Looking for a horror story? Look no further: Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

Encountered Thompson’s work via Democracy Now! ‘s coverage of the anniversary of the uprising at Attica. I remember Attica If you don’t, you’re in for a bone chilling reality check.

I have not yet read Thompson’s work but there is an excellent review by Mark Oppenheimer:

NY Times Book Review 

 

Sharp Teeth — Toby Barlow’s free verse has some novel incisors.

Quick and dirty is the way this book review post goes today.

Who wants a werewolf story?

Who wants a love story?

Who wants a horror story?

Who wants a lot of free verse?

Who wants a L.A. story?

Who wants a dog story?

Yes, indeed, Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth serves up horror tacos filled with hot she wolf women, blonde surfer dudes, dogs galore, mystery men, several varieties of criminals and features some very sharp teeth indeed. Add a dash of the unexpected humor along the lines of bad boys playing bridge with blue haired old ladies and this razor blade of a novel via verses will have you wondering whose really howling at the moon rising above the waves lapping sandy beaches everywhere.  Is there anything easier to read than free verse? I doubt it.  If you’re searching for a guilty reading pleasure please go ahead and take a bite. Beware:  Barlow’s verse is served bloody rare liberally seasoned with sex and violence.

via Tobybarlowny YouTube

Taste some ink  at Harper Collins     http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061430220

Quick Flick Picks

Okay the heat is UP UP UP and so is the electric bill due to the NEED for air conditioning and fans to prevent being boiled alive like lobsters in a pot inside your own home. So here is a suggestion if you’re pressed hard for disposable cash and yet desiring some decent escapism from your local heat wave. Though it is my understanding that in some parts of the world waves of rain are causing very serious flooding. Ah weather extremes–what do they mean. Well if we’re brutally honest we know full well what they mean. But–right now the issue is heat relief and some decent entertainment at a price we can afford.  If you’re not aware that your local public library probably has movies available to check out either entirely free or for the nominal fee of one brilliantly useless American dollar, as my public library charges for the price of walking off with a brand new dvd for about a week, then you need to explore this heat distraction avenue asap!

Here is a list of some of the flicks on dvd that I have enjoyed so far via my public library.  Several of which they actually purchased via requests for recommendations.  Your suggestions and comments are very welcome here. Please share whatever film gems you’ve discovered no matter what the genre.  While I’m no ardent fan of Animal House or SAW fare I realize other folks are often on the lookout for such entertainment. So please don’t hesitate to share whatever flicks trip your dvd playing trap.

And now on with the shows:

http://fishingintheyemen.com/#/videos

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — Love of fishing not required for viewing. In my opinion Ewan McGregor steals the show quite delightfully.

http://www.newhollandpictures.com.au/unfinishedsky.asp

Unfinished Sky — Who needs Crocodile Dundee when there’s a man like John to be found in the Land Down Under?

http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/

The Artist — OOO the beauties of black and white film!  Lessons in how to communicate without saying a word.

http://www.kingsspeech.com/

The King’s Speech — I may have been one of a handful of folks who did not view this film until recently. Unexpectedly throughly enjoyed the damn royal flick trick.

http://entretenimiento.terra.com.pe/cine/octubre-es-la-cinta-peruana-prenominada-para-el-oscar-2012,c4a6acd977e82310VgnVCM10000098f154d0RCRD.html

octubre —  Loan shark + baby + a month of miracles = changing lives in Peru.

http://www.sion.com/buenavista/elaura/indexf.htm

The Aura — Do all taxidermists have imaginations like this or only the ones in Argentina?

http://www.rezbomb.com/

Rez Bomb — Lakota girl and White boy fall in love and find a whole lot of trouble on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212132/

The Tracker —  Just f * $ & ing damn BRILLIANT!!!!

Submarine — Ah young gangly British love….

Memories of Murder — Do NOT watch this with the dubbing. Read the subtitles. The dubbing destroys the integrity of the film so badly it ought to be removed as an option. I watched it both ways after making the mistake of trying the dubbed route.  Very soon it became evident that something was not right. This is an EXCELLENT Korean film that offers visual beauty, an unnerving and complex storyline and memorable performances.

The Crazies — A surprisingly satisfying modern chemical horror story.  Yes, I’m serious, it’s pretty damn good stuff.

