Sunday, June 5, 2011

Favorite Horror Movie # One

Favorite horror movie ever? Yes. I based this on the amount of gore present in this horror flick from New Zealand's own Peter Jackson. Yeah, the guy did those hobbit movies. Years before he brought the "Lord of the Rings" to life he gave us this blood and guts festival. It has gone down in record as one of the bloodiest movies ever. By "bloodiest ever" I mean buckets and buckets of red corn syrup splashed in every direction. I don't do synopsis' on this here blog but I can give you the short of it. A Momma's Boy's mother is bit by a nasty little creature that passes on "zombie" qualities. Momma's Boy tries to hide his Zombie Momma. Zombie Momma infects a town. Mamma's Boy deals with zombie with extreme prejudice. Blood and guts become have a starring role in the movie...This is really a comedy. Everything is so over the top that you have to suspend disbelief and just go with it. Its best to watch with a group of people so everyone can react to the carnage together. The best scene is when the Momma's Boy enter's with a lawn mower and proceeds to cut down the numerous zombies in a bloodtastic manner that makes you wonder if so much blood was even necessary. It is. The effects are great and not a bit of CGI was used. It was done with good ol' fashioned special effects and a bunch of very deranged (creative) artists. If you haven't seen this movie and you are a fan of horror get together with some friends, watch it and see who can go longest without looking away from the screen. This is number one because its everything I want in a horror movie. I don't need to be scared and keep a light on when I go to bed. I want to see something that pushes the limits of what is real and what could never happen. If you are squeamish and easily offended by an unnecessary amount of gore then don't watch. If you're not...Enjoy,enjoy, enjoy. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Some Things You May Enjoy...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part One

The best of the series so far and almost the end of the story. Harry and his friends are on the run and trying to find a way to finally defeat (the fantastic Ralph Fiennes) Lord Voldemort. This is a darker, more grown up outing for Harry Potter. It has more adult tones and actually gets its PG-13 rating for a reason. It was great in IMAX and has room for repeat viewings. We've watched these kids grow into reasonably good actors. Its got some laughs and plenty of tears. The Deathly Hallows is a far stretch from Sorcerers Stone and is filled with great big screen action. If your a fan of the books or movies or both than don't miss this on the big screen. Can't wait for Part 2.

Vampire Weekend  "Holiday"

You may have heard this song on a Honda commercial lately. Although not intentionally a holiday-time song it does have a reminiscent Christmas holiday feel to it. Vampire Weekend hits a home run with this catchy hit with a bit of a Beach Boys vibe.

"Parks and Recreation" Season 2 NBC

Wow. This show is everything I look for in a weekly sitcom. Amy Poehler  is pitch perfect comedic genius as Leslie Knope. She's your basic everyday government official with upstanding morals surrounded by less than moral co-workers. Hilarity is ever present and Season 2 was a big step closer to comedy gold. I am anxiously awaiting season 3 which will air mid season. Pay close attention to Nick Offerman as Ron "F***ing" Swanson. A mustache never looked so badass. 

Favorite Horror Movie(s) # Two

  For me to call one of these better than other would be a disservice to...the other. They are brilliant stories of love and loneliness. The setting and score are both perfectly blended together. The biggest difference for me is what may have been lost in translation in, "Let the Right One In". I was still able to catch the emotion of the film. Its rare that a "re-imagining" can live up to its original counterpart but "Let Me In" does so flawlessly. 
  We are not told anything of back story of the little girl vampire in the movie. It almost seems like she doesn't remember being a human. She just knows that she's been 12 for a "long time". In many ways this really isn't a horror movie. Its a love story and should be watched as such. Not only are these a favorite horror movie, they're also a favorite movie of all time. I probably should have given this movie a synopsis because if you haven't seen it you won't quite understand what I'm getting at. If I have ever stressed that someone watch one of my favorite horror movies this is the one to start with. Make sure you see them both. Oh and watch them with a friend. It's a movie that will remind how important they are.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some Fan Art I Made Today...

Not my strongest effort at fan art. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is a great movie though. If you haven't seen it I suggest you give it a go.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Best of the Worst...part 1

I wanna take just a second to talk about which is widely known as one the worst movies ever made. Yes, Troll 2 is very hard to watch. I have hard time even laughing at how horrible it truly is. The short version is that a family packs up and moves to a small town called , Nilbog (yes that Goblin spelled backwards). Soon after arriving people start to die. The goblins happen to love eating people. Before the victims can be eaten they have to drink a mysterious green beverage that turns them into a gooey plant substance. Apparently, the Goblins are vegetarian and prefer their meals neon green and squirming. 

