The Mummy (1999)
We’re both huge fans of fantasy/adventure films, and grew up on The Mummy reboot series. Granted we were only five when it came out, the film makes for a great rewatch. The acting is top notch, the laughs are contagious, and the special effects are cutting edge. One scene, in particular, comes to mind – the scene where Brendan Fraser’s character, Rick, first escapes the soldiers protecting the city of the dead. This directly influenced the chorus of ‘Some Samurai’, a track off of our debut EP. The lyric “born to be a mess” was written after revisiting the scene, and agonizing when Brendan’s character falls on the sand and nearly destroys his beautiful purple scarf. This film is a necessity for the aspiring songwriters and artists in our generation, and we are certainly better for having experienced it.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
American Adventurer, Rick O’Connell returns in this smashing 2001 blockbuster film. Although this is almost exactly the same as Stephens Sommers’ first film in the franchise, we are now introduced to the adorable Alexander – son of our protagonist. With him in the mix, a whole new series of shenanigans unfold! We couldn’t take our eyes off the screen whenever Alexander was on the TV; shocked he didn’t get nominated for the Oscar that year. Brandon returns wearing the same white shirt and suspenders combo, and we couldn’t be happier. Why change something so perfect? We put this film in the same league as Dark Knight and Spider-man 2; a sequel that truly outshines its predecessor. 10/10 on the Toledo scale, check out this one if you want to know the mythology behind one our hit songs, ‘Hot Stuff’.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
From the director of XXX and XXX: State of the Union, comes a new entry in The Mummy series. This time we’re in China, and the mummy is a dragon. Jet Li stars as the mummy dragon, who squares off against Rick O’ Connell, American Adventurer played by Brendan Fraser. We haven’t actually seen Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), but we imagine it’s an incredible return to form for both the series and for Brendan.
Monkeybone isn’t technically part of The Mummy Trilogy, but it remains one of our favorite films nonetheless. Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) stars once again, this time as a comatose cartoonist named Stu. It’s a surprising comedic turn for an actor known mostly for his dramatic roles. This versatility inspired us to branch out into comedy songwriting – hence our song, ‘Bath’. Most of our songs dealt with heavy themes of love, depression, and anxiety… ‘Bath’ is about taking baths when you’re young and alive.
George of the Jungle (1997)
Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Monkeybone) swings into action in the classic ’90s art film, George of the Jungle! In the golden age of cinema, Fraser is back in the best live action Tarzan movie you’ve ever seen! We have watched this movie countless times, and quotes from the film echo around the studio when we record. “Watch out for that tree!” we would say whenever one of us stepped up to the mic to track vocals!
Now that you’ve had your hit of Fraser, check out TOLEDO’s video for ‘Qué Pasa?’.