White Punks On Cable
We recently read in Variety that former "Black Flag" front man (and relentless self-promoter) Henry Rollins will host a movie review show on the Independent Film Channel.The show, dubbed "Henry's Film Corner," premieres December 4th. Rollins and his guests -celebs and "ordinary" people- will comment on and debate movies, showbiz and film culture. The pilot episode featured Rob Zombie, Rollin's mail carrier Raul and discussion about Akira Kurosawa. IFC marketers are promoting the series as "Ebert & Roeper" meet "Real Time with Bill Maher."
We may be in the minority here, but we'll pass. To us, it's just a live-action version of "Thugs On Film," Mondo Media's old web series. We're sure Rollins and co will be hilarious riffing on the latest Hollywood crap, but, really, isn't this just shooting fish in a barrel?
Not that Rollins cares, but we wonder if SoCal's old school hardcore DIY ethos extends to branding oneself as a corporate culture savant.
How would the first punks of Western civilization, the dadaists, have responded to 21st Century hyper-consumer culture?
Would Dada drummer Richard Huelsenbeck have embraced the temptation to abandon his practice as a Jungian psychoanalyst to become the "spokesman" for some car manufacturer seeking "edginess" to capture the jaded attention of Generation Whathaveyou?