Archive for the ‘TV & Movies’ Category

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.

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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)

Ghost In The Shell

Posted: February 25, 2019 in General, TV & Movies

I finally got around to see the Sci-Fi movie “Ghost In The Shell” and I was not disappointed. Scarlett Johansson is always good and she is quite memorable in this one. The future world looks great and the topic of A.I, robots etc is always going to be a good source for entertainment.

Good action movie.

The Dirt

Posted: February 20, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

And finally, it arrives. The long awaited Mötley Crue movie “The Dirt” premieres on Netflix on March 22. The first trailer went online yesterday, and the version that the band posted on Facebook has been seen almost 5,000,000 times. This bodes well and if you look at the success of the Queen movie this could all be the start of a very big trend.

Magnificent

Posted: February 20, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Watched the new Swedish DVD release of the 1965 comedy “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (Or, How I Flew From London To Paris In 25 Hours And 11 Minutes)” this weekend. Jam packed with wonderful talent (Terry-Thomas alone as the archetypal villain makes this an instant classic) and a never ending line of jokes and funny situations, it stands tall even today as one of the great comedies of the era. Digitally restored, it is a feast for the eyes, and I love the fact that they have decided to save this one for the future.

Amazing nostalgia.

Watched “A Million Ways To Die In The West” with my buddy Kalle today. I have to say that the punchlines line up with a brutal pace, and you can sense that the inspiration is partially drawn from Monty Python and Mel Brooks. The cast (Liam Neeson, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron can be seen on the DVD cover, but there are plenty more talent in this one) is brilliant. The jokes are often visual, some quite brutal. But you have to laugh at the craziness of it all. Charlize Theron is fantastic as a gunslinger in this one, somebody needs to give her a chance to repeat the role, perhaps in a more traditional western. All in all, you will be entertained.