I love this song. It reminds me of Lana Del Rey and a couple of others. Really catchy track with some good lyrics.
I love this song. It reminds me of Lana Del Rey and a couple of others. Really catchy track with some good lyrics.
One thing I enjoy about British horror and sci-fi is how fact of the matter everything is. Oh sure the village is experiencing a weird event where everyone falls asleep, resulting in bizarre pregnancies? Okay we’ll figure it out after tea and crumpets. George Sanders plays the unflappable professor who is faced with the harsh reality that his young son might be an alien; that’s a crushing blow for any parent, but damnit he’s British so he thinks the world of his kid anyways. These children are super creepy-in fact some of them give Damien from The Omen a run for his money. If you anger any of them, the entire collective group will use their super mind powers to kill you in an inventive and horrible way that would make a slasher film screenwriter smile. I loved how smartly made this movie was, how it slowly builds up the creepy atmosphere, and its interesting that this came from MGM and not Hammer Studios, as feels more like a Hammer film instead.
The death scenes are few but they quite stand out: one man is forced to kill himself with his other gun. Another has his own torch turned against him for leading an angry mob against the children. Sanders’ professor and the military are forced to decide what they must do, and this leads to an action that is equally tragic and haunting. Village of the Damned is a 60s classic, showcasing the best of horror and sci-fi, molding together the two genres and giving rise to a near great film. I would like to view both the sequel, Children of the Damned, and the remake, but I doubt either one is as well crafted or as engaging as the original.
The Grinch had a point about X-Mas and the modern-day remake with Jim Carrey missed that point: this holiday sucks now. Kids are too young to realize that the joy of the holiday season has been drained by greedy corporations who don’t care if people die on Black Friday while trying to get an overhyped bargin.
This is all disgusting and sad yet not surprising. The War On Christmas has nothing to do with banning the Little Baby Jesus from appearing in schools. Nope it’s all about how overbearing capitalism ruined a nice and simple tradition. For the almighty profit, of course, the God that they pray to.
If anything we shouldn’t give a shit about the gifts we receive on X-Mas day. I like free stuff as much as everyone else but I don’t think it should come with a hidden price tag attached. Nevermind that Jesus wasn’t really born on this day or that Santa doesn’t actually exist. This should be a time for rejoicing with those who love us.
A time to celebrate and be glad for what we have. It’s sad that a simple and beautiful message gets lost in the madness but I think that’s what Dr. Sess was trying to tell us all those years ago. The same goes for Charlie Brown, a poor sap mistreated for daring to find out what this day is all about. Lucky for us he believed in that really crappy tree while trying to direct the school play. If you thought that the insanity of the holidays was driving you crazy, at least you don’t have to get a bunch of jazz loving hippie children to act on cue.
No matter what religion you are or what you believe in I think we can all get behind the ideal that the holidays should be about people and not material things. Stuff fades away or breaks; we tire of shiny trinkets. However those we love stay with us no matter what. Such a message is the best gift of all. Well that and an XBOXONE. Kidding. ..
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It is X-Mas without the bullshit and the annoying hustle and bustle. There is football on TV and turkey in the oven. Stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy rule. My annual tradition is to head up to my grandparents house and hang out with family all day long. We eat, chill out, play card games and watch the games on TV.
Sure this holiday centers around the pilgrims eating with the Native Americans before they took their land. Yet its about togetherness and getting together for at least one day and enjoying a dead bird that is really tasty. This year I will hope the Packers somehow win and that the pumpkin pie tastes as good as it always does. I love this time of year, before winter sets in.
I became a fan of Kavinsky thanks to “Nightcall” off of the Drive OST and YouTube lead me to this fantastic and groovy electronic driven piece that I love a lot. Especially since “Pacific Coast Highway” tells the story of a driver with supernatural abilities who eludes the police at every turn. Cool.
