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top tens of 2010...my favorite dvds and tv shows of the year...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 15, 2010 05:53pm | Post a Comment
I am busy at work on my top 50 albums of the year! I will most likely be posting those on the blog next week but I decided to go ahead and post my other best of lists of the year now. We still have a couple of weeks left in the year so the movies list will most likely change, as I plan on seeing about 10 more movies before the year is over so my top ten movies of the year will also be posted in the next couple of weeks. What I have for you today is my top dvds and blu-rays for the year, my top TV shows & video games, my favorite 7"s and soundtracks....It has been a really great year! Tons of stuff to keep my glued to my TV screen...

TOP TEN DVD RELEASES  OF THE YEAR...






TV CARNAGE: LET'S WORK IT OUT!











BEST OF SOUL TRAIN












EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE 2












ALL ABOUT EVIL












NEVER SLEEP AGAIN











RED RIDING TRILOGY












SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE













LARRY SANDERS SHOW












T.A.M.I. SHOW












BLUR-NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN









TOP TEN BLU-RAY RELEASES OF THE YEAR...







ALIEN ANTHOLOGY











GRINDHOUSE











THE EXORCIST












SEVEN










PSYCHO










SHOWGIRLS












HOUSE










BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX











WHAT'S UP, DOC?











HOUSE OF THE DEVIL









TOP FIVE VIDEO GAMES...






EPIC MICKEY WII












LEGO HARRY POTTER YEARS 1-4 WII













NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII











KIRBY'S EPIC YARN WII












RED DEAD REDEMPTION PS3







TOP TEN T.V SHOWS OF THE YEAR...





MAD MEN SEASON 4












BREAKING BAD SEASON 1-3










BIG LOVE SEASON 4









THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 1








TRUE BLOOD SEASON 3








30 ROCK SEASON 4/5










PARTY DOWN SEASON 2










PARKS & RECREATION SEASON 2











THE OFFICE SEASON 6/7










FAMILY GUY







TOP TEN 7"S OF THE YEAR
...






ARIEL PINK-ROUND & ROUND (4AD)









CONAN O'BRIEN-AND THEY CALL ME MAD? (URP)









WILD NOTHING-CLOUDBUSTING (CAPTURED TRACKS)








BEST COAST-SUN WAS HIGH (ART FAG)








AVI BUFFALO-WHAT'S IN IT FOR (SUB POP)









ABE VIGODA-THROWING SHADE (POST PRESENT MEDIUM)









THE DRUMS-LET'S GO SURFING (MOSHI MOSHI)









XX-VCR (YOUNG TURKS)








XIU XIU/PARANTHETICAL GIRLS-MORRISSEY/SMITHS (UPSET THE RHYTHM)









THE DECEMBERISTS-JANUARY HYMN (CAPITOL)







TOP FIVE SOUNDTRACKS OF THE YEAR




TRON LEGACY (Daft Punk)









SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Nigel Godrich)









MESRINE (Marcus Beltrami)









BLACK SWAN (Clint Mansell)









THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Trent Reznor)




Peaches Christ's All About Evil Haunted Theater Spectacular

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 19, 2010 09:54am | Post a Comment
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For the ultimate evil experience, don't miss All About Evil: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D, hosted by Peaches Christ, of course, and a host of Midnight Mass players Oct 21-24 at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco! Peaches' alter ego, Joshua Grannell, has created a fabulously fearsome feature film, All About Evil, and it was shot at the Victoria Theater here in San Francisco. You can visit the Victoria Theater and experience the horror All About Evil brings for yourself, if you dare!

Tickets are just $20 and are available here.

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All About Evil Premiere is a Smashing Success!

Posted by Miss Ess, May 4, 2010 03:49pm | Post a Comment

The Castro Theater premiere of Joshua Grannell (aka Peaches Christ)'s brand new film All About Evil was truly the all-out extravaganza of the year here in San Francisco! The 1400 seat historic Castro Theater sold out in record time, and the line was insane outside before the show -- all the way down Castro Street, down 17th Street, and curving around onto at least half of Hartford Street! The line was jammed full of Peaches Christ fans -- some in drag, some wearing wigs, some gothed up, all beside themselves with excited anticipation to feast their eyes upon Joshua's film, which is about a former librarian turned small theater owner whose mantra at ANY cost, even the lives of others in the name of entertainment, is "The show must go on!"


(photo by Jackie Jay)

Search lights added to the premiere ambiance as the crowd gathered and the huge "rush" line for those who did not already have tickets was stretching along Castro Street as well. Peaches Christ arrived, stepping onto the red carpet with her flawed sidekick Martiny and a host of actors from the movie, including Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Mink Stole and more! There were cameras everywhere, capturing the moment for an upcoming documentary of this world premiere event. I ran into the ever-amazing local legend Timmy Spence, who has a small role in the film as the principal of the high school, and he was beyond excited!



