Basketball Diaries: Riders on the Storm by DarthLizardKing Jul 11th, 2010 10:42:28 PM In "The Basketball Diaries," "Riders on the Storm" plays through a trancelike, hypnotic sequence showing Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) trying to play basketball for his high school team while under the heavy influence of the narcotic demons that plagued his teenage years. The brilliance of this sequence lies in the music's ability to juxtapose the various, contrary sides of Jim's life: the star athlete (rhythmic pacing of Ray's keyboard and Robbie's guitar, and the steady jazz beat of John's drums, the three together like the pounding of a basketball on hardwood, like the slow motion strides of a long distance runner); the poet (the Lizard King's ghostly voice and lyrics slithering through until they become atmospheric); and the addict (the disorienting cinematography and direction of the scene: Carroll standing in the middle of the court rubbing his eyes and face as the game flies by him on all sides). This combination is most poignant as Jim steps to the foul line, and the momentum of his sickly free throw attempt confuses and dizzies him as he collapses, mouth open and eyes wide. The lyric "Let your children play" is ironically timed here, arriving at the precise moment that playtime ends as the police and priest enter the gymnasium, all too wise to the trouble Jim and his friends have been getting themselves into.
I recognize it's a cover version, but... by mike123230 Jul 6th, 2010 07:20:02 PM the into to the Lost Boys ("People are Strange" covered by Echo & the Bunnymen) as the camera pans over Santa Carla for the first time and we see all the missing persons ads. Not only was this movies one of the first R-rated movies I saw, it was the first in a long line of vampire hunting movies I absolutely loved (back when we killed vampires...instead of had glittery angsty crushes on them). While I could talk about The Lost Boys for an absurdly long time (the awesomeness of a young Keifer Sutherland and Jason Patric, the first time Coreys Haim and Feldman were together, etc.), this was also my first introduction to the music of the Doors. Years later, when I was actually old enough to better appreciate music, I recognized the real version of this song and was able to latch onto it because of my prior associations with the song, opening a window for a greater appreciation of more of the Doors' music.
BEST USE OF DOORS MUSIC IN FILM by AdamL Jul 6th, 2010 07:20:15 PM This is one of the most difficult and yet one of the simplest answers to come up with. There is of course Coppola's iconic use of "The End" to begin Apocalypse Now. Mixed in amid sounds of helicopter blades and layered visuals, the song gives the viewer an instant "door" into Martin Sheen's head. Obviously, this is my favorite use of the Doors in a film, but it seems to me a bit cliche to say it is the best use. I think it's also kind of ridiculous to nominate Stone's "The Doors", simply because it's a movie about the band, and therefore, kind of ridiculous. So, I am going to throw out there the use of "Moonlight Drive" in the classic road film Two Lane Blacktop. The first time I saw Two Lane Blacktop was at a 16mm screening in the oldest theater (not movie theater, real theater) in my hometown, and despite the fact that the film was anamorphic and was projected through a non anamorphic lens, I still enjoyed. So there you have it. I vote for Two Lane Blacktop.
July 21, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
i have nothing insightful to add
July 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
Lazy writing. You shouldn't have to cleave through the wall-of-text with a machete to get the point. Let nouns and verbs do the lifting.
July 21, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST
Rest In Peace Arthur Lee.
July 21, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST
I almost crapped my pants when I came on this site to see that scary ad for the Sarah Connor Terminator doll thingy. Jesus.
July 21, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
Ice Cube was the real Poet! <p> Since one-time so hot Got me a stash spot in my hooptie for the glock And I'm rollin on rims Eating soul food, and neckbones from M&M's Grumblin like a motherfucker Greasy-ass lips, now I gots to take a shit Saw Sir Jinx bailin' When I hit a left, I moved felon, 'Whattup loc?' Don't you know that niggaz get smoked That take they life for a joke, get in nigga I take you to the pad zoom Went to mom's house and dropped a load in the bathroom Jumped back in my low rider Comin out feelin about ten pounds lighter Went to Bone's house so I can get the gat Looking for the place where all the hoes kick it at Lench Mob ain't nuttin but tramps But hoes lickin us like stamps One fool brought the music for the yams But Ice Cube had more amps, get in bitch Cause I had the jam on And I don't want to hear shit about a tampon Give me the nappy and make me happy The hoe said 'Pappy could you slap me on the ass hard and fast and could please try not to leave a gash?' I said yeah, but I don't play sex When I'm putting on the latex Slipped on the condom Fucked around and dropped the bomb son And it came out sort of like confetti In for the night, no longer steady mobbin
July 21, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST
Indeed, Arthur Lee was responsible for The Doors getting signed, it took Jac Holzman 4 concerts before he even considered them. Then he used Love's money to help pump The Doors. LA's scene kicked San Fran's ass as well. Zappa, Love, Byrds...hell, even Austin had the 13th Floor Elevators. But Love kicked everyone's asses on those first 3 albums.
July 21, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST
July 21, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST
I didn't have an entry, so I fell I can comment on the winner's entry without conveying sour grapes.<br> One tell of a writer being weak is his (or her) constant need (or desire) to rely on parentheticals (or hyphens) to deliver a dual message (meaning two) or juxtapose two (2) different (not the same) ideas (metaphors?).<br> Also, I truly doubt the musical director on Basketball Diaries picked "Riders on the Storm" for all the reasons listed above. Definitely some transference or stretching on the part of the author to find meaning where there is none. <br> A lot like what hippies originally tried to do with Morrison's lyrics (a group for which Morrison had no taste or patience).
July 21, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST
Love still kicks everyones ass with Forever Changes. Never heard an album that has overtaken that masterpiece to this day. It will live on forever for people to pick up and think "What's this?" which then changes their whole life and the way they look at music.<p>I love The Doors, great band but it's insane the love for them compared to the band they wanted to be.
July 21, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
not having anything to do with my own entry not winning, it is really a sign of the way this place thinks to not pick some entry at least that had to do with Apocalypse Now, seeing as how so many people agreed with that being the most important. Don't think I will be bothering to play any more games here as the brains of some of the powers that be clearly are interested in something other than what makes for true history.
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July 23, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
Because we all know the answer is really Apocalypse Now. I liked the entry by the guy who discussed the unreleased material from The End that was used in the climax of the film, not the beginning. That was a really significant bit of Doors info there. Still, very cool contest. The entries were fun to read. Long live The Doors.
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