Thursday, January 23, 2014


TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY

If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
 
JESUS!!!
 
 


YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

This feature on my blog showcases one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.

I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.

So,
without further ado, here is the
YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY


 

Here is the main title of Brian Tyler's Thor 2.  Now I must say that the movie was sort of a mess with the screenwriters bastardizing one of Thor's most epic story arcs.

In case you didn't know, this story arc comes from the issues around Thor #350 and in the comics, Malekith (who is the leader of the Dark Elves) steals the casket of ancient winters (which was in the first Thor movie, I don't know why they abandoned it for this movie) and blankets the Earth with a vast winter storm and then invades Earth with his Dark Elves.  He does this to lure the Asgardian army to Earth leaving Asgard defenseless so that the great fire demon, Surtur can invade Asgard and light his Doomsday Sword in the Eternal Flame and burn Asgard to Ragnarok.  All goes according to plan but Thor figures things out and returns to Asgard just as Surtur is at the gates (and has knocked Heimdall for a loop). 
Thor and Surtur battle, with Thor coming out the worse for wear, but before he is killed by Surtur, Odin rescues him and with his magics, heals Thor of his wounds.  In the meantime, Loki shows up and battles Surtur (because he wants to be the only one to destroy Asgard and kill Odin).  Finally, Odin and Thor show back up and then the three square off in a mighty throwdown with Surtur.  Thor and Loki are subdued but then Odin uses his Odinpower to grow to huge size to combat Surtur in hand-to-hand combat (remember Surtur is a giant, and I mean GIANT, fire demon) and they both fall into a crevice that closes up after they are swallowed up.  Thor and Loki both yell, "Father!!!" but Odin is gone. 
This turns out to be the first of Odin's apparent deaths and I must tell you that at the time that I read these issues I was completely Asgardian Aghast.  It was powerful stuff and that is why the writers of the movie chose these particular characters to exploit in this new Thor movie.
My main beef with the story is the changing of the cask of ancient winters to this darkness and aether thing.  Couldn't all this have been solved by the Norse God of Light, Balder the Brave? Yep.  That's what I thought.  LAME!!!

But the score is pretty good and that's all that really matters.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014



YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

I'm going to introduce a new feature on my blog showcasing one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.

I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.

So,
without further ado, here is the
YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY


The Lone Ranger was one of my favorite movies out last year and the score by Hans Zimmer was surprisingly good with actual themes and the great finale utilizing Rossini's William Tell Overture.  Now usually I don't like classical music used in movies (hello 2001: A Space Odyssey - Horrible) but in this instance the film was wedded so well to the music that it heightened the action onscreen and brought the whole movie into focus.  So here is an edited version of the end credits with great scenes from the movie itself.  Enjoy!!

TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY

If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
 
TIGER HUG!!!
 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014



YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

I'm going to introduce a new feature on my blog showcasing one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.

I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.

So,
without further ado, here is the
YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY


I just posted my Top Five Score Picks for 2013 and now in the You Tube Film Music Cue of the Day I'm gonna highlight the main titles of each of the scores that made the list.  So, first off is the main titles to Danny Elfman's Oz, the Great and Powerful which sounds like pure Elfman with that signature quasi-sinister sound with the great orchestrations.





HERCULE POIROT PLEASE

I've taken a break from reading the John Gardner James Bond books and have embarked on an odyssey of literature.  I'm gonna read all the Hercule Poirot novels by Agatha Christie.  I've already read a bunch of them and am currently on Cards on the Table (one of the most famous Poirot novels).  Now, if you think you're smart, read some Agatha Christie novels and you will discover that you are dumber than you look.  There have been a few of these books that I had to re-read just to figure out who died much less who the murderer is.  I've seen a bunch of the movies (especially those that starred Peter Ustinov as Poirot) but I've only read a few of the books and that was years ago.  So far, I haven't read a bad Poirot novel.  They all flow real well and so far haven't felt ponderous and they are short enough to read in two or three sittings.  Probably the most ingenious one that I've read so far has been The Murder of Roger Ackroyd which has a twist at the end that will set your mind spinning.
As a bonus, I recently came into a little money and I used that to buy all the Poirot novels in the above edition of oversized paperbacks.  They are gonna look great on a shelf one day.


BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.

So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

Continuing the playmate beauties this is one of the most honored playmate models of all time.  She began as Playboy's Cyber Girl of the Week for August 29, 2005, then Cyber Girl of the Month for December 2005. She became a Playmate of the Month in March 2006 and was announced as the 2006 Cyber Girl of the Year later that month.She is the incomparable Monica Leigh, one of those playmates that doesn't seem to have a last name.  And continuing in that vein, I salute a playmate that just passed away a couple of days ago.  She is Miss February 2006, Cassandra Lynn.
 

 

TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY

If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
 
HEAVEN CALLING
 
 

FILM MUSIC MUSINGS



Here is the  feature on this blog that is akin to the You Tube Film Music Cue of the Day, in that it deals, once again, with one of the great passions of my life:  FILM MUSIC.

I have a huge document called My Top Scores List in which I have picked the Top 5 Film Scores for each year since 1980 along with some commentary on my choices.
You can imagine that by now the list is fairly long and contains a lot of info that I think is blog-worthy so I'm going to start publishing excerpts from the list right here on my blog.

So,
without further ado
Here is Film Music Musings
As awards season is in full swing, its time to update my Top Scores List for 2013 with my top 5 score pics of the year:
2013
Danny Elfman – Oz, the Great and Powerful
Hans Zimmer – The Lone Ranger
Brian Tyler – Thor 2: The Dark World
Howard Shore – The Desolation of Smaug
John Williams – The Book Thief

So, 2013 has passed and now its time to pick 5 scores for the list and since I saw very few movies this year, the pickings are pretty slim in a not-so-outstanding year for film music. That being said, I did find 5 scores that I thought were list-worthy so here goes. The first score is an unexpected release from the maestro himself. John Williams' score for The Book Thief is the only non-Spielberg or non-Lucas score he has done in several years and I'm mentioning this score first because the movie is one of the finest I've seen in the last several years and the best movie I've seen so far this decade.  It is a quiet affair lying somewhere between The Accidental Tourist and Presumed Innocent with typical beautiful themes and superior orchestration.  There are lots of familiar names on the list this year including Hans Zimmer with his score for The Lone Ranger (and not for his higher profile summer blockbuster, Man of Steel which I thought was lackluster) which was an utterly fun and enjoyable movie with a good score from Zimmer that actually had some themes and wasn't his droning, drumming self. Danny Elfman appears on this list with his score for Oz, the Great and Powerful which was a very mature and intricate score which features some great orchestrations. Brian Tyler is quickly becoming a mainstay on this list and he returns this year with Thor 2. Now the movie was sort of a mess but the score was a highlight and showcased Tyler's style perfectly (not as good as Doyle's score for Thor and the film was not as dismal as Iron Man 3, but still good stuff). And lastly is the score for the next Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug with the customary composer for Middle Earth, Howard Shore. This is another big score with a lot of action material (and not as good as An Unexpected Journey) and some new themes for the new characters and situations. I'm just getting to know this score but it is quality and goes on the list easily.