Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEXT 100 Spotlight: Lost On 42nd Street
Once again, the pirate blogspot known as PLANET GRIFFIN orbits the blogosphere, bringing you the rants, the raves, and those cool things that lie in the recesses of pop culture. Tonight is actually a spotlight of sorts... The NEXT 100 Spotlight! Now, it's no secret that yours truly, the Infamous RodBuddah, is a diehard movie fanatic. My knowledge of film is equatable to that reporter from the Incredible Hulk, but I digress...
One of my favorite genres is rooted in the Grindhouse Era of the 70's & early 80's... Seeing as how almost all movies are cyclical in nature, many of the elements of the times can be found within Hollywood movies today--- especially if you're a Tarantino fan! Grindhouse, with it's chopped and crappy film stock, bad editing, and it's double and triple features playing in some of the worse roadhouse theaters across America; is, in a word, a true piece of history... And like all history, for better or worse, must be preserved.
Take LOST ON 42ND STREET for example. Named after what was once the most dangerous strip in New York City, as well as one of the birthplaces of the Grindhouse Experience, this site of the same name is dedicated to preserving those hard-to-find films and soundtracks that the entertainment industry loves to emulate, yet can't reproduce nearly as well anymore. Keep in mind that this site is for fans from a fan who appreciates every aspect of a bygone era when we could jump a Big Wheel off a hilltop and not be considered crazy and when the technology that mattered most was your imagination when you sat in an old theater along with the human interaction of a crowd who felt the same way.
(Well, almost all... You still had to watch out for the pimp near the bathroom doors or the Hustlers trying to sell watches while stealing yours)
Pure escapism is what Lost On 42nd St. provides. Give it a try. When you get there, tell'em PLANET GRIFFIN sent ya!
(Hey! Click LOST or Soundtracks to get somewhere, will ya!)