Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Best Comedy Sketch Ever

"This Is Your Story", from Your Show Of Shows, featuring Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris as "Uncle Goopy" (note: Mel Brooks cameo at 0:53).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trailers From Mel Brooks Movies

I'm way too damn lazy to write at the moment, so enjoy these theatrical trailers:



















History Of The World, Pat 1

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Burt Bacharach Day

Burt performs one of his greatest songs, A House Is Not A Home, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This Saturday: Lobotronic Film Show And Halloween Costume Contest



As Mad Magazine's William F. Gaines used to say, "the usual gang of idiots" who produce the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival will proudly present our first extravaganza at San Leandro's historic Bal Theatre this Saturday.

As fate would have it, this ends up being a sadly appropriate choice of venue, since one of the super-fans of what we have been doing for the past two decades, our friend and colleague Irwin Swan, who resided with his late wife Colleen in San Leandro for many years, passed away last August. We miss Irwin and Colleen and dedicate this show to them.

Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia hosts an evening of spooky schtick, peachy prizes, and dastardly duds while film collectors Sci-Fi Bob Ekman, Scott Moon and yours truly spin fun and freaky found films on 16mm: A.K.A. a cross-section of our checkered celluloid past - classic 1950's and 1960's commercials, trailers from bad movies, indescribably weird cartoons, actors in lizard, robot and spaceman suits, campy musical shorts and unintentionally hilarious educational films.

Special Guests include the ridiculously talented filmmaker, voice-over artist and musician (Mystic Knights Of Oingo Boingo) Ernie “Hardware Wars” Fosselius, Karen “Mrs. Grandpa Munster” Lewis and others will be on hand to judge a costume contest at 9:00 p.m.

Take the Insomniac Oath and be there for this mind blowing ALL AGES event for the Halloween Season! $10 ($9 if you come in costume).

The date: Saturday, October 16, 2010
The time: 7:30 p.m.
The place: The Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday, John Lennon!



"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."

"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it."



"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong."



"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

"Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground." John Lennon




Alas, what would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon is not that happy an occasion. His life, prolific musical career and outspoken voice were cut tragically short by a psycho exercising his right to bear arms on December 8, 1980.














John Lennon birthday celebrations are happening in many cities, towns, rotundas and living rooms around the globe today, including a rousing one in Central Park.





This writer goes for many of the songs on the last John Lennon albums. They are beautiful and romantic. His ability to turn a phrase kept evolving in unexpected ways.





John - wish you were still here in the flesh among us! Here's the Plastic Ono Band performing with guest guitarist Frank Zappa.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Congratulations, San Francisco Giants, 2010 National League Western Division Champions by Paul F. Etcheverry

This one's for the sweet swings of Baseball Hall Of Famers Willie "The Say Hey Kid" Mays, Willie "Stretch" McCovey, Orlando "The Baby Bull" Cepeda and early 1980's San Francisco Giant Joe Morgan, as well as the latter day sweet swings of Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Williams, Jeff Kent and Ellis Burks.



For relief ace Stu Miller getting blown off the mound by the ill winds of Candlestick Point. For Steve Bedrosian and Rod Beck staring down the opponent a la Goose Gossage, and Robb Nen hitting triple digits on the radar gun. For left-handed relief aces Mike Jackson, Al Holland and Craig Lefferts.

For brilliant and unorthodox Hall Of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, artistes on the mound. For John Burkett, Jack Sanford, Rick Reuschel and Kirk Reuter, who could roll out of bed and pitch 6-7 quality innings like clockwork. For the devastating sinker of Bill Swift. For Dave Dravecky, who rehabbed from cancer surgery to teach a "how to pitch in the big leagues" master class at Candlestick Park.

For Robby Thompson and Jose Uribe turning those double plays, Bobby Bonds, Brett Butler and Darren Lewis patrolling the far regions of the outfield, Willie Mays and Jack Clark throwing runners out at home plate from the warning track, Kevin Mitchell catching a ball with his bare hand.




For the baseball characters: Bob Brenly, John "The Count" Montefusco, Jeffrey "The Hacman" Leonard, Don "Caveman" Robinson and many more.

Big time congratulations to the 2010 National League Western Division champions! To paraphrase a great comedian, Jackie Gleason. . . How sweet it is!