Archive for the ‘TV & Movies’ Category

Babymetal has just released the cover of the upcoming “Live At The Forum” DVD/Blu-ray and we have also got an official two minute trailer on their official YouTube page (absolutely brilliant!). This bodes well. Release date is May 13, still no word on if this will be an international release though (stay tuned for updates).

Great cover art.

Bought a Swedish box of classic porn movies (“Den stora P-Boxen”, Studio S 2016) from the 1970s a while back and yesterday I checked out a trailer from 1978 called “V – The Hot One” that stars the wonderful Annette Haven. I was more than a little surprised when I suddenly heard the very distinctive voice of Glenn Hughes in a scene and I did recognize the music. I checked “The Butterfly Ball” and “Wizard´s Convention” (two of the more obscure 1970s albums that featured performances by Glenn), but that was not it. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I had heard this pretty recently and then I knew, it is his section of Jon Lord´s “Windows” album from 1974, a live concert in Germany that featured Glenn as well as Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Tony Ashton, Pete York and other well known characters of the day. It was aired on German TV back in the day and you can find it on YouTube. In fact, why not check out episode 41 of the Deep Purple Podcast, because there you have it as the guys reviews the concert footage at 1:08:10. And if you are naughty you can find the film on sites that may or may not blow up your computer. The official soundtrack, or what I can find listed now for this film, is supposed to be music by Vangelis. Well this is not bloody Vangelis, it is Jon Lord. So was this really cleared for this film back in the day or did they rip Jon off?

I know it was the happy days of the 1970s but one has to wonder…

(Image shows the LP foldout of the original “Windows” release from 1974)

James Bond Movie Postponed

Posted: March 5, 2020 in TV & Movies

The 25th James Bond movie, “No Time To Die” was supposed to open at cinemas across the world in April, but has now been postponed until November. Two reasons probably. The Coronavirus situation that will surely keep people from going to the movies in large numbers (if any). And on top of this, this is certainly not a good time to send your stars out on a promotional tour around the world is it.

I think we have to get used to this sort of thing now.

Space Station 76

Posted: February 9, 2020 in Cool stuff, TV & Movies

This film flew under the radar for me back in 2014, and I discovered it just now. Saw it tonight and it is basically a dark Sci-Fi comedy and a huge homage to the mid 1970s. If you ever saw shows like Buck Rogers, you will understand this (although this is much darker). Good acting from Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer and the rest of the cast. I enjoyed it, but I would expect that it is a tad strange for people that expect a lot of action packed adventures. It deserves some accolades though.

(My shot of said DVD)

Survivors

Posted: February 6, 2020 in Cool stuff, Prepping, TV & Movies

On my recent trip to Stockholm I found this DVD box of one of my all time favourite shows ever, the BBC series Survivors (1975-1977, 38 episodes). With the current Corona-virus situation still developing, this show would scare the crap out of people if they decided to broadcast it now. I think this is the show that actually made me a prepper. The story goes like this, a virus gets loose from a laboratory and within weeks it has killed off nearly all of mankind. The select few that has survived have to fight for their very survival. 45 years on, this show is still bloody brilliant.

And if you are not a prepper, now would be a good time to take action.

(My shot of said box)

Birth Of The Dragon

Posted: January 12, 2020 in Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Bought “Birth Of The Dragon” a few weeks ago and finally got around to seeing it tonight. I have to say that it was way more entertaining than I expected and it actually felt like it belongs at the very top of all the Martial Arts movies that has been produced over the years. Released in 2016, it failed at the box office but I think it may have a shot at the DVD market over time. Philip Ng does a good Bruce Lee and the entire cast is pretty good in this one. The legend will certainly only grow stronger as a result of this movie. If you grew up with this stuff, this is for you. You will be entertained.

(My shot of the DVD)

I have been going through my collection of newspapers and magazines and I had to stop and read this one, Swedish newspaper Expressen (May 7 1945). The bloody WWII was over in Europe and the Third Reich had just capitulated. An estimated 70,000 German troops assembled across the Norwegian border for demobilization in Swedish camps. Fighting was still going on in Copenhagen between patriots and traitors. Pravda is quoted in a report that estimates that 4,000,000 has been killed in Auschwitz alone. The Swedish fishing fleet has been ordered to stay in the harbors since the situation is highly unstable. The Japanese are very upset that their Axis partner has failed them in a time of crisis. The American flag has been raised over Hitler´s Eagles Nest, then lowered to half-mast in honor of President Roosevelt, whom had just passed away. It goes on and on.

The thirst for entertainment was as big as ever and at the cinemas people could watch a Soviet War film, an Adventure film (“China Girl” starring Gene Tierney and George Montgomery) and a Western Musical (“Can´t Help Singing” with Deanna Durbin and Robert Paige).

Glad that Sweden managed to largely stay out of this mess. My grandfather John Johansson spent years as a soldier on the Norwegian border. Had war broken out, who knows how our family would have fared? I was born in 1961, only 16 years after the war. Sweden in the 1960s was not that different from the 1940s. The industrialization was going on and huge changes was in the works but we still had a living countryside. In my lifetime I have seen this country change in so many ways. Inside, I feel both like an old man, and as the guy that is still the same as back in the day. But time is slipping away for sure and I am very aware that I will retire in the 2020s. It will be a good day too and I hope I am still around to blog about it then.

(My shots of said newspaper)