After Earth Review

As expectations can really affect how you feel about a film after seeing it, knowing M. Night was in the directors chair was a significant discovery. I had to control how I felt about that to make sure I looked at this film objectively. Turns out, I didn’t have to worry too much about that, because After Earth is kind lame regardless of who directed it.

A Band Called Death Review

Holy sczihizit – I LOVE THIS DOC!

How did I miss this band, Death? A 1973 Detroit African American proto punk band that pre-dates the Ramones!!! I was in an awful punk bank in 1982 in Canada called Truncheon Scars. We were suburban kids who just screamed and thrashed away. The rest of the time we listened to obscure punk records of bands like Personality Crisis, Stretch Marks, and Youth War. Yet Death’s band name, seemed to hinder their ability to catch the 1977 British Sex Pistols/Clash wave, even though their sound was superior. They were offered a massive music contract in ’76 if they changed their name. One brother held out, and the rest hung with him, and that led them into obscurity. You would think that the story would end there. But it doesn’t. This is a story of  struggle, conviction, and redemption.

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival

It was an overcast day as I negotiated the narrow broken streets of Hollywood. I thought Tinsel Town had lost its luster until I spied a portly gent in a stained Buster Keaton t-shirt. I quickly parked my ride and hoofed it up to the Roosevelt Hotel. My heart raced like a three-year-old filly in heat with a hopped up jockey on her back. Once I hit the lobby, I felt right at home.

TCM Classic Film Festival

Lo and Behold, in 1994, Turner Classic Movies arrived. Ever since then, people have been enjoying, and re-enjoying, classic films in the comfort of their own homes. And even better, four years ago, TCM started their Classic Film Festival here in Los Angeles, and I had the utmost privilege to attend. It was rather kind of Allan Havey to give me his other pass, and I was able to attend most of last weekend.