RPM Orchestra presents: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

RPM Orchestra provides the film score as silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screens, during this one-night only event, at FilmBar Phoenix.

A 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene, it is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and is often considered to be one of the greatest horror films of the silent era in film.

Idiot Box (Trailer Park)

Idiot Box (Trailer Park)

We’re back again with a round of new and upcoming punk documentaries. Obviously, most won’t be easy to find, but there are some really great ones that will be ready for your eyeballs soon enough.

Join us. Learn some stuff. Hear some great stories.

 

 

Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution

A look at the subversive movement that started during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and continues strong today. Covering zines, films, bands, art, hi-jinks, and more from the likes of Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis P-Orridge, John Waters, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Peaches, and many others you might just have heard of. Get your fill of rad-queer, riot grrrl, diy punk, camp, and awesome right here! This one is making the film circuit and will hopefully be out for the rest of us soon.

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L7: Pretend We’re Dead

Presented with support from Zia Records!

L7: Pretend We’re Dead takes us on an all-access journey into the 1990’s grunge movement that took the world by storm, and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation.

Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We’re Dead is an engrossing time capsule told from the perspective of L7, these true insiders who brought their signature blend of grunge punk to the masses!

Chronicling the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge,’ the film takes a roller coaster ride through L7’s triumphs and failures, a classic tale of rags to riches to rags.

Featuring :

Exene Cervenka

CSS

Brody Dalle

Lydia Lunch

Shirley Manson

Krist Novoselic

Louise Post

Allison Robertson

Seven Year Bitch

Allison Wolfe

Butch Vig

Idiot Box (Trailer Park)

Idiot Box (Trailer Park)

This week we’re going to watch some trailers of new and upcoming punk documentaries so we can be well rounded humans and learn something from each other already.

 

L7: Pretend We’re Dead

Screening at Filmbar in Phx on October 7 and out on DVD on October 13th covering the span of the 20+ years of the fierce lady punks that make up the revolutionary grrrl band, L7. Featuring interviews with Exene Cervenka, Shirley Manson, Joan Jett, Lydia Lunch, Allison Wolfe, Allison Robertson (Donna R), Brody Dalle, and more.

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A Fat Wreck

A Fat Wreck

By now, I’m sure everyone here is quite familiar with Fat Wreck Chords and the ever-so-colorful Fat Mike. Some of us may even be familiar with how it began and the hundred plus bands that have touted the Fat Wreck seal of approval on one or all of their releases. The alumni list is pretty hefty, particularly if you include subsidiary labels Honest Don’s and Pink & Black, which unfortunately, were barely mentioned in this documentary. I have more complaints being a terminal curmudgeon, but we’ll get to those later.

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Decline Of Western Civilization Finally On DVD

Decline Of Western Civilization Finally On DVD

Any punk or person claiming to be punk has at least seen the first beyond-classic film “Decline Of Western Civilization.” Either on VHS, a ripped DVD or in my case when I was younger, a 5th generation copy of a copy. For years now we have been hearing that all 3 will be released on DVD and for years we have waited. Well it seems the wait is over! All three of the films will now be released on a four disc deluxe box set June 30th and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon. It will cost close to 60 bucks but I really don’t think that will stop many of us from snapping it up and when you throw in a 40 page book, extended interviews and a commentary from Dave Grohl, it is pretty much a done deal.

 

It is not a leap to say that many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Penelope Spheeris for capturing those early days in the first film as so much was lost over the years or never filmed. I admit I was not a huge fan of the second film “The Metal Years” but I know many of you are and the final “Part III” with its focus on gutter punks has in itself become a classic and much sought after.

 

Here is your chance to own all three with a bonus disc on a format that will finally do them justice.

 

–Mikey Kaos