Monthly Archives: March 2012
It’s time to take a trip to the naughty side of town with this months featured Scream Queen. Tiffany Shepis has been featured in the films Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, Ted Bundy, Abominable, Nightmare Man, Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula, Night of the Demons (2009) and the list goes on and on. The tantalizing and titillating Miss Shepis was born on September 11, 1979 in New York City, New York and was at one time engaged to the late actor Corey Haim.
Tiffany quotes “I go after parts in horror films ’cause I have the most fun shooting them. I mean, wouldn’t you rather be covered in blood fighting some fucker with an axe than doing some lame romantic comedy?” and ”Sex and gore go hand in hand. I have no problem with nudity. You guys wanna see tits and ass with your blood and gore.”
So let us give a warm and hearty welcome to the naughty but nice and nice but naughty Scream Queen of the Month for the foolish month of April 2012-Tiffany Shepis!
- Indie Horror Babes Face Off in the Wrath of the Crows (dreadcentral.com)
- Indie Horror Month Video Interview Part Two: Barbara Crampton Talks Chopping Mall, Nudity and New Flicks You’re Next and The Lords of Salem (dreadcentral.com)
- Review: The Violent Kind (pete975.wordpress.com)
Note: This is my 300th post. In honor of that, I wanted to make it just a wee bit special. The body of the review, not counting cast and crew credits or trivia is exactly 300 words. To be honest, I thought long and hard about whether this would be my final post. I have enjoyed writing every single word that has spilled forth from my mind to this blog. The question is do I quit knowing that I have done well, or do I continue to move on?
The only answer I can give you is that I wonder what post 600 is going to be. Thank you.
Directed by Zack Snyder
Screenplay by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon
Welcome to the graphic novel come to life. Like Robert Rodriguez and Sin City before him, Zack Snyder has created a masterpiece of the green screen. 300 is one of the most beautiful and brutal films to have derived from the pages of the comic book and from the genius that is the mind of Frank Miller. It is a sepia toned bloodbath of the tale of the few who stood against the many even though they faced certain death.
Gerard Butler is their leader. King Leonidas. He is a fair king with a belief that has been bred into him since the day he first drew breath: never retreat, never surrender. That belief will serve him well to the very end.
What? You think that I give the ending away? It is the only thing that is certain. I give nothing away whatsoever. I merely give you a great film that you may do with as you choose. You may enjoy it in the company of kings; or you may lie down as dogs and discard it as the work of peasants. But might I remind you that it was Zack Snyder who gave us one of the finest horror remakes of all time in Dawn of the Dead? Might I remind you that it was the legendary Frank Miller who showed us that there was more to the Batman than merely a cape and a cowl? Bow, you who are not worthy. Kneel, you who doubt. But stand tall, stand proud, those of you who believe. For it is your belief that I seek.
300 is a brilliant film from a brilliant and visual director. Zack Snyder is showing us not what he thinks we want to see; he is showing what he knows that we need to see. Excellent.
There are 1,523 cuts in the film, with over 1300 visual effect shots comprising 8631 visual effect elements.
Ten visual effects vendors contributed to the film, spread over three continents.
The quote, “Then we will fight in the shade,” is an actual one from history, spoken by the Spartan warrior Dienekes when warned about the enemies’ arrows. It is also used by Greeks today as emblems on soldier uniforms. (Greek: “Tha palepsoume sti skià.”)
- Will Zack Snyder’s Clark Kent Wear Glasses in MAN OF STEEL? (geektyrant.com)
- “Zack Snyder Officially Starts Work on 300 Sequel Xerxes” and related posts (beyondhollywood.com)
- Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch Banners Revealed (slashfilm.com)
- Zack Snyder Shows Intent to Direct Frank Miller’s Xerxes (filmschoolrejects.com)
- ‘Man Of Steel’ Director Zack Snyder Is Like Martin Scorsese, Michael Shannon Says (splashpage.mtv.com)
- First Look Photos of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch’s Pink Bunny Mech, Masked Zombie War Soldier and… Oh Yeah, The Girls too (slashfilm.com)
- 300 sequel inches closer to existence with Sullivan Stapleton casting (comicsbeat.com)
In an effort to appear open-minded and "with it", it has become commonplace in the annals of moviedom to sometimes just throw in a black dude for a splash of melanin in what would otherwise be a completely white movie. These token characters/actors are rarely major parts of the film; hardly ever get any lovin', and more often than not they end up dying.
