Saturday, December 31, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Why Vin Diesel Is The Ultimate Actor
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After seeing the trailer for XXX: Return of Xander Cage I'm excited for the new year of movies. Vin Diesel has definitely took his precious time creating art and preparing for this role. I fully expect him to deliver a jaw dropping performance as Xander Cage. Aren't you going to appreciate every minute?
Vin Diesel does an excellent job reprising roles. For instance, the Fast and Furious franchise is built around Vin Diesel's Dom character. You see the actor has an impressive filmography beyond the action genre. Now, I'm not saying he's Morgan Freeman but he is the quintessential actor.
His performance in Babylon A D was one for the ages (no pun intended). Have you seen the Last Witch Hunter? The movie is unlike anything else Vin Diesel has done. And who can forget about Furious 7? When it was all said and done, Furious 7 grossed over $1.5 billion at the box office.
His signature style and iconic look play a distinct part in his appeal. On the one hand, there's something calm and soothing about the Hollywood star. On the other hand, there's something exhilarating and breathtaking about him. Plus, Vin Diesel executes assignments and takes on an amazing approach.
Did you know he is the most liked actor on Facebook? That's right. Vin Diesel has amassed over 100 million fans.
Clearly, he has a genuine personality off camera or the fans wouldn't love him so much. Vin Diesel is a likable guy. Can you picture playing on his basketball or volleyball team? The 6'0” celebrity appears to have a perfect body for sports. Let's go golfing with the celebrity.
Who wants to play a game of Texas Hold 'Em with Vin Diesel? You won't be able to read his face, no matter how hard you try. Chances are high that you'll lose every hand. Vin Diesel has proven he is the ultimate actor.
Iam Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!
Thursday, December 29, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Why Him? Movie Review
If you want to laugh your ass off, then watch Why Him?. It is a must-see comedy movie. But let me warn you about the vulgar language. Goodie-twoshoes should stay away because James Franco curses up a storm. Nevertheless, the movie lives up to the hype.
Why Him? is about a smalltown girl named Stephanie from Michigan (played by Zoey Deutch) who falls in love with a wealthy wild California computer guy (played by James Franco), while she attends Stanford. Her parents have no idea who she's dating. All they know is that Christmas will be spent in California because their daughter invited them. And boy, does this young man have plans for their daughter.
James Franco plays the lead role (Laird). Laird isn't your stereotypical computer genius. He loves making video games and he loves making love. Laird lives in a mansion with a gatehouse. Buffalos walk around freely on his property. He's a straightarrow and that's why he is misunderstood.
He plans on marrying Stephanie, but he wants permission from her father first. Bryan Cranston plays the role of father (Ned). Cranston puts on a memorable performance. You'll love the climax when Ned finally has had it up to here with Laird.
You see Laird has won over everybody except Ned. First of all, he makes a bad first impression. Secondly, Laird makes a bad second impression. Ned doesn't like the multimillionaire for a variety of reasons. I won't discuss the main reason because I don't want to spoil it for you.
This may be the funniest movie I've seen all year. It is a 5 star comedy. James Franco and Zoey Deutch are a believable couple. You couldn't ask for a more perfect union.
The script was well-written. The acting was phenomenal. I would definitely watch it again. You should see it and laugh your ass off too.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Collateral Beauty Movie Review
Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith captivates the audience. The film takes you on a journey of discovery. You discover the characters one by one and the story is put together piece by piece. You're given all that you need from beginning to end. Not a word is wasted.
Collateral Beauty is about a man (Will Smith) coping with the death of his young daughter. Fortunately, he has built a thriving advertising business. But all the money in the world won't bring his daughter back to life.
To cope with the unthinkable (losing a child), Howard played by Smith writes and mails letters to 3 abstracts: Love, Time, and Death. A private investigator opens them and reveals the details to his colleagues. Howard is effectively ambushed by his colleagues who stage an intervention to question his competency.
The plot involves subplots such as a woman's biological clock, a man's fight with cancer, and a father's bond with his daughter. Actors literally play a key role in the movie, because the colleagues hire actors to play Love, Time, and Death. The movie has many twists and turns. I guarantee you'll love it.
Will Smith delivers a powerful performance. His part alone makes the movie an eye opening experience. Give credit to amazing direction and incredible cinematography. No doubt the screenwriting is brilliant. Overall, I give the movie an A.
Plus, the movie showcases a dynamic cast. Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, and Michael Pena were excellent additions. Let's not forget about Keira Knightley, who never looks a day over 25. They say she always gets her beauty sleep.
