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Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie Music Monday: Covering the main title theme of Twin Peaks (& Fire Walk with Me)

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29 is day that me and my fellow 20-year-plus-and-counting obsessive fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal 1990-1991 television serial Twin Peaks have been waiting for: the release of CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution's exhaustively comprehensive Blu-ray set, which also includes Lynch's 1992 feature film prequel Fire Walk with Me. Reinforcing the ongoing influence of a series that ran a mere 30 episodes on network television and spawned a movie that was a commercial failure and, at the time, a critical one as well (though the ensuing years has brought on a fair amount of reassessment and appreciation), Angelo Badalamenti's Grammy-winning theme song for the television series, "Falling," has been covered a multitude of times and in a multitude of ways; even its far lesser known film counterpart, "Theme from Twin Peaks--Fire Walk with Me"/"She Would Die for Love", has also received the cover treatment. Here are a few of my favorites.

Max Lilja plays a stunningly impassioned rendition on his cello (with nicely produced video to match):

Jason Torbert, a.k.a. Goddamn Electric Bill, recorded a faithful yet uniquely dreamy take:

Mr. Piano Solo plays the tune on a keyboard directly from the Black Lodge, also segueing into "Laura Palmer's Theme":

A lovely version on the flute:

Rod Thomas, a.k.a. Bright Light Bright Light, does a rare male vocal cover (though he gets a lyric wrong; it should be "Then your touch so warm"):

An unconventional cover by Lex Land and Gavin Caselton (even if the lyrics in the final verse are wrong; it should be "Are we falling in love"):

Fantômas recorded and released this incredibly intense version of the Fire Walk with Me title tune on their 2001 album The Director's Cut, with an appropriately ghoulish official video that gives new meaning to "She Would Die for Love":

Finally, the Danish DJ project going by the name of (yes) One-Eyed Jacks recorded this version of the "Falling" for the clubs in 1991. Even more, shall we say, interesting than the brief rap interlude is the track's official video:


The Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.


Buy the Twin Peaks television soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks--Fire Walk with Me motion picture soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks: Season Two Music and More television soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set here.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Movie Report #778, July 25, 2014

The Movie Report

#778, July 25, 2014

Lucy

MOVIES:
  • And So It Goes ***
  • The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter ***
  • Hercules ** 1/2
  • Lucy ** 1/2
  • Magic in the Moonlight ***
  • A Most Wanted Man ***

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Music Monday: Once moves from screen to stage in Hollywood

Film Flam Flummox


This was supposed to be when/where my in-depth review of the stage adaptation of John Carney's 2007 Oscar-winning gem Once was going to run. The original film being my absolute favorite of that year, I was intrigued by the notion of the (in my mind, rather unlikely) production once it was announced for an Off-Broadway premiere in 2011, and even more so when its success led to a multiple Tony-winning transfer to Broadway in 2012. And so I was looking forward to the show's long-awaited Los Angeles premiere at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, July 17, given my great love for the film and the rather fortuitous timing of its L.A. splash coinciding with the current cinema run of Carney's latest musical film, Begin Again. However, perhaps to no surprise, I was not the only person anticipating it, for the helpful Pantages media staff was unfortunately unable to accommodate my ticket request (and self-funding for expensive legit theatre coverage is hugely difficult for me lately). And so I post this item merely informing those in the Los Angeles area that the first national tour production of Once is now running at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through Sunday, August 10. A clip of the tour cast in action is below.

Buy the Once original Broadway cast album here.
Buy the Once Blu-ray here.
Buy the Once DVD here.
Buy the Once motion picture soundtrack here.
Buy the Once the musical sheet music here.
Buy the Once motion picture sheet music here.

(Special thanks to Benny Aguayo at the Pantages Theatre)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Movie Report #777, July 18, 2014

The Movie Report

#777, July 18, 2014


MOVIES:
  • Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Humpty Sharma's Bride) ** 1/2
  • I Origins ***
  • Mood Indigo (L'Écume des Jours) *** 1/2
  • Persecuted * 1/2
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue **
  • The Purge: Anarchy ***
  • Sex Tape ** 1/2
  • Wish I Was Here ***

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