January 6, 2014

सølγ שаябlɛş Mixtape #1: Billy Goat Latin C90


Many moons ago a wonderful rarities website featured a collection of wonderful mixtapes. Well the gov'ment sat down and decided to shut this website down, because they jus don't understand.

That blog was called:
सølγ שаябlɛş

I'm going to feature their mixtapes so other people will be able to experience these wonderful mixtapes.

January 3, 2014

Projections: Seeing Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce Through The Stereoscopic Lenses of Jung's Psychoanalytic Dialectic and Feminist Discourse


This last year I started Grad School.  Eek.  At the request of a few buddies, and considering the fact that this is also sort of a movies blog, here is the paper I turned in for a class that had nothing to do with just about anything I wrote about.  I got an A somehow.   Notes and citations are near the bottom.
Projections:
Seeing Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce Through The Stereoscopic Lenses of Jung's Psychoanalytic Dialectic and Feminist Discourse

           “If I had to live my life again, I'd do everything the same, except that I wouldn't see The Magus,” Woody Allen once quipped1, referring to the 1968 film adaptation of John Fowles’ 1966 book of the same title. This film remained the pinnacle of terrible film adaptations until 1985, when author Colin Wilson allegedly contacted John Fowles, congratulating The Magus on losing its title to an adaptation of one of Wilson’s books, The Space Vampires.  That film was Lifeforce (1985).

December 12, 2013

Wind Does featuring Teeth Eaters - Second Second


My noise project just released a new collaborative album.  It's sort of a huge post-rock-ish vision quest.  There is a video to accompany the first recording.  I hope you like it.


November 11, 2013

SLM Mixtape #61: The Miranda Mix




My buddy Miranda is super cool.
So I made her an enormous Mix Tape.
Which ended up being put onto like 23 CDs.
Because "tapes" don't make sense to me.
This is that mix.
I submit it for your usage during the rest of November and the first half of December.
At the end of the year there will be an extra special mix.

October 14, 2013

SLM Mixtape #60: Near Occult



Wow! You kids love the metal mixes.

Originally I was going to post two "Best Of's" as the last 2 of the 3 metal mixes I had planned.
But this site can tell that I've uploaded 2+ tracks by a band even if I change the names or cut a few seconds off.

So here is the 2nd & 3rd METAL mixes in one, which aren't "best-of's," since I missed last week.
I've been out of the game long enough, I have a hard time telling whether or not it's all even metal. Some of it is ultra rare though.


Tracklist:
Those Who Fight Further - THE BLACK MAGES
Below The Belt - Bodine
Let Them Burn - Kataklysm
Seven Gates of Hell - Sigh
Night.Light - The Axe That Chopped The Cherry Tree
All We Are - Warlock
Boris The Spider - Arjen Lucassen
Untied/Culling Essence From The Void - In The Company Of Serpents
Klatter 1 - Boris with Merzbow
See Who I Am - Within Temptation
Before The War - Suffocate
Boken Heart Container (Octorock my body) - I Shot The Duck Hunt Dog
Hand In Hand - Dark Moor
Ride With The Sun - Fairyland
Chosen Orb - Kitezh
Part Three - Trees
Unquestionable Presence - Atheist
Troll, Død Og Trolldom - Kampfar
Bring Forth Ye Shadow - Theatre Of Tragedy
Fear (Wasn't In The Design) - Rakoth
Evil - Heavenly
25 Hours - C.A.D. (Children Of The Anachronistic Dynasty)
Best Of Friends - Anthony
Babylon Fell - Apollyon Sun

September 23, 2013

SLM Mixtape #59: Metal Heart


People really seemed to like that metal mix, so I've got 3 more for you kids, this being the first of the 3.

They're metal bands covering metal bands (mostly).
It's short and sweet.

Tracklist:
All My Loving - Helloween
Over The Hills And Far Away - Nightwish
Aces High - Children Of Bodom
Number Of The Beast - Iced Earth
Burn In Hell - Dimmu Borgir
Strong & Smart - In Flames
Lay All Your Love On Me - Helloween
Repent - Children Of Bodom
Who Wants To Live Forever? - After Forever
Metal Heart - Dimmu Borgir

September 9, 2013

SLM Mixtape #58: Origin of Extension


 

Tracklist:
Juliette - Hollerado
Don't Want To Talk - The Martial Arts
Outgoing Message - Corin Tucker Band
Back To The Web - Elf Power
Take My Flesh - Monofog
Let's Fall In Love - Mother Mother
Sinking Boats - Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
You Come In Burned - The Dandy Warhols

August 26, 2013

SLM Mixtape #56: Chrome Star



Tracklist:
Spraypaint - Black Moth Super Rainbow
I Want You - Birds and Batteries
The Beat - C2C
Brief and Bright - Whitey
Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It - Stars
Pompeii - Bastille
Fair Warning - Penguin Prison
Hang Out - Drop Out Orchestra

August 19, 2013

SLM Mixtape #55: Unbaised Obliteration


I made this for two fellas I know.