Collateral Beauty is about recognizing Death and staring her in the face. Accept the things you can't change. And change what you can. What is more, come to grips that death is a natural part of life. Live your life abudantly, so that you can die peacefully. In the event, something unexpected happens, realize the collateral beauty.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Top 5 Country Music Songs of 2016
Country music fans were treated to awesomeness in 2016. This year couldn't have been better for country. There were literally dozens of great releases. What beats Blake Shelton's She's Got A Way With Words? Keep reading and find out. In this edition, I will name the top 5 country music songs of 2016. Without further ado, let's start the countdown.
5. Setting the World on Fire By: Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink
Can Kenny Chesney make a hit or what? The man never swings at balls. What is more, he hits homeruns on music's diamond. Setting the World on Fire starts the countdown because it's my theme music. When you don't know what to do, set the world on fire. Find someone special to do it with and you're all set. Chesney smartly picked Pink to feature. Who are you picking?
4. Dirty Laundry By: Carrie Underwood
The perfect 10 singer doesn't mind doing dirty laundry. She'll just have to hang you out to dry. Dirty Laundry is my favorite 2016 single by Carrie Underwood. She sings with a lot of passion.
Don't you love Carrie? She knows how to please fans. Her vocals are on another scale. I encourage you to listen to Dirty Laundry.
3. May We All By: Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
Florida Georgia Line is making waves in country music. They understand their fans and vice versa. Teaming up with Tim McGraw was an intelligent move. Moreover, May We All contains a strong message. You see life is a race and sometimes you got to pull your foot off the gas and put it on the break. I can't think of many more 2016 songs as awesome as May We All.
2. She's Got A Way With Words By: Blake Shelton
2nd on my list is She's Got A Way With Words By: Blake Shelton. The Voice coach has trained his voice to reach higher degrees. There's something chilly and hot about She's Got A Way With Words. This could have easily been the number one song. Blake belts out this ballad with fire on his tongue. You'd think he were a dragon.
1. Middle of A Memory By: Cole Swindell
The number one country song of 2016 is Cole Swindell's Middle of A Memory. I believe this is Cole Swindell at his absolute best. Even William Shakespeare couldn't have written more eloquent lyrics. Plus, the instrumental tells a story of its own. If you have ever been in love, you want to play Middle of a Memory right now.
This is it for the Top 5 country music songs of 2016. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.
I am Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!
Monday, December 26, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Top 5 Pop Songs of 2016
2016 was an awesome year in music history. Everyone from casual listeners to music buffs were clearly entertained. Beyonce and Justin Timberlake both have demonstrated why they are still on top of the pop charts. On this special day, I will countdown my top 5 favorite pop songs this year. Enjoy!
5. 24 K Magic By: Bruno Mars
When I first heard this song, I didn't like it that much. However, something magical happened the second time. I saw Bruno Mars perform 24 K Magic live on Saturday Night Live and my mind changed instantly. This song easily makes my top list now, because Bruno's techniques are legendary. Nothing beats the singer's vocals at their best.
24 K Magic gets the party started better than the Black Eyed Peas Let's Get It Started. I like it more than Uptown Funk. You see Bruno Mars is a dangerous man with some money in his pocket and you gotta keep up or you'll get lost. Moreover, the lyrics are exciting.
4. Starboy By: The Weeknd
I can't say anything bad about the Weeknd. Starboy shows why The Weeknd is a star. Did you catch his Victoria's Secret Fashion Show performance? He stole the spotlight from supermodels. The Weeknd doesn't hold anything back. He's a dangerous man with some money in his pocket too. Check out Bruno Mars Vs. The Weeknd for an interesting comparison.
3. This Is What You Came For By: Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
I listen to This Is What You Came For every other day because Calvin Harris generates electric music. You need this celebrity like you need electricity. Boldly, I dare say that Calvin Harris is a modern day Elton John. Plus, his collaborations are always genius. Calvin finds the right vocals and mixes it with the right instruments. His calculations are never off a fraction.
2. Work By: Rihanna Featuring Drake
Does everybody love listening to Work By: Rihanna or what? The repetition, the beat, and the rhythm are 3 things that make this song worth it's weight in gold. It is a priceless masterpiece of a song. Rihanna is obviously one of my favorite pop singers. And this is my favorite song by her. Rihanna is someone else I can't speak a bad word about. Work is amazing!
1. Perfect Illusion By: Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga earns the number one spot on my countdown. Perfect Illusion came out at the perfect time. Gaga has shown throughout the years she isn't a one hit wonder. What is more, Perfect Illusion broke the Internet. Apparently, YouTube crashed as a result of this video's release. I choose Perfect Illusion By: Lady Gaga because the song has a certain intrinsic value. Only Lady Gaga could do it.
Honorable Mentions: Formation By: Beyonce and Can't Stop the Feeling By: Justin Timberlake
This concludes my top 5 pop songs of 2016. What are yours?
