Not that you’d notice, but here’s what’s been eating up my free time of late: As founder of The Movie Clubbed, I’ll be part of Saturday’s live skewering of Skatetown, U.S.A., an abomination of pop celluloid that was 1979’s both best and worst “rock and roller disco movie of the year!”
"Turns out there’s a reason 1979’s Skatetown, U.S.A. has never hit VHS or DVD: It really sucks. The alleged comedy starring Scott Baio and Patrick Swayze will get a live, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style beating from The Movie Clubbed, whose members include a few Oklahoma Gazetteers, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch. Also to be skewered: a 1972 short by the OKC Urban Renewal Authority. Tickets are $5-$8. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com."
This marks The Movie Clubbed’s second time at bat. The first was back in March, when we (me, Richard York, Brian Winkeler, Greg Elwell and Spencer Hicks) zapped Zardoz, the 1974 science-fiction slice of nonsense starring Sean Connery. We didn’t think we find a more painful follow-up, but we were wrong.
What’s “special” about this Skatetown screening is that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has procured a 35mm print. That’s right: They weren’t all burned in anger. With any luck, this one will spontaneously combust as soon as we’re done with it, so buy your tickets now before they skate away. There's even an unofficial after-party at The Paramount on Film Row, for which Brian bought the Skatetown soundtrack LP off eBay. You've been warned, but see you there anyway? —Rod Lott
Comedy Rod Lott
I recently had a discussion with friends about the increasing trend of
self-aggrandizing Twitter bios of locals who think so mighty highly of
themselves, they must brag to the Internet about their amazing
awesomeness! Our theory is, if you have to tell the world you're a
"creative genius" or "master of [fill in the blank]," you're more than
likely not. Real genius speaks for itself.
That Aug. 31 show of Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford proved nothin’ but a good time.
Music Louis Fowler
For one sweltering night, everyone at the Zoo Amphitheatre — young and
old, black and white, old-school hesher and decked-out hipster — were 16
years old again, living in the much-missed year of 1987, all without a
single hint of irony.
Hip Hop/Rap Ryan Querbach
Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew have finally dropped their long-awaited compilation album, Cruel Summer. It has its moments, but overall falls short of the high expectations that come with any Kanye project.
Western Rod Lott
Before he became Itay’s master of horror, Dario Argento knocked out a few screenplays, including one of Sergio Leone's legendary Western epics, Once Upon a Time in the West. Lesser-known is 1969's The Five Man Army.
That's too bad, because it brings an “international all-star team”
approach to the spaghetti Western, and doesn’t forget the all-aces Ennio
Rock Joshua Boydston
It’s taken four years since Mind the Fox’s formation for the Oklahoma
City rock outfit to finally offer a full-length debut album, but from
the sounds of Songs for the Needy, it’s been worth the wait.