It’s the final night at the last drive-in in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has got it all figured out. This is going to be a night to remember as he features not one, not two, not three but four lost films. Grab your popcorn, hold on to your Pepsi’s. It’s showtime!
Adam Rifkin as Miles Munson
Sarah Mutch as Louise
Owen Benjamin as Larry
Ray Wise as Dr. Weems
Written and Directed by Adam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin stars as Miles Munson, a man with a way less than regular sperm count. A normal man’s sperm can be counted in the millions; Miles’ sperm can be counted in the one. But after he begins taking an experimental drug prescribed to him by Dr. Weems, oh what a sperm it is! It grows to gargantuan proportions and seeks out the only ovum big enough for its massive load-the Statue of Liberty! Will Wadzilla prevail, or will the military, led by General Bukkake, arrive in time to save the day?
I swear to God I am not making this shit up, folks. I can assure you that you have not seen anything until you’ve seen the Statue of Liberty strip down to pasties and a g-string and rub her torch between her breasts. Wadzilla is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds and is a fun way to get things started.
Adam Rifkin did all of his own stunts in the “Wadzilla” segment.
The background plates of New York City for the segment “Wadzilla” were taken at the Universal Studios back lot in California.
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREBEAR
Written and Directed by Tim Sullivan
Starring Sean Paul Lockhart as Ricky
Anton Troy as Talon
Gabrielle West as Peggy Lou
Lin Shaye as Nurse Maleva
Even a boy who thinks he’s straight/yet shaves his balls by night/may become a werebear when the hormones rage/and the latent urge takes flight-Nurse Maleva
Sean Paul Lockhart has been called ‘the Traci Lords of gay porn’. It’s right there on the Internet Movie Database, look it up. In “I Was a Teenage Werebear”, Lockhart plays Ricky; a young man with the ‘urge to purge’ and with feelings he just can’t get a handle on. But after he meets Talon he becomes that which he fears he is the most-a teenage werebear!!
Okay, so I know there’s a message here about showing tolerance and respect to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. But couldn’t they have been a little more subtle? To put it mildly, “I Was a Teenage Werebear” is about as subtle as Jason Voorhees at a ballet recital. There are so many gay dick references in this film I had to make sure somebody didn’t switch DVD’s on me. If you weren’t aware that director Tim Sullivan is openly gay before watching this then you will be afterward. After the strong opening of “Wadzilla”, Chillerama took a downward spiral with this one.
Filming for the Segment ‘I Was a Teenage Werebear’ was almost shut down due to the location sheriff not approving to the content of the script.
Thomas Dekker was considered for the part of Ricky for the “I Was a Teenage Werebear” segment.
Tim Sullivan replaced another actor at the last minute for the segment “I Was a Teenage Werebear.”
Kristina Klebe as Eva Braun
Kane Hodder as Meshugannah
Written and Directed by Adam Green
Did you know that Anne Frank was once Anne Frankenstein? Did you know that the family name was shortened to separate them from the atrocities created by her ancestor, Victor? Well, if you didn’t you sure as hell do now. Joel David Moore is the Führer who creates an all too Jewish monster to help him win the war. Kane Hodder plays the monster Meshugannah, who can kill Nazis, put together jigsaw puzzles of puppies and get you back $200 extra on your income taxes. I don’t know whether this is a ‘so bad it’s bad’ movie or a ‘so bad it’s really bad’ movie. What I do know is that it’s quite possibly the strangest role Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley) has ever played.
Hitler to soldier-”Here. Write depressing stuff in this as if the little girl wrote it. We’ll sell it after the war and make millions.”
Kristina Klebe and her mother translated the script for “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” segment into German for all the German-speaking cast members.
Joel David Moore learned some German for his role as Adolf Hitler. However, a majority of the lines Hitler says in the film are not German.
The blood in the segment “The Diary of Ann Frankenstein” was really chocolate syrup.
Corey Jones as Toby
Kaili Thorne as Mayna
Brendan McCreary as Ryan
Miles Dougal as Floyd
Richard Riehle as Cecil Kaufman
Written and Directed by Joe Lynch
The last film in the series was intended to be “Deathication”. However, while that horror movie is playing, a real horror movie breaks out at the drive-in. One of the employees is turned into a zombie after having his balls bitten off by his dead wife. He relieves himself by using popcorn butter as lubrication. This in turn causes the blue junk seeping from his groin to drop into said butter and is thus distributed to the hundreds of patrons. After that you have a small zombie apocalypse. But these zombies don’t want to eat you, they want to have sex with you. I swear to God I am not making this shit up. Is it tasteless? Yes. Is it offensive? Probably. Is it good? Oh, hell no.
