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Jun. 30th, 2030 08:31 pm
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
I don't always get around to saying things that other people think are important to know.

So, this post is for you to ask a question. I'll answer truthfully, but I won't guarantee helpfully or completely.
skjam: Horrific mummy-man. (Neighbors)
Carnival of Souls (1962) directed by Herk Harvey!

The April challenge starts with this relatively obscure horror film, which I have to say provides some genuine creepy moments.

Recently graduated organ major Mary is the only survivor when the car she's in loses a drag race by careening off a bridge into a Kansas river. She's clearly traumatized, and doesn't remember how she got out alive. But no time for therapy or even checking in with her parents. Mary's been recruited straight out of college to serve as church organist for the second-biggest church in an Utah city. (The denomination is never said, but isn't Mormon.)

On the way, Mary begins having moments when she can't hear any sound, and a mysterious figure (played by Herk Harvey) starts showing up in reflective surfaces, and then in physical space. No one else sees this person, and when the silent moments happen, no one can hear or see Mary either. (Notably, she doesn't try just touching anyone during these sequences.) She also feels drawn to an abandoned carnival pavilion a few miles out of town.

The local doctor suggests that Mary's imagination is playing tricks on her, but the audience has seen the mysterious figure when Mary isn't looking at him, so there's some questions there.

I especially like the music direction--even when Mary's not playing the organ herself, creepy organ music dominates the soundtrack.

Mary appears to be on the aromantic/asexual side, though she cannot recall if this was always the case. This gets her some hassle from neighbor Mr. Lyman, who is not good at reading women's signals, and pushy when it comes to wooing Mary. Only "this chick be crazy" finally gets him to back off. More of an issue with her job is that Mary is areligious--she just likes playing the organ and the church will pay her.

This is not a movie for people who like explanations. We see what may be a partial explanation, but it just raises more questions.

The acting is wooden in places (with Mary this may be intentional.)

Overall, if you like movies that are confident in themselves enough to explain nothing, this would be a good match for you.
skjam: Skyler Sands as a UNIT soldier (Unit)
Hi Folks!

This is a list of movies I've had lying around for ages and never got around to watching, so I am participating in the CHUD Challenge. A member of the CHUD Buddies community will be picking four of these movies for me to watch during April, and post reviews of same.

The Ape (1940) dir. William Nigh
Blackmail (1929) dir. Alfred Hitchcock (3)
Carnival of Souls (1962) dir. Herk Harvey (1)
Chamber of Horrors (1940) dir. Norman Lee
Champagne (1928) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008) dir. Phyllida Lloyd (2)
Return of the Evil Fox (1991) dir. George Leung (4)
Tales from the East (unknown) dir. Manfred Wong
Tarzan and the Trappers (1958) dir. Charles F. Haas
Tarzan the Fearless (1933) dir. Robert F. Hill

Why, yes, most of these are from discount bins, why do you ask?
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
Hi again everyone!

I'm a science fiction, comics and anime fan of middle years who's been participating in Holiday Wishes for quite a long time.

I got a new job in January, and it became full time in July. Health scares and a sharp increase in rent have kept me from feeling financially safe though.

I am a grunkle now, with a new grandniece this year.

on to the list!

1. Consider donating to clean water causes, such as Flint and the other cities with poisoned drinking water, and the various pipeline protests.
2. My review blog SKJAM! Reviews could use some more social media shares. Please visit at http://www.skjam.com to find a post that interests you, then share it on your favorite platform. I'd like to turn this into a paying gig.
3. Music mixes! I prefer CDs, but can now download from legal sharing sites. If you want to personalize a mix, ask about my current fandoms.
4. I have an Amazon wish list. Gently used is a-ok for books! (So glad they fixed the sorting.)
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3TV5UMA84N51R?type=wishlist&filter=unpurchased&sort=price-asc
5. Fanfic for any of my fandoms; does not have to be exclusive to me, but I'd like to be the first to see it. I'm especially interested in My Hero Academia crossovers (not fusions) with American superhero comics. If you're not sure about my fandoms, please ask! Related: fanfic trading communities as all the ones I knew have died.
6. International or local specialty candy! I have no known allergies.
7. I have a Tumblr, under the code name SKJAM. Check it out, see if you like it, friend me maybe.
8. Fun ankle socks! They need to be able to go over compression stockings, so shoe size 11-12 or up.
9. An invitation to another Traveling Book Project.
10. The energy to exercise more.

