7.18.2017

'Enter the Dragon And His Allies' comic strip one-sheet, circa 1973 (It's okay, fam–Act like you knew)

Enter the Dragon and His Allies is the semi-clunky title used for the one-sheet comic strip that was packed into the press kit for the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon. I always wanted to have this in my collection, but could never find a reasonably priced copy in good condition, or a good scan of the page. When I got over it and wasn't looking for it anymore though, I happened across a great scan that some super cool soul uploaded to the interwebs. If you've never seen or heard of Enter the Dragon and His Allies before – or if you too have wanted to have a decent digital copy for your archive, here it is. Click the image below to download and enjoy. 


4.29.2017

[Press-N-Play®] 'Drummer Man' by The Brady Kids is the secret weapon that break beat DJs need


 

You know, I don't remember the tunes on the The Brady Kids cartoon going H.A.M. like this. I hardly recall there being a Brady-related 'toon at all, actually. But there was one, and the unbelievably funky "Drummer Man," sung by the very familiar sounding TV show cast members, is the last track on the b-side of the 1972 vinyl record (and 8-track tape) release, The Kids from the Brady Bunch.

And if I were a deejay, "Drummer Man" is a song that would be in my arsenal as a secret weapon–for b-boy battles, especially. The intro and the break on this are pretty insane, and the guitarist is workin' that wah-wah pedal to d-e-a-t-h. It's also short and sweet, too, clocking in at just over two minutes. That fact alone calls for double copies, right? 

Yup, that's why I should've been born a deejay, or why I'll prolly be one in my next life. Dancers would be rocked and shocked by all the classic and obscure jams in my (presently non-existent) record crate. So in the meantime, until I'm reincarnated as 'DJ Thulsa Doom,' I'll have to be sure that my deejay pals give "Drummer Man" by The Brady Kids a listen. Non-turntablist types can download if desired by doing so below.



See related: Finger 5 - "I Want You Back"

12.15.2016

Was the title of the new 'Underworld: Blood Wars' film inspired by my fake Blade movie poster?!?


BLADE: BLOOD WAR I (Final Version) :: Click to enlarge

I'd found it somewhat curious back in October of this year when Kate Beckinsale of Underworld film franchise fame commented publicly that Marvel had another Blade film in the works. 

In the months since that statement was made, the story hasn't gained any measurable traction beyond the initial, tantalizing the sound bite. But the question that was very on heavy on my mind at the time was, how would Beckinsale even know?

The remark was made by the actor during a panel at the 2016 New York Comic-Con. An enthusiastic fan inquired about the eventual possibility of a crossover between Beckinsale's Selene character and Blade, Marvel's half-breed vampire slayer played by Wesley Snipes. Beckinsale replied in the negative, but revealed that a such a crossover had indeed been considered. It was shot down by Marvel:

"No. We had that idea. No. They're busy. They're doing something with Blade."  

Whether or not Beckinsale's comment is accurate with regard to Marvel's fanged famed Daywalker, I cannot say. And its veracity isn't even the point. The point here is that yours truly posted the semi-final version of his Blade: Blood War I fake movie poster on this very humble blog in April of this year and at this very moment, TV and print ads for Underworld: Blood Wars are making the rounds. 


It was while trying to catch up on a few more episodes of Atlanta on FX last night (super behind, I know), that I saw the commercial for the latest Underworld entry. Admittedly, I've only seen maybe two films from this long running franchise, but both watches were enjoyed. And so, it was with measured interest that I watched the TV promo for the new film. But when the TV spot ended and I noticed "Blood Wars" as part of the film's title, Beckinsale's Blade related comment rushed to mind and I shouted excitedly, "Those Underworld fuckers bit my shit!!" 

Okay, I think that I should prolly be sharing my (largely speculative) credit. A recent Google search reveals that a rough, fan made video montage of the Underworld and Blade film properties called, as fate would have it, "Blood Wars," has been posted to Youtube since 2007. My decision, however, to use that phrase for my fake Blade film poster had a wholly organic origin. 

In the beginning of the project, I was heavily leaning towards using "Winter Wars," a nod to the classic Ghostface Killah song "Winter Warz," found on the Wu-tang general's debut solo joint, Ironman. But, soon after placing all of the red blood splatters that appear over a section of the white, winter inspired background, the trajectory of the title changed to what appears in the final. 


Also a factor in my title choice were echoes of a phrase once used by the notorious graffiti writer Cap, a controversial figure profiled in the book Subway Art and in the cult classic documentary Style Wars. In the film, Cap describes his destructive motivation to write or "bomb" his tag all over the more developed art of his rivals. Menacingly, Cap describes the competition for street notoriety as a "blood war," and the layered subtext offered by this graffiti connection cemented my title choice. 

However it was that the Underworld: Blood Wars title actually and factually came about, I will gleefully continue to tell myself that both my fake Blade mini poster and the Underworld/Blade fan film on YouTube were contributing factors in the film's naming. Something done in the way of a wink and nod toward the geeky tradition of fan made pop culture. It all makes for a pretty cool story that way. 


10.24.2016

'Starring Pam Grier' – Selected film posters featuring the Queen of American cult cinema



It's been said that you can tell a lot about a person from what they hang on their walls. With this in mind, I will pretend for a moment that this blog post is a sprawling section of brown brick wall found within the confines of a warehouse district loft apartment that I often inhabit in my dreams. In a back corner of the expansive space, a large projection screen fills up a third of the wall. Lined up neatly in front of the screen are eight ridiculously comfy Lazy Boy chairs. And because you simply can't have a legit in-house movie theater without one, a red and gold sense-of-smell-igniting popcorn popper is stationed a few feet behind. 

Spread out along the wall that runs perpendicular to the wall upon which the projection screen hangs is an impressive collection of vintage film posters of flicks that the cult cinema goddess Pam Grier starred in. It's a collection that puts so-called Pam Grier fans–even Mr. Tarantino himself–to shame. Alright, well maybe not him since he did actually write a movie for the actress...and the poster for that film is hanging on the wall in the loft. But it puts all of the other so-called Pam Grier fans to shame, to absolute shame...to low-down and dirty shame.

(Posters 'hung' in alphabetical order)

Big Doll House (1971)
Black Mama White Mama (1973)
Bucktown (1975)
Coffy (1973)
Foxy Brown (1975)
 Friday Foster (1975)
  Jackie Brown (1997)
 Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Sheba Baby (1975)
  The Arena (1974)
  The Big Bird Cage (1971)
 Women in Cages (1971)