Friday, 25 February 2011

The Sound of Music - According to Steve Jobs

So I'm bored, sitting on the bus on the way home, and decided to listen to my iPods top 25 most played songs. Surprisingly I didn't make it through all of them, but out of the 18839 tracks (all the mp3 tracks of any kind that I own are on my iPod), this is The 25 :-

Down with the Sickness - Disturbed
Sun It Rises - Fleet Foxes
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Pioneer to the Falls -Interpol
Futures - Jimmy Eat World
Escape form New York - John Carpenter
Spaceman - The Killers
Sam's Town - The Killers
Enterlude - The Killers
Sex On Fire -Kings Of Leon
The Last Day on Earth - Maryilyn Manson
Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls
Time To Pretend - MGMT
Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
Red Queen - Resident Evil Soundtrack (Opens an Awesome playlist lasts about 2 seconds???)
Tell Me It's Not Over - Starsailor
Death - White Lies
To Lose my Life - White Lies
A Place to Hide - White Lies
Unfinished Business - White Lies (Ironic I feel)

So there you have it.  Unsure how only 6 songs from my oft listened to 30 strong Zombie playlist make it on the top 25, but I guess I get through the start more often than the end. That may also explain the White Lies top tunes appearing on there too. Good job I get most of my soundtrack listening done via Spotify.

I kind of like this feature, I will return to it after a few more months.  Unfinished Business.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Hard Target - Stay off the radar

Part one of my JCVD revisited double bill began with this little number from the early 90's.  I've never been a fan of Van Dame as he is just a vacuous actor who has zero charisma even for inhabited world of the action hero.  That said, I had fond memories of two of his films, Hard Target being one, Timecop the other.

Bad Things - Pretty much the rest.

John Woo's action direction works in his HK flicks but his ability to carry emotion has always been a little suspect.  This film has all his trademarks, but the slo-mo, the cheesey music and the sickly emotion are not helped by JCVD's total inability to carry a movie.  Coupled with a bad mullet, studio interference, a shocking Wilford Brimley's accent (I hate Wilford Brimley in everything but The Thing and he even annoys me in that) and Woo's trademark bad stunt doubles and you have a cringe worthy watch once movie.  How could you not find a stunt double with a mullet in the US of A???

IMDb Link

War - What is it good for?

An 80's action Movie with modern day production values.  Jet Li kicks ass and stuff blows up.  What more do you want for this kind of film?  It's not going to be watched with nostalgia in 20 years but then neither is JCVD. 

It plays the old switcheroo in the storyline and it got 'The Stath' too.  And he only loses his Yank accent once,

"Stop Fackin' shooting"