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New Directors Section at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2011 02:49pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood's new Directors Section, located on the mezzanine level, gathers directors from across the world in one convenient place. America, Latin America, Asia and Europe are all strongly represented by some of their most praised filmmakers. The genres captured there include horror, drama, comedy, action, cult, documentary, and animation, just to name a few. FDirectors Section 1rom A to Z you can find a everything available from director Woody Allen to Zhang Yimou, with cards that list their complete filmography.

We realized that people are more than just curious about the works of certain directors; some look to their work for a distinct and consistent vision that caters to their tastes and standards. In film criticism they call this the "auteur theory." Certain directors have developed a reputation and a prestige that transcends generations. Many see directors as a film's primary artist, using an assemblage of talented cinematographers, musicians and editors to bring their image to the screen. And while some may disagree with the concept, opting to praise a screenwriter or producer instead, who can deny the feeling one gets from a certain director's work? We recognize that film is a collaborative process, but we'd also like to recognize many directors whose technique and style has influenced more than just cinema.

Horror
SuspiriaFor horror aficionados there's plenty to discover and revisit. Saturated colors, Giallo influences and dizzy scenarios can be found in practically every Italian horror film. The Directors Section is home to many influential Italian horror directors who inspired several genres of film. Dario Argento is arguably the most popular among them. His films Suspiria and Deep Red were groundbreaking for '70s horror, and the violent surrealism of all his work remains a comparative staple in the genre. Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci are two other Italian directors who share a similar style, though Fulci has a heavy emphasis on gore and Bava, eroticism.

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Amoeba Field Trip to See Hall & Oates

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2011 06:47pm | Post a Comment
Around 6:30pm on an incredibly warm 4th of July a yellow school bus pulled up on the Cahuenga side of Amoeba Hollywood, ready to take about 40 Amoebites on our third field trip to the Hollywood Bowl.

Our first Amoeba field trip to the Bowl was back in 2007, also to see Hall and Oates, and it became the stuff of legend around the store. Hollywood BowlSee photos from that inaugural trip to the Bowl. Our second trip was to see Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings open for Feist in 2008 (kind of an odd pairing musically, but still a fun trip). This trip to the Hollywood Bowl was set for the 4th of July and included the LA Philharmonic and a fireworks spectacular. In other words, it was going to be a really fun Independence Day!

Amoebite Tuna brought some blue face paint to help us get into the 4th of July spirit. By the time the bus pulled up to the Bowl, most of us had shiny blue paint somewhere on our faces. An unintended, but pleasant side effect of the paint - it helped us identify each other in the sea of people entering and leaving the bowl. Look for the blue paint! Tuna even befriended the people in the rows around us, painting their faces blue as well.

Hall & Oates performed most of their classic hits, opening the show with "Maneater" and closing it with "Private Eyes" accompanied by the LA Philharmonic. We danced, we sang, and we danced some more.
Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
And then there was the fireworks show - most definitely a spectacular, as the Bowl promised. Set off directly behind and on top of the Bowl itself, everyone in the ampitheatre had a fantastic view of some pretty fabulous fireworks.

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Sunset Strip Record Swap, July 9th in LA!

Posted by Amoebite, June 29, 2011 06:48pm | Post a Comment
Sunset Strip Record Swap
Amoeba will be on hand selling lots of vinyl at the Sunset Strip Record Swap! Come on down and say hello.

Saturday, July 9
Noon to 6 pm
8801 West Sunset Blvd
(the former Tower Records Parking Lot )

Sponsored by KLOS, Sunset Strip Business Assoc, and Record Collector News!

Early bird admission (12-2pm): $10 with canned good to benefit local food banks or $15 without.

2pm - 6pm: FREE.

Call 818-308-4695 for more info.

Advance Screening of New Tribe Called Quest Documentary on July 7

Posted by Amoebite, June 22, 2011 05:03pm | Post a Comment
UPDATE - July 1 - Unfortunately, all our free passes for the advance screening of Beats, Rhymes & Life are gone. But you can still catch the film when it opens in LA and NY on July 8.


Special advance screening event for Amoeba fans! Visit Amoeba Hollywood starting Thursday, June 30 to get a ticket to a special advance screening of Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a new feature documentary about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in Hip-Hop history. Limit 1 pass per person please (each pass admits you + guest).

Q-Tip & Michael RapaportIn 2008, director, actor, and longtime Tribe fan Michael Rapaport went on tour with A Tribe Called Quest when they reunited for the first time in the almost ten years since their last album, The Love Movement (Jive). Rapaport wanted to create a film that documented the tour and explored the group's journey, successes, interpersonal differences, and their influence on the Hip-Hop community and music in general. The film also features interviews and stories from Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, Beastie Boys, Pharrell, Mos Def, Kanye West, Pete Rock, and many more. Plus, Madlib provided original music for the film and Peanut Butter Wolf was its music supervisor.

Amoeba is pleased to present an advance screening and special Q&A with Michael Rapaport and Peanut Butter Wolf at the Los Angeles Film School on Thursday, July 7 at 7pm. Tickets to this event are free & available starting Thursday June 30 at Amoeba Hollywood. Just ask for them at the info counter. Limit 1 pass per person (each pass admits you + guest).

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Food Trucks Invade Amoeba Hollywood on July 4!

Posted by Amoebite, June 21, 2011 03:50pm | Post a Comment
Celebrate independent music and the best of L.A.’s food trucks on July 4th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm  with Frysmith, José O'Malley's, Maui Wowi, Aloha Fridays, and more serving up their tastiest treats. They’ll be parked at the Amoeba Ivar lot (located on Ivar Ave. south of the store between Sunset Blvd. and DeLongpre Ave). 

Come on down and join us! 

Food Trucks
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