Monthly Archives: September, 2015

Podcast Episode #10: 9/29/15 – Talking Getting Old, My Disgust with the Internet, Reviewing PARANORMAN as well the the Trailer for THE REVENANT, Slasher Flicks, Football, and other nonsense

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I’m back on my Tuesday schedule this week as I hit a milestone….EPISODE 10! I couldn’t have done it without you all. You keep me going. Yes, you.

As usual I ramble about nonsense, including the Pope’s visit, internet stupidity, douchebags with water jugs, football, and slasher movies. I also managed to squeeze in some real movie talk as I reviewed Paranorman (written review here) and discussed the trailer for The Revenant (which can be viewed here).

Enjoy!

New Trailer: THE REVENANT (2015)

I’m not usually one to post trailers unless I’m really pumped about the movie or I have no material to post. This is definitely the former.

From Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu we now have a trailer for The Revenant and holy shit does it look amazing. Just from a visual perspective it looks tremendous, and I have a feeling this and The Hateful Eight are going to square off for best winter-y look on film this year. I’m already going to predict at least a Best Cinematography nomination for this one. Mark it down. We’ll probably get a Best Actor nom for Leo and maybe a supporting nom for Tom Hardy as well. I can’t wait for this one, especially since Birdman was my favorite flick from last year.

Without further adieu, here’s the awesomeness:

Review: PARANORMAN (2012)

I stated in my Inside Out review that I really don’t like to critique kids films. They tend to not strive for technical or narrative brilliance (unless it’s Pixar) so it seems silly to pick them apart. But, since I haven’t watched a newer movie in quite some time I’ll come up with some words about a kids flick.

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All in all, I dug Paranorman. It doesn’t feature the narrative arc that every other kids movie has where the kid has to discover something about him/herself in order to achieve the goal of the film. There’s a little bit of that in here but it’s not the defining arc. In this movie Norman stays virtually the same throughout the film (for the uninitiated, he can see and speak to ghosts). The film actually critiques the townspeople who don’t believe in his gift and constantly pick on Norman and think he’s a freak. So I suppose you could find an interesting connection to horror films, which this film is a derivative of. In most horror films there’s something or someone threatening to kill or destroy people or the environment or whatever the case may be, and there’s always one person who figures it out and no one believes them until the end. But usually by then all of those people are dead, but we all know they had it coming. Humorously, Norman is shown watching horror movies throughout the film and appears entranced yet unaffected by them. Such is the life of the weird kid (yours truly included).

The horror homages throughout are definitely a treat for any fan of the genre. I can’t honestly recall every tip of the hat but there is one shot that humorously parodies Halloween and Friday the 13th in the same image, which I quite enjoyed.

“Ghoul whisperer” Norman gets spooked by his zombie lamp inPARANORMAN, directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler,the new comedy thriller from LAIKA and Focus Features.

I also would like to mention the animation. I have a deep admiration for any filmmaker working in stop-motion animation, not only because of the time and effort it takes to shoot a stop motion film but because of what it adds to the story. It adds a tangible effect to the film that other types of animation can’t boast. Computer generated films are impressive because of what they can conjure up visually while coming close to realism, but because they are done entirely with a computer I find it difficult to engage fully in the animation. They’re still trying to make everything look so real, which makes me look at it in an attempt to judge the realness. I think with any kind of imagery that isn’t filmed reality you’d want the image to pull you in and not show it’s seams. Stop motion goes for an unusual look (which, for my buck, is what animation should be used for) that displays more creativity than the most realistic looking computer generated moose or elf or human.

That’s really all I have to say. It was certainly a fun flick and recommended viewing during the Halloween season.

Podcast #9: 9/25/2015 – Talking Football, Discussing HELLRAISER and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; The Proposed Remakes of THE EXORCIST, TRUE ROMANCE, MAJOR LEAGUE; An Update on My Rickety Hip, Plus lots more….

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This pod took place over two days but it actually helped out the content since the Morgan Creek movie sell-off occurred on Thursday after I recorded the first part of the pod. So I get into that in the second half of the show, but first I talk about football a bit, some horror movie nonsense, my views on college student attitudes, especially in reference to my Feminist Philosophy class, a pop music beef that’s not really a beef, and finally an update on my hip situation. It’s two parts but still managed to come in at my usual time. Hope you enjoy!

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Podcast #8: 9/15/15 – Rambling About Football, Fantasy Sports, My Health Problems, TIFF Reactions, Trailers for “The Jungle Book”, Krampus” and “Hardcore”, Plus! The Awesome “Hells’ Club” Movie Mash-Up”

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I’m all over the place on this week’s podcast, which I found to be a generally a fun episode. I lament my horrible luck in fantasy sports while being jubilant for the return of the NFL season, then I chat about my degenerative hip problem, the Toronto International Film Festival, movie trailers for The Jungle Book, Krampus, and Hardcore, video games and movies, and finally about the “Hell’s Club” movie mash-up YouTube video (Links below!). Hope you enjoy!

P.S. If anyone is actually listening to this pod please let me know somehow. As of right now I assume I’m just talking to myself, so if you listen and enjoy feel free to comment or share the pod on Facebook and/or Twitter, or wherever you kids go to get your kicks these days. Thanks!

NEW PODCAST! Episode #7 – Talking Wes Craven, Horror Movies and My Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies to Watch During the Halloween Season

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It’s only been 5 months since I recorded one of these….but, I’m back! Not talking news or doing any movie reviews, so consider this a special pod. Today I talk about the passing of horror icon Wes Craven as well as the upcoming Halloween season, so I include my top 10 favorite horror movies to watch during the season. I ramble and stutter quite a bit but this is generally a fun subject, so bear with me. Hope you enjoy!