Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z Challenge – X – Cult Classics: Symphony X, Xenocide, Xanadu, and More! Plus May Movie Preview Continues – Mad Max: Fury Road and Maggie

A to Z Challenge – Cult Classics – X
Movies-Music-Sci-fi Book-Bloggers-Dragon Term






Movie –


Xanadu
This 1980 musical fantasy starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly and won the first ever Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director. However, the soundtrack album went Double Platinum and spawned five Top 20 singles for Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra.


Music –


Symphony X – Paradise Lost
Released in 2007, the band’s seventh album was the first to hit the Billboard and many other charts. It’s a concept album, loosely inspired by John Milton’s 1667 epic poem, Paradise Lost.

Science Fiction Book –

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
This was the third book in the Ender’s Game series and nominated for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1992.




Bloggers –

Since no one had an X name, I decided to go with those who had the X-factor instead!

Truedessa
Want to read some of the most beautiful and flowing poetry online? Want to follow the adventures of Pat and the Cat? Then you can do no wrong following this lovely lady, Truedessa!

Dixie at An Artful Blogger
Like a daily dose of humor? A funny image or comic (or two or three or more…) to give you a smile? Want to meet someone who is dedicated to her friends? Then you need to meet Dixie!

Dragon of the Stars Term –

X Factor
Defined as ‘a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome,’ Dragon of the Stars has several X Factors, both in terms of people and in situations. While the obvious factor might be the Dragon itself, it’s an assortment of smaller variables that make the difference in the story.

Dragon of the Stars is out now!
Check out the site What Are the Kargrandes? for clues as to how they tie into the story.


May Movie Preview

Here is a continuation of the upcoming theatrical releases for May! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

May 8 –


Maggie - (Limited Release)

A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Director: Henry Hobson
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
This one is actually getting some good buzz. (Arnold could sure use a good film about now…)


May 15 –

Mad Max: Fury Road
In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.
Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz
It’s a continuation of the story, not a remake, and it looks bad ass!




Agree Xanadu’s soundtrack was better than the film? (RiffTrax needs to tackle that film!) Fan of Symphony X and prog rock? Following those two wonderful bloggers? Eager to learn more about the Dragon and the Kargrandes? And do either of those two films spark your interest…?

And if you missed it, yesterday I visited Jay Noel to talk about the Dragon – legend or myth?

105 comments:

Murees Dupé said...

I would like to watch Maggie. I definitely want to know about the Kargrandes. Have a great week.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I don't think I ever saw the entire film, so I'd have to agree that the soundtrack for Xanuda was better than the story. Olivia Newton John is ageless. I've enjoyed getting to know Dixie more through A to Z, and BOTB. She really is a lot of fun!

Julie

nashvillecats2 said...

Pleased the cd went better for Oliva Newton John than the film did,

Loved the X Files on TV. a firm favourite.

Yvonne.

Shah Wharton said...

Both of those movies sound brilliant. I have been waiting the the new Mad Max for a while TBH. :)

shahwharton.com

Medeia Sharif said...

I want to see Maggie.

I've only seen snippets of Xanadu. It looked really bad.

kaykuala said...

The X-Factor and Mad Max somehow stand out. There is an uncanny aura around them. Thanks Alex!

Hank

mail4rosey said...

I don't remember the Xanadu movie, but I do remember the songs from the soundtrack. :)

I had a dream once and woke up thinking, 'who in the world's voice was that/??' It was familiar, but I had no clue... then it hit me it was Trudessa from the Cat/Trudessa videos, hahahhahaa Dreams are sometimes silly.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I had no idea there was a Xanadu movie (even if it is bad!) ... I was in South Africa though ... I'm afraid both movies will pass me by.

I must visit Dixie - while I know Truedessa .. but need to read some more of her poetry ...

Good to read Dragon the Stars has lots of X factor elements in it - I'd imagine that ...

Cheers Hilary

Sandra Almazan said...

I haven't seen Xanadu, but now I want to listen to the title song again.

Li said...

Ugh, not a fan of Xanadu, the music or the film.
Saw the extended trailer for Mad Max in the theater this weekend - it really does look badass. (My Mom, on the other hand, was sorely puzzled.)

Jennifer Hawes said...

I didn't realize Mad Max was a continuation not a remake! Nice. And as for Arnold, yes, I hope this movie goes well for him. Zombies, disease, apocalypse...sounds so familiar, but maybe it will have an interesting twist.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Mad Max... yes, good things it's going to be "R" so it will give you the scope of the Road Warrior and hopefully Gibson's version is mentioned or honored...

and who doesn't love Xanadu?

Jeremy

Heather McCubbin said...