When we finally got inside the theater, there was a scramble for seats in the already packed house. Even the balcony was already very nearly full. It wasn't long before the lights went down and people's cheers and wild applause began. Peaches, glittering in a short number created by lovely Tria Connell, serenaded the crowd with a brand new song written by the fabulous Ric Ray (Hugz Bunny) and an assortment of scary ghouls dancing all around her! Check out the performance here:


Sometime San Francisco resident John Waters was in the house and when Peaches drew our attention to his presence, there was a HUGE standing round of applause. All About Evil is definitely right up John Waters' gross-out, hilarious, sly social commentary alley. Fans of Waters' films will also rightly adore it.

Speaking of Mr. Waters, next Peaches brought Miss Mink Stole onstage for a rousing duet rendition of "Female Trouble!" Mink and Peaches have been friends for years and it was so sweet to see them performing together at this special event. Mink plays Evelyn, an unusually loud librarian, in the film.




(all event photos by TZP unless otherwise specified)

One of the film's other stars, Thomas Dekker of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who plays horror film obsessed Steven, had also prepared a song and performance for the evening! His Adam Lambert-esque number was fully realized with smoke machines, a long, dramatic black cape, wavering high notes and performances by more actors from the film, Ashley Fink (Lolita), Anthony Fitzgerald (Gene) and those evil twins, Jade and Nikita Ramsey (Veda and Vera)!

Finally, after a costume change into some seriously sparkly leggings, Peaches introduced us to "Deborah Tennis" (the film's main character), who came out to perform a flawless song with the "creepy twins" (actually two boys in drag) and creepier "Mr. Twigs!" (also someone in drag to look like the film character). You can watch the performance here:


After being bowled over by the pre-show entertainment, which perfectly set the over the top, creepily hilarious tone for All About Evil, it was on to the main event...the movie itself! The film was received with hoots and hollers, many gasps and even some OMGs! Joshua truly outdid himself in every way -- the movie is a crowd-pleaser on every level. If you missed this special world premiere, you can catch All About Evil perhaps in a town near you soon -- Joshua will be touring with the film, putting on special screenings across America! You can stay updated by signing up for Peaches' mailing list over on her website. The first date is in Austin, and AAE stars Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) will be there too! Also, here in San Francisco, the film will be coming back for an amazing run where it was actually filmed, and where many of its terrifying events take place -- at the Victoria Theater in the Mission October 21-24! It will be an interactive experience... and you may not come out alive! 

Read my recent interview with Joshua Grannell All About Evil right here!

(There was a Q&A as well after the film, but it was past 1am by then, so I had to duck out and go to sleep!)


Interview with Joshua Grannell about His Feature Film All About Evil!

Posted by Miss Ess, April 29, 2010 03:36pm | Post a Comment

The most exciting and anticipated film premiere in SF this year is very nearly upon us! [Now that it's happened, read a wrap up of all that took place right here!] Legendary San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ's alter ego Joshua Grannell has written, directed and is starring in the new film All About Evil, which is having its grand debut as a part of the San Francisco International Film Festival at the fabulous Castro Theater this Saturday! The event will be marked with a star studded preshow, a la Peaches Christ's historic and completely over the top Midnight Masses.

The film stars Natasha Lyonne, Mink Stole, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Thomas Dekker, and some seriously scary twins. This is a blacker than black black comedy -- full of thrills and chills as well as major laughs. I've actually had the pleasure of seeing the film in its earlier state and can guarantee we have a crowd-pleasing hit on our hands! Joshua's particular brand of genius comes from his geniunely deep obsession with horror films coupled with an understanding of camp and comedy that only someone with years of drag experience can bring! And I love that the main character Deborah (Natasha Lyonne) goes from shy librarian to small movie theater owner to unstoppable, out for blood serial killer, all in the name of quality films! Wait'll you see how it all unfolds!

In addition to having a premiere here in SF, where the film was shot, Peaches and Joshua will be taking this show on the road! There will be a series of premieres around the country, starting in Austin, TX! And if you aren't lucky enough to be in the Bay Area or Austin, stay tuned to the Peaches Christ website for more date announcements.

Joshua took some time out of his increasingly busy schedule to chat with me a bit about his concept for the film, the surreal aspect of finally shooting a feature after being a film nut for so long, and his love for his home city, among other things. Please read on to find out All About Evil!



Miss Ess: How did you come up with the concept for this film?


Peaches Christ Chats About Midnight Mass's Final Season

Posted by Miss Ess, July 1, 2009 05:17pm | Post a Comment
It's officially summertime, and if you live here in San Francisco, you know what that means:


It's time once again for drag queen and performer Peaches Christ's wild and wondrous cult film screening series, the singular, epic entertainment fest known as Midnight Mass!

