Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Miller's can't touch that Nollywood.

Howdy folks!

Another show in the archives, but this week it seems our internet fans were having a wee bit o' trouble accessing the web stream. Most troublesome indeed, especially since I don't have a decent file hosting for the archives. Anyhoot, I played music this week from:

Over the Top (1987) - Frank Stallone
Phantom of the Paradise (1974) - Paul Williams
Enter The Dragon (1973) - Lalo Schiffrin
Lost Highway (1997) - Alan Sylvestri
Serial Experiments: Lain (1998) - Nakaido Reichi
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (2002) - J-Willz
Dolemite (1975) - Arthur Wright
Flight of the Intruder (1991) - Basil Poledouris
Buio Omega (1979) - Goblin
Broken Flowers (2005) - Mulatu Astatke
Manhunter (1986) - Micheal Rubini

In other news, it looks like Sarah Paulson is signed on to round out the posse of leading ladies in Frank Miller's new film The Spirit. In short? Who cares? The only noteworthy thing in her acting career was being in the awesome 1995 television show American Gothic.
Though the real question is why are we letting Frank Miller go unpunished for 300? I mean he didn't direct it, but he *did* write and produce it, and we all remember how it was one of the worst movies ever almost watchable. If I ever see him in person I might scream "This is Sparta!" and kick him in the chest.

Speaking of lack-luster Millers...it was also announced the other day that George Miller (The Australian director) will be directing the new Justice League film scheduled for 2010. Now he's an "oscar winning" director (like that means anything) and the last two well known films he made were Happy Feet and Babe: A Pig in the City. I mean, this dude was on fire in the 80's with stuff like Mad Max, Twilight Zone and The Witches of Eastwick...I guess in 2010 we'll see if his brain has been completely polluted with talking animals or not.

To end on a pleasant note though, I read an interesting article over at the Palm Beach Post about the film industry in Kenya. (article here) I'm telling you guys, this is going to be the new hot spot for foreign film. I mean, look at The Gods Must Be Crazy. "Nollywood" is going to be the shizzle before you know it.

RIP N!xau, we all loved you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Things to be excited about.

Howdy folks,

Tuesday has come and gone, and there were a handful of cool directors cuts, re-issues and a 80's classic now on HD that were all released yesterday that I'm pretty stoked about. Zoo is the only new film in the bunch and not for the faint of heart. Check em out:

With 96 Never Before Seen SECONDS! One of my favorite 80's sci-fi adventures!
Quirky caption! Pushing the boundaries with horse sex.

Also, I just read that Zsa Zsa Gabor has rotten legs! (read story) Which comes as no surprise since she's had 9 husbands, and lord knows how many gentleman callers in her 90 years of being alive. B-Spears, Lohan, and Paris combined ain't got sh*t on Zsa Zsa. This gal has been around the block so many times she left a groove in it. Doesn't mean she wasn't a fox in her prime though.

MC Rottenlegs bringin it gangsta style!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm the rapper, she's the director.

Howdy Folks,

Another show in the books, and boy was it a doosey! I played music from the following:

James Horner - Krull (1983)
Basil Poledouris - Robocop (1987)
Vangelis - Blade Runner (1982)
Harold Faltermeyer - Fletch (1985)
Bill Justis - Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Vladamir Cosma - L'affaire Crazy Capo (1972)
Francesco De Masi - Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (1968)
and plenty of odd sound clips and old trailer audio!

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Note* Around minute 38-40 there are some pauses in the podcast

In other news, the 59th Emmy Awards happened recently and, to be honest...I couldn't care less about these god damned awards. Sure there's some good TV being made lately, but these big award shows are pretty pointless if you ask me. If you're interested, here are the winners.

More importantly though, it has been announced that Jada Pinkett Smith is going to be Directing?!? the film The Human Contract. Oh and guess what? It's being produced by Overbrook Entertainment, which is owned by her long time sugar daddy Will Smith. Coincidence? Probably not. This also happens to be the same company that hopefully will not bastardize the 1954 Richard Matheson classic sci-fi novel I Am Legend. (view trailer) Starring who? The Fresh Prince, duh. I mean hopefully they won't remove the vampires like they did in the 1971 interpretation The Omega Man, but it's too bad that Vincent Price won't be in it like the original 1965 interpretation The Last Man on Earth. (Follow that link to view the whole movie. Yay for public domain!)

We can only hope...

Pretty soon he'll pwn you too!

Friday, September 14, 2007

A movie doesn't have to be good to be great.

Howdy folks,

With the Toronto International Film Festival wrapping up tomorrow, everyone has been talking about snobby flicks. I thought I'd take a moment to mention two films I'm very excited about, but for completely different reasons.

To me, a film is all about entertainment... whoa whoa whoa now, don't think I can't totally snob you when talking about artsy cinema. I can pull out buzz words like mise-en-scène and motivated cuts if I have to, but sometimes I just want to be entertained properly. Such is the case with the new Korean mega-monster, city destroying, eye popping, crash fest that is D-War. Yeah, it's a Korean movie, if you've already seen the English trailers or the American Website. It came out today, and I'm going to see it ASAP. I'll probably update this after viewing.


