Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), LP

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Various ‎– A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
LabelDeath Waltz Recording Company & Mondo
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 17 Mar 2015
Genre: Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack

If you haven’t watched A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night on Netflix yet, stop reading this and go watch it. I’m not sure how much longer it’ll be on there but I highly recommend it. Don’t be like me and wait until the last minute and then freak out because it’s so good and you missed out on the soundtrack…

Allow me to rewind the tape. <<

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Review: It Follows (2014)

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“Childhood is over the moment you know you’re going to die.” – Top Dollar, The Crow (1994)

“Nothing gold can stay.” – Johnny, The Outsiders (1983)

These two quotes came to mind after watching It Follows (2014), directed by David Robert Mitchell. They didn’t come to mind immediately after watching the movie but in doing some research on the film after being left with unanswered questions. It Follows, in my opinion, is one of those films that requires more than one viewing in order to really get the gist of what’s going on. Or maybe I’m just slow…

One of my pet peeves is having to Google a movie after I watch it in order to figure out what happened. This usually results in me either hating the film or obsessing over it. With It Follows, I found myself with lots of questions and when the credits rolled I felt let down and wanting more explanation. But I wasn’t sure if this was because I was supposed to feel this way or if I just didn’t “get it.” It turns out it was a combination of the two.

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Review: Creep (2014)

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Creep (2014) Rated R – 77 minutes

When a cash-strapped videographer takes a job in a remote mountain town, he finds that the client has some unsettling ideas in mind.

I almost didn’t make it through Creep (2014) the first time I watched it because frankly, it started to creep me out, for lack of a better term. This film has been on Netflix for a while now, and lacking any other new options, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did…I think.

As I said, near the beginning of the film (tubby time), I almost shut it off and moved on because it creeped me out! But something compelled me to stick with it and see it through. This is funny because it’s the same kind of thing that prompts the protagonist, played by Patrick Brice, to stick with his creepy assignment rather than listen to his instincts and walk away. Brice also happens to be the director.

One of the many criticisms of the film is people assuming the protagonist is an idiot. But this is a first person, behind the camera-shot, film; so if the main character is an idiot than so are we all for not shutting the film off. What happens to the protagonist also happens to us. It is for this reason that I believe the film is a success.

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Review: Inception Soundtrack, LP

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Inception (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Hans Zimmer (2010)

Label: Reprise Records

Format: LP, clear variant

Initially, I was excited to get this record. One, because it is a coveted release and two because it’s so damn good. It’s a first pressing and I found it on ebay by sheer luck. The music is by Hans Zimmer and if you know anything about Zimmer you know that his film scores are a-mazing. The score for Inception (2010) is phenomenal!

That said, I was disappointed when I first listened to this score because it had more than a few scratches in it. None that were visible, mind you, but they’re there. I was pissed.

I’d read a few reviews that said it was a bad pressing so I chalked it up to that and moved on. Though I was surprised and disappointed that Reprise Records would put out a sub par record, especially considering the composer and the film. It happens though. It’s absolutely unnerving to listen to a record that skips around and makes the needle jump, so I shelved it.

However, now that I’ve upgraded my turntable and also added a disc stabilizer, I find that this record plays flawlessly. Huzzah! No more skips! For me, this makes the amount money I spent on the stabilizer worth it. Equipment matters!

If you enjoyed the film that means you probably dug the music. I recommend this record because it’s an amazing score. Zimmer hit it out of the park with this one. You can pick up a repress copy for about $20.

Review: We Are Still Here

I watched ‘We Are Still Here,’ from Dark Sky films recently. It was mediocre at best. I’d been wanting to see it as it was hyped by some as a homage to the gore and splatter of Italian master Lucio Fulci. Plus, it was produced by the same people that did ‘The House of the Devil’ and ‘Starry Eyes’ and was supposed to be a “throwback” film.

Well, suffice to say that the production company hit a home run on ‘The House of the Devil’ got a “walk” on ‘Starry Eyes’ and struck out with this film. It’s flat and loses its way towards the end. What a disappointment.

It started off great and the first act is spectacular but shortly thereafter the film starts to fall apart and you are left with a mess and one with too many questions and contradictions.

From a writing standpoint, this film seems to suffer from too many writers and not enough resolved or developed ideas. I blame the director for this and for not going to print with something more concrete. There are way too many unfinished and half-cocked ideas at play, leaving you scratching your head.

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