Some folk that know me know I have to see dang near err movie that's filmed in, set in or tied to Missouri
(whurr I grew up). With the Bourne Trilogy
, those ties were somewhat tenuous... Badass Jason Bourne
is merely informed that his real name is David Webb
and he's from Nixa
. No wonder he joined the military. Needless to say, people are sick of hearing me talk about my home state, but most of yins are strangers so it will hopefully be only a fraction as annoying as what they put up wither pritnear err time I sip on somethin'.
I just sawl Winter's Bone
the other day. What can I say? The boyz (and gulz) in the woodz is always hard! Wisely, they actually filmed in the Ozarks
rather than in Canada
or some other pale stand-in. Not much in the way of distracting celebrities either. Perfect music by Tindersticks
' Dickon Hinchliffe
. Real recognize real, ya heard? Anywho, hurr's my pretty complete timeline of Mo Films.
MO MOVIES IN THE SILENT ERA
for the people who made "Show Me" thurr motto. With outlaws from Missouri including Tom Horn
, and badass cowgirls Belle Star
and Calamity Jane
, it's kind of surprising how many Missouri-set Westerns overwhelmingly favor popular Missourian Jesse James
. Apparently, the most Missouri silent movie would have Huck Finn
and Tom Sawyer
joining the James Gang
. Just consider the following silent films set in the state:
The James Boys in Missouri (1908), Coals of Fire (1911), In Mizzoura (1914), Tom Sawyer (1917), In Mizzoura (1919), Huckleberry Finn (1920), Jesse James as the Outlaw (1921) and Jesse James (1927).
MO MOVIES IN THE EARLY SOUND ERA
I recently picked up Cometbus #52 (The Spirit of St. Louis)
at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store -- one of several fine independent retailers that carry the legendary, decades old, punk-literary series. As with all the previous installments of this Aaron "Cometbus" Elliot-
penned slim book, such as last year's Cometbus #51 The Loneliness of the Electric Menorah
, ever since I started reading it I can't put it down...which is a problem, in a good way, because I know in no time I will have read the entire engrossing 66 pages of this latest Cometbus.
So I find myself rationing my reading, allowing myself just nine pages, which is three Cometbus
chapters, a day.
was a sort of history of the subculture of Telegraph Avenue, focusing on its bookstores and record stores. It incorporates into its story Cody's, Moe's, Universal, Rasputin
, and (of course) Amoeba Music, as well as such age old Telegraph Avenue characters as Ace Backwards
and Julia Vinograd
(aka The Bubble Lady
), whose poetry was included in that last issue.
For the The Spirit of St. Louis Cometbus
, as its title implies, Aaron writes about St. Louis and the close-knit cast of colorful characters (including Brett, Pete Feet, Spike, Wayne Two, Penguin, Jody Lee
, & Katie from Haiti
) in the local punk scene that he interacted with in a previous time -- he never says exactly when, but, based on the music references, it seems like it is circa early/mid nineties.
St. Louis Union
were a Manchester
six piece fronted by impeccably-coifed singer, Tony Cassidy
. Shortly after forming they won a Melody Maker
beat contest in 1965 which scored them a deal with Decca
. They were billed as "THE Group on the Northern Soul Scene." Their sound was centered around Alex Kirby
's tenor saxophone and Keith Millar
's electric guitar backed by some serious organ by Dave Tomlinson, John Nichols
on bass and Dave Webb
on the skins.
Their live set was built around "Turn On Your Lovelight," "Woke Up This Morning," "Every Day I Have the Blues"
and "Get On the Right Track Baby
Their name seems to be a reference to the St. Louis Union Station
, a train station famous, like many things in St. Louis, as having been the biggest and busiest thing in its field way back when. Its archways are designed so that one can whisper into them and someone else can hear you clearly on the other end, a design feature with no apparent practical applications, save simple amusements in a simpler time. It was largely built of limestone
taken from Indiana, probably just to remind the Hoosiers who's boss, as the state of Missouri is entirely made of limestone and they're the nation's leader in lime
Truman having a laugh at St. Louis Union Station
In the 1970s, the station was bought by Amtrak
. They ended operations soon afterward and relocated their operations to a building the unhealthily train-obsessed refer to as Amshack. Now it's a mall where tourists watch the guys at the Fudge Factory
put on a show and the Footlocker has a basketball hoop with the backboard autographed by the D.O.C