A Song To Make ANYONE Smile: Dedication Edition: “THE BUG” by DIRE STRAITS (1991)

The Single Album Release OfTHE BUG By DIRE STRAITS

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Well, It’s A Strange Old Game…

…You Learn It Slow…

…One Step Forward And It’s Back To Go…

…You’re Standing On The Throttle…

…You’re Standing On The Breaks…

…In The Groove ’til You Make A Mistake…

… … …

…Sometimes You’re The Windshield…

…Sometimes You’re The Bug…

…Sometimes It All Comes Together, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re A Fool In Love…

…Sometimes You’re The Louisville Slugger, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re The Ball…

…Sometimes It All Comes Together, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re Going To Lose It All…

… … …

…Groovy…

… … …

…You Gotta Know Happy…

…You Gotta Know Glad…

…Because You’re Gonna Know Lonely…

…And You’re Gonna Know Bad…

…When You’re Rippin’ And A Ridin’…

…And You’re Coming On Strong…

…You Start A Slippin’ And A Slidin’…

…And It All Goes Wrong Because…

… … …

…Sometimes You’re The Windshield…

…Sometimes You’re The Bug…

…Sometimes It All Comes Together, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re A Fool In Love…

…Sometimes You’re The Louisville Slugger, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re The Ball…

…Sometimes It All Comes Together, Baby…

…Sometimes You’re Going To Lose It All…

… … …

…Groovy…

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THE BUGIs My Absolute Favorite Track Off Of The 1991 AlbumON EVERY STREETBy DIRE STRAITS !!!

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Honestly, My Peeps…

…I Can’t Take Credit For This Song Selection.

Nope.

For That, Y’all Have Got To Thank My Exceptional Friend…

Ms. RENEE

…From The Famous…

…Or Infamous…

http://rendezvouswithrenee.com/

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That Woman…

…I Swear…

…She Get’s My Mind Working In Many Different Ways.

Lucky For Y’all…

…Today My Focus Is THIS Song…

THE BUG

by DIRE STRAITS

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T’Is A Personal Favorite Jam I’d Not Listened To In Many A Moon.

Hell, I’d Forgotten I Even Had This Album In The Ole Collection Until She Posted This Song To Her Facebook Page, Yesterday.

I Think…

…Since Hearing It Again, Yesterday…

…I’ve Likely Listened To It…

…Ohhh…

…I Dunno…

…20…

…Perhaps…

…25 Times.

(teehehehe)

No Foolies, Kids.

No Foolies, Indeed.

I Was Going To Label This Piece As An Entry Into My…

“The Song Stuck In My Head”

…Series.

BUT…

…Even Though It IS Stuck In My Head…

…I Felt This One Was Much More Deserving Of The Newer…

“A Song To Make ANYONE Smile”

…Label.

Ms. RENEE

…Has The Power To ALWAYS Make Me Smile.

When I’m Sick?

Yep.

She’s On The Phone Checking-In On Me.

When I’m Depressed?

Yep.

She’s There.

When I’m Being Playful And/Or Goofy?

You Can Almost Bet She’s Involved Somewhere In The Mix.

So…

…I Figured Since This Is The Way I Best Express Myself…

…I’d Just Do-Up A Quickie Post With HER And THIS SONG In Mind.

I’ve ALWAYS Been A Fan Of…

DIRE STRAITS

…And Likely Always Will Be.

I’ve Mentioned This Before…

…But I STILL Have My…

DIRE STRAITS: THE VIDEOS COLLECTION

…On Friggin’ LASER-DISC!!!

Once Again…

…No Foolies, Kids.

And…

…In-Case You Were Wondering…

…Yes…

…That Fact Remains A Point Of Geeky Pride For Me.

I’ve Still Got Some Rather AMAZING Titles In That Little Collection.

I Love The Laser-Disc Player.

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ANYWAY…

…Back To What I Was Sayin’…

Ms. RENEEE

…Is VERY Good People.

So Why Not Dedicate A Song To Her?

That’s How We Used To Do It Back In The Day.

If You Wanted To Express Yourself To Someone…

…You Called Up The Local Radio-Station And Put In A Request With The DJ For A Song Dedication.

Since She And I Don’t Listen To The Same Radio-Station, A Dedication Of That Sort Would Be Rather Pointless.

