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Weird Wednesdays this March at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 4, 2020 04:59pm | Post a Comment

Join us for another month of Weird Wednesdays at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco! This weekly celebration of genre film is a one-way ticket to the fringes of the unknown, where imagination and ambition dance on the graves of logic and reality. From outlaw exploitation classics to inexplicable Hollywood excess, Weird Wednesday showcases mind-blowing genre discoveries that are unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Check out what what the Alamo has lined-up for March!

LOST HIGHWAY (1997)
Wednesday, March 4. 9:45pm.
After a five-year hiatus following the release of Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch returned with perhaps his most daring and disturbing work since Eraserhead. Lost Highway follows an LA jazz saxophonist’s (Bill Pullman) withering relationship with his wife (Patricia Arquette), who receive cryptic, menacing surveillance tapes of their Hollywood home. As the anxiety within their marriage grows, the logic of time, space, and identity seem to slip away, splintering the narrative into a thrilling, schizophrenic ride down the darkest roads of the human psyche. It's a beautiful edifice of echoes to house an unwaveringly subjective cinema.



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#HipHopNewArrivals Top 5 Albums + Top 5 Vinyl: Smif-N-Wessun, Your Old Droog, Treacherous Three, Planet Asia, Lil Baby +

Posted by Billyjam, March 2, 2020 10:34pm | Post a Comment
                                                         Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums @ Amoeba 03:02:2020


Your Old Droog  "Jew Tang (feat. Matisyahu ) from the album Jewelry (Mongoloid Banks)



#1: Your Old Droog
Jewelry (Mongoloid Banks)

#2 Planet Asia All Gold Everything (Air Vinyl)

#3 Lil Baby My Turn (Capitol)

#4  Elcamino  Elcamino (Next Records)

#5  Jaden Smith ERYS (Roc Nation)

Rare Roots Vinyl Collection Drops, March 14 -- POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 2, 2020 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, this event is being postponed until further notice.

Join us at Amoeba San Francisco on Saturday, March 14th, at 11am when we unleash a recently acquired collection of rare Roots Music LPs!

This is a thousand-piece collection of original ‘50s & ‘60s rare Blues, Rock & Roll, Country, Tejano, Gospel, and Soul (with some World music for good measure!) in varying conditions. Most are priced between $20-75, with some outstanding exceptions, such as an original Epic pressing of At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins, an original UK Track edition of Jimi Hendrix' Are You Experienced, an original black label Chess edition of Howlin' Wolf's Moanin' In The Moonlight, and more!

Get here early because these records will be first come, first serve. Head to the Amoeba stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. All items are graded and priced. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

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Having a Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Russian Ghosts & Japanese Monsters

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 21, 2020 05:49pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases.

VIYViy, Severin:
This dark Russian fairy tale could easily make it onto a list of the best horror/ fantasy movies ever made. It's just a simple story beautifully told. In the fifties and sixties, Russia produced some psychedelic and surreal adaptations of fairy tales. Most of these were made for children, but Viy takes this unique aesthetic and applies it to a fable that is decidedly for adults. The movie is an adaptation of a classic novella by Nikolai Gogol and there is a literary feel to the screenplay that keeps the story on a tight narrative track. Director Mario Bava previously adapted this same Gogol novella as Black Sunday and, while it is an excellent movie, Viy is even better.

The film starts when a class of seminary students are sent home for vacation. Three of them lose their way and end up staying at a farmhouse owned by an old woman. During the night the old woman tries to seduce one of the students whose name is Khoma. When he rejects her advances, she puts him under a spell and begins riding him around the countryside like a horse. When they start flying he realizes she's a witch. When they finally land, he beats her to death with a stick. After death she turns into a beautiful young woman and Khoma runs back to his seminary. The next day, his Rector summons him and sends him to the house of a rich man to read prayers for his dying daughter. When he arrives, Khoma is horrified to discover that the daughter is same woman he killed the night before. The rich man tells Khoma if he stands vigil and reads prayers for his daughter for three nights in a row he will be richly rewarded; if he refuses, he faces severe punishment. Khoma basically has no choice but to agree. This is the basic setup of the story and the bulk of the film explores what happens each night as he sits vigil and is assaulted by ever greater supernatural manifestations and attacks. Each night, the underworld ante is upped until the third night becomes one of the most bat shit crazy things ever filmed in horror cinema history. It's literally like an Hieronymus Bosch painting brought to life with extra demons bussed in from one of Salvador Dali's nightmares. I have watched this ending many times and every time I view it I notice some new strange detail. If you ever want to see a cinematic representation of things going totally insane, just watch the end of this movie. It's one of the best and most unique scenes ever filmed. Severin's edition of Viy is a perfect movie release. The remastered picture looks stunning and allows you see all kinds of details in the ending insanity that weren't clear in earlier editions. There is an English dub as well as the subtitled version. The bonus features include interviews and a trailer. There's a nice little feature on the history of Soviet fantasy and sci-fi films called: From The Woods To The Cosmos. You even get a selection of three short silent films. This came out in December of 2019 and was easily one of the best releases of the year.

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Saluting the Black Horror (a.k.a. Horror Noire) Film Genre

Posted by Billyjam, February 20, 2020 02:42pm | Post a Comment
Horror Noire official trailer (2019)

In celebration of Black History Month 2020 the Oakland Public Library's (OPL) Eastmont branch is presenting free weekly screenings of black horror films. This week's movie is Bones and next week will be Vampire In Brooklyn. Screening info here on series that also featured Blacula and Tales From The Hood that was executive produced by Spike Lee under his 40 Acres and a Mule production company. A "horror comedy drama" four part anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, the 1995 film also had a kick ass accompanying hip-hop soundtrack. Its playlist included such artists as Wu-Tang Clan, Gravediggaz, ScarfaceMC Eiht and (from the Bay Area) both Spice-1 and The Click.

Presented as Black History Cinema Series Presents Films To Watch Before Jordan Peele's Us and under the banner BLACK FRIGHT FLICKS this OPL curated series is part of a wave of interest in the history of black horror film that can be credited in great part to Jordan Peele for his 2019 black horror film Us and its predecessor; the 2017 landmark film Get Out.

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