Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Calum Waddell is a horror geek of the nth degree.
Actually, so am I.
The thing is, usually horror geeks watch commentaries...they traditionally don't participate in them.
In this case however, the second commentary extra from the two British producers was so coated with fanboy slobber I couldn't make it to the end. Calum's filmic knowledge and girthy Scotch accent aren't enough to excuse his desperately lame anecdotes and ejaculations.
The good news is that Tobe and the writing duo of Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch (Ned, the greasy human sheepdog/handyman) on the first commentary track provide an informative, honest, and often self-deprecating overview of on-screen as well as behind-the-scenes events that in my estimation made this movie a far more entertaining project to make than to watch.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Tool Box redux
My best bud Damian recently bought me (among many other disks) a copy of Tobe Hooper's remake of "The Toolbox Murders" .
Talented young cast, impressive pedigree, and a decent budget.
Talk about ruined potential...
This movie could have stood proud among its predecessors and well into the future, except for a) lack of splatter b) stolen (unreworked) themes c) wonky editing.
It spends lots of time teasing the threads of old horror themes, yet it fails to yield any unique scares or tension of its own.
That's not a name for a monster.
That's what you'd say to the person who just caught your mononucleosis.
Some themes borrowed, but not explored:
House by the Cemetery
Suspiria / Inferno
The People Under the Stairs
And yes, the original Toolbox Murders...
Tobe Hooper is a heck of a filmmmaker.
I refuse to believe that the final product was his idea.
Tonight I'll listen to his commentary and judge for myself.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Sunday school salt-lick.
Piety on the underpass.
Seriously people, quit it. The winos down there have enough to worry about.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
pyat' shest' sem' vosem' !
Did I sleep through Russia's demotion/exclusion from the G-8?
Because this confuses me.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Maybe next time
Oh, those poor, poor people.
My heart just breaks for them. I'm talking about the media, of course.
With the Pope and Terri Schiavo dead, the average reporter must be feeling kind of...adrift. The fact that the last two major earthquakes in the southeast region have failed to yield even the smallest tsunami is just cruel.
Talk about kicking them while they're down.
Oh well. Buck up, little newsmedia types. There are lots of other horsemen to chase.
Famine and war spring to mind.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Sudden yakking impulse
Ew. I just got substantially nauseated there for a spell.
Tonight's eggs gave me trouble, but this morning's undercooked pork chops still have me nervous.
I can't beleive I didn't puke. I stood there over the toilet and salivated like a rabid raccoon for fifteen minutes before I started feeling better.
Just checked my last empty beer for a mouse carcass.