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
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
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