Friday, April 29, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Album List

I have listed, in order, movies of some of my favourite film makers but I thought I would take a lefty and try to sequence the albums of my favourite band of all time. I will admit I came to 'The Peppers' pretty late in the piece hearing tracks of Mother's Milk at a friends house. And if I'm honest I only really took notice when I heard the rap lyrics for Track 4, Magic Johnson. I was pretty well versed in the NBA at the time and couldn't believe these white boys could rap about athletes.

The same mate would play the album most times I was over there so it kind of seeped into my musical subconscious. Then in 1991 a very good friend of mine Sam introduced me to Blood Sugar Sex Magic via his older brother Nick and it was a love affair after that.

I have been to 2 concerts since and own every single album (not counting The Abbey LP) and many B sides. I have ranked these albums based on relistenability, lyrics, number of hits and overall quality (How good is the worst song on the album?).

#1 - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
#2 - Californication
#3 - Mother's Milk
#4 - Stadium Arcadium
#5 - By the Way
#6 - The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
#7 - Freaky Styley
#8 - One Hot Minute
#9 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

I have left of 'greatest hits' albums and the Abbey LP.
Highlight - Every single track! Favs change with the seasons but this Fall it's The Greeting Song and My Lovely Man

Highlight - Again changes often but ATM it's Emit Remmus and Easily

Highlights - Knock Me Down and Nobody Weird Like Me

Highlights - Wet Sand and Snow ((Hey Oh))

Highlights - Venice Queen and Midnight and Dosed

Highlights - Subterranean Homesick Blues and Skinny Sweaty Man and Fight Like a Brave and Behind the Sun
Highlights - Blackeyed Blonde and Nevermind
Highlights - Tearjerker and My Friends

Highlights - True Men Don't Kill Coyotes and Police Helicopter

There were several albums that could be swapped but number 1 is number ONE. 2 to 5 are pretty close and 7 to 9 are close. As for the highlights, these are just a smattering of my fav tracks but certainly not an exhausted list!!
Until then hail to California!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Robert Rodriguez - Movie List

Well here's my list of a director who I absolutely idolise. No he hasn't always hit home runs and no he sometimes strikes out but as an auteur who can create a visual palette to rock the senses he am in awe of his possibilities!!!

1. Sin City (I struggled for a #1 but this is rewatchable and superbly made)
2. From Dusk Till Dawn (A fantastic story told really well)
3. Desperado (Viewing for the senses!)
4. Spy Kids (I would have goofed over a movie like this a kid, so beautiful and imaginative)
5. The Faculty (A great take of the paranoia movie AKA The Thing)
6. Spy Kids 2:Island of Lost Dreams (A bloody good worthy follow up to original)
7. El Mariachi (What he was able to achieve on such little money is legendary for a reason)
8. Planet Terror (He achieved what he set out to achieve but nowhere near the top 6 flicks on this here list)
9. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Not bad but too convoluted in unnecessary plot)
10. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Another tired 3rd installment, lets hope 4 in an improvement!)
11. Shorts (Obvious RR was having fun with his kids but not much on offer!)
11. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (Tie with Short for the exact same reason!)
12. Roadracers (Not a bad made for TV effort but that's all it is)
N/A Machete (Haven't seen it but will!!!!!)

Not adding Bedhead or The Misbehavers (Four Rooms instalment) as they're shorts and don't count. But for what they're worth they were fun little ditties!

Here's hoping he knocks Sin City 2 and Spy Kids 4 out of the park!!

Tell me your thoughts and pass judgement because that's the point of the exercise and I'm big enough!!

Even don't your list in the comment box below for comparisons!

Until then hail to the Trejo!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Making it?

I have started a new writing venture with a guy in Phoenix, Arizona and was discussing it with my brother when he said 'Man you'll be rich soon!'

This got me thinking about writing success and what is considered 'making it' and what would I consider more important.

The 2 main things to come out of selling scripts (not counting fame, groupies and ladies) would be money and pride of having your words materialise. Both could be considered to be ego driven but from different spectrum's.

So when I got off the phone I poured myself a water returned to the lounge room... oops back to the point. Off the phone I asked myself what would I prefer?

1) A crappy movie that made me $1,000,000.00 and $50,000 yearly in residuals.
2) A really quality film that critics loved and more importantly I loved but only made me $20k.

Well, Id be lying to say I'd hate the cool mill and selling out would haunt me. It wouldn't!! But you know what, a mill isn't going to be enough to retire on and would probably guarantee I never sell another script again. And most importantly I wouldn't have this DVD on my shelves that I would be proud for people to watch.

However the pride I would receive by having an 'indie' film produced that I believed was a good (hell maybe great) flick would give me such a greater satisfaction than a bank balance.

After this internal monologue I realised......

I don't care I'd just love to sell a script!!!!!!

So lets hope that this current treatment I'm writing pays some dividends!

Until then hail to the desert!