Rambo: Last Blood was theatrically released in the United States on September 20, 2019, to negative reviews, with criticisms aimed at the script, graphic violence, and racist and xenophobic attitudes toward Mexico. The film grossed $91 million worldwide against a production budget of $50 million.
I listened to the 2017 Eagles Sirius/XM concert recorded in Nashville. As expected, it was great, they played my favorite, Witchy Woman, and Joe Walsh was superb, even playing Funk #49 from his James Gang years. It was in the Grand Ole Opry and Vince Gill had recently joined. I give it 5 out of 5.
[From RollingStone.com] For nearly the same number of years that the Eagles have been together, fusing country and rock and becoming one of the best-selling, most popular bands of all time, the Grand Ole Opry House has been home to country music’s longest-running live radio show. On Sunday night, at a special invitation-only event for Sirius XM subscribers, those two worlds converged as the Eagles, with new touring member Vince Gill, a bonafide Opry star, played their first-ever concert at the hallowed hall.
In a blazing two-hour set that opened with the chilling harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and longtime touring guitarist Steuart Smith, along with Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, and Gill ran through nearly two dozen of the band’s best-known hits, staples of AM, FM and now satellite radio. Walsh also took the spotlight for solo tunes, including the decadent rock-star anthem “Life’s Been Good,” the trippy “Rocky Mountain Way,” a part of the group’s second encore, and the James Gang classics “Walk Away” and “Funk #49.” But if this was anyone’s night, it was Gill’s, whose wife, singer Amy Grant, grinned gleefully and danced along to the group’s fiery “Life in the Fast Lane.”
“Pretty good new band I play with,” Gill joked, adding, “It’s very strange for me to hear anybody’s voice but Glenn’s sing these songs.” He dedicated his touching performance of the band’s 1977 Number One “New Kid in Town” to the younger Frey, who took the lead on the group’s early country-tinged numbers “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone.” Gill took the lead on the Eagles’ biggest crossover hit, 1975’s “Lyin’ Eyes,” as well as “Tequila Sunrise” and 1980’s “Heartache Tonight,” the group’s last Number One single before their 14-year hiatus.
Schmit, who referenced the lengthy break before the group’s cheekily titled 1994 reunion LP Hell Freezes Over, sang a lilting version of “I Can’t Tell You Why,” the first song he contributed to the band when he joined in the late Seventies. Interestingly, it was Gill who contributed a cover of that tune from The Long Run to Common Thread, the 1993 tribute album credited with finally bringing the Eagles back together. Schmit also sang a tender “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” one of the new studio recordings from the predominantly live Hell Freezes Over.
Curiously, the group completely neglected material from their most recent pop- and country-chart-topping album, 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden. However, in spite of selling seven million copies and winning two Grammys, that LP contained no major hits, whereas this recent tour’s set list has leaned heavily on the group’s mighty catalog of familiar and, based on the crowd’s wildly enthusiastic response, beloved singles. In addition to Mrs. Vince Gill, other country luminaries were in attendance for the special event, commemorating the upcoming Sirius XM Eagles channel, Hotel California, and celebrating that landmark album’s 40th anniversary. Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, the Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Dunn, Nashville actor Charles Esten, the members of Old Dominion and Midland, Mickey Guyton, Sara Evans, Frankie Ballard, Jon Pardi and various label executives were all spotted in the crowd.
While the majority of songs performed throughout the night stuck to the arrangements first heard on the group’s mega-million-selling albums, right down to the guitar solos, one that deviated a bit was “Witchy Woman,” punctuated by a horn section. “Happy Halloween,” Henley quipped before taking the mic to sing, managing to acquit himself quite nicely throughout the rest of the evening after a raspy version of “One of These Nights” early in the set. Still, the night belonged to hometown hero Gill, whose new role in one of the most celebrated bands of all time, was clearly a source of pride for his fellow Nashvillians.