Though we have been informed that this is Midnight Mass' final summer season at the Bridge Theater, its home for the past 12 years, Midnight Mass has clearly left an indelible mark on both San Francisco's cult and its overall cultural scene, one that will reverberate through the city's history for all time. In the meantime, we'd all better get out there and catch our last chance to see Peaches in her native environs at the Bridge. Here I speak with Ms. Christ about what's to come at this final season of Midnight Mass, her future projects, plus her role in alter ego Joshua Grannell's upcoming feature film, which is sure to be a huge hit, All About Evil! Click here for more info on Midnight Mass, which starts July 10 and runs weekends through August 22. Tickets are on sale now! You can also click here to read a previous interview I conducted with PC. Read on right here for all the exciting news.



Miss Ess: So, what new shows will debut this year at Midnight Mass?

Peaches Christ: For our 12th and final season, I'm thrilled to say we have a bunch of stuff we're doing for the first time including Roller Boogie, The Exorcist, Heathers, and Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark. It gets harder every year to dig up new and exciting cult films we haven't programmed sometime in the past twelve years. 

ME: I hear you have finally scored Heathers! How pumped are you to have one of the most iconic cult 80s films this year? Any teasers regarding the preshow entertainment?

PC: I can't even believe we're finally going to be able to do Heathers! I was obsessed with this movie when it came out. Full-on obsession. So, I'm trying to create a pre-show that really celebrates the film with the audience, something interactive, and something that showcases other people's obsession. Picture a full-on Heathers inspired game-show from hell. Contestants competing in a corn-nut speed eating round, quote contests, a fashion parade and more. The movie is legendary and I want the audience to show up dressed up for the ultimate Heathers celebration, ready to play with us. It will be a fully interactive night and I cannot even wait!

ME: Your Showgirls Midnight Mass presentation is far and away my personal favorite. When will this show be going down? And will there be free lapdances with every large corn, as usual?

PC: We'll be doing Showgirls on two nights-- Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st. This is definitely our "signature show" and there are even people that fly into SF every year just to see Showgirls at Midnight Mass. The audience really turns the whole experience into an event, almost like you're watching a rock concert instead of a movie. If you've only seen Showgirls edited for VH1 and on TV, then you haven't seen Showgirls. And yes! We'll be offering our annual "free lapdances with every large popcorn."

ME: Linda Blair is scheduled to make an appearance at this year's Midnight Mass -- will you be interviewing her and if so, is your head simply spinning with the many questions you'd like to ask her?

PC: I'm so excited about Linda Blair appearing at our opening weekend! She's truly a film legend and yes, my head is literally spinning thinking about about it. I feel like I'm going to vomit! We'll be doing my traditional "idol worship" style show where I sit down and do an onstage interview with Ms. Blair, have audience Q&A, followed by a fan meet & greet in the lobby. We're also working on an opening number that celebrates both Roller Boogie AND The Exorcist. It will be as fucked up as it sounds, I promise!

ME: You will be closing this year's Midnight Mass season with your dear friend Elvira. What is your friendship like and what has she taught you about the cult movie scene, and also about life? What can we expect at this final show?

PC: It's surreal and dreamlike to realize I've become friends with Elvira. I worship her! I always have. Our friendship is super special to me and I think she's one of the smartest, most grounded, beautiful women in show business. I guess the biggest thing she's taught me is to not take yourself too seriously. I think her appearance at the final Midnight Mass show is going to be incredible. It's the perfect way to end 12 seasons of Midnight Mass.

ME: In addition to being a fabulous entertainer, you are also a recording artist -- what was the experience like of laying down "Peaches Christ is Gangsta" and do you have any plans to record anything else at this time?

PC: Oh, I love making music and singing live, even though I'm not that great of a singer. "Peaches Christ Is Gangsta" is best described as retarded rapping and was my attempt to do a hip-hop song. People really enjoy it. I've been working on some new songs with producer Ric Ray. He's brilliant and has been creating a bunch of new material that we'll be presenting this summer at Midnight Mass. The song we're working on for opening weekend is literally a disco inferno-- think satanic roller boogie. 

ME: I hear it is the last year Midnight Mass will be at the Bridge -- the definite end of an era. What projects will be keeping you busy from now on? What's next for you, Miss Peaches and also for Joshua?

PC: Well, it's the final season of Midnight Mass at The Bridge, which really does feel like things are coming to a close. However, I plan on continuing to do Midnight Mass shows throughout the year, just not a consecutive 8 week series-- more like one-off weekend events. I think that Peaches will continue to tour and appear places, produce midnight movie events, and hopefully be able to continue making a living as a drag thing. Joshua is going to continue working on getting movies made and out into the world. 

ME: Speaking of, the upcoming All About Evil is the feature film directorial/writing debut for Joshua Grannell and Peaches also appears in the movie. I am so proud and excited about it! Please tell us all about the film!

