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~ They played it at public school back in the late seventies/early eighties.

~ It was probably a short film.

~ It was probably to educate us about nuclear attack, but it could have been about alien abduction (which makes no sense as to why they'd show it to us every year...)

~ It was basically about the anticipation of something. At they end, they open a door and the whole screen flashes to white and it ends.

I think.

Any ideas?

Avast Ye!

Sep. 19th, 2009 01:32 pm
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In honour of the day, we are watching documentaries about pirates!

First up, the second most accurate film about life at sea, that documentary, Muppet Treasure Island.

Later, we're likely to watch the (rather dry) but incredibly accurate and detailed biopic about Yellowbeard.

We might also watch Pirates, Hook, and Cutthroat Island.

There's also the Pirates of the Caribbean films:The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End.

We could also open up to movies that have some piratical elements or take things off into outer space, as with The Ice Pirates, Treasure Planet, Castle in the Sky, The Goonies, or Porco Rosso.

Of course, there's also The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything for Mr. B.

~ ~ ~

We may also entertain ourselves by playing Pirate's Cove or Cartagena.

There's also the sequels to Cartagena, The Pirate's Nest, Die Goldinsel, and Die Mueterei, but I haven't played any of those yet.

~ ~ ~

So, what's everyone else doing for Talk Like a Pirate Day?
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Back to the officially sanctioned video for Part XI, the penultimate portion of A Pleasant Shade of Gray:



Do you think that I, that I remember
Do you think that I, that I recall
When you were falling
And I just watched it all?

Do you think that I, that I remember
Do you think that I, that I recall
When you were breaking
And I just let the pieces fall?

Don't you think that I remember
Don't you think that I recall
When you were alone, oh all alone
And I didn't hear, hear your call?
Call - Hear you call, hear you call, hear you call...
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Complete with heart effect transitions from scene to scene, the visuals from this 2001 romantic holiday comedy, Serendipity (starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack) fit fairly well with the music from the 1979 album Hell Bent for Leather (to be even more provocative, you could go with the title of the same album from the original 1978 UK release: Killing Machine)...

So, yes, a sweet, tender love song, filled with emotion and longing, and some beautiful music, coming from an album that is titled to reinforce an entirely different side of the Priest... here's Before The Dawn:



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Yep, once again, missed the Friday Funnies...

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Today's, tune Falls has that breathy South American flute/pan pipe sound, and it's presence is probably the main reason Brad thought to introduce me to The Mission: Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture.

Unlike yesterday's clip, which includes sound and music in sync, this one features a variety of scenes from throughout The Mission over the music for the Falls scene.

There are definitely spoilers to the film here, and you see more than just Jeremy Irons. Co-star Robert de Niro makes an appearance, as does Liam Neeson, along with other actors beyond the Guarani that are perhaps the bulk of the cast.

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This clip is from the movie The Mission, starring Jeremy Irons.

The tune Gabriel's Oboe, as it appears on the The Mission: Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture, just barely starts up as this clip fades out, but what you do get to see and hear is Irons, as Gabriel, playing the theme on an oboe:



This is one of my favorite movies, and I got there via the music. Brad, who worked with me at Fishman, brought the soundtrack in for me to listen to and it instantly became one of my favorites. If you want to find out more about the it, I wrote up a review of the film in May of last year.
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I was poking through some tv collections on DVD over at Amazon, and I discovered something that may interest a few folks out there:

The Real Ghostbusters, Vol 1 (5 DVD) is coming out at the end of March, and it's available for pre-order.

I know there's at least one Ghostbusters fan out there who might be reading this... although if I recall, they aren't all that impressed with the cartoon series...

I never watched it, so I have no idea... =)

Validation

Dec. 20th, 2008 10:25 am
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I missed Friday Funnies! Ooops!

If I had posted it yesterday, you would have seen this already ~ those of you who read [livejournal.com profile] wolfette might have seen this already, as she posted it last week:



It probably works out okay, not showing it as a "funny" because, although it has funny bits, it's not really a strict humor piece. Maybe more of a romantic comedy. The feel-good hit of the summer. Or very-late-autumn-nearly-winter, as the case may be. Enjoy!
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Despite the fact that the theme was just established earlier today, this Friday Funny is, to break the trend, surprisingly on theme.

