On this episode of Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show, on KUCR 88.3 FM, I talked about Lula Reed and her hometown Mingo Junction, Ohio which served as a filming location for The Deer Hunter. After that I discussed how Connie Francis worked with the Regan administration and also preformed a bizarre song for the Nixon campaign titled: Nixon's The One. During the show you heard Billy Nicholls play London Social Degree and I mentioned that there is another version performed by Dana Gillespie which got a widespread release before Billy's original version. Finally, I closed the show with a song by James Carr and I explained how his last albums featured some strange, synth laden, and overproduced tracks including the title track to his album Soul Survivor.
At the halfway point of the show I talked a bit about this week's movie suggestion which I highly enjoy and can't recommend enough. It's action packed, silly, a little confusing at times, but most of all it's entertaining; it's 1968's Danger: Diabolik!
The film follows the escapades of two young criminal lovers known as Diabolik and Eva. The couple's high stake crimes serve as a sort of sport where monetary gains are second to the thrill of the theft. Each grand heist, however, does little to satisfy their thirsts for adrenaline so each job becomes more and more precarious. Danger: Diabolik reminds me of children playing cops and robbers during recess because there's never a simple burglary or hold up and every one of the couple's escapes feel like they were concocted on the spot. The film is completely over the top and isn't serious in any sort of way and that should be expected when you consider that the source material is a series of gritty Italian comics.
|Ad-Rock as Diabolik|
Stylistically the film feels like a cross between James Bond and the 1966 Batman series. Everyone is fashionable, the music is hip, and many of the locations could easily be transported into an Austin Powers film. Style is where the film shines whereas the plot, pacing, and character development is where the film lags behind. My main takeaway is that Danger: Diabolik isn't a serious directorial masterpiece but it has a campy and entertaining charm.
|Diabolik escapes again!|
The film may seem familiar to you, even if you've never heard of it, because back in 1998 The Beastie Boys released a music video for the Fatboy Slim remix of their song Body Movin'. Ad-Rock plays the lead role as Diabolik while clips from the film are seamlessly intertwined with footage of the Beasties on similarly designed set pieces. If you don't have time to watch the full length movie the Beastie Boys' video serves as a decent replacement.
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