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Letters

The beloved movie reviewer team of Shalit & Moustache

The beloved movie reviewer team of Shalit & Moustache

Dear Sirs
While reading your review of something called The Wu-Tango Clan (10/12/09) I came upon the phrase “tango and Wu”. Was this an oblique reference to the 2003 movie Tango & Wu starring Antonio Banderas and Wu-Tang member ODB (aka Old Dirty Bastard, aka Big Baby Jesus, aka Dirt McGirt, aka Richard Nixxxon, aka Dirk Hardpec, aka Bee Arthur). Tango & Wu was not a remake of the groundbreaking gay cinema classic Tango & Cash (1989 Sylvester Stallone/Kurt Russell) but more of an attempt to cash in on the Men in Black movie franchise. Tango & Wu was the story of a pair of mismatched cops; Tango (Antonio Banderas) a homicide detective who has an Olympic gold medal for dancing and Wu (ODB) a space alien from the planet Wu-Tang disguised as a human. Together they team up to take down an interplanetary drug cartel who are flooding the earth with a drug (called Space Shizzle) that makes peoples heads explode. The movie tanked even though Roger Ebert gave it 9 thumbs up and it soon ended up in the bargain bin. Anyhow, I thought I’d just add that little tidbit of cinematic minutiae, adding another piece to the great, glorious,dazzling, mosaic that is legitimate cinema. If you have any question, or queries I’ll be at the Perkins Pancake House on Rte. 35 (near the Fort, it used to be a Denny’s, then it was a pizza buffet place. No, you’re wrong! That was where the KFC was, it’s right next to that, It used to be Shrimpington’s – A Place for Shrimp. Look, just forget it.) Anyhow, I’ll be there every Monday from noon until 3pm answering questions and giving advice AND reviewing movies both old and new and sometimes made up.
We Like Popcorn
Gene Shalit & Moustache

Record Roundup

Dip Into the 38th Chamber
Wu-Tango Clan
(FB Records, $14.99 /available: LP,CD, Download)

Wu-Tang Clans classic 1993 LP Enter the 36th Chamber has been a touchstone for not only modern rap but any adventurous music as well. Earlier this year the Brooklyn based funk outfit El Michels Affair released Enter the 37th Chamber a well received collection of instrumental versions of Wu-Tang classics. The success of the El Michels record has led to a sort of follow up, this time out it’s tango versions. The performers who call themselves the Wu-Tango Clan are an ad hoc band featuring members of The Tango Project and the Sons of Piazzolla. While tango and Wu might seem like an odd marriage of musical styles, the record works surprisingly well especially on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” where the accordion playing shows a subtle depth not heard on the original recordings. Dip Into the 38th Chamber is not the only stylistic revisiting of the Wu-Tang Clan. Slated for release in early 2010 is a heavy metal collection, Hell-Tang Clan featuring members of Anthrax and W.A.S.P.

Available 10/13/09

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