Archive for the ‘TV & Movies’ Category

Spitfire

Posted: July 16, 2018 in General, TV & Movies

A documentary film titled “Spitfire” will be shown in UK cinemas tomorrow and tomorrow only. It is part of the 100th Anniversary of the RAF.

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Good day

Posted: July 12, 2018 in Classic Rock, TV & Movies, Cool stuff, General

Here is some real culture for you. Got the new Double Picture Vinyl version of the new album from The Night Flight Orchestra (“Sometimes The World Ain´t Enough”) in the mail and later tonight I got a visit from my friend Kalle that has just arrived home to Sweden from having spent a couple of weeks in the States. Got some nice stuff (that is just the way he is), including this ultra cool John Wayne t-shirt.

On the back he is quoted and it says: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It´s perfect when it arrives and puts itself into our hands. It hopes we´ve learned something from yesterday”.

Many thanks Kalle.

Complete Columbo

Posted: June 21, 2018 in General, TV & Movies

For my generation, Columbo was one of the best shows on television. Peter Falk was great as the seemingly disoriented homicide detective. But of course that was just a front and the bad guys always underestimated him at first glance. In early July we will see this box, “The Complete Series” (36 DVDs) here in Sweden and it is very cheap. I must have payed ten times that price when I bought this in Season boxes years ago.

Well, somebody will be very happy.

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Most people that discover Babymetal go “What the Hell is this!?”. That is just a fact. Then you are drawn in and before you know it you are lost in this magical world that only exists in their creation. It is not a band (it is a construction of parts), it is not a J-Pop outfit or a Heavy Metal thing. They called themselves Kawaii Metal (Cute Metal) in the early days, which fitted them well then. But since then they have added so much theater, created so many exceptional stages, inserted so much from the world of Classical music (intense drama and Score like moments of supreme beauty and power) that they are now occupying a world on the music scene that is theirs alone. It can simply not be duplicated. They are certainly insanely entertaining and they will blow your head off with diamond sharp riffs and rhythms that leave most Metal acts in the dust. But inserted in all this madness is that happiness, that unique thing that is a remnant from the Kawaii Metal days and that will probably be part of what they are right to the very end. A Babymetal show is nothing short of a theatrical experience. The bigger the stage, the better they are as they can take it to another level. They were always good and they will be entertaining even in clubs, but give them a big stage and you will get that extra fire and brimstone. They will probably never be a heavy touring act, it will be more exclusive and I think they will move into the big arenas pretty much everywhere given time.

I have struggled with what to say when you try to introduce them to a novice, and I do not think that I am alone in this. How on earth do you explain this in a few words? Well I think I will actually go with the term Theatrical Experience from now on. It takes hours to understand how beautiful all this is. How precious it is. I do know that old rockers like me can love this. I know that Pop fans can like it (hardly noticing that they are slipping into Metal territory here). It is a beast that has a positive message, a positive vibe. People of all ages can be drawn in. It could not have happened 40 years ago. It was a case of having a vision at the right moment (talking about the creator Kobametal now), as these very individuals was right there (both the girls and the musicians). Then they went for broke against impossible odds and they made it! 2018 has not been an easy year for them, but they are fighting on. In their own way.

We will never experience anything like this again.

Watch Budokan & 2014 Tour trailer here. Wembley 2016 trailer here. Tokyo Dome 2016 trailer here. Hiroshima 2017 promotional video here.

Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple gave a nice speech introducing Metallica at the Polar Music Prize Awards yesterday in Stockholm. It must have been an amazing moment for Lars Ulrich (in particular) and Robert Trujillo to have their own heroes honoring their achievments at the gala. Probably meant more to them that being handed the prize in itself by the Swedish King. But it is a big landmark moment and they have earned it. I guess it would be nice to see Deep Purple get it some day too, as they were among the pioneers that helped this entire scene (Hard Rock and beyond) to get going to begin with. Just sayin.

Watch the Metallica/Purple moment here.

(Thank you Seth)

You may not know who Hans Zimmer is but you must have heard his music (he has written over 150 Soundtracks after all). He has created the music for films like “Gladiator”, The Dark Night Trilogy (Batman), “The Lion King”, “Interstellar”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Pirates Of The Caribbean”, “The Thin Red Line” etc etc. And it is all here on this DVD filmed in the Czech Republic in 2016 and released last year as “Live In Prague”. He is joined onstage by 72 top notch singers and performers and there are certainly moments on this DVD that is bordering on pure magic and beyond.

I love the bombastic moments where they are in Pompous Rock territory (think Nightwish, a band that must have been inspired by this guy), just crank up the volume and close your eyes. Having grown up with Deep Purple I am no stranger to the concepts here, the Classical meeting with so many genres. In the world of Soundtracks few can match Hans Zimmer. Tina Guo is here, cranking it up good in the Caribbean section and elsewhere. Now she is a Rock Star in her own right and that is why she on this stage. Hans must have loved every second of this night.

Watch the official trailer here.

Justice League

Posted: June 11, 2018 in Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Watched “Justice League” on DVD tonight. At this point we are getting a bit spoiled are we not? These films are so entertaining and so well crafted. In this one we have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg saving the world from a bad dude (Steppenwolf) with a (very long) memory. I would enjoy anything with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in it so I am a pretty happy camper just about now.

Good fun.