Screen Junkies » the crow http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Soundtrack Studies: ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-the-crow/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261175 "Ca-CAW! CA-CAWWW!"

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Whereas the Singles soundtrack, while countercultural at the time, would go on to serve as a seminal album to those who grew up to graduate to become upstanding adults, The Crow soundtrack served as a rallying point for those kids who felt it would be their mission in life to blow up Starbucks and get their lips pierced.

Of course, none of that really happened, and everyone from all walks of life would wind up enjoying Starbucks following its proliferation, but it does speak to The Crow’s place in recent history. Whereas grunge had gone from becoming a subculture to THE culture, The Crow’s soundtrack matched it’s dark subject matter with more overtly gothic bands that could have been confused for grunge, but weren’t exactly.

Being two paragraphs in to any discussion of film, I feel bound by pop-culture law to disclose that during the shooting of this film, the film’s star, Brandon Lee, was killed during an oversight with one of the prop weapons that essentially resulted in him being shot and killed with a real bullet.

This is important not only because a man died in a seemingly safe line of work, which is tragic, but also because the film revels in concepts of death, gloom, dark angels, and the like. And the dynamic between the two seems to inflate the importance of both aspects. The death of the film’s young star seems to legitimize the themes of the movie (at least in the perverse minds of the films teenage audience at the time) and the themes of the film make it seem Brandon’s death was preordained, that he was fulfilling this silly role by dying himself. Again, a wrong and stupid analysis, but its veracity in the simple, faux-alienated minds of teenagers shouldn’t be dismissed when discussing the legacy of the film and its soundtrack.

The Crow burning image.

"Oh! I see! It's a crow!"

A few words about the film before we get on to the music:

The Crow takes place in dystopian Detroit, or as we like to call it these days, “Detroit.” It follows a guitarist who comes home to find his fiancée being raped and murdered, and then is murdered himself. He comes back to life after a crow taps his headstone, and sets out on avenging his death by killing the criminals that led to his.

The film takes place almost exclusively at night, and often in the rain, in a style that seems to go beyond noir and is reminiscent of Blade Runner. Needless to say, any impressionable youth that felt the least bit of alienation from the world felt this to be a very important film. The film received good critical marks, and was buoyed by a soundtrack that buoyed the film’s relevance even further.

Here you’ve got everything from the spot-on (Nine Inch Nails doing a cover of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” and a track by The Cure) to the creative (Violent Femmes) to the de rigueur soundtrack inclusions that seems as though it was done as a favor to the bands’ managers (Machines of Love and Grace, For Love Not Lisa).

Despite Nine Inch Nails rising to the occasion by taking a goth-y classic and giving it a goth-y update, the big star of the soundtrack was Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty.” It wasn’t the best song on the soundtrack, but it was a good song by what was by far the most popular band on the soundtrack. It was also by far the most accessible, which probably stems from the fact that it comes from the least “dark” band on album.

It’s often (read: almost always) difficult to take this overt taste in darkness seriously, especially in The Crow‘s case where the film is marketed to American youth during a time in which pain, self-hatred, and stupid existential dabblings were fashionable. And while the soundtrack matches very well a bleak film and tainted production, outside of that context the soundtrack gave fans of STP and the like an excuse to veer off course from their tastes and try something new. Not unlike the way No Country for Old Men’s soundtrack did for bluegrass/Americana music and yuppies.

And so The Crow soundtrack provided, outside the film, a vehicle for rebellion from grunge, which at this point in 1994 had become the purview of Calvin Klein and NBC jokes. However, at the end of the day, all most of the audience really wanted to do was kick back and listen to a catchy Stone Temple Pilots song.

At the end of the day, I think that’s all any of us really wanted to do in 1994. We probably just didn’t realize it at the time.

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‘Everybody Loves Draven’…Do You? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-loves-draven-do-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-loves-draven-do-you/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:58:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251901 Say it to his face, I dare you.

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We’re back with another episode of Everybody Loves Draven, America’s third-favorite The Crow-Ray Romano crossover program. The video is entitled “I’m Not Gay,” which can read as a little defensive until you remember that The Crow is no homophobe.

