In 2002, Rik Swartzwelder released an incredible short film called The Least of These which was based on Tony Campolo’s Agnes story. It was amazing, a powerful little movie bulging with classic lines like, “The kind of church which throws birthday parties for whores at 2 o’clock in the morning,” “Someone has to cut . . . → Read More: Rik Swartzwelder – Back and Still “Old Fashioned”
Was interesting to hear in both the movie and the panel discussion afterwards last night in LA, how many “punk legends” got inspired by “prog-rock” in the early 70’s. Great discussion by Jello Biafra about Hawkwind and Keith Morris praising Yes, King Crimson, etc. He wasn’t mentioned but John Lydon also went down that . . . → Read More: Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas
Last Friday I saw The Imitation Game, the recent movie about British mathematician Alan Turing and the breaking of the German Enigma codes during World War II. It has been out for a while, but it was released only recently in my part of the world. It was panned a bit in The New . . . → Read More: The Imitation Game: It’s Not Always Good to Be Ahead of Your Time, by Chuck Strom
The documentary “Life Itself” shows film critic Roger Ebert in a less than flattering light. In a society that celebrates youth and vitality, some might find it shocking that we see Ebert’s face ravaged by cancer. We see shots of his final days when he’s unable to walk or talk. Yet he was able . . . → Read More: ‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD
I’ve always liked this movie, Redford’s character as an incredibly driven loner from a small town, who is drawn to the spotlight and Europe is a good role for him – the cinematography of the skiing and small towns is incredible (filmed on location providing a great snapshot of small European towns circa 1969). . . . → Read More: Downhill Racer, by Pat Thomas
Guy Pearce is a fantastic actor, one of the greats of the last quarter century. He was awe-inspiring as the playboy king in The King’s Speech and spot on as an ambitious detective in LA Confidential. Now the English-born Australian is bringing his talents to pop music with excellent– dare we say Roxy . . . → Read More: Taste, Storm – Two New Tunes From Actor Guy Pearce
We all remember Shaun Cassidy as a 70’s “teen idol” – but we tend to forget his 1980 exploration into “new wave / punk” with his “Wasp” album produced by Todd Rundgren with Todd & Utopia as the backing band – they cover songs by Bowie, Talking Heads, the Animals, and Ian Hunter. There’s . . . → Read More: Shaun Cassidy – So Sad About Us, by Pat Thomas
I went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last night and found it highly enjoyable. In addition to all the amazing CGI stuff, they manage to create a very compelling drama with a lot of biblical and Shakespearean themes that are quite thoughtful. This film is closest to the original Planet of . . . → Read More: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gets an A, by Knute Rimkus
Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.
Sad news from the world of entertainment today.
I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:
I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.
He was the John . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP
God Help the Girl would be more aptly called God Help This Movie. This film begins with a young girl walking through Edinburgh sinnging, but I had no idea why. Then she’s in some sort of mental hospital for what appears to be an eating disorder. But again, we don’t know why. Half an . . . → Read More: God Help the Girl – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan
My third movie as part of Seattle International Film Festival was an utmost treasure. Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz was a documentary by Director Kay Ray, and co-producer Cathy Wadley. Lady Be Good reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s through archival footage and . . . → Read More: Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan
Last Tuesday I watched my second movie as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. This one, called Razing the Bar was about the rise and fall of the beloved punk club called The Funhouse.
Through interviews with employees, owners and local musicians, this film is mainly about Brian Foss who took over . . . → Read More: Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, by Holly Homan
Strictly Sacred is a documentary about Seattle band Girl Trouble. Girl Trouble has been a Seattle institution for about twenty-five years, but have never received the notoriety they so deserve. That is until now. Isaac Olsen (who is the nephew of two of the members of Girl Trouble) directed this excellent introspective on the . . . → Read More: Strictly Sacred, the Documentary About Girl Trouble, Wows A Packed Audience At Seattle International Film Festival, by Holly Homan
Thirty years ago today, March 2, 1984, the film This is Spinal Tap was released. This rockumentary, or mockumentary, directed by Rob Reiner, featured Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), and a bevy of actors and actresses in guest spots. Numerous actors filled in the role of . . . → Read More: Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson
Robert Downey Jr makes showbiz magic with “Driven to Tears.” Originally released 34 years ago, this thought-provoking tune, essentially a plea for global sharing, comes across with more white soul cocktail activist power in this version than it did on Zenyatta Mondatta back in the day where it rocked in an interesting little jazzy . . . → Read More: Robert Downey Jr Sings With Sting – Driven to Tears
As the title suggests, I am about to disparage Peter Jackson’s latest installment of his Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug. Before I do so, however, I should point out a few things. I am as familiar with the Tolkien literature as anyone could be without being totally obsessive, having read most of it . . . → Read More: Peter Jackson Has Jumped the Shark, by Chuck Strom
Here’s an article in Slate on Sweden’s love of Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka, which literally translates to Charlie Duck. It’s an interesting take on Swedish culture and the appeal of similar cultural icons, especially during the holidays.
– Chuck Strom
Yes, the most expensive movie in Bollywood history is about to be released and it was filmed in… Chicago. It’s the long-awaited third installment of the Dhoom series, which is set to be released on 12/20/13. If this video is any indication, the movie is going to be sexier and more Śānadāra (spectacular) than . . . → Read More: Dhoom Machale Dhoom – Song – DHOOM:3 – Aamir Khan | Abhishek Bachchan | Katrina Kaif | Uday Chopra
“One of These Nights” is a hundred times better than everything else the Eagles ever produced, a delicious, irresistible groove with falsetto and funk, when the band was at the crossroads of disco and country rock.
Disco is “the daughter of the Devil himself.” Of course, country rock is the namby pamby “angel in . . . → Read More: Eagles – One of These Nights, by Claude Iosso
Last week, I was in Sacramento and saw Before Midnight at the one theater in the city where it played. Those who have seen Before Sunrise and Before Sunset will find the format familiar. The setting is gorgeous–this time in the south of Greece–and the conversation is engaging and intense, with a few more . . . → Read More: Before Midnight: A Postscript, by Chuck Strom