Asher’s Cult Film Watchlist Part 2

Hello fellow Cult Film Fans! It’s time for another film-based post! A couple of months ago, I discussed some Cult Films that I would like to see. I had a ton of fun doing that post, so I decided to make a second part to it. I’d love to hear some suggestions from you guys, so be sure to leave some in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Release Date: August 10th 1984 Rated: PG Runtime: 1h 43 min Genres: Comedy, Adventure, Romance Directed by: W.D. Richter Written by: Earl Mac Rauch Produced by: Sidney Beckerman Starring: John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum  

Short Summary: This film, aside from its incredibly long name, is a pure 80’s Sci-Fi satire. The movies tells the story of Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), a mad scientist/Neurosurgeon/Rock Star and his equally unique teammates. When an alien race from the 8th Dimension threatens to conquer Earth, Banzai and his friends must suit up for battle in order to save the world from total destruction. The script is chalk full of hilarious dialogue and unpredictability. This alone makes this film right up my alley. Also, it has an all star cast, and it’s always enjoyable to see Goldblum chew the scenery. I will definitely seek this movie out if I can find it. 

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  • Pan’s Labyrinth Release Date: January 19th, 2007 (In USA) (2006) internationally Rated: R for language and graphic violence. Genres: War, Drama, Fantasy Directed/Written by: Guillermo del Toro  Starring: Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones Runtime: 1h 58 min Language: Spanish  

Short Summary: Pan’s Labyrinth is a terrifying and beautiful film by one of the godfathers of Horror, Guillermo del Toro. The film takes place in Spain during World War II and tells the story of Ophelia (Baquero), a young girl who lives in the midst of the battle with her pregnant Mother and ruthless Stepfather. Ophelia loves fairy tales, and runs into a fairy, and this is where her adventure begins. The creatures believe her to be a princess, and have information about her estranged Father. She’s asked to complete three horrific tasks, and if she even fails one, she’ll never see her Father again. This film immediately intrigued me upon seeing some of the grotesquely beautiful characters. I have yet to watch a del Toro film, and I believe that this one might be my gateway drug into his incredibly unique stories. Expect a HUGE review after I see this film.

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Awesome Music Tropes

Hello everyone! I’m finally back from my vacation to the Electric Forest. It was a fantastic time, and expect a full post on it later. This particular post will be going over some incredibly fascinating tropes found in music. Now, let’s begin!

  • Air Guitar: One of the most well known tropes in existence , as it has been used in nearly every form of media. It occurs when a character mimics playing a guitar with their hands. This is usually done in private and can be used for comedic effect. Some examples of this include; In an episode of Scrubs, the janitor decides to form an air band with many of the main characters. They play to the tune of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling“, and it’s equally awesome and pathetic! Next, we have the crazy inscrutable Pyro of Team Fortress 2. Many of its taunts include it playing the flamethrower like a guitar with an awesome metal riff cascading off of it. Lastly, there’s Klavier from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. This incredibly awesome character tends to play one during the cases, and it’s accompanied by a rocking soundtrack.

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  • Lyrical TicAnother extremely common trope in music. This one is a particular musician’s signature style of singing. Some examples include; James Brown’s signature grunts, whoas, oohs, and ows. Michael Jackson’s crotch grabbing whoo!, Chamone!, and Hoooo! Lastly, we have Dexter Holland’s yeahs!

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

El Dorado (SkyWorld) by Two Steps From Hell from the album: “Skyworld” Released: October 25th, 2012 Genres: Epic, Orchestral, Film, Neo-classical

It’s been a very long time since my last Jukebox, but I’m back and ready for action! This particular piece by the insanely talented music group, Two Steps From Hell, will blow your socks off! I’ve loved this group for many years, and never get tired of listening to their epic music. This song starts out with some intense violins and other string instruments. The entire piece has a very Middle Eastern feel to it, and you can imagine hearing it in some lavish party. The strings go on until about the 90 second mark, and then the drop comes in, and we are hit with a bazooka blast of raw musical power. A chorus of horns starts up, and thunderous drums annunciate the end of each note. Upon hearing this for this first time, my entire body became covered in goosebumps and tears of pure jubilation cascaded down my face. Next, a beautiful operatic voice fills the air and carries the piece till its eventual end. I would love to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below. Also, I’m thinking of starting up a new Jukebox for epic orchestral music, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day.

More Delicious Foods From Around the World (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means!  Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Shakshouka is a savory dish that comes from Algeria. It’s made with poached eggs, chili, tomato sauce, onions, chili sauce, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cumin, and paprika. It’s also quite popular in Israel, where it’s eaten as an evening meal.

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  • Makroudh is a sweet that comes from Mahghreb. It’s made from semolina and flour. The pastry is then filled with a variety of substances, like figs, or almond paste.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 184

Hurt by Johnny Cash March 2003 From The Album: “American IV: The Man Comes Around” Genres: Acoustic Rock, Country, Alternative

This emotional piece was created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Cash’s cover of the song moved Reznor so deeply, that it almost seemed like Cash’s version was the original. The song literally brings me to tears every time I hear it, and the lyrics pierce the soul like an emotional arrow. It also is important to know that this was one of Cash’s last songs, as he died months later. In the video, you can tell that Cash’s health is dwindling, but his deep and crooning voice shines out like a last hurrah. His excellent guitar skills are also absolutely beautiful in this song. The video also shows Cash at his prime, and tells his life story. Some of the lyrics really hit hard for me, and I’ll discuss some of them now. “Everyone I know goes away in the end”. This is extremely deep, and basically means that everyone will die at some time, and nobody’s immortal. The chorus also seems like a plea of desperation and demise, which gives the listener a shocking truth about the fragility of human life. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Asher Recommends (Every Month)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a new topic! Every month, I will be discussing one of my influences on creating this blog in the first place. Now, let’s get started with the blog, Thirsty Dudes. 

Thirsty Dudes is a drink blog that was created in 2009 by Mike Literman, Jason Draper, and Derek Neuland. Each drink reviewer has a unique style, and the reviews range from text-based, to video. There are also many categories of drinks on the site, my favorite being Other/Weird, Energy Drinks, Jelly, and Chunky. The drinks are rated on a 1-5 bottle scale, with 1 being revolting, and 5 being sublime. I first came across the blog after trying a strange Bird’s Nest drink from Chinatown, and the rest is history! I highly recommend checking the blog out, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Eco Atlas by Alex Grey (2017) Mediums: Spiritual and Psychedelic art

This impressive work was created by “Psychedelic Artist”, Alex Grey. Grey is incredibly popular in the music industry for providing art work for many album covers, including Lateralus (Tool), Untying the Not (The String Cheese Incident), and III Communication (The Beastie Boys). His work reminds me a bit of Larry Carlson’s but with its own unique twist. This specific painting absolutely blew me away when I first locked eyes upon in. It depicts a transparent humanoid with its rib cage, nerves, and brain visible. Grey adds heavy detail to each of these areas, which really makes it stand out. The humanoid is holding up what appears to be the Earth, and has a determined expression on its face. The Earth is anything but normal, as it’s covered with eyes that follow your every move. The work is covered in a very misty blue that gives it a mysterious vibe. I also adore the blend of realism with the Earth, and surrealism with the trippy designs. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • La lumiere, la solitude by Yves Tanguy (1940) oil on canvas

This is a beautiful work by “French Surrealist”, Tanguy. It depicts a gorgeous, rainbow sky with a multicolored ground. Placed on said ground are a variety of different sculptures. The sculptures all appear to be connected by a razor-thin wire, and some are shaped like pieces of candy. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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