Friday, December 23, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
The Longevity of Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett
I like Willie Nelson because of his longevity. The man is 83 and performs as if he were still 33. We've got to respect the legends while they're still here. It's just like giving grandpa his respect during the Holidays. Now, wouldn't it be cool if Willie were your grandpa? Did you know Willie was raised by his grandparents?
Imagine snow sledding with Willie on a November night in Aspen, Colorado. We would visit Dolly Parton and paint the town red together. Just because he's an outlaw doesn't mean we'll get into trouble. The outlaw might get us into a lot of fun.
I'm getting older myself and I've been noticing things, you know. I've seen singers turn into legends and legends die. Rest in peace David Bowie. Moreover, I've seen legends live also. Tony Bennett just turned 90 in August. This guy was around with Frank Sinatra.
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Bennett is one of the oldest active entertainers alive. I want to be 100 years old and still blogging. Plus, I want to be rocking hard like Mick Jagger. Right now, I've got them moves like Jagger.
Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett are living legends. When Tony Bennett walks in a room he's supposed to receive a standing ovation automatically. Willie Nelson shouldn't have to go to jury duty or court, even if he shot the sheriff; because in the words of Bob Marley it was self defense.
All I am saying is we must honor the elders of music. They opened the doors yesterday for today's celebrities. Where would Garth Brooks be without Willie Nelson? Doesn't Blake Shelton echo Willie's sound? And don't you see Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. bowing down to Tony?
Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson came a long way. Bennett almost died from a cocaine overdose. Nelson has been arrested more than a handful of times. At the end of the day, everybody makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them and to keep making them. Just don't keep making the same ones.
Monday, December 19, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Can Jason Derulo compete with Chris Brown?
Why isn't Jason Derulo a bigger name? Thankfully, New Year's Rockin' Eve has recognized his greatness. Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco are scheduled to perform on the annual special according to Billboard.
Now, maybe Jason Derulo isn't a bigger name because he hasn't dated Rihanna. Or you could say he isn't as talented as Chris Brown; but I don't think that's the case. I believe Jason is a bonafide entertainer, who doesn't rely on luck.
Although Derulo doesn't have as many collaborations with superstars like Chris Brown, he's still a superstar. The entertainment industry requires patience. What is more, greatness takes time to develop. In due time, Jason's name will light up in big words on Usher's level. You see his style and career compares favorably with Usher.
Jason Derulo already has a big name at 27 years old. And it's only going to get bigger in 2017. Landing a major contract deal with New Year's Rockin' Eve means the world, believe me.
I learned about Jason Derulo because I'm a huge Jordin Sparks fan. Now although their relationship didn't work out, I won't penalize Jason for it. You see, the entertainment business will break your heart if you let it. Celebrities date celebrities because coworkers date coworkers. And they breakup for the same reasons.
Everything is a learning process. And Jason Derulo has learned the definitions of patience and greatness. Every time, he takes the stage you'll notice the purpose in his eyes. Nothing about this guy is mediocre.
Moreover, the Want to Want Me singer is on every woman's Christmas list. You should see this singer rehearse. He sings with passion and that's the bottom line. Somebody told me if you do what you love to do, you will never work a day in your life. Jason Derulo is living the good life.
He can compete with Chris Brown or anybody for that matter.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
What Are the Top 10 Christmas Songs?
Jose Feliciano wants to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of his heart. Feliz Navidad is one of my favorite Christmas songs because Jose Feliciano sings his heart out. You must admire passionate people. There aren't many more passionate songs Christmas or otherwise than Feliz Navidad.
Jingle Bell Rock
I came to love Jingle Bell Rock from a widely popular Christmas movie called Home Alone. Who remembers the classic scene starring Macaulay Culkin? Nothing beats Bobby Helms' original version.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Michael Buble's version transforms sound. I highly recommend listening to his entire Christmas album. Check out why Michael Buble is a supermoon.
You haven't fully enjoyed This Christmas without hearing from Chris Brown. Chris Brown takes Christmas to another level with his one of a kind voice.
Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire
Nat King Cole- Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire remains a popular Christmas carol inside millions of households. Families everywhere love listening to Cole's classically deep voice. Are you roasting chestnuts on an open fire this Christmas?
All I Want For Christmas Is You
All I want for Christmas is to listen to All I Want For Christmas Is You By: Mariah Carey. This is considered to be the #1 Christmas song by experts and fans the same. Congrats to Mariah Carey on Mariah's World.
I Wish It Was Christmas Today
After many years of watching Saturday Night Live, I discovered I Wish It Was Christmas Today. It's one of the coolest Christmas songs to date. The song by Julian Casablancas is modern and fun. Sometimes I sing this song in January, in anticipation for Christmas; because in all honesty I want Christmas everyday.