Anyway, we can talk about this episode of Everybody Loves Draven, or we can watch it. Let’s watch it.

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‘Everyone Loves Draven’ FINALLY Mashes Up ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ And ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everyone-loves-draven-finally-mashes-up-everybody-loves-raymond-and-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everyone-loves-draven-finally-mashes-up-everybody-loves-raymond-and-the-crow/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:59:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251625 Does he have a nasally, gangly older brother, though?

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If I had a nickel for every time someone was all, “Oh dude. I so wish that Everybody Loves Raymond had more gothic vigilante justice,” or “I wish The Crow would spend a little more time pontificating on the burden of mother-in-laws,” I would have a shit ton of nickels.

But it looks like my cash cow has dried up. No one will be asking for either of those anymore because it exists right here. And it’s pretty terrific. Check it.

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One Of These Five Actors Should Replace Bradley Cooper In ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/one-of-these-five-actors-should-replace-bradley-cooper-in-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/one-of-these-five-actors-should-replace-bradley-cooper-in-the-crow/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:53:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225777 Just pick on of these five and make the damn movie. Or we can all just watch the original and enjoy that for the next 20 years. That sounds nice, too.

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News broke a few days ago that Bradley Cooper had to quit Juan Carlos Fesnadillo’s reboot of the much-loved 1994 film The Crow due to scheduling conflicts, allowing diehard fans to breathe a sigh of relief. It was hard to imagine an actor that shared fewer qualities with the titular character than Cooper.

Well, the hunt is on for a replacement, with Channing Tatum’s name being tossed around in the rumor mill. Huh. I just got done saying it was hard to imagine an actor that had less in common with The Crow’s Eric Draven, and yet someone was able to find one so quickly! Gotta love Hollywood.

While a studio might go for a pretty face and hope the rest sorts itself out, let’s weigh a few names that actually share some characteristics with the dark avenger, and see if we can’t do a better job than “Channing F*cking Tatum.” I bet we can.

5. Enrique Iglesias

I introduced this entry as a joke because through his videos, Iglesias has so much experience moving in slow-motion through the rain, but I inadvertently sold myself on this one. The fact is that The Crow/Eric Draven seems to be more about the façade than it does about the actor, and Enrique Iglesias is an attractive musician that does brooding better than anyone. Should you revisit Once Upon a Time in Mexico, you’d see that he can play a quiet badass surprisingly well.

4. Robert Pattinson

I’m legally obligated to put him on this list. Sure, his Twilight character and performance don’t exactly move my meter, but his turn in Water for Elephants demonstrated some chops, and the fact that he was chosen by David Cronenberg to star in the upcoming Cosmopolis is also very promising. He’s a more age-appropriate choice than Bradley Cooper, and think of all the money they’d save on pancake makeup by carting out his pale British ass.

3. Gael Garcia Bernal

I know that I’ve gone two out of three entries with Latinamerican heartthrobs, and believe me, it will be something I address with my therapist next Tuesday. I think the Latin loner sensibility plays well here. Remember that the original Crow, Brandon Lee, was Bruce Lee’s kid, so those who remember the character as a corn-fed white boy are horrible, horrible racists. Bernal is probably the most accomplished actor on this list, as he’s appeared in Amores Perros, Babel, and as Che Guevera in The Motorcycle Diaries. With that pedigree, I’m sure he’ll be able to fire a machine gun, scream up towards the sky, and say “It can’t rain all the time,” with a degree of competency.

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So Now Bradley Cooper Isn’t Playing ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/so-now-bradley-cooper-isnt-playing-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/so-now-bradley-cooper-isnt-playing-the-crow/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:23:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224628 Quick! Get the second-most improbable actor's agent on the phone.

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Hollywood’s most Goth actor, Bradley Cooper, has decided he will not play the role he was born for. The Hangover star has walked from The Crow due to schedule conflicts — he has David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook this fall and Paradise Lost after that. Relativity is eager to get this Crow thing shooting with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo so they have chosen to recast.

