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Google Video pick of the week #013

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After I saw Daughter´s of Darkness (1971), I had to put it in my top5 favorite vampire flicks list. It´s easily one of the sexiest out there, filled with that never-really gone away early 70s Euro fashion. Sunglasses. Kinky Shakespeare.

New York Times, May 29, 1971:

Want to see a fascinating vampire movie? Then catch the Belgian-made, English-language “Daughters of Darkness,” which arrived yesterday. Subtle, stately, stunningly colored and exquisitely directed by Belgium’s young Harry Kumel…

Chicago Sun-Times, April 6, 1972

The countess excites the young man with tales of vampire feast, sadistic orgies and invocations to the devil. The young man then beats his wife, who falls sobbing into the clutches of the countess while the young man is seduced by the red-lipped Ilona. Everyone slinks mysteriously up and down the stairs. Bodies drained of blood are found in a nearby town.

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Google Video pick of the week #006

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La Señora Muerte (1967), is a couture horror flick. It was one of several pictures prolific B-movie director Jaime Salvador made with Luis Enrique Vergara at his Filmica Vergara CineComisiones production banner in Mexico.

This film opens with Marlene’s lover dying after sexing her. While being stricken, he asks for the shady Dr. Farell, an evil mad scientist-like character played by this guy’s dad.  Farell wickedly tells Marlene that he needs fresh blood to revive  her – much older – lover. Of course, to make things even more interesting, the blood has to come from young, fashion-forward women.

The film, while cheesy as hell (check out the mad scientists computer), features some fancy houses in what could be Polanco, and a wardrobe by Mexico’s foremost designer of the 60’s and 70s, Pedro Loredo. It works for the film since Marlene, an eventual killer and the woman of the flick’s title, is a fashion designer.

Her costuming— I presume is also by Loredo, in the credits his billing goes: “Desfile de modas/ diseños de Pedro Loredo/ creador de la moda mexicana.”

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Remember Travel Fox?

Looks like our favorite rapper’s blog has hipped everyone to an interesting course at Carnegi Mellon University, a fine institution that represents one of the few reasons to actually venture to Pittsburgh (no disrespect to my good old college pal Warner Mack!)

98-094 Sneakerology 101
Led by: Chorng, Jesse D; Curtis, Elliott P
M 7:00PM – 8:50PM DH 1209
In this course we will explore the extensive impact that sneakers have on fashion, identity, and cultures throughout the world. There is no prerequisite of pairs, so whether you are a true “Sneakerhead” or just someone who is interested in urban culture, this class promises to invigorate the sole.

Looks like Bobbito Garcia, will snap up some royalties from the use of his text in this course.

Bob, along with DJ Stretch Armstrong held down an overnight rap show during the 90’s that I easily picked up on my radio across the river in New Jersey. So often I would stay up until around 5AM, Friday morning listening to their show–which is celebrating 10 years since its final broadcast–making sure my rec button didn’t pop up too soon on my tape deck. The next morning I would be groggy as all hell. But it was always worth it. Columbia U’s radio station, 89-tech-9 was the station to listen to as a young hiphop head in the 90’s. The only thing comparable to that show is the still-running Underground Railroad, on New York’s lefty station WBAI, headed by brilliant hiphop commentator and now vlogger, Jay Smooth.

*On a side note, I’m kind of mad at myself for not catching Cool Kids at this years SXSW. Maybe I can catch them in GA. No matter what, at least you can peep their steez on the cover of sneaker afficianado rag, Laced Magazine