Reel Injun– I’ve plugged this documentary earlier and am doing so again. It bears watching–and Chris Hill offers great comic relief.

http://www.thepipethefilm.com/

The Pipe — Viewed this documentary on Hulu–free at the time. It offers an interesting view of the people battling Shell Oil’s proposed pipeline in Ireland. For more information about the protests ongoing for about 12 years now visit Shell to Sea online. Who says the government works for the people?

Okay, now what’s been twirling in YOUR dvd players?

The usual information on all these films can be found on Imdb –>> http://www.imdb.com/

Vampyr trickery entrances with visual TREATS!

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Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 Vampyr is a true visual beauty in black and white film.  The film presents incredible imagery dealing with themes of life and death — and illusions of reality versus truths of the dream state.  Light and dark are employed with lush detail and texturing.  Expressive actors’  faces are full of character rather than the bland prettiness often prized these days. The doctor reminds of an evil incarnation of Mark Twain.  Indoor and outdoor scenes are each full of a richness of depth and textures that no amount of color could duplicate nor match.  I had the treat of seeing the film on the big screen at the Tivoli Cinema ( www.tivolikc.com ) as part of a series silent films (and not so silent like Vampyr) presented by UMKC’s Department of Communication Studies and the Westport Regional Business League. It was an eerily gorgeous and thought-provoking experience.  You can view it on a small screen online via Google video, Hulu, and YouTube–take your choice.  

Vampyr

Clicking on the image above will take you to Wikipedia’s article about the film.

A teaser via YouTube–just a taste of the film’s creative visual complexity.  Have shadows ever been more evocative?

Clicking on Allan Grey’s wide open death eyes will take you to rotten tomatoes’ film rating and information. Ever consider what the view is from inside a coffin with a window?

The Crazies—and just who might that be??

                                                   the crazies trailer

Lately filmakers have been springing the unexpected on moi.  In other words, they’ve been pitching out some films that actually defy their overt marketing packages. The Crazies is another addition to my “took me by surprise” list that now includes Avatar –a visual arts  treatise on anti-Imperialism, uncontrolled greed & power, and commentary on the everything is expendable, all for profit corporate mindset in such abundance around our global community. Oh real life examples of this can be found currently underway in Ecudar and Peru and Nigeria and . . . .. 

 I have learned to trust my son’s film viewing requests ever since he cajoled me into seeing 28 days later.  Oh yeah, there was a load of zombies rampaging everywhere–but then, about mid way the film turned into something deadly serious intellectually and ethically. Oh my what issues and questions it raised! Offspring also hauled me to that great monster movie, The Host (do not view this dubbed as it ruins the soundtrack’s effects).

If you’re just in the market for a tense horror flick, then by all means see The Crazies on that level. It delivers the tension, visual surprises, and touches of offbeat dark humor. David and Judy offer a loving relationship that works to get you engaged in their fight for survival. The film might also get you wondering about all things regarding military protocol in emergency scenarios–and a   few other Big Brother is Watching Us issues.  Just who are the real crazies in this film’s world and ours? That’s a very serious question these days.

                http://www.thecrazies-movie.com/#/home

Evil is a big red movie box!

Okay I’ve been resisting this impulse for weeks now but I’m giving into it wholeheartedly because all I see is red red red movie rental boxes everywhere and my loathing of them and what they represent has increased to the level of “Sledge-Hammer Now!” I’m not adverse to an appearance of Thor with his hammer at all–hint, hint (we do so adore the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul…ah Dougie, your imaginative wit is sorely missed). Why do I abhore these vending machines of cheap fast flick fixes? For starters you can’t have a conversation with them. Nope. No one is ever going to discover some deliciously quirky flim like Wristcutters via a big red rental box.  Big red boxes are just big red boxes–they do not view movies. They only ‘spew’ forth movies at the behest of a plastic card inserted into their mechanical guts. Big red boxes are incapable of sharing their delight of the visual imagery of a huge lotus pond in Tears of the Black Tiger. Big red boxes do not engage in debates about Michael Clayton being just another lawyer movie or not (I argue most definitely NOT becausse there’s no escaping the mental context of Tom Wilkinson’s incredible line, “I am Shiva the god of death!” and everything that concept entails in the film.)  Anyone at a loss for why I consider the big red boxes lurking everywhere as Evil? If so–then try it this way: they’re one more mark of the devil incarnate in philistine mentality. And before anyone gets any ideas about taking moi to task over the word ‘philistine’ as a result of confusing it with an ethnic group–do so please, pretty please with raspberries on top–google the definition of the word before posting any hate mail or ye shall be soundly smoted–yes, I’m going with ‘smoted’ rather than smitten for you grammatical purists–and I will because I can and I can because this is ‘my’ blog post.  Now, without any further self repression I offer some films to the sad soul of the blogger who couldn’t stand watching another real downer.   I’ve gone about this list of the moment with the thought in mind of supporting the argrument of what the red box cannot and will not do for anyone. So, here are some films that probably will not be featured on the facings of said incarnations of evil(furthermore, they give the color ‘red’ a bad reputation). In no particular order:

