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Saturday, May 29, 2010

RIP Dennis Hopper [UPDATED w/ video tribute]

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper passed away today at the age of 74 from prostate cancer.  So many great roles. So very sad to see him go.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 05/29/10 at 02:12 PM

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

New trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” with a special message for Arizona

Cue the wingbaggers losing their shit in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... [NSFW ... via A.V. Club]

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/05/10 at 01:04 PM

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Munchkin “Dr. Death” Really Most Sincerely Dead at 94

Above: Raabe confronts a crowd of pro-witch-euthanasia demonstrators in the 1939 German expressionist film, Who Weeps for the Wicked? —which was released in the US as The Wizard of Oz.

[SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW 4.09.10] Munchkin City’s Singing Coroner Meinhardt Raabe—whose almost precisely 15 Seconds of Fame is still fondly recalled 71 years later—has died. RIP, and thanks eternally for having the grapes to wear that hat.

(PS: I promise this will be the week’s last post about diminutive, pixie-ish fantasy characters, unless I come up with a headline for Breitbart’s hilarious SRLC speech.)

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 04/10/10 at 07:18 PM

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Wonderfulness of Yourself, Sir

The coolest adult of my pre-teen youth has hipstered on

I feel bad for the generations that only knew him in his later career as a caricature villain or a Zuckerish parody of his I Spy Beat-Generation 007. And while most obits will likely focus on the the historicity of his partnering with Bill Cosby in the first black/white network “buddy” team, real culture wonks will be huddled around their flatscreens tonight to watch him skulking with balletic grace through the ornate labyrinth of the Bradbury Building in Harlan Ellison’s brooding, pre-CyberPunk fugue on technology, damnation and lonely redemption, “Demon With a Glass Hand.”

Thanks, Bob, for making Dad let me stay up late.     

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/24/10 at 05:23 PM

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Oscar Night Open Thread of Euro-Sonic Dance-Mutation

For me, the Oscar Ceremonies are right up there with really crappy Eastern European trance bands who have an obsession for robot art and overwrought typefaces. But just because I have no soul doesn’t mean the rest of you can’t have a party!

Consider this your swag-filled VIP Roastatorium for winner picks, gossip, Red Carpet cattiness and Oscar Awards live-snarking. 

UPDATE: Here’s the official list of nominees by searchable category. Here’s a potentially-lethal drinking game. Don’t thank me—I live to serve.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/07/10 at 01:32 PM

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Afternoon Music: The White Stripes’ “Let’s Shake Hands” (live)

I used to love the hell out of the White Stripes, but I OD’ed on them a couple of years ago and haven’t listened to them much since. After watching this live clip from their Under Great White Northern Lights documentary I remembered why I fell so hard for them in the first place. They were one of the best live bands ever and, good christ, they tore your face clean off with only two instruments, one of which one of them could barely play. It really is unbelievable if you think about it. [via Pitchfork]

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/14/09 at 01:01 PM

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

“Black Dynamite”: The Greatest Movie Ever?

Laying off the blogging and politics this weekend because it’s just been beautiful here in Brooklyn, but wanted to jump in and ask how in the hell is it that I didn’t find out about Black Dynamite until today? This looks unbelievably fantastic.  From the inventive Fight Smack in the Orphanage viral campaign to pitch-perfect and hilarious fight scenes like thisBlack Dynamite looks like a total ass-kicker.

Consider this an open thread about films. Seen anything you’ve liked lately (The Informant!, Inglourious Basterds, Extract, etc.)?  Excited about anything on its way?  Want to recommend a criminally underrated film on DVD?  Have at it.

[Uncensored trailer here]

MORE: Speaking of underrated films, I just found out that American Movie, one of my favorite documentaries of all time (I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it) and a total hoot, is available for free on YouTube now.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/20/09 at 12:51 PM

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ten Reel Drivel

Not only is this a bad idea because it’s impossible to scrape together ten Oscar-worthy films in any given year, but why would you do this when you’ve got an awards show that’s renowned for running painfully long?  I’m with the wingnuts now.  Fuck Hollywood!

p.s. If you’re a NYer (or maybe even if you’re not), you should definitely bookmark and/or blogroll The Village Voice‘s Runnin’ Scared. Roy Edroso of alicublog is doing a bang up job running it and it’s become a daily read for me.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/25/09 at 01:57 PM

