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TALIB KWELI STAYS TRUE TO HIP-HOP'S ROOTS

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2007 08:23am | Post a Comment
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In contrast to so many rappers today who pride themselves on 'going dumb' and acting 'ignant,' Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli prides himself on staying smart, both in his life (along with Mos Def he owns an independent, non-profit black bookstore in Brooklyn) and through his refreshingly conscious music that harks back to the golden age of hip-hop, when saying something positive was as important as a laying down a catchy hook for the radio and dancefloor. It is no coincidence that "Kweli" in Swahili means "true," since the artist is 100% true to hip-hop as a positive black art form meant to uplift rather than dumb-down the masses.

Like his longtime collaborators and old Rawkus pals Mos Def and Hi-Tek, Talib Kweli has always stayed true to hip-hop's roots and yet has managed to stay talib kwelicurrent and vital. Personally, I think he is one of the few contemporary artists making hip-hop that is worth a damn and when I first got his 2006 single "Listen" (off his new album Ear Drum), it just got stuck both in my head and on my turntable for weeks on end. It is the way hip-hop should be: good track and hook with lyrics that actually say something. Check out the video for "Listen" below. But later today (Monday August 20th) if you are in the Los Angeles area you can probably see/hear him perform it live if you check out his Hollywood Amoeba Music instore. It starts at 6PM, but get there early to jockey a good position. And if, like me, you will not be in SoCal, take advantage of the live streaming of his instore via our website, also scheduled to start at 6PM Pacific Standard Time.  

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Posted by phil blankenship, August 19, 2007 11:01pm | Post a Comment
 





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THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE Version 2007

Posted by Billyjam, August 19, 2007 10:05pm | Post a Comment

The new BBC Television series Jekyll -- an updated version/reinterpration of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde -- is one highly recommended TV show that offers a strong plot, an excellent script, great acting, and a perfect balance of horror, sci-fi, suspense, and humor. There are only six episodes in this short but addictive series that is still ongoing on BBC America (also On Demand) and just finished up on BBC One over in England. But it is also available to view in good quality on YouTube -- painstakingly posted by "BBCJekyll" with each of the six episodes broken into eight parts.

James Nesbitt plays the series' main character(s)-- the good-natured and nice Dr. Tom Jackman (as Dr. Jekyll, the good half of his split personality) and also his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, the deranged psychopath side of himself. As both, Nesbitt turns in an amazing performance, especially when he morphs into the demonic and deranged Mr Hyde. What I love about this role is that when he becomes the crazed monster side he does so with great flair and with a winning sense of humor,  at times reminiscent of Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice. He rattles off some wonderful one-liners that just beg to be quoted or sampled.

Jekyll's strong cast also includes Denis Lawson, Gina Bellman, Michelle Ryan and Meera Syal. The series is up to Episode 4 on BBC America, where it plays weekends as part of its "Supernatural Saturdays." To see all episodes right now, click on that YouTube link above. Meantime, below is a video clip of the ad for the TV show.

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Labyrinth Anniversary Edition

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 19, 2007 07:08pm | Post a Comment
It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the original release of "Labyrinth." This movie was one of my favorites at the time. It came out a couple of years after Time Bandits, The Neverending Story, and Dark Crystal. The same year as Legend. A year after Goonies, Back to the Future, and Teen Wolf. The year before Willow and The Princess Bride.  Like many of us, I was a big fan of the fantasy film as a child and teenager. To be honest, I guess I still am.  Many of these films, like Labyrinth, had a story within a story. It allowed the story to be believable as a dream or "fantasy" world. But also never really that scary since we knew it was just a story. It wasn't until I was a bit older when my love of fantasy films turned into my love of horror films.  I was also obsessed with Jim Henson and the Muppets. Jim Henson directed both The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Labyrinth also starred David Bowie. This movie really had everything going for it. It was sort of impossible for it not to be as successful as it was. The movie made its way deep into our hearts and still remains there to this day. This week we get the release of the Anniversary editions of both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Muppets Season 2 also comes out. It is a big week for Jim Henson fans.

I have been in the process of replacing all my VHS with new DVDs. But I always have to wait until the deluxe versions of the movies come out. I want all the special stuff that they add on to the DVDs. And while there is always something missing, these versions often convince me to buy them. The Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth is 2 discs. I guess they meant to put this out last year as the 20th anniversary. But 21 years is close enough. Last year was also the 70th anniversary of Jim Henson's birth.  The movie starred Jennifer Connelly as a young girl bored with babysitting. She imagines herself into the world of goblins and creatures and the evil leader "David Bowie." The film is brilliant. And with the work of Jim Henson the film was ahead of its time. The creature effects still hold up and end up looking better than any modern film such as The Lord of the Rings. And with David Bowie we get an amazing original soundtrack. The soundtrack included 5 original David Bowie songs. The songs were sort of cheesy at the time, so I don;t really think they have gotten any worse.  And they are an integral part of the movie. I still know all the words to "Magic Dance" and "Underground." I always try to imagine this movie with Michael Jackson in the Bowie role. I don't know if it could have been better, but it for sure would have been amazing.

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This Week At The New Beverly Cinema 8/19 - 8/31

Posted by phil blankenship, August 19, 2007 02:27am | Post a Comment
This Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19 & 20, we'll have a Paul Schrader double bill,

a brand NEW 35mm print of ROLLING THUNDER (1977)
Sun: 3:25 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30

plus
TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Sun: 5:20 & 9:25; Mon: 9:25

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This Tuesday, Aug. 21, Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn present the monthly Grindhouse Film Festival at the New Beverly

Cannibals and Zombies Take Over!

7:30pm BLOODEATERS {aka TOXIC ZOMBIES} (1980)
Directed by Charles McCrann

9:30pm THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972)
Directed by Umberto Lenzi

(all seats $8)
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This Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 22 through Aug. 25, we present the Los Angeles premiere of Zeitgeist Films' re-release of two early Peter Greenaway classics

THE DRAUGHTMAN'S CONTRACT (1982) (New 35mm print!!)
Wed/Thu/Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:10 & 7:30

plus
A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS (1985) (rare 35mm print)
Wed/Thu/Fri: 9:35; Sat: 5:15 & 9:35

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Saturday, Aug. 25 at midnight
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship present Midnights at the New Beverly!

VANISHING POINT (1971)

(all seats $7)
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Aug. 26, 27 & 28
John Carpenter's remake of THE THING (1982)
Sun: 3:25 & 7:30; Mon/Tue: 7:30

with
Philip Kaufman's remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
Sun: 5:15 & 9:40; Mon/Tue: 9:40

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Aug. 29, 30, 31 & Sept. 1

The new prints of Alejandro Jodorowsky's
EL TOPO (1970)
Wed/Thu/Fri: 7:30; Sat: 2:50 & 7:30

and
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973)
Wed/Thu/Fri: 9:50; Sat: 5:15 & 9:50

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