I Just Died [Criterion Edition]

This is quite possibly the greatest news ever!!!

Criterion Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975
Criterion Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original Godzilla soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all fifteen Godzilla films of Japan’s Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.

This October, we’re celebrating the arrival of spine number 1000, and it’s a collector’s set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters! Our landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era:

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

I Just Died [Criterion Edition]

Weekly Update

Shew. July has just been too crazy. Too much work and not nearly enough fun!

Crawl 2019
But … there was some fun this past weekend! We got to go see Crawl and it was pretty much EVERYTHING I wanted in a killer alligator fright-fest.

Saturday, we went to …. Gatlinburg! Shocker. Needless to say, all four distilleries were visited. Where else can you have this much fun for $20 each?

Annie = Suglands Best!
We happened to get Annie again as our tasting host at Sugarlands. She is super fun.

Mysterious Mansion!
So, yeah. We did the usual rounds culminating in a super awesome trip through the Mysterious Mansion. By far the scariest walk-through we have done there. Kudos to the staff for that one!

And now the work week is underway … and what better way is there to start it than by breaking your glasses? Yay!
Busted!

Weekly Update

Makin’ It …

Shew. I kinda hate summer because it’s just been too busy (mowing, freelance work, social obligations). I guess I shouldn’t complain too much as I could just be sitting around doing nothing. But the older I get, the better sitting around and doing nothing sounds.

Midsommar
The biggest excitement over the weekend (besides eating pizza) was getting to see Ari Aster’s Midsommar. I really, really dug this movie … so much so that I would love to go back and see it again on the big screen. It’s hallucinatory, strange, darkly funny, quite disturbing in spots, and impeccably designed, filmed and acted. Seriously. Florence Pugh is amazing in this movie! After getting home, I watched (probably) too many YouTube videos of people reviewing and discussing the movie. I was bit annoyed that a lot of folks kept trying to make direct comparisons between Midsommar and Hereditary (Aster’s first major film). They both tackle somewhat similar subjects matters (grief being the main one of them), but they are totally different tonally and stylistically. So I am not sure why people have the desire to try and tie them to each other. Anyhoo. If you get a chance to see this Midsommar at the movies, I say … “Go!”

Makin’ It …

Tidbits

Yeah. I am alive … somewhat.

I have had a freelance induced stress headache since last night … but it appears that the most stressful of projects is finally out of my hair and at the printers.

Sometimes the stress outweighs the money. So, I am going to have to think long and hard about whether to put myself through this particular project next year.

This is funny and somewhat true …
Resignation

Meanwhile, here some other things that have happened.

Good Friends
I got take a night off and see Michelle while she was in town. It’s always awesome to see this truly special person.

Stranger Things 3
Binged Stranger Things 3. It was thrilling, funny, soul crushing, and oh-so 80’s. I loved it.

Hazelwood Farmacy
Went and had a burger and a milkshake at the Hazelwood Farmacy with A&A. Yeah. That burger is slathered in Pimento cheese. Yummy. And the mint chocolate chip shake was also tasty as fuck.

SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME
And caught Spider-man: Far From Home. The movies itself is fun, fun, fun. It’s just too bad that Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get an obligatory shirtless scene like Tom Holland did. Bummer.

AND! I am not sure how I missed hearing this Pet Shop Boys/Jean-Michel Jarre collaboration from three years ago. I guess that means I am not as good a PSB fan as I thought I was.

Tidbits

Vinyl Candy [Silence Edition]

Check out this upcoming new vinyl release of The Silence of the Lambs – Expanded Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP from Mondo! It’s snazzy … and also pre-ordered.

This expanded edition is produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Howard Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM. Featuring original artwork by Rich Kelly, liner notes by Tim Greiving comprised of all new interviews with composer Howard Shore and star Jodie Foster. Housed in a gold foil stamped gatefold jacket and pressed on 2x 180 Gram Moth Colored Vinyl (Yellow and Black Swirl with White Splatter). Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl.

Vinyl Candy [Silence Edition]

Things and Stuff

Here are some things that happened this past weekend.

Brightburn
We saw Brightburn. I really liked it … and it’s surprisingly gore-filled. YES!

Dollywood Splash Country
We went to Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park with some friends. It was a fun day even though some of the lines were ridiculously long and the lazy river was way more stressful than the title “lazy river” implies. I went all day with my shirt off in public which should be marked as some sort of accomplishment.

BTW … That’s a promo photo. None of us are that young and pretty.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
We saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was okay. They took all the (unfounded) complaints about Godzilla (2014) and course corrected into a movie that is pretty much wall-to-wall CGI destruction. Fun to watch but there is not much else going on here.

I bought a new mower.

And … people really piss me off. Like, I have a headache right now I am so annoyed with people. I can’t figure out if I am being unreasonable or if being less tolerant of perceived bullshit is just what happens when you get older.

Things and Stuff

Everything is Indeed Alright!

As you might have guess from postings over the last month, I LOVE PROM NIGHT!!! And, after almost 40 years, there is finally an official release of the soundtrack from the friendly folks at Perseverance Records. I love a good Canadian slasher film and Prom Night is totally aces in my book. How can you not love a disco-centric slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis?

I could go on at great length about my love for this movie. But, for right now, I will let the press release for the soundtrack do the talking …

“This soundtrack features four different aspects of the music. First it opens with a re-creation of the score as it appears in the film – or as close to it as it could be assembled from the separate elements. Next is the score that wasn’t used in the picture. Then come the disco songs in approximate order – but omitting the Blue Bazaar songs that were not featured in the movie and were used only as filler for the bootleg Japanese LP. The last portion of the album is dedicated to the songs that don’t appear in the picture yet are as intrinsic to the sound of Prom Night as the songs that made it.”

YES!!! So insanely happy to have this in my hands.

Prom Night Soundtrack CD
Prom Night Soundtrack CD
Prom Night Soundtrack CD

The Score
1. Opening – 3:12
2. Killer’s Call List – 2:18
3. Tearing Up Yearbook – 1:00
4. Beach Flashback – 1:12
5. Prom Night Cello Theme – 1:48
6. Killer Tension – 1:11
7. Prom Night Suspense Theme – 1:18
8. Kid’s Piano Theme – 1:32

The Score Not Used in the Film
9. Hallway Chase – 1:03
10. Haunting Robin – 2:53
11. Calm Before the Storm – :45
12. Caught in the Web – :25
13. Eerie – 1:20
14. Escape – :36
15. Hunted – :59
16. Lurking – :37
17. Quivering – :28
18. Trapped – :23
19. Who’s There? – :42
20. Vertigo – :30
21. Waiting – :33
22. Mystery Build – :51

The Songs
23. Dancin’ in the Moonlight – 3:03
24. Love Me Till I Die – 3:10
25. Tonight is Prom Night – 3:33
26. Changes – 4:15
27. Time to Turn Around – 4:20
28. Fade to Black (End Credits Song)– 4:12

The Songs Not Used in the Film
29. Prom Night – 3:07
30. Disco Out the Back Door – 3:37
31. You Can Be What You Want To Be – 3:52
32. Another Disco Funk Track – 3:07
33. Funk Dat Disco – 2:44
34. Burnin’ With Desire – 3:37

Everything is Indeed Alright!

Upcoming

Here are some upcoming movies that I am super excited about!

Upcoming