Midway through Sisters I realized that this was one bizarre horror film. Brian De Palma pays homage to Psycho and also Rear Window in his own odd way, even going so far as to hire Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s old composer, to do the film’s score. I loved the use of split screen later on in the film, particularly since it ups the tension and is a relatively unique technique. De Palma also utilizes flashbacks and home video in a scene that is rather disturbing and eerie, taking the viewer deeper into the film and acting as a strange and really vivid fantasy that happens to be actually happening to the film’s protagonist, Grace, the neighbor of one Danielle, played by Margot Kidder. The truth of the entire matter surrounding a murder that Grace claims to have witnessed but yet no one can find a trace of is not even the craziest thing about this entire movie.
Nope instead its the fact that Danielle is not who she seems, and that her past hides a dangerous secret that leads to even more intrigue. I was fascinated by how well constructed this movie is, although I am well aware of De Palma’s reputation for creating smart thrillers. In a way Sisters is a fine dress rehearsal for De Palma’s 1976 horror classic Carrie, another movie about a disturbed woman who ends up committing violent acts. I found the murder scene to be rather shocking and graphic, and the use of red blood in a white room is a brilliant contrast of visually striking colors is fantastic and another hallmark of De Palma’s work.
Well that and the film also has the charming performance of Charles Durning, who plays an obsessive private eye hired by Grace to get to the bottom of the mystery. Even though its low budget aspects hurt the film a little Sisters is a really good, maybe even great, horror film that stands out from some of the early 70s horror thrillers. I would love to purchase it on Criterion at some point, although I’m not sure if its not out of print or not. The current sale going on is as good a time as any to find out.
So months after I moved into my apartment I am finally moving my shelves and other stuff in. I got one shelf placed and I brought three whole boxes worth of movies with me as well. I had my dad help me take the shelf in and after he left it took me over 90 minutes to put away all the films I took with me.
That is my bookshelf in my room. Its completely full and I actually had to fit my other movies and some other stuff in another shelf. That shelf is also full right now:
It’s a bit ridiculous yet it also makes me realize how many films I’ve obtained over the years. I have two more shelves and a bunch more CDs and books left to bring in too. And probably even more films. I thought about selling most of my collection but I realized I would receive very little money in return.
Besides part of the fun of moving is putting your possessions in new spaces. Switching things around so they fit better. My new room already suits me and I’ve managed to keep it clean. Sometimes change is good.
Fleetwood Mac once sang “Tell me lies tell me sweet little lies.” Not only is it catchy but it might be true because all of us lie. In fact we often go out of our way to lie-especially when asked the usually annoying question of how is your day going. Everyone secretly hates that question and yet its asked every day. So we bullshit and say good even on days when our urge to kill is rising.
My current job involves plenty of lies and half truths. We can’t tell customers what we are really thinking about them as that would get us fired. If someone gets fired its called being laid off or being forced to resign. We are expected to deliver sunny outlooks no matter what the situation is or if things appear bleak.
We demand that politicians tell us the truth and yet sometimes their honesty gets them in trouble. Doctors are instructed to give good or positive news to inspire hope even if its false. Some people engage in half truths, thinking that if they serve up part of the truth they are not really lying.
Famous movies even deal with the nature of truth. Most famously Rashomon but also Memento as memory distorts the truth. In Lost Highway Bill Pullman says that he prefers to create his own memories even if they are lies obscured by time. Often people decide to hide themselves in a fantasy world, cut off from the truth because they find lies more comforting. That’s a tad disturbing.
I’m reminded too of a great line from Lawrence of Arabia: “If we’ve told lies, you’ve told half-lies and a man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth, but a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.” So perhaps its more troubling to be good at balancing the line between truth and lies instead of being an outright liar in that case. But then again, maybe its better to just attempt to tell the truth in the first place. I don’t even have the space to go into relative truth, absolute truth, etc. That’s a discussion for another time.
