Warrior – Tom Hardy, The Killers, and Savatage

“ABOUT TODAY (Theme To “Warrior”)      THE NATIONAL

Tom Hardy is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.   His last four films are Inception (epic), This Means War (I thought it was fun, a guy’s chick flick), Warrior, and Dark Knight Rises (he’s Bane).     WARRIOR was actually released in the fall of 2011 but I didn’t see it until just recently.   It’s got a incredible 8.3 rating on IMDB and 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.   Great scores, but I think they are too low!!!   It’s my favorite movie I’ve seen this year.  Taking a page from Stallone’s Rocky movies, an underdog gets a shot at the title.    But that doesn’t do the film justice.   Nick Nolte should have won an Oscar for his portrayal of the ex-alcoholic father.   Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Morrison are brilliant as Tommy’s brother and sister in law.   But the true star is Tom Hardy and his commitment to the lead character, an ex-Marine who competes in a Winner Take All UFC tournament.  I’m not a big fan of mixed martial arts training but I was mesmerized by the action in the ring.  Scene after scene takes your breath away, from the confrontation between son and long lost father, the brothers meeting the night before the tournament, the brutally realistic fight scenes, the high school students rooting for their teacher.    You’ll be enthralled and cheering the whole movie!    100% recommended.   Here’s the theme song and a special short version with movie dialogue included.

“RUNAWAYS”      THE KILLERS (UPDATED OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Finally new music by The Killers!   “Runaways” is the lead single from a new CD called Battle Born due out this fall.   Four years since the last CD but they’re back with a vengeance.  A true rock anthem with swirling guitar riffs, unrelenting drum beats, Brandon Boyd’s scream-it-out chorus, and lyrics that remind me of a lost Springsteen track.   “”We’re all just runaways, I knew it when I met you,  I’m not gonna let you runaway, I knew it when I held you I wasn’t letting go”.  I really liked Entertainment Weekly‘s description of the song as ‘a Jack & Diane story of exuberant young love’.  If the rest of the CD is as powerful as this track, it may rival the sales of “Hot Fuss”, The Killers breakthrough masterpiece.  

DAILY MUSIC TRIVIA:  What Dire Straits song did The Killers cover on their Sawdust CD?  

“BELIEVE”    SAVATAGE

Growing up in the Tampa area in the late 80/90’s, you had to know Savatage.   I once saw them at ML Chasers, a rock club on US 19 in Clearwater.  Their CD, Gutter Ballet, was an MTV Headbanger’s Ball favorite in 1989.   The Oliva brothers actually started their metal band at an Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, FL not far from where I live!   Savatage’s theatrical themes,rock operas, and their refusal to play anything radio-friendly, set a line in the sand, you loved them or hated them.  “Believe” starts off exceedingly slow but give it a minute or two and the intensity of Oliva’s voice mixed with the heavy guitar riff is pure metal bliss.   As you know, the uncommercial Savatage ironically became the massively successful, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who sell out arenas every Christmas season.