Robert Wm. Gomez's

The Curse of La Lloroña by Monarchs, The (9/10)

Format: 
7"

The Monarchs were a 90s garage band from Michigan for which I have always had a big soft spot. Their  LP, Et Vincere et Mori is some of my favorite garage revival music and worth seeking out. I like this single too, although the live lo-fi quality is a bit harsh. The title track is an epic western tinged ballad that ranks with some of the band's best. If you have any other recordings by this great band let me know. I'd love to hear more!

Black Sheets of Rain by Bob Mould (3/10)

Format: 
CD

What a supreme disappointment this CD is. Mould would eventually redeem himself in the band Sugar, but man, these songs are boring, overly long and completely lack the subtle 60s pop vibe and hooks that permeated throughout Hüsker Dü's music. Gawd, some of these guitar solos are just nauseating. Arena rock for 50-something college rockers.

Spider Baby (7/10)

This is a cult classic from what I hear. I thought it was pretty good but not great-a little too heavy handed in its humor at times. The intro credits are fun and the whole premise of a crazy killer family that is slowly regressing in age is good.

Muzik for Insomniaks Vol. 2 by Mark Mothersbaugh (6/10)

Format: 
CD

Another collection of "EZ Listening" synth arrangements by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. There's not much to differentiate this from volume 1. If you are a Devo completest and are seeking out these CDs be warned: the disks were printed using a gold-tinted surface that looked cool at the time, but very easily deteriorates over time. My disks look like they have spots of bread mold on them and skip in my CD player. My computer was able to rip them to MP3 without skipping.

The Twelve Chairs (6/10)

Mel Brooks's second feature doesn't do much to differentiate itself from every other late 60's era comedy. I found it rather predictable and the characters were all pretty dull. Although I have yet to see Dracula: Dead and Loving It, this may be my least favorite Brooks Film.

How to Train Your Dragon (8/10)

Hackneyed story benefits from some amazing computer animation. Basically, it's yet another retelling of E.T. where kid finds animal/alien/monster/robot, befriends it and proves to everyone that each creature, no matter how big or small, should be equally loved. Unless you're the boss dragon. In that case you must die.

Zombieland (8/10)

This was a somewhat refreshing take on the zombie genre with funny, Zombie Survival Guide inspired narration. The movie does come to a grinding halt about two-thirds the way through when the characters hold up in a mansion for the sole purpose of throwing in a lame cameo. Also, I take umbrage to the term zombie being applied here. In this film, the monsters are sick people and not the walking dead. Heck, they are not even walking. Fast "zombies" suck.

Split Second (3/10)

A terrible sci-fi monster movie where the action exists mainly in the form of Rutger Hauer grabbing other characters by the shirt collar and slamming them against the wall to prove his renegade-ness. Some of the worst dialogue ever captured on film.