I listened to the Xanadu record album over and over again as a pre-teen, although my parents never let me see the movie. (In the 80s it was harder to watching something when you wanted to anyway.) I loved the soundtrack...thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Great "X" post. This one was hard for me!

www.heathermccubbin.blogspot.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, yes she is!

Medeia, it's even worse...

Rosey, that's funny.

Lisa, she probably doesn't want to see it then.

Jeremy, biggest mistake was not making the third film R rated.

Pat Hatt said...

Pat and the cat on her ship, taking a trip.

Hate xanadu, awful movie. Dune was one I watched recently for the first time that was just as bad.

Mad Max does look good, not sure they'll make the money back from that huge budget though

The Happy Whisk said...

Xanadu? I sorta kinda maybe remember a tad of it, but not so much I guess.

Rhonda Albom said...

I used to be a huge fan of Olivia Newton-John, and Xanadu too. X-Factor bloggers, great idea :)

Lisa said...

is it really already X Alex, it looks like I may still make it :)

Jo said...

Never saw the film but loved the music Xanadu. Saw the first Mad Max and enjoyed it, the second one not so much.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I have a feeling I saw Xanadu... I wanted to be Olivia Newton-John when I was little!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Okay, I'm odd, but I actually enjoyed the fantasy of Xanadu even while recognizing the story was thin and could have been very good. I did love the music. :-)

Read the Enders book. As for the movies--I just don't zombies or anything like them--that makes me the oddball at my house cause the boys love them. But this one sounds more character driven and less zombies eat everything so maybe I'll watch it when it comes to DVD.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pat, they did spend a lot.

Lisa, two more days!

Sia, Maggie does sound different from the usual zombie fare.

Chrys Fey said...

Maggie looks interesting.

I never seen Xanadu...

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I loved the sound track for Xanadu!! "Xanadu - Xanadu (now we are here)
In Xanadu.
" Just thinking about it makes me want to listen to it again.

Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Trudessa is awesome.

I want to see Mad Max for sure. One of my favorite movies.

I saw Xanadu. In the mid seventies I cut my hair like Olivia Newton-John. Why? Because it was the thing to do, and I loved her music. My husband's best friend said that I looked like her, then made a pass at me. Funny the things that trigger memories.

Arlee Bird said...

Xanadu's soundtrack is all I know from that movie.

A Schwartzeneggar film about zombies might be good. It would almost be like him being governor of California again.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Christine Rains said...

The new Mad Max film does look awesome. I don't remember Xanadu, but maybe I blocked it out of my mind!

Tamara Narayan said...

I never saw Xanadu, but I did like the song. Maggie looks interesting because I'm a Walking Dead fan. I didn't know Arnold was back in the acting biz.

L.G. Smith said...

I cannot wait for Mad MaX. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron should kick the re-boot up a notch. Yeah, I'm eXcited. :D

Patricia Stoltey said...

It's true Xanadu wasn't the best film in the whole world. Frankly, I can't remember one single scene from the movie.

Andrew Leon said...

I think I'm familiar with approximately one Olivia Newton-John song, and I have no idea if it was in that movie.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm familiar with the song "Xanadu," but I'm not sure I'd know any of the other songs from the soundtrack. I've heard how infamously awful the movie is, though.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'll have to see Maggie. It sounds interesting. And you're right. The new Mad Max movie does look badass.

Birgit said...

Both films look good and I am not into all the zombie crap. I actually went to see Xanadu in the theatre because I loved Gene Kelly. I walked out of the theatre thinking Gene Kelly needed money. It did open my eyes to ELO though which I love.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I remember belting out the lyrics to Xanadu and dancing dramatically like a Solid Gold dancer to it. It was fun but not at all pretty, Alex.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, I remember this beautiful musical with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly!

Cherdo said...

Whooo-hoooo! Xanadu appears on the A-to-Z a second time. I loved the music from that film!!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I owned the album but never saw the film Xandadu. :) Definitely following those bloggers, and I'm teetering over Mad Max - not sure I've really loved the promos.

Great post at Jay Noel's site!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jenn, now I have it in my head. Thanks.

Teresa, I bet you did look like her.

Lee, that' funny!

Tamara, he is, you just haven't heard much about his movies.

Andrew, what was it called?

Birgit, maybe he did need the money.

Robyn, I bet you looked great.

Thanks, Tyrean!

cleemckenzie said...

Wouldn't it be horrible to be the first to get that Raspberry Award? I'd never be able to shake that off.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Confession - Xanadu was one of my most watched movies when I was a little girl.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Confession - Xanadu was one of my most watched movies when I was a little girl.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Xanadu. There's a beautiful art gallery in Scottsdale AZ by that name. Love the magical sound!