The Kaufman drive-in theater is named after Lloyd Kaufman.
The drive-in theater location was an actual working drive-in.
What starts off as a strong contender in the B-movie genre drops off into oblivion with it’s second (“I Was a Teenage Werebear”) and fourth (“Zom-B-Movie”) installments. I think the problem was not in the subject matter, but in the fact that it seems as if the filmmakers go out of their way to offend.
Note: I apologize for there not being any cast photos.
- AICN World Exclusive: CHILLERAMA music video premiere and a very special Werebear surprise!! (aintitcool.com)
- Zachary Levi pilot ‘Let It Go’ adds ‘Avatar’ star Joel David Moore (digitalspy.co.uk)
- Purge This Urge: ‘Chillerama’ (Review) (popmatters.com)
- Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Madness [40 PHOTOS] (coedmagazine.com)
THE BOONDOCK SAINTS-Canada/United States-1999
Written and Directed by Troy Duffy
Sean Patrick Flanery as Connor MacManus
Norman Reedus as Murphy Macmanus
David Della Rocco as Rocco
Billy Conn0lly as Il Duce
I told myself before I started watching The Boondock Saints that I was just going to watch the movie and not review it. I’ve gotten into a habit of reviewing nearly every movie I see and I felt it was time to watch a movie for the pure enjoyment of it. Well, la de flippin’ da look where that got me. If there is one thing that I discovered about watching The Boondock Saints it’s that you just can’t watch The Boondock Saints. You watch it and then you want to talk about it.
It appears that I’m a late bloomer to the cult of the Brothers MacManus and their efforts to rid their city of the scum of the earth. That’s alright, better late than never. The Boondock Saints is full of what one could easily call ‘WTF’ moments; especially a couple of scenes involving Willem Dafoe (more on him in a moment) and another featuring a hapless cat. To go into detail about them would be on the level of cinematic blasphemy. You have to see the scenes to believe them. It would be wrong to take away your ‘WTF’ moment.
Now, about Willem Dafoe and his role as FBI Agent Paul Smecker; it has been a long time since I’ve witnessed an actor who chews the scenery as much as Mr. Dafoe does in The Boondock Saints. His Smecker is like a whirling dervish, a Tasmanian Devil of Oscar-worthy proportions. In other words, the man steals the movie away from Flanery and Reedus every time he’s onscreen.
As for Flanery and Reedus as the Brothers M., the two fit together like a hand in a glove. They complement each other in their scenes and neither actor seems to overshadow the other. I don’t know that much about Flanery as an actor, but I’ve become quite familiar over the years with Norman Reedus from his roles in Mimic, Blade II and his role as Daryl on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. The man is as reliable an actor as a well worn robe.
Is The Boondock Saints a good movie? I think so. But then again I don’t think it really matters whether it’s a good film or not. The movie has developed a cult following in the time since its release in 1999. People love it when they see it. To hell with what the critics think, The Boondock Saints are the shite.
Patrick Swayze, Stephen Dorff, and Robert De Niro each passed to act in the film.
In the Sin Bin, Connor says, “I’ve been waiting for this one,” referring to one of the two additional victims. The comment refers to an omitted scene in the emergency room, where the man is a pimp that was beating a prostitute, and Murphy holds Connor back from attacking the pimp. The other victim in the Sin Bin is a drug dealer from outside the Sin Bin (yet another omitted scene).
- The Boondock Saints I  EngBrRipXvidAc3 (21download.wordpress.com)
- The Boondock Saints Video Game debuts at SXSW (theverge.com)
- ‘The Boondock Saints’ Co-op Shooter Reveal Coming Soon (gamerant.com)
- Boondock Saints game will be a “full-on, co-op shooter” says developer (digitaltrends.com)
Directed by Joel Coen
Written by Joel and Ethan Coen
There are two ways that you can look at Blood Simple and both ways would be correct. The first is that it’s one of the greatest debut films ever made. The other is that it’s the best ‘you’re screwing my wife and by golly you’re going to pay’ film made in quite a long time. You literally need a score card to keep track of the crosses and double crosses in this film. Let’s see, Ray is sleeping with his boss’ wife, Abby. Marty, the boss, wants both of them dead. So he hires Loren Visser, a private detective to do the dirty deed dirt cheap for the tune of $10,000.00. I’m stopping right there. I’ve said way too much already and God knows who might be watching. Simply put, Blood Simple is a magnificent piece of film noir that could only come from the mind of Joel and Ethan Coen.
