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This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!

Star Trek Beyond (5/10)

The destruction of this venerable brand continues in this latest reboot sequel. This is not the contemplative sci-fi of the original series. It's balls-out action all da way. As such, it's enjoyable trash but the chemistry of the original crew is gone and the plot is your basic "stop the doomsday device" trope. The use of a Beastie Boys song in the climax is the worst of the worst. Simon Pegg should be ashamed.

I Malamondo / La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero by Ennio Morricone (7/10)

Format: 
CD

I originally bought this dual soundtrack CD because I wanted the music from La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero. That soundtrack is great and I eventually got a better. more complete version of it. The highlights from that score are included here. The other score included, I Malamondo, has a decidedly lighter tone to it. At times it sounds like a sixties sitcom theme song or circus music. Not my favorite of the Maestro's work.

Macchie Solari by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

The title track of this giallo soundtrack is a fantastic piece of somber Morricone pop. The rest of the CD is typical creepy atmospherics with the occasional bass groove and breathless victim noises.

Return of the Evil Dead (6/10)

The follow-up to Tombs of the Blind Dead is only slightly less bad than the original in that there is more gore, a little more tension, and there's this guy:

Murdo

Nothing better than a b-movie creep-a-zoid. Still, the blind dead are even less of a threat than slow-moving Romero zombies. Just run away ya idiots.

Tombs of the Blind Dead (5/10)

Spain's answer to Night of the Living Dead is slow moving and pretty stupid. These aren't straight-up zombies. They are the reanimated Knights of the Templar complete with swords and horses. There's a skeletal hand prop that is used about twenty times over the course of the movie to reach around corners and poke through window panes.

War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10)

The third and final(?) Apes reboot sequel isn't quite as epic as the title suggests. All in all, I enjoyed it but the Apocalypse Now references were just a bit too on-the-nose and distracted from the story. Glad to see Hollywood effects companies have mastered the ability to make an animated ape scowl through 99% of its virtual performance.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (8/10)

Pretty daring for a mainstream big budget sequel to be mostly subtitled. Kiddies, if you download this from the dark 'nets make sure you grab the .SRT file too!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (7/10)

I watched this with the intention of seeing the third film in the theater soon thereafter. As far as reboots go, this is probably as good as they come. The sadistic zookeeper was a bit much. I mean, why is there even a home for stray apes in San Francisco?

You're Better Than Me by Bonnie McFarlane (8/10)

Another comic's memoir, but this time it's actually funny. The first half is really is much better, in which she details her life in rural Canada. The rest is about finding success in show business as a comedian and it is not quite as interesting.

Black Christmas (9/10)

Very well done proto-slasher film with a star-studded cast. Despite the title, Christmas doesn't play much of a role in the plot here other than setting up the conceit that most of the girls in the sorority house are home for the holidays. The dark, ambiguous ending is unsettling and effective.

Some Yamaha DX100 / DX27 Synth Patches

I've owned a Yamaha DX100 synthesizer for decades and never really had a strong grasp as to how the heck you build sounds with it. The last few months I have been immersing myself in FM synthesis and I think I finally have a handle on the concept now. Here is set of twenty-four patches that I created:

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