Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wanna Buy A Record?

Voice actor Mel Blanc tells us about that fascinating recording industry...

Also, Paul Frees as Peter Lorre singing "Hey Jude"!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Phase IV (1974)

Trippy visuals aside, there's a lot in this trailer that didn't make it to the final film.

Phase IV is a movie that someone told me about years ago, when he was on an ant interest-binge. The plot he gave me was nothing like what I actually saw, so I assumed that either it had been a long time since he'd seen it, or he thought I never would.

Years later, I used to listen to the insane "Cultural Pollution" mixes on ISRN.ORG (now defunct), and one involved a lot of the music from Phase IV. I didn't know it at the time, but I did enjoy it. It wasn't until I was on my own interest-binge—Saul Bass—that I discovered this very, very strange movie.

I'm also very sad that Mr. Bass, a gifted visual artist, did not get to do the poster for his own film. Something about that seems very, very wrong.

The jury's still out if it's a good film with really bad parts, or a bad flick with really good parts. Let's take a look at it.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

A-Kon 24: the debriefing

As openers go, that's a pretty good one. The real question is, how did we get here?