Tonight only, director Enzo G. Castellari will be appearing at the New Beverly Cinema to introduce his films THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and BATTLE SQUADRON and do a Q&A during the intermission. As an incredible added bonus, THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS stars Fred Williamson and Bo Svenson will be joining Castellari for the introduction and Q&A!
Castellari is one of our favorite directors, having created westerns like KEOMA and KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE, crime films like STREET LAW and THE BIG RACKET, giallos like COLD EYES OF FEAR, post-apocalypse hits like 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS, and the hard-to-see killer shark film GREAT WHITE. He's flown in from Italy to join the New Beverly crowd for an amazing night, and it's also his 70th birthday so be sure to wish him well when you see him.
DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT!
The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the two features plus a reel of rare Castellari trailers is only $7.00. This is a regular New Beverly Cinema event that we're just helping with, so theater discount cards and student/senior discounts also apply!
As an added bonus, there will be some amazing prizes and freebies courtesy of Severin Films, who have just released a beautiful 3-disc DVD special edition of THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Check them out on our top friends on MySpace, and also at www.severin-films.com.
Wednesday • July 30th, 2008
Tribute to Enzo G. Castellari
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Special Guests: Enzo G. Castellari, Fred Williamson and Bo Svenson
(other special guests also expected to be in attendance)
7:30pm THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (1978)
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten, Michael Pergolani, Jackie Basehart, Michel Constantin and Ian Bannen.
10:00pm BATTLE SQUADRON (1969)
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Frederick Stafford, Van Johnson, Francisco Rabal, Ida Galli and Luigi Pistilli
The one clear message from the always fun annual Bay Area Maker Faire a couple of months back was that we, a society weaned on consumerism, need to shake the shackles of dependency on corporations who sell us products shrewdly manufactured with a built-in obsolescence -- products whose mechanisms are deliberately made difficult to figure out.
To hell with that! We should not have to always hire others to fix our cars, fridges, vacuum cleaners, lawn-mowers, bikes, computers, etc., etc. when they (inevitably) break down.
Instead, we should learn all we can about the products we own and use daily. Furthermore, we should not only know how to fix these things when they break down but we should also know how to build our own things from scratch. DIY baby!
Of all the homemade items that people create, the most inspiring to me are homemade musical instruments created out of found parts. These can range from the most simple (an empty pork rinds bottle with a rubber band & piece of cloth tied on top as a drum) to the most intricate (an electronic keyboard built from found odds and ends).
Over the years I have seen/heard many great variations on all types of instruments, from string to wind to electric and I thought it was time to do an Amoeblog about them, drawing from videos I found on YouTube, where I even discovered an interactive thread on making your own instruments, which includes perhaps one of the most popular one among music instrument makers-- the cigar box guitar.
One is from the recent Memorial Day observed Morningside Build Your Own Instrument Day in Pittsburg, PA, featuring Jim Lingo's creative string instrument, which drew equal parts awe and amusement from those at the outdoor event. Then there is the homemade electric bass by KgldMond who built his instrument from a piece of wood, an old turntable, and a string. Finally, there is CrazyEzra's nice noise maker constructed out of a saw, a pick up and a big purple synth modulator.
Last night I was mugged at gunpoint. The perpetrator not only made off with the $560.00 in cash that I was carrying (which I had intended to deposit today) but he knocked me down to the ground and kicked me hard enough that he left a nasty bruise in my ribs before he made his getaway on a magic, chocolate-colored Pegasus.
None of which is true, but it is a rather exciting way to begin this week’s blog entry, isn’t it? Except that, by lying to you, I have now risked alienating you emotionally, because you will now think twice about trusting what I tell you, even if it’s about how much I like that top you’re wearing and how to sets off the flecks of color in your shimmering eyes.
Speaking of violence and the romantic visage of your enduring beauty, I know some of you haven’t yet heeded my advice and investigated one of my most favorite balladeers of all time: Judee Sill.
Judee Sill conducts herself well.
Judee’s story is one of tragic darkness, from which sprung gorgeous and sage songwriting. She was the Billie Holiday of the “Laurel Canyon sound.”
Influenced more by Johann Sebastian Bach than her 1970’s rock ‘n’ blow contemporaries, methodical composition such as fugue-structure, and over-dubbing of her own voice into chorale-style, inform her heart-wrenched post-hymns.
Her father and brother both died when she was a child, and her mother re-married to Kenneth Muse, an animator for one of my least favorite cartoons of all time, Tom & Jerry. (I mean really, the way that mouse antagonizes that poor cat, who very naturally fights back – both by his nature as a felis catus and in defense of Jerry’s cruelty – only to be downtrodden every time. What kind of message does that send to children? BE A BULLY. That’s what it tells ‘em. And then poor, sensitive, fat kids like me get the brunt of it. And all I ever wanted was to love and be loved. Is that so wrong?!)
[Insert sound of Job sobbing here]
Judee left her dysfunctional home (I imagine her stepfather probably lured her head into a mouse-hole and bopped her face with a mallet) and hit the road for a life of free-wheeling druggery and armed robbery. She developed an addiction to that precocious li’l drug we call heroin. In order to pay for the habit, she prostituted herself (which almost certainly prepared her for a life as a professional musician).