All that aside, what I enjoyed most about the film was spotting the little things that have become trademarks of the classic Coen Brothers films. For instance, at the beginning, we hear the narration of M. Emmet Walsh in the same way we hear the narration of Sam Elliot at the beginning of The Big Lebowski (1998), and Tommy Jones at the start of No Country for Old Men (2007). It’s no accident that all three characters are southern. How about the scene in the field when we see the overhead shot of the car as Ray tries, at first unsuccessfully, to start his car? Put him in an empty parking lot and add some snow and you’ve got the scene with William H. Macy in Fargo (1996). What about the mysterious car trailing Ray near the end? Again, I refer you to The Big Lebowski. I’m certain that there are other things that I might have missed, but I haven’t watched every Coen Brothers film. At least, not yet I haven’t, but that’s another tale for another time. The bottom line is that Blood Simple is not only a brilliant debut, it’s just brilliant, period.
A teaser trailer for the film was shot long before the movie was in production. It featured Bruce Campbell (filling in for the role later played by Dan Hedaya) bloody and crawling down the road, just like the movie.
Holly Hunter had auditioned for the role of Abby, but turned it down because she was performing a play in New York at the same time. So she encouraged her roommateFrances McDormand to go and audition for the role.
The title is based on a phrase from the Dashiell Hammett novel ‘Red Harvest’, in which “blood simple” is a term coined to describe the addled, fearful mindset people are in after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.
- ‘Raising Arizona’ 25th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Coen Brothers’ Classic Comedy (news.moviefone.com)
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- Coen brothers – Joel David Coen – Ethan Jesse Coen (einflussreicheleute.wordpress.com)
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BLOW OUT-United States-1981
Written and Directed by Brian De Palma
Blow Out is a masterpiece of a suspense movie. John Travolta is brilliant in the role of Jack Terry. A sound man for movies, Terry is on a bridge one night listening and recording different night sounds on his tape recorder (this is the 80’s; we still used tape back then). Suddenly, Jack hears a car coming across a bridge, out of control. He hears a bang and then the car goes into the water below. He rescues a young woman from the car, but is unable to save the other passenger. At the hospital he tells his story to the police; what he saw, what he did and most importantly what he heard. The police and another man tell him to forget all about the woman in the car as if she was never there. It turns out that the man who was killed in the accident was the governor of the state and likely the next President of the good old United States of America. They tell Jack that surely he doesn’t want the governor’s family embarrassed by finding out he had his hand up some woman other than his wife’s skirt. But that’s not the issue with Jack; the issue is what he heard and not what he saw. Did Jack hear a gunshot before the tire blew out? The bigger question is that if that is indeed what he heard, how he is going to get anyone to listen. Pretty soon, he finds himself and Sally (the woman in the car) in the middle of a conspiracy that puts the both of them in grave danger.
Blow Out is a film that brings me back to a time when Brian De Palma was a master of the suspense film. Blow Out borrows heavily from the infamous Chappaquiddick incident involving Senator Edward Kennedy and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The only difference being that in Blow Out it’s the politician and not the “mistress” who dies in the accident. The point here is not in the similarities, but in the way De Palma directs this film as if the camera were grafted to his hand. There are scenes in the film where the tension builds so high you think the screen is going to snap in two.
Before Pulp Fiction made him a household name again, and before you could hear his name without hearing the words ‘Scientology’ or ‘jet plane’, Blow Out was easily the best performance of John Travolta’s career. It was the first film of his that shows us that there was a lot more to the man than Vinnie Barbarino and Welcome Back Kotter episodes. Blow Out is Travolta’s moment in the sun and he makes the best of it in every scene.
In the role of Sally, Nancy Allen proves that she can go from bitch (Chris Hargensen in Carrie) to bimbo in two seconds flat. There is a sweetness to her performance that almost makes you forget the real reason she was in the car in the first place. Dennis Franz is appealingly slimy as Manny, her somewhat partner in crime. The creepiest performance in the film comes from John Lithgow as the assassin on the trail of Jack and Sally. I personally don’t think any actor can play menacing as naturally as Lithgow.
Blow Out not only alludes to the Chappaqiddick incident; it also alludes to Watergate and the Kennedy assassination. But the main theme above all that is the movie-making process in and of itself. The matching of sound to film, the editing process and the end result of it all. With Blow Out, De Palma has made his masterpiece. This is his film through and through.
