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Off-Topic Discussion / An album y'all might appreciate
« on: August 18, 2021, 09:38:32 PM »

Love Hermeto Pasocal. The first track definitely has a bit of an Ennio Morricone vibe.

Ennio Morricone / Shawn Lane Plays Ennio Morricone
« on: September 17, 2008, 04:31:46 PM »
So I was on youtube looking up videos of this guitarist Shawn Lane, because he's supposedly the fastest who ever lived, and I stumbled on these lovely two videos.

One of him playing Once Upon a Time in the West

And one of him playing the "Death Theme" from The Untouchables.

Off-Topic Discussion / Ten Desert Island Discs?
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:23:48 PM »
There's probably some other threads like this, but see if you can come up with ten CD's  (or DVD's if you want) you'd take with you to a desert island.

I couldn't figure out 10 DVD's, but here's 10 cd's I thought I couldn't live without and ought to be in everybody's collection:

In A Silent Way - Miles Davis

Live/Dead - The Grateful Dead

Lick My Decals Off, Baby - Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band

The Inner Mounting Flame -- Mahavishnu Orchestra

Electric Ladyland -- Jimi Hendrix

Hot Rats - Frank Zappa

A Love Supreme - John Coltrane

Mothership Connection - Parliament

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Soundtrack of Once Upon a Time in the West - Ennio Morricone (had a hard time deciding for EM, so I went for the one that would conjure up images of THE BEST FILM EVER MADE)

After seeing There Will be Blood, and being blown away by Jonny Greenwood's score, I tried to think of other popular musicians who I think could compose a great film score.

Robert Fripp of King Crimson, for one.

Roger Waters could do it as well.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Crappy Netflix Description
« on: January 05, 2008, 02:16:34 PM »
I remember when I first saw this movie in Seventh Grade.  I got it from netflix, but I somehow managed to lose the little sleeve that the DVD comes in.  Well, today, I found the sleeve again and read the description that Netflix gave.  It says that Claudia hires Robards and Bronson to go after Frank, which we all know is totally false.  No wonder I was a little confused when I first watched the movie.  I must've thought the revenge sub-plot came out of nowhere.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
« on: December 30, 2007, 10:10:33 PM »
I read the short story for the first time last week, and it pretty much blew my mind, so I thought I'd check out this independent silent film version, which was put out by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

I think it's a very well done and innovative film.  They tried to make it as authentic as they could to a movie put out in 1926 (when the story was written).  Some of the film's strongest points are the very chilling music and direction.  They stayed very faithful to the source material.  My only real complaint is the final encounter with Cthulhu, I know it's a hard thing to do on a small budget, and the stop-motion was what they had to work with back in '26, but I think that just the overall look of Cthulhu in this last scene could have been done better.

All in all, it's a very out-of-the-box film that's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the story of Lovecraft.  I want to give it a 7/10, but i'll give it an 8 just for the ingenious way they approached the project.

Off-Topic Discussion / YouTube Hallucinogen
« on: October 19, 2007, 02:48:44 PM »

Watch this vid full sized (there's a button at the lower right corner of the player), stare at the center, keep your eyes still.  Look away only when it instructs you to.  NOT A HALLOWEEN PRANK, NOTHING WILL JUMP OUT AND SCARE YOU.

This thing is awesome!

Off-Topic Discussion / Kurosawa's Drunken Angel to get Criterion Release
« on: October 14, 2007, 02:32:57 PM »

This excellent/amazing early Kurosawa flick is finally getting an R1 release via Criterion.  I got a copy from our member Sanjuro a while ago, and it's my favorite of Kurosawa's noirs, starring Takashi Shimura and a young Toshiro Mifune.

The DVD will be released on November 27th.  Pre-order... mark your calendar... whatever.

General Discussion / Jodorowsky anecdote on Leone
« on: September 16, 2007, 08:53:06 AM »
Seen on Alejandro Jodorowsky's commentary for El Topo:

"After I made El Topo, Leone invited me to dinner several times.  He was curious to know how I'd done things, what equipment I'd used.  Leone always used sophisticated equpiment and spent millions.  I replied, 'Just an Arriflex camera.'  'But how did you get that crane shot?'  'I stood on top of some chairs.' (Laughs)"

I thought y'all might find this interesting.

He also said that the duel between El Topo and the Colonel early in the film was inspired by The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

Off-Topic Discussion / 'Nam Movies
« on: September 09, 2007, 06:48:45 PM »
I was urged by Kevin and TB to start this thread.....