The special effects could be accomplished by a 5th grade class  with paper mache and green paint. There's not much left to tell about this movie. It is very confusing and if you can watch it all in one sitting you're probably high on something. So the question is this: Why have I watched this movie 3 times? I am reminiscent of a time when this type of thing amused me. As a kid I watched this "movie" and I thought it was kinda radical. I was way wrong and should go back it time to slap myself in the back of the head. Well, if you've never seen it and would like to watch a horrible movie some rainy day... check out Troll 2. Then maybe watch the first Troll. Which happens to be a decent movie that also happens to have Sonny Bono in it.
That's it for now. There's plenty of the Best Worst of all time to keep me busy for awhile. Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Favorite Horror Movie # Three

This movie is a "bloody" good time. You really can't have a better laugh and see so much blood in any other movie. Shaun of the Dead has become a cult classic. Its easy to see why. It's labeled as "a romantic comedy...with zombies". That's covers it just about right. Shaun is a lovable loser about to lose his girlfriend so he decides to win her back. In the process England becomes infested with zombies. Not an ideal time to sit and have a chat about your relationship. It does happen to be a great time to be a hero and save the day. Could there be better way to prove your love? Not really... just don't get eaten in the process. This movie has plenty of laughs and an equal amount of gore. The great thing about this movie is that it has plenty of staying power. Its fun to watch whenever and you'll still enjoy it as much as the first time. If you haven't seen this movie check it out then watch the buddy cop comedy, Hot Fuzz. Its got a similar cast and is the second in a trilogy. Not sure what the third's about yet but I heard it might be an alien flick. I would suggest having a few pints while watching this one and keep you cricket mallet ready, you never know when the zombie apocalypse will begin.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Red Shirt Guy

This is from a World of Warcraft convention. I really have no idea what he is referring to but, this is without a doubt the biggest nerd I have ever see captured on video. On the other hand it is possible he very well could be King of the Nerds. Unfortunately, being the King of Nerds doesn't get you laid.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Favorite Horror Movie # Four

It's an instant classic. Halloween has changed the past 7 years thanks to the first Saw. This year brings us (supposedly) the final of the series. The original stands out amongst the rest. We were first introduced to Jigsaw, nothing more than an ominous voice over a P.A. and of course a small wooden puppet. The great thing about this horror movie is that the villain never actually kills anybody. The fate is left to the victim alone. Of course it can be argued that death would be an eventual event given the circumstances. The characters are placed into "games". They have many choices to make mostly based on their moral fabric. Would you retrieve a key to the lock around your leg if it meant digging it out of the stomach of the guy in the cell with you? Perhaps you'd wait it out a bit. Sooner or later you'd have to choose. Maybe there's another option. Cut your own leg off? Maybe. I don't really do the spoiler thing. I'm a little bummed this is Halloween brings the last Saw ever but pretty psyched its in 3D. The whole series is intertwined into each previous movie. Anymore story lines and my head would probably explode from a "flashback attack". Its been a lot of fun though and even though I've basically been sold the same movie 6 more times I'd do it all over again. The original was great and its been a decent trip since. Saw reminds me of what Halloween is all about. Thats why its number four. 

P.S. Flashback Attack would make a great band name. If you're interested, hit me up.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Favorite Horror Movie # Five

This movie has it all. I feel this is John Carpenter's best work. It's got a perfect setting for a horror movie, the Antarctic. The basic story is that a search and rescue team head to a research lab to find everyone dead. Something really bad happened. They find that an alien creature that can assimilate humans has taken over the station and paranoia becomes and overwhelming problem from everyone on site. Who do you trust? No one. The audience can only guess who is human and who is ready to change into a hideous alien and bite an arm off an unsuspecting victim. These were also the days before over the top CGI. The special effects are fantastic even by todays standards. When someone loses a head the alien parasite just becomes a human head creature with razor sharp teeth and spider-like legs. Here's a picture to help my lame description...
Cool, right?
 If I were to redo this list in a couple of years this movie would probably be higher (maybe # two) This time I'll have to settle on five because I got four more in mind that I can't deny this time around. The gore is great and creature effects are spectacular. If you're a fan of sci-fi horror go out and rent this right away. There's some old advice about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. In this case, lock yourself up in a quiet place and don't open the door. Not even for your mom.

Perhaps you might enjoy...

Music- Levi Johnson's Blues- Ben Folds

Ben Folds (formerly of Ben Folds Five) collaborated with author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy). The result is Nick Hornby's words made into melodies by Mr. Folds. I recommend the entire album but first give a listen to, Levi Johnston's Blues. Direct quotes from Levi's MySpace page and some wry humor combine to make a catchy tune, dealing with teenage pregnancy and the troubles that come with being in the spotlight during a period that requires more subtlety.

Video Games- Red Dead Redemption

I have been playing this game for about a month and have to say its probably my favorite one of the year. I have always loved stories about the old west and this is a great chance to live it. Gunslingers, crooks, lawmen, and horses are only part of this enriching tale. You can literally travel for miles across a rich and detailed terrain, helping random strangers or robbing them at gunpoint. The choice is yours. Its gotta great story and the online multi-player will keep you entertained long after the game is over. If you've got hours of your life to spare I highly suggest this game.

Movies- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010- on DVD/Blu-Ray

I know horror movies are a recurring theme on this here blog, but it is the season for horror. It wouldn't make any of my top 10 lists but its definitely worth seeing. If you liked the original then you should give this movie a chance. If you absolutely LOVED the original then expect to be a little disappointed. The story is basically the same. Freddy Krueger will kill you in a gruesome manner if you fall asleep. A few modern tricks are incorporated to assist the kids stay up. Red bull and an a.d.d med are used heavily. What makes this movie stand out is Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. He's got the voice and sinister laugh to give Robert Englund a run for his razor-fingered glove. He's more scare and less goof. He's a great character actor and lived up to my expectations. Like I said, check it out for fun, not a great cinematic experience.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading this.

Someone's gonna get whooped.

There is actually no video for this just audio. I think its from a radio show. The woman is super pissed and its pretty funny.