What does the ancient, craggy musician Bob Dylan have in common with the ever-beautiful actress Jennifer Garner? Quite a lot, of course! They're both human beings with millions of things in common, starting with DNA and working on up to spouses and exes and children and friends and enemies. But they have something else in common that's more fun to read about here.
FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY, one of the quintessential '60s rock & roll soundtrack albums to one the '60s quintessential biker exploitation moves was released. According to Wikipedia, THE WILD ANGELS movie saw its general release to American theaters on this day. The soundtrack album of the same name was released by Tower Records, an imprint of Capitol Records. So July 20, 2016, is the fiftieth anniversary of this classic movie and equally classic album! So Happy Birthday to everyone involved in the making of the movie and the making of the soundtrack music and album—especially Mike Curb and Davie Allan!!!… Continue Reading "the wild angels" is now a quinquagenarian (happy 50th!)
When Jerry Rubin said, “Don’t trust anyone over 30” in 1967, there is a good chance that he knew exactly the kind of effect that it would have on young people around the country. He might not have had a clue that it would also have an effect on non-political movers and shakers in Hollywood. At least one movie followed shortly after Rubin's statement, American International Pictures' Wild In The Streets. Earlier this year, several readers suggested that I follow up the post “the return of max frost & the troopers” with a brief say-so on the AIP movie Wild In The… Continue Reading on Wild in the Streets as political and social satire
Just wanted to recommend a trio of movies connected by gorgeous music to enjoy on a trio of nights, preferably one after the other. These are not movie reviews, merely recommendations: three nights three movies excellent music . . . [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgZjaxrnlPc] First night: Mao’s Last Dancer is an Australian film directed by Bruce Beresford (2009) and based on dancer Li Cunxin’s autobiography of the same title. In 1972, the 11-year old Cunxin was selected for ballet training and eventually ends up as an exchange student and a star with the Houston Ballet. The adult Cinxin is played by Chi Cao, principal dancer… Continue Reading three nights three movies
In 1967, Procol Harum made a Scopitone video for their hit A Whiter Shade Of Pale. It was shot in some spectacular ruins in Witley Court in Worcestershire, England, once one of the great houses of the Midlands, but by then a spectacular ruin devastated by fire thirty years earlier. This video features the original members—Gary Brooker (piano), Matthew Fisher (organ), David Knights (bass), Ray Royer (guitar), and Bobby Harrison (drums)—in performance and meandering about the ruins. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PmisbzxwoQ] It was directed by Peter Clifton, who mixed full-color concert film with washed-out color stock of the group in the ruins. These were interspersed with black and white newsreel… Continue Reading a whiter shade of pale in some spectacular ruins
Way back in the early 1970s, I discovered that when a British fan bought a copy of the Beatles’ 1965 album HELP! (Parlophone PMC-1255/PCS-3071) in the UK, he got a Beatles album with fourteen (14) new Beatles recordings. When an American fan bought the same title (HELP!, Capitol MAS/SMAS-2386) in the US, he got an “original soundtrack album” with only seven (7) new Beatles recordings! The rest of the record was padded out with five (5) pieces of “incidental music” composed and arranged by someone named Ken Thorne. Somehow, it seemed that the American record-buyer was getting the short… Continue Reading ken thorne chose the chase in the tyrol to the bitter end of an orchestral fantasy
This is the third part of a three-part article “Wild In The Streets as political satire and prescient black comedy (and good old b-movie hokum)" about the 1968 movie Wild In The Streets, in which I review the socio-political aspects of the script forty years later and find some real accuracy, possible prescience, and a lot of nonsense. I have combined this part with the other two into one article, "on Wild in the Streets as political and social satire."