But what other actor in Hollywood could be so totally wrong for the role?

Mark Wahlberg‘s name has come up again. He was originally offered the film but a deal was never put into place. However, if he still has access to the wig he wore in Rock Star, this could be the right fit. Another name being floated out there is Channing Tatum, who could also work in a that-totally-doesn’t-work kind of way. All I know is that the filmmakers only have a handful of chances to screw up this reboot, and casting is the best place to start. That’s why they should take a chance and look into David Hyde Pierce’s availability. (THR)

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‘Watchmen’ Scribe To Copy+Paste ‘The Crow’ Into Screenplay Form http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watchmen-scribe-to-copypaste-the-crow-into-screenplay-form/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watchmen-scribe-to-copypaste-the-crow-into-screenplay-form/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:16:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217513 At least Bradley Cooper won't SOUND silly in the role.

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The guy who copied Alan Moore’s script for Watchmen into Final Draft has a new screenwriting gig. Alex Tse will adapt another comic by scripting Relativity‘s reboot of The Crow.

The project is intended to be a more gritty take than the original 1994 adaptation which was pretty gritty in its own right. Bradley Cooper is set to star as the vengful goth spirit whose soul cannot rest until he avenges his wife’s murder. So I guess this is actually more a gritty reboot of Bradley Cooper‘s image. Can’t imagine him covered in pancake and burning heroin addicts alive, but the threat of having to do Kate Hudson rom-coms does funny things to a man. (Variety)

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Who’s The Best Person To Play ‘The Crow’? Duh. Bradley Cooper http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whos-the-best-person-to-play-the-crow-duh-bradley-cooper/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whos-the-best-person-to-play-the-crow-duh-bradley-cooper/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:07:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206763 In my mind at least, The Crow has always been a really handsome preppy guy with insane abs.

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“That smart ass in The Hangover…he’d make a good Crow”

Those words have apparently been uttered. Probably by a 45-year female studio executive who suggests Bradley Cooper for everything from The Muppets to The Expendables 2. Well, it appears someone must owe this fictitious executive a favor, because she got some traction on what may be the most mismatched pairing of role and actor since Gary Coleman was initially pegged to play Wyatt Earp in Tombstone.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now attached to direct the reboot, which does nothing to change the fact that this is a very, very odd choice. The rumor mill claims he’s “in negotiations” to star in the film. How far along he is, or what role he’ll play (I would actually love to see him as a sleazy villain) remains to be seen.

Whatever the case may be, the important thing is that we, as Internet denizens, overreact to the news as wildly as possible without gathering any more information. Let’s go. (THR)

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Mark Wahlberg Offered ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-offered-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-offered-the-crow/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In retrospect, I shouldn't have attempted this. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the opportunity to get really super emo in The Crow. The original big screen adaptation was directed by Alex Proyas and followed Eric Draven, who is murdered and comes back to kill the men responsible for putting down him and his fiancée. Brandon Lee was accidently killed by a loaded gun during filming. I say nothing is an accident when Michael Wincott is on set. Hasn't Wahlberg kind of already done this role in Max Payne? He didn't wear makeup and sling an ax (that's a guitar, for all you squares), but he got revenge for his family's murder with moody music and lighting. My guess is nothing will come of this rumor. Wahlberg should know better than to take the reigns from Crow: Salvation's Eric Mabius of ABC's "Ugly Betty."

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In retrospect, I shouldn’t have attempted this.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the opportunity to get really super emo in The Crow. The original big screen adaptation was directed by Alex Proyas and followed Eric Draven, who is murdered and comes back to kill the men responsible for putting down him and his fiancée. Brandon Lee was accidently killed by a loaded gun during filming. I say nothing is an accident when Michael Wincott is on set.

Hasn’t Wahlberg kind of already done this role in Max Payne? He didn’t wear makeup and sling an ax (that’s a guitar, for all you squares), but he got revenge for his family’s murder with moody music and lighting. My guess is nothing will come of this rumor. Wahlberg should know better than to take the reigns from Crow: Salvation‘s Eric Mabius of ABC’s "Ugly Betty."

 

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