Episode #8 of the CE4K podcast saw the team pick and discuss their favourite on screen movie characters with praise given to Jack Burton (Kurt Russell, 'Big Trouble in Little China'), Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell, 'Evil Dead') and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino, 'The Godfather') but after much deliberation - and as something of a bonus for our web readers - we'd like to submit the marvellous performance of Vince Vaughn as Trent Walker in the 1996 classic, 'Swingers'.
Written by and starring Jon Favreau, 'Swingers' is a movie about a group of single friends and out of work actors trying to make it in LA with the film really focusing on their dating and night life activities. The film centres on Favreau's character (Mike) who has recently moved to town following a severe break up so while the film focuses on his attempts to come to terms with being single again, it's for best friend Trent to pull him out of that slump.
'Swingers' went on to make stars of Favreau and Vaughn, and also the film's director Doug Liman, but Vaughn was potentially the name who gained the more immediate success finding himself cast in 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'. We could do a whole podcast episode about how awesome a character Trent is. Trent epitomises that infectious energy that people are drawn to - that proverbial guy that every guy wants to be and that every girl wants to be with. He undoubtedly cares about Mike but sometimes finds it difficult to pull himself out of his child-like take on the world and be a grown up, as perfectly encapsulated by the film's final scene.
But there's something about Vince Vaughn putting his arm over your shoulder and telling you that "your're money" that would just make everything right with the world.
Episode #8 of the Close Encounters of the 4th Kind podcast sees Tee-J, Imran and Dan discuss who on a personal level serves as each of our individual favourite movie characters, and why. That's it. A very simplistic set-up with lots of fun possibilities
[The closing song on this episode is 'Big Trouble In Little China' by Coup De Villes.]
Episode #7 of the CE4K podcast discussed technology that each of the team encountered within our lifetimes that had the biggest impact on our day-to-days. Being the music head, Imran nominated the MP3 as the innovation that had the biggest impact stating "it didn't just revolutionise the music industry, it went as far as reinventing it; it forced the industry to adapt before it was even ready to; it changed the way we as consumers consumed the music we listened to, and the way record labels sold it to us. It ushered in the era of downloading and streaming and set the path to making playback medium obsolete. It's the faceless enemy of the recording industry, it's the victimless crime for listeners."
Taking that idea further though, we could also highlight the subsequent use of digital software as well. In 2002, Cody ChesnuTT famously recorded his debut album, 'The Headphone Masterpiece', in his bedroom. [His song 'The Seed' was later picked up by revered hip-hop band The Roots and repackaged, featuring ChesnuTT, for their album 'Phrenology', proving a hit for both parties.]
Naturally 'The Seed 2.0' had a studio-polished and high-quality sound but the original version housed on 'The Headphone Masterpiece', along with the album's other songs, literally sounded as though they had actually been recorded in his bedroom. With today's technology, however, a "bedroom producer" or "bedroom DJ" is more than capable of creating a project with a level of quality indistinguishable from that of an expensive studio feel created by Platinum-selling artists.
Software like Pro Tools and Ableton, or editing software like Audacity and Goldwave is being embraced by millions as their introduction to making music. Even software like Virtual DJ replaces the need for vinyl and expensive decks. Nowadays, the idea of someone with no experience actually being able to create a piece of music is in no way far-fetched with the technology easily available and with sites like Bandcamp, the ability to profit from those recordings is just as easily established.
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