Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Music and movies

Iron Maiden/ The Final Frontier
(Sorry, I've been sitting on this review for a couple of weeks.)
Has it really been 4 years since the last Iron Maiden album? Time flies when you are busy living life. I have had 2 kids in between Maiden albums. This album is much better than 2006's horrid A Matter of Life and Death. This album is better than the rest of the post-"reunion" (when Bruce Dickinson returned in 1999) albums, better than the Blaze Bayley-fronted albums...heck, I'll say it's even better than Somewhere In Time or Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
This album cover is the worst in their entire catalog! Cheesy and horrible, even my semi-repressed adolescent didn't like it. Fortunately, not every book is  judged by it's cover, because what we have here is a solid, middle-of-the-pack Iron Maiden album. There are 3 winners here (El Dorado, The Alchemist, and When the Wild Wind Blows) that stand up to anything that the band has ever done, 1 clunker (Sateliite 15... The Final Frontier), and the rest are merely decent. I give them huge props for having non-brickwalled, overly compressed mastering. Everything sounds natural and real. Another fine addition to their catalog.

The Last Exorcism
The first few minutes had me worried, with the herky-jerky handheld camera feel to it. This fortunately was phased out shortly into the film. I, like most of the moviegoing public, was mislead into believing that this was indeed a sequel of some sort to The Exorcist. In a way, I am glad that it wasn't, because it allowed for a story with characters that were self-aware without being self-deprecating. The first half or so of the movie plods along, and it seems to start to meander, when things finally kick in to gear. This is more suspense (true Horror, in my opinion) than the snuff porn that is the Saw movies. Kids brought up on those films and modern video games will likely be bored by the camera angle changes which can sometimes take 4 or even 5 seconds to change. I really enjoyed the ending, and waited to the end of the credits to see if there was anymore footage. There wasn't. A good, solid Horror film that plays off of the best (The Exorcist) and the worst (The Blair Witch Project).

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the movie too. It made me want to watch it again after the ending to see things that I might have missed.