in the old days.

Ya know, I know Kid Rock is still pretty popular musically but I prefer the rap/metal Kid Rock than the country/Southern Rock stuff he does. I was a huge Kid Rock fan when he was doing the rap/metal stuff but then I stopped buying his music since he went country.

In the tweets above, this is a big hint that it looks like he’s making a comeback to rap/metal. Notice he said, “Devil Without a Cause”. He is angry and pissed off and in order to show that anger in his music, he needs to bring back rap metal which makes sense. It’s good news if he’s really going back to the rap stuff ’cause I think he’s best at that.

It also looks like he’s fed up with the major label industry ’cause the tweets say, he’s no longer with a label and he’s releasing the record unsigned. That’s also a cool thing ’cause if you make a record without a label that means you get full control of your music without any record execs trying to tell you how to write songs. So it’s going to be interesting to see what Kid Rock’s next album is gonna be like.

I still do love the album “Devil Without a Cause”, though. It’s a great record and still holds up today.

Kev

Watched “The Irishman”on Netflix last night and I’m like, “Wow, this is the best film of the year!”

Yesterday evening on Thanksgiving, I watched the Netflix movie “The Irishman” that was directed by Martin Scorsese. I’ll have to say like the title of this topic says that this is the best movie of 2019… well so far anyway and I really mean that too. It’s definitely another winner for Scorsese. Marty Scorsese is a genius film maker, no doubt. He has made a lot of great films over the years like “Goodfellas”, “Cape Fear” and “The Departed” being a few of my favorites that he did. Well Marty’s new film, “The Irishman” I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and it’s finally here.

I was totally impressed with it and blown away. The movie grabs you right from the start as the movie begins. As soon as the movie starts, I watch it from start to finish without any interruptions and yes, it’s a 3 and half hour movie. The movie has an all star cast too… it has everyone from: Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Steven Van Zandt, etc.

This wasn’t the first film Deniro and Pacino teamed up together in. They did a few other movies together like “The Godfather Part II’, “Righteous Kill” and “Heat”. So I think “The Irishman” would be their 4th film together… correct me if I’m wrong? Even though I think Deniro is a shitty person in real life and absolutely hate his left-wing politics, he’s still a great actor and I’m not afraid to admit that. I thought he did a great job in this film, though and this is definitely one of his best roles.

Yes, there was another movie based upon the “Hoffa” disappearance & murder which was a film directed by Danny Devito and starring Jack Nicholson as Hoffa released in the year 1992. You probably remember that film and I remember re-watching that one on Netflix not too long ago. This film and Marty’s “The Irishman” are two different films, though even though they’re similar stories.

“The Irishman” was based upon the book titled, “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt.

“The Irishman” just simply tells the story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who is telling the story of his criminal past being a part of the Buffalo crime family and former union labor high official. The film also tells its own story of the mysterious Jimmy Hoffa disappearance and murder in which Sheeran confessed to. Jimmy Hoffa who was once a labor union leader himself.

I thought “The Irishman” was a brilliant movie and it’s not only the best film of the year, it’s also the best original movie on Netflix. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Netflix has too many original films. Most of them bad and a few of them actually pretty good but finally Netflix released a really good one. “The Irishman” was mind-blowing and I love how Marty is trying to keep mobster movies alive ’cause those type of movies are fading. Marty is the best at making mob movies, though.

Not only that Robert Deniro kills it with his acting… can’t ignore the talent of Pacino, Pesci and Keitel. Those guys killed it too like they always do. We haven’t seen Joe Pesci in a movie in a long time and obviously that man still got it even though he’s 76 now. I just love Pesci’s fast talking voice and that’s probably why he is so popular, really… people just like the way he talks.

The movie was also well filmed, well written and well directed. No complaints at all. Just a perfect all around movie all the way through. I’m definitely gonna give it another viewing, probably next weekend.

Check out “The Irishman”. The movie was amazing and I hope it gets a nomination for Best Picture at the next Oscars.

Kev

 

Hilarious how the Trump Rocky parody photo is triggering lefties and Trump haters, I love it!!!

Yesterday on the 34th anniversary of the release of Rocky IV, President Trump posted this photoshopped photo of himself of Rocky on his twitter and the pic immediately went viral. Of course, Trump supporters love it but the left and Trump haters hate it predictably.

I think Trump knew that pic above would trigger lefties and Trump haters, that’s why he posted it, duh. I love how Trump uses twitter to get the haters all fired up ’cause that’s a big part of why we elected him to begin with.

I thought it was very funny, lefties just don’t have a sense of humor anymore. Always full of hate and negativity.

Happy thanksgiving, y’all.

Kev

Why I switched to coffee instead of green tea…

… simply because I grew tired of drinking tea all the time. I never was a coffee drinker in my life until now. I’m finally getting into coffee and the addiction is starting. I also started drinking coffee simply because I like the taste of it.

Yeah, there will be an ongoing debate about coffee when it comes to bodybuilding or powerlifting. A back and forth debate on whether or not coffee is good for lifting weights but come on, coffee is just food, that’s all it is.

I started drinking coffee by trying out Vahalla Odinforce the coffee by Death Wish that was created by Zakk Wylde. That stuff is great and then I’m drinking Death Wish coffee. Just the other day I picked up a small bag of Starbucks Dark Roast.

Some people say drinking coffee would make you fat but as long you drink it straight up black, you’ll be fine. I just love the taste of coffee. I never liked coffee in the past but I guess it grew on me now that I’m older.

I’m gonna try all kinds of different coffee ’cause I know they all taste different but so far I love Vahalla Odinforce although that coffee is hard to find. I love Death Wish too.

I’m a newbie at coffee and am learning. I learned that coffee helps keep you awake more than green tea. I fall asleep too easily at night and since I’ve gotten into coffee, I’ve been staying awake. It helps keep me awake when watching a movie or a TV show ’cause I can fall asleep easily while watching something but coffee is helping me stay awake.

Doing research, though, I’ve read somewhere that coffee does have great benefits with weightlifting. Coffee can help make you stronger and more energetic.

Anyhow, I just love the taste of coffee and I like to have it with my breakfast and it’s good to have to relax in the morning. Some people drink coffee throughout the day but two cups of coffee a day is good enough for me. I just gotta have my caffeine.

I’ve been wanting to try Death Wish for a long time and it’s delicious stuff. It’s very strong coffee like they say and they call it Death Wish for a reason. That stuff makes you stay awake. If you drink more cups of Death Wish, you’ll be staying up all night probably.

Coffee is awesome. Glad I’m starting to get into it.

Kev

Went to the gym for leg day earlier today but didn’t go too crazy on heavy lifting for squats… felt pretty good…

Yeah, I ended up going back to the gym earlier today after all and trained the quads today after all. I had my squat session but didn’t go super heavy for this session. I only kept the weight numbers between 85 0 120 lbs. on squats.

I’m squatting with the right depth that the USAPL asks for. Ya know, all powerlifting federations have different definition of squat depth but the USAPL wants the “hip crease joint to go lower than the top of the knees” which is pretty freakin’ deep… kind of like ass to the grass squats almost. It feels wicked deep to me ’cause I’m a short guy. I’m 5 foot 5. I’m finally learning to squat with the right depth and it’s feeling good really. USAPL depth feels wicked heavy, though… holy shit… getting the hang of squats more and it’s growing on me.

Feels good to get back in the gym again. Gonna do back day tomorrow and try deadlifting to see how that goes. I miss the deadlifting. Want to get back into that too. Do I still have my 300 lb. deadlift? Not sure and I’ll give it a shot!

Kev