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  1. Quasar Sniffer

    Musical Mondays Week 68 Dance With Me

    Something tells me this movie didn't consider rehearsal logistics half the time it took you to write this post. It DID bother me that so little explanation was given for why Vanessa Williams was even at that studio, what benefit she got from it,. and why she was saddles with such a terrible partner. Seriously, all he did during the competition was tell her how awful she was doing when, in the movie's eye, she was outperforming everybody. He had no gauge of performance ability. Where was HE rehearsing?
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    Musical Mondays Updated Rotation

    Awesome! I went to Norway about 5 years ago and it was absolutely amazing. I hope you have a wonderful time!
  3. Awesome news! Wales is a beautiful place. I hope you have a wonderful time.
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    Shameless Self-Promotion

    Congratulations! You are fantastic!
  5. OoOo, I HAVE heard of this. Looking forward to it!
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    Before I say anything else, let me just take this opportunity that I hope Cameron H. had a wonderful birthday. You are adorable!
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    Yeah, I feel like this should have been with central thematic base for the whole film, but it's hardly ever brought up, if at all. This damn thing was over two hours long, but something that could have provided some actual emotional resonance was totally excised, or never even addressed. And the whole monologue that Cuba give about malt liquor in the board meeting has been a criticism of that industry for decades, and is a valid one, but seems really out of place in the middle of this one. This should have been its own the movie, not shoe-horned into a musical about small town church choirs.
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    Musical Mondays Week 65 Cold War

    Oh, make no mistake, I am THERE for shirtless volleyball. All day every day. It's the blatant, yet somehow unspoken, homoeroticism that makes the mortal terror so potent!
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    Musical Mondays Week 65 Cold War

    Sorry for the late reply here, but this is in response to the comments about not being able to relate to Zula and Wiktor and individuals; more like they were ciphers or ideas of people. I dunno, I found them instantly compelling and I connected with them very deeply. Maybe I'm just sort of attracted to that archetype of a Doomed Romance, one you recognize straight from the beginning. They burn so bright and so hot, they are destined to run out of fire. But the fact they keep orbiting each other, keep coming back to each other, is something I find fascinating as well. Also, I tend to take certain historical periods pretty personally, I guess. For me, the Cold War itself is one of those (not the only one, but it's the one we are talking about here). Obviously, I did not participate in anything resembling the events of the film, but my predilections for taking history personally might be why I am so easily absorbed into, say, Bond films or stories of being trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Anyway, my dad was a P-3 Orion pilot for much of the 80s and 90s, so it was the later stages of the Cold War, but the operational mission of the Orion was to find Russian subs. Sure, the plane did other reconnaissance and whatnot, but it was designed to hunt (and maybe blow up) submarines. Soooo... when I would watch Top Gun, for example, those faceless Russian pilots were the dudes who might literally KILL MY DAD, so I found myself rather invested in Cold War narratives from the age of, you know, 5. I realize this movie has NOTHING to do with any of that, but the inclusion of other things I am fascinated by, like the bridging of musical cultures, folk music (the centuries-old kind), Eastern European art, political propaganda, etc. create a heat seeking missile straight to my soul. This movie gets at me.
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    Episode 213 - Shanghai Surprise (w/ Jordan Rubin)

    If anyone is interested, Jason appeared on the latest episode/podcast of Off Camera with Sam Jones. It's a really great interview, as both men speak openly and intelligently about art and performing. https://offcamera.com/
  11. I'm still into it! Let us watch movies. TOGETHER. Maybe even ones with an "I Want" song in the first 10-20 minutes!
  12. OoOoOo, the work of Pawel Pawlikowski (this and to amaaaaazing IDA) break even my cold, cold heart. I look forward to pretending not to cry as I type wet, sad words with you Fine Internet People!
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    Musical Mondays Week 64 The Wicker Man

    THUNDERBALL is definitely my least favorite Connery Bond. Even as someone who loves the excess fat that is inherent to Bond films, that thing is at least 20 minutes too long, and most of that is underwater sequences. Ugh. Anyhoo, being the weirdo metalhead that I am, I love the pagan folk tradition that is celebrated in THE WICKER MAN, as a lot of metal bands incorporate that sound into their music. I know aurally there might not be that much correlation between what most people think of metal and this kind of folk music, but the connection to a pagan tradition is something very metal, so bands really champion this movie and the sound. I mentioned the Neurosis cover in the pick thread, but I thought I would share some of the musical analogs here. Well I'm not in love with this band, I think this is a perfect example of the kind of sound I'm talking about. Hexvessel is composed of purely the folk aspect that metal bands incorporate into their sound, and here are a couple songs of there's that I love from the most recent album.
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    Musical Mondays Week 64 The Wicker Man

    Oh, don't get me started on THE WITCH. I love, love, love that movie. And Folk Horror is a genre I really enjoy, one often unexplored. For more Folk Horror Goodness (though certainly not as good as THE WICKER MAN) featuring Christopher Lee, check out.... And as much as I adore Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland, Roger Moore, and Hervé Villechaize, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is my least favorite Bond film. It could have been so much better. Anyway, I definitely consider THE WICKER MAN a horror film, especially because I have a rather inclusive definition of the genre.
  15. This movie also served as inspiration for the cover for classic album Souls at Zero by avant-garde metal legends Neurosis. Incidentally, when designing this particular cover, the band discovered it would actually be cheaper to build their own Wicker Man rather than pay the copyright fees they would incur by using an image from the film. So that's what they did. They built their own pagan idol!
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