PC: Well, the film is currently in the final stages of post-production and we hope to have it ready for festivals this fall. It's best described as a wicked black comedy set in the world of a horror movie starring Natasha Lyonne, Cassandra Peterson, Thomas Dekker, Mink Stole, and more. I'm really proud of it and can't wait for folks to see it. And yes, even Peaches and [flawed sidekick] Martiny made their way into the movie! I think the movie is very true to the world we come from and is an homage to so many of the classic old horror movies, drive-in films, and b-movies I grew up loving. 

ME: How long did it take you to write the script?

PC: I guess it took about three years, but that was on and off again writing so it's hard to say. I was constantly having to put it on hold while working on another project, so three years sounds longer than it actually was.

ME: What was the experience like of directing a feature for the first time?

PC: It actually didn't feel like a first time because I've made a bunch of short films [click here to watch a clip from one] and have directed the stage-shows for so many years. It was different directing on such a large scale where so much had to happen so quickly, but I think that coming from the DIY underground of no-budget moviemaking and stage-shows, I was better prepared than I realized. I loved it. I can honestly say that I love making movies. It's the hardest thing I've ever done, but definitely the most fulfilling and rewarding.

ME: What about directing yourself? Musta been a bit odd.

PC: Yes. I think "odd" is a great way to describe it. And as odd as it was for me, I think it was even harder for the other actors who never knew if Peaches or Joshua was going to show up on set to direct a scene. It got confusing.

ME: I'm sure the shoot was full of them, but what was the highlight of making the movie, the shoot itself, for you?

PC: I think one of the most memorable moments was the day that Jen Taher (aka Troll Girl at Midnight Mass) flew in from NYC to do a scene with Natasha Lyonne. It was super surreal because Jen had played Natasha's part in the short version of the film I made over five years ago. It was like the marriage of these two worlds was happening in front of me and I remember being a bit overwhelmed by it. I've known Jen since I was 15 years old and having her there on the set, with so many of the people that have been part of our world was a really magical thing.

ME: I love that you filmed this movie all in San Francisco, especially at the historic Victoria Theater. How did you make this happen, when SF is notoriously difficult to film in? How important to you was the setting being here in SF?

PC: I felt strongly about filming in SF no matter what. I don't think I could have had my career in any other city and the film was designed to take place here. All of my creative collaborators are here and so many of the people that came out and worked on the movie, for free, the extras in the movie, the support from the community, could have only happened in San Francisco. I do wish that the city would make it more accessible to local filmmakers. It's amazing to see what other U.S. locales are doing to attract and nurture movies being made in their towns. We have a long way to go here.

ME: As you mentioned before, the film seems to give a tip of the hat to so many cult movies! Can you name a few of your enduring favorites here, perhaps even some that inspired you while creating your own film?

PC: Theatre Of Blood, Demons, Female Trouble, The Bad Seed, Carrie, Psycho, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, Peeping Tom, and more were inspiring elements that helped me create All About Evil.

ME: One of my favorite things about the film is that Patrick Bristow, Marty from Showgirls, has a plum role. How did you arrange this and does Patrick/Marty know what a fanbase he has?

PC: I think that Patrick is humble about the fact that there are people out there obsessed with him. I don't know how much he knows he's adored, but I was thrilled to get him in the movie. He actually plays the part that I played as Joshua in the short version of the film so I was extra excited to have someone so truly amazing filling my boy shoes. Patrick is a comedic genius and a master at improv. There were moments while filming where he and Natasha would go off-script and stay in character, continuing to act out a scene that wasn't ever written. I would be laughing so hard and not yell "cut" just to see how far they could take it. They're both brilliant.

ME: When is the film expected to premiere and when do you think the masses will be able to see it at last?

PC: I'm hoping that the film will premiere and that masses will be able to see it within a year. It's hard to say for sure, but that's our hope.

ME: What is your favorite film soundtrack?

PC: My favorite film soundtrack right now is Mulholland Drive. I love all the David Lynch soundtracks-- Fire Walk WIth Me is another favorite. Put them on as you're going to sleep and I promise you'll have better dreams.

ME: Just curious: what grotesque, over the top horror film death is your personal favorite, and why?

PC: I think it's the scene from the original A Nightmare On Elm Street where Tina is being slashed up while she's sleeping and her bloody body flies up onto the ceiling, getting dragged around the room while slash marks and blood pour over the walls. It's great and so totally classic. 

ME: And finally, as always, what has been your best find at Amoeba?

PC: I think most recently it was when I felt like seeing Russ Meyers' Vixen and went to Amoeba to buy it, where not only did they have multiple copies, but [they also had] an entire section dedicated to Russ Meyers DVD's. I don't know where else in town I'd be able to access something like that so quickly. I love Amoeba.

ME: Thanks so much for your time!