The Chats never let us down.
Also Sprach Zarathustra
This Seems Like A Spoof
… but I think it’s real.
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer needs to be in that law firm too.
Duel of the Fates
The Obi-Wan trailer reminds me of how great Duel of the Fates is.
It sets the perfect tone for the cinematic climax of Phantom Menace. Nothing to that point in Star Wars was choral, which set it apart even more.
I had no idea what they were saying, or if it was a made-up language. It just sounded cool.
“The great sword fight at the end of the film – the decision to make that choral was just the result of my thinking that it should have a ritualistic or quasi-religious feeling, and the introduction of a chorus might be just the thing. … [T]he medium of chorus and orchestra would give us a sense that we’re in a big temple.”
The words originated in the medieval Welsh poem Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees). The text was translated into English by Robert Graves, and published in 1948 as part of The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth.
John Williams selected lines 32-35:
under the tongue root
a fight most dread,
and another raging
behind in the head
Williams had it translated into a variety of languages, eventually selecting Sanskrit “because of the quality of the vowels.”
Korah Matah Korah Rahtahmah
Korah Rahtamah Yoodhah Korah
Korah Syahdho Rahtahmah Daanyah
Korah Keelah Daanyah
In honor of Len Zefflin week, enjoy this gem from the early internets.
I think I liked the song better after finding this. I’m sure it’s what they pictured when they wrote it.
Now They Tell Us
And of course there’s this. Oy.
This One Slipped By Me
HBO documentary about a church/weight loss craze in my neighborhood, gone horribly wrong.
No idea where the story goes with this, but I’m in.
For the Sophisticated Bastard
I had never seen a single episode of this show, and didn’t know much about it when some friends dragged me to the first movie.
It was glorious, I was crying within ten minutes, and felt like I got a workout from laughing so hard.
New Kung Fu
News to me:
In the ’70s, martial arts legend Bruce Lee pitched a series to Warner Bros. called The Warrior — centered on a Chinese martial artist traveling across America’s Old West. Ultimately, Warner Bros. rejected Lee’s pitch because it didn’t think audiences would tune into a Chinese-led television show. However, one year later, Warner Bros. launched Kung Fu, casting a white male lead (David Carradine) with no kung fu experience in a story that resembled Lee’s initial pitch.
The reboot is hoped to honor Lee’s legacy.