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5)THE WHO 1982 SHEA STADIUM
As compiled by Alan Douglas and Peter Neal
Hardcover: 256 pages
Bloomberg’s 2013 release of Starting at Zero – His Own Story, is a unique, “posthumous autobiography” written, ostensibly, by Jimi Hendrix and compiled by filmmaker Peter Neal and record producer Alan Douglas. It is an inspiring textbook for deep Hendrix connoisseurs who appreciate the guitar legend and seek further insight into the workings of his incredible mind.
For those of us immersed in the music of that era – Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Cream, etc, especially the disciples focused mostly on Jimi, this is a scholarly, important document isolating Jimi’s thoughts with both the composer’s song lyrics as well as Hendrix’s own diary entries, correspondences, notes and other such written (or tape recorded) artifacts.
My first go at reading this 256 page collection was not easy, the richness of the book demanding a period of time for thoughtful exploration beyond a mere perusal, as different material is juxtaposed alongside other fragments, certainly a daunting task and actually quite an accomplishment.
Alan Douglas’s controversial re-production of unfinished works, or post-production or, in some cases – rearrangement, is important on one level, and on that level I am one of Douglas’s champions. Quite clearly – on another level – I am one of the harshest critics of some of the late producer’s work.
Starting at Zero is a masterful achievement for both Douglas and Neal, it fills in the blanks for anyone playing Sherlock Holmes with Hendrix’s beautiful and mysterious legacy, for anyone missing the fact that “the man’s mind was just on so many different levels, it’s amazing” Eddie Kramer states in the film Night Bird Flying (Behind the scenes) - see video http://tinyurl.com/nightbirdflyingdoc
The book brings you closer to Hendrix with staples like “Room Full of Mirrors” and “Voodoo Chile” taking on even more meaning as you read the words to the songs - and the complementary scribblings from the author. The additional information gives the music we’ve known and listened to decade after decade deeper meaning, giving the Jimi’s compositions more impact as well. The editors/co-authors align the subject matter in a planetary sort of fashion, all circling the sun – the memoir portions and other elements moving with their own identifiable gravity.
Post script: co-author/co-editor Peter Neal, according to the book’s official webpage “made the first-ever film about Jimi Hendrix, called Experience. Also known as Hear My Music Talking, it was the only one released during Jimi’s lifetime”
7)Man From U.N.C.L.E
Garrett Scott on Mercury - I'm gonna give you All My Love"
37)Led Zeppelin BLUEBERRY HILL
Jimmy Page plays Fats Domino
Now it isn’t hard to get it right. In Fantastic Four #56 after the battle with the “master of sound,” KLAW, Dr. Doom in Latveria is watching the herald of Galactus in a most dramatic scene:“Meanwhile, over in Europe, the Silver Surfer lands atop a mountain. A mysterious man watches from a castle, then starts making plans involving the Surfer...” http://www.comicvine.com/fantastic-four-56-klaw-the-murderous-master-of-sou/4000-8943/
Instead we get two very poor performances from Mile Teller, probably 27 years of age when he filmed this …and looking like he’s 17, Much better as Peter Hayes in the Divergent series, he has not the depth nor the look of obsessive/compulsive scientist Dr. Reed Richards. Michael B. Jordan, who appeared with Teller in the film That Awkward Moment, is beyond awkward here, the two actors are miscast and just terrible and drag the film down so hard that it can’t be retrieved.
Kate Mara was good in her first film, Random Hearts, and traveled through opposite worlds such as Brokeback Mountain and Transcendence. Here she is decent as Susan Storm, not outstanding, but certainly better than the comedy crew of Jordan and Teller. Poor Jaimie Bell, from 2005’s King Kong and terrific in 2011’s The Eagle – which could have been more of a gay classic than Brokeback Mountain had director Kevin MacDonald gotten away from the blood and gore Channing Tatum’s Marcus and Jaime Bell’s Esca despised each other because of the war that went on before both they were both born. At the end of the film it is obvious they have become a homosexual couple in the year 140 AD. Check out the alternate ending on the DVD “Marcus and Esca are then shown approaching Hadrian's Wall on foot and talking about their plans for the future.” Right.
Here Bell could have used Channing Tatum, Bell as Johnny Storm, Tatum as The Thing, Ben Grimm. It would have been a brilliant casting, but, you see, there appears to be an ulterior motive to 20th Century Fox dropping the ball.
Things are so skewed between Marvel Comics/Disney and 20th Century Fox that – purportedly – the comic book series was cancelled in April 2015 with FF #645 for multiple reasons, this being one of them: “That, as a result of Disney’s highest single shareholder and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter’s anger with Fox Studios over negotiations regarding the film-and-related rights to The Fantastic Four, that Marvel would cancel the Fantastic Four comic rather than provide any promotion, however small it might be, towards the Fox Studios film”
There was also the matter of slumping sales, due in no small part to the mishandling of the movies. This appears to be a high stakes game of “chicken” with the film company willing to take a bath by creating this terrible new film in order to stick it back at Marvel…and probably hope Marvel pays them off to get the rights to the film and all its characters back.
The End of the Fantastic Four?
Of course heroes always get resurrected, but look at the hype on Comicbook.com:
This is the end of the Fantastic Four – 4ever! Be there when the most controversial Fantastic Four story concludes in the extra-sized FANTASTIC FOUR #645! http://comicbook.com/2015/04/03/fantastic-four-645-first-look-the-end-is-fourever/
My take as a film critic and long-time fan of the FF starting with the comic book when it was numbering in the 30s (it went up to 645! – as noted above) – nothing this bad could be made in today’s climate without it being some kind of negotiation tactic. The script is awful, the directing pedestrian, some of the acting banal bordering on inept, but some excellent special effects.
The critics at the screening in Boston were bashing the film loudly, sales reflect a unanimous opinion that this is a bigger turkey than the previous three Fantastic Four outings, from 1994 to earlier in the 2000’s.
Could the film have been saved? Of course it could have, somewhat. With marketing geniuses and plenty of great editors walking the planet this was intentional self-sabotage, part of a ploy to see how much bang 20th Century can get for the rights it holds to the Greatest Comic Magazine in the World.
“Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)-owned Marvel Studios has clawed back the film rights to a handful of heroes in recent years. After a spectacular flop at the box office last weekend, speculation is rampant that the Fantastic Four could return to its Marvel roots.
Duh! Ya think?
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