Here's details on my holiday mix CD for 2018! https://skjam.livejournal.com/226247.html
Have a happy holiday season!
skjam: (Communications)
It is that time of year again, when I send mix CDs to people who like music. This year, the mix honors Stan Lee, creator of beloved Marvel Comics character Stan Lee.

STAN THE MAN

1. "Samson and Delilah"--The Barry Sisters & Jan Bart: Stan was born Stanley Leiber, so here's a song he might have heard on Yiddish radio back in the 1930s, about a proto-superhero.
2. "Rose Garden"--Lynn Anderson: Stan was nearly forty years old when he finally got to write a superhero comic he'd actually want to read as an adult, and hit on the Marvel Comics formula.
3. "Mon Super Heros"--AM: The Fantastic Four, the first heroes with clashing personalities and character arcs in superhero comics.
4. "Spider-Man TV Theme"--Ramones: Spider-Man, a teen hero who wasn't a sidekick!
5. "Fury of the Storm"--Dragonforce: Thor, god of thunder!
6. "Man of Constant Sorrow"--Osaka Popstar: The Hulk, man and monster in one!
7. "Steel Angel"--Steel Angel Kurumi soundtrack: Iron Man, the millionaire with an artificial heart!
8. "I Will Not Stand Alone"--Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard: And there came a time when Earth's Mightiest Heroes stood together to defeat dangers no single hero could withstand...and they became the Avengers!
9. "Magic Music: March of the Toreadors"--Violinist of Hameln OST: Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme.
10. "Monsters & Angels"--Voice of the Beehive: The mutant X-Men, when Stan got tired of coming up with new secret origins, and just went with mutants who were "born that way."
11. "Invisible Woman"--Celena Rae: Stan and his collaborators weren't that hot at coming up with effective female characters but got better at it over the years, and character development improved matters.
12. "Legendary Hero"--Yuji Yoshino: And many other heroes over the decades, an entire Marvel Universe.
13. "Skullcrusher Mountain"--Jonathan Coulton: Let's not forget the villains! Whether they were scientific masterminds...
14. "Loki's Song"--Justin Eiler: ...mythological gods...
15. "May All the Fools Before Us Be Destroyed By the Power You and I Possess""--Slayers the Movie soundtrack: ...or evil wizards...
16. "The Red Invasion"--The K-Pers: ...Communists, aliens or Communists disguised as aliens (surprisingly common in the early days)...
17. "Seeking Power"--Final Fantasy XII soundtrack: ...or just ordinary crooks, Stan had a gift for memorable bad guys.
18. "Protectors of the Earth"--Two Steps from Hell: But we knew in the end, the good guys would step up and win the battle, even if not always neatly, or getting the full credit.
19. "Pep, Vim and Verve"--Andy Paley/Jeff Vincent: Stan Lee had his faults, but he was always full of boundless enthusiasm for his product and its spinoffs.
20. "Human Freedom"--The James Connolly Songs of Human Freedom Band: And Stan believed that Marvel Comics had no place for bigotry.
21. "Passage of Time"--Alan Silvestri: And so we bid Stan Lee farewell...at least until the clone is ready.

Your thoughts, comments and Stan Lee tributes?
skjam: (Communications)
For those waiting for their mix CDs--I got hit by the latest ITunes update, wasted several blanks trying to figure out what was wrong.

Should be to you by New Year's Day. Probably.
skjam: (Jazz)
It's the time of year for my annual Mix CD that I send out to the gifting communities like Holiday Wishes.

