Thursday, November 3, 2016

RUSH - TIME STAND STILL AMC 25 - 11/3/16 New York City

Hot on the heels of the Rush documentary "Beyond the Lighted Stage" comes ,... hew waittaminnit has it really been six years already ?!!!

Anyways what I was trying to say was I certainly have no complaints about another quality Rush doc and this one is completely different from the previous one.

"Time Stand Still" focuses on the R40 tour of which the band had heavily hinted would be their last Full On tour but this unique film is also a love letter from the fans and crew about the ride we all took together and hammered home the fact that this was Indeed the Final Tour, I found this dichotomy rather heartwarming and heartbreaking simultaneously.

I was also fortunate to attend a one night only viewing of the film thanks to my bro Frank (A.O.F.) who procured us a pair of tickets.

The mini marquee outside of theater 18 letting patrons know where the heck to go. 

Said marquee, was not displaying this info before the film so kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it ?!!!

I snapped the "marquee" photo after the film.

Pre-film, Fathom Entertainment who specialize in hosting these one night only DVD pre-release concert events were wise (as they are wont to do) to display advertisements for future Rush Releases (Time Stand Still Blu-Ray, Rush 2112 40th anniversary bundles,"Masters of Resonance" documentary (DW Drums) and Rush movie house friendly quizzes etc. as opposed to upcoming hollywood feature films).

Those in attendance were also treated to a wonderful animated Neil Peart short (see below) and a 26 minute reel of band and peer interviews ("A Salute to Kings") of which I still have not been able to locate as an "extra" on my home viewing release. My wise friend Frank commented during this segment "I don't think this is going to be on the Blu-Ray" and I replied "it has to be" after all these were insightful and often hysterical interviews, but then Ray Daniels espoused "please enjoy the film everyone". 

Kinda puts you in a private club huh ? well no complaints here.

Incidentally Gene Simmons (KISS) was hysterical in the film (my opinion).

Post-film and two happy and very pleased Rush campers.

It had been a long 36 year ride as Rush fans for ourselves as well which shall continue because "RUSH AINT OVER YET"

And of course prior to the screening and only eight blocks down the road.

We had GYRO ll

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SHIN GODZILLA - Regal Cinema 18 - 10/15/16 New Rochelle, New York

Frank and myself (A.O.F.) have always been fans of THE BIG G since we were kids but by the time of the American 1998 Godzilla disaster pic (and I mean that sarcastically) we began to see them as theatrical releases before VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray had a chance so this was a big day for us as we stood on the precipice of Monster Island waiting to see what goodies were up on offer, furthermore this was a Japanese release a few years after the Gareth Edwards directed American remake which ruled. 

And from which Mr. Edwards might be able to learn a thing or two. These are BIG words but this is a BIG monster and I loved this film BIG time.

Markito with Godzilla action figure in tow was quite excited to see this film and unspoken from myself to my comrades there is nothing like seeing a G film with a young person.

No posters on display and boy we were looking for them.

Yes I may have stolen it but there was no way to tell this film was running at this theater aside from asking an usher/customer service person. Well there was this lit marquee but like billions of floors up from the latest "MINIONS" pic.

No Words can ever express the thrill I get from seeing this intro logo come up on the Big screen.

A few new tricks up his sleeve and dorsal fins to boot.

I watched in happy awe.

This just scared the crap out of me.

The Three Kaijuteers - Markito, Frank and myself.

Now it was off,... back to Brooklyn for an after Dinner at Silver Star !!!

Shin Silver Star.


Markitos Godzilla figurine on the rampage was not destroyed but kept at bay with an order of Beef with Broccoli.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FRANK ZAPPA - EAT THAT QUESTION - Film Forum 6/24/16 New York City

Being a video archivist of All Things Zappa for many years and having seen the trailer for this film prior to viewing I assumed I had (pardon the expression) "Seen It All" or at least most of it but this left me filled with awe at the amount I had not.

I Love this film.

Pete Townshend, Bob Fripp, Bill Bruford and Frank Zappa are my "go to" guys for interviews in the Music world and this film consists of musings from the late great Mr. Zappa many of which this Video Archivist had not seen.

Damn, I missed the Q & A but had no idea as I purchased my tickets earlier than this was announced.

Marquee Selfie.

Eat That Easel.