Maybe even too much so.

=)



You can buy it to watch here or to listen to here.
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This clip is rated R for "ridiculous"...

And it just may be NSFW...

...so it's hidden under here... )
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From the movie Desperado, here's the music video version of the tune used in the title credits (at least I think that's where it comes in! =)



You can also hear it on Desperado: The Soundtrack. It's also (allegedly) on MP3 - the price isn't listed, so I don't know if it's unavailable or free (yeah, chance of the latter? not so much! =)
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Star Wars, mildly irreverent.

Okay, not so mildly.

Appreciation of or absolute hatred of gangsta rap makes this all the more entertaining.

Cut on account of NSFWness... )
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Although you'll see this billed as any number of different performers - the all-Steve-Vai one is popular for guitarists who believe Steve could never be beaten in a one-on-one guitar duel by anyone other than Steve his own self - the truth would be something like: Ry Cooder and William Kannensinger in the form of Ralph Macchio on screen vs. Steve Vai.

That's right, the Crossroads Blues theme comes to a head with the head cutting duel at the climax of the movie Crossroads, where ol' Willie Brown has his soul on the line, and Eugene uses his six string to keep the both of them from following Robert Johnson into the fiery pits of hell. When faced with Jack Butler, the devil's guitar slinger, Eugene needs to reach deep into his bag of tricks, and recall his earlier life as a classical guitar student at Julliard:

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In a natural follow-up to yesterday's video - Apocalyptica's cover of One - we break briefly from the format of rock-played-on-orchestral-instruments, and we come to rock-played-on-rock-instruments. Of course, the reason for this is One, as performed by Metallica, from their album ...And Justice for All (Amazon.com).

Now, while this song starts with quiet textures and some beautiful melodic fretwork by Kirk Hammett that should be considered accessible to all, it does transition to some of the heaviest, most powerful work Metallica has ever done. Even if the bass - played by Jason Newstead, who had to step in to fill dearly departed Cliff Burton's unfillable shoes - was recorded with some of the most godawful lack-of-production qualities ever to see a release.

I would expect those of you who don't like such things as heavy metal, distorted guitars, and so forth to shun this video, however, I'd like you to make an exception.

This video is perhaps one of the most innovative music videos to have been made. Despite this being a "promotional video" - which is what the music companies consider music videos: advertising - the band is upstaged throughout by clips - dialogue and all - from the 1971 movie Johnny Got His Gun (IMDB) which is based on the book (Amazon.com) of the same name. The clips are powerful and graphic.

Several themes - and critical issues - are brought up. War: "For democracy, any man would give his only begotten son." The end product of war: "Inside me I'm screaming, nobody pays any attention. If I had arms, I could kill myself. If I had legs, I could run away. If I had a voice, I could talk and be some kind of company for myself. I could yell for help, but nobody would help me." Medical ethics, euthanasia, and extraordinary measures to sustain life: "He eats through a tube. And whatever comes in through a tube has to go out through a tube. He is the armless, legless wonder of the twentieth century. And yet, by God, he's just as alive as you and me."

This should not be watched lightly, but I feel it should be watched. Then again, those who most need to be moved by this are very likely amongst those who would never watch it - and, just as likely from what I know of you, not amongst those who are viewing this on your Friends page.

Watch, discuss.

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"This is my list. It says "Be good in all of your heart." And it's my list, and I have to do what it says." -- said moments ago while holding a business card for Elysian Fields

~ ~ ~

"Oh, that was absolutely wonderful. I really liked that film." -- said a week or so ago, after we finished watching Labyrinth

~ ~ ~

"Once upon a time in a far-away land..." -- starting to tell a story to his big sister earlier today (I don't think he got any further; when he does, it usually involves a raccoon named the same as the person he's telling the story to, the end. =)
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Welcome to Monday's Thirteen, the movie quote guessing game.

