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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: Paul McCartney and SPIES LIKE US

Paul McCartney’s “Spies Like Us” from Spies Like Us Released in December of 1985, the John Landis-directed Cold War comedy Spies Like Us is one of those movies that those of us of a certain age have likely seen dozens of times, thanks to a regular rotation on HBO. It’s basically a modern update of the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope road movies from the ’40s and ’50s, wherein two guys end up having to pretend they’re someone they’re not as they get lost in some far-off foreign land. I fucking love this movie. While most folks remember it for the perfectly-delivered,
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Cine-Ween: Jillian Rae’s Rob Zombie-inspired video for ‘Buried Alive’ (PREMIERE)

We were big fans of Jillian Rae’s LP, I can’t be the one you want me to be, when it came out earlier this year, so it’s really exciting to premiere her Rob Zombie-inspired video for the album’s track, “Buried Alive” as part of our Cine-Ween coverage. As Jillian says: “‘Buried Alive’ is basically the product of what happens when my bottled-up stress, empathy, and anxiety exploded… all over my voice memos in a 4am insomnia-based writing session. This whole record has underlying themes of dealing with anxiety, mental health issues, staying sane, the quest of finding balance, and ultimately
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: The Smithereens and TIMECOP

The Smithereens’ “Time Won’t Let Me” from Timecop Is it wrong to consider Timecop the last really enjoyable Jean-Claude Van Damme movie? Aside from JCVD, I mean. That opening scene, with the Civil War soldiers and the dude with two machine guns, is arguably one of the greater cold opens in action films, but I digress. Timecop was the end of a string of movies which positioned the Muscles from Brussels as the action hero of the early ’90s. Starting with 1988’s Bloodsport, then on through Cyborg, Kickboxer, Lionheart, Death Warrant, Double Impact, teaming up with Dolph Lundgren in Universal
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: Guns N’ Roses and TERMINATOR 2

Guns N’ Roses’ “You Could Be Mine” from Terminator 2: Judgment Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3xhgbyMqs When Terminator 2: Judgment Day came out in the summer of 1991, I did not see it in the theater. My mom dropped my brother and I off at the theater some afternoon, and while my brother saw T2, I went to see The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, and then killed time at the comic shop down the street during the remaining hour between when my movie let out and his did. This is really strange, because I’d buy the novelization and try to collect
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Annie Lennox & Al Green & SCROOGED

“Put A Little Love in Your Heart,” by Annie Lennox & Al Green, from Scrooged 1988’s Scrooged always seems to get shunted to the side when we’re talking Christmas genre movies. Black Christmas and Gremlins always get the horror nods, in addition to Santa slashers like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Christmas Evil. The action advent selections are always Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, with maybe I Come In Peace for the heads. Romantic and family movies abound, obviously. However, with the exception of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, comedies with an acknowledgement of how awfully stressful the holidays can be —
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: John Williams and The Phantom Menace

“Duel of the Fates” by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra from Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace The Phantom Menace was released the day I finished my sophomore year of college. Thanks to some amazing friends who sat in line for weeks, I was able to snag a ticket to the midnight screening in the biggest theater in Kansas City. I moved all of my stuff out of the dorms, drove it home, took it into my parents’ house, and then drove to sit in line for seven hours, in order to secure a seat. It’s
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