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Did you see Spellbound?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2007 02:30am | Post a Comment
'Did I see? Why, what kind of trick is thi-?'

No, no ... I'm watching Wordplay on a Sunday, which means it's extra hard to watch today so if you're tired, wait until Monday ...  anyway, it reminded me of another documentary Spellbound, which I was also the last to see. I should call my movie blogs 'The Finally Founds' or perhaps more accurate would be something along the lines of 'No Attention-Span Theater'


As I was saying, Ladies and Gents, I present to you
Wordplay aka Word Play:

An incredible look at Crossword Puzzles, the folks who can do them faster than I can find a pencil - yes, pencil, and fascinatingly: how crosswords are made.

Especially this fella, goes by the name Will Shortz? Face it, when you think artificial heart, you think Jarvis-7 and Barney Clark. Snap. (Some argue the order, but hey ...) When someone says crossword puzzle, you think The New York Times and Will Shortz. (Some argue the order, but hey ...)

If you have no idea what I am talking about, it's even more reason for you to see this docu-mama as soon as you can get yer hands upon it!

My new motto as of last week? I know nothing!  I promise you, it's freeing. Try it. Whee.

I am no stranger to the squares and cursing beneath my breath as I struggle with that last corner of an angry weekend puzzle. I'm also no stranger to a really bad Monday when I couldn't even finish the puzzle in the Oakland Tribune. Lucky for me, I also remember the joy I got from any Sunday New York Times puzzle that I finished or not. (Most of them, not)

In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro

Posted by phil blankenship, April 16, 2007 01:37am | Post a Comment
 




There's a shitty review of the movie on IMDb but don't believe it - this movie DELIVERS  baboon carnage, more than any other film in history.  Human faces don't stand a chance against a baboon's flesh-ripping wrath ! There's also some fairly convincing footage of baboons getting shot.... but not to worry, there's a note that no animals were harmed in the production of the movie. and if they wrote it, it must be true !

U.S.A. Home Video #63213

Sweet Sweet Music

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 16, 2007 12:43am | Post a Comment
    At Amoeba SF's electronica section, we've usually got at least four or five titles each month that we're extremely hyped on. Here's our current batch:



    First we've got Gui Boratto's Chromophobia on Kompakt. Boratto's Brazilian heritage gives him an edge when making his brand of tech-house, and that's an ear for rhythm. Straddling between minimal and electrohouse, Chromophobia avoids any LP pitfalls by working equally on a dancefloor as on headphones, it's got enough oomph to sound fantastic on a large sound system, but intricate enough that you notice small details while listening at home. I love his way with melody, particularly the swooping tones of "Terminal" and the bleep counterpoint in "Gate 7"; it gets quite emotional. The rhythms are key, though, and it's clear from the first track on that Boratto has a good grasp of syncopation and funk. Between the Hug and Field albums and now this, Kompakt are on a bit of a roll, again!



    Next up is We Are Together by Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi, released on Mule Musiq. This is an album that is a unanimous vote amongst the electronica staff - everybody loves it (well, at least four of us). It's jazzy house music only in the loosest sense of the phrase, managing to perfectly walk the tightrope between noodly and stiff. The thing I like best about this album is its sense of space, the production on every track sounds so expansive and widescreen as to conjure up images of the music's physicality. In that sense it reminds me of the Burial album where there's a very conscious sense of three-dimensional space - it's a real "smokers delight". Check Kuni's MySpace page to hear more of this excellence.

roseanne is still funny

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 15, 2007 02:32pm | Post a Comment
Roseanne is one of those shows that remains hilarious after all these years. Some shows, ALF as an example, were hilarious when they first aired, but they do not hold up years later. Believe me, cause I have tried. But Roseanne managed to create a show that was still hilarious 7 years into it. Season 7 originally aired in 1994 and 1995. The show lasted 9 seasons. It still remained a great show for one more season. However, it was season 9 after they won the lottery that the show went down hill quickly. Roseanne was hilarious because it dealt with real situations. It was a real family dealing with real situations.  They just happened to use a whole lot of sarcasm and humour to get through the day. Season 7 begins with Roseanne becoming pregnant, which she was in real life. In this season, Darlene gets a new boyfriend while David remains at the Connor house. Jackie and Fred have problems and split up. Becky and Mark move out, again. My favorite episode is when some elderly nudists move in next door. Roseanne and Dan can't stop peeping and are eventually confronted by their neighbors. This is also the season where Beverly is arrested for drunk driving.

Laurie Metcalf is really underrated as an actress. She is again amazing in this season. Estelle Parson as Bev and Sara Gilbert as Darlene are also great additions to the cast. The season is filled with guest stars. Sharon Stone as the Landlord of Becky and Mark's trailer park. Traci Lords as a new Lunch Box employee. Danny Masterson stars as Darlene's new boyfriend Jimmy. And Shelley Winters is as amazing as ever as Bev's mom. Martin Mull and Sandra Bernhard also return as the co-owners of the Lunch Box. This season also included an episode with the famous TV moms of the old family shows. Also a dream episode with the cast of Gilligan's Island. The cover art for these DVDs often have horrible pictures of John Goodman on them. It seems the designer of these boxes is not a big John Goodman fan. However, this season box seems to have a more accurate picture of John on the cover. The great thing about these season boxes is that they contain the original uncut episode. The episodes you see on Nick at Nite are cut down to fit in more commercials. So there are new little bits that you may not remember added back into the episodes.  Seriously, this show is timeless. It cracks me up every time I put it on. It also brings me back to a time when sitcoms were still funny.

get some lo-fi-fnk!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 15, 2007 12:29pm | Post a Comment
A couple of weeks ago I went to go see Fujiya & Miyagi at the Mezzanine. I had no high hopes for the opening bands since I have had bad experience with the openers there before....Mikey Avalon as an example. So I was ready for Lo-Fi-Fnk to be over before they even started. However I ran into my friend Tom and he tried convincing me that I was gonna like them. I still was not totally convinced. But suddenly curious. Little did I know they would be my new favorite band. These kids from Sweden have got to be like maybe 20 years old. But they really did blow me away. Super fun electro that kind of made Fujiya & Miyagi seem a little boring. They remind me of when I first saw Les Rythmes Digitales. They for sure had some fans there. But the crowd seemed to be mostly Fujiya & Miyagi fans that were being won over by the lo-fi funk of Lo-Fi-Fnk. They had really good energy and seemed to get the crowd excited and into their jams. Similar to Hot Chip or Junior Boys, it is fun catchy electro. So I went and picked up their album "Boylife" as soon as I could. And the album is awesome! I can't stop listening to it. The album is full of catchy electro jams such as "What's on Your Mind" and "Wake Up" and "Adore."

Lo-Fi-Fnk are from Stockholm, Sweden.  The band is Leo Drougge and August Hellsing who met in High School. Probably not too long ago. This album came out in Europe in 2006. No release yet in the U.S. But it can't be too far off in the future. These kids obviously set out to have fun and make a dancey fun record. They succeeded brilliantly. They somehow made an album that is seriously addictive. Great synth beats with catchy lyrics. They don't take themselves too seriously. So don't go thinking this is a serious electronic album. Its fun electro pop and you will surely become addicted as I have.  

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