Thursday, December 27, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Central Airport (1933) - ***. Unjustly neglected William Wellman film about barnstorming aviator brothers, Richard Barthelmess and Tom Brown vying for the same gal, Sally Eilers. Some frank Pre-Code sexual innuendo (Barthelmess & Eilers are undoubtedly ‘ living in sin’) and stunt work keep this yarn moving.
The Illustrated Man (1969) - *1/2. Slow, confusing adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s short story collection. May be worth seeing for Rod Steiger ‘s intense performance but besides that it is hardly worth the time.
God’s Gift to Women (1931) - ** ½. Amusing romantic farce features Frank Fay (who greatly resembles Frank (Wizard of Oz) Morgan) as a self-proclaimed Don Juan who bypasses past conquests (Joan Blondell and Louise Brooks!!) for the heart of Laura La Plante. Already too old for this part, Fay is known primarily as Barbara Stanwyck’s first husband (if remembered at all.) . An alcohol-fueled ego ruined his career, though he did star in the first stage production of “Harvey” in the 40s. Director Michael Curtiz adds some needed style to this Pre-Code relic.
Harold Teen (1934) - **. Carl Ed’s popular 20s comic strip stars was already dated by the time this extremely hokey film version came out. Most of the ‘teenagers’ look middle-aged. Long-limbed star Hal LeRoy does do a remarkable tap dance routine in the finale if you can wait that long.
The Monster (1926) - ** ½. Minor Lon Chaney film is of your basic ‘haunted house’ variety. Top-billed Chaney’s barely in it, instead film relies too heavily on the comedic talents of timid Johnny Arthur. Arthur , memorable in many Hal Roach shorts, is only annoying here.
Mummy’s Boys (1936) - **. Tiresome Wheeler & Woolsey vehicle teams them with Willie Best and plump Barbara Pepper investigating a curse in Cairo. Poor direction by Fred Guiol has actors standing around looking confused. Pepper was lifetime friends with Lucille Ball from their Goldwyn Girl days and Ball gave her small roles on I Love Lucy during hard times. She later played Mrs. Ziffel on Green Acres.
Friday, June 29, 2012
DRY RUN with Kris & Ken
1st show 5/30/12
Tom Waits – What’s He Building Down There?
Butterfield Blues Band – East/West
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
Derek & the Dominos – I Looked Away
Delaney & Bonnie – Coming Home
Hot Tuna – Bow Legged Woman, Knock Kneed Man
Allman Bros – Hoochie Coochie Man
Charlie Feathers – Bottle to the Baby
Charlie Feathers – I Can’t Hardly Stand It
Charlie Feathers – One Hand Loose
Charlie Feathers – Everybody Loving my Baby
The Band – The Weight
Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks – Who Do You Love
The Band – When I Paint My Masterpiece
Levon Helm – Tennessee Jed
Muddy Waters – 40 Days & 40 Nights
T-Bone Walker – Papa Ain’t Salty
Booker T & the MGs – Can’t Be Still
Staple Singers – Are You Ready? (Come Go with Me)
Joe Tex – Skinny Legs n All
Charlie Feathers – Today & Tomorrow
Derek & the Dominos – Key to the Highway
DRY RUN with Kris & Ken
2nd show 6/6/12
George Carlin – Son of WINO
Shuggie Otis – Booty Cooler
Eddie & the Hot Rods – Do Anything You Wanna Do
Porter Waggoner – Cold Hard Facts of Life
Jim Ed Brown – Pop a Top
Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink
Robbie Fulks – I Just Want to Meet the Man
Junior Parker – Feelin Good
Junior Parker – Mystery Train
Junior Parker – Love My Baby
Junior Parker – Sittin Drinkin & Thinkin
Dr John – Season of the Witch
Marcia Ball – Red Beans
CJ Chenier – Women Are Smarter
Meters – Fiyo on the Bayou
Ten Years After – Sugar the Road
West, Bruce & Laing – Shake Ma Thing (Rollin Jack)
Sugarcane Harris – Don’t You Think I’ve Done Enough
Rolling Stones – Stop Breaking Down
Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right
Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23
DRY RUN with Kris & Ken
3rd show 6/13/12
Ken Nordine – Reaching into In
Henry Mancini – Touch of Evil (main theme)
War – Cisco Kid
Capt Beefheart – Sure Nuff & Yes I Do
The Monks – Complication
The Turtles – Outside Chance
Sir Douglas Quintet – It’s a Man Down There
Jack Earls – Slow Down
Jack Earls – Let’s Bop
Jack Earls – Hey Jim
Jack Earls – Take Me to That Place
Gram Parsons – Return of the Grievous Angel
Son Volt – Windfall
Justin Townes Earle – Memphis in the Rain
Steve Earle – I Aint Never Satisfied
Bobby Fuller 4 – Wolfman
Bobby Fuller 4 – Little Annie Lou
Bobby Fuller 4 – I Fought The Law
Bobby Fuller 4 – Never to be Forgotten
Little Feat – Rock n Roll Doctor
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Mary Had a Little Lamb
Buddy Guy – Five Long Years
DRY RUN with Kris & Ken
4th show 6/20/12
Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks – 2000 Year Old Man
The JBs – The Grunt Pts 1 & 2
Parliament – Get Up for the Down Stroke
Southern Culture on the Skids – Voodoo Cadillac
Tony Joe White – Roosevelt & Ira Lee
Jessie Mae Hemphill – Streamline Train
Tom Russell – Four Chambered Hearts
Howlin Wolf – Dorothy Mae
Howlin Wolf – Come Back Come
Howlin Wolf – Oh Red
Howlin Wolf – My Last Affair
Hasil Adkins – Chicken Walk
The Meters – Chicken Strut
Rufus Thomas – Funky Chicken
Dixie Dregs – Refried Funky Chicken
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat – Peavine Blues
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – City of Refuge
Dyke & the Blazers – Funky Walk
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Expensive Women (1931) –* ½. Silent-star Dolores (Drew Barrymore’s grandmother) Costello’s last leading role casts her as a rich socialite. She is fine and quite beautiful and has some real chemistry with co-star Warren William, but this is tossed aside for her romance with wimpy Anthony Bushell who is just awful.
The Black Swan (2010) - *1/2. Portman won an Oscar for this pretentious ‘thriller’ about a ballerina who wins the role of a lifetime and promptly goes nuts. If the overwrought dramatics don’t turn you off, the in-your-face camera style of director Androfsky will.
The Valiant (1929) - **. In his film debut, Paul Muni received a best actor nomination for this stagebound relic about a murderer’s mysterious past. For some unexplained reason, he’s allowed to write a newspaper column about his plight which alerts his heart-of-gold mother in small-town Ohio. Pretty unendurable, but finale does carry some emotional weight.
The 10th Victim (1965) - ** ½. Ultra-cool Marcello Mastroianni and stunning Ursula Andress are hunter and victim in this amusing pop-art futuristic comedy that unfortunately runs out of gas near the end.
Men of Chance (1931) - ***. Solid racetrack yarn has Mary Astor (in a nice understated performance) posing as a countess to dupe a gambler (Ricardo Cortez). Film should be better known.
Color Me Kubrick (2005) - ** ½. John Malkovich is fun to watch as Alan Conway, a real life gay, alcoholic con-man who somehow convinces half of London that he is reclusive director Stanley Kubrick. Screenplay is by the real Kubrick’s assistant.
Cedar Rapids (2011) - ***. Surprisingly effective comedy about a straight-laced insurance salesman (Ed Helms) cutting loose at a convention. Takes awhile to get going but worth sticking with. Even Anne Heche is likable in this one.
Numbered Men (1930) - *. Early Mervyn LeRoy film is stiff, unrealistic (convicts are rewarded for good behavior with dynamite and firearms) prison film. Pretty rough viewing. Hard to believe LeRoy was only one year away from making Little Caesar and two years from I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Stars Conrad Nagel.