Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Crow

Welcome to another installment of what I'm sure you sit on the edges of your seats for every week (eye roll) Way Back Wednesday! This week's post is brought to you by work induced boredom which allowed for its creation while I earned my meager wages today. This is a Way Back of monumental proportions, for me at least. I have been debating lately on how "way back" I wanted to take these posts since I already feel old and decrepit, but I decided to go as far as it takes to educate the masses. This one is relatively recent. No matter what, this blog is for me and my own documentation of my all encompassing awesomeness. So for your pleasure or not:

The Crow

I loved the comic, I loved the movies, I loved the series, and I love everything about this character. The Crow invoked thoughts that allowed me to question life in ways I had previously never thought. Being the good little preacher's daughter, I knew that I was supposed to believe certain things...but what if... I have always had a vivid imagination and looking back this was just one more thing to create the imagination I have today. At the core The Crow is a love story. Not one of those that I typically detest for its mushy over the top romance, but for what I view as real, unwavering affection for another being. This movie has everything I would look for in a romantic film: Evil, unstoppable Love, and Death. Just like me, I know! Yes, I still cry when watching the scene where Brandon Lee actually dies. I loved him before he was famous for being "Bruce Lee's son who died in a movie". Remember Rapid Fire? That movie kicks ass!

I miss The Crow and don't know why I don't currently own it; I guess a trip to Hasting's/Amazon/Misc movie outlet is in order now. I need to own this again!

Honestly, The Crow: City of Angels, pales in comparison, in my opinion, but I do still think it's a decent movie. Even more now that I am a parent myself, no spoilers in this blog, so I'll just say I'd be psycho as well, and leave it at that.

Both of these films have amazing soundtracks, but the City of Angels soundtrack has amazing junior high memories for me that are permanently melted into who I have become over the years. It's where I first learned of Deftones, The Toadies, Korn, Iggy Pop, and PJ Harvey. All of which directly contradicted the musical influences that my parents had spent so much time forcing upon me. Not to mention this albums tiptoe into some awesome hip-hop! (mom loved that) I've always had an eclectic taste in music and this album is nothing if not eclectic! It epitomizes the 90s for me in ways nothing else can touch. I've owned it on cassette (you know those things before cds) then a few years later bought it on cd, and after losing or abusing both of these, I just downloaded it in MP3 form. Yay for the new millennium!! Hopefully this will stand the test of time and I wont have to purchase (laugh) this music again. So I'm posting a couple of my favorite songs for your listening pleasure. If you know it great, and if this is your first time hearing's been my pleasure to share this with you!

Deftones- "Teething"

Above The Law (feat. Frost) - "City of Angels"

Hopefully this WBW installment has left you remembering what it was like watching/hearing this for the first time. If you haven't seen/heard this I strongly urge you to check out both movies and soundtracks. I know there are many more "crow" things that have been released and while I like pretty much anything created about this story, these are unbeatable!

Again, if you have any suggestions for future posts, complaints about past ones, or anything to say about it below. Until next time....


Drake Sigar said...

I’ve only seen the movie with Brandon Lee but didn’t really think much of it. Sure at the time it was certainly one of the best comic book movies out there, but that’s not saying much considering the entire genre was stuffed with disasters like The Phantom and Captain America. It’s only this last decade where comic book movies have really started to stand out.

Angel1649 said...

I think for me it was more about the romantic aspect of the story. I hadn't gotten into comics at this point in my life and I didn't know the comic existed until a few years later. I wanted to be/like/read/do anything dark and scary to piss off my parents and this had perfect timing. It's ultimately a huge stepping stone in the path that led me here today. I still love all things dark, and occasionally surprise myself with how far that dark streak goes...all beginning with this little movie and the love of pissing off a Clergyman!

I suggest perhaps not looking at this movie from a seasoned comic reader perspective but that of a young adult who feels alone in the world. I'm sure it will seem much different. :D Oh and thanks for the comment! It makes my day to see something other than "0" by a post.

Sara said...

I don't really read a lot of comics, but I do love movies. I've never seen The Crow, but I'm guessing it's a serious, badass movie and for some reason, it reminded me of the movie Kung Pow which is not even close to serious, but possibly one of the funniest movies I've ever seen in my life. I apologize for this comment making no sense. : /

Anonymous said...

I likes The Crow. Really sad that Brandon Lee was killed so young... and that Pauly Shore lives. Just kidding about Pauly. - Wally J

Mister Bones said...

Saw it in the theater 3 times, have read every Crow comic, and while not a perfect adaptation, the first movie still holds up even against some of the comic movies being produced today.

City of Angels was, Salvation was bad, Wicked Prayer was worse. I actually kinda dug the tv show.

The first Crow soundtrack is one of the top 5 greatest movie soundtracks of all time, City of Angels I also had but don't remember much about.

Interesting side note for comic nerds, there was a Crow series called Flesh and Blood, which was the first to feature a female as the lead, and is beautifully drawn by some youngster named "Alex Maleev"...

Angel1649 said...

I think the soundtrack for the first movie had much more notable artists, but City of Angels OST had something...just for me I guess. Some of the most beautiful artwork has been for the Crow comic IMO. Definitely an ascetically pleasing character to say the least.