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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Open Water 3, The Devil's Rain & The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson

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Having A Movie Moment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the first Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi. In this monthly column I’ll be reviewing recent Blu-ray and DVD releases. Everything in this column came out in the past four months. So without any further ado, let’s get to the movies:

Open Water 3Open Water 3: Cage Dive, Lionsgate
It's a shark movie. So let's face it, when it comes to jumps and scares, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. But sharks are such a primordial fear for all of us that this movie is still quite effective. Unlike the rest of Hollywood's CGI monsters, shark's are real and all of us know in the backs of our heads that at sometime in our lives we will be on or over the ocean and something like this could happen to us. That's why by the time people end up in the water we're rooting for them no matter how unlikable they are, because there but for the grace of god. The first half hour of the movie is insufferable because the main characters are totally annoying people from Laguna Beach. This is one of the tiresome chores of shark movies: you have to spend the first part of the movie getting to know the bait. These people were so annoying I was tempted to use the fast forward, but finally they ended up on a shark dive boat off the coast of Australia and the ball got rolling. And it got rolling fast. First there's some exciting shark cage footage and then everything goes bat shit crazy as the boat is hit by a rogue wave, and it capsizes and sinks. Then all the passengers and crew are in the water bobbing around with a bunch of blood, bait, and hungry great whites. That's when the fun starts and the scares and thrills never let up until the grim ending. This movie is essentially a remake of the first one except that instead of a married couple in the water, it's a three person love triangle. It's a simple formula but an effective one. At times, all the hand held video cam footage can make this feel like the Blair Witch Project gets eaten by sharks, but what the hell -- it's scary and fast moving and the great white scenes are quite realistic and effective.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 3 (Lucifer & Friends)

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October 13, 2010: Devil

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Secret Society of the Sonic Six live in Long Beach Fri 28th Dec.

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Final October Favorites

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APPY    ALL    HALLOWS    EVE


OK, so the day has finally arrived...All Hallows Eve...Devils Night...So my final three suggestions for listening pleasures this wicked evening are here as well...

First, I'll break ranks and suggest a compact disc.  Not just a compact disc but a compact disc single, CD5, whatever...In 1997, the visionaries @ K-Tel came up with the idea to release a novelty single for the Halloween season by none other than Chubby Checker...Maybe they had seen his half-time extravaganza with the Rockettes back in '88 and, that being pretty scary, they thought he could pull of the Halloween thing. The tracks- Doin' The Zombie, House of Horror, The Twist, & Screams From Beyond rival the Fat Boys collaboration on the scare-o-meter (of course none of these tracks come close to the Fat Boys collaboration that the Beach Boys did, or worse yet Mike Love's "Rock n Roll Again" LP where he helps butcher some older songs...check out "Walk Away Renee" by the Association, Midi/Yamaha DX7 frights from hell...anyhow I digress)




Next is an album I've selected purely for the cover. Don Shirley's "Orpheus in the Underworld" on Cadence Records, 1956...


Considering how polite and restrained Don's piano work is, his painting on the cover is quite surprising. Very wicked indeed.  A beautiful shellac original, in the future I will do a bit on Cadence Records. The label history is quite interesting and earlier releases such as this gives other labels known for their lavish packaging, such as Liberty and Atlantic, a run for their money...




Finally, we have "Barbara, the Grey Witch"...

Released sometime in the very early 70's on LA label DEA, this release bears similarities to the Louise Huebner classic in that there are incantations over crazed music and much 'feminist' power type talk.  I'm hoping that the Producer, Ed Hansen, is the same fellow who Directed Eroticize (the full nude workout VHS classic featuring Kitten Navidad, Phil do you have a copy?). My copy of this double LP has an axe mark (a little accident a couple of years ago) that makes one side unplayable, so I'll be accepting gifts of both Barbara and the Chubby Checker CD (as I only have a burn of that release). You can see where the axe hit the record on the front cover, below her left arm...I've got to go now,  enjoy your Samhain, however you must...




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