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Jurgens: the dark period

In an effort to bring you the best of the forgotten, we want to bring you another hidden treasure from Germany. Please be aware that the chronology of his career gets really confusing after the late 60’s and that there is close to no literature on this genius.

From what we can gather, this track (obtained after years of begging in the collectors’ circuit) comes from the dark period of Jurgens’s life (if he is really a person and not a collective as it has been suggested in the last few years).

The 70’s were not easy for this influential figure. There are some reports of his brutal encounter with heroin, during which he recorded a few albums as Jürgens. Most of the songs in those albums served the only purpose of attacking himself, Jurgens (as opposed to Jürgens), for selling out to the majors (which, of course, never happened, as he continued to self-publish all of his records).

It seems that after having a hand in the composition of Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music”, he decided to turn his interest to American folklore and recorded the 1977 conceptual album “Minstrel Show”. Lack of taste or genius parody of American society? That’s for all of us to interpret … We give you “Eat ’em candles too”!!!

Eat them candles too, huuuuuuuuuey!

Ultron vs Descartes

Page of the week – November 17th, 2010

From Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1, here is Ultron’s opinion on Descartes:

By Fred Van Lente and Tom Grummett (more than happy to link to his website, but I couldn’t find one). Mr. Van Lente, is this some kind of prologue to an Action Philosophers crossover?

Wishmaster is a dick (III)

The next step for the Wishmaster is getting a new face, so he goes to the morgue and while he is stealing the face from a fresh corpse, we witness this scene that makes it clear that we are going to be looking at for the next hour (and the other 3 sequels) … the classic “be careful what you wish for” scenario! As we will see later, though, this type of scenes can go from funny to stupid, but I will let you be the judge …

Wishmaster needs a face

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To be continued …

Good movies you might not have watched: Noroi (2005)

Noroi - The Curse
Little late to the party with this one, but I think a shout-out is well justified, as it is not one of the best known j-horror movies. If I had known this movie had been done by the same director as Ju-rei (a poor man’s Ju-on), I am not sure I would have given it a chance, but I am glad I did.

Even though it uses a tired format (fake documentary), the way it is all set up (a programa about a paranormal investigator’s last investigation) allows the viewer to complete the puzzle in a non-linear way. The first few scenes don’t come naturally together until the final act of the film, but to its advantage, I found the different pieces of the puzzle in the form of video sources (other TV programs, 70s film, …) to be really entertaining and well done, too, they didn’t feel fake at all.

And then there’s the creepy factor … It is in the details. As I was watching the movie, what convinced me I would enjoy it more than most movies was a bit of hair in water, of all things. From there, the evil keeps growing until the very end, and then then end after that first end, too.

This is not much of a review, but if you like horror films, you might want to give this one a chance, because there are not that many that are this good …

Wishmaster is a dick (II)

When we left the Wishmaster, he was trapped in a jewel more than 3000 years ago. 20 minutes later, the Wishmaster is back in the world, exchanging wishes for souls in present day. It is in this context, that this scene happens …

Hobo wishes for social justice

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Social commentary? Are all hobos crazy? What does it all mean?

To be continued …