Saturday, December 29, 2007

Saturday Score Selection #4: Risky Business Unreleased

Steamy showers, sexy hookers, train lovin', sliding around in your tighty whiteys, and driving a Porsche were the inspiration for this piece of genius from Tangerine Dream... and also the usual description of my weekends. Everyone has heard of this movie is seems, and everyone knows that Phil Collins track that those crazy brits made popular again in that silly commercial with that monkey. What people don't know is that Tangerine dream actually recorded a lot of music for this film that was never actually released on an album. It's really unfortunate too, because Tangerine Dream is way too talented not to have all their stuff pressed and sold to the masses. Anyway, the score is beautiful and melodic, with a few dark and brooding tracks that really accent the danger that lil' ole' Cruise is in when fighting off Guido the killer pimp. I'm going to leave you with the longest of the unreleased demo tracks from this score, and you can thank me later. Or now...which ever you prefer. Enjoy.

Download Tangerine Dream - Risky Business Unreleased Demo track via yousendit

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!

There will be no radio show or podcast this week, as I take time away to get let down by the lack of presents I will receive this year. Enjoy the holiday however it is you do, be it with family or a bottle of scotch.

PS- Watch some crummy Christmas flicks and think of me.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Saturday Score Selection #3: Midnight Express (1978)

This weeks score selection hails from the of one of the greatest Italo Disco masterminds that greasy boot ever kicked into stardom. Giorgio Moroder. There's something about haunting electronic scores that really gets my film panties in a bunch, the kind of bunch that you don't even want to pick out either. Many of the tracks are atmospheric electronic soundscapes with gentle melodies, but then you get hit with a track like "Istanbul Blues" which is strange electronic/blues ballad, and then he sends a creepy experimental sound montage at you in the track "The Wheel". Though all of these are outshined in my opinion by the classic track "Chase" which is what I leave you with this week. You may also recognize as the theme song to the AM radio program "Coast to Coast AM" listened to by many dorks, nerds, lonely truckers, conspiracy theorists, and genius millionaire playboy badasses (i.e. me and my good buddy over at

Giorgio Moroder - Chase - download via yousendit


Friday, December 21, 2007

Hellboy 2: A Sequel I won't bitch about till after I see it.

It's good to see that Pan's Labyrinth didn't go straight to Guillermo del Toro's head making him full on art house snob. Got to respect guys that know how to enjoy themselves. Also guys that appreciate the value of good costume designers/make-up artists/set designers and know when NOT to completely abuse CGI. The new trailer to Hellboy II: The Golden Army looks stunningly more entertaining than the first one turned out to be, even with the ridiculous cliche action music. Though there's always a level of entertainment involved with the fantastic (albeit hit or miss) Ron Perlman. We'll see I guess...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wall-E may not be Crap-E

I know you hear me bitch and moan about CGI all the time, but if you're still getting your panties in a bunch to see CGI animals doing people things, then I've got something warm and buttery you can choke on. Movie popcorn. Anyway, CGI can be done tastefully, and Pixar usually shows us how. I'm slightly excited about Wall-E, however don't think I can't find SOMETHING to complain about. One thing that irks me about Pixar is how John Lasseter, czar of Pixar, loves patting himself on the back about how original all his movies are. Lemme show you how original Wall-E is...see Johnny-5 from Short Circuit below.

Hell, even the promotional posters are damn near identical copies. Don't think you can sneak one past me Disney...

Here's the trailer in case you weren't excited yet.

PS - Hey John Lasseter; "Nosotros kick 'yo butt, nosotros kick 'yo face, nosotros kick 'yo balls in to ou-ter spppaaaccee!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yes, it's a Christmas Special, damnit!

