Review of The Crow

get your copy of The Crow on DVD here and help support the projectReview of:  The Crow Overall Rating: 10

The Crows fast-paced action and visual styles were stunning and only out done by the soundtrack which aided the mood brilliantly without detracting from the movie.  It is an amazing film and example of the gothic aesthetic, I recommend it as an owner.  It has even gained the stature of tradition in my own house, every Halloween we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown every October 30th devils night we watch The Crow!

get your copy of The Crow Graphic Novel here and help support the project The Crow is a tale about a couple who is murdered on October 30th devils night.  One year latter The Crow brings Eric Draven back from the grave to seek vengeance on the gang that murdered them.  Based on the comics series By J. O’Barr.  It addresses issues like coping with the death of a loved one which J. O’Barr was personally wrestling with when he wrote the original comic series after he lost his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver.  The crow was also the last movie for Brandon Lee who with eight days left in filming was shot, during recording, with a long range blank which was loaded accidently for a short range scene.  The studio did the honorable thing by burning the reel of film.  They then used cutting edge CG technology to edit the movie putting Brandon Lee into the remaining scenes he had yet to film allowing Brandon to end his career at it’s highest note.

crow_soundtrack The soundtrack for the Crow features songs from great bands like The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, and The Hennery Rollins Band.  The Cure, & Joy Devision were actually inspirational bands that James O’Barr listened to while writing the original comic series.  He was deeply touched that they were able to put “Dead Souls” into the movie.

The Crow is also well known for some of it’s most brilliant and poignant lines.  My top favorite lines are

My top favorite lines are

  1. Victims; aren’t we all… –Eric Draven
  2. Is that gasoline I smell? –Eric Draven
  3. "Suddenly, I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." –Eric  What the fuck are you talking about? –Gideon  You heard me rapping, right? –Eric
  4. Take your shot, Fun Boy, you got me, dead bang. –Eric Draven
  5. If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn. People die. But real love is forever. –Sarah
  6. Jesus Christ! Stop me if you've heard this one. Jesus Christ walks into a hotel… –Eric [Funboy shoots him] Ow. He hands the innkeeper three nails and he asks… –Eric [Funboy shoots him again] Don’t you ever fucking die? –Funboy “Can you put me up for the night?” –Eric
  7. I thought the police always said "Freeze." –Eric  Well I am the police and I say "don't move" Snow White; you move, you're dead. -Albrecht  And I say I'm dead; and I move... –Eric
  8. Abashed the Devil stood; and felt how awful Goodness is. –T-Bird
  9. Oh great! Great! Guy shows up looking like a mime from hell and you lose him, right out in the open. Well, at least he didn't do that 'walking against the wind' shit. I hate that. –Albrecht
  10. What the Crap! -Cop

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Top Ten Artist of the Week (12 Aug 2007 – 19 Aug 2007)

I have been listening to a lot of music lately, the writing is in full swing, so I thought I would share my Top Ten Artists from Project: Shadow’s Music Profile at I must say, I was surprised by the list a little, and as usual there are a lot of ties. My top 10 this week has 13 Artists in it. Not because it is such a luck number but because there are 10 songs tied for the number 4 slot on the chart. 4. Rob Zombie, Nightwish, Ann Wilson, Meat Loaf, Dio, HIM, Leave's Eyes, Type O Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, and Blackmore's Night.

  • Rob Zombie
    • I saw the trailer for the remake of Halloween, at at first I was angry. This is not the kind of film that needs to be remade. Then I saw that Rob Zombie was doing it. I shrugged and thought to myself that it could not be all that bad, and found myself playing more Zombie. My hopes are up.
  • Nightwish
    • What can I say? I am surprised they didn't make it higher on the charts. Slaying the Dreamer is very close to my heart right now as I am writing the next chapter in Fate's Harrow.
  • Ann Wilson
    • Her first solo album is not out yet, but the Podfather played a track on the Daily Sourse Code, and I ran to the Podsafe Music Network right away to check it out. They have 2 tracks from the new album, Hope and Glory, Where to now St Peter (which she sings with Elton John) is an amazing tune, and her cover of the Immigrant Song blew me away. I am looking for ways to feature them in the Podcast.
  • Meat Loaf
    • What? Don't look at me like that! I am writing, I need the drama and Meat Loaf is good to write too. He was in the Tenacious D movie so, he is cool! Back off buddy. j/k
  • Dio
    • For some reason, his Magica album has been in my thoughts lately. Probably because I want to make an animated film out of it.
  • HIM
    • This is all Pandora's fault. I have been listening to Pandora a lot lately, and I am beginning to realize that I kinda really like HIM.
  • Leave's Eyes
    • Legend Land is the soundtrack of my fiction right now. I cannot wait for the next album.
  • Type O Negative
    • I have really been looking for more music like the song Enemy of the State from Roadrunner United, but I have not found anything. If you know of any songs like it, please send me a note. In the mean time, I am I glad to fill my ears with Type O Negative.
  • Fields of the Nephilim
    • The Nephilim are one of the greatest bands ever. What more can I say?
  • Blackmore's Night
    • Pandora recently introduced me to this band. They are an amazingly fresh and exciting. Most of the write ups on them I found call them Gypsy Rock. Medieval meets classic rock, it is an instant winner.

2. Queensryche and Paul Stanley

  • Queensryche
    • One of my all time top artists, for sure, but lately, I have been getting more and more songs stuck in my mind. Man, I wish their tour came closer to me, I would love to see them live again.
  • Paul Stanley
    • Songs like "Live to Win," "All about you," and "Wake up Screaming," have become instant classics for me, I just can't hear them enough. There may not be any more Kiss albums coming, but I hope Paul keeps them coming.

1. Kiss

  • Ok, I am sure you saw that coming. This has been a back to basics week for me, and there is no band closer to my heart than Kiss, and here they are yet again at number 1!

So that is my chart. What is yours? Lets talk in the Forums (link)