Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2 Hong Kong movies

Here is the ending for the Hong Kong movie "Hunting List". It steals the shootout from the end of "True Romance" The only dvd release for this movie is from Germany.

The other movie is "Savior of the Soul" which stars Andy Lau, Anita Mui and Aaron Kwok. It is filled with crazy action. There is a sequel but it is nowhere near as good and lacks the imaginative fights. Here is the trailer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Some music videos

I had a request to post more music videos so here are a couple.

Modeselektor - Black Block

Mouse On Mars - bib

Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - OTO

Devendra Banhart - Carmensita

Spacemen 3 - Revolution

Friday, March 20, 2009

John Woo's Red Cliff 2

I watched the second part of John Woo's Red Cliff this week and it is better than part 1. The action doesn't really get rolling until the last half hour, but it is pretty good. It stars Tony Leung Chiu Wei (from Hard Boiled and Lust Caution). In total, parts 1 and 2, the movie is over 4 1/2 hours and there is plans to release a condensed version in the US sometime in the future.
Here is the trailer to part 2.

Also someone has posted the movie to youtube.

At some point in the future there will be a deluxe box set edition of the movies and I will buy them again. I own 7 different releases of Hard Boiled.

Hard Boiled Update 3-20-09

I made a window display for the new Mono album that will be instock on Tuesday and one of the requirements for the display be that it features origami so I've been making Swans, Frogs, Penguins and Pianos. Thus I am giving away free origami with every purchase this weekend, while supply lasts.

Stop Smiling - New issue with either David Lynch or R. Crumb on the cover.

Ugly Things - New issue with The Move on the cover.

Lawrence English - Colour CD On 12K.

Seaworthy - 1987 CD On 12K.

Cluster - Cluster 1971 LP Reissue on 4 Men.

Eno Moebius & Rodelious - After The Hear LP Reissue on 4 Men

Wire - Pink Flag LP Reissue on 4 Men

Joker/ 2000 F - Digidesign 12" On Hyperdub.

Kode 9 - Black Sun 12" On Hyperdub.

Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion 2xCD Back in stock.

V/a - G-Spots CD/LP More bizarre library music collected by Trunk Records.

V/a - Pop Ambient 2009 LP Comes with a cd copy.

Lotus Plaza - Floodlight CD/LP Deerhunter guitarist on Kranky Records.

Os Mutantes - Mutantes LP Classic Brazilian record on an affordable lp reissue.

Nothing People - Late Night LP On SS Records.

Nana April Jun - Ontology CD On Touch Records.

Wire - #302 Sunn O))) on the cover and free sampler CD.

Woods - Songs Of Shame LP On Woodsist Records.

Paavoharju - Laulu Iaakson LP Bizarre Finnish psych folk.

Death - For The Whole World To See LP Drag City reissue of Detroit proto punks. Recent article in the New York Times.


Free mixtape by Themselves

Free mix from Themselves who are playing at the Empty Bottle on Thursday. They are quite an impressive rap group from the west coast. The were part of 13 & God with members of the Notwist

Kill Bill in one minute

Here is a re-enactment of Kill Bill in one minute. Very funny.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thirst - Vampire movie by the director of Oldboy

The trailer for the new Park Chan Wook film hit the web today. It is a vampire movie about a Catholic priest who is bitten by a vampire. The priest is played by Sung Kang Ho (from the Host, Sympathy For Mr Vengeance). Also in the movie is Shin Ha Kyun who was the lead in Save The Green Planet.

Ultraviolet - British Vampire Show

Ultraviolet was a British tv show that lasted 6 episodes and dealt with a potential takeover of the world by vampires, although they never use the word vampires. It stars Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from the Wire) and Jack Davenport (Coupling, Pirates of the Caribbean). Extremely well written series whose only flaw is that they didn't continue it. It looks like all 6 episodes are on youtube. It was released on dvd in the US in 2000. Here is a clip from the first episode.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Angel Of Death web series

Angel of Death is a recent web tv show staring Zoe Bell from "Death Proof". Here she is an assassin who gets into trouble with the mob. It is written by Ed Brubaker, who has written quite a few good comic books. Bell was the stunt double for "Xena, the Warrior Princess" and so Lucy Lawless and Ted Raimi show up in later episodes.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hard Boiled Update 3-13-09

Tons of good used lp stock in this week. Early Sonic Youth rarities, early Tom Waits, Squeeze, Slade and Style Council and Near Mint Beatles LPs.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware CD/LP There is also an "Ultraload" edition of this album that is a 10". The "Ultraload" is a digital download coupon for the album (the LP does not have a coupon) along with a 10" record that has 4 songs not on the cd or lp. It is $19.99 and I did not get any as I feel that $20 for 4 songs is not a good deal. But if you are an obsessive Bonnie Prince Billy fan and have to have the 4 songs let me know and I will order one for you.

