Zero Day

October 14, 2008 by  

This is a very haunting film. It was done a few years after Columbine and is almost a replica of the “basement tapes” by Dylan and Eric, and the resemblances are purposeful and very well done. The two actors playing the kids are extremely believable, with one caveat–the blond haired kid does look a little too pretty to be considered “an outcast”. The entire movie is shot in the same style of the “basement tapes”; it’s all “footage”. You’d think that would get old after, say, a half hour, and I seriously... Keep Reading...

Slasher Classics: My Bloody Valentine (1981)

September 20, 2008 by  

By 1981, slasher flick fever had definitely overtaken the American box office. There were a slew of horror flicks about guys in masks, killers at camps, and even Christmas time wasn’t safe anymore. But what about what was going on in Canada? Things okay up there? Well, not in the town of Valentine Bluffs. Even with free health care, relatively decent cost of living, and plenty of hockey, there were problems with the increase in crime rate. Of course, don’t tell Michael Moore that. This... Keep Reading...

Persepolis

September 1, 2008 by  

“I had survived a war, and a banal love story nearly killed me.” –Marjane Satrapi This is my favorite line in “Persepolis”, spoken in narration since the film is a retrospective of her younger years and begins and end with her as an adult; the film is based on a graphic novel by Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, and tells the tale of her growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1978. This film is available on DVD, and was released last winter in limited theatres across America, nominated... Keep Reading...

Slasher Classics: The Burning (1981)

August 5, 2008 by  

I have a sneaking suspicion that the 80’s may become the biggest gold mine of cult classics in film history. So many movies that were discarded or disowned in the 80’s are seen as classic masterpieces by more and more people. “Howard the Duck” even has its own following. I believe most of this is due to the fact that there is so much more access to media these days, and movies that may have been long forgotten are now being brought back on DVD for cheap, and people are buying. “The Monster Squad”,... Keep Reading...

Jesus Camp

July 28, 2008 by  

If there was ever a person that could use a trip down to the amazon river or outback, or Antartica, with little to no provisions, and videotape her demise…it would be Becky Fischer. She’s the focal point of this disturbing and dark documentary about that Little America that people either ignore or don’t take very seriously. And that would be the evangelical movement. Children whose ages range from around 5 or 6 to 11 or 12 gather every summer for “Kids on Fire”, a Bible... Keep Reading...

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