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Childish flicks block quality movies

Avengers taking over cinemas and the Universe.
(Photo/Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)

I love to go to the cinema in Pattaya and watch movies at least once a week. But while Bangkok gets all the new releases - many good quality movies with skilled actors/directors and positive reviews – they never seem to reach Pattaya.

Examples of movies that never showed up in Pattaya over recent times include iconic actor/director Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”, the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga and her Oscar-winning song “Shallow”, the world’s most successful director Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”, Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s biopic “Love & Mercy” and the Beatles touring documentary “Eight Days A Week”, plus many more.

The reason I surmise is as follows: When those childish superhero-movies, often based on Marvel cartoons from the 1930s show up, they can often occupy up to six salons at a cinema - 2D, 3D, original English, dubbed to Thai, luxury salon etc. Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Alita Battle Angel, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Hellboy, Avengers and other freaky superheroes are simply blocking away quality movies.

Pattaya has four cinemas with 41 salons, all showing the same movies. Just recently “Captain Marvel” occupied over half of the salons and just now at the time of writing, “Avengers: End Game” occupies ALL the salons at Terminal 21. Ridiculous! I urge the cinemas in my adopted hometown to reserve at least one salon for quality movies.

Pete the Swede

Jimmy Page reflects on Led Zeppelin’s legacy and its sound


Jimmy Page speaks to a reporter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

John Carucci

New York (AP) — When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would often confiscate it.

“It would be given back at the end of the day. And this was quite repetitive,” Page said.

That dedication worked out pretty well for Page, who took Led Zeppelin to the zenith as one of the most powerful outfits in rock history.

Now some of the instruments that he used to create that Zeppelin sound are on display at an exhibition called “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Seven of Page’s guitars, a few costumes and some of his equipment have been loaned to the exhibit, alongside dozens of guitars, drums and memorabilia from such legends as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and John Lennon.

While visiting the exhibition, Page sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the band’s legacy, why its music has endured and prospects for another reunion concert.

AP: How frustrating are the Led Zeppelin reunion questions? You weren’t completely happy with Live Aid or the 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic Records in 1988. What about the 2007 concert in London?

Page: I’m rather pleased that we did it, because we sort of looked still similar to what we looked now, and, yeah, we did a really good job. But I don’t think there’s going to be another one.

AP: Let’s talk about your earliest recollection with the guitar.

Page: I was taking my guitar to school so that I could play at recess because I became so involved with it, we became inseparable. I had to do my academic studies, that was the deal I had with my dad. And the rest of the time I could play guitar. So, I took that one step further: I would take that to school and play at recess.

AP: Your guitar work for Led Zeppelin was far ahead of the curve...

Page: I’d like to think that it was, because the first album, I sort of knew, as we were doing the tracks, exactly how I was going to layer everything and the textures of them.... There’s a variety of moods on ‘Led Zeppelin I.’ So, again, it was me challenging and pushing as far as I possibly could, not even thinking of my limitations, just going beyond, beyond, beyond.

AP: What’s it like having your guitars in the Met?

Page: You approach the gallery through Greco-Roman statues, and then the first thing you see is Chuck Berry’s guitar. I said, ‘What? The original one, the blond one,’ and they said, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘What would you like? Tell me what you want to help this along and you can have whatever it is that you want.’

AP: You gave them your Sovereign Harmony acoustic guitar. How important is it?

Page: That guitar I had way back in the early ’60s. And it’s been with me all the way through, to the point where I used it as a writing tool... That particular guitar is the vehicle whereby the first album for Led Zeppelin is written, the second album is written, the third album is written, the fourth album is written and it’s the guitar that actually culminates with playing ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

AP: Why has the Led Zeppelin catalogue endured?

Page: It approaches so many different styles and moods and it’s very passionate. And it also very gentle. And it’s very hard. And it’s extremely dynamic. If anybody wants to be playing the guitar, the harmonica, the drums, the bass, the keyboards — well, it’s all there. And it’s organic music where everyone is playing together. I think it’s a great legacy to have produced, to be honest.


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Childish flicks block quality movies

Jimmy Page reflects on Led Zeppelin’s legacy and its sound