The Eagles at Grand Ole Opry House set list:
“Seven Bridges Road”
“Take It Easy”
“One of These Nights”
“Take It to the Limit”
“In the City”
“I Can’t Tell You Why”
“Peaceful Easy Feeling”
“Best of My Love”
“Love Will Keep Us Alive”
“New Kid in Town”
“Life’s Been Good”
“Life in the Fast Lane”
“Rocky Mountain Way”
Watched this 1958 British Hammer movie, Horror of Dracula, on Svengoolie. It is a good version of the Dracula stories and I give it 3.5 out of 5.
[From Wikipedia] Dracula is a 1958 British supernatural horror film directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster based on Bram Stoker‘s novel of the same name. The first in the series of Hammer Horror films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, the film also features Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing, along with Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, and John Van Eyssen.
In the United States the film was released as a double feature with the Universal Pictures film The Thing That Couldn’t Die, and was retitled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the US original by Universal, 1931’s Dracula. Production began at Bray Studios on 17 November 1957 with an investment of £81,000.
As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.Christopher Frayling writes, “Dracula introduced fangs, red contact lenses, décolletage, ready-prepared wooden stakes and – in the celebrated credits sequence – blood being spattered from off-screen over the Count’s coffin.” Lee also introduced a dark, brooding sexuality to the character, with Tim Stanley stating, “Lee’s sensuality was subversive in that it hinted that women might quite like having their neck chewed on by a stud”.
Another great day, 74 degrees and partly cloudy skies, yet a little windy at times. Kevin started the day with a successful flight of his R2D2 Rocket. Later in the day R2 would not be that lucky.
Jim Halsey, a young man delivering a car from Chicago to San Diego, spots a man hitchhiking in the West Texas desert and gives him a ride. The hitcher, John Ryder, is brooding and evasive. When Jim passes a stranded car, Ryder forces his leg down on the accelerator. Ryder states he murdered the driver and intends to do the same to Jim, threatening him with a switchblade. Terrified, Jim asks what Ryder wants. He replies, “I want you to stop me.” When Jim realizes that Ryder never put on his seat belt and the car’s passenger door is ajar, he shoves him out the door.
Relieved, Jim continues on his journey. When he sees Ryder in the back of a family car, Jim tries to warn them but becomes involved in an accident. He later comes across the family’s blood-soaked car and vomits. At an abandoned gas station, Ryder corners Jim but simply tosses him the keys he took from Jim’s car. After Ryder leaves with a trucker, Jim encounters him again at another gas station, where the truck nearly runs him down as it crashes into the pumps. As Jim flees, Ryder causes the station to explode.
At a roadside diner, Jim meets Nash, a waitress, and calls the police. He finds a severed finger in his food and realizes Ryder is present. The police arrest Jim, as Ryder has framed Jim for his murders. Though the police doubt his guilt, they lock him up overnight as protocol. When Jim wakes, he finds the cell door unlocked and all the officers dead. He panics and flees with a revolver. At a gas station, he sees two officers, takes them hostage, and speaks to Captain Esteridge, the officer in charge of the manhunt for Jim, on the radio. As Esteridge convinces Jim to surrender, Ryder pulls up and kills the two officers.
The patrol car crashes, and Ryder disappears again. After briefly considering suicide, Jim reaches a cafe, where Ryder confronts him. After pointing out Jim’s revolver is unloaded, Ryder leaves him several bullets and departs. Jim boards a bus, where he meets Nash and attempts to explain his situation. After a police car pulls over the bus, Jim surrenders, and the furious officers accuse him of killing their colleagues and attempt to kill him. Nash appears with Jim’s revolver, disarms the officers, and flees with Jim in their patrol car. As the police chase after them, Ryder joins the chase and murders the officers by causing a massive car accident.
Jim and Nash abandon the patrol car and hike to a motel. While Jim is in the shower, Ryder abducts Nash. Jim searches for her and is discovered by Esteridge, who takes Jim to two trucks with Nash tied between them with a gag in her mouth. Ryder is at the wheel of one truck and threatens to tear Nash apart. Esteridge tells Jim that his men cannot shoot Ryder as his foot will slip off the clutch, which would cause the truck to roll and kill Nash. Jim enters the cab with Ryder, who gives him a revolver and tells him to shoot, but Jim is unable to do so. Ryder, disappointed, releases the clutch, killing Nash. Ryder is taken into custody. Esteridge gives Jim a ride, but Jim, believing the police cannot hold Ryder, takes Esteridge’s revolver and vehicle to chase down Ryder’s prison bus. Ryder kills the deputies and leaps through Jim’s windshield as the bus crashes. Jim slams on his brakes, sending Ryder through the windshield and onto the road. Ryder challenges Jim to run him over, which he does. As Jim leaves his car to observe Ryder’s body, Ryder jumps up, and Jim shoots him repeatedly with a shotgun. Jim leans against Esteridge’s car and begins smoking as the sun sets.
