Friday, February 26, 2010
Chappaqua is a cult film written, directed by and starring Conrad Rooks. It is based on Rooks' experiences with drug addiction. It includes cameo appearances by a host of famous names of the 1960s: author William S. Burroughs, guru Swami Satchidananda, beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Moondog, and Ravi Shankar, who co-wrote the score with Philip Glass. Rooks had commissioned jazz artist Ornette Coleman to compose music for the film, but his score, which has become known as the Chappaqua Suite was ultimately not used. Coleman too makes a cameo appearance in the film.
The film briefly depicts its namesake, Chappaqua, New York, a sleepy hamlet in Westchester County, in a few minutes of wintry panoramas. The hamlet is an overt symbol of drug-free, suburban childhood innocence, and is also one of the film's many nods to Native American culture. The northern Westchester area had been heavily inhabited by Native Americans; the word chappaqua itself derives from the Wappinger (a nation of the Algonquin tribe) word for 'laurel swamp'.
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Monday, February 22, 2010
01. Clark Street (The Hop / Homecoming / Antek's)
03. Frankie Machine
04. The Fix
06. Breakup (Flight / Louie's / Burlesque)
07. Sunday Morning
10. The Cure (Withdraw / Cold / Morning)
12. Wild and Crazy
15. Just A Little Jazz
17. Return Of The Man
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Reefer Madness (aka Tell Your Children) is american exploitation film revolving around the tragic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try "marihuana": a hit and run accident, manslaughter, suicide, rape, and descent into madness all ensue. The film was directed by Louis Gasnier and starred a cast composed of mostly unknown bit actors. It was originally financed by a church group and made under the title Tell Your Children.
The film was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use. However, soon after the film was shot, it was purchased by producer Dwain Esper, who re-cut the film for distribution on the exploitation film circuit. The film did not gain an audience until it was rediscovered in the 1970s and gained new life as a piece of unintentional comedy among cannabis smokers. Today, it is in the public domain in the United States and is considered a cult film.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Video: 1280 x 720, x264, 23.976 fps, ~4377 kbps
Audio: English AC3 5.1 @384 kbps
Size: 4.37 GB (4480.949 MB)