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Amoeba's Asian Cinema Section

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 5, 2007 01:55pm | Post a Comment
When Amoeba opened, Asian films were primarily divided between a Hong Kong section, a Japan section, the Foreign section and martial arts. Eventually we created a massive, Pan-Asian section (with martial arts still separated. However, Chaz has just divided the Asian section into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Miscellaneous Asian sections. So, here's the top sellers from these new sections:
  
    
                                           Wong Kar-Wai                                                                                       John Woo 

Amoeba's Chinese Top 10:

Raise the Red Lantern
In the Mood For Love

Hard Boiled

2046
Chungking Express
Wong Kar-Wai Collection
Days Of Being Wild
Infernal Affairs
The Killer
Shanghai Triad


Chuck Prophet? We're keeping him.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2007 11:24am | Post a Comment

With a last name like "Prophet," you have but a few paths in life you could take. First there's the obvious, the path of the evangelist.  Then there's the option of being a medium, or mind-reader, or soothsayer. Or, as in the case of Chuck Prophet, you could combine both trajectories, and become a musician.


Local hero Chuck Prophet chose the latter, and he just released his eighth solo work, Soap And Water. He played six songs from the record for an amalgamation of friends, family, and fans on a balmy Saturday afternoon in our San Francisco store.


If "American Music" can be defined as having its roots in jazz, blues and the Old West, then Chuck Prophet is definitely a uniquely  "American" artist. He could easily be a staple in any House of Blues signature band, or back his van into any roadhouse in the country and put on a jumpin' show.


Amoeba has a certain road-house quality, let's face it, and we were more than glad to let him back his van up to our doors. Prophet plays with great intensity, holding his guitar like it's a limbo stick that
he is going to duck under, or a wily snake that he is trying to straighten out. "A woman's voice'll drug you," he drones in his Lou Reed-like tone, the swampy guitar backing him up with its own plodding, trance-like quality. "You'll get lucky for the chance."


Prophet's music engenders a certain intimacy; it's the perfect kind of relationship between the artist and his audience, all of which is just the sort of show for a setting like an in-store. To wit: during his between-song banter, Prophet looked out over the whole shop and quipped about all the "competition" that was out there staring back at him in the form of other CDs for sale. Immediately a rather strange
guy in a Sublime hoodie, a black fedora, and a Soul Asylum T-shirt ran up to the front of the stage waving a record. "Hm," said Prophet, holding it up to read 'the competition.' "The Sidekicks, Butt Candy,"
he read, deadpan. Everyone erupted in laughter.

steven king on dvd...misery...carrie...children of the corn...the shining...cujo...christine...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 5, 2007 10:50am | Post a Comment
Well I guess it is now officially November. But even though Halloween is over that does not mean the season of horror movies is over. As a huge long time fan of the horror film I always look forward to any excuse to watch horror movies over and over again. The horror films at the movie theater were a bit disappointing this Halloween season. The only movies at the theater last weekend were Saw IV and "30 Days of Night." I luckily already saw Rob Zombie's Halloween, since it completely disappeared from the theaters. They really released that one way too early. I had many friends that were waiting to see it close to the the actual date of Halloween. It was always exciting to go see the new Halloween movie on or around the day of Halloween. I even wanted to go see this new one again. But I did see "30 Days of Night" directed by David Slade. The brilliant man behind the very disturbing movie "Hard Candy." I still get scared thinking about that movie and it wasn't even a horror movie. Every time I go to a horror movie in the theater these days, I always expect the worse. So if the movie is even half way decent I end up really appreciating it and possibly loving it. But 30 Days of Night was actually really good. The film was based on a comic book about a town that literally experiences 30 days of night. The development of the characters and the small town they lived in was really well done. Josh Hartnett, who also starred in Halloween H20, plays the town sheriff. He actually sort of resembled the Michael Myers mask and was really well cast as the son of Jamie Lee Curtis. I was not really scared that much during 30 Days but I was really cold. They did a good job of capturing the cold of Alaska even if the vampires didn't seem to mind it.

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Posted by Whitmore, November 5, 2007 08:58am | Post a Comment
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!

Ninja Terminator

Posted by phil blankenship, November 4, 2007 10:42pm | Post a Comment
 





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