The film Flashback had bad reviews for the most part, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying 25 year old footage from a pre-streetscaped,* pre-SFMTA* North Beach:
You see, at the beginning Jack Bauer was the uptight one and Dennis Hopper was the hippie – that’s the whole movie.
And it’s the later version of Big Audio Dynamite doing the audio – quite bouncy with plenty of orchestra hits and Rolling Stones samples.
Oh, and note the old-school MUNI bus at 0:03 in the window reflection…
*AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!
“If I do what I wanted I just don’t have the time I want to ride my motorcycle Into the sunshine
My tv is laughin’ Makin’ me feel small Like I’m sad in a cell All I can is these walls And I never want to see another shopping mall
[Chorus:] Oh Free To be what I will Oh Free I’ll keep it up till I’m Free Or I won’t have nothing at all (End Chorus)
This is my life I’m livin it, I will pay But why should I care about all that today I need a head start And I don’t want to stall Gonna take a bulldozer to break down the walls And I never want to see another shopping mall
And I know ’bout all the graveyards Tumble-down farms and shacks I’ve gotta get out on the highway And I’m not comin’ back There’s a small town in the mountains where I’ll do my thing It’s this Credit Card Livin’ I find Stifling I wanna see the river turning into the falls Been down for so long now I wanna stand tall So I’m packing my belongings and fear into my hold-all And I never wanna see another Shopping Mall Shopping Mall
(Flashback Soundbyte) Once we get out of the 80’s the 90’s are gonna make the 60’s look like the 50’s
(Flashback Soundbyte) Woah! Whew! I aint had a rush like that since the Berkeley Riots!
(Flashback Soundbyte)x4 It should be kicking in by now
I decided that PIXELS will be a horrible movie after seeing this teaser poster and then reading about 14 words into this description:
When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults. President William Cooper (Kevin James) calls upon his childhood best friend, former 1980s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with William’s wife (Jane Krakowski) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
So, Pac-Man attacking the GGB + Adam Sandler + 3D + 95% Want To See = HORRIBLE.
Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.
And then he drew the line.
So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?
So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?
So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.
Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.
“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”
“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…
Friday, December 19, 2014 A Coppola Family Affair 5:30Pre-“Apocalypse Now” Roxie Benefit Party Join us for wine, micro-brews, signature drink and local bites and an opportunity to mingle with one of the team behind the award-winning sound design of Apocalypse Now, Richard Beggs. 7:30: Award-winning Sound Designer Richard Beggs in Conversation with Jim McKee 8:00: Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW Tickets to Benefit Party and Friday Screening – $50.00 Space Limited. Buy Now Can’t attend but want to support the Roxie? Donate Here! Richard Beggs is an American sound designer. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film Apocalypse Now. He has worked on over 60 films since 1979. See full bio below. Saturday, December 20, 2014 A Coppola Family Affair 2:00pm: Roman Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox 2:30pm: Roman Coppola’s A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III(87min) 4:45 Sofia Coppola’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (97 min) Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides, by Eleanor Coppola 7:30Eleanor Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox 8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s HEARTS OF DARKNESS:A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE(97mi) Sunday, December 21, 2014 A Coppola Family Affair 4:00 Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO, (100 min) Q&A Afterwards With Gia Coppola and James Franco, Moderated by Cheryl Eddy 7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW
How is the SFFC better than SF’s recent hosting of the disastrous America’s Cup?
BTW, NBC’s Trauma medical drama was a big piece of shit, you know, frankly. Now people might say that I shouldn’t say that, but I don’t think they’d contradict me. Yes, the Trauma people spent some money and some people benefited, but there’s no reason why they should be treated any different than any other group of visitors coming to town. Anyway, Trauma sucked, big-time, despite what the SFFC people said about it. And part of the reason why it was cancelled had to do with how damn expensive it was to film on the Streets of San Francisco. So, what I’m saying is that maybe the whole concept of filming Trauma on location in SF was a bad idea – I’m certainly not saying we should have subsidized its production even more than we did.
And if Hollywood says it doesn’t want to come here to film, that’s O.K. Some productions, the ones that make sense, will come anyway.
Anywho, look for one of these feel-good banner ads to appear on your screens soon…