Run Lola Run–and Franke Potente as Lola does just that three ways to a screaming climax.

28 Days Later–there are worse thngs than zombies to run from–as this film conveys when it turns into an entirely different sort of horror genre about midway.

The Killing Fields–Do tell if this kills your appetite for war movies after viewing. It certainly did squash mine for years. True story of Din Pran’s struggle to survive.

Billy Elliot–Let’s dance away from the dark side for a moment, shall we?

Off the Map–Hmm…This lifestyle might offer suggestions for everyone feeling the economic squeeze.

Black Robe–1634, Hurons, Quebec, Jesuits, need I say more?

The Commitments–Oh yes, indeed, the Irish have SOUL.

Amelie–And the French have Audrey Tautou who can beat the acting the pants off anyone at will when she’s at the top of her game–which is quite ofen. She’s got quality control under her belt.

Joyeux Noel—Something else from the French–1914 Christmas trench war–and not just the obvious battleground as the Irish priest discovers much to his dismay.

Kontroll–Another aspect of control–Hungarian style. Oh  yeah, subways as hell? purgatory? redemption grounds? Totally cool.

Smoke Signals–Storytelling, storytelling, and more storytelling–and a young Adam Beach does listen listen listen to his friend’s stories as they road trip in search of some anwers.

Edge of America–A true story for the basketball fans among you.  Wes Studi is the magic working mechanic in this Utah setting.

Strictly Ballroom–The movie one critic deemed much much better than Moulin Rouge. Dancing on the wrong side of the tracks in the land down under.

The Milagro Beanfield War–Because we do so love magical realism–and Joe  Mondragon is so damn ‘cute’ even when dodging bullets.

Mongol–More epic history–Genghis Khan falls in love and what a love story it is. View on the largest screen availabe to you because the scenery is KILLER Beautiful and a character in its own right.

Brotherhood of the Wolf–“Wildly Entertaining!” The only movie screening I’ve attended where the entire audience stood up cheering and clapping at the end. I kid not.

The Host–Do NOT watch this dubbed the first time because it destroys the sound atmosphere. Go with the subtitles–you can read this therefore you sure as hell can read subtitles.  The BEST monster movie ever–well so far. I mean who knows what these folks might dish up next! 

Zero Effect–Quirky, quirky, quirky for fans of Bill Pullman (as this film shows the man really can act, he’s got more than a pretty face), detective mysteries, and eccentricity.

Night Watch–Ah the eternal battle between good and evil, light and dark, Russian style. Break out the vodka!

Bagdad Cafe–Magic in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Jack Palance as an artist, imagine that.

The Year of Living Dangerously–That actress from Alien and the Lethal Weapon guy before both of those lesser films.

Serenity—Because I can watch it, and the Firefly series, again and again and again and it NEVER gets old! True delights of dialogue, performance, substance, and fun and on and on and on.

Lastly, for now, Beyond Rangoon–for the acting of Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand, Spalding Gray–John Steele’s photography–and for Burma and the ongoing insanity of Aung San Suu Kyi’s situation as the elected leader currently on trial for the apparent idiocy of an American man.

Vampires–on film instead of those other ones

Okay, short impulse post as a result of surfing for something satisfying to view —Best Vampire film of all time–so far—“Let the Right One In”–if it doesn’t chill you, then you’re already dead. Or may as well be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICp4g9p_rgo

If you dispute its terrible beauty at the top of the heap, then ante up YOUR own choice asap!
I’ve got a taste for some horror that offers MORE than simple blood and gore…
“Shadow of the Vampire” for a second course, anyone?

Well, I guess there’s always the News domestic and global for all sorts of horror stories…so much for escapism..

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