Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Olive"

On this episode of Hippie Love Turbo, on KUCR 88.3 FM I threw out a slew of factoids that I'll quickly sum up before we get to the movie of the week. Firstly, I played Double Yellow Line by The Music Machine and mentioned that the paint that's used for road markings is mostly thermoplastic, which comes in a powder form, needs to be heated before applying to the asphalt, and typically contains glass beads which helps make the lines more visible. 

After my riveting paint rambling I talked about Os Tartaros' home city Porto, Portugal. Many people associate Port Wine with Porto because it's famously named after the city despite the fact that the wine is actually made in the Douro Valley. The wine is uniquely sweet and the grapes are still smashed by foot to this day

Finally, towards the end of the show you heard a cover of Jamo Thomas' I Spy (For The F.B.I.) which I mentioned was also covered by the Los Angeles mod/ska band The Untouchables. The band was one of the first, if not THE first ska bands from the US and they had a few hits on the UK charts including: Free Yourself which reached #26 in 1985. On a somewhat related note, did you know ska was around before reggae?

With all that being said it's time to check out this week's film recommendation Daimajin aka Majin the Monster of Terror. The movie mixes samurai and kaiju elements to tell the story of a village that sits at the feet of a mountain where an old demon statue god lives. The villagers respect the old demon god and appease him through ancient rituals when his anger causes earthquake-like tremors. Unfortunately for the villagers, during one of the demon god's earthquakes a group of rebel samurai successfully stage a coup against the village's samurai lord. The samurai lord's family flees to the mountains where they hide near the mountain god's resting place for a decade. Most of the movie follows the samurai's conflict and how the new samurai lord rules the village as a ruthless dictator. Because the movie is fairly short there isn't enough time for the plot to get stale and in many ways it reminds me of the pacing felt in old western movies. Of course the big payoff is in the end when the demon god awakes from his slumber and attacks the village after a botched attempt at destroying him. Unlike most Japanese monster flicks, the plot keeps your attention enough that you don't get too bored waiting to see the final conflict. It's a fun and quick watch that is worth a watch if you like samurai movies, big monster movies, or campy period pieces.

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