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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out on Record Store Day 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 11, 2017 07:05pm | Post a Comment

10 Limited Edition Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is so close, you can almost taste all the limited edition special releases! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, indie music stores everywhere will join forces and unleash this year’s rare and drool-worthy RSD releases. (Download a PDF of those exclusive releases HERE.) It’s our Xmas and we are going to town, no Santa needed!

The vinyl soundtrack selection is especially plentiful and exciting this year, full of scores and collections that are being released for the first time ever, first time on vinyl, or are re-releases of out-of-print albums. Film fans will flip for the fabulous colored vinyl, deluxe additions and packaging, and - in a couple of cases - beautiful picture discs.

Here's my 10 favorite from those being offered:

Ciao! Manhattan soundtrackCiao! Manhattan

Part of Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-'60s, Edie Sedgwick was “It Girl” of the Pop Art age. 1973's Ciao! Manhattan was the model and actor's final film. Written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, the movie tells a somewhat fictionalized account of Sedgewick's life. She portrays Susan Superstar, a New Yorker who ends up living in a drained swimming pool in Santa Barbara, always in a narcotic daze. The film was shot over a five-year period, at the end of which Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 28.

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The Witch: A New England Folktale and Why You Need to Own It on DVD or Blu-ray

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

The Witch

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Did you ever try to hex your Algebra II teacher in high school the night before the final? Have you The Witchwatched the "Salem Witches" episode of In Search Of while sipping red wine from a black Madonna Inn goblet? Is your email password Pyewacket13? If your answer is yes to any of these and you have not yet seen The Witch: A New England Folktale (out now on DVD & Blu-ray), see it. If your answer is no but supernatural historical period horror films are your “jam,” see it.

Normally, I’m more into old school witch flicks, like City of the Dead (1960), Night of the Eagle (1962), and The Witches (1966), but The Witch is well done…just like my King Henry VIII steak at the House of Prime Rib. By the beard of Black Phillip the billy goat, when you watch this you will soon find yourself in an eerie trance in front of your boob-tube, being pulled into the dark and mysterious New England woods in the 17th century. If M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004) and Avery Crounse's Eyes of Fire (1983) had a new little baby sister, it would be The Witch. (Eyes of Fire, if you can find on VHS somewhere, is totally spooksville too! View the trailer HERE.)

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Sundance NEXT FEST at Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. Aug. 7-10 Features Film Screenings, Father John Misty, Warpaint and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 03:05pm | Post a Comment
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The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A.

A new film festival called Sundance NEXT FEST celebrates the intersection of music and film at the brand new Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles from Aug. 7-10. Tickets can be picked up here.

The whole thing kicks off Aug. 7 with Cinespia screening Napoleon Dynamite at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, starting at 8:30 p.m. Pick up tickets here.

napoleon dynamite

 

 

Check out a trailer for Napoleon Dymanite below to refresh your memory about how great this movie is:

 

On Aug. 8 at The Theatre at Ace will be a screening of the horror-comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, followed by a performance by Father John Misty. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

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Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Posted by Miss Ess, May 10, 2011 02:45pm | Post a Comment

cave of forgotten dreams
 

By now, wherever you are in your life, you probably already know whether or not you enjoy the films of Werner Herzog. The famed German director is quite the polorizing auteur; he is anything but subtle, and in my opinion, he is also quite possibly out of his mind. But in a good way.

His latest, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, is a 3-D documentary exploring the Chauvet Cave in France and its incredible prehistoric paintings. No matter what your typical stance on Herzog films happens to be, this film is worth watching just to get inside this cave, a place only a handful of scientists are allowed to visit about once a year under strict rules. Herzog, fearless as ever, brings a crew of 4 deep inside the cavern to capture paintings that have decorated this dark place for over 30,000 years and were only re-discovered in 1994. Like many Herzog films, this one is also steeped in the meaning he lays on thick with his stark, accented narration.

Herzog draws his typical lofty conclusions, this time about the interconnectedness of the human race and the meaning of art itself. On the lighter side of things, throughout the documentary there are several humorous moments with the wonderfully idiosyncratic cast of characters that make up the scientific team. Even if you ignore the steady drone of narration, the images in the cave, preserved through tens of thousands of years against all odds, remain fascinating, haunting, and illuminating.

Cold Storage: A Hazy Recollection of My Sick Days

Posted by Charles Reece, November 14, 2010 11:55pm | Post a Comment
I've had a horrible cold, and when I'm sick I lie around, sleep through DVDs and aimlessly look about the Web for things to entertain me. Here's some stuff that occupied my time:

"A hero to most," including me, I guess:


Ideological analysis as occasionally practiced on this blog can be tricky. One thing I don't like about so called culture studies (if I can make a blanket statement about a blanket term) is that while it's helped open the possibility of thinking seriously about pop culture, the aesthetic content of its subjects is often lost.  Notions of evaluation are either dismissed or ignored, treated as if they're otiose and old-fashioned. Contrariwise, I'd suggest that even if, in their respective times, both Frank Sinatra and Katy Perry served parallel functions in Ideological State Apparatuses, one shouldn't reduce them to the same level of aesthetic quality. There's something about art, even popular art, that's not reducible to the Culture Industry. Some commodities are constructed better than others. Now, usually I feel like I'm bungling my way through the history of ideas obtained from half-read books which I don't quite understand or explain properly, but when re-reading an old discussion I participated in a few years back, I actually (now from a distance) agree with the thought I was attempting to formulate. So, for posterity, here 'tis: 

Elvis was far more successful at doing rock & roll than his black predecessors. That's in large part because of the cultural context -- racism, in particular -- and how it shaped the music industry's expectations of what would sell and what wouldn't to a "mass" (read: white people with some disposable income) audience. Acknowledging (or analyzing) such reasons as his whiteness and male beauty shouldn't be a substitute for his very real and obvious talent. It wasn't merely because his music came in a readily digestible package (though it did), nor merely because he was more "iconic" or "mythic" than Big Mama Thornton (which is just another way of stating he was more easily commodified than a fat black woman in the 50s). The culture industry was what it was, but Elvis was what he was, too. [...] Lomax could've recorded Elvis on a porch in the hills and that talent would still be there.
-- from a thread on a comic book messboard in 2007

In other words, Chuck D was wrong to reduce Elvis' appeal to racism only. I had a lot of fun reading that discussion again. It's the kind of saltatory debate that could happen only after geeks began forming subcultures on message boards. Maybe it's just me, but with blogs now having taken over, you don't quite get the same level of wild rancor in tête-à-têtes between rival geek ideologues.

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