Candy Cigarettes stands out among many bedroom acts

I always find it amazing when I hear music that’s created in a bedroom studio. It always has a cozy, warm aesthetic that’s much more listenable than any other genre I find. Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon have really captured the essence of bringing the music from the bedroom (or a friends) to life. WithContinue reading “Candy Cigarettes stands out among many bedroom acts”

Is the 2010 Remake of The Crazies Better Than the Original?

Life moves at a different pace in Ogden Marsh, Iowa.  That is, until a downed military airplane carrying a to-be-decommissioned biological weapon crashes and contaminates the water supply.  Soon after, the once neighborly population begins tearing itself apart. The 2010 Breck Eisner remake of George A. Romero‘s The Crazies lends itself well to modernization.  In a world where everything can beContinue reading “Is the 2010 Remake of The Crazies Better Than the Original?”

Director Alexandre Aja’s Terrifying Remake of The Hills Have Eyes

The effects of nuclear testing have had a long lasting and devastating effect on a desolate mining community in the hills of the New Mexico desert.  One thing’s clear – someone has to pay. On their 25th wedding anniversary, Bob (Ted Levine) and Ethel (Kathleen Quinlan), traveling across the desert in their Airstream trailer withContinue reading “Director Alexandre Aja’s Terrifying Remake of The Hills Have Eyes”

Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen

Session 9 centers around a group of asbestos abatement professionals looking to make a hefty bonus on a bid if they can complete a monster job in a week.  The job?  Get the notorious Massachusetts Danvers State Hospital clean and ready for renovation. The team is a group comprised of old friends Gordon, Phil and Mike (Peter Mullan, DavidContinue reading “Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen”

The Amityville Horror – Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story

“I just wish that … all those people hadn’t died here.  I mean … ugh!  A guy kills his whole family.  Doesn’t that bother you?” “Well, sure, but … houses don’t have memories.” The Amityville Horror (1979) caused quite a stir at the box office in the US the year it was released.  People flocked toContinue reading “The Amityville Horror – Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story”

30+ Years On, Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining Still Mesmerizes

Struggling to turn his life around in the wake of alcoholism and the abuse of his child, writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) agrees to take a 5 month long off-season caretaker position at The Overlook Hotel.  Completely isolated and left to his own devices, Jack’s young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), begins seeing things thanks to aContinue reading “30+ Years On, Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining Still Mesmerizes”

The Anticipatory Dread Effect of Paranormal Activity

When my nephews first approached me a few years ago after having first seen Paranormal Activity, they were literally terrified of the subject matter.  Not the film, per se, but the idea that someone (or some thing) might be watching them when they sleep.  The fear is not without grounds, although, as far as I canContinue reading “The Anticipatory Dread Effect of Paranormal Activity”

The Omen – Instilling Fear of Children Since 1976

“When the Jews return to Zion / And a comet rips the sky / And the Holy Roman Empire rises, / Then You and I must die. / From the eternal sea he rises, / Creating armies on either shore, / Turning man against his brother / ‘Til man exists no more.” Originally advanced screenedContinue reading “The Omen – Instilling Fear of Children Since 1976”

An open letter to J.J. Abrams about making Star Wars VII

There’s nothing coming out of the London based Star Wars camp, as of late, that has me even remotely interested in how this will all turn out. No one really knows how or what, J.J. Abrams, will do with this beloved franchise. All we have to go on are his previous films, which aren’t bad,Continue reading “An open letter to J.J. Abrams about making Star Wars VII”

Super sexy video for FKA twigs-Papi Pacify

As we grow as a human race  (I use that term very lightly), we are constantly redefining sex through music and with each generation, we seem to be getting closer to the heart of the matter. FKA twigs (affectionately named for the way her bones cracked?) is giving sexiness the much needed makeover it deservesContinue reading “Super sexy video for FKA twigs-Papi Pacify”