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Babylon by Franco Rosso
A film of sheer sound and fury, the uncompromising subject matter (it all but anticipates the race riots that engulfed inner cities soon after release) and classic reggae soundtrack helped cement Babylon’s reputation as one of the most powerful and historically significant documents about the black British experience ever made.
Babylon stands up today as a well crafted, convincingly acted, hard hitting piece of realistic drama. Babylon is a potent mix of music and social commentary. Franco Rosso’s incendiary drama about black Britain circa 1980 stars Aswad lead singer Brinsley Forde as Blue, the Ital Lion sound system MC who finds his lifestyle and culture under siege. Here, for the first time in British cinema, is a portrayal of British reggae culture and Rastafarianism at odds with the ‘multi-racist’ society and state.
In 1972, Kenneth Anger commissioned Jimmy Page to score the soundtrack to the film Lucifer Rising. Page ultimately recorded a 24 minute composition, but it was not used. Page and Anger had a falling out, and when the film was finally released in 1980, it featured the music of Bobby Beausoleil.
“As soon as I define myself I’m dead.” ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky
I saw this in the theatre as a 7 year old. Poor kids nowadays are watching fuckin’ Happy Feet and shit!
“On Blu-ray March 13
Los Angeles, CA (DATE) –Twentieth Century Fox’s first-ever animated film, created by renowned director Ralph Bakshi, WIZARDS appears in a 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + Book release on March 13 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the “epic fantasy of peace and magic” stars the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Star Wars Saga). The special edition Blu-ray + Book release is a must-have for fans and collectors, featuring 24-pages of amazing artwork from the film, some of the artwork never-before-seen, and a special message from Bakshi!
Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar’s evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.”
I saw The Pilot on tv with my neighborhood buddies back in Whittier in 1984. Never saw anything about it anywhere ever since. (Then came YouTube) I would always ask people if they remembered this shit and no one really knew what the fuck I was talking about. It first surfaced on YouTube about 4 years ago, but mazinz2 recently uploaded a pretty clean version of it. It is a coming of age story that…eh shit basically its got some corny acting, breaking/popping/b-boy shit with soundtrack by Egyptian Lover, early 80′s So Cal steez! Enjoy!
Old enough to know better… too young to care
Serge Gainsbourg doing “Requiem Pour Un Con” in “Le Pacha” (1968)
Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.