POF Archive: August 2017

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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.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:25

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.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:35

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.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:01

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.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:29

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:

They all sound better and less brittle with a little reverb and chorus, but you get the idea. I especially like "Astro Pong" and "LoocySynth". If you like what you hear, you can…