Showing posts from December, 2013

more banda, and a little livelier too

Banda de Policia de Mexico - Viva La Industria (1910)

I'm reading a history of Mexican military bands, so here's a soundtrack dating from the cylinder era:

"Watch his feet, he'll kill you with his feet."

Tom Laughlin, aka Billy Jack, R.I.P. I knew quite a bit about Billy jack, not only from watching the movie many times but also from living in Wisconsin and remembering fondly his shortlived run for president in 1992. Laughlin was a Milwaukee native. This LA Times obit I linked to has some amusing lines: "Over the years, critics assailed Laughlin's performances. Leonard Maltin called him "the only actor intense enough to risk a hernia from reading lines." The New Yorker's Pauline Kael called "The Trial of Billy Jack" extraordinary — that is, "the most extraordinary display of sanctimonious self-aggrandizement the screen has ever known."