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This Week At The New Beverly: October 16 - 22

Posted by phil blankenship, October 17, 2009 09:27am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full October calendar is online at
http://newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm


Friday & Saturday October 16 & 17

Two Directed By Pietro Germi

Recently Made Prints Of Both From Janus Films

Divorce Italian Style
1961, Italy, 105 minutes
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0055913/
dir. Pietro Germi, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:10 & 7:30

Skillfully written, with a penetrating, almost brutal glimpse of Sicily and its antiquated way of life, it has been directed by Pietro Germi with lagless pace and consistent incisiveness, evoking constant chuckles rather than isolated guffaws. - Variety

Evolution of the undead - zombie movies

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 16, 2009 01:42pm | Post a Comment
ZombiesAhead
As vampires are increasingly depicted as little more than be-fanged, neutered teenage emos; the popularity of zombies has risen to the point, according to some sources, that surpasses that of the traditional king of the undead. Zombies are certainly more popular than most of their undead peers, including re-animated skeletonsghosts, mummies or the Crow.

General Mills' Cereal Monsters Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute
Although zombies rule right now, their reign may prove short. After all, no individual zombie has risen to the level of familiarity of a Dracula, Frankenstein's monster or Mac Tonight. What zombies possess in ability to strike fear into the hearts of living, they lack in the personality department. Their mythology is simple, borrowing from ghouls, vampires and mummies whilst adding few touches of their own. That may be why zombies still don’t have their own musical subculture like vampires do with Goth -- just a handful of musically dissimilar bands like The Zombies, White Zombie, and Fela Kuti and The Cranberries' songs, "Zombie.” Zombies can't be said to have truly arrived in the pantheon of monsters until one appears on General Mills' line of monster-themed cereal.
REAL ZOMBIES
In real life, zombies are entranced or betwitched servants or thralls of a Vodou/Voodoo/Vodun bokor... or, sorcerer. They can be living or dead. In movies, however, zombies have gradually taken on a variety of aspects borrowed from other undead, mainly the aforementioned vampires and ghouls.
A NOTE ABOUT GHOULS
Ghouls were originally from Arabia and are an evil sort of desert-dwelling, shapeshifting Djinn that eat children and the dead, afterward taking on the meal’s appearance, thus proving the truth behind the old adage, “You are what you eat.” In films, there had been relatively few attempts to depict ghouls. The British film The Ghoul (1933) concerned an undead Egyptologist’s (played by Boris Karloff) attempt to attain immortality and to kill his former servant. It had more in common with the previous year's Boris Karloff vehicle, The Mummy. Other ghoul movies, like The Mad Ghoul (1943), Nobody’s Ghoul (1962), Boy Meets Ghoul (1965), The Ghoul (1975), Ghoul School (1990), Ghoul Panic (2000) and The Ghouls (2003) are unlikely to ring many bells.

AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP: 10:16:09

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2009 08:40am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Weekly Chart Top Ten: 10:16:09
carried away
1) People Under The Stairs Carried Away (OM)

2) Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)

3) Crown CIty Rockers The Day After Forever (Gold Dust Media)

4) Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One Parallel Uni-Verses (Gold Dust Media)

5) Jern Eye Vision MYX


6) BK-One with Benzilla Radio Do Canibal (Rhymesayers)

7) Skyzoo The Salvation (Duck Down)

8 Antipop Consortium Fluorescent Black (Big Dada)

9 Jay Are (J Rawls & John Robinson) The 1960's Jazz Revolution Again (Groove Attack)

10) Nump Student Ov Da Game (30-30 Sic Wid It Records)

People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are both back on San Francisco label OM Records for their latest album Carried Away, and back on top of the new San Francisco Amoeba Music Top Ten chart, which comes courtesy of Luis at the Haight Street store. "It's a real good album," enthused Luis of the new Thes One + Double K (PUTS) release, which is album number seven from the ever popular pair, who have been busy the past several months performing many large scale shows, including several festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo (where Spin magazine dubbed their set “Best Performance. Period.”). To keep that ol skool hip-hop feel, PUTS deliberatley recorded the new album entirely on reel to reel, sampling lots of classic bits, including numerous rock samples. Note that the first pressing (now at Amoeba) of the CD is wrapped around a die cut O-card and a fold out “PUTS Party Safety Guide” poster. Each album also comes with a special VIP (Very Important Partier) lanyard that will allow fans to acquire exclusive material at the ongoing People Under the Stairs World Tour.

Hey its Global Handwashing Day!

Posted by Whitmore, October 15, 2009 04:55pm | Post a Comment
This morning I was reminded by my second grader son that today is a holiday with an actual message and purpose-- it’s Global Handwashing Day. Simply, it’s a day to educate and motivate people around the world to wash their hands with soap on a regular basis. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of the fact that handwashing with soap is a key element in preventing disease.
 
Last year Global Handwashing Day was initiated as part of the annual World Water Week. According to the official site, the focus for Global Handwashing Day, like last year, is on school children. And with the inevitable flu season just around the corner, handwashing with soap is the single most effective and inexpensive way to prevent flu, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections like pneumonia, which is the number one cause of death among children under five years old. Diarrhea and pneumonia together account for almost 3.5 million child deaths annually. Regular handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet is projected to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.
 
And needless to say there are a bevy of kids songs just about handwashing, and these songs are destined to get stuck in the old noggin for several days to come. Unfortunately, washing your hands with soap and hot water will not prevent what Dr. Oliver Sack calls amusia; the disorder in which impaired musical processing prevents the ear from recognizing musical tones or rhythms, beautiful music may very well sound like the clattering of a toddler in the kitchen with a couple of large ladles and a floor full of pots and pans. Some of these songs I have cued up may just have that effect on the adult brain. Then again, if you’re lucky you’ll just be subject to earworms; the maddening condition where musical fragments repeat incessantly.
 
Anyway, here are some musical odds and ends about handwashing from the likes of Handwashing with Soapy, a Beatles parody, a weirdly paranoid Henry the Hand spreading fear and cleanliness, and of course, a selection from the most successful musical act in the world-- the Wiggles.





TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FIGHT CLUB

Posted by Billyjam, October 15, 2009 01:46pm | Post a Comment
         Trailer for Fight Club

"Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. Goddamn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great fight clubDepression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off," says Fight Club's Tyler Durden -- played to perfection by Brad Pitt  -- who is the dark alter ego of the nameless narrator/protagonist played brilliantly by Edward Norton. Equally powerful is the actress Helena Bonham Carter in the supporting rolel of Marla Singer. Meat Loaf and Jared Leto also play secondary characters in the film.

Today, October 15th, 2009, is the ten year anniversary of the date the David Fincher directed movie first arrived in cinemas.  Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, the engaging dark tale, with its underlying theme of consumerism and the ptifalls of materialsim, is about the nameless Edward Norton character who, in his struggle with insomnia and lack of medication to treat it, ends up in support groups, which he soon becomes addicted to attending. And then by some twists of fate he gets drawn into the web of the dark violent psychē of Tyler Durden, ending up living in his large dilapidated house where the fight club is formed. The violent and provocative film, which has a really dark humor to it, is the sort of film you can go back and watch repeatedly. The movie's great soundtrack by the Dust Brothers also includes The Pixies ("Where Is My Mind"), Marlene Dietrich ("No Love, No Nothin"), and Tom Waits ("Goin' Out West")... Look for both the Fight Club CD and DVD at each Amoeba Music store. Below is the scene with the eight rules of Fight Club.

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