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Smaller and Smaller and Smaller: Indiana Jones 4 (2008)

Posted by Charles Reece, June 6, 2008 08:54pm | Post a Comment


I don't know what to say about Indiana Jones and the Subtitle I Can't Remember Without Looking It Up. It's called something like "The Castle of Grey Skull," but I know that's He-Man.  A 20-something year old toy tie-in is more memorable than the new Spielberg-Lucas flick. You won't find any images like the above in the new reiteration. That shot reminds me of the crops-on-fire one from Days of Heaven, which was a celebration of cinematographic possibilities. And it evokes memories of Lawrence of Arabia. It's a beautiful image of Western power, with the silhouette of Indy's hat -- a metonym for imperialism -- lording over the working Egyptians as they dig for an old Christian talisman.  The older, wiser Indy now says "Ike is right," with the empire-building majesty of Douglas Slocombe's cinematography being unfortunately replaced by the middling containment-style imagery of shooting in front of green screens and on sets that look like Disneyland rides. "The adventure continues" indoors and on desktops:


 
You don't see any indoor scenes which aren't on real world sets, with real sunlight coming in, like this:


And maybe Harrison Ford's salary ate up all the money for extras, the availability of which previously gave you shots like this:

Bury Me An Angel

Posted by phil blankenship, June 6, 2008 06:18pm | Post a Comment
 






New World Video 9501 

BILLY JAM'S WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 6-6-08

Posted by Billyjam, June 6, 2008 08:30am | Post a Comment

Sadness struck both Amoeba and the local Bay Area hip-hop community this week with the tragic passing of the much-loved Anthony Marin (aka Big Ant) who, at the young age of 37, died of heart failure last weekend. 

A DJ/producer and multi-instrumentalist, not to mention an incredibly knowledgeable musicologist, Big Ant had been a fixture on the local hip-hop scene for many years -- ever since he moved north from LA in the nineties. Before working at Amoeba SF he had worked at Tower Records in the South Bay and Cue's in Daly City.

If you were into the local DJ or hip-hop scene you would have seen Big Ant over the years at countless events. A large framed man with a warm hug and a winning smile, plus an unbridled knowledge of all types of music (far beyond hip-hop), he had DJ'ed all over, played damn near every instrument it seemed (including guitar/drums/keyboards in Black Fiction - the experimental rock band he was a member of along with fellow Amoebites Jason Chavez and Tim Cohen), and was a ham at Karaoke.  This evening, Friday June 6th, from 5PM to 9PM, those who knew this great man will gather in his honor at Milk, which is directly across the street from Amoeba on Haight St.

For more in depth tributes to Big Ant, visit 4AM/Jason Chavez's MySpace or the text/photo dedication to him on the homepage of the Amoeba website, where Jason Chavez, his best friend, wrote so poignantly: "The best lesson he taught me is the lesson that every loved one that passes teaches us, that we are all still alive and we need to live, love and find our purpose and passions for ourselves and our passed loved ones who are watching us and guiding us towards our destinies. Everyone stay up, he'd want us to."   R.I.P. BIG ANT.

AMOEBA MUSIC SAN FRANCISCO HIP-HOP TOP FIVE (6.6.08)

1) J-Live Then What Happened? (BBE)
2) TOPR The Marathon of Shame (Gurp City)
3) Giant Panda Electric Laser (Tres Records)
4) Subtle Exiting Arm (Lex)
5) The Cool Kids The Bake Sale (Chocolate Industries/A&M)

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Best Of The Summer Outdoor Concerts

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 6, 2008 01:24am | Post a Comment
Summer is almost here, which means Los Angeles will have a barrage of outdoor concerts. Venues Like The Greek Theater and The Hollywood Bowl have already kicked into gear. Nothing is better than seeing a show outside of a dank, dark club that smells like fifteen years of spilled alcohol and overflowed toilets. My picks center around World Music because that's what I like. Some of the artists are folkloric but most are modern musicians pushing the envelope of modern music beyond what we can see right now. On top of that, most of these shows are free.

Here are my picks for June:






Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
June 20 2008
8:00 PM @ Grand Performances
Free


Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Fela Kuti. Much like his father, his lyrics are politically charged and the Afro-Beat rhythms the band creates are just as infectious as they were in pop's days. His highly anticipated release, Many Things, is due out in June.









Quetzal
Jun 28, 2008
8:00 PM @ Levitt Pavilion (Pasadena)


Los Angeles suffered a major blow late last year when Quetzal moved to Vera Cruz. However, they are back in Los Angeles for the summer and this show promises to be a great welcome home. Their mixture of Son Jarocho, Cuban Son and rock is coupled with one of the best singers ever, Martha Gonzalez. If you haven't bought their last album, Die Cowboy Die, you're missing out. It's the best album to come out of East L.A. since Los Lobos' Kiko.

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AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD HIP-HOP TOP FIVE: JUNE 5, 2008

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2008 08:00pm | Post a Comment

AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD
HIP-HOP TOP FIVE (6.5.08)


1)  J-Live
    Then What Happened?
(BBE)

2) Atmosphere
   When Life Gives You Lemons, You  
   Turn That Shit Into Gold
(Rhymesayers)

3) Gnarls Barkley
    The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

4) Flobots
    Fight With Tools (Universal Republic)

5) Lil Wayne
    Lil Weezy-Ana Vol. 1 (Noiseland)

If ever a hip-hop release deserved to do well it is the highly recommended new J-Live album, Then What Happened? on BBE, which is this week's number one release on the Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart (thanks Marques Newson). The album, the artist's fourth and featuring some guest shots including Chali 2na and Posdanous, is also doing well this week at the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba Music stores.
 


What is most amazing about this under-appreciated hip-hop artist is that he is not just a great emcee but he is also a gifted producer and DJ. See the clip of him above, live in Amsterdam, simultaneously rapping on the mic and cutting up on the
ones and twos. Impressive stuff! J-Live's rich style is both respectful and inspired by the genre's golden-era past while still sounding new and  pushing forward. Just back from some shows in Europe, he currently is in Atlanta, with East Coast shows lined up but unfortunately no Cali dates locked down in the immediate future. You can expect an Amoeblog interview with J-Live sometime over the next couple of weeks.

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