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  1. Secret Executioner

    Neil Peart 1952-2020

    Never been that much into Rush, but the news somehow hit me hard.
  2. The title feels more like a Multiverse-oriented Family Guy episode or some comedy than horror. But I think horror should mix well with Strange. And it's about time Marvel did some horror, characters like Dracula and the Mummy (although there would likely be copyright issues for movie versions) exist in the Marvel Universe.
  3. Seems Tom Cruise is bound to keep making MI movies until it's literally Mission Impossible for him to film them.
  4. That gives weight to what Lord Dark Helmet once said:
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    What are we LISTENING to lately?

    Started 2020 with a little haul. D-A-D - A Prayer for the Loud (CD) (2019) Some classic hard rock from Denmark. Very straight-forward and enjoyable album. Equilibrium - Renegades (Limited 2-CD Digipack) (2019) Metal from Germany - not sure which subgenre, the album has Power Metal. Very diversified and enjoyable stuff, though long-time fans seem rather displeased with the change from the band's original Folk Metal style. Not regretting picking up this album that originally picked my interest because the second disc is an 8-bits remake of the album - a very interesting and enjoyable concept, and seeing the reactions on YouTube it seems like a very well-received inclusion. Turili/Lione Rhapsody - Zero Gravity: Rebirth and Evolution (Limited CD-Digipack) (2019) An album I had been hesitating to buy for several months but I finally got it.Not a bad buy actually, I should have expected something great from one of the original Rhapsody masterminds whose solo work was also briliant. It may be the more sci-fi aestethics on the package than had me hesitate, but much like Turilli's own Prophet of the Last Apocalypse, sci-fi elements are added to the original fantasy-oriented Symphonic Metal of Turilli/Rhapsody and it spices things up, dusting off the concept to make it fresh again but without betraying the Symphonic Metal roots that remain strong and preeminent through the piece. I mentionned earlier the couple of tracks I had heard reminded of the aforementionned Turilli solo record, and it's not only similar to it but also as good, if not even better. Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites: 40th Anniversary (2019 reissue) The new 3-CD edition of a Zappa album I'm very fond of. On CD 1 is a new remaster of the 1979 classic album as well as an alternate version of "Strictly Genteel" as a bonus, while CDs 2 and 3 include a nearly 2-hour long concert of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra from 1975. Inside is also a very interesting booklet recounting the background on how the show and the album came to be, notably Zappa's interest in orchestral music from the 1970s and the fallout and disputes with Warner Bros. It also includes notes from Frank Zappa's longtime drummer Terry Bozzio (who also plays on the album, at least the concert part) and producer Joe Travers who co-produced this release with Zappa Family Trust executor and Frank's son Ahmet.
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    Guess the movie?

    Looks like a Shaw Bros picture. Possibly part of the Water Margin cycle ?
  7. Secret Executioner

    What are your latest DVD/Blu-ray purchases?

    Okay, where to start here ? The title is ludicrous (not sure why German releases of Asian movies keep brining up Frankenstein though, just look at the Godzilla films and you'll get my point), the monster looks like a Ro-Man with an Ultraman/Ant-Man helmet and blown-up to Heisei Godzilla (if not even bigger) proportions, there's a motor bike chase going on in one corner... Holy smoke dude, I hope it delivers.
  8. Let's see... 1/ the bad guy takes several minutes and special techniques to defeat when his henchmen are usually dumb bullies who get beaten by anyone with an above-average Fu level. 2/ people can't drink without spilling wine all over the place. Even parrots or Cookie Monster aren't that messy. 3/ why do people in training have to fight jars FULL of water or whatever ? Talk about wasting even more than in 2/ 4/ a hero can defeat a bunch of people easily but lose a one-on-one fight against a random henchman. 5/ random henchmen keep bullying people, especially waitresses. 6/ the English dubbing makes side-characters (henchmen or sidekicks) sound like they're out of a Monty Python skit. Difficult to make them threatening or sympathetic... 7/ a hero has a powerful fighting style to defeat the villain, but someone (sometimes the hero himself) has to be seriously injured if not killed during the final fight before he remembers he learned it to defeat the villain. My point 7/ actually seems like a common trope in storytelling in general - a powerful technique or object is overly used by baddies but barely used (if not discarded within moments) by good guys. On a sidenote, the animated short Mortal Kombat: The Journey begins (a supposed tie-in to the 1995 movie) adressed the bizarre way henchmen attack the hero in movies by having Johnny Cage note that in his movies baddies never sneak up behind his back.
  9. 1/ Yes, loved it. 2/ Title doesn't ring a bell, but if it's an Alexander Lo movie where he fights Ninjas I may have seen it. 3/ Of course, one of my first MA films. 4/ I have it on DVD but I don't think I've watched it 5/ Yup, a nice one. Then again, Hwang Jang Lee movies are usually awesome. 6/ Nope 7/ Yes, and I was highly disappointed - the Bruce Lee/Chuck Norris fight is great but the movie is overall fairly poor. 8/ If it's a documentary that suddenly becomes a vehicle introducing various clones (notably Bruce Li as a Kato-like character and Dragon Lee IIRC), yes. 9/ No 10/ Yup, another nice one with awesome one-liners. 5 to 7 or 8 out of 10. Decent score I guess.
  10. Batman vs Penguin... What a great fight !! Although since the movie will likely have a grittier approach showcasing Batman's skills and resourcefulness, so here's something that will probably come across as more appropriate.
  11. So pretty much Saw IX: Jigsaw II ? Next up should be Saw X, which is the title they should go with IMO - could be a neat throwback to Jason X.
  12. Seems the designer of that logo got confused and thought he was crafting something Power Metal-related.
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    Happy 2020

    @HyperDrive Well, that could explain why the 2019 MLB season saw a lot of record breaking numbers... The players are actually robots.
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    What are we LISTENING to lately?

    Browsed through my vinyl and CD collections to dig out all the albums released in a year in "0" - ie: 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. I only got issues with compilations but decided to pick two kinds of those: 1) the ones released in a "0" year - eg. AC/DC's Iron Man 2 (from 2010) or Status Quo's The Singles Collection 1969-1973 (from 2000) - that do not necessarly contain only stuff from a year in "0". 2) less frequent but still existing, the ones containing material from a year in "0" like the 2 Originals of The Mothers of Invention album (released in 1975, but it contains two albums from 1970). My first picks in this specific group of "zeroes" were Helloween - Unarmed - Best of 25th Anniversary (CD + DVD special edition) A compilation/re-recordings album including accoustic and/or orchestral versions of classic material (mainly from the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums and 1994-200) from the German Power Metal icons. It seems it was released in late 2009 in some places, but the date on my copy is 2010 so I stick with that. It's a very interesting concept, with some songs barely changing ("Perfect Gentleman" seems nearly identical to the original, "Forever and One (Neverland)" also barely changes) while others become a whole different thing ("Eagle fly free" goes from ultra fast metal to a melodic, atmospheric number with female vocals, "I want out" feels like an attempt at mimicking Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II"). A staple here is a 17-minute long medley called "The Keeper's Trilogy" performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra that includes parts of "Halloween", "Keeper of the Seven Keys" and "The King for 1,000 Years". The orchestral instruments and choir add to the epicness and intensity of the songs, and they flow into each other seamlessly. The band seemed to have mixed feelings on this, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf finding the experience more interesting for the fans (instead of plain re-recordings or yet another compilation) and enjoying recording as he got to try different playing styles, while singer Andi Deris felt betrayed and that if they were to play accoustic versions, they could have done it from the start - he was very against the idea and didn't enjoy the experience. He did admit it gave him a chance to show his vocal skills as his voice became more preemient and a more central instrument than on the previous albums where it was burried in the mix. Nightwish - Wishmastour 2000 (CD) A limited edition 6-track EP from the band's 2000 tour promoting their 3rd album, Wishmaster. The EP feels a lot like an extended single release for "Wishmaster" (I mean the song that's the titletrack of the album) with the accompagnying tracks being edits (promo version of "Passion and the Opera"), outtakes ("Sleepwalker", "A Return to the Sea") or relatively rare bonus tracks ("Nightquest", "Once upon a Troubadour"). Between various compilations and releases of the band's past albums that would cover most (if not all) of the material on here, this one comes across as more of a collector's item than something interesting purely for its content. The material is still very good, the bonustracks being on par with the material from the first two albums - "Once upon a Troubadour" is a rather slow but catchy accoustic number with male vocals while "A Return to the Sea" is more piano-driven but still very melodic and melancholic with very emotion-loaded vocals by Tarja Turunen, "Nightquest" is a faster paced and keyboard-heavy number with very classical-sounding vocals (something that can be said of a good portion of Oceanborn TBH). The edit of Oceanborn's "Passion and the Opera" is a bit odd as it seems to essentially loop the portion with opera-esque singing - I enjoy this part, but I feel it coming a bit out of nowhere is more interesting and enjoyable than basing a whole track on it.
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    Happy 2020

    I think Mission to Mars was set in 2021, and a manned landing on Mars still has chances to happen. @HyperDrive and @Silver and Gold Dragon Gotta love those cheap post-apocalypse-set Italian flicks. BTW, was the Bronx okay in 1990 ?