This year, my mix is based on the new Justice League movie. I enjoyed it, and it's fairly easy to structure a mix around.

WARNING: There are mild spoilers for the Justice League movie ahead.

Come Together: A Justice League Mix

1. "Ain't No Sunshine"--Soul Fantastics. Superman is dead.
2. "Redemption Day"--Johnny Cash. Times are dark indeed, but there remains a small sliver of hope.
3. "Batman"--Movie Soundtrack. Batman is still active.
4. "Brave"--Sara Bareilles. Wonder Woman is operating publicly for the first time in years.
5. "Battle On!"--TOME. Steppenwolf arrives to collect the Mother Boxes.
6. "Underwater"--Mary's Danish. Time to recruit more heroes, like Aquaman.
7. "There's No Holding Me"--Margery & Sheldon Harnick. And the Flash!
8. "Theoretical"--Beatdrop. And Cyborg!
9. "Unstoppable"--The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Not yet a team, the group faces Steppenwolf and barely survives.
10. "Super Strength"--Two Steps from Hell. Wouldn't it be nice if we had Superman back? Uh, maybe we should have thought this through a bit more.
11. "Smallville Pastorale"--Rudy Schrager. Good thing Lois Lane exists.
12. "Virtual Star Embrology"--Kikuko Inoue. Steppenwolf begins the final stage of his plan.
13. "Sabre Dance"--Woody Herman and His Orchestra. Fight time!
14. "A Showdown! AI Chariot"--Hikaru Nanase. More battle music.
15. "Successful Mission"--Yoko Ishida. The Earth is not destroyed.
16. "Rebuilding the Farm"--Graham Leathers. Hope is restored, and for now there is peace.
17. "Prologue"--Anthony Warlow. But some people have very different ideas of the proper balance of things...

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
skjam: (Communications)
Short version: I'm being forced to move again. I've found a new place to go, but need to raise funds to do so.

Long version, see here: http://www.skjam.com/2017/09/05/open-thread-housing-situation-update/
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
Stay safe!
skjam: (Communications)
Thanks to all who donated to the fundraiser!

Going dark until the phone company gets around to hooking me back up.
skjam: (forgotten)
As mentioned in my previous post, I am being forced to vacate my apartment. Unfortunately, the one place I have found that might be doable requires a whopping deposit up front, so I have finally broken down and put up a Gofundme. Please consider sharing it with others!

https://www.gofundme.com/229z4ez8
skjam: (angry)
The new management of my apartment building has decided that the place is too far gone for piecemeal solutions, and has decided to renovate the entire complex, which means that all the tenants are being kicked out by the end of September. As I am a low-paid temp with no car, my options for new places are limited.

I have a possibility, which is smaller, more expensive and further from downtown--but I have to pass a background check.
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)


I am 55 today!
skjam: (Jazz)
It's that time of year again, so I have compiled a new playlist for the mix CDs I send out to lucky people.

STAY WARM

1. "Me Make Fire"--Paul & Storm (Og makes fire!)
2. "Fire"--Pointer Sisters
3. "Burning Down the House"--Tom Jones
4. "Bolero of Fire"--Hylian Ensemble
5. "Fire in the Sky"--Kristoph Klover
6. "Horizon Flame"--Allison Moyet
7. "Fire Nation"--Two Steps from Hell
8. "Chariots of Fire"--Carlos Quinche (panflute!)
9. "Mellow Candle"--Weiss Kreus
10. "Burning Chase"--Yuji Yoshino
11. "Firework"--Katy Perry
12. "Light My Fire"--The Doors
13. "Hay Burner"--West Bank School of Music
14. "Flaming Star"--Elvis Presley
15. "Meditation in a Candle's Glow"--Reuben Correa
16. "Vamo' Alla Flamenco"--Nobuo Uematsu (There's some dispute as to whether "flamenco" actually refers to fire.)
17. "You Get to Burning"--Yoko Ishida (When it comes to fire, sometimes we're Og, but too often we are Ookook.)

