TV Opening Themes – Magnum, p.i.

It has been a while since I posted a good TV theme, so here is an eighties classic.

And here is the first theme… terrible!

From Wikipedia: The original theme music for the opening credits of the pilot episode was a mid-tempo jazzy piece by Ian Freebairn-Smith. This music was also used for the next nine regular episodes.

Beginning in Episode 12, it was replaced by a more uptempo theme typical of 1980s action series by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter with guitar by Larry Carlton. This theme had been used during the show and over the closing credits from Episode 8. A longer version of this second theme (“Theme from Magnum P.I.”, clocking in at 3:25) credited to Post was released as a 7″ single by Elektra Records in 1982 and featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year, peaking at No. 25 on 8 May 1982. This version also appeared on Post’s 1982 album Television Theme Songs.

Southpaw

Urgh, this is a terrible boxing movie, full of cliches and a terrible performance by Jake Gyllendeckthehalls who is gunning for a De Niro type performance but he just cannot get off the ropes.

Date watched: 24th September
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 57

This is how it’s done Jake:

Had to put this scene up to:

Classic:

Turn the Key Softly

This is a 1953 British film about three women released from prison at the same time, and follows them on their first few days back in society.

Joan Collins plays a sassy and street-wise character who has trouble not slipping back into crime, but is trying to go straight by marrying a chap who promised to marry her before she went to prison. Yvonne Mitchell plays a woman who was nicked for burglary after getting involved with a dashing fellow who was also a career criminal. And Kathleen Harrison (she died in 1995 aged 103) played a poor granny caught by the Bill for petty theft, and who adored her pet dog “Johnny”. Their stories are intertwined, with each woman having a different outcome at the end.

The acting is superb by all, and the story is told honestly and without melodrama, very British one might say.

Not much else to say really except that this was a very pleasant surprise of a film to find on YouTube.

Date watched: October 17th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 115

The poster does not really do the film justice, at all.

Moonlight

This is the Oscar winner, and is worthy of that title (it cartainly ticks all the Oscar winner boxes), about a young black man finding out his identity. It is the first film with an all black cast to win the best picture, as well as the first LGBT film.

Three actors play the character, from boyhood through to adult, and each one does an amazing job. So all good stuff, with a very satisfying end shot.

Date watched: 17th September
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 56

Passengers

Kind of interesting but gets boring then picks up towards the end even though it’s totally predictable, but it looks good and the actors are ace, especially Michael Sheen as an android. It does justify the nastiness which happens to Jennifer Lawrence’s character though, it pretty much says it’s OK to stalk people and ruin their lives, they will come around in the end. There has been quite a backlash to it’s creepy premise.

Laurence Fishburne got $20M for about 20 minutes of screen time. He took the money pill.

Date watched: 17th October
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2017: 55

Beatlemania

I have bought only four CDs recently, but unfortunately due to the spreadsheet record of my music collection not being complete I have doubled up on two of them.

I bought The Offspring’s “Splinter” album and Green Day’s “Bullet in a Bible” (a great live album) only to find out they are already sitting on my shelf. I keep a record of everything I buy, and when I go CD hunting I check whether I have an album or not, thanks to Google Sheets. I am bummed, but it will be fun giving those two CDs away to any of my university students who might like them.

I did not double-up on the following though:

¡Forward, Russia! – Life Processes

I have not listened to this yet, but I think it will be good. I first heard this band on the fantastic soundtrack of the game “Burnout Dominator” on PSP many years ago, along with a few other good bands like Billy Talent and Saosin.

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

James and I went to Book Off on Sunday and I was chuffed to find this for only 280 yen. “Yellow Submarine” is one of my all-time favourite songs, such a simple, sing-a-longable, and happy song in the history of happy songs. There are also some other great Beatles tracks as well.

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
I already have this on CD, but when I found it on vinyl I could not pass it up, especially as it is a Japanese pressing. It is in very good condition too. While I do have a turntable, it hooks up to my computer only, so one day when I get an amp, and large speakers I will be be able to appreciate it the way intended. Still, it is nice to look at the cover and admire the nice grooves.

Album count 2017: 103 (not including doubles)

Lone Survivor

Yet another ‘true ‘story’ film where not a lot of what you see on screen actually happened. Some Navy Seals go into Afghanistan (this is filmed in Mexico) to take out a Taliban leader. But the Seals get found out and pinned down in a bloody battle with 30-40 Taliban soldiers, cur war porn of the highest order. Slow motion deaths, bullets flying, blood spurting. One of my favourite bands (Explosions in the Sky) does the music, so that was nice to hear. But overall, the film was pretty crappy to watch.

Mark Mark stars, with Peter Berg directing, they both made the much better Deepwater Horizon.

Date watched: 6th October
Score: 4/10
Film count 2017: 54

Here’s the opening scene with real Navy Seals doing some training, they go at a bit hard: