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INMATES DANCE AS FORM OF REHABILITATION

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the Filipino dancing inmates moving in unision to the piped in sounds of Flo Flo Rida LowRIda featuring T-Pain's "Low" (single released earlier this year by Poe Boy/Atlantic and available at Amoeba Music). The video is one in a series from the inmates at the CPDRC facility performing their unique monthly prison-wide group dance. This particular recorded dance is from June 28, 2008 and, like all of the group inmate dances at the Filipino CPDRC facility, is choreographed by Byron F Garcia, who has helped stage (and film) numerous other recorded mass inmate dance displays including one from February this year to Soulja Boy and MC Hammer

Although some (mostly non inmates) have critized this forced dancing on inmates as "cruel" or "inhumane," Garcia firmly believes that dancing is a postive force and hence a good tool in the rehabiliation of prisoners. I have to agree with him (the inmates all seem pretty uplifted from these dances) and I can't help but wonder what the results would be if a similar program were adapted in US incarceration facilities. 

OVERBITES, BELLIES & BIG BUTTS

Posted by Charles Reece, December 13, 2008 10:05pm | Post a Comment
One of my favorite comics artists, Dave Cooper, provides the artwork for a new music video, which looks great -- but I warn you, mute the sound:


Danko Jones - King Of Magazines from Bad Taste Records on Vimeo.

Which came first, the love of comics or the big butt fetish? Anyway, comics work doesn't pay for shit, so Cooper now does illustration work and stuff like the above.

Here are his comics in the 'el' series, all of them as good as pop culture ever gets. They're perverse in the best sense of the word [click to enlarge]:



Note that body conscious David Cronenberg wrote an intro to Ripple, so that should tell you something about Cooper's brand of humor. Some of his oil paintings [click to enlarge]:



Here's his new website, which doesn't have much on it, yet, so here's his old site. And here's an interview with the man by Patrick McKeown, another great comics artist who rarely does comics.

VAN DAMME THAT DJ MADE MY DAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2008 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day, which is also part fight, is of Jean Claude Van Damme busting a move or two on the dance floor in the 1989 film Kickboxer. In this action movie (available on DVD at Amoeba), J.C.V.D. plays van damme kickboxerthe younger brother of an unbeaten American kickboxer who hungers for some real competition and ends up going to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing: Thailand.

Van Damme was the subject of a wonderful recent Amoeblog by Charles Reece, where it was reported that the "Muscles from Brussels has finally starred in a film that's been getting some good critical response. JCVD is an attempt to explore the heart and mind of Jean-Claude Varenberg, the man behind the dissipating Van Damme legend." The new film on JCVD by director Mabrouk El Mechri is the film that is receiving rave reviews. From this engaging Amoeblog I learned that JCVD had a small role in the 1984 hip-hop movie Breakin'.

Secret Society of the Sonic Six live Friday 12.19.2008

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 13, 2008 12:55pm | Post a Comment
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Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times

Posted by Miss Ess, December 12, 2008 07:49pm | Post a Comment
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One of the most interesting and endearing films I saw this year on DVD was 2002's Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times, a documentary covering the incredible life of the revolutionary designer. His Life and Times is followed by 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris, in which we observe the entire process of the creation of Saint Laurent's final collection. In these films, Saint Laurent is noticeably shy and sweet, despite how luxurious and decadent his lifestyle became as his fashion house's stature grew over 40ish years. He discusses his family, his muses, his lovers, his struggle with his own sexuality, all in a humble and soft-spoken manner.

Saint Laurent began as the head of the House of Dior, appointed by Dior himself, when he was just 21 years old. After a traumatic, hazing-filled 20-day stint in the French Army fighting the Algerian War of Independence, Saint Laurent left the army only to find he had lost le smoking suit yves saint laurenthis job at Dior. The stress of it all led him to be committed to an asylum, where he received electro-shock therapy. When he got out, he started his own fashion house with his intrepid life partner Pierre Bergé, who is also interviewed in the documentary. Saint Laurent's Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women was a landmark and helped his popularity to explode by the mid-60s. Despite waxing and waning drug and alcohol addiction, hIs career continued with success and his House flourished and continues to have booming popularity, although sadly Saint Laurent died June 1, 2008.

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