Your thoughts and comments?
skjam: created by djinn (Bottomless)
Hi folks!

It's been quite a while, but I hope some of you are still reading Livejournal.

Today we look at the books Goodreads has recommended to me based on books I've read from authors with a B in their name.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin HIcks
Almuric by Robert E. Howard
Astonishing X-Men Trilogy Collection by Joss Whedon

Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola
Big Questions #1 by Anders Nilsen
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard

The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

East of West #1 by Jonathan Hickman
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Land That Time Forgot by Russ Manning

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At by Daniel Kibblesmith

The Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith

The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Many Moons by James Thurber
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jannson
Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
Northlanders, Vol. 1: Sven the Returned by Brian Wood

Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell

Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin

Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition by Shane Lacy Hensley
Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit by Wayne F. Hill
Sleeper, Vol. 1: Out in the Cold by Ed Brubaker
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Spider-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem
Stumptown, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Surrender None by Elizabeth Moon

The Terro-Human Future History Omnibus by H. Beam Piper
They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton
The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Who is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmondson

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

And now, the authors who inspired this list, in order of times cited:

Chris A. Bolton-7

Cece Bell-6

Edgar Rice Burroughs-5

Alfred Bester-4
Terry Brooks-4
Jeffrey Brown-4
John Brunner-4

L. Frank Baum-3
Kate Beaton-3
Anthony Bourdain-3
Ray Bradbury-3
Lois McMaster Bujold-3
Cullen Bunn-3
John Bunyan-3

Zac Bissonnette-2
James Blish-2
Deborah Blum-2

Brian Michael Bendis
T. Martin Bennett
Jason Bulmahn
Virginia Lee Burton
Kurt Busiek


As always, let me know if you've read any of these books or heard interesting buzz, or you're puzzled as to who this Chris A. Bolton buy is.
SKJAM!
http://www.skjam.com
skjam: (Communications)
I changed my mind and decided that this year's holiday mix CD will be a tribute to the recently departed Glen A. Larson, who brought the young me such entertainment as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Knight Rider." The tracks relate to the shows he was involved with in tangential ways; see if you can guess which one is which.

BY YOUR COMMAND: A TRIBUTE TO GLEN A. LARSON

1. After the Fall--Two Steps from Hell
2. Theme from Lupin III '97--OST
3. Let's All Help the Cowboys--Cowboy Jack Clement & Pam Tillis
4. The Virginian--OST
5. Forever Fugitives--Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack
6. Fighting--Maurice White & Bill Meyers
7. I Got a Woman--Jimmy Smith
8. I Will Not Stand Alone--Kayhan Kallor & Ali Bahrami Fard
9. Corpse in the Rafters--Robert O Ragland
10. Brothers--Nostromo Pilots
11. Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Star Blazers)--Maria Kawamura
12. Cardboard King--The Martin Harley Band
13. The NBC Mystery Movie--OST
14. Escape in the Truck--Mary Beth Magallanes
15. Limpin Gobbler/Crippled Turkey--Sean Orr
16. As Time Goes By--Rudy Vallee
17. Across the Sea--Ho'oheno
18. Hawaii 5-0--Sammy Davis, Jr.
19. Mon Super Heros--AM
20. Dragon Knight--Yasunori Mitsuda
21. All Along the Watchtower--Eliades Ochoa
22. I'll Fly Away/I Saw the Light--Joe Bethancourt

Not surprisingly, several of these are themselves television show themes.

Your thoughts, comments or favorite Glen A. Larson show memories?
SKJAM!
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
It's almost time to send out my yearly mix CDs for the holiday season.

This year I've decided to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of World War One. Any suggestions for what songs would fit? (They do not need to be period songs or about WWI, but if not, feel free to explain why they're relevant.)

Work is busy.
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
My interview last week paid off, and I am looking at a long-term temp to hire!
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
No word from the temp agencies, and my savings give out this month. Might be able to pay one month's rent by selling comics collection, but that only works once.

Will be redoubling efforts to find job.

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