Answers will be screened. Those who guess correctly will have their name listed with the quote as soon as I can. More than one person can claim a quote, so the movie's name won't be revealled until the weekend game-end.

On Wednesday, some additional hints will be posted for leftover Double Quotes (two-week veterans of the game). Any surviving Triple Quotes will get their hint from the prior week sorted out and matched up. Fridays will see any unguessed Triple Quotes matched with another quote.

Anything that makes it to four weeks is probably too difficult for you all to guess is a real challenge. It will be elevated to Sudden Death status - the first correct guess gets the credit for it, and, unlike earlier stages of the game, subsequent guesses just don't count for squat. Instead of waiting for the weekend, I'll expose the winners *and the movies* for Sudden Death quotes as soon as I can. Sudden Death quotes will also get the benefit of an extra quote Tuesday through Friday in an attempt to get rid of them and make room for something easier that you folks can handle new.

Enjoy!


Triple Quotes
1. "You got a bad attitude, pops. Lighten up before your arteries harden."
This movie is animated.


2. "I have been a law abiding citizen my whole life, and one day with you, I'm shooting... and breaking..." -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose
This quote is spoken by Will Smith.


3. "Nothing is more reliable than a man whose loyalties can be bought with hard cash."
This quote is spoken to Johnny Depp.


4. "Do you know what it's like to remember everything?" -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blood_of_winter
This movie is based on a classic story.



Double Quotes:
5. "Remember Club Hell?"

Single Quotes:
6. "Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television... if you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?" -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] feste_sylvain, [livejournal.com profile] celticboy, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

7. "...charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500. I took the mission. What the hell else was I gonna do?"

8. "What-what the hell is a gigawatt?" -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] nightwind292, [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose, [livejournal.com profile] celticboy, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

9. "What the hell do ya think you're doin', Bulbhead? This floor used to be dirty enough to eat off of."

10. "Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!" -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] feste_sylvain, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

11. "Hell sucks!"

12. "He says unless we accept his demands, the weather will keep getting colder and colder until we'll all have to go to hell just to warm up." -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose, [livejournal.com profile] celticboy

13. "Some people call this hell, but you're still in Oklahoma Territory... Save your breath. I don't know who hung you are why, but if you're innocent, the judge will set you free. And if you're not, we'll have to take the trouble to hanging you again."
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Even with two weeks, we stayed stuck at 8 out of 13... not all that bad, but all of them were new quotes. That means all the double quotes from Episode Fourteen will be Triple Quotes in Episode Fifteen.

And, yeah, Episode Fifteen will be getting compiled very soon and will be posted some time on Monday! =)


6. "Good afternoon. We're gonna have a great jump today. Okay, first crank a hard cutback as you hit the wall. There's a screaming bottom curve, so watch out. Remember: rip it, roll it, and punch it." -- Finding Nemo, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bookgirlwa, [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

7. "And remember... I'll eat anything you want me to eat. I'll swallow anything you want me to swallow. But, come on down and I'll... chew on a dog! Arroooo!" -- Beetlejuice, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose

8. "Just remember, when you want to come back, say 'Hopscotch.'" -- Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] shadowwolf13, [livejournal.com profile] nightwind292, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

9. "And tell them... tell them that when all is said and done, I only ask that people remember me by two simple words. [Stops to think] Any two, as long as they're simple." -- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] shadowwolf13

10. "Hi, Max! Remember me? I'm Fred's hand! You wanna greet any other body parts? Remember, Max. You flush it. I flaunt it." -- Batman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose, [livejournal.com profile] phantom_wolfboy

11. "Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn't say that. That Polonius guy did." -- Clueless, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] 1_rhiannon_1, [livejournal.com profile] nightwind292, [livejournal.com profile] nea852

12. "So what? The important thing to remember is not to go to pieces when that happens. You have to react like a man, calmly. You have to say to yourself, 'Albert, you pierced the toast, so what? It's not the end of your life.'" -- The Birdcage, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kay_brooke, [livejournal.com profile] shadowwolf13

13. "When was the last time you remember doing something during the day?" -- Dark City, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kay_brooke

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