- Jason Statham Will Star in Brian De Palma’s Remake of HEAT (geektyrant.com)
- Not Necessarily Noir II: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Nov 4-8 (mrmovietimes.com)
- John Travolta Addicted to Hookers? (celebs.gather.com)
- Brian De Palma Adds Dominic Cooper and Karoline Herfurth to ‘Passion’ (slashfilm.com)
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino checks into rehab for rest and recuperation.
Wait; is that rest and recuperation for him or for us? That’s a tough one to call.
Crying 4 year old boy meets hoops hero.
The worst things you can eat.
Octogenarian ladies rejoice! You’re not on the list.
Jersey Shore to film with pregnant Wookie.
Oops! My bad!
Michael Jackson’s ‘Who’s Loving You?’ covered by 10 year old girls.
We will now observe 30 seconds of silence for an untold joke that would have gotten me in trouble in the first place.
Sofia Vergara: “There’s nothing slutty about a dental floss bikini.”
She’s right, ladies and gentlemen. I’m wearing one right now and I don’t feel slutty at all. Overexposed, but not slutty.
Monster ‘titanoboa ‘snake invades New York.
Yeah, I know, stupid name. But wouldn’t ‘Big Damned Snake’ be even sillier?
First of all, how is this news? Secondly, how is it any different from the millions of people who wear their pajama bottoms to convenience stores all across the country?
Hugh should have named his penis ‘Marston’. Sure sounds like the name of a dick to me.
And finally, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi has admitted to undergoing painful daily electrolysis treatments. The brave Jersey Shore star posted a before picture on her Twitter page to let her fans know the trauma that she goes through each and every day. Here for your viewing pleasure is that very same photo:
WARNING: It’s really graphic
Take care and stay scared, everybody!
Showgirls has been called the worst movie ever. Well, that's just not true. While I have serious misgivings about endorsing such a clearly misogynistic film, I felt compelled to at least defend it in some way. Despite the mostly horrible acting on the part of about 98% of the cast, there really is a story there. It's set in Vegas, and is about strippers and showgirls, so going in, you know it is going to be flamboyant, ostentatious, and way over the top.
X-MEN:FIRST CLASS-United States-2011
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
Story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer
Thank God for Michael Fassbender! Okay, I know this film is about the X-men as a team. I know that it stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier before he became a poster child for the handi-capable. I know that it stars a post-Winter’s Bone and a pre-The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence as the even hot when she’s blue Mystique. I know it stars the brilliant and underrated Kevin Bacon as the villain Sebastian Shaw. I know that it introduces the world to Banshee, Havok and all the other beloved X-men. I know all that and then some.
So why do I say thank God for Michael Fassbender? I say it because finally someone has the balls to step up and give us an absolutely no holds barred definitive version of the greatest villain that Marvel Comics has ever unleashed on this world. I’m talking about the man, the myth, the Master of Magnetism himself-Magneto. Fassbender does for Magneto what Ian McKellen was never able to accomplish. He shows us the man behind the name; he shows us the weaknesses and takes us on the journey that Erik Lehnsherr would take on his way to become the Malcolm X to Charles Xavier’s Martin Luther King. Fassbender’s Erik/Magneto rules with an iron fist and he is just getting started. This is no miniscule movie review, you mere mortals. This is the paving of the way for Mr. Fassbender and his magnificent performance.
So, now that I’ve lain that little bit of hyperbole on you, I’m going to close out with a little bit more. X-men: First Class is everything a superhero movie should be. It’s exciting, over the top, a little corny and last but not least it is one hell of a ride. X-men: First Class is the best superhero team movie ever made. Until May 4, 2012 and the release of The Avengers I will stand by that statement with every fiber of my being. After that day, we shall see.
Amber Heard was rumored to play Mystique before Jennifer Lawrence was cast.
The uniforms the X-Men wear are colored blue and yellow, in homage to the original blue/yellow suits the X-Men wore in the comics from 1963 (their debut) until (original artist and co-creator) Jack Kirby’s departure from the book. After several costume changes throughout the years, the costumes used in X-Men inspired new black leather uniforms seen in the Grant Morrison written 2001 New X-Men comic).
Director Matthew Vaughn cited the first two X-Films, Star Trek and the 1960s Bond films as major influences on this film.
Both Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy appeared in Band of Brothers at the start of their careers. This marks their first appearance together since then.
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- Jennifer Lawrence Is Ready For ‘X-Men’ Sequel (splashpage.mtv.com)
- James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender Hug It Out Alongside January and Zoe (popsugar.com)