Showing posts from March, 2007

Dylan Goes Electric... Again... (Part 1)

March 18th? Really? Is that the last time that I posted anything on any of my blogs? More as a note to myself than anything intended for the eyes of others -- what the hell happened? Those in Alaska know of my recent appearance in that icy burg, so certainly the trip up to sit at my mother's side following her operation (and the late night carousing with numerous, wonderful friends) played a definite part in my lack of online writing lately.

But it's not the real reason at all. It's part of the reason, but I could have easily written something late at night or early in the morning and put it up here during that time. No, the problem rests with the fact that, exactly three weeks ago, I made a decision that for most people is just another purchase in their lives as professional consumers of popular goods. It was something that I wrestled with for several years now -- for what seems like eons, really -- and the time had come, with the impending trip to Alaska looming above me…

Psychotronic Ketchup: Motorcycle Mamas Don't Allow No-- Oh, Maybe They Do...

So, after watching three 70's biker flicks back-to-back-to-back, I am led to one conclusion: bikers, apparently, love gang rape.

Or at the very least, Hollywood thought the type of people who loved to watch biker flicks loved gang rape, and so they used the sordid subject in film after film. One of the problems with surging through the wide variety of films in the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film is having to watch genres of which I have little interest in viewing. Outside of Easy Rider and The Wild One, I don't really care much for the genre, and outside of one despicable person in particular, neither do the relative handful of people I know that I consider true "bikers". I don't mean my close friends who have taken to the two-wheeled highway, and who are what I would call "motorcycle enthusiasts". Those that I know who have delved even partially into the true biker lifestyle -- and we are talking only specifically here of about four people -- three of…

Rixflix A to Z: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Director: Alfred L. Werker // 20th Century Fox; 1:25; b/w
Crew Notables: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
Cast Notables: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes), Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson), Ida Lupino (Ann Brandon), George Zucco (Professor Moriarty), Alan Marshal, Terry Kliburn, Henry Stephenson, E.E. Clive, Arthur Hohl, Holmes Herbert
Cinema 4 Rating: 7

As the steel of Sir Guy of Gisbourne’s sword was matched blow for slashing blow by the equally adept blade of Sir Robin of Locksley, my 10-year old brain could scarcely believe the good fortune I had stumbled upon. I had seen the actors playing these parts, Basil Rathbone and Errol Flynn, pair off against each other originally on Christmas Eve a couple months before inCaptain Blood, and now I was watching an even better fight between them inThe Adventures of Robin Hood. Caught up in the action, I was, even in my hero-worshipping youth, saddened greatly at Robin’s killing thrust into the ribcage of the evil Sir Guy, for it meant not only that th…

Rixflix A to Z: Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Director: Joe Dante, John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton & Robert K. Weiss // Universal; 1:25; color
Cast Notables: Arsenio Hall, B.B. King, David Allan Grier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Horton, Lou Jacobi, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Monique Gabrielle, Steve Forrest, Joey Travolta, Forrest J. Ackerman, Sybil Danning, Lana Clarkson, Roxie Roker, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Guttenberg, Henry Silva, Archie Hahn, T.K. Carter, Phil Proctor, Robert Picardo, Rip Taylor, Bryan Cranston, Slappy White, Steve Allen, Jackie Vernon, Charlie Callas, Henny Youngman, William Marshall, Donald Gibb, Ed Begley Jr., Kelly Preston, Howard Hesseman, Ralph Bellamy, Steve Cropper, Marc McClure, Russ Meyer, Corinee Wahl, Andrew Dice Clay, Paul Bartel, Carrie Fisher, Mike Mazurki, Dick Miller, Jenny Agutter, Phil Hartman (voice), Corey Burton (voice), Bernie Casey, Ronny Cox, Huey Lewis (himself), Robert Loggia.
Cinema 4 Rating: 6

While Amazon Women ultimately exists as a less successful follow-up to the e…

Deadpan Joy...

"Somehow everything will be a little different than you thought." - The Posies "Somehow Everything"

I am a victim of my own need to always have an enemy. For the entirety of my existence, I have flailed (mostly unsuccessfully) against this Great Unseen Nemesis: some would call it a product of my own social ineptitude; and others would believe I am instantly antagonistic against our entire civilization, relishing my own form of untargeted misanthropy. Still, others would believe that I am merely battling my Villain of the Moment, whether it be a government whose record of deception in all matters I cannot reconcile in my own mind; bosses whom I feel are lucky they wear slip-ons because they would never be able to handle this whole "shoe-tying" fad; or even railing against the ridiculous higher beings of others' belief systems. I am battling Brando's "Whattya got?"; I am shoulder to shoulder with Groucho against "It", whatever &qu…