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

RIP David Carradine


David Carradine passed away was found dead today at the age of 72. The world just lost a hell of a lot of cool.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/04/09 at 09:16 AM

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Werner Herzog’s Heartburn of Darkness

I recently watched Les Blank’s excellent documentary Burden of Dreams about the maddening trials and tribulations Werner Herzog went through to film his Fitzcarraldo and found Herzog to be an utterly captivating figure, wisely retelling the tales of the daily chaos around him, both man-made and natural, in a darkly humorous way that reminded me of a much more subdued version of the oh-woe-is-me hijinx of the late great Brother Theodore. Harper’s recently published selections from an upcoming book by Herzog about the making of Fitzcarraldo called Conquest of the Useless (pre-ordered!).  Unfortunately, the “Readings” selection entitled “THE JUNGLE IS OBSCENE” is hidden behind Harper’s subscribers-only wall on their web site, but I grabbed the first two excerpts for your enjoyment.

A still day, sultry. Inactivity piled on inactivity, clouds staring down from the sky, pregnant with rain; fever reigns; insects taking on massive proportions. The jungle is obscene. Everything about it is sinful, for which reason the sin does not stand out as sin. The voices in the jungle are silent; nothing is stirring, and a languid, immobile anger hovers over everything. The laundry on the line refuses to dry. As part of a conspiracy, flies suddenly descend on the table, their stomachs taut and iridescent. Our little monkey was wailing in his cage, and when I approached, he looked and wailed right through me to some distant spot outside where his little heart hoped to find an echo. I let him out, but he went back into his cage, and now he is continuing to wail there.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 05/20/09 at 06:45 AM

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bullet points with your name on them

Let me point you in a few directions while I recover from finally doing my taxes (and attempt to finish that Bob Somerby parody post that is slowly killing me)...

  • My very good pal Rob Lanham is “giving the recession the finger” over at Salon.
  • I’d like to dedicate this link to a post about the new, promising-looking documentary Beer Wars to another of my bestest friends in the whole world, Mark S., who loves expertly-crafted brew more than just about anyone I know.
  • I know marindenver already recommended checking out shortshortshort’s new blog ShortsandPants, but once is not enough. Funny, funny stuff.  I dare you to read the first two paragraphs of this post about Meghan McCain without laughing.
  • Sam from “I’m Not Feeling You” recently moved to South Korea and he’s been writing about his strange new locale. Check it out.  He’s also still rolling out classic snark like this, too: “Have you ever heard Jack Cafferty say ‘check out my blog’? It sounds like someone somehow secretly placed pig vomit in his mouth a month ago but he’s only just tasting it now that he’s saying ‘check out my blog.’”

p.s. If you have Rumproast in your blogroll and you’d like me to return the favor, give me a sharp poke in the eye down below.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/13/09 at 11:18 AM

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spike Jonze’s “Everyone Poops” trailer

First director Spike Jonze tackled Where the Wild Things Are and now he “wastes no time adapting another 10 page childrens book into a film”...

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/08/09 at 05:42 AM

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My funny neighbors


Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:44 am EST    
I heard that there was a fire at the dry cleaners on 9th st and 8th ave this morning. Lots of fire trucks and ambulances. I know this is where they’re also setting up to film the Nicholas Cage movie tonight and tomorrow. I wonder if they film equipment or cables started the fire? Or how this will affect their filming. Anyone have more info on this?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:45 am EST
if it keeps nick cage from making another movie it could be seen as a blessing.

SIDE NOTE: Is my lovely wife Chris the only person who’s driven crazy by Cage’s lack of sideburns over the past several years?  I may have to go track down his trailer and plead with him to grow them back.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/25/09 at 10:59 AM

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Gobstopper: The Movie

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone mixed Willy Wonka with Hostel....

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/20/09 at 09:33 AM

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

I’ve never been much of a Star Trek fan…

...but this looks pretty effin cool.

p.s. Anyone see Watchmen yet? We were going to go today, but we appear to be suffering from a huge dose of the lazies (damn you, daylight savings time!). Maybe I’ll just reread the graphic novel like I had planned on doing and see it later this week. What are you doing on this stumpy day?

NOT RELATED: I don’t think a link to marindenver and Betty Cracker’s appearance on KPFT with Scooter has been posted yet, so here it is (MP3 file).  Very, very funny.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/08/09 at 09:57 AM

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