What are your favorite Nam movies?

For me, the holy trinity is:

Apocalypse Now
The Deer Hunter

IN that order.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Holy Mountain (1973)
« on: September 07, 2007, 07:53:42 PM »

Surrealism, satire, spirituality, and sacrilege unify in Alejandro Jodrowsky's  ambitious companion piece to his western El Topo.

A recent interest in the surrealist artistic movement reinvigorated my desire to see this film, even though I was not especially impressed by El Topo.  I am EXTREMELY glad I did.  The film first follows a thief that resembles Jesus Christ who befriends a legless, armless midget and wanders through a city trying to collect money from tourists.  He eventually meets up with a universal guru known as "The Alchemist" who trains the Thief to become a master of his own soul.  The Thief and eight other people, each representing a planet of the solar system, are led by the Alchemist to scale the Holy Mountain and seek the secret to immortality.

Sounds pretentious.

It's not.  All the way from the beginning to the introduction of the astrological characters is near cinematic nirvana.  Almost any given shot or scene could be considered a masterpiece of Surrealistic art.  Unlike in El Topo, Jodrowsky now had the money to pay for sets of visual grandeur, each with a distinctive flair and poignant image.  There are some scenes, such as the frog circus and the Thief's training, that I am convinced will never go out of my mind.  Luckily, Alejandro also composed a great score to couple these fine images with.

The introduction of each astrological character comes with a serving of blatant satire.  There is absolutely no subtlety, yet it is still quite amusing.  Unfortunately, it seems Jodorowsky's stunning visuals are downplayed during these segments, and they suffer for it.  Even though the introductions are brief, they seem to drag at parts since there are eight of them.  This is one of the few faults i could find with the film.

Unfortunately, those segments are followed by another one of the lacking parts of the film, when the Alchemist trains the group to act as one entity.  I found the money burning scene excellent, and it takes place on an amazing set, but when they go to the Mayan-style pyramids, those scenes seem to drag a little as well.  The best part about these scenes was that they recalled the frog circus scene from the first act of the film.  This part of the movie wasn't bad, but it could have been better.

In the actual climbing of the Holy Mountain, the film returns, once again, to the excellence of the first act.  There is more social satire offered in the Pantheon Bar located at the bottom of the Holy Mountain, but i won't go into details.  The climbing was accompanied by surreal visuals that were as amazing as they were grotesque.  It all builds up to what I now consider one of the greatest endings in the history of cinema.

Before you run out and see this, just make sure what you're getting into.

Surrealism, as defined in Andre Breton's "The Surrealist Manifesto":

Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express . . . the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.

Trivia Games / Whistling Directors
« on: August 15, 2007, 01:01:09 PM »
This might be too easy of a question but...

I'm sure you all know that Sergio Leone dubbed the whistling of the unseen bounty killer at the beginning of FAFDM.

What other director famously dubbed the whistling in one of his movies, and what was the film?

Off-Topic Discussion / YouTube has officially saved my life.
« on: August 07, 2007, 07:56:53 PM »
I used to be an agnostic with no purpose in the world.  But then I stumbled on this YouTube video.  With irrefutable evidence it proves the existance of God, so I know that when the world ends* I will be one of the ones spared from der Zorn Gottes.


Off-Topic Discussion / Should this be Noodles_Leone's new signature?
« on: July 30, 2007, 09:58:59 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Rate the Last CD You Listened To
« on: July 24, 2007, 04:44:17 PM »
I see we have a "last book you read" and "Last movie you saw" thread, so I thought "What the hell."

Anyway, the last one I listened to was Roger the Engineer by The Yardbirds.  I thought i'd seek it out when I realized I'd heard little or none of Jeff Beck's guitar playing.  I really really like about two thirds of the songs on the album.  But there's three or four that I dislike.  Jeff Beck is a great blues rock guitarist, and I'd like to hear more of his stuff, because I hear he branched out into all kinds of genres including Jazz Fusion.  Anyway, i would give this cd a seven out of ten, except for the fact that the reissued version includes the songs "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Psycho Dasies" which were originally released as the A and B sides of a single.  Those two songs alone (but ESPECIALLY Happenings Ten Years Time Ago) can raise this cd to an 8/10.

Another one I heard recently was "Happy Trails" by The Quicksilver Messenger service.  Great Jam Band and a cd I will bring along next time I have to go on a long car trip. 9/10

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