Happy Holidays folks,

It's that time of year again, time for watching movies about holiday parties that never happen where you work, where the cute secretary gets hammered and xeroxes her fanny while the nerdy mail room guy waits by the mistletoe to sneak a peck on the cheek of that special lady he's been stalking all year. Or movies about Christmas memories that are always somehow better than yours, trees that look nicer, cookies that are perfectly moist and delicious, Santa bringing you exactly what you want or getting in some zany trouble with the real world while the fate of christmas hangs in the balance. Oh, the holidays... so here's a Christmas Special for those ears! You heard the following selections from some of my favorite 'Christmas' films:


Die Hard - Michael Kamen - (1988)
Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman - (1990)
The Muppet Show - The Muppets - (1976)
Eyes Wide Shut - Jocelyn Pook - (1999)
Ernest Saves Christmas - Mark Snow - (1988)
Scrooged - Danny Elfman - (1988)
Lethal Weapon - Michael Kamen - (1987)
Gremlins - Jerry Goldsmith - (1984)
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi - (1965)


Monday, December 17, 2007

Youtube: The Movie

Not exactly the newest news cause you've probably already ignored the advertisement on facebook and myspace like I have for days, but Knoxville and the gang have made a new feature length movie. I'd almost rather eat at turd than watch them do it. Okay I lie, I'll watch it 4 times, and crap my pants but not eat the turd. Though, what's so damned special about watching you get kicked in the nuts AGAIN? Well, it's viewable completely free and on the internet, that's what. It's also apparently the first broadband movie ever to be released by a major studio. Breaking new ground by breaking your faces...clever Knoxville. Though youtube beat you to it. You just know how to make millions from it. Mad props. How about a major studio give me money for Fireworks War. Oh well, anyway it premiers on Dec 19th.

Jackassworld website

I Am Legend rantview

50% Awesome - 50% Give me cancer now.

So last night I saw the new Big Willy joint "I Am Legend" based on the 1954 Richard Matheson classic. Chances are you've already read a bunch of reviews recently that told you that and forgot when I told you about it months ago. So I'm not going to repeat myself. I WAS excited about this movie...until the CGI news I heard...but you know that too. I never really understood how unbelievably disappointed I'd be by the CGI until the first scene where an infected human flies out the window and starts banging his CGI noggin on the pavement flopping around like that fish in the end of that Faith No More music video "Epic".

I think the most frustrating thing for me about this movie is that it didn't need to be eye bogglingly ridiculous. I was drawn in and sold so well with the haunting city scapes, the eerie silence and somber but still positive attitude of Neville (Smith). It was starting out as a very fine adaptation of the novel, until the creepy crawlies came on the scene. I was so built up and excited that this might NOT end up to be a steaming pile of manure, that I fell extra hard when all of the infected humans looked worse than Imhotep from The Mummy remake in 1999. In fact, it looked as if they were modeled exactly from the creatures in the mummy just given different skin textures. Those mummy's actually looked BETTER and that was about EIGHT YEARS AGO. Is our CGI actually getting WORSE?
Also, I don't know why they even bothered to try and establish a lead infected human if they were going to make a hard left turn from the novel. So this one vampire bangs his head against things and screams a little louder at Neville than the others? Big Whoop. He wasn't nearly as cool as Mathias from the 1971 film "The Omega Man" that was also based on the Matheson novel.

They also threw in some dogs from the Resident Evil movies for spice, some explosions for ticket sales, and Will Smith reciting a scene from Shrek for laughs. It ended up just resorting to cheap startle tactics to get scares from folks as if it were a 28 days later ripoff, and the screams of the "vampires" don't get me started. I'll never figure out how a virus can transform a human larynx into that of a T-Rex/Dolphin/Monster from LOST hybrid that can rattle glass as well as bust my ear drums in the theater. I'm not putting my hands on my ears cause I'm scared, I'm doing it because it's painful and annoying to hear. In fact, the most creepy scene was when Neville found them while they were sleeping and you could hear the rapid and frantic breathing patterns of them in the darkness. Much more effective than a close up CGI mouth and a Dolby shattering squeal.

