Halloween Horror Movies Revisited

26 10 2011

You may recall my horror movie round-up from last year. Well, this year’s is ready and it’s over at Mr. Movie Fiend. You should check it out…or else





Point Blank

20 04 2011

Well? What do you think? I’m getting a very “Taken” vibe from this film.  The trailer reminds me of “Tell No One” which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It also brings to mind that now classic Polanski film “Frantic” although while I felt that “Tell No One” rose to similar heights at times, “Point Blank” looks like it will spend most of the film falling short.  Of course, all this is from seeing the trailer.  One should never spend too much time over analyzing a trailer.  they can be intensely misleading.





Episode 21: The Good, The Bad, The Weird

18 03 2011

Listen to our discussion of “The Good, The Bad, The Weird”, here

Our next episode will be Visioneers

Visioneer George Washington Winsterhammerman (Zach Galifianakis) lives a comfortable but monotonous life in this slightly futuristic black comedy. But when people start exploding from stress and George is showing early symptoms, he’s forced to examine his life. Taking a look at his prestigious job, his sexless marriage and his resistance to life coaching, George reconsiders the philosophy of happiness through mindless activity (Summary provided by Netflix).





Episode 20: The Horseman

17 03 2011

Listen to our discussion of The Horseman… here

The next movie we will be discussing is… The Good, The Bad, The Weird

On a train crossing the Manchurian desert, an unlikely trio — good bounty hunter Park Do-won (Woo-sung Jung), bad gangster Park Chang-yi (Byung-hun Lee) and weird train robber Yoon Tae-goo (Kang-ho Song) — unite to find a treasure map’s promised loot. Racing through the unforgiving landscape, they stay one step ahead of rivals and the Japanese army. Ji-woon Kim directs this Sergio Leone-inspired adventure (Summary provided by Netflix).





SNL: British Movie and American Pop

14 02 2011

I love movies, and the best part is, different countries have their own special genres.  You can rely on them to specialize in that type of film and produce the best around.  Hong Kong does amazing Kung Fu, Japan has Horror, Hollywood is the home of the Big-Budget Action Flick.  Now I’m not saying that these are the only films they can make but, they continuously produce the best.  It’s like they have the master copies, the blanks from which all others come.  Great Britain loves their Gritty Gangster Films. In the past, I’ve complained about how hard some British films are to understand, so when I saw this little sketch from Saturday Night Live, I just had to share it.

Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun To Re Ro

Now, I’m terribly disappointed that your average Brit will never experience the frustration that comes from not being able to understand a film that’s already IN ENGLISH.  I only hope that, on rare occasions, they too have to fumble for the subtitle option on films made in America just like we do when we pick-up some inocuous looking title only to find it absolutely  filled with unintelligible dialogue.  To be fair, I find that this happens much more often with Irish films.

Now that we’ve covered that, I was looking for a film clip on YouTube the other night and found just the one I wanted.  It’s the last few minutes of Ralph Bakshi’s “American Pop”. While I found the film’s narrative and pacing  as a whole to be a little uneven, the artwork and animation is amazing.  I love the rotoscoping techniques used in this film.  The whole story, while more or less depressing, leads ups to this amazing end sequence in a recording studio that quite possibly saves the entire film. 

I challenge you to find a more beautiful piece of animation. Personally, I’d have to say that the pink elephants sequence from “Dumbo”, What’s Opera, Doc? from Merrie Melodies, and the creation sequence from “Watership Down” all come in as close seconds. Oh man, I’ve forgotten all about Studio Ghibli and the work of Genndy Tartakofsky. All right, I’m going to have to give this some serious thought.





Episode 19: The Reckoning

9 02 2011

Audio is available here

Our next posted episode will be The Horseman

it's a poster for "The Horseman"

This Orkin Man takes care of much larger vermin...like human-sized ones. Do you get it...'cause he kills, like people, you know?

Unsettled by his teenage daughter’s (Hannah Levien) untimely and suspicious death, a vengeful father (Peter Marshall) sets out on a purposeful road trip across rural Queensland, Australia, to find out who killed his little girl — and to make them pay. Along the way, he becomes a father figure to a troubled young runaway (Caroline Marohasy) who might be the one link he has left to his own humanity (Summary provided by Netflix).





Podcast: Ondine

5 02 2011

Listen to our Discussion of Ondine Here

It's a poster...for "The Reckoning"

I don't remember that scene at all

Our next podcast episode will be The Reckoning

A priest (Paul Bettany) on the run gets mixed up with a band of wandering thespians in this tale of salvation based on the book Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. In a tiny village, the group comes upon a woman who’s been charged with murder and sentenced to death. The actors put on a production based on the crime and soon realize that the townsfolk know the woman isn’t guilty (Summary provided by Netflix).