Silent Night might be old-fashioned but this captures what Christmas truly means. What is Christmas without love? When you're fretting over what to give that special one on Christmas, why don't you try giving love. What is more lovely than Silent Night sang by Kelly Clarkson and Reba McIntire?
O Holy Night
Here's another song with timeless lyrics. This Christmas carol sets the mood right during the Holidays. I particularly love the YouTube version by Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey.
Joy to the World
Finally, Joy to the World completes my list of Top 10 Christmas songs. In this cruel world, people need to smile. There are many choices of Joy to the World. What's your favorite?
Friday, December 16, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
It's an emergency. We're in the E.R. Room right now. Guru Jay is about to resuscitate the Spice girls. Call it a reunion if you will.
I know what I'm doing. I spent time studying under the best doctors, although I don't have a medical degree; I'm a Guru damn it. I'm the greatest one you know in fact. I've mediated to the music of Dr. Dre. I'm sure you seen some of my Tweets #GuruJay.
Let's not digress from the matter at hand. I've got lives to save. I'll start with Mel B (Scary Spice) first because she's a judge on America's Got Talent; and you know, I scout talent with an eagle eye .
Mel B has 1.06 million Twitter followers, along with 265,000 Facebook likes. She's made a name for herself ever since the Spice Girls broke up in early 2000. Do you follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook?
Next up is Mel C (Sporty Spice). Did you know she sold over 500,000 copies of her Reason album? She's one of my favorites because her voice melts my heart. Nowadays, the Capricorn is keeping a low profile but I expect this to change pretty soon.
The third Spice girl I will resuscitate is Emma Bunton (Baby Spice). I think she's a wonderful actress. Emma delivers amazing performances in some of Bollywood's best movies. You should check them out. Moreover, she has the voice for radio and the face for TV. She has hosted the Saturday Show since 2009. Plus Emma presents Breakfast with Jamie Theakston.
Fourth is Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). She's enjoying the Spice of her life- Christian Horner. They married in 2015.
Last but not least, I will resuscitate Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice). Can you believe she's still married to David Beckham? She's built a name as a major fashion designer.
Now that they're all resuscitated they can go on their reunion tour.
I am Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Who Does It Better Than Bon Jovi?
Who does it better than Bon Jovi? Born in 1983, the group outflanks all competitors. Bon Jovi knows how to put their best foot forward.
What's on your playlist? I listen to You Give Love A Bad Name all the time. I also have Livin' on a Prayer added on there. After all, in this cruel world isn't everybody livin' on a prayer. “Take my hand we'll make it I swear.”
Bon Jovi speaks to the soul. The members are like priests performing exorcisms with their music. These celebrities take the time to put their blood, sweat, and tears into their songs.
The I'll Be There For You band has constantly topped the charts. With 2.35 million Twitter followers and counting, they sell records from Johannesburg to New England. They also put up big numbers at shows.
You see Bon Jovi's performances spark wonders. You can count on Jon Bon Jovi to stretch his voice to the seventh heaven. David Bryan may not be as famous as Luke Bryan but he can pick the keys one by one. And don't get me started on Tico Torres. Saying that Tico Torres bangs the drum better than most is an understatement. Hugh Mcdonald doesn't make a mistake on the bass. Finally, the blazing guitar of Phil X completes the recipe that is all of Bon Jovi.
To answer my question, no one does it better than Bon Jovi.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
BY: GURU JAY
Bruno Mars Vs. The Weeknd
CBS aired the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night at 10 PM. All eyes were watching the models strut the stage. And all ears were listening to the lullabies of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd.
Overall, I enjoyed seeing the sights from Paris on my HD TV screen. I can only imagine how nice it would be to see the show in 3D or going to the show live in person. Many celebrities were in attendance. It was great entertainment. Bruno Mars and The Weeknd showed up big time.
The question I want to know is Bruno Mars still better than The Weeknd. I believe The Weeknd may have usurp Bruno Mars in popularity. For the record, I consider Bruno to be the best singer in the entertainment business. Who can deny his vocal ability?
Bruno is even a better entertainer than the Weeknd. However, the Weeknd wins right now because of his undeniable style. Plus, his lyrics from his latest album are better than Bruno's 24 K magic. Side to side, I would rather listen to the Weeknd's Starboy album simply for the well-written verses. Still, they have both created hot beats with their new sounds.
The Weeknd currently holds 2 Guinness World Records. He has the most streamed album on Spotify in 1 year. Plus, he holds the record for most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 by a Solo Male Artist.
Do you doubt that the famous Canadian and Hawaiian will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame one day? Who will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame first? The Bruno Mars/ The Weeknd rivalry is real. They probably dream about each other.
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Can you picture Bruno Mars leading a marching band? What if the Weeknd played the electric guitar? All I'm saying is that anything is possible.