Finding this GIF coincided perfectly with a Bruce Lee marathon they had on cable. Just like this GIF that was some classic shit. I know the choreography, special effects and acting has come a VERY long way since the late 60’s early 70’s martial arts flicks, but one thing they had back then was excellent casting. The strictly Chinese ones from the same period are good in that way too…anybody ever see the Master of the Flying Guillotine? Check those flicks out sometime or maybe you remember but the villains and the extras they had were spectacular.
Found a cool site where you can do online image editing, check it out it’s called LunaPic. I had fun playing with the pic below from a screen capture using VLC (a very good media player), but the image came out pretty dark, as it is in the movie. Played with it and I think it came out pretty sharp. I’m too chicken shit to try out a pirated version of Photoshop (no way I could afford a legit version).
Speaking of movies, we’re always watching them around my homestead, renting/recording or actually buying (usually used at Hastings, do they have that chain of stores in your neck of the woods?). A while back a buddy of mine recommended a Swedish flick called Let the Right One In. INCREDIBLE movie! It’s got just a little bit of gore and I guess it could be called a horror film, but really there is so much more. Well worth seeing, if you’re looking to have a cinema night. So last year they came out with an American remake, which I was leery of but I figured at least I could talk about how shitty it is when they take foreign films and remake them for an American audience. The question is why and my guess is $$$ (not a difficult guess, if you don’t mind me saying). I don’t mind when they take an old movie and remake it, with modern sensibilities and special effects (with Halloween, the remake and the remake sequel were a 1000x bloodier and more importantly, brutal). So any way they immediately remade this recent foreign film and instead call it Let Me In (why even change the name, silly media movers and shakers). First thing I gotta say though…damn GOOD FLICK. Not a whole lot of differences between the two so it was almost like what’s the point ($$$ again), but I don’t know if it was seeing the story a second time or that the Norwegian version was more subtle, but I understood a lot more of the story and it’s themes. I have a feeling that as an American I need to be kicked in the head to understand underlying meanings. Anyway GO rent either one and let me know what you think.
Hot sauce, anybody can make blistering hot stuff, and unfortunately there is the weak stuff too, that tastes like tomato sauce, but the real trick is finding the stuff that has the taste and just the right kick. My three favorite here, next to my own garden fresh salsa fresca, can be found at just about any major store…yeah I’m ashamed to say I shop at walmart but out here in the sticks there aren’t a whole lot of choices, when I was in San Diego it was all about Trader Joes and Costco (a damn good store that pays their employees fairly when you compare those wages to the guys/gals at the top). So…salsa, you have three very different flavors from three very common hot sauces, I don’t miss a meal without one of those three (except maybe cereal). Any favorites you guys have?
Was kind of looking at posting something abrasive as most of what I’ve posted for a while is on the mellower side of things, but been sitting on this one for a long time. I had posted one of my favorites off his One Foot In The Grave and promised I’d legitimately do a post on him. That tune is well worth listening to and if you’ve ever felt like an idiot in a relationship…you will relate,
Beck – Asshole
You can tell by his music that Beck is a trippy mofo but I don’t think that’s an act, you can read his bio at my usual questionable source Wikipedia. In the article it talks about Beck signing to Geffen (DGC) for less $$$ than other big labels had offered him so that he could have more creative control, which is kinda cool because he has all kinda releases on the smaller independent labels (as both the 7″s I’ve posted are) like Flipside, K, and Bongload Records. I guess he was born into Scientology, which I’ve read a lot of negative stuff about, but I really know nothing about the “religion” (future internet wandering topic). Johnny Cash himself must have had at least a little respect for the guy as he covered one of the tracks off one of his early records, Stereopathic Soulmanure,
Johnny Cash – Rowboat
This first single has three very different tunes. “Loser” was the “hit” that made it for him, but you know what, rightly so because it’s a damn good song…I mean it. The guitar work is killer, the drums are right there, but fuck, lyrically the guys is a genius. Seemingly meaningless musings that for me (maybe too much acid) makes sense,
“Forces of evil on a bozo nightmare
Ban all the music with a phony gas chamber
’cuz one’s got a weasel and the other’s got a flag
One’s on the pole, shove the other in a bag
With the rerun shows and the cocaine nose-job
The daytime crap of the folksinger slob
He hung himself with a guitar string
A slab of turkey-neck and it’s hangin’ from a pigeon wing
You can’t write if you can’t relate
Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate
And my time is a piece of wax fallin’ on a termite
who’s chokin’ on the splinters”
As Cheech and Chong would say, that’s some good shit. “Alcohol”, the whole emotion of the song reminds me of being a miserable 24/7 drunk… Now “Fume”, there’s a tune, the guitar in the chorus is almost exactly what it sounds like after a hit of nitrous…maybe if there was a bit more of a helicopter sound. Play it till the end.
I’ve gone on and one…this is another early one, the one above was his 3rd 7″, this is his 6th. “Steve Threw Up” is hilarious, while “Mutherfucker” has the hard edge that I initially wanted out of this post (next time we will tear shit up). Enjoy