On the other side of the coin, my tastes crave something a little more sophisticated, but not too much to make me break out my monocle. At the Toronto IFF, one of my favorite Japanese directors, Takeshi Kitano showed his latest feature length Kantoku · Banzai! or the US title Glory to the Filmmaker! , which appears to be a revisit to the style he used in Takeshis'. Takeshis' wasn't for everyone, and from what I've been reading, his new film isn't either. Though, as a super fan...I'm sure I'll swoon completely just at the sight of my favorite deadpan, blank stare, hard ass, goofball genius.

Will you be my daddy?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I hope Iron Man doesn't rust.

Howdy Folks,

This weeks show was stellar as usual, I played music from:

Hundra (1983), Ennio Morricone
Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Various Artists
The Beastmaster (1982), Lee Holdridge
Rocket to the Moon (1967), John Scott
Non Ho Sonno (1999), Goblin
Raw Deal (1986), Tom Bahler & Chris Boardman
Until September (1984), John Barry
Experiments in Terror (1967), Harry Mancini
and many Drive-in ads and film trailer audio clips, etc...as usual.

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Any suggestions on where to host these files? I'd like to keep them all archived for you folks, but server space ain't free. We'll figure this one out I promise.

In other news, the trailer to the new film Iron Man, based on the Marvel comic was released last night. Robert Downey Jr. is playing the lead in this film which leaves me on the fence about how crappy I think it's going to be. Jon Favreau is directing it for some reason, how he managed to get a budget that large is beyond me...cause Elf and Zathura weren't exactly masterpieces, and if I hear another person quote Made with "It's money baby!" I might start knocking teeth out. Don't get me wrong, I like Favreau, I'm just not super confident in his directing abilities.
Hopefully Downey will bring his A game, which he does fairly often (i.e. The Singing Detective), which could make this one a winner...at least as far as comic book movies go.

Remember Gutter from PCU? I remember, Mr. Favreau, I remember.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Crystal Skulls? Been there done that.

Official Site

Yep, looks like our good pal Shia LaBeouf opened his pie hole and announced the title of the new Indiana Jones film. Though now it's on the films website. So, a Crystal skull huh? Sure, there's a running mystery around Crystal Skulls I just never thought Indiana Jones would bother with it. There's not a whole lot of fortune and glory in dusty old crystal you know? Unless it's this one. Though, if this movie about a Crystal Skull is as good as House 2: The Second Story (which is about a crystal skull) then we're in business. Check out the trailer:

We'll see how this plays out, I'm sure I'll need to take extra pants to the theater...but ole' Lucas just ain't what he used to be in my eyes. That goes for you too Mr. Spielberg. Though, they have decided to bring back Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark...and that's got me totally pumped, good move guys.

You're still my hero even though you're all old and stuff.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Dat's a Spicy Film Festival!

Howdy Folks,

Looks like it's the start of the 64th Venice International Film Festival and things are hoppin'. All your favorite Hollywood hot shots are lined up to parade around for fancy photo-ops and to watch films that are better than what they've starred in in years. I'm particularly excited for the premiere of Nightwatching by the always interesting Peter Greenway. I was really hoping for a new score from Greenway's BFF Michael Nyman, though this film is scored by a relatively unknown Wlodek Pawlik. I'm sure it's stellar all the same.

In other news, angry teen favorite Tim Burton was awarded with a lifetime achievement award. Now don't get me wrong, I love me some Tim Burton films. (Frankenweenie and PeeWee's Big Adventure were important parts of my childhood development) but I just don't know if it's quite time for a lifetime achievement award. He's only directed about 20 films (Mars Attacks! and the Planet of the Apes remake included), and he's not even 50 yet. (and for the last time NO! he DIDN'T direct Nightmare before Christmas, Henry Selick did!)He's still got lots more baddassery left up his sleeves I'd wager, plus I've got big hopes for Sweeny Todd. I'm quite ready for Mr. Depp to be released from the shackles of wholesome family friendly characters and dive back into crazy wierdos that he's oh so good at.

I'll step off my soapbox for now, and keep my eyes on what goes down at this years fest...

Frankenweenie! Never forget!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Howdy folks,

Sorry about the troubles with getting the shows online. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this for free and still keep many shows online. Ideas, suggestions, donations? Lemme know.

September 3rd show DOWNLOAD (down temporarily)

In other news, the silver seas of the motion picture business are at an all time high in filthy lucre (6th highest in "modern Hollywood"), despite being at an all time low in creativity...while still managing to cry "VICTIM!" of film pirating. In an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal, Hollywood should finish with about a $4.15 BILLION summer (not counting the rest of the year or DVD sales), as reported by the box office tracker Media By Numbers...and for what? Digging up dead heroes from the 80's and making sequels to recent and already dull films? Next time you go to the theater, just look at how many films are either sequels or remakes, especially in the summer time. It might shock you, though you might have to be slightly savvy to catch some of those remakes...they don't exactly spell out their lack of creativity like they used to.
However, I can't say that I'm not still super excited about John Rambo. You take the good with the bad I suppose.

Speaking of high revenues, film pirates are making a killing lately. In an article from USA Today pirates made about $6.1 billion worldwide in 2005. The kicker? It's a close race, but the good ole' US-of-A is taking the lead from Asian-Pacific pirating by a whopping .1 billion dollars according to the MPAA and their ENIAC sized bullshit machine. GO USA! That's not even the best part. Now they're training dogs to sniff out a chemical in illegal DVD's! How rad is that? The future is now! (read the full story by clicking Rin Tin Tin)

Smells like DVD-Arrgghs!