There are a lot of different types of Metal in this mix.

Not every genre is present.

Neither is your favorite Metal Band.

I'm super sorry about that.
To make up for that,
and for my extended absence,

I've made the mix hecka long.

I also promise to never make another "all metal" mix again.


P.S. Mixtape Monday is back!

July 17, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Looking Back

A Retroview Review.  the last one actually.

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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


Well That wraps it up. Yesterday's post was the final of the series. I hope you enjoyed the quick and dirty write ups of some movies I saw basically a quarter of a year ago haha. Do I have a favorite movie? No. I think that would be the hardest thing to pick, because I saw so many amazing movies, movies that were all amazing for incredibly different reasons. I think if you read through, you'll be able to tell which ones I enjoyed most. Did I get burnt out watching almost 60 movies in 10 days? Hell no, I wish life wouldn't keep getting in the way so I could do it all the time. Will I do it again? You better believe it. Tuff Fest II feels like it's just around the corner...

-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com

July 16, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Wrap-Up Mega-Post 3

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


Okay, so, like 4-5 months late, here is the last of the last two wrap ups for Tuff Fest I:

Red State
Kevin Smith never claimed to be a great film maker, and he has definitely lived up to that expectation. That said, he has made some good movies. His movies generally portray that he knows what he wants to say, but the end results generally come off a little muddled, trite, or cliche. Red State has a simple message, which serves Smith well, because it shines through crystal clear: religious fanatics don't always live in a foreign country. The world Smith presents to us feels real enough to touch, aided by spectacular performances by just about every cast member. It's a brutal, disturbing film, with one heck of an ending. I can't say the message isn't ham-handedly hammered home, but it's evident that this was Smith's intention, so I find myself unable to fault him. Maybe best described as a tonal piece.

More short reviews after the break!

July 9, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Wrap-Up Mega-Post 2

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


Okay, so, like 4-5 months late, here is the first of the last two wrap ups for Tuff Fest I: 

House II
Everything that can possibly happen in a movie happens in House II. And all in 90 minutes. It's a sequel that is so loosely related to it's original that basically it's only connection is that it calls itself a sequel to House (not House, or House, or House, or House though). But that doesn't matter at all, much in the same way that Troll 2 doesn't need to be related to a movie called Troll, because it's so bad ass that it transcends any predecessors. Cowboys, John Ratzenberger, Zombies, Mayans, Dinosaurs, Halloween, Bill Maher, 80's pop stars, dance parties, dinner parties, virgin sacrifices, ex-lovers ... the list goes on and on. The Best thing about this movie and that it doesn't feel as though it's dragging on, or that it's trying to accomplish too much. Some how they managed to get everything "movie" into 90 minutes, which is the most "movie" time for a movie to be. Just see it. Seriously. This is the only one during Tuff Fest that I'd seen before, and it was well worth it.

More reviews below the cut! 

July 2, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Wrap-Up Mega-Post 1

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


The Secret of NIMH - If you saw it as a child, feel reassured that it is still as adorable and chillingly terrifying as you remember it. I was not lucky enough to have known what I was in for. It's like the Rescuers meets H.P. Lovecraft. Okay, not that crazy, but still dark.

Cronos - I was surprised that it wasn't set during the Spanish Civil War, as many of Del Toro's other movies are, but it's a better tale set in the modern era. Del Toro's movies generally concern mortals coming in contact with the other side. Cronos follows suit, looking deep into the heart of man (or maybe just this one man) when he is given something even he already knows well enough not to call a gift. It's as twisted and inventive as Del Toro's other movies, but on a slightly smaller scale, which feels natural and inviting.

Many more after the break!

June 25, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 23: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


Just as the remake is coming out, I find it more pertinent than ever to point out that this movie, the original, which came out barely 2 years ago, is an astonishing accomplishment in filmmaking, and that no matter how good the American remake might turn out to be, it's still important to ask ourselves if the remake is actually something that needed to be done. Having seen what an American director can do to a remake of a popular Swedish movie (I'm referring to the scar on cinematic history known as Let Me In, a travesty of a movie), I'm not very excited to see TGwtDT(2011), despite how admittedly awesome the trailer is. Will I still see it? Yeah, I think I will, but I'm just saying I'm not getting to excited about it.
Niels Arden Oplev's 2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a triumph. The characters are rich and enticing, each with complex but believable histories. For the audience, the joy of watching the meticulous unveiling of the mystery that the plot revolves around, the thing that links our characters, almost pales in comparison to the excitement that comes with learning more about the characters themselves. Watching them interact, learning more about their lives with genuine interest was more engrossing than watching any simple murder mystery. It was repulsive at times (not gorey, just uncomfortable), which didn't repel me, but, rather, drew me in further. An amazing, moving, movie. I DARE any director to have the same effect with the same characters and story, but without Oplev's hand and the powerhouses that were Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. Double Dog Dare.


