Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Unchained Residue

I woke up one day last week and literally, before I could even climb from bed, thought, "Unchained Melody is one of the greatest songs ever recorded." 

Now, I've know this song my entire life, and I've long enjoyed it, however, this was something different. I don't know where this contemplation and pronouncement came from, because I don't know that I've heard Unchained anytime recently. But there it was, and when I got to work and put in my headphones I had to concur that, yes, this song is epic.


Here's one of my favorite new scenarios: I come home from work tired at least two days a week. I settle onto the couch with my pillow and my cat and throw on a movie. Usually, my go-to's for this situation are either Shudder TV or Prime. I almost always end up falling asleep within the first ten minutes or so, then wake up in the last three-quarters of the flick. In the best-case scenarios, whatever I see when I open my eyes prompts me to rewind all the way back and pick up where I dozed off. This happened yesterday with Rusty Nixon's 2017 Residue

I LOVED this flick. I don't know that I've ever seen anything with this tone before, a kind of deft balance between humor, Horror, and Neo-Noir. Everyone nails their parts, the FX crew is cognizant of their limitations and do an outstanding job working within it (LOVE the Puppetry), and the mythology is just vague enough to leave me desperately wanting to talk about the flick and just specific enough to indicate the filmmaker knew what he was doing and stuck to it. All in all, this is one of my favorite finds in a while, as far as flicks that passed me by from recent years. 


Zombi - Shape Shift 
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
The Marvelettes - The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game
Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower
Windhand - Levitation Sessions
High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings
Tomahawk - Immobility
Suburban Living - Always Eyes
P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Various Artists - Valerie and Friends
Canadian Rifle - Peaceful Death
SURVIVE - Mnqo26
Gram Rabbit - Music to Start a Cult To
Just Once in My Life - The Righteous Brothers
16 - Dream Squasher
Etta James - Second Time Around
Steve Moore - VFW OST



Center your strength, eh? Okay, that seems like good advice right now. 

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