Spacerguy said...

Great movies and book choices. I took the time to follow those wonderful bloggers, thanx man.

Dean K Miller said...

Without Xanadu, there would be no dreams. Definitely get RiffTrax on that movie. Priceless.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I remember watching Xanadu, but don't remember the movie at all. I do love ELO though, so the soundtrack was a win.

Cherie Reich said...

Bloggers who have the X-factor definitely work, although perhaps someone for next year needs to create a pen name with X--Xena, Xander, Xavier, etc. ;)

Al Penwasser said...

Oh, it's a continuation, not a remake.
That explains why Mel Gibson looks so different.

Sarah Ahiers said...

What? No Avengers? No Pitch Perfect 2? No Tomorrowland? May is going to be a KILLER MONTH for movies. I can't wait to see all of them

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, that would be a blow to the ego, that's for sure.

Dean, need to see if they've already done it.

Cherie, that would help!

Al, exactly!

Sarah, Avengers was yesterday.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Well, I guess that film did all right by Olivia Newton John, didn't it?

Everyone should have just listened to the album and skipped the movie.

shelly said...

Yes. xanadoo the movie lacked but the music was great.

Hi, Alex!

Jeffrey Scott said...

I figured Xanadu would find it's way somewhere on your list. I remember the soundtrack more than the film. I seem to recall liking it back in the day. The soundtrack, not the film.

ediFanoB said...

Home after another long working day. Even I'm really tired I do not want to miss to leave a comment which you deserve for all the good stuff you posted from A to X - I know there are two more posts to come.

I neither saw Xanadu nor I listened to the soundtrack.
At least I remember the title song performed by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think I had enough of Zombie movies and I'll probably wait for the Mad Max to come out on demand. I don't think I ever watched the movie Xanadu though I am familiar with the soundtrack.

Timothy Brannan said...

OMG. Xanadu. I wanted to like this movie. IT was myth, it had Olivia Newton John. Man was it terrible.

--
Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
2015 A to Z of Vampires
http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I am looking forward to MAGGIE. I rather liked THE LAST STAND. Ah, not so much FURY ROAD -- it just looks more of the same wild, mindless violence. :-(

Sherry Ellis said...

Xanadu is a classic! I'll have to visit Trudessa. She's featured in so many of Pat's posts, but I've never actually visited her blog.

Lisa said...

I don't know, I might be maxed out on "Zombies" now. I'll see how it goes. Yes, listened to Xanados music but didn't care much for the movie! I will be checking out Mad Max though. I hope they don't ruin it! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

alexia said...

I am eager to find out more about the Kargrandes! As for the movies, I didn't realize The Arnold was back in film... LOL. I'm curious about Mad Max. Maybe a Netflix watch.

Patricia Lynne said...

All new picks for me. I have heard of Xandu, but never watched it.

CA Heaven said...

I have Symphony X in my CO collection. Quite good >:)

Cold As Heaven

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JH, agreed!

Jeffrey, we have the record somewhere.

Thanks, Edi! I am beat. And you remember the title song correctly.

Tim, yes it was...

Sherry, you must visit her!

Alexia, he's back!

Cold, they rock.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man... Xanadu was part of such a very strange period in media, eh? And I'd forgotten the last Ender's game was Xenocide--I liked that trilogy a lot.

Stephen Tremp said...

I saw the previews for Maggie and its a must see for me. Okay, off to Jay's now.

Nilanjana Bose said...

No to Xanadu (film) yes to Maggie and def a yes to Olivia. I like how Xanadu the word sounds though.

Marie Moody said...

I'm going to have to correct you on the bloggers who don't have an X... I DO! I'm hurt that you didn't remember me :( (hehehe just kiddin' NOT). We just met and I thought my name would stand out for you. Xmasdolly... XXXXX I really thought I would make the grade. Guess not good enough just yet... If you check out my Post you'll see info about it if you wanna of course.

Carrie Butler said...

Uh oh. Now I'm going to have Olivia Newton-John singing in my head all afternoon. -_-

Joanne said...

Xanadu is such harmless fun. Music - I like Ed Sheeran's new CD "X". Tried to think of a book with an X - hmmm. Blank spot. X is a challenging letter, that's for sure

Nick Wilford said...

I think I only heard the title song from Xanadu. It seems like a very camp film. So was Mad Max, will be interesting to see how this version pans out. Arnie and zombies could be a good combo, I wonder what this will add to the genre.

Cindy said...

The Maggie movie sounds so sad. I hope she gets cured, then I would want to see it. I like happy endings.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

I loved the Xanadu music.