SO…

…I’m Dialing-Up Myself…

…And Putting In My Own Sort Of Dedication.

That’s Cool, Right?!

AWESOME OPOSSUM!!!

I Kinda Figured Y’all Would Have My Back On This One.

Now…

…I Know A Bundle Of Folks Who Sincerely DO NOT LIKE THIS SONG.

Period.

THE BUG

…Is One Of Those Songs Where The Band…

DIRE STRAITS

…Was Starting To Slip More Into A Country’ish-Pop’ish-Rock’ish Sound With Their Music.

Not Totally.

Not Completely.

But Nevertheless It Was Happening.

Then…

…As It Turned-Out…

ON EVERY STREET

…Was The Final Album They Would Release.

That Was Very Much A Bummer, My Peeps.

:*(

THE BUG

…Remains A Classic Favorite From…

DIRE STRAITS

…And The Album…

ON EVERY STREET

…Does Have A Very Secure Place Within My Collection.

So I Feel Pretty Good About This Little Dedication.

Thank You For Being Such A Good, Fun Person…

Ms. RENEE

!!! !!!! !!!

T’Is So Very Much Appreciated.

And I Hope You…

…And Y’all…

…Enjoyed This One.

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I DID.

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VAN DAMME Double Shot: “DEATH WARRANT” (1990) and “DOUBLE IMPACT” (1991)

Well…

…Y’all Have My Brother To Thank For This One.

He Was Out Shopping…

…He Found This…

…And He Simply Had To Snag It For Me!

Nothing Like A Double Shot Of…

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME

…To Get The Morning Started On The Good Foot, Ya Know?!

SURE YOU DO!!

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We Begin With…

DEATH WARRANT

(1990)

…Starring…

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME

…With…

ROBERT GUILLAUME

…And…

PATRICK KILPATRICK

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In This Flick…

VAN DAMME Plays A Police Detective Who’s Going Undercover To Find Out What’s Up In Regard To A String Of Murders.

The Thing Is…

…He’s Undercover Posing As An Inmate In A Maximum-Security Prison!!!

Sound Like Fun To Y’all?!

GOOD!!

FUN Is The Name Of The Game When We’re Talkin’ ’bout Some Serious…

VAN DAMMEAGE!!!

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And Then We Have…

DOUBLE IMPACT

(1991)

…Starring…

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME

…As…

…Oh Yeah…

…TWIN BROTHERS!

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That’s Right, My Peeps.

You Get A Double Dose Of VAN DAMME In The Same Flick!

He Plays Twin Brothers ALEX And CHAD Who Were Separated As Infants The Night Their Parents Were Murdered.

Now…

…The Two Are Back Together Again.

They’re Going After Those Whom Murdered Their Parents…

…And They’re Out To Kick Some Serious Arses!!!

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Now Who Could Turn That Down?!

EXACTLY!!

Only Movie Snobs Could Do That.

VAN DAMME Isn’t Going To Win An Oscar Anytime Soon…

…But He’s Won Many Awards In The Annals Of Movie CHEESYNESS!

(hehehe Fo SHO!)

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Alright, My Peeps…

…I Do Admit That Neither Of These Flicks Is A True Classic.

In Fact…

…Neither Of Them Are Even The Best VAN DAMME Flick.

So What Are They?!

They’re Exactly As I’ve Said, My Peeps.

They’re Pure CHEESY-FUN, That’s What!!

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Would I Recommend Either Of These Flicks To You As A “Must Watch” Type Of Flick?

Nah.

Not Really.

They’re A Regular Pant-Load Of Fun, Yes…

…But They’re Mainly For Those Who Appreciate Quality “B-Movies”, Ya Know?!

I Tend To Consider Any Movie Starring…

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME

…To Be A “B-Movie”…

…Which Is Why/How I’m Able To Enjoy Them So Much.

I Go Into Each One Not Expecting Very Much.

Just Cool Action/Adventure.

To Me…

…That’s Good Enough.

I’m All About Fun…

…And Cheese…

…And “B-Movies”…

…So Some Quality VAN DAMMEAGE Tends To Satisfy My Wants/Needs Very Well.

Could It Do The Same Thing For YOU?!

T’Is Possible, I Reckon!!