-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com


June 18, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 20: Moneyball

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


Moneyball is a terrific movie, plain and simple. It makes me feel nostalgic about a sport I feel absolutely nothing for (re: baseball), and that's impressive. Though, admittedly, of all the sports movies out there, baseball ones are the easiest to have a confusing amount of nostalgia for, for some reason. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill give brilliant performances, the script is clearly shooting for an Oscar, and there's a healthy helping of American Spirit drenched over every aspect of it. It is absolutely a solid movie, and to say any more than "it will go down as an instant classic" would be superfluous. Do you like movies? If you do, see Moneyball. It's a perfect example of how to do things right.

-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com


June 11, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 19: Fire and Ice

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!

I initially ordered what I thought was Fire and Ice from Netflix, and what arrived was the documentary of Frazetta's life, Painting with Fire, that was supplementary to Fire and Ice. As a person with eyeballs, I am a fan, or at the very least, admirer of Frank Frazetta, and I was interested in his story, so I popped in PwF. A pretty poorly paced and edited documentary, PwF still succeeded in wetting my appetite for Frazetta's full length movie, Fire and Ice. I have to say I was not incredibly surprised when I saw it. I was still, however, fairly disappointed. Fire and Ice is pretty darn bad. It's interesting to see how he and the rest of the crew attempted to bring his paintings to life, but past that general feeling of interest to see what he could do, I couldn't recommend it to anyone. No strong characters, an awful excuse for a female character, and, at times, it kind of looked terrible. I suppose I'm glad to have seen it, and it was fun yelling at the movie with my friend Margie, but ... seriously ... it's pretty bad. Check out Painting with Fire though!


-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com


June 4, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 17: Restrepo

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


I was previously unaware that I was as effected by the slew of wars over the past decade, mostly because, as far as I could tell, there'd always been a war, so it was just kind of a normal state. I didn't have any friends in the war because I was too young, and I didn't have any relatives in the war because they were too old. But now I'm at the point where I've got old neighbors coming home from the war ... or not. Thoughts about this have been slowly seeping in, but nothing could have compared me for Restrepo (Reh-strep-oh). You're introduced to actual people, some of which, by the end of the movie, are no longer alive. You see them laugh and joke around, and you see them in fire fights, and while you never actually see any bloodshed, it occurs off camera, it's just as terrifying, if not more, than if you were actually watching it. Before watching this documentary, my stance on the war was a general dislike, and a desire to see the troops come home. After seeing it, my stance has changed to me never wanting war to have ever existed ever. An incredibly powerful and important movie, I'm afraid that Restrepo will never get the circulation it truly deserves.


-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com


May 28, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 15: A Town Called Panic

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


This is another one that I'd seen before, but definitely wanted to see again, especially with a new group of people who hadn't seen it. Luckily my buddy Dana was around, so we put it on. A Town Called Panic is a motion picture adaptation of a series of 5 minute puppetoon series of the same name. The movie feels an awful lot like twenty 5 minute shorts back to back, the plot free floating and sporadic, but never to the point where it feel taxing. A pure and simple exercise in absurdity, A Town Called Panic is what I call a great, fun movie.

-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com

(p.s. This task has, addittedly, gotten the better of me haha. 60 movies in 60 days on top of a job and being in a band and wanting to read stuff sometimes? haha, yeah, I'm going to need to move a little faster than that. So I'll publish the reviews I've already written, and do a huge wrap up, single to two sentence wrap up of the other movies!)


May 21, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 13: The 39 Steps

A Retroview Review. 
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Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!


I was fortunate enough to be able to watch this movie with someone who had worked on a production of the stage version of the 39 Steps. He said that, while this version was a great drama, the stage version was more of a comedy. After looking back on the movie, I could see the points where certain elements, if played differently, could have been laugh out loud funny. That said, I was glad for the drama, as Robert Donat's sly and dry wit and humor would have felt a little dull if everything else was being played up to the nth degree. Hitchcock showcases his at this point well developed sense of pacing and camera work. There's a particularly titillating piece of camera work involving the shot starting in a car, then swinging out as the car drives away, that mirrors Fritz Lang's revolutionary window shot in M (seen here), but improves on it in ways that only Hitchcock could. Of course it's awesome, it's Hitchcock.


-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me: TheeLuke@gmail.com