Friday, March 4, 2022

There's something in the water

 Another appearance of our favourite stock audio police band chatter, this time in ace 2019 creature feature Crawl.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Answer the question, doctor

 I found what might be the oldest ever appearance of the stock audio clip that gives this blog its name watching a modern classic, Michael Mann's 1999 drama/thriller classic The Insider.

Back when Russell Crowe was newly hot, Al Pacino still had black hair and before Mann had squandered some of his reputation on the unforgivably silly Blackhat, he made a cracking movie based on his and Eric Roth's script, telling the story of the cigarette company executive who blew the whistle on the top brass of cigarette manufacturers knowing how addictive smoking was, paving the way for a lawsuit that eventually ballooned to be worth over $200bn.

In the story, fired cigarette scientist and exec Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe) agrees to give a deposition relating to the state of Mississippi's class action existing lawsuit against the tobacco ocmpanies. The thing is, having signed a confidentiality agreement, Wigand can't legally talk to the media.

But if compelled to testify as part of a class action lawsuit – similar to being summoned to appear in court as a witness in a criminal trial – they can get around his agreement with his former employer because his deposition becomes merely public record.

It's a risky move by the legal team led by state attorney general Mike Moore (playing himself) and the law firm of Richard Scruggs because the cigarette manufacturers issue a gag order anyway, one that might land Wigand facing charges if his side's careful legal manoeuvring backfires. But it's a buttock-clenchingly good scene as lawyer Rob Motley (Bruce McGill) goes postal on the cigarette companies' defense after they continue to interrupt as Wigand answers questions.

Anyway, after it's over and Wigand, Scruggs and the rest of the team breathe a sigh of relief as they settle into their police escort to be taken back to their offices, a familiar voice rings out, declaring long-forgotten neighbourhood zones clear.

Monday, December 30, 2019

First of all... shut up!

Another appearance of our favourite police band chatter stock audio clip, this time in Archer, Season 7, Episode 1.

Monday, December 2, 2019

What a pisser

If you're as much of a fan of the classic 1980 Zucker/Abrahams comedy Airplane! as is, you'll know the Terminal 6 tunnel very well.

It's the very 70s-themed interior design that stands out as Ted (Robert Hays) catches up with Elaine (Julie Hagerty) after coming home to find the note explaining that she's leaving him. The famed byway is adorned with tiny square tiles in bold vertical stripes of every colour of the rainbow (although in Airplane! we only see the brown, grey, orange and yellow section).

It's famous not only as the scene for an emotionally wrenching confrontation in the annals of dramatic cinema as Elaine finds the bravery to say everything she wanted to say in the note when Ted unexpectedly turns up at LAX to stop her, but one of Airplane's most famous goofs, where a camera grip is seen in the background scrambling to get out of the frame as he collects up lighting cables.

But if you're a Quentin Tarantino fan, the Terminal 6 tunnel might be familiar. First of all, Pam Grier takes the travelator down the exact same hallway during the opening credits sequence of Jackie Brown, accompanied by Bobby Womack's Across 110th Street. And in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, scenes shot at LAX were filmed there too.

But here's the craziest thing. After Airplane! was filmed in 1979 you might expect the iconic walkway connecting the Terminal 6 rotunda with baggage claim was redressed for both Tarantino's films, filmed in 1996 and 2018 respectively.

But as at least one website celebrating trivia about America's most famous port shows, the garishly decorated thoroughfare was still declaring its loud and proud 1960s heritage as recently as 2017. Last time we were in the City of Angels, LAX was undergoing a major refurbishment, so no word yet on whether the tiles are intact.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

They're hiding in the hills (spoiler)

Our favourite stock audio clip of police band chatter and the one that gives this blog its name has shown up again.

It's in Episode 3 of the first season of Better Call Saul, which is currently bingeing because of how awesome Breaking Bad was.

Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) shows up at the house of the Kettlemans, the squeaky clean, all-too perky family in whose mouths butter seemingly wouldn't melt but who are nevertheless in the midst of a $1.6m embezzlement scandal.

There's been a threat against their safety because of the money it's assumed they're harbouring and when they disappear, everyone fears the worst. McGill pulls up outside their house and there are already emergency vehicles parked all over, the property taped off.

As he approaches, police band chatter can be heard from one of the open cop car windows, and out it proudly rings.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

It's everywhere!

Another sighting (aurally, of course) of the immortal stock audio recording of the police band chatter that gives this blog its name, this time in John Hillcoat's searing cop thriller Triple 9.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

They didn't tell you this about The Force in Jedi school

There comes a moment during the battle of Takodana, when Han Solo and Chewbacca emerge from the ruins of Maz Kanata's castle-cum-bar, where Solo raises his gun and fires at an unlucky first order trooper without even looking at his quarry. It's like he just knew the guy was there...

Now, let's think back to where Han and Chewie first entered the Star Wars canon. It was when Ben Kenobi hired him to fly Luke and himself to Alderaan at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Solo couldn't have been further from a believer in The Force. En route aboard the Millenium Falcon, when Ben is schooling Luke in the ways of the Jedi, Han even dismisses it as 'a lot of simple tricks and nonsense', saying 'there's no mystical energy field controlling my destiny'. Hokey religions indeed.

So how, 30 years later, is he able to aim and shoot at a moving target at least 20 metres away without even looking at it, using just the kind of simple tricks and nonsense he once derided?
Well, lets think about his history. He married and fathered a child with Princess (later General) Leia Organa, before their estrangement that saw him return to a life of crime with his first mate and which ultimately bought him back into the struggle with the Dark Side.

And as the twin sister of Luke Skywalker and the daughter of Anakin Skywalker, two of the most powerful Jedi knights in the galaxy, Leia was strongly force sensitive too, it was just never developed in her after she was delivered to the custody of Senator Bail Organa and his wife soon after her birth.

What does all this tell you, other than the inescapable conclusion that force sensitivity isn't just about training, a father figure mentor or even a high midichlorian count.

The Force is sexually transmitted!