If you are a fan of the Circle Jerks then this is a no-brainer to buy or borrow because you will enjoy it. David Markey brings us yet another great documentary with tons of interviews, live footage and a few rarities. Everyone gets their chance to talk and give their opinions and side to the story as why the band is no longer together but what I enjoy more is hearing about how they got together and what the first few years were like. When Keith, Greg or Lucky talk about the early years of the band they do so in a way that is not influenced by what happened in later years, for me it is nice to see that any animosity today does not cloud what they were able to do 30 sum years ago. Zander and Earl Liberty provide plenty of good stories from their time in the band and you learn the whole story on Roger, the original bassist.
The Bones Brigade guys were the skaters we looked up to back in the 80’s . Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain and Tony Hawk along with various skaters from other ‘Teams” such as Christian Hosoi and Duane Peters all inspired those of us who took to skating “back in the day” to try and copy what they did, with only minor success in regards to myself of course.
Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade & BYO Records
BYO Records (2009)
After months of trying to score a free copy with no luck I decided to suck it up and buy this for myself because I just could not wait any longer to get one. I guess you would call this a coffee table book but it is much more because you not only have the 100+ page book but you also get a double LP, gotta love vinyl, a CD just in case you are a tool and don’t have a record player and a DVD documentary of the book.
When indie grindhouse The Royale screened its final flick on Xmas Eve, it broke my blood-splattered ninja-turtled heart. After six months in business, downtown Mesa’s great cult-film geek culture experiment had ended. Owner Andrea Beesley-Brown cited financial reasons for the closing.
As a final farewell, there will be a Goodbye Open House – open to the general public – at The Royale this Tuesday (Dec. 27) from 5pm to 10pm.
One only hopes the self-styled Midnite Movie Mamacita will pop up elsewhere, perhaps literally (as if torn from the pages of Gallery Hipsterdom on the Fly) with projector in tow and screenings a’plenty at various locales throughout the Valley, in years to come.
Until then, these are five (so) bad (they’re good) films I wish I could see at The Royale, but it ain’t gonna happen now…
I grew up with Keith Haring’s Radiant Baby. I watched a lot of Nickelodeon growing up. My childhood was full of visions of green slime, Ren & Stimpy, and orange, red and blue colored people. Faceless people, brightly-colored, with thin black lines emanating from their heads. I had no idea who conceived of them, nor did I ever interpret those thin lines as being symbolic of radiance. Growing up on a steady diet of Herge’s Tintin comics, I saw those lines as signs of shock or surprise, the universal pictorial language of “WTF?!”. So for years I was haunted by those shocked, panicked faceless rainbow people. Who were they? Were they living in mortal terror of being slimed?
After a half-year in business, FilmBar has both exceeded expectations and grown as downtown’s premier microcinema, adding other events (live stand-up comedy on Tuesday nights, DJentrification’s world beat/international music of The Palace on Saturday nights) to further build its audience.
Recently, some changes have come to the arthouse theater, with the departure of its original film programmer (as reported by AzKaos over the weekend) and the public announcement of a strategic alliance with Mesa’s grindhouse theater The Royale.
FilmBar founder and owner Kelly Aubey sat down with AzKaos, while he talked about these changes and the big picture of downtown Phoenix.