April 20th, 2009

Flavored Calories.

The triumphant return of Days of Horror, by yendi

He returns! For a good cause! My friend yendi is starting to review horror films again.

He's writing for donations; he and his wife shadesong are raising money to send their daughter Elayna to a truly kick-ass summer program that Elayna loves.

They'll be tagged as Days of Horror. (Earlier loads of his horror reviews were tagged as 261 Days of Horror.) And if you like being amused by horror, you'll like reading these. Good horror, bad horror, classic horror, jaw-droppingly bad horror: it's all covered! I'm looking forward to more yendi snark.

(I'm using my one food icon because yendi's a fervent flavor appreciater.)
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FLASHBACKS: Stir of Echoes inspires a thought about love, 10/12/1999

Sometimes, I’m not going to quote my earlier reviews in full. My Stir of Echoes review is, to me, a little blah seen from 2009, except for this bit of reviewing I did:
Echoes is at its best when at its most natural, especially in the first half [2009 note: I thought its second half was a little flat and less interesting] – the people of this neighborhood visit with each other, they make jokes, they feel like a little community. These details work.

At times the film also successfully blends the natural and the supernatural. The best case is a love-making scene between Kathryn Erbe and Kevin Bacon [as a working-class Chicago couple]. What happens is, Bacon is dealing with weird thoughts that came into his mind while hypnotized. His wife, though, is in the mood, and soon he gets that way, too; but these ugly thoughts [really a murder victim’s memories] keep intruding. Erbe, who doesn’t know what’s troubling her husband, is open to making him more comfortable, trying to counteract his worries. When he says he can’t continue because “It’s too weird,” she gamely suggests, “I can show you weird.” That’s love: love should have a sense of humor.

Even in the enjoyable recent remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, the love scenes with Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan – almost Olympic, they were so energetic – didn’t feel nearly as much like love as this one scene.
TOS: NCC-1701

Portland, a home of KLINGON METAL

Here I risk making kradical roar with rage:

The Klingon metal band Stovokor... okay, I'm going to stop right there and say that yep, there's a Klingon metal band called Stovokor. They write their own music and play it. Play it LOUD. And they're based in Portland. HOW COOL IS THAT?


Stovokor will play a free show Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the McMenamin's Mission Theater and Pub -- the same theater that showed Firefly two years ago -- for audiences 21 and over.

If you show up at the Mission wearing a red shirt -- any red shirt, not just special red shirts like this -- you'll be entered for a chance to win passes to an early screening of next month's Star Trek film. So the event's called "Rockin' the Red Shirts."

This is brought to us by Cort and Fatboy, McMenamin's, Stovokor and THE COOLNESS THAT IS PORTLAND.
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Fight Club reviewed...and reviewed...and reviewed... Nov. 1999

And FLASHBACKS tonight is super-sized.

Back in 1999 I wrote three separate pieces about the film adaptation of
Fight Club. Here is the first:


Hold on. I’ve got some pondering to do. The cause of this pondering is the new movie Fight Club, which I saw because I’m drawn to bitter and murky films like it. Collapse )

Two weeks later, I reviewed it a little more properly:


Oh, could I go on about this film. It’s Fight Club, which recently swung through town, and it’s packed with nuggets of interest I could write about. Collapse )

And I followed that with this:


There’s such a thing as simultaneous creation, where different creative people have similar concerns and express those concerns in similar ways – for instance, similar scenes in different films. Yes, sometimes this happens because someone has copied someone else’s work, but coincidental co-creation happens more often than you’d think. And, of course, the similar scenes will never come out exactly the same, so you can compare-and-contrast and analyze them.

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