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Random Movie Mention Double-Shot Edition: “THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM” (1961 And 1991)

So Which One Is Your Favorite???

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

(1961)

…Starring…

VINCENT PRICE

??? ??? ???

Or…

THE PIT AN THE PENDULUM

(1991)

…Starring…

LANCE HENRIKSEN

??? ??? ???

??? ???

???

?

Well…

…I’m VERY SURE Y’all Already Know MY Answer.

If It’s A Horror/Thriller Film…

…And It Stars…

VINCENT PRICE

…Then It’s VERY LIKELY To Be A Personal Fave-Fave Of Mine, Fo SHO!

However…

…It’s Honestly Hard To Compare The Two Flicks.

They’re Both VASTLY Different.

The 1961 Version Was Produced AND Directed By…

ROGER CORMAN

("The Fall Of The House Of Usher" "Battle Beyond The Stars" "The Tower Of London" etc etc)

…The Master Of Schlock Film-Making…

…And It’s A WONDERFUL Adaptation Of The…

EDGAR ALLAN POE

…Story.

It Doesn’t Go Over-The-Top, And Relies Heavily On The Unknown.

The 1991 Version Was Directed By…

STUART GORDON

("Re-Animator" "Castle Freak" "Fortress" etc etc)

…The Master Of Over-The-Top Film-Making…

…And He TOTALLY Goes Way Way WAY Over-The-Top With This One.

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I Really Do GREATLY Enjoy Both Flicks, Sure Sure.

However…

…The 1961 Version Has Won A Special Place In My Heart As One Of THE MOST Fun Horror/Thriller Flicks EVER.

The 1991 Version Is Pretty Fun…

…But It’s Just Not As Much Fun As The 1961 Version.

Like I Said, Though…

…They’re Two VASTLY Different Flicks.

In The 1961 Version…

VINCENT PRICE

…Is A Man Being Driven Insane By The Thought That His Wife Was Buried Alive And That She Now Haunts Him And Their Home.

Check Out This Tagline:

("BETRAYAL CUTS BOTH WAYS!")

!!! !!! !!!

I Know, Right!!!

I Love It, Also!!!

For My Money…

…It’s Hard To Beat The…

VINCENT PRICE & ROGER CORMAN

…Combo.

They Worked Together Many Times, And This Is One Of Their Best.

.Period.

As For The 1991 Version…

…It’s Completely Different.

In Fact, The Only Thing That’s Really The Same Between The Two Flicks…

…Is…

…The PENDULUM Itself.

Well…

…And They Both Take Place In Spain.

But The1961 Version Takes Place AFTER The Spanish Inquisition.

The 1991 Version Takes Place DURING The Spanish Inquisition.

BUT…

…The 1991 Version Is Simply JAMMED-PACKED With Familiar Faces, Including…

…The Star…

LANCE HENRIKSEN

…But Also…

JEFFREY COMBS

TOM TOWELS

…And Even…

OLIVER REED

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Totally, My Peeps.

I So Agree.

Nifty Little Cast For A Brutal, Bloody Horror Flick.

Some Of My Faves, Fo SHO!

Especially…

JEFFREY COMBS

…Who Has Been In Almost Every Film Directed By…

STUART GORDON

…And The Same Goes For…

TOM TOWELS

…Of Course!!!

The 1991 Version Is Mainly About A Young Woman Who Has Been Falsely Accused Of Witchcraft…

…And Now She’s Been Brought Before THE GRAND INQUISITOR…

…Played To PSYCHO-FREAKY-TWISTED-PERFECTION By…

LANCE HENRIKSEN

…Who Always Has Been…

…And Always Will Be…

…A Personal FAVE-FAVE Actor Of ALL-TIME, Fo Flippin’ SHO!!!

The Meat And Potatoes Of The 1991 Version Is TORTURE!!!

And NO, I Don’t Mean It’s Been A Torture To Watch It…

…I Mean It’s ALL ABOUT TORTURE!!!

It’s Kinda Wildly CRAZY As To Just How Much Torture They Pack Into This 97-Minute Flick.

And It’s GORY-GORY And Totally BRUTAL…

…But In A Fun, Twisted Sort Of Way.

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So My Peeps…

…Any Way You Slice It…

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

…Is A Helluva Lot Of Fun…

…Whether You’re Watching The 1961 Version…

…Or The 1991 Version.

