Adventures In Plymptoons! review
The local art guild has an art movie screening at the theater every last Thursday. I been a fan of Bill Plympton since I was kid seeing his shorts at The Festival Of Animation and The Tune when it came out on video. I respect the guy a lot because I think it's incredible that one guy could make a feature length film mostly by himself. It was inspiring to hear the story of a successful film maker and artist outside of the Hollywood system. This movie didn't hold out on the secret sauce either, giving solid details about how he became a success. The movie did have problems though. Having seen Mr Plympton's films on the big screen I know they should have looked a lot better then the clips I saw in this documentary. There may have been a problem in the transfer but the quality of the clips was poor. Also many of the cameos didn't make sense or weren't funny, even my Hollywood crush Martha Plimpton. Still the film is def worth watching. I'd even like to watch it again and take notes about the secret sauce!
Ooga Booga redbox review
Being the big Full Moon fan I am I rushed out and picked this up the day it was released to Redbox. I love the black horror movies, especially when they got racist cops. Working the night shift I met many black people who were terrified of cops so this rings true for me. The puppetry is really good even though there is no stop motion. Full Moon really stepped up their game with this cast featuring Karen Black and Stacy Keach who both turn in great performances. The kills were a little lackluster but I guess holding out on the gore keeps Full Moon movies in grocery stores. I'm really left wondering, what is up with Hambo? This is second movie he's been in. Is this leading up to a Hambo feature? Videozone included on DVD. Awesome movie, check it out!!
Grunted Warning #17 zine review
This is a very nice looking zine with very sick, sad newspaper clippings from the world. Really crazy stuff you won't believe actually happened! One page had little comic drawings of the news stories and this was my favorite part. Extra copies & back issues available for 1$, stamps (AUS), trade, friendly letter, or unusual/grotesque clippings.
PO BOX 35
Marrickville, NSW 2204
Thanks to Sid Clark for sending me this!!
This is an ancient legendary show review I will never forget and yet hardly remember. It was a rare all ages show which I think was in a Masonic Temple or somewhere vaguely religious/occult. The headlining bands were The Gizzards and Karl Marx Band and maybe someone else(?). I was so proud because I had handmade shitty patches for the bands. That's the awesome thing about punk is that if you are down to work, no matter how poor quality your output, you are part of the crew. It was a huge room with a big stage and in the corner you could buy cans of beer out of a cooler. The Gizzards rocked it on stage and I believe gave me some kind of a shout out. Maybe played a recording of me introducing the band. I think this was one of their earlier shows. After the set I met one of the Shitgiveit's for the first time (Todd Awful?). Karl Marx had their tour bus parked outside and I partied in it for the rest of the show. Super wasted, Gizzards and entourage walked down to the beach to this bar/seafood place where we chowed down on fried baby octopuses. LOL this was the peak of my life!
My bro Rowland Bluntz made this video for San Diego's Media Control and it is so awesome!! Great song and the video is very impressive! I gotta upgrade my video studio!!
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1979 made for TV movie which I watched on Drive In Classics. Psychopathic van driver "The Fiddler" runs woman off the L.A. freeway while a lady reporter with a typical "if it bleeds it leads" attitude exploits the story to advance her career. Some good stunts throughout. Freeways are very scary to me anyway so this movie was effective. Lot's of women's lib stuff here as our hero contemplates if she should stay single or let a man take care of her. Also one expert theorizes the killer thinks women are "too big for their britches". I made it almost to the end then rolled over and listened to the climax which was a bunch of tires squealing.
I came to the realization recently that I'm officially not hardcore anymore. There was a show that I should have went to but made lame excuses and didn't go. "My back hurts", "I don't want to hang out in a bar for hours" and the lamest yet "I like to be in bed by 11:30". So yeah, my hardcore days are behind me and I started to reflect back on highlights of my concert going career.
The best shows for me are seeing the classic punk bands who defined punk music in the late seventies and early eighties. Seeing bands like M.D.C., The Weirdos, The Skulls, Flipper, Battalion Of Saints, The Dwarves and others is truly a magical experience. This is as close to time travel I will get in my lifetime. When these pioneers of punk start rockin' I swear they looked like young men in their prime and there was a vibe in air that punk was something new and exciting.
As amazing and special as these shows were, the most fun ones for me were of a different nature. It was the shows that went wrong that I have the fondest memories of.
City On Fire '79 Review
This is a rare 70's disaster film starring Leslie Nielsen and Shelly Winters. A disgruntled refinery worker doesn't get the promotion he thought he deserved and sabotages the plant, causing the whole city to light on fire. The initial big refinery explosion is crazy because there is several big fires, like four people falling to their death, an old man falls into a pool and all the partitions in a public bathroom fall down as a confused man takes a dump?! Later in the film we see a 20 second close up of an old mans face as he uses a bedpan?! Also weird side plots like an envelope of pictures that leads to three peoples death by fire? This wasn't one of the greats but some money was spent and it def has it's moments. Watched it on Drive-In Classics on Roku.
Juicy Karkass is an awesome punk rapper. I seen him perform at Landlocked 2. Really smart guy too, very into science. His song "Punch 'Em In The Dick" is a classic! Here's the video:
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Space Zombie Bingo Review
I'm still on the sci-fi kick so I decided to watch Space Zombie Bingo. This movie has an awesome rockabilly soundtrack I really enjoyed especially the song "I Love Barbeque". It's a retro setting, made to look like a movie from the 50's. It kinda reminded me of Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes in that way. It had really clever writing. This was a pretty big budget film for a Troma flick, there was a big cast and lots of costumes, props and special effects. This movie should be a cult classic but I never really heard of it before today. Awesome that it gets a second life on youtube. Watch it for free (with ads) here:
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