Shaun Cassidy – So Sad About Us, by Pat Thomas

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

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gets an A, by Knute Rimkus

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

Jimmy Garner, RIP

Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.

Sad news from the world of entertainment today.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/james-garner-tv-star-dies-aged-86-1405856731

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 – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan

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

Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, 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

Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, 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, the Documentary About Girl Trouble, Wows A Packed Audience At Seattle International Film Festival, 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

Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson

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 Sings With Sting – Driven to Tears

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

Peter Jackson Has Jumped the Shark, by Chuck Strom

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

Everyone Loves Kalle Anka

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

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/12/nordic_quack.html

Dhoom Machale Dhoom – Song – DHOOM:3 – Aamir Khan | Abhishek Bachchan | Katrina Kaif | Uday Chopra

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

Eagles – One of These Nights, by Claude Iosso

“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

Before Midnight: A Postscript, by Chuck Strom

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

Movies Where People Really Talk to Each Other, By Chuck Strom

Before Sunrise, Directed by Richard Linklater, Columbia Pictures, 1995.

Before Sunset, Directed by Richard Linklater, Warner Independent Pictures, 2004.

Those of you who listen to NPR or read the New York Times probably know already that a third movie in director Richard Linklater’s “Before” Series has been released recently: Before Midnight. In this installment . . . → Read More: Movies Where People Really Talk to Each Other, By Chuck Strom

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: What Really Happened to the Class of ’79? By Knute Rimkus

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

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

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

Staxx Brothers Contribute to The Anniversary Soundtrack

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

Charlie Sheen Sings Brazilian Classic, Águas de Março

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

Lester Bangs About Music, By Davin Michael Stedman

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