Every so often they have at Barnes and Noble a 50% off Criterion sale. I get paid tomorrow and I made this list a while back. Its still relevant and subject to change. I’ve bought at least two-three films per sale, with my biggest haul ever being 6 or 7 (I can’t remember) one lovely sale a couple years back when I was flush with cash. Possible scores based off of my Criticker profile out of 100 total points, as are my ratings.
List of Potential Criterion Purchases:
1. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974, Fassbinder)-Possible Score-98
2. Bad Timing (1980, Roeg)-Possible Score-91
3. Branded To Kill (1967, Suzuki)-Possible Score-94=Already Own
4. Carnival of Souls (1962, Harvey)-90
5. Les Diabolique (1955, Clouzot)-93
6. Fiend Without a Face (1958, Crabtree)-81
7. George Washington (2000, Green)-98=Bought it this sale
8. Green for Danger (1946, Gilliat)-Possible Score-92
9. In The Mood For Love (2000, Wong)-100
10. Jigoku (1960, Nakagawa)-Possible Score-86
11. Kicking And Screaming (1995, Baumbach)-Possible Score-89
12. Kiru (Kill!) (1968, Okamoto)-Possible Score-90
13. La Bete Humaine (The Human Beast) (1938, Renoir)-Possible Score-92
14. LeDeuxieme Souffle (Second Breath, Second Win) (1966, Melville)-Possible Score-94
15. Pierrot Le Fou (Crazy Pete) (1965, Godard)-Possible Score-96
16. Revanche (2008, Spielmann)-Possible Score-94)
17. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, Haskin)-Possible Score-79
18. Samurai Rebellion (1967, Kobayashi)-Possible Score-98
19. Sisters (1973, De Palma)-Possible Score-91
20. Darjeeling Limited (2007, Anderson)-83=Bought it this sale
21. The Element of Crime (1984, von Trier)-Possible Score-88
22. The Fugitive Kind (1960, Lumet)-Possible Score-85
23. The Naked Prey (1966, Wilde)-91
24. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Laughton)-88
25. The Night Porter (1974, Cavani)-Possible Score-82
26. The Ruling Class (1972, Medak)-Possible Score-94
27. The Seventh Seal (1957, Bergman)-100
28. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965, Ritt)-Possible Score-95
29. The Sword of Doom (1966, Okamoto)-93
30. The Wages of Fear (1953, Clouzot)-95
31. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Hellman)-Possible Score-92=Bought it this sale
32. Vampyr (1932, Dreyer)-85
33. Videodrome (1983, Cronenberg)-95=Already Own
34. Walkabout (1971, Roeg)-94
35. Wings of Desire (1987, Wenders)-98=Already Own
36. Youth of the Beast (Yaju No Seishun) (1963, Suzuki)-Possible Score-93
37. Seconds (1966, Frankenheimer)-97=Bought it this sale
38. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Powell and Pressburger)-Possible Score-99
Based on the short story of the same title from the Stephen King classic anthology Night Shift this 1990 film is a decent adaptation. It fleshes out the short and builds up the anticipation of finding out what horrors are lurking down below in the basement dungeon of the old mill. That mill is the lifeblood of a small rural town and it is on danger of being shutdown. Warwick, the asshole in charge will do whatever it takes to keep the mill running. Even if he has to sacrifice people to do it.
A drifter named John comes into town desperate for work. Getting hired at the mill he ends up becoming ensnared in what is happening at the mill, pitting himself unintentionally against his new boss. However he has an ally in a coworker, Jane, who is the only friend he’s got in a town where most of the people don’t like him. But hey at least people are easier to deal with than the rat infestation that has overtaken the mill. Much easier.
Brad Dourif is great in his unfortunately limited role as The Exterminator and this film does create a fairly solid atmosphere. I likef Dourif’s really eerie monologue about why he hates rats and Warwick is a really sinister villain. The creature effects are good for an early 1990s movie and I was entertained even if this film isn’t all that scary. I wouldn’t mind a remake of this movie, although bad CGI would probably be involved and too many awful horror remakes exist already. Sometimes its best to be satisfied with what you ready have.