This Week At The New Beverly: July 17 - 23

Posted by phil blankenship, July 17, 2009 12:24am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our August calendar is now online!

Friday & Saturday July 17 & 18

A George Cukor/Katharine Hepburn double bill!

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
dir. George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:15 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Winner of 2 Academy Awards: James Stewart for Best Actor and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Screenplay. Nominated for 4 other Oscars including Best Actress, Director & Picture!

Cukor and Donald Ogden Stewart's evergreen version of Philip Barry's romantic farce, centreing on a socialite wedding threatened by scandal, is a delight from start to finish, with everyone involved working on peak form. - Time Out Film Guide


Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2009 10:00pm | Post a Comment
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So last night I finally got to see the much hyped new Sacha Baron Cohen box-office hit Bruno, which, as a diehard Baron Cohen/Ali G/Borat/Bruno fan from ever since Da Ali G Show first premiered on Channel 4, I was really looking forward to seeing. But, boy, was I let down. To paraphrase Baron Cohen's flamboyantly gay Austrian TV fashionista character, this new movie "ist aus," as in, opposite of "in." And it wasn't that I was shocked in any way, or that I found it offensive to gays, or to redneck Americans, for that matter. I just found it offensive to my sense of humor. I expected a lot more from the great Baron Cohen.

Where was the quick witted Bruno from Da Ali G Show? The one whose hilarious skits included brilliantly manipulating fashion tastemakers into totally contradicting themselves without realizing how ridiculous they looked? Replacing genuine wit and biting satire, post Borat Bruno was merely a barrage of slapstick penis jokes with no real substance or humor to back them up. Even Bruno's encounter with Ron Paul, which could have been the screen magic of such past Ali G interviews with Newt Gingrinch,  Andy Rooney, and Pat Buchanan, fell totally flat in comparision.

Of course, the new Bruno isn't a total waste. The movie offered occasional belly laugh moments such as the Paula Abdul encounter. But my advice is don't rush out to theaters to see it. Wait until it comes out on da ali g showDVD. And speaking of DVDs you should get at Amoeba, I would recommend going back and checking out Da Ali G Show for the far superior Bruno appearances from that missed TV series. Also go back to check out the totally slept on (especially Stateside) pre-Borat 2002 Ali G Indahouse: The Movie about the unlikely rise to fame and political power by the jungle/hip-hop goon from the suburb of Staines that Baron Cohen plays so brilliantly.

"Sea Song" by Robert Wyatt

Posted by Miss Ess, July 16, 2009 06:04pm | Post a Comment
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The song that's freaking me out the most these days is "Sea Song" by Robert Wyatt. Its chords and progressions have lumbered along slowly inside of me and utterly taken over mrobert wyatty brain. They are unrelentingly existing in there, like waves crashing over and over...

"Sea Song"'s moodiness conjures a dark, star filled night, and sitting by the stormy sea. The otherworldly production and vocals carry the studio version of what could be a rather simple tune into the sublime, and as it unfolds the song sounds as though it is its own creature entirely, unhurriedly lifting out of the ocean, just as the lyrics suggest.

I think it's a perfect song. Please listen to this fairly different live version of "Sea Song" as performed by Wyatt and Friends live in 1974. It's super rockin'. Then, if you don't have Rock Bottom yet, grab it and hear the studio version, which is the best. And if you wanna get really nerdy about it, there's also this fabulous solo performance of "Sea Song" that is highly enjoyable.

The Two Sides of Tim Cohen

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 16, 2009 05:20pm | Post a Comment
Tim Cohen may be familiar tthe two sides of tim coheno you because you recently heard about The Fresh & Onlys, are a fan of the multi-genred Black Fiction, or are familiar with one of his many mysterious side projects.

This newly released record, The Two Sides of Tim Cohen, however, is the first to bear his name. Written and recorded by Tim at his home during the interim between the unfortunate end of Black Fiction and the birth of The Fresh & Onlys, The Two Sides of Tim Cohen is perhaps his most personal work to date. An immensely creative psych-folk opus, it is full of heartfelt love songs, amazing visions, and musings on death and worms. Tim's songs are reminiscent of the catchy, self-produced pop sontwo sides of tim cohengs of RAM-era Paul McCartney crossed with the skewed baritone bellows of Skip Spence and Michael Yonkers. The new album is recommended for fans of Ariel Pink, Panda Bear and Mayo Thompson. It has been released on Secret Seven/Empty Cellar Records.

The Two Sides of Tim Cohen is available at Amoeba now, on vinyl only, and includes an mp3 downloadable version with seven, yes, SEVEN bonus tracks! The release is limited to 250 copies, 100 of which are on white vinyl.

The Wiz Tonight, July 16th @ New Beverly

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 16, 2009 12:50am | Post a Comment
Now that the MJ hoopla is starting to die, ease on down Beverly Blvd to see the young Michael strut his stuff(ing). Seeing The Wiz is one of my earliest memories. I saw it upon its release in '78-- when I was 3!  I was actually a little apprehensive of going to the Wednesday screening, as I had caught this on TV a few years ago and kind of wrote it off. Seeing it back at a moviehouse really made a difference. It's certainly rough around the edges-- odd directing, histrionic Diana moments, extended dance sequences etc.  However, Miss Ross' fellow travellers give stellar performances, the subway sequence is still freaky and MJ was still just an innocent kid-- he hadn't even released Off the Wall yet! Paired up with the cult favorite Return to Oz, it's a double well worth your $7...

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