Sunday, May 29, 2016

Soundtrack Sunday with Miles Davis for the movie ' SIESTA '

To this day one of my very favorite soundtracks. I remember buying the album in the University District with my then boyfriend Andrew Wood, of Mother Love Bone. He loved Miles Davis. We then saw that it was a movie that was just coming out and went to see it down the street. 

I'm always surprised when I meet someone who's never seen it. With a huge cast starring Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Isabella Roselinni, Martin Sheen, Ellen Barkin, and Jodie Foster, and even a fun cameo with Grace Jones, it was one of the most interestingly cast movies and one of the sexiest I've even seen. 

Ellen Barkin was also married to Gabriel Byrne at the time, I believe they had 5 children together. 

via Wiki~ The screenplay was written by Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on a novel by Patrice Chaplin. The film was shot on location inSpain, released by Lorimar Motion Pictures, and debuted in New York City on November 11, 1987. The film's themes are sex and death. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the score for the film, Music from Siesta, which was written and arranged by frequent Davis collaborator Marcus Miller. Film critic Janet Maslin called it an "excitingly bad, artily experimental film".

Speaking of siestas, why don't Americans practice the art of napping like they do in Spain? 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

100 Macabre Songs for Your Halloween Playlist~Including All the Dark Soundtrack Songs We Wait All Year to Play!

As I was making a playlist  for Xanaland's upcoming party that we have monthly for our local musicians and friends, I realized I had actually come up with a great song list that must be shared. It was super fun to make and tells me a lot about myself, as I have special memories that go with many of the songs. I originally had 130, but narrowed it down to the 100 best. I chose music in the beginning that would be sort of the Halloween cooking music, if you will, and then got more into the traditional Halloween classics like The Munsters theme song, and found some great vintage goodies like the ones used in spooky Betty Boop cartoons; then it goes into the best songs from dark movie soundtracks, like the song by Tito Y Tarantula: After Dark,which is featured in Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn ."

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Watch Navajo Joe ~ Spaghetti Western Week on Xanaland!

So get this! This was Burt Reynolds' second starring role in a movie! 

Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe
Hilarious! He kind of looks like a musician ha ha! He was among the last of the really white dudes playing Indian dudes of his era! Who's of course hunting down a group of bandits who are responsible for killing his tribe. The soundtrack is by none other than Ennio Morricone (although credited as Leo Nichols). More on him later, as his name will be popping up a lot this week. 

Now please enjoy Navajo Joe in its entirety 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Beach Girls & the Monster on Strange and Silly Movie Weekend

Oh you bet you're gonna wish you went to film school after you see this! 

I mean who didn't dream about making their own beach monster movie?! It just doesn't seem fair! Here's what WiKi had to say about this almost cult classic 

Interesting production facts~

The surfing footage, used for the scene where Richard runs a film for Mark was shot by one of the most prolific surf filmmakers of the 1960s, Dale Davis, who produced Walk on the Wet SideStrictly Hot, and the landmark The Golden Breed. For some release prints, the footage was printed in color.
According to the trailer for the film, the dancing girls seen in the movie are "The Watusi Dancing Girls" from Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club on Sunset Boulevard.[1]
Most of the interior shots - specifically all those of the Lindsay home - were shot at the West Los Angeles (Brentwood) residence of Henry and Shirley Rose, friends of the producer, Edward Janis. Shirley Rose was also the film's art director. The office scene was shot at the business office of Henry Rose.
All the sculptures and the 'Kingsley the Lion' puppet used in the film, were created by the actor who played Mark - Walker Edmiston, the host of "The Walker Edmiston Show", a children's television program in Los Angeles that featured puppets of his own creation including 'Kingsley the Lion.

interesting soundtrack facts~ 

The score for The Beach Girls and the Monster was arranged and conducted by Chuck Sagle, and a few of the musicians assembled for the soundtrack were members of the surf band The Hustlers (who are known for their songs "Kopout," "Inertia" and "Wailin’ Out") from Riverside, California.[3] In the book, Pop Surf Culture, written by Brian Chidesterand Dominic Priore, the soundtrack of The Beach Girls and the Monster "has got to rank up there among the best … no fewer than 13 different sections of full-bore, deep-reverb tank surf instrumentals throb the soundtrack". The theme song, titled "Dance Baby Dance," was written by Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Joan Janis, and produced by Edward Janis. Arnold Lessing, who plays Richard, wrote the song he sings in the film, "More Than Wanting You." Walker Edmiston and Elaine DuPont, who play Mark and Jane respectively, wrote "There's a Monster in the Surf."

Enjoy this B Movie like you would if it was your own!

Decameroticus on Strange and Silly Movie Weekend~Rated R~

I know what you're thinking, that 70's porn. Yeah, pretty much and a ridiculous plot to boot~Via WiKi~

Decameroticus is a film of 1972 directed by Pier Giorgio Ferretti .
Inspired by the tales of Boccaccio , Aretino and Bandello , is divided into five episodes, in which the main theme is that of the cuckolded husband.
In the episode The cucumber Ciccillo , the husband becomes beak trusting that a cucumber, peddled by the magician and healer Ciccillo, as a panacea for all problems of women, will be the antidote to cure the terrible boredom of his wife.

I think it's safe to say the person who wrote this has some serious issues. 

If you managed to sit through this, let us know how much of and what kind of drugs made this possible! 

Invasion of the Bee Girls on Strange and Silly Movie Weekend

Also appropriately re-titled "Graveyard Tramps" in the U.K., this too bad to even be a B Movie will make you wish you went to film school! 

I was actually surprised that there was a WiKi page for this! Here is their brief summary of the movie~

The premise of the movie is that a mad scientist (played by Anitra Ford) has created an army of beauties who seduce men to death. One by one the male victims are killed before the local police catch on to the plans of the infested females. Neil Agar, a special agent with the State Department's Office of Security (the predecessor of the Diplomatic Security Service), is dispatched to Peckham, California to investigate the death of John Grubowsky, a bacteriologist working at government-sponsored Brandt Research. Quickly making the acquaintance of the laboratory’s head librarian, Julie Zorn, he begins interviewing the firm’s leading scientists, many of whom have reputations as sexual players. His investigation is soon complicated by a growing number of deaths, all men who died of congestive heart failure caused by sexual exhaustion. 

Faced with a rapidly escalating body count, the local sheriff, Captain Peters, holds a town meeting at which the laboratory’s leading sex researcher, Henry Murger, urges the town populace to practice sexual abstinence – an idea greeted with derision by the locals. Neil and Julie arrange a meeting with Murger afterwards to discuss his theories as to the cause of his deaths, only to see him chased down and run over by a car with an unseen driver. While investigating Murger’s home in search of clues, Neil discovers a secret room concealing sexual paraphernalia and Murger’s gay lover, Joe, who informs Neil that he saw Murger driving off with an unknown woman prior to his death.

Watch if you dare! 

Disqus for at the drive in