Yvonne

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hart, very strange...

Marie, I know! Thought about you before I posted, but these were written months ago.

Carrie, sorry!

Cindy, not sure it has a happy ending...

Sandra Cox said...

Truedessa writes beautiful poetry.
Dixie is on my 'to visit' list.

J E Oneil said...

Wow, first Golden Raspberry. That's impressive...in a way.

Shell Flower said...

I've only read the first of the Ender's Game books. I liked that one, though. Maggie looks like a fascinating film, too. Hadn't heard of it yet. I'll put that one on my list.

Marie Moody said...

Thank you Alex. Feel better now.. ~hehehe~ Did I tell you my great grandson's name is Alexander Parker :) I tried to refuse, but my grandson said they couldn't put him back. hahahaha He's a cute little bugger too! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I used to love Xanadu even though I knew it wasn't very good.

Truedessa said...

Alex,

I went over to meet Jay and read the interview. Maggie sounds like it might be a tearjerker so I should stay away from that one or bring a box of Kleenex. I am humbled that you think I hold the x-factor. I just write poetry as I feel it from my heart. Again thank you!

Truedessa said...

PS - You never know when Truedessa ,Pat and Cat will take to the sea on an adventure.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Xanadu was one of the biggest let downs ever

Liesel K. Hill said...

I really want to finish the Ender books! And I really want to see Maggie. It looks kind of awesome. Hopefully not a disappointment.

Stephen Hayes said...

I never saw Xanadu. The terrible reviews kept me away.

Kathe W. said...

I want to watch Maggie also! Cjeers!

Stephanie Faris said...

Well, of course Xanadu sucked, but the soundtrack definitely rocked. I told someone I liked ELO in the 90s and she said, "That's because you grew up on Xanadu." That's exactly why!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JE, yeah, sort of...

Marie, he has an awesome cool name!

Truedessa, you're welcome, and looking forward to your next adventure.

Holy Ghost, that's almost an understatement.

Stephen, wise man.

Tara Tyler R said...

you pack so much info into each post!
can't believe it's almost over.

way to go, man - still the king of blogging =)

Liz A. said...

Loved the Xanadu soundtrack. Cringed at the movie. (Of course, I didn't see it until I was much older.)

Ruth said...

I like the song, but never watched the movie.
I am not sure about Mad Max: Fury Road. I will probably watch it though.

Jay Noel said...

When I did 80s A-Z, of course I do a post on Xanadu. I had such a crush on Olivia Newton John. Heck, I still do!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I've seen nothing. Where have I been?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Tara!

Jay, she's a beautiful lady.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I liked the music of Xanadu, but I don't know if I saw the movie. Maybe no one did.

SC Author said...

Haven't watched the movies D: Now sad.

Ella said...

Nicely done!

I am looking forward to Mad Max-
I like that you shared a bit about the X-factor~

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Maggie does NOT sound like a good movie to watch. xP

I just read your ignore-the-robot remark. lol!

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Wow, it worked! xD

Clarabelle Rant said...

XANADU ROCKED MY CHILDHOOD! After Grease and the pink satin jacket ;) Then Orson Scott Card rocked my early teens with the Ender's series.
Looking back makes me realize I hate growing old...

You can find me here:
ClarabelleRant

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ella, there's a lot going on in the story....

Elizabeth, glad I could make you chuckle.

Clarabelle, growing old sucks.

Al Diaz said...

I saw Xanadu in a drive-in theater. Yes, dwarves managed to put some wheels under me. I like almost all of the soundtrack. You should have seen me dance to it.

Beverly Fox said...

Truedessa I know but Dixie is new! And Maggie looks good but me and zombies is a bad combination so I'll probably skip it.

Michelle Wallace said...

I love the Xanadu soundtrack!
Great interview over at Jay's blog...
I'll have to check out Truedessa's flowing poetry! Love my poetry...
One more day...

Trisha F said...

Xanadu was on TV here recently - it's so amazingly lame but I have a soft spot for it, 'cause one of my best friends adores it and I watched it with her when I was visiting her in Atlanta many years ago.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Amazing what a difference a few words make. I was upset that they remade Mad Max, but now I'm excited that they are continuing the story. Interesting. I'm still mad they remade Poltergeist. :)

HI ALEX!!

Xanadu was heavily used on X day as you can imagine. I know I like it then, but I'm not sure it will hold up like Grease.

Nice post!
Nice bloggers!

I have to take a picture of Stormy with your book on my Kindle! (He made me buy it!)

Heather

Mina Burrows said...

I really want to see the Mad Max movie too.