Tuesday, July 24, 2018
ROLLER MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE and other forgotten (OOP) tripper comedy gems from Firesign and Folk
Groovy - It's easy to forget all the 'forgotten' tripping comedy albums Firesign Theater and its inhabitants made in the early 70s, as only the big ones via Columbia seem to be in any kind of reprint schedule (and the latter stuff can't quite measure up - whose can?). Here's a pretty groovy one, based on the cover, the first ten minutes or so I've heard, and the raves of D.W. Rayger. Certainly it's mention of a 'television mission' evokes Brian Oblivion as well as Jesus, and Austin does a pretty dead-on Kris Kristofferson impression singing "Come on, Jesus, show yourself!"
There's also Firesign's NOT INSANE, and this, from one of the solo members Phil Austin. I remember seeing them both in record stores back in the day, and mighty scary they seemed to my child's eye and wild imagination. Not sure if any of these approach the complicated majesty of DONT CRUSH THAT DWARF HAND ME THE PLIERS, or side one of WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICIAN, but hey - they're surely worth a tumble.
Monday, October 17, 2016
It's mighty balmy for October, which is unfortunate. All my sweaters are hanging around like delayed airline passengers. But in the meantime, there were a lot of great soundtracks this year, including Netflix's STRANGER THINGS' synthesizers capturing a mix of both John Carpenter and Brad Fiedel. Also seek out SOUTHBOUND's great soundtrack from The Gifted, as well as THE WITCH, GREEN ROOM, NEON DEMON.... well, it's all here, and it's all... including some from last year and such because time is immoral.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, the helpful Screen Test brings us this uber-bizarre pre-code. Haven't seen beyond the opening, but it's so weird and surreal it's worth watching even if the rest of it sucks.
(PS from 10/17/16 - the movie is gone, and I forgot the name of it!! HAhahaha)
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Astounding She Monster (1957) - Feature by FilmGorillas
Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime ("Our Band could be your Life")
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mighty glad to see this barely available stateside Michele Soavi gem, LA SETTA, on youtube... but... for how long? A kind of Rosemary's Baby gone gonzo loco, it could be the prequel, in a sense, of THE VISITOR...rather than the DEMONS 4 it's sometimes billed as. But DEMONS was never a good series. When it comes to directorial vision and skill, the apple fell far from the tree with heavy-handed--if crowd pleasing--Lamberto Bava. But Argento's other DP, Soavi, soared... until he stopped doing horror and moved over to TV. Who can blame him, really? But look how long this movie's been seen and treasured, man. It's my favorite Herbert Lom performance. Hard to believe it came out in 1991. Dude, it looks like it was made in the 70s, early 80s at most. I mean that in the best way...
Soavi also did THE CHURCH and CEMETERY MAN, the latter is great; the former is kind of bland, to me, just a lot of terrifying vignettes in a beautiful, weird setting. But hey, as the cowboy on the hill said to Justin Theroux, sometimes there's a buggy... (see Shrouds of Soavi)
(PS 3/30/17 - It's gone)
(PS 6/02/18 - now it's on Blu-ray!)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
NIGHT WORLD (1932), a kind of Universal Studios WONDER BAR, with George Raft as a dickish gambler with eyes for Mae Clarke, a sweet gamin from the chorus stuck on a callow lush. Meanwhile a louche manager keeps them rehearsing late so he can leer at the dancers' legs; Boris Karloff is the manager, with a wife who doesn't like him. Go figure. Busby B. did the musical numbers, kind of. And it's on Youtube, who knows for how long. And I'll tell you what, I aint seen it on TCM in a spell.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Before you start you're already beat.
You're #37 have a look.
I think he forgets some words which is great "I don't know.... I've decided lots of things"
Great stuff too, you need Cale's viola... I would have killed to see this stuff in 1983-5 when I was teenage punk and my outfit's designated keeper of the Lou Reed gospel.