Monday, June 24, 2013

PURPLE RAIN: THE NIGHT A LEGEND WAS BORN



This is a legend in the making. In 1983 Prince played a benefit for the Minnesota Dance Theater Company, and that show featured the first live performance with Wendy Melvoin in The Revolution. That would be historic enough, but this show was also the very first time the band performed Purple Rain in public. At First Avenue of all places.

This is ground zero.

(found on antiquiet.com)   

SHARK WEEK IS COMING!

6/23/13 - DOUBLE FANTASY AT MELTDOWN


Yoko Ono curated this year's Meltdown festival, and she proved that being 80 doesn't mean a damn thing.  You are as young as you feel.  She looks great, and she can still shriek and wail better than all the kids that rode in on her avant garde coat tails.  Sean has got to be thrilled seeing his Mom so active and vibrant on stage.  Super cool.

The lineup for the festival was amazing, but the thing I was really curious about was the big finale.  Sunday night had the first ever live performance of Double Fantasy, the last album that John and Yoko put out before that dark night in December 33 years ago.  Reviews are just coming out, but it sounds like it was a great time.  Also, good ol' youtube is full of video from the show.  I've assembled a few clips, most of which I haven't had a chance to watch yet, for us to discover what went down.

All we are saying is give Yoko a chance.

Shyboy



Saturday, June 22, 2013

BRAD PITT ZOMBIE MOVIE - MY THOUGHTS


Let me just say right from the get go, the Brad Pitt Zombie is great but Max Brook's book World War Z is better. I absolutely love the book, and I have read enough about the nightmares surrounding the film's production to be concerned with what was going to hit the big screen. Before seeing World War Z yesterday I told myself not to expect a literal translation of the book's story line - not even a little. With that bit of mental preparation behind me I was ready to be disappointed, but I wasn't at all. This film is not to be missed if you have even a passing interest in zombies.

 

I think you can easily compare this situation to The Walking Dead series. What started as a fantastic graphic novel and story was the inspiration for a truly entertaining TV show. They have strayed drastically from the original, and yet I cannot complain about the end result. Tim and I had the pleasure of interviewing Max Brooks about his book several years ago when it was released, and at that point he was already in a bidding war for the book's rights and expressing concern about what the Hollywood machine would do to his story. I  distinctly remember discussing the idea of doing World War Z on HBO in a serial format, and at this point I don't see why that still couldn't happen. The movie and the book World War Z are just so completely different, and so it is a relief to think an option like that could possibly still exist.


I will go see this movie again. It is scary, intense, and full of twists and turns. I found myself sitting on the edge of my theater seat on more than one occasion. There is a lot of action in the film, all of which feels real and not over the top unbelievable which tends to happen in "blockbusters". There are of course special effects for the zombie hoards. Initially I was turned off by what I'd seen in the trailers - zombies scaling the great walls of Israel. It looked cheesy to me, but in the context of the movie it works. The zombies are rabid in nature - biting machines with a single objective of feeding, and so the massing wall of zombies is not so inconceivable. In the end this is the story of one family's experience in the zombie apocalypse. The book detailed numerous family and individual's stories, and that is the primary difference. The films ends in a voice over narrative that explains this is just the beginning, setting up the possibility of more films. I for one would like to see what happens next. 

Shelley

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

JUNE BRINGS THE FU TO GRIND-FU



GRIND-FU CINEMA 
presents
 
STREET FIGHTER
and
RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER
 
Saturday, June 29th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of State University, Mankato
 
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Join us on Saturday, June 29th as Grind-Fu Cinema brings it all back to the beginning!  We're showing the first double feature we ever screened, but with a twist!  This time around you can see Street Fighter and Return Of The Street Fighter in the ORIGINAL JAPANESE with SUBTITLES!  As fun as the terrible dubbing was, these films are even more badass in their original form.  Sonny Chiba mops the floor with all comers, and no body part escapes his butt kicking wrath.  If it's attached to you then it is fair game, and the odds are good that it'll go flying across the room, followed by the rest of you.



Did we mention that Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE?  Cuz it is.  Grind-Fu is always free.  So bring your friends, bring snacks and treats, and dress in layers (because the temperature is notorious in the theater) for a night of amazing martial arts action.

I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?

Monday, June 17, 2013

heads up good people



PLEASE STAND BY

KMSU will be off the air at 7 a.m. for up to an hour as the campus engineers prepare for the
implosion of Gage Towers. Hopefully we will return sooner rather than later, but we apologize for any inconvenience. Cross your "rock fingers" and hope for the best!

UPDATE, 6:55 am:  We're off the air right now, but you can still listen at kmsu.org! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW RICKY JAY DOES IT


I spent my last day of vacation in the Twin Cities going to record stores and seeing movies.  The first movie was Before Midnight, and I loved it.  If you're a fan of the first two films in this series, then you will be pleased with how this one turned out.  I went to it at The Uptown, which wasn't as disappointing as the last time I went, but it was still overpriced and it still has those stupid reserved seats.

The second film I went to was Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.  I first discovered Ricky Jay through his appearances in Boogie Nights and Magnolia, and then later on discovered that he is a legendary magician.  Not like a David Copperfield theatrical guy, but a master of close up magic.  He can do things with a deck of cards that will make your head spin.

I'm posting a couple of TV specials he did, as well as some random clips.  Watch and be amazed.  I don't know how he does it.

Shyboy

P.S.: The third film was Now You See Me.  Meh.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BLACK FLAG + RAYMOND PETTIBON = INSEPARABLE


Winston Smith and Dead Kennedys.  Eddie and Iron Maiden.  Sometimes art and a band become inseparable.  You can't imagine one without thinking of the other.  As far as punk is concerned, this is no more evident than with Raymond Pettibon and Black Flag.  Pettibon's style is iconic and defines 80s punk graphics.  It also perfectly captures the spirit of Black Flag.  Check out this great documentary about their relationship, but only if you like art or music or things that are awesome.

WHO YA GONNA CALL? STANLEY KUBRICK! OWW!


Are you kids hep to the fact that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing for the US Government, and then went on to reveal this truth through his film The Shining?  No?  Well, you can find out about that, as well as several other strange conspiracy theories in the wonderfully weird documentary Room 237.  Whether or not any of these theories holds any water is the big question.  Kubrick associates  think they are nuts.  I mean, they could have said "no comment" or maybe ignored them all together, but they went out of their way to call the theories ridiculous.  Does make for a less than enjoyable experience?  No.  If you're a film obsessive like us, then you'll love it.


Let's go one step beyond.  Did you know that Ghostbusters is really all about morbid obesity?