Earworm Wednesday: Personal Jesus ~ Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash takes Depeche Mode’s classic and makes it his own. Enjoy.


Movie Review: Ramen Shop (Ramen Teh)

Producer:Fong Cheng Tan, Junxiang Huang, Yutaka Tachibana
Director: Eric Khoo
Writers: Fong Cheng Tan, Kim Hoh Wong
Cast: Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Seiko Matsuda, Mark Lee, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho, Beatrice Chien

Every once in a while Netflix brings in a hidden gem and this movie is one of those gems.

Ramen Shop is a story about searching for roots, trying to deal with the past, redemption, love, and cooking. The cast does an excellent acting job and if you’ve never seen Singapore before you will get a glimpse of how it looks.

I am giving this movie 3.5 stars.

Classic Movie Review: Scaramouche

Director: George Sidney
Producer: Carey Wilson
Writer: Ronald Millar and George Froeschel
Original Book: Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
Cast: Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer

If you think Scaramouche is just a line in a song you’re in for a surprise. The 1952 film starting Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer, and Janet Leigh has the honor to have one of the longest most complicated sword fights ever filmed. The artistry involved in the fight choreography makes it the highlight of the movie.

Scaramouche takes place just before the French Revolution. The aristocrats have taken to dueling their counterparts in the French parliament killing their merchant class opponents.

Enter Andre Moreau, Stewart Granger, the illegitimate son of a French nobleman. When he sees his friend, a pamphleteer, murdered in a duel by the Marquis de Maynes, Mel Ferrer, he attacks the marquis, only to find himself out dueled. In a quick moment he escapes from the marquis vowing revenge.

Andre hides with a traveling comedy troupe (commedia dell’arte) adopting the guise of the Scaramouche (follow the link to find out what a Scaramouche is) he improves his swordmanship by going to the teacher of the Marquis de Maynes. And then to Paris to study under the master of that teacher.

There of course is a love triangle between Granger, Parker, and Leigh. Granger in love with Leigh but cannot court her for reasons I won’t reveal. Why spoil the story?

Of course there is much more than this to the story, and the costumes and music that much more enjoyable. If you want to have some fun with a costume drama that is a lot of fun check out this movie.

I give Scaramouche five stars out of five.

No Earworm Wednesday

My sinuses are killing me today and nothing but the sound of me sneezing has been echoing in my head. So come back next week.

A short film review: Stephen King’s IT

So I tried to watch this new version of IT and I got maybe forty-five minutes into the movie when I decided to eject it from my Blu Ray player. Why do you ask? Because, unlike the original treatment of this Stephen King story this movie isn’t scary and in fact boring. Not to mention that the actor playing Pennywise, his voice far from being that dreadful laugh that Tim Curry produced just leaves me saying “meh”.

In my opinion watch the 1990 mini-series.

Movie Review: Spiderman far from home

Director: Jon Watts
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal

All right in case, you haven’t watched the trailer, this takes place after Avengers End Game so if you haven’t seen  Avengers End Game by watching Spiderman far from home you are going to get some spoilers.

And on to the movie.  This movie takes place five years after Infinity Wars,   All the people that had disappeared with a snap of a finger have been returned at the same age.  Which has caused a few hang-ups with little brothers suddenly being the same age as their big brothers.  Not only that but in an effort to resolve the issue all the people who came back have been unanimously declared to be the same age as when they left.  So Peter Parker is still in high school even though he should be past that age.  And because of that his class is scheduled for a trip to Europe.  Hence the title far from home.

But that isn’t all Peter Parker is showing some stress with his stint as an Avenger.  He is wanting to get away from the world-saving business and back to being the friendly neighborhood Spiderman.   Well, unfortunately, that isn’t  going to happen as mysterious creatures have been  popping up around the globe with an equally mysterious  hero that appears to be fighting them,

Who is this man where is he from what has this to do with Spiderman?

Go watch the movie.

All in all, this is an enjoyable movie, and if you aren’t burned out on superhero movies you’ll enjoy this one.  I am giving this five stars out of five.