Spy music! Whether it's Lalo Schifrin
's theme for Mission Impossible
, or Jerry Goldsmith
's theme for Man from U.N.C.L.E.
, or the greatest of them all, John Barry
's iconic James Bond
theme, you know it when you hear it. Now, for my money, the best spy music in recent
years wasn't from a spy movie at all, but an animated superhero film: the action-packed theme
and soundtrack for The Incredibles
, in which the very talented Michael Giacchino
was clearly (and brilliantly) channeling John Barry
. And of course, you'll all want to head over here
and see what your fellow MeFiers have lately been doing with the genre. [note: see hoverovers for link descriptions] [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 1, 2008 -
First, and foremost, here is La Caíta - El Pájaro
. Could there be singing anymore heartfelt than this ? I
wonder. And here she is, in an ancillary role, with the Amaya family
. Also, from Spain, here is Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt & Hono Winterstein - Kali Sara & Tchavolo swing
. From Romania, here are Taraf de
and, from them, here is Taraf de Haïdouks
and of them, here is Balada Conducatorolui - Nicolae Neacsu
. From the Thar
, here is the very charismatic Talab Khan
, and here, from Egypt, is Bambi
. And let the etymological connection between Egypt
be noted here and now, by the way.
these are. of course, excerpts from Latcho Drom
. [more inside]
posted by y2karl
on Mar 20, 2008 -
The Room: The Movie.
Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau
made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room
and various scenes
), "a blend between a
softcore porn flick and a Tennessee Williams stageplay."
Wiseau ("who's not just one of the most unusual looking
an unidentifiable Eastern European accent-leading men ever to
grace the screen, but a narcissist nonpareil whose movie makes Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny"
the apotheosis of cinematic self-restraint...may be something of a first: A movie that
prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back-before even
30 minutes have passed." - Variety
), allegedly raised $6 million outside Hollywood to cover production and marketing costs
of the self-described "black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies" (see various rough dress rehersals
Audience members, including comedian
, have been "marveling at the bizarre editing, bad bluescreen, uncomfortably explicit
sex scenes and, of course, the enigma of Wiseau himself"
as the film
played monthly for years
in Los Angeles. Available on
DVD, diehard "roomies" swear by the
shout out their own commentary
, hurl spoons at the screen
and singalong to the soundtrack
. Some call it "The Rocky Horror of the New Millenium"
and stage "Room"
. If you look at the marketing campaign
or survived a screening
you might see The Room as "a seminar on how
NOT to make a movie."
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 1, 2006 -
'Mais Non, Mais Non?'...
Well, there goes the neighbourhood. You go for nigh on a quarter of a century crediting The Muppets
with an all time classic
, when you find out
that it was someone elses
- Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani. Not only that, but used as part of the score for an oh-so-dodgy a Swedish porn film
!?!?. But no, that's not the end of it, as it transpires (see bottom of page)
that 'Mahna Mahna
' was originally performed by a Frenchman, Henri Salvador
, and was called 'Mais Non Mais Non
'. Still, in any of these forms, it's one of the few songs that still makes me smile every time I hear it, especially so when accompanied by the visuals
posted by boneybaloney
on Oct 7, 2002 -
Get a real live musician to write a theme song for your blog. Of course you have to somehow return the favor. "I'm calling it the rockin' blogroll," notes Philip Clark, the multiple band guy
that is willingly offering up his own service against silence.
posted by boost ventilator
on Jul 9, 2002 -