I Totally Prefer The 1961

VINCENT PRICE & ROGER CORMAN

…Edition…

…But I DO Enjoy The 1991

LANCE HENRIKSEN & STUART GORDON

…Edition.

I’ll Leave It All Up To You, My Peeps, As To Just Which Version YOU Like Most.

Either Way It Goes…

…I TOTALLY Recommend Y’all To See BOTH Versions.

Okie The Dokie???

COOL BEANS, KIDS!!!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, Fo SHO!!!

Try To Squeeze-In A Flick Or Two.

Trust Me…

…You’ll Thank Me For It Later.

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Come And Get It!!! Your Weekend CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT Double-Shot Is Reeeaaady!!!

So, My Peeps…

…I Kinda Got Myself Into Mental…

HIGHLANDER

…Mode, Last Night.

Ended-Up Watching A Couple Of Them Back2Back.

Then I Remembered I Hadn’t Done My…

CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT

Double-Sh0t!!!

So…

…Here We Are…

…And We Shall Begin With…

HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING

(1991)

Starring CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT, MICHAEL IRONSIDE, And SEAN CONNERY!!!

…Though I Honestly, MAJORLY Prefer The Version Shown Below.

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Our Tagline?

("It's Time For A New Kind Of Magic.")

This Flick…

HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING

…Can Be VERY Difficult To Follow.

It’s A Combo Of Β BOTH…

…PREQUEL And SEQUEL…

…As It Moves Back-N-Forth Through Time.

We Do Find-Out WHERE The Immortals Really Come-From.

We Find-Out WHAT Happens To An Immortal When He Has No Other Immortals Left To Kill.

We Find-Out HOW We Can Make…

SEAN CONNERY

…Return To Us From Oblivion.

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BUT…

…Mostly…

…We’re Left KNOWING This Flick Simply RAN-OUT-OF-MONEY…

…And Was Hastily Slapped-Together And Run-Out-There BEFORE It Was Honestly Ready.

😦

The “THEATRICAL VERSION” Was A CRAZY MESS From MOVIE HELL!!!

The “RENEGADE VERSION” Does Help Us A BUNDLE, Fo SHO, Though You Can Still Tell Some Of The Film Simply Never Got Made.

If You’re A Lover Of…

CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT

…And…

The “HIGHLANDER” Franchise

…Then You’ve Likely Seen Both Versions.

And I Sincerely Doubt ANY Of Y’all Wouldn’t Have My Back In My Preceding Statements.

HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING

…Is A Fun…

…Kinda Campy…

…Throwaway Of A Flick…

…That I SINCERELY DO ENJOY!

Just Do Me A Solid, My Peeps.

If You DON’T LIKE IT…

…No Worries, PLEASE.

Most People DON’T LIKE IT One-Damned-Bit.

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As For The Second-Helping Of Our Double-Shot…

…We’re Gonna Quickly Discuss…

CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT‘s

…Exit From The “HIGHLANDER” Flicks…

HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME

(2000)

…Which Co-Starred…

ADRIAN PAUL

(aka TV's "HIGHLANDER")

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Our Tagline Here, Is…

("It Will Take Two Immortals To Defeat The Ultimate Evil. But In The End, There Can Be Only One.")

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Fans Of The “HIGHLANDER” Franchise Had Been Waiting A Long, Long-While For CHRISTOPHERΒ LAMBERT And ADRIANΒ PAUL To Join Forces On The Big Screen.

In 2000, That Finally Happened!

You Can Tell The Production Company DID Put More Time AND Effort Into This Flick…

…Though It Honestly COULD HAVE BEEN So So So Much BETTER.

I’m Not Going To Reveal Too Much About This One…

…Since Any True Revelations About It Would Likely Destroy Your Reasons For WATCHING-IT In The First Place.

What I Can Say…

…Is…

CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT

…And…

ADRIAN PAUL

…DO Do Justice To Their Characters…

…As They Battle…

…THE MOST EVIL…

…And…

…THE MOST DANGEROUS…

…Of ALL The Immortals!

This Flick…

HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME

…Is VERY Fun…

…While It DOES Have Its Own Little Moment Of MAJOR-LEAGUE TEAR-JERKERY!!!

