Archive for the ‘TV & Movies’ Category

I have always had a soft spot for the old Akira Kurosawa movies. As it happens, when the weather outside is cold and dank, these films (all digitally restored) are an absolute joy to behold. I actually went through the box in less than a week, “Rashomon”, “Seven Samurai”, “Throne Of Blood”, “The Hidden Fortress”, “Yojimbo” and “Sanjuro”. Toshiro Mifune is in all these films, he was Kurosawa´s main choice in 15 films. Misa Uehara is unforgettable as Princess Yuki in “The Hidden Fortress”. She did nine successful films between 1958 and 1960. I wish I could find all of them.

Kudos to Studio S for putting this out in Scandinavia.

(My image of said box)

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Doris Day is gone

Posted: May 13, 2019 in General, TV & Movies

Sad to hear that Doris Day has passed away. I have always had a soft spot for her classic comedies, and I have a few in the old collection. I will look to see if a few more pops up now. It is not like you will ever see that stuff on TV these days.

Class act.

I will sum up some of the more interesting stuff under this headline on a regular basis in the future (part of the new look of this blog, courtesy of the EU).

RECORD STORE DAY

Well, today is the day so if you have a record store worthy of the name in your neck of the woods, now is the time to pay a visit. I have friends who are carpooling for this, spending a good chunk of the day visiting a neighboring city (and why not).

WHITESNAKE

Loads of magazine covers out there now and there will be plenty more as the new album arrives in May. Current favourites include Sweden Rock Magazine (3 2019) and BURRN! (May 2019) from Japan. Sweden Rock Magazine goes to town with over 30 pages spread over two issues. The guy that slaps a chick on the ass in the new Whitesnake video “Shut Up & Kiss Me” is Coverdale´s son Jasper (and she is his actual girlfriend). Also, David has put out his Nevada home for sale and it is quite a palace (worthy of an Emperor of Rome). Him and wife Cindy is moving to a new place. Word is also out that there will be a nice “Slip Of The Tongue” box as well. Happy days.

RAINBOW

Looks like Rainbow is set to release a new version of “Black Sheep Of The Family” digitally on iTunes and Google Play on April 26. I guess it might turn up as a bonus track on the next Rainbow live release, and I think it is a fairly safe bet that they will eventually put something out from the upcoming tour.

SMOKE ON THE WATER

The Deep Purple classic “Smoke On The Water” is featured in a bombastic version in the new “Hellboy” movie. Nice to see that Milla Jovovich is in it.

But very very funny. That is how you can sum up the new Mötley Crue film “The Dirt”. This is not Oscars stuff, but it is highly entertaining and it is also a postcard of the 1980s (in this case taken to the extreme, to the brink and falling over the cliff), and how certain bands lived it up. To their credit, Mötley Crue also delivered good music, they have some great albums in the catalogue. But when you let the excess take over, when every tour is a party (or worse), then the end will come sooner rather than later. The funny thing with this movie is that it still leaves stuff out, like the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape scandal. As things go, they could easily have added another 60 minutes to this film, but in reality you have to squeeze a great deal into whatever script you go with, and that is hard. So what you get here are glimpses from all four, which eventually adds up to the film. If you want a history lesson, you have the book. This is the film, and at least you will have a good time watching it (the Tommy Lee scene that describes a day on the road is absolutely brilliant). I met a non rocker in his late sixties this weekend who had seen this on Netflix, and enjoyed it. Fans of hard rock will no doubt want to see it, just because it is a film about their (or our) tribe. The young will also hear about it and when they check it out they will probably wish they had been alive in the 1980s. The film will leave a mark, it will inspire people in many ways. Some of them bad probably, but I think we need to remember that there once was a world that had not been suffocated by political correctness gone wild. I would rather see some fucking rock´n´roll any day.

So, good job!

Legacy

Posted: March 23, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Bought the “Bohemian Rhapsody” DVD a couple of days ago and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. It really is quite stunning that they can recreate Live Aid like this, that in itself is rather spectacular right there. I go back to 1974 with Queen so I have been a listener and followed them right through their career. Amazingly, I never saw them perform. Not sure why since I made a point of catching most of the big bands back in the day, not least because I was a freelance journalist at the time. I do regret it now. But the musical legacy of Queen remains iconic and I think they have captured it all from an interesting angle looking at it from the point of view of Freddie Mercury. A movie has to work and he was the guy up front, selling the music with his incredible stage presence and that voice. Then there was the dark side, that we never really saw. His death in 1991 was a blow, but he worked his magic to the very end. A film that can capture the rise and fall of such an enigmatic performer will go down well if treated with respect. I think “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a success on every level, and the praise (Oscars etc) is well deserved. Also, it will capture the interest of a new generation that never got to experience Queen back in the day. I have seen proof up close, a good friend has a daughter that suddenly turned into a massive Queen fan after having seen this movie. Saw it more than once, like we saw with films like “Titanic”. She is surely not alone in this, which proves how a well made film can add a great deal to an already massive legacy. For friends of Classic Rock, this is bloody great.

Well done.

Peppermint Fury

Posted: March 15, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Bought “Peppermint” on DVD and watched it today. This just might be the best revenge movie ever made. Jennifer Garner is excellent in this film and I hope they make a follow-up sooner rather that later. Enough said.

I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)