Don’t look now but it’s been nearly 20 years since Mopar: Alone Against the Twelve Dread Hyenas in the Land of the Dead. This seminal Sword and Sorcery romp was almost watched by someone who had a friend that knew someone who was the secretary for someone else that once worked as a seat filler at the Oscars. Despite the age the story, Mopar still holds up today and provides a timeless message: Don’t hesitate to resort to physical violence and coercion to rule the world (or watch out for sock dragons).
To celebrate, the Acitonsuit Alert blog is offering a free digital copy for everyone signing up for the Actionsuit Alert blog. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to download (warning: it’s a 1.5gb file). In the near future we will also be releasing installments on Youtube. Unfortunately their are some quality issues with the digital version we still have to work out because the only copy we had was taken from a DVD burned directly from a VCR tape but worry not, we have our top Actionsuit Alert video editing staff on the case.
The only question that remains is where the fuck is Gary Kramer?
Update: Here’s the first 11 minutes; video starts at :37.
Update II: Split into 10 segments for Youtube, can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Actionsuit
A couple of interesting movie reinterpretations to pass along. First we start with ‘Existential Star Wars’ posted by OneMinuteGalactica on Youtube:
The poor rebel defenders last words nearly made me do a spit take with my coffee!
Here’s a group that call themselves Huskey Jackal in Nashville, TN who are making a stage a stage production of Terminator 2 (titled Terminator the Second) strictly in the Shakespeare idiom. Here’s the link to check it out (embedded video not working from this site). Road trip to Nashville this summer?
The Rebirth Brass Band released their latest studio album this week. Happy Easter.
I think this sums it up pretty well:
I was a huge, huge Zeppelin guy as a teenager, and they’re still probably my #1 all-time band. Before I really knew how to play guitar very well, I could play a handful of Zeppelin riffs and solos. I knew all the songs, especially the deep cuts, and used them to begin figuring out how music is made, and how bands work.
But live Zeppelin always sucked, and in my 30s I moved on to more and different kinds of music. Then I heard Black Dog live one night on the radio about five years ago. I was blown away by how heavy and how tight it was, not at all like the sloppy, druggy Song Remains the Same. I figured it was a good cover by the Black Crowes or someone, maybe even with Pagey. When they said it was Zeppelin from ’73, I couldn’t stop grinning.
The next day I picked up How the West Was Won, a triple live album released in 2003. It features crisp versions of Immigrant Song, Black Dog, The Ocean, Dancing Days Rock and Roll; an acoustic mini-set with John Paul Jones on mandolin and Robert Plant on guitar; and 20+ min. solos and medleys built around Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, and Moby Dick; and an uplifting rendition of Stairway that makes you ashamed you ever grew tired of it.
Listening to Zeppelin live in 1973, in California touring for Houses of the Holy, makes me happy and makes me feel young. Rock and Roll.