Robert Wm. Gomez's

February 2015

Jodorowsky's Dune (6/10)

Although the subject matter is interesting, I didn't get much out of the documentary that I didn't already know from the trailer. The film follows the doomed pre-production of a 70's version of Dune. It consists mainly of anecdotes about how each of the creative people behind the production was recruited by the director and inspired by his crazy vision. The film's thesis is that this would have been one of the most remarkable films of all time, but it just felt like it would have been a typical 70's scifi preach-fest with trippy design.

Hell's Ground (7/10)

Mondo Macabro has been pretty consistent in their DVD releases. Lots of trashy and weird genre films from outside of Europe and America. While technically not a Mondo Macabro DVD release, Hell's Ground was co-produced by them. It has a lot of the trademarks of one of their films: gore, low-budget production and groovy world music.

Falling Up the Stairs by James Lileks (7/10)

I know Lileks mostly as a humorous conservative commentator and a connoisseur of cheesy 50's pop culture. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Fortunately, the book leans more on the humor side of his writing than the politics. Politics come mostly in the form of the main antagonists being a group of PETA-like activists, but, for the most part, this is the story of a small town news reporter trying to regain his bearings after losing his girlfriend and his job.

Red Barked Tree by Wire (10/10)

Format: 
CD

It took a while warm up to this record. Not nearly as aggressive sounding as the most of post-2000's Wire, Red Barked Tree's songs are much more well-thought out and structured. "Adapt" has a great dreamy quality, "Clay" feels like a lost track from Chairs Missing and "Bad Worn Thing" is probably my favorite song on this disc. Excellent.

Object 47 by Wire (9/10)

Format: 
CD

While it starts out on a high note with "One of Us," Object 47 doesn't quite live up to the promise of Read & Burn 03. The songs are pretty conventional and lack that touch of "art rock" which made Wire so unique. But still, this is, by just about any measure, more exciting than most of the rock that is churned out these days.

O.K. Connery (5/10)

This mediocre Eurospy movie is based entirely around the stunt casting of Sean Connery's younger brother Neil in the title role. It has some style and a fun title song but the film is mostly just plods along from one silly plot point (can-can girls overtaking a military caravan!) to another (deadly, unstoppable hypnotism). The few highlights in the film include a raid with the heroes dressed in overalls and a bazooka and knife wielding nun.