Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Live from Elizabeth, New Jersey on the last day of 1971, a slew of Laff Records comics rocked The Brown Derby on 645 Magnolia Avenue! Would love to hear the remembrances of anyone who attended this New Year's Eve extravaganza, especially the 3:00 a.m. show. This lineup makes Andrew Dice Clay look like Pat Boone!
Here, some extremely few-and-far-between clips of this show's headliners that are not the definition of NSFW.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
A Merry Christmas and peace and happiness to all in the new year from Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog!
Sunday, December 15, 2019
This year's pungent, smoldering and foreboding-filled Yule Log from the Film Noir Foundation hits the silver screen at San Francisco's Castro Theatre on Wednesday evening. The show features a Merry Noir Christmas film which would later inspire the 1964 Bette Davis vehicle Dead Ringer. Buy tickets for Noir City Xmas here.
In La Otra (a.k.a. The Other One), a brooding revenge drama set at Christmastime, the always stunning Dolores del Rio stars in a dual role as estranged twin sisters - one, a chronically depressed and poverty-stricken manicurist, the other a wife of an extremely wealthy man - who meet again and soon see their lives get turned upside down, backwards and sideways.
La Otra, shot by the brilliant cinematographer Alex Phillips, was the first production from Dolores del Rio's independent company, as well as the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldón and screenwriter (and also activist, prolific novelist and short story author) José Revueltas, who quickly made names for themselves as Mexico's top filmmakers. For more info on Mr. Gavaldón's career, check out Will Noah's book, Roberto Gavaldón: Mexico’s Auteur of Noir.
The 2020 Noir City Festival transpires a few weeks from now at the Castro Theatre on January 24-February 2.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
This Saturday night is definitely not all right for fightin' but is astonishingly all right for the latest edition of the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival.
We will return to Foothill College campus in the lovely Los Altos Hills for hours of movie fun!
We present another freewheeling improvised program of questionable entertainment, all on 16mm film, the vinyl of visuals.
The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival shall ring in the Christmas holidays. . .
With yet another hallucinatory excursion through the irritated bowels of 20th century popular culture - and inevitably a Winter Wonderland of celluloid mayhem!
Best of all, the GREAT Joi Lansing, The Queen Of Scopitones, shall return to the silver screen on the Foothill College campus in the lovely Los Altos Hills!
There will be hours of movie fun, all on glorious 16mm film, projected on the intrepid Kodak Pageant 250 series machines by Psychotronix Film Festival projectionist and co-producer Sci Fi Bob Ekman.
Sci Fi Bob Ekman, Scott Moon and Paul F. Etcheverry, supported by ace KFJC soundman Austin Space, create the program on the fly, exemplifying the "And Now For Something Completely Different" approach to film programming while riding shotgun through the snake-filled vistas of 20th century popular culture.
Robert Emmett, host of KFJC's Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show m.c.s the festivities with panache, dry wit, and a painstakingly picked selection of cheesy door prizes.
Inevitably, there shall be trailers from schlocky drive-in movies, well-meaning but now ridiculous 1950's educational films, vintage TV commercials and theatre ads, cartoon rarities and kidvid.
"Thunder lizards," serial chapters, puppet animation, Soundies, Scopitones and whatever else we can dredge up.
"Psychotronix" is a variation on Michael Weldon's essential book about under-the-radar B-films, The Psychotronic History Of Cinema, which remains the one and only comprehensive source covering all varieties of underappreciated and frequently under-funded genres: monster movies, exploitation, horror films, science fiction, rock 'n' roll revues, etc. This festival expands that concept to encompass movie theatre snack bar ads, all genres (and eras) of animation, silent films, musicals (Soundies, Scopitones, 1930's short subjects and Busby Berkeley clips), comedy shorts and TV commercials from the 1950's and 1960's.
The KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival
Saturday December 7, 2019 - 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Room 5015, A.K.A. Forum Classroom
Foothill College campus
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (El Monte exit off of Highway 280)
Admission: $5 donation benefits KFJC.
Parking: $3 - in Lot #5 right before the Brown Trailers - follow the signs.
For more info: Foothill College Transportation & Parking
Public Transit: Cal Train and VTA.
Arrive early, as the shows often sell out.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.