Sunday, October 26, 2008

Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley Singing MY WAY Amazing Grace & In The Ghetto

And so last time I posted The Gipsy Kings performing MY WAY so here's here's Frank Sinatra singing MY WAY followed by Elvis Presley. I hope you enjoy these versions as I do.

My Way Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley Live-My Way

and one of my favorite Elvis' songs.
Elvis Presley-In The Ghetto

and one of the truly great spirituals Amazing Grace sung by Elvis Presley

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Music of The Gipsy Kings & Ritchie Valens & Los Lobos

And now for your listening pleasure some Gipsy Kings & Los Lobos & Ritchie Valens:

Gipsy Kings - AMi Manera ( My Way )

Gipsy Kings- Volare

Los Lobos-La Bamba

Ritchie Valens -La Bamba

see you later,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Arcade Fire & Los Kjarkas

So here's some of the music I enjoy.

Arcade Fire Windowsill

Arcades Fire :My Body Is A Cage
& "Once Upon A Time In The West"

from: (Unofficial) - WARNING: This will potentially spoil the end of the movie if you haven't seen it - Upon listening to the new Arcade Fire album, the last song in particular evoked an intense spaghetti western scenerio in my mind. I created a music video for the song with edited clips from Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West"... my favorite western.
hi-res version:

and now for something a little different. Note the use of traditional instruments with contemporary instruments and the great orchestration involved.Not as easy as it appears - simple and complex .

Kjarkas--"LLorando se fue" en escenario

Ave de Cristal: Los Kjarkas

KALAMARKA (aguas claras)YouTube
From: Roncon1
Added: October 02, 2007

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Island AGreatly Under-Rated Gem of A Movie

The Island came out several years ago but I only saw it a within the last week. I'm not too sure why it didn't get good reviews or didn't get wide release.It is another sci-fi futuristic dystopian film in which clones are bred in an underground city inorder to provide replacement parts for wealthy sponsors. The clones of course don't know this and are told that the earth is contaminated but that there is an Island which they can go to and there live an idylic life but only winners of the "lottery" get to go to the Island.

It all takes place in the near future and we get a good glimpse of the futuristic city . The city where our clone escapees end up for me was quite believable. It is filled with some great chase scenes for those who like action. So part of the film has some similarities to the Matrix series but also to films such as Logan's Run and to Blade Runner or Equilibrium. But it also has a very good basic story line.Part of its charm is that the Clones we are told are non-sexual beings who are at a low mental age of between 12 to 15 or even less.Anyway I don't want to give too much away . But it is a greatly under-rated film as was Equilibrium.

The Island Music Vid (Ewan McGregor & Scarlett Johansson)
Fanvideo for "The Island" (spoiler alert!), centering on Lincoln & Jordan running for dear life. Starring Ewan McGregor & Scarlett Johansson. Set to "Imperial Force" by X-Ray Dog.

The Island Trailer

Custom made trailer with some *spoilers* for the 2005 Michael Bay film THE ISLAND starring Scarlett Johansson, Ewan MacGregor, Djimon Hounsou, and Sean Bean. Edited and Scored by Teddy Blass.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Children of Men

Yes ,I know its been awhile.

I just recently saw the film Children of Men which is a great piece of fim-making and it does have a message. I guess that's why it never received the attention it should have. People in general prefer their films to be entertaining froth and nothing more.They want movies which will tell them that their values and their perception of the world is valid and unquestionable. Most citizens do not want a film to tell them that they are selfish, narcissitic, greedy, souless creatures.

One of the issues it raises is that of immigration.

In this futuristic dystopia there is no future since no children are bein born. Is the infertility caused by pollution and how we have treated the planet & our selves. But the possible extinction of humanity just seems to bring about more inequality and more injustice. Humanity does not pull it together as it goes into decline but becomes even meaner and nastier. Immigrants in Britain are treated as if they were not persons deserving of fair treatment but are used as scapegoats and hunted down and place in over-crowded detention camps where they are being left to die. In Britain and America today there are many who would see nothing wrong with such a policy. In America there are over 12 million illegal immigrants and the solution to this complex problem is simplified by many on the right who just say hunt them down and put them in internment camps . The anti-immigration forces believe that no one who is a true patriot should have any concern over illegals who are viewed as " an infestation ", " a disease", or as if they were " cockroaches '. So the right uses all its means available to it to soften up the public to accept an inhumane and Nazi-like solution to the issue.

Children Of Men Trailer

Video below contains Spoilers & offensive language so beware.

Why "Children of Men" should be nominated for best picture


A video made to help publicize a criminally underrated masterpiece. Alfonso Cuarón's amazing dystopian vision "Children of Men" was completely ignored by Universal and dumped quietly at the box office despite glowing praise from critics. I made this short to help generate more buzz behind this overlooked masterpiece. Read press and more info about what happened from this here: