7 Brides For 7 Brothers - Nothing I love that a good musical where I know all the lyrics to all the songs. I appreciate the ludicrous nature of this hillbilly sing-a-long. When one of the girls has the name DORCUS, and everyone calls her that with a straight face, then I know I gots me a winner. I could have chosen to highlight The King and I or The Sound Of Music but those two films deserve posts all of their own. This one is not as famous but just as satisfying. It was the GLEE of it's day if that helps me sell it to you. This one also deserves a Broadway revival.
13th Warrior - If I HAVE to die in the 13th Century than it might as well happen while I am doing something important or foolishly brave. This scene near the final is one of many that show how perfectly the Muslim and Christian and Pagan religions can find common ground when faced with a common foe. There are great moments of humanity and brotherhood in this film but also great humor - a dark humor that comes from knowledge that you may die at any moment. I defy you to show me a greater movie KING that Bovine. Now before you say Aragorn I advise you to watch the clip again.
Streets of Fire - Everything about the 80s and movies in the 80s can be summed up by this film. Nothing is real but everything looks good. Everyone has a place and a role to play in this little rock and roll fable. Diane Lane has never been sexier and more vulnerable and Michael Pare is old time western cool as Cody. He was also in Eddie and the Cruisers, another fantastic movie from the same period. Love the soundtrack and think this one would be a huge hit if retrofitted for Broadway.
The Blood of Heroes - One of Rutger Hauer's lesser known gems. He and Joan Chen play gladiator athletes in a post apocalyptic wasteland. A game for dog skulls is a popular sport and if one is good enough and vicious enough, they can rise to the highest ranks of their society. Vincent D'Onofrio also has a strong part in a brutal but exciting anti-sport movie. This would make a good double bill with the original Death Race 2000.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.