November 2015

Midnight Express by Giorgio Moroder (6/10)

Format: 
CD

It's hard to believe that this soundtrack won the Oscar for original score in 1979. Other than the disco beat of "The Chase," there's not much to this. In fact, a couple of the tracks, "Istanbul Blues" and the vocal version of the "Love Theme," are downright terrible. Maybe people were just impressed with the novelty of an electronic musical score? Or everyone was just on drugs back then.

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (8/10)

My Adam Carolla film fest continues with this documentary about Paul Newman's racing career. There are no amazing revelations here except that Newman was a better racer than most of us realized. It's a pretty straightforward character study of a charming man living a charmed life.

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on PC (8/10)

Bit-Trip Runner 2

Although I haven't written about them here, I have played through much of the first series of Bit.Trip games on the Wii. Most of those games could be classified as rhythm games with an Atari 2600 aesthetic. Beat and Runner were the stand-outs of the original six games. The former is a frantic pong-a-like and the latter is a platformer distilled to its most basic mechanics.

Road Hard (7/10)

I used to listen to Adam Carolla's podcast pretty regularly but stopped around the time Alison Rosen was unceremoniously let go from the show. Her firing wasn't the main reason for abandoning the show, but it seemed like a good breaking point. An OCD collector's attitude and an hour-and-a-half long daily podcast make for a huge time commitment from which I needed to free myself. In any event, I still wanted to see Adam's crowd-funded movie, Road Hard. If you are familiar with Adam's rants none of the jokes or gags will surprise you.

Lolita by Nelson Riddle (9/10)

Format: 
CD

Although a couple of the pieces on this soundtrack recording sound like they came straight from The Donna Reed Show, the overall vibe is a chill lounge groove. This is best expressed in the CD's showcase track, "Lolita Ya Ya." The album is interspersed with double entendre laced dialogue from the film, which is something I always like on soundtrack releases (i.e. Apocalypse Now).

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (5/10)

I read this mostly because I am an admirer of Apocalypse Now. It sorta lost me by the end so I really didn't enjoy this.