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Oh boy. Just what we need. Another nobody deciding that his opinion on popular culture actually means something.

Revisiting Old Music

The past year or so I have been an iPod owner and have not paid much attention to my wall o' CDs. Well, the same songs are popping up just a bit too often during shuffle, and I thought it would be a fresh change of pace if I started popping in a good old CD every now again. To make sure not to miss anything, I decided to pull the CDs down for listening in alphabetical order. I happened to be listening to Big Sandy and the Fly-rite Boys when I made this monumental decision, so that's where I started.

So here's where I am so far: There's the aforementioned Big Sandy CD. It's listenable yet unremarkable rockabilly stuff. Next, a slew of Blonde Redhead records. The first two CDs, when they had a bassist, are the best. They start to get tiresome up until Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons which…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 12:00 in

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Screenshot from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Well, I just finished The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and I have to say that it does live up to the hype. I've always noted that whenever they come up with top ten lists of the greatest games of all time, this one is always near the top of the list. And by they I mean game reviewers and critics... you know, those bespeckled nerds who provide the four pages of non-advertisement content in the video game magazines. By the way, is it me, or is the top-ten list the primary literary device of these publications? Whatever happened to the plain old 500 word, rhet 101 essay about a topic of interest? If Swift were alive today would he be known for his Top Ten Most Modest Proposals... year after year, number one would always end up being Citizen Kane.

Anyhow, back to the point... which was…

You're the Best of the Class this Year...

For the past year or so I have been keeping a log of all the movies, books and media I have consumed throughout the year and giving personal ratings for everything. I can now present you with my top ranked items for the year of our Lord, 2006!

My only rule for adding things to the list are that I have to have not seen/read/played that item previously. This means my lists are filled with items that weren't released in 2006, so don't consider this a Best of 2006 list like you would see on other, so-called "web sites." So without further ado, here is Robert Gomez's favorite media of 2006:

Best of 2006

Movies

  • Deep Red (a.k.a. Profundo Rosso) (9/10)
    • Beautiful horror mystery with one of the best, and fair reveals at the end of the movie. It's like a live action romantic painting.
  • Wallace and Grommit and the…
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 11:00 in

Ennio Morricone Box Set Mania!

Ennio Morricone: Fear, Maestro & Crime

Lately, I have been stocking up on Ennio Morricone movie soundtracks from the late sixties and early seventies. This been a pretty easy task since Dagored records has released a trio of great 3-disc Morricone boxed sets. Each filled with wonderful packaging and liner notes, and is well worth the $25 price tag.

Like most people, my introduction to Morricone was in his scores for the Sergio Leone Dollars movies. Those soundtracks are known for their sinister baritone guitar sounds, howls, operatic vocalization, percussive bursts, and other genre defying/redefining motifs. Morricone, it turns out, has an extremely wide stylistic range. From his pop roots to his experimental soundscapes, these box sets showcase much of the diversity of his style.

Maestro leans towards his pop side. The…

Challenge of the Tiger

I watched a great piece of eighties cheese this week, Bruce Le's (that's not a typo) Challenge of the Tiger. This movie is part of a Mondo Macabro double feature DVD along with vertically challenged spy thriller, For Your Height Only.

Both films were produced by Dick Randall, the writer and producer of the legendarily so-bad-it's-good giallo, Pieces. Challenge features lots of bad dubbing, plenty of gratuitous nudity (worth watching just for the completely unnecessary topless tennis scene), some fast-kicking kung-fu, and some slow-punching speedo-fu (pictured). The plot is so dumb it forgets it's even there. Most of the plot is simply a means of getting Bruce to his next batch of thrift store clothed baddies or Richard Harrison to his next greasy bedroom conquest. Highly recommended.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:00 in