Trust Me, My Peeps…

…You’ll Know What I Mean When The Moment Comes.

Hell…

…I CRIED…

…So I’m Sure One OR Two Of Y’all Will Do The Same.

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I Sincerely Hope Y’all Have Had A Decent Weekend, Thus Far.

Do What Y’all Can To Make The Remainder Of It As Decent As Possible.

L8r On, My Peeps!

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The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE III

Today…

…I’m Doin’-Up The Flick Most Of Y’all Were Already Expecting:

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

(1991)

…Starring…

BRUCE WILLIS

…And…

DAMON WAYANS

!!! !!! !!!

The Tagline???

("THE GOAL IS TO SURVIVE.")

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That Alone Makes Me Wanna Watch It!

How’z ’bout Y’all?!?

Yeah…

…I Figured You’d Wanna Watch It, Also.

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Directed By…

TONY SCOTT

(Who Also Directed TWO (2) Of My Other FAVE-FAVES: "CRIMSON TIDE" and "MAN ON FIRE"!!!)

…With A Screenplay…

…Written By…

SHANE BLACK

(The Writer Of "LETHAL WEAPON" and Co-Writer Of "MONSTER SQUAD"!!!)

…And…

…Co-Produced By ULTRA-Producer…

JOEL SILVER

(Do I Even Have To Make Mention Of What He's Done? It Could Take DAYS!!! Alright... The "LETHAL WEAPON" Series, The "DIE HARD" Series, The "THE MATRIX" Series, Etc Etc Etc!!!)

…It’s Hard To Deny That…

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Had The MEGA-Chops To Flex…

…And Was One Of The Most FUN Action Flicks Of The 1990s.

.Period.

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THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Is…

…A Classic “Buddy-Flick”…

…And…

…An “Action-Dramedy”…

…Centering Around…

BRUCE WILLIS

…As A Burned-Out Private-Detective…

…Who Has Just Taken Over The Duties Of Protecting A Young Stripper…

…Played By…

HALLE BERRY

…After Her Former Protector Was Blown-Up In His Car!!!

Her Boyfriend…

…Played By…

DAMON WAYANS

…Is An EX-PRO-Quarterback…

…Who Isn’t Taking To Kindly To Her New Protector.

But When She Gets Killed-Off…

WILLIS & WAYANS

…Become An Unlikely-Duo…

…Trying To Figure-Out W.T.F. Is Going On…

…And…

…WHY?!?

The Results Are The Meat And Potatoes Of…

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

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If You’ve Seen It Before…

…I Hope You Liked It.

If You’ve NOT Seen It Before…

GET WITH IT, SLACKER!!!

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THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Has Been A Personal FAVE-FAVE Since My First Viewing…

…And I’ve Had A Copy In The Ole Collection For The Bulk Of The Past 20-YEARS!

It’s One Of Those ’90s Flicks That Has Yet To Get Old To Me.

And…

…Honestly…

…That’s A GREAT Thing!!!

In Fact…

…I Think NOW Would Be A FINE Time To Give-It-A-Go!!!

Wouldn’t You Agree, My Peeps?!?

SURE YOU WOULD!!!

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“…Marry Him Or Marry Me, I’m The One That Loves You Baby Can’t You See? I Ain’t Got No Future Or A Family Tree, But I Know What A Prince And Lover Ought To Be, I Know What A Prince And Lover Ought To Be…” — SPIN DOCTORS (“TWO PRINCES” (1991))

“…Said If You Want To Call Me Baby, Just Go Ahead Now…”

“…And If Youd Like To Tell Me Maybe, Just Go Ahead Now…”

“…And If You Wanna Buy Me Flowers, Just Go Ahead Now…”

“…And If You’d Like To Talk For Hours, Just Go Ahead, Now. …”

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Yeah, So, I’ve Been Jamming To My Favorite Tunes Allllll Day…

…And I’ve Become Stuck On This One.

TWO PRINCES

by SPIN DOCTORS

…Is One Of My Favorite Jams Of Allllll-Time, And That’s No Jive.

How Can You Not Love It?!?!?

EXACTLY!!!

You Simply CAN’T Not Love It!!!

It’s A Smashing Jam From Yesteryear, And I Sincerely Love It Love It LOVE IT!!!

Always Have.

Always Will.

Always.

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