Disney has decided to delay the release of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow following the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Black Widow was originally scheduled to be released on May 1st. There is no new date for the movie. Black Widow follows New Mutants, Mulan, and Antlers, which Disney delayed last week. Black Widow was supposed to kick off the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and was planned to be the first big film in the franchise following Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
I listened to the Lady Concert, from June 24 2019, on Sirius/ XM channel 30. I liked it and would give it 3.5 out of 5.
A long episode (almost 13 minutes) is dedicated to their debut album: “Piper”. Some fine documents can be seen as the promotional video for “Arnold Lane” and some shots of “Let’s All Make Love In London” with shots from “Interstellar Overdrive”.
I also picked up one funny quote from Roger: “I was demoted from lead guitar to rhythm guitar and finally bass. There was always this frightful fear I could end up as the drummer”!
There are also three members from “Mostly Autumn” who are being interviewed. While Heather Findley and Bryan Josh are talking about the band, the influences and the music in general; Ian Jennings (their keyboards player) has a more technical angle which is one of the less interesting aspect of this collection (in general).
The images used to illustrate “See Emily Play” were shot in Brussels in 67 by the Belgian television. I once saw the whole stuff (about twenty minutes of play back in the surroundings of the Atomium). This long section about “ASOS” (over eleven minutes) is mostly dedicated to Syd and the growing problems that the band was experiencing with him (till his replacement by David).
After a short interlude about “More”, the stress is mainly put on the live record from “Ummagumma” and the importance of their live sets. Another quote from Roger about it: “Ummagumma, yeah. What a disaster!”?(five minutes are spent on this double album).
About “Atom Heart Mother”, the interview of Nick shows how difficult is was to record this album with the orchestra and I quote again Roger “I wouldn’t dream of performing anything that embarrassing?I’m not playing that rubbish.” What’s valuable here are some footage of the track being played by the band only in a live representation. David’s view about the album is the following: “ATM now strikes me as absolute crap”. This chapter lasts for about eight minutes. 41
I particularly like the sequence about “Meddle” for several reasons: first, it was my first Floyd album that I purchased (back in 71) and second two of my fave tracks are featured (I guess that I don’t need to tell you which ones, right)? David is more enthusiast about “Echoes” than previous songs from the band. He said: “At the end of Echoes is this kind of guitar orchestra going on?I still think this is wonderful”. I bet you it is!!! A mere six minutes for these two fabulous songs (none of the others from this album are covered). 47
The next part is the best known visually since it uses footage from “Live At Pompei” namely “ASOS”, “One Of These Days”, “Echoes”. The problem at this stage is that the length of the sequences are shorter and shorter. Only three minutes for this huge “live” album (and two for “Obscured by Clouds”).
This DVD ends up on their first masterpiece: DSOTM (ten minutes). Footage to illustrate this section are taken from a Dutch TV programme broadcasted in 1989 and offer little interest therefore. I like the interview form David who says: “With DSOTM we were moving in a quite different league”. Nick, on the contrary, says : “It’s easy to see DSOTM as a turning point now, but we just considered it was just the next album we were working on”.
Clare Tory’s opinion about the superb “Great Gig In The Sky” is also of value. She had basically no clue at all before the recording of what was expected from her, nor did the band. “It was just an experiment”. But a great one!
My version is the second issue and holds some 62 minutes of footage plus a seventeen minutes version of “Echoes” played live by “Mostly Autumn”. A nice bonus should I say.
In all, this document is informative for the casual fan; not too much for the Floyd maniac. Three stars.