Tossing Salt Presents:
5 Questions – Movies
February 25, 2019
It’s time for “5 Questions” and this one is all about the silver screen and Hollywood movies. The first three questions were sent to me a few weeks ago by Kevin. The final two came from David. My apologies for the delay in answering. I’ve been slack. But here we are now and it’s time to get busy. Let’s do this…
What are your favorite Elvis movies?
Surprisingly, I I haven’t watched that many Elvis movies. I like his music and respect his talents as a singer, but as an actor, he just never really impressed me all that much. I do remember seeing the “Jailhouse Rock” movie and I have the DVD around here somewhere and what was the other? “Blue Hawaii”, I think it was. That wasn’t bad either. The movie I would have liked to see Elvis in, but never happened was one that Sammy Davis Jr. talked about in his book, “Why Me?”. A script was presented to Elvis and Sammy that would have had them playing two prisoners escaped from a “chain gang” and handcuffed together. A white man from the South and Black Man from the north forced to depend upon each other to survive and this was in the 1960’s so it would have been a great movie for both men and really pushed a few buttons. Sammy said that Elvis wanted to do it and Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’s manager, put the kibosh on the deal, saying that Elvis couldn’t.
What are your top 5 movies about being in a rock band?
“Rock Star” starring Mark Wahlberg is definitely one of my favorites. “The Commitments” is another one with a great cast and one hell of a fantastic soundtrack. Would “The Blues Brother” and “The Blues Brothers 2000” count as one movie or two? Two great movies with some great music to be sure. I’ll count them as 1 movie. “Walk The Line” is more of a bio about Johnny Cash then a “rock band” movie, but I watched part of it the other day and it’s really damn good. And for the fifth and final, I’ll go with the very recently released “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the bio-pic about Queen front-man Freddie Mercury. And a honorable mention goes to “Monster Dog”, starring Alice Cooper. It’s not really about a band, but Alice plays a rock star named Vince and that’s close enough for me.
What are your bottom 5 movies that you watched all the way through?
Five really bad movies that I’ve watched completely? That’s hard because usually if it’s really, really bad and not a good kind of bad, but just stupid and lousy bad, I’ll click it off and walk out or find something else. But there are a few. “Freddy Got Fingered”, the Tom Green classic is one I’ve seen repeatedly just to remind myself that that even my warped sense of humor has limits. “The Garbage Pail Kid’s Movie” was one that was really lousy, but I watched anyone and would not suggest to anyone else to waste their time with. “It’s Pat”, the movie based off the recurring Saturday Night Live character who’s gender is anyone’s guess was as lousy as one might think, but I had spent my dollar at the video store and refused to quit before it was over. The most recent “Ghostbusters” starring the all woman cast a couple of years ago was a major letdown in many ways, but I was at the theater with my bro and his mini-me so we watched it all from start to finish. And for my fifth, I’ll go with a movie that I actually spoke about while doing a podcast with the folks at SMF Cyberspace (check them out on YouTube and at http://www.SMFCyberspace.com) about lost and forgotten movie gems called “120 Days of Sodom”. And this movie wasn’t really bad as just sickening and disturbing. It’s totally in Italian so that was one strike against it right there as you have to use close caption and subtitles to know what they’re saying. But the torture and sadism and images from this movie, it’s something you can’t just turn away from or quit watching, but it’s so disturbing and twisted at the same time. This movie has been banned in several countries and I can understand why. I’m sure that the actors and actresses that took part in this movie probably had nightmares for years afterwards and hell, I’ve had some pretty disturbing dreams myself after watching this one. It’s borderline genius and so damn good that it draws you in and makes you a part of that really scary and twisted world, but at the same time, you don’t want to be there and can’t help but be sickened by what’s happening on that screen. It’s terrible and great all at the same time and if you ever do watch it, do so at your own risk. You’ve been warned.
What are your top 5 favorite movie soundtracks?
The ones that immediately come to mind would be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” soundtrack, “The Lost Boys” soundtrack, the soundtrack to “Hairspray”,
the tracks for the movie “Dirty Dancing” and the two soundtracks released for “The Commitments”. Honorable mention also goes to the soundtracks for the movies “Rent!”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. “Hair”, “Shock Treatment” and the movie, “Interview With A Vampire”.
What upcoming movies are you most looking forward to?
Of course the MCU movies “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” are most definitely at the top of my must-see list as is the upcoming X-Men movie about “Dark Phoenix”. I’ve heard that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have finally started production on a third “Bill & Ted” movie so that’s on my list as well. And the released this past Friday movie “Fighting With My Family” about WWE Superstar Paige is one that I plan on watching as soon as I can.
And there you go. My thanks to Kevin for those questions and again, my apologies for taking so long. And thanks to David as well. Any questions, comments or thoughts, please drop me a line and let me know what’s up. Thank you for reading. And with that, I’m out of here. I have a “Wrestling Q&A” to write as well as a new fic story to work on so time is short. Have a great night and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care.