Which with all these distractions leads me to the ultimate disappointment; they drove us away from the TRUE scary point of the whole novel entirely. The infected humans aren't what we are supposed to be frightened of at all. Neville is the monster in their world, he is the last of his kind in a new place, and he can travel in both daylight and darkness, hunting and experimenting on the the infected. In their eyes, he's the enemy and he's their legend. Not the savior of the human race...though I suppose people don't buy tickets to see intelligent endings.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday Score Selection #2 - Delta Force

Yeah yeah yeah, maybe I posted this just so I'd catch a flurry of Chuck Norris related web traffic. However, since you're here, let me tell you a little about the score to his film Delta Force. Okay, so maybe the movie was a steaming pile. Of gold. Though we're not here to talk about karate chops, machine guns, or handle bar mustaches, I'm here to talk about the composer Alan Sylvestri...who oddly enough is about as cool as a machine gun with a handlebar mustache karate chopping a girl in a bikini, who is dressed like a pirate, and holding your favorite beer and mouthing the words "Take me now". I suppose that doesn't tell you about this score, or does it? The main theme is enough to put on repeat and make you do push ups till your pecs are so juiced that you could crack a petrified walnut with them. Which I guess makes sense, as the rest of the score is surprisingly quiet and atmospheric, but very competent. Everyone needs a cool down right? The only other tracks that makes you want to pull triggers, punch faces and slap supple female bottoms is the middle and last one, appropriately tilted "Saved" and "Landing" as they are the victory/finale songs respectively. Enjoy the tune.

Alan Sylvestri - Delta Force Theme - download via yousendit

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ash + Swiss Army + Japanese School Girl =

Kataude mashin garu

COMING IN 2008...though probably nowhere close to you.

Just a podcast folks.


Thinking of breaking up my podcasts and my rants in to different posts on different days so there's less content for you lazy folks to consume in one sitting. With that said, here's the line up of this weeks show:


War In Space - Toshiaki Tsushima - (1977)
Valhalla - Ron Goodwin - (1986)
The Black Dahlia - Mark Isham - (2006)
Teen Wolf Too Mega Montage - (1987)
Misery - Marc Shaiman - (1990)
Adaptaion - Carter Burwell - (2002)
Seven Dollars to Kill - Francesco De Masi - (1966)
Days Of Heaven - Ennio Morricone - (1978)
Ladyhawke - Alan Parsons - (1985)


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Saturday Score Selection #1

This week I'm going to take a moment to give you a sample of Joe Jackson's score for the 1988 film "Tucker: The Man and His Dream". From start to finish this score keeps you on the toes of your wingtips, with it's big-band upbeat swingin' tunes lightly peppered with soft interludes and somber 40's style jazzy/blues club tunes that'd make even the toughest zoot suiter weep a few in his fedora. I find this score a great fit for the this film as listening to it makes me think of big cars and dapper dan hair-don'ts. I particularly enjoyed the creepy sci-fi feel of track 13 - "Hangin' in Howard Hughes' Hangar", but am going to let you guys wrap your aural mits around what I feel really stands out on this score. Enjoy.

Track 03 - "No Chance Blues" - download via yousendit

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Keepin' it short and preparing to launch.


Howdy Folks,
We heard music again this week...go figure. Here's what you heard:

The Black Windmill - Roy Budd - (1974)
Blue Velvet - Angelo badalamenti - (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China - John Carpenter - (1986)
Black Belt Jones -Dennis Coffey - (1974)
Flight of the Intruder - Basil Poledouris - (1991)
Ernest Saves Christmas - Mark Snow - (1988)
Grim Fandango - Peter McConnell - (1998)
Skull Monkeys - Terry S Taylor - (1997)
The Jungle Book (Spanish translation) - George Bruns - (1967)


Alright gang, so I'm having difficulty tracking my RSS subscribers, and my regular hits are starting to dwindle...I'm going to be expanding with some new weekly features in the coming weeks. Spolighting film scores with tasty downloads, as well as weekly obscure movie reviews courtesy of my pal (and former co-host) the Negative Cutter over at (where you can purchase every movie reviewed)
I'll be brief with my movie news this week to spare your tiny little attention spans.

1. Christopher Nolan talks about the new Batman movie over at (article) and the IMAX website has a behind the scenes well as a horrible website.

2. Reese Witherspoon doesn't deserve this...and is also a poopy face. and goofy looking. Also I heard she has bad gas.

3. OJ Simpson is up to his usual antics again. He always makes me chuckle...Remember the Naked Gun movies?

4. NICOLAS CAGE!!! Pathetic as ever. BWAHAHAHAHA.