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Dead review – stoner serial-killer comedy runs out of puff

A ghost cop pursues the man who murdered him in a well-meaning spoof that trips itself up in the final actThe ghost of a cop refuses to pass to the other side until he catches the serial killer responsible for his murder in this cheerfully silly low-budget comedy horror from New Zealand. It doesn’t quite pull it off as a spoofy send-up – there are too few laughs and no scares. But director Hayden J Weal (he was Martin Freeman’s body double in all three Hobbit films) gives a well-tuned comic perf...
Tags: Comedy, Film, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Martin Freeman, Tagg, Science fiction and fantasy films, Comedy films, Hayden J Weal, Jason Tagg, Thomas Sainsbury


Harry Shearer: 'To say Trump is "beyond satire" is an admission of defeat'

He went from Spinal Tap to The Simpsons. Now, with his album The Many Moods of Donald Trump, the comic takes aim at America’s ‘encyclopedia salesman’ presidentUnlike pretty much every other person on the planet, actor, voice artist and all round comedy star Harry Shearer, 76, found lockdown a thoroughly productive experience. “The bonus time from not having to drive around Los Angeles every day really adds up. My wife and I would say to each other at the end of every day, ‘God, we accomplished a...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Television, Film, America, Los Angeles, Radio, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Television industry, US television, US television industry, Donald Trump, The Simpsons, Trump


Watch a Surreal 1933 Animation of Snow White, Featuring Cab Calloway & Betty Boop: It’s Ranked as the 19th Greatest Cartoon of All Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKOSJ5AAwfc Of the three collaborations jazz singer Cab Calloway made with cute cartoon legend Betty Boop, this 1933 Max Fleischer-directed “Snow White” is probably the most successful. It certainly is the most strange—more hallucinatory than the first in the series “Minnie the Moocher”, and less slapstick-driven than “The Old Man of the Mountain.” It is a singular marvel and rightly deserves being deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Libra...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Boop, Disney, New Orleans, Koko, Facebook Twitter, Betty Boop, KCRW, Cab Calloway, Betty, Fleischer, All Time, Ted Mills, Max Fleischer


Child’s Play 2

After watching the reboot not too long ago, and the original first film late last year, it was time to revisit the sequel. Is it good? I’m