Movie of the Day – The Grey

Man I have been slacking on my duties, but with a new writing gig, podcast work and generally do more work, I sometimes neglect my blogging duties.  I decided to whip my ass into shape with a movie that basically gave me a nerd boner as far as trailers were able to do for my expectations in an upcoming movie.  The Grey (or The Gray for those that don’t differentiate the spelling of it) was one of those movies that presented an intense looking movie in which Liam Neeson goes into the wilderness and fights the wildlife there.  I mean who the fuck didn’t want to witness that sort of badassery on screen?  Well damn the movie studios for making a misleading trailer, but to my surprise the final product is one of the gloomiest and harrowing stories about coping with the inevitability of death and a journey of survival.  Plus more Liam Neeson being a badass.

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Movie of the Day – A Band Called Death

I realized I just posted the full on review of this amazing, amazing documentary about a week ago, but I just can’t help myself in trying to get everyone to see it.  It played at our local Alamo Drafthouse and is getting legs in terms of opening at local art theaters, but the movie is out on VOD and available for download right this instance.  It is truly an amazing story that must be heard and one of the most compelling documentaries out there now.

I also wanted to toot my own horn as about a week ago I was asked to be an on air guest for HuffPost Live and chat with the members of Death and the directors of the documentary.  It was unreal to get to ask them some questions, which one only made it on air.  Still though, I don’t say this without some weight behind it and this is one of the best movies/documentaries out there this year.  Easily one of my top ten movies.

Well below is a link to the original review and also to the HuffPost Live interview with Death and my dumb mug on the screen towards the end of interview.

Enjoy!

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/a-band-called-death/51c2395b78c90a47590002ca

Original review of A Band Called Death.

Anchored by the wonderful storytelling of Dannis and Bobby, they openly talk about the band, the history and their lives with a bit a humor and emotional weight.  They lay the foundation of who they are out there for the audience and you connect with the story and their journey more than you will ever know.  You feel the highs and lows of the brothers, but the bittersweet ending is all that you need to leave the theater with a smile on your faces, redness in your eyes from the tears and newfound respect admiration for what it means to stick to your convictions through thick and thin.

It’s time to embrace Death.

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Movie Review – A Band Called Death

Death comes for us all.

You know, I always associate Detroit with the soulful sounds of Motown and funk music.  I mean bands like The Temptation, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and even the Contours basically defined the music scene there.  I fully get that this is a narrow view of the rich diversity of the Detroit music scene, but when I think of a group of African-American musicians coming together to create music, I and the subjects of the rockumentary A Band Called Death will tell you, the expectation is that it would be Motown-esque.  Thanks to the efforts of directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett, we get to uncover a band whose time has finally come.  Some 30 years ago, a group of African-American brothers would form a band that would change the music scene of their time by being, what some would contend, the first punk band ever.  That is, they would have been if it weren’t for the name and their unconventional playing style.

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Movie of the Day – We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin tells the story of a mother coming to terms with a school massacre that her son committed.  The film stars Tilda Swinton as Eva, a successful world traveler and chronicler who is saddled with motherhood and her ambivalence towards it all.  John C. Reilly stars as Franklin, the father who always has hopes that the family dynamic will work when taking Eva out of her comfort zone.  Ezra Miller plays the older Kevin, who shows signs of hostility at a very early age towards Eva and is responsible for the massacre at the school.  The movie plays out in a non-linear fashion with cuts to post-massacre Eva dealing with the consequences of Kevin’s action and cuts back to the birth of Kevin and his development from an early age.  We are slowly given pieces of the puzzle that makes up the issue of the movie.  The whole debate about the “nature vs nurture” issue in which we try and place blame on the actions of a young child.

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Movie of the Day – Doctor Butcher M.D.

I am certain that visiting this M.D. is not going to be covered by my insurance.  I think being use in an experiment to prolong my lifespan would be considered more cosmetic surgery than anything else, which is a shame cause Doctor Butcher does have some convincing evidence that would lead me to believe that one could live a hundred years longer than intended.  Plus his bedside manner seems rough at first, but that is just apprehension from patients being used for illegal experiments, you’ll get over it once you go under the knife.

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Movie of the Day – The ABCs of Death

Fucking.  Hell.

I will tell you right now, this isn’t for people who are easily offended by gallons of blood and some of the most insane depravity ever put on screen.  I will even go as far to say that this Red Band Trailer is by far and away tamer than the Extreme trailer for this movie that is currently playing at our local Alamo Drafthouse as a part of our Late Night shows.  This was just a marathon event of twisted vignettes of horror folks, the Ironman Triathlon of gore and horror.

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Movie of the Day – Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

Some people will probably have more of an affinity for The Adventure’s In Babysitting, but I much prefer the 1991 classic, yes classic, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead in terms of teens playing out this fantasy of having no supervision and getting into all sorts of shit that only 90s kids could do.  Yes, the entire premise of the movie was that the evil old would keel over and die so that the kids could be free to stay out late, the teenagers could fornicate, and whatever.  Honestly I just remember that the end of the movie was some sort of fashion show and then the mom showed up.  Also Christina Applegate was looking hella fine.

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Movie of the Day – Contagion

Well, I think this movie perfectly sums up how I feel currently.  I am in the midst of battling illness, one that is definitely winning as I came home work and pretty much it all hit me like a sack of bricks.  I was fine Saturday, I was ok this morning, but something about coming really lets your defenses down and the cold to take over.  I assure you, I don’t need Matt Damon to come and help me out, but it would be cool to hang out with him for the day.   Just saying if that ever happens it would be cool.

So, what a perfect movie to instill fear in the populace with the threat of a global pandemic of sinus infections, coughing and chest congestion.  CONTAGION!

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Movie of the Day – Sleepaway Camp

The only reason I am posting about this movie today is because the ending to Sleepaway Camp is just frightening.  Also because this movie just so happens to be sort of, in a roundabout way, the inspiration to Wet Hot American Summer.  That has to count for something in my book since that movie is fucking awesome.  I digress, Sleepaway Camp for me will only be remembered for being terribly bad, but that ending, my god that ending.

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Movie of the Day – Slugs

You know what, if you are dumb enough to get attacked and killed by slugs, then good riddance.  That is what we call “survival of the fittest” and Darwin has chosen you to be culled from society.  Slugs, I will at least give some applause for the fact that the filmmakers adapted the novel “slugs” into a rollicking monster movie where the aforementioned slugs slowly but surely kills with ridiculous efficiency.  I mean slugs as a killer creature is no more idiotic as rabbits being killers in Night of the Lepus.  While dumb in premise, the movie is fucking awesome!

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