R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Today Something Weird Video broke the news that Herschell Gordon Lewis -- “godfather of gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis“sultan of splatter,” and direct marketing guru -- passed away. He may have been 87 years old or he may have been 90 years old, he may have been a genius or he may have been a highly creative hack (he'd probably say, what's the difference?), but one thing is certain -- the world of cinema was changed forever when the former English professor-gone-ad exec-gone nudie cutie filmmaker decided to combine his interests in exploitation film, marketing, and bloody Grand Guignol-style theater with 1963's Blood Feast (made with his business partner David F. Friedman).

Considered the first American gore film, Blood Feast follows the adventures of Fuad Ramses as he Blood Feastmurders young women in order to create an "Egyptian feast" for the goddess Ishtar. A tongue is cut out, legs are cut off, brains are removed, and the viewing audience got to see it all in all it's bright red Technicolor glory. Like any forward-thinking writer/ad man/smut peddler, H.G. Lewis understood his market and his market was made up of the horny kids at the Drive-In. Lewis went on to make countless more works of gory art in quick succession, including Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), A Taste of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome (1967), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), The Wizard of Gore (1970), and The Gore Gore Girls (1972), just to name some of the most memorable. Some years he released five to seven films, often designing the poster and hitting the booking market before making the film.

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Buy Nick Cave's "Skeleton Tree" at Film Screenings in Hollywood & Berkeley on 9/8

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2016 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, will be released globally on Friday, Nick Cave, Skeleton TreeSeptember 9th, but the first opportunity anyone will have to hear songs from the album will be while watching One More Time With Feeling, a film directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), on Thursday, September 8th.

Amoeba Music will be at two screenings of One More Time With Feeling on September 8th selling the album early! Attendees can purchase Skeleton Tree after the film lets out. Catch One More Time With Feeling and get Skeleton Tree on September 8th in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood (2966 College Avenue) and in Hollywood with director Q&A to follow at The Egyptian Theater (sold out).

One More Time With Feeling evolved from a performance-based concept into something more complex as Dominik delved into the background of the writing and recording of Skeleton Tree. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination. The result is stark, fragile, and raw, and a true testament to an artist searching for his way through the darkness.

"Miss Sharon Jones!" Documentary Screening + Giveaways

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2016 07:38pm | Post a Comment

Miss Sharon Jones

Amoeba in partnership with Landmark Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles presents a special screening of the new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! with an in-person introduction from the amazing Sharon Jones herself on opening night, Friday, August 5th, at 9:55pm. The film features Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and is directed by two-time Academy Award-Winner Barbara Kopple. This triumphant crowd-pleaser captures the soul diva during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles back from a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs – center stage.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They WantIn 2013, on the eve of the release of their sixth studio album, Give The People What The Want, Sharon Jones was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Treatment included surgery and months of chemotherapy, and Sharon Jones’ musical career came to a halt. The documentary captures her journey through treatment, including losing her signature hairstyle, being drained of her seemingly inexhaustible energy, and the financial strain placed on her and her musical family.

We've been privileged to have Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform at Amoeba multiple times over the years. They are an incredible band with a powerhouse singer, and we've always had a blast hosting them at our stores. We are honored and excited to help spread the word about this new documentary. The more people who get to know Sharon the better!

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"The Neon Demon" Soundtrack Signing at Amoeba Hollywood & Premiere Tickets

Posted by Amoebite, June 9, 2016 08:14pm | Post a Comment

The Neon Demon

In celebration of the release of director Nicolas Winding Refn provocative horror-thriller, The Neon Demon, and it's soundtrack, Amoeba Music brings your two exciting events.

On June 30th at 6pm, Amoeba Hollywood welcomes Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez The Neon Demon Soundtrackfor a signing of The Neon Demon soundtrack. Purchase your copy on gorgeous double-vinyl or CD that day at Amoeba to attend this event. More info HERE.

Amazon Studios and Amoeba Music invite you to attend the red carpet premiere of The Neon Demon at the Arclight Cineramadome in Hollywood on June 14th at 9pm. Tickets guarantee admission and will be given out on a first come, first served basis beginning at noon on June 14th at Amoeba Hollywood (while supplies last). Please note that this is the premiere, so dress to impress!

The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves, and opens in theaters on June 24. The films follows Jesse (Fanning), a starry-eyed sixteen-year-old who comes to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a runway model. Lying about her age in order to score gigs, she struggles to claw her way up the ladder of Hollywood’s cutthroat modeling industry. Her career takes a turn when she befriends snarky makeup artist Ruby (Malone), who plugs her into the city’s nightclub scene, introducing her to Gigi and Sarah, two model friends in their early twenties who are already becoming yesterday’s news. But as Jesse’s star rises, her virgin innocence attracts jealous eyes, making her vulnerable to violence...

Tonight: Witchcraft Double Feature At SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2016 04:36pm | Post a Comment

Black Sunday

-- By Brett Stillo

1960 was a year of change for the horror film. Alfred Hitchcock drove a knife into the collective Black Sundayconsciousness of movie audiences with Psycho, and movies soon followed that twisted the blade. Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face, House of Usher...these films took a darker, twisted path, going further than most contemporary horror movies of the era. Two standout films of this seminal year, the supernatural thrillers Black Sunday and City of the Dead will play Tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre at 7pm.

Black Sunday is the stunning directorial debut of legendary Italian director Mario Bava It’s an old-fashioned tale of witches, ghosts, and vampires set amid rotting Victorian splendor, but Bava conjures a grisly visual style that’s bold and shocking. It's a bit ironic that this master of vivid color cinematography launched his directorial career with a black and white movie, and yet the color seems abundant in this gothic-goes-to-the-Drive-In opus. Bava crafts a tapestry of shadows, layer after layer of dark images from a palette that ranges from thick walls of black to opaque shades of pale grey. These monochromatic Horror Hotel, City of the Deadlayers create a weird pseudo-3D effect that makes the backgrounds seem to reach out beyond the screen. Add the haunting beauty of a 23-year-old actress named Barbara Steele and you have one of the true classics among horror films.

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