Years ago I read in the San Diego Computer Edge magazine that Andy Rathbone had been added as a contributing writer. Besides being the author of the original Windows for Dummies books, Andy is also known for being the inspiration for the character “Rat” in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The “rat” . . . → Read More: Fast Times at Ridgemont High: What Really Happened to the Class of ’79? By Knute Rimkus
The lecture in which Pat Thomas will participate, sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum on 1960s/1970′s underground African American films on Saturday March 23rd in Seattle has been changed from 8 pm to 6 pm – the NEW time for this free event is 6 pm !
After two trips to London (May and . . . → Read More: Pat Thomas, Ron Johnson and Gary Perry to Discuss Legacy of the 1965 Watts Riots, the LA Rebellion and Social Justice, Reviving a Cultural, Social, Artistic and Political Framework on March 23 at 6PM, New Time
Seattle’s magnificent hip hop fusion ensemble Staxx Brothers has announced that one of their songs will be included in the upcoming horror and revenge flick, The Anniversary. Here’s the plot description, “On the anniversary weekend of the death of a young women’s husband, five girls head out to a cabin to help their friend . . . → Read More: Staxx Brothers Contribute to The Anniversary Soundtrack
The soundtrack for the upcoming motion picture, A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III will feature an original score by Liam Hayes, a songwriter who has made music under the name Plush since the early 90’s. The soundtrack is available February 5th for digital download and March 19th on CD and . . . → Read More: Charlie Sheen Sings Brazilian Classic, Águas de Março
We all watched Philip Seymour Hoffman channel Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. But this is the man himself; the real article.
Listen close you yutes; you young bloods who never bought an album but pay out your ass for your data plan and call music free; there was a brief time in American history . . . → Read More: Lester Bangs About Music, By Davin Michael Stedman
Remember when music was created by people that weren’t by the book, didn’t look like they just rolled out of a diaper, or were hatched from some technological egg? Remember…? They could be complicated motherfuckers and you still loved them… God I’m glad I experienced those days…
A dear friend of mine, John Bosch, . . . → Read More: Paul K – Wilderness of Mirrors – Documentary To Be Released by Fall 2013, By Jesse Sykes
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Facebook…
Years ago I argued with a friend over the Nick Drake “Pink Moon” VW commercial. While I don’t like hearing my favorite artists used like that, I did feel that Drake had such a small following before the commercial that anything to bring . . . → Read More: On the Road – Nick Drake – Led Zeppelin – Review Thoughts By Pat Thomas
I have a bit of history wit’ CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, which is a great fave, especially in the phenomenally cleaned up & recently completed version now finally available!
I first read about it in 1981, when Dave Marsh published the first edition of THE BOOK OF ROCK . . . → Read More: Rolling Stones – Charlie is My Darling – Recommended With Greatest Enthusiasm, By Tom Kipp
I like the idea of an over-the-top gothic Gatsby for the 21st Century, and this version of Fitzgerald’s novel looks like it could be an amazing ride in 3D. I only wish they’d gone for period music in the soundtrack, or orchestral music simulating period music, or even electro dance pop incorporating . . . → Read More: The Great Batsby, or is it Gatsby?
Here was Davin Michael Stedman‘s initial response to the mighty, Django Unchained:
“Holy sh#tballs I just saw my favorite Tarantino movie. Django was so great I don’t want you to go into the theater with expections that may diminish its impact. It’s like Moonrise Kingdom. Leave expectations at the door and let the master . . . → Read More: Django Unchained – Davin Michael Stedman’s Favorite Tarantino Movie
The trailer for this movie makes the production look very deftly imagined and well-acted. This entire genre, however, the “my parents don’t understand my band and my long-suffering girlfriend can’t cope with my success” genre, is almost always disappointing. As my friend Rich Horton says, “To be fair, the whole ‘(our) band is daring . . . → Read More: Not Fade Away Trailer
It’s taken several decades, but maybe, someone has finally made Jack Kerouac‘s 1957 novel On The Road into a credible Hollywood film. This LA Times article tells the story of all the ups and downs along the way….
– Pat Thomas is the author of the recently released work, Listen, Whitey! The Sights . . . → Read More: Kerouac’s On the Road to Hit the Big Screen, By Pat Thomas
If somebody had told me that someday I’d appear in the same documentary movie as Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag and Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks talking about obsessive record collecting, I would have said “you’re high, you’ve very very high.” Yet today I was filmed talking about Black Power, they’re talking about . . . → Read More: Records Collecting Dust, By Pat Thomas
Right at the beginning of Beware of Mr. Baker, the film’s director, Jay Bulger, is attacked by drummer Ginger Baker, physically, with a metal cane that draws blood when applied to the bridge of the filmmaker’s nose. Mr. Baker, whom we will subsequently encounter in less agitated moods, is upset about the direction of . . . → Read More: Beware of Mr. Baker – A Ginger Baker Documentary, By Pat Thomas
Well, I fear as if I’m going to be accused of high crimes and misdemeanors, but less than a quarter the way through Lincoln I worried that if I saw one more cliche I was going to throw up. I wanted this movie so bad to be good. No. I wanted it to . . . → Read More: Lincoln – A Movie Review, By Gordon Jack Schultz
Here’s a short film which the producers describe in this way, “A simple question, “How many have you loved?” Is your answer, one and only? Or is it several, all of whom have shaped your life?”
What’s more important is that it stars singer-songwriter and internet sensation, Kina Grannis.
Instead of watching the VP debate, I was watching our 32nd President at a screening of Hyde Park on Hudson. BEST. MOVIE. EVER. Yes, Bill Murray and Laura Linney were fantastic as always but the rest of the cast–simply exquisite– from Olivia Williams as Eleanor, Samuel West and Olivia Colman as the King and . . . → Read More: Hyde Park on Hudson – Paging Oscar, By Danny Miller
Why couldn’t they have waited for the film’s debut, instead of tempting greedy bastards like myself? I will say that I only listened to about 30 seconds. Didn’t want to completely spoil it for myself.
- Steve Stav
This is a stone classic of journalistic ineptitude, with Lou Reed actually doing his best to be somewhat cordial & kind to the clueless dolt from Sweden who’s been sent to "interview" him, ca. mid-’90s!
– Tom Kipp
I love Don Delillo‘s novels, and serenely enjoyed, Cosmopolis, his short novel/long-short story of a few years ago. I wouldn’t have guessed that it could be made into a movie, however, as the text was low in the action quotient. Well, live and learn. It’s out soon as a movie with everyone’s favorite cuckolded . . . → Read More: Cosmopolis (2012) – Official Trailer – DeLillo Novel Comes to Big Screen