Stop Smiling - new issue with either Robert Crumb or David Lynch on the cover.

Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows CD New release from Arcade Fire side project.

Bon Iver - Blood Bank CDEP recent ep.

Giant Robot - latest issue

Abe Vigoda - Reviver CDEP again a recent ep.

Beirut - March Of The Zapotec CD

Pains At Being pure At Heart - s/t

Extra Golden - Thank You CD On Thrill Jockey.

V/a - Pop Ambient 2009 CD Latest Kompakt blissed out pop comp.

Tim Hecker - An Imaginary ... CD On Kranky.

Cluster & Eno - LP 4 Men With Beards reissue.

Wire - #301 with Bonnie Prince Billy on the cover.

V/a - Round Black Ghosts 2 CD Latest comp on Scape Records.

Gui Boratto - Take My ... 2xLP & CD On Kompakt, the vinyl comes with a copy of the cd.

Also record store is coming in about a month and there will be exclusive releases for the available for the day.
Most are very limited and it is probably that we won't get enough copies or even any copies of the releases.
You can check out what will be available on April 18th.

If you want a copy of the Jesus Lizard box set it should be $30-$32 and you should preorder it with me.

I am planning an instore appearance for that day and some other surprises.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TV from my youth

Here is a clip from a British tv from the early 1970's. The show is the Clangers and there are lots of clips on youtube.

And here is a clip from the first martial arts tv show I watched. It is a Japanese show based on a classic Chinese novel.

There have been many adaptation of the novel, most just deal with a chapter or two or focus on one character. Here is a trailer for the Shaw Brother adaptation from 1972.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ghosts of the Civil Dead

This movie c0-written by and stars Nick Cave. It came out in 1989 and is based on the testimony of David Hale, a warder at the Marion, Illinois Supermax prison, and the Illinois Senate did not want it to influence the public's opinion of the new prison. It is unlikely that the ban would have held up in court but the company releasing the film would have had to spend a lot of money taking the state to court. It played at the Art Institute of Chicago with no problems. The director is John Hillcoat who went on the make "The Proposition" and the forth coming "The Road". All three films have soundtracks by Nick Cave.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Michael Mann's LA Takedown

Since his trailer for "Public Enemies" hit the web recently I figured I would link to this TV movie that Michael Mann made in 1989. Basically it is a ruff draft for what became "Heat". As far as I know it never played on US tv but did get released in Japan. Here are the early versions of the DeNiro Pacino scene and the bank heist.

The actor in the DeNiro role, Alex McArthur had some bad luck in the 1980's. This movie never got released and he starred in William Freidkin's "Rampage" that was delayed for many years. He did play Madonna's boyfriend in her "Papa Don't Preach" video which was directed by James Foley, who also directed "Glengerry Glen Ross".

John Waters No Smoking PSA

In the mid 1980's I used to see this public service announcement before most movies I saw in Minneapolis. I never smoked but always got a kick out of the ad.

Legend Of The Liquid Sword

In the mid 1990's Hong Kong director Wong Jing produced tons of wacky kung fu films. One of the wackiest was Legend Of The Liquid Sword. The hero learned a kung fu style that gave him the ability to shoot water out of his fists as if they were firehoses. It had a vampire that dressed up as Batman. And Jesus Christ saved the day.

Actually after the clip the character says that he was throwing small bombs and that he is not Jesus. I don't know if the Xenon dvd keeps Andrew Lloyd Weber's score.

Hitler reacts to the latest Watchmen news

The Swedish movie "Downfall" was released a couple of years ago and features lots of rants by the actor playing Hitler. Thanks to the magic of youtube people have had lots of fun resubbing the clips for their own amusement. Here is a clip in which Hitler reacts to the new ending of the Watchmen.
Found on Boing Boing