Snow Files of the Week: "Smoking Telegram", from "The X-Files: Fight The Future" (1998).
This track from the first X-Files movie was previously thought to be lost. It accompanies the last scene of the film when the Cigarette Smoking Man visits the huge field with the manipulated corn in the desert of Tunisia to inform Strughold that the X-Files have been reopened.
Originally, this scene wasn't supposed to have any music. But at the last second Chris Carter decided to use music. The final mixing of the film was already in progress, so Mark had to go to his studio quickly to compose the music for the final scene. He sent the finished piece to the recording studio as DAT. There was so little time that Mark, contrary to his usual habits, was unable to make a copy of it for his archive.
When La-La Land Records produced the expanded album for "Fight The Future" a few years ago, they looked everywhere for this last track. Mark no longer had it because the DAT has probably disappeared in the general chaos with the recording and the studio didn't seem to have a copy of it in their archives too, so this track was missing from the album.
For the fourth box with X-Files music, this lost piece could now be found after all. It is a successful conclusion to the first movie, the music subtly underlines the impact that this last scene has for the further course of the X-Files.
The fourth box from La-La Land Records is limited to 2,000 copies.
I thought I had started a Better Call Saul topic here a few years ago, but I can't find it. Maybe I didn't. Anyway, it's only tangentially related to MM inasmuch as show co-creator Vince Gilligan once wrote for Chris Carter's 1013--one or two X-Files. Small Potatoes was one. Long and short, I was sorry to read this week that Bob Odenkirk, who plays Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene Takovic collapsed on set. He apparently had a "small" heart attack, but is doing okay. He's a really good actor IMO and the show is arguably better than its pre-sequel, Breaking Bad. I can't imagine what they'd do if they lost him in the show's last season! Looks like that great finale will be delayed even more. Sh^t!
And forgot that I pulled up this article a few years back:
After his fishing days, he was a grip on Sayle's 8 Men Out, and seems like from there that's how he got into acting...
Been a long while since I've logged in and longer since I last posted!
Resurrecting an old thread after finally seeing the always amazing John Sayles in his 1991 film City of Hope. Stephen J. Lang showed up as a cop here as well, and apparently uncredited! Of course he's been in other Sayles films, as the previously mentioned Limbo, he also was in the highly recommended Lone Star. Digging City of Hope as well, a good inner city drama touching on a lot of social issues.