Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Sign of the Gypsy Queen!
Why the hell didn't you tell me about the awesomeness that is STREETS OF FIRE! I know, i know, any self respecting Walter Hill fan should have seen this slice of fried 80's gold a decade or more ago.
Michael Pare (who?) stars as Tom Cody, bad ass extraordinaire. Tom is called back to town by his Sis (that chick what played Mercy in THE WARRIORS) to rescue a rock n roll star, and old flame (played by a young and very very hot Diane Lane) who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang led by Willem Dafoe's Hair. Along the way we get some awesome music courtesy of Jim Steinman (that dude who wrote Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell albums), Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and others. We get different street gangs a la Hill's "The Warriors", we get motorcycles bursting into flame as Tom shoots gas tanks from a nearby rooftop, and a final showdown between Pare's bad-ass dude and Dafoe's bad-ass 'do fought with sledgehammers. There's also some Bill Paxton, some great 50's style dialogue, and cops who cruise around the streets in Studebakers. Also worthnoting is Hill's beautiful photography - this film looks amazing! It's wonderful what a man can do after scoring his first big hit! (Streets of Fire was Hill's followup to the blockbuster 48 Hours)
I have to thank my homeboy Johnny Z for this one, he picked it up blind because he'd heard it was one of the inspirations for the arcade classic, Final Fight! Sorry Jon, Tom Cody is more bad-ass than Mike Haggar.
On the Oblivion Front. I'm done! The vile forces of Merhunes Dagon and the Mythic Dawn have been vanquished, and the cursed realm of Oblivion has been banished from Tamriel permanent-like. The final hours of the game were utterly fantastic, and what's better, i still have so much left to explore and do - greatest game ever? quite possibly.
Meanwhile over in music - Metal gods IRON MAIDEN have posted the first single from their upcoming album over on their official site in video form. The positive buzz coming from the Maiden encampments surrounding this one is definitely something that gets me excited, and while the video was nothing special, a throwback to their 80's fare, the song, THE REINCARNATION OF BENJAMIN BREEG, is an awesome piece of work. Much more "riff-driven" than i'm used to from maiden, with a nice moody slow start followed by some great metal guitar. It's a "heavy" song for Maiden, very heavy actually, considering the band is usually more fast than heavy, with a more razor sharp guitar attack. This one hits with a more chugging, bass heavy vibe. It's experimental for Maiden, more in line with Bruce's more recent solo stuff, yet still easily identifiably Maiden. It's an awesome song, clocking in at somewhere around 7 and a half minutes. If teh rest of the album is this good - well... oh boy! It's not everyday the world's most popular metal band releases a new album, this one is gonna be a gem i'm sure. Check out the awesome cover art for A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH - which drops into music stores sometime in September.
In other news. Kev's brother Joe stopped by over the weekend and discussed photography for the wedding, before getting into our first real "game night" in ages. Myself n Joe had a damn heated match of Halo 2. I came out on top with 25 kills to his 24, but the whole match was intense, and my final kill was more fluke than anything, I round a corner, he's right in my face, and i just yank the trigger on my sniper rifle blindly. The guys were on edges of seats and there was much cheering (mostly for Joe) from the spectators. Then out came Street Fighter Alpha 3, goddamn Mark is good at this one - i'd love to say i was having an off night, but nope, Mark was just unstoppable with Zangief. 17 in a row was it Mark?
Everywhere I go, there's always an asshole.
That's it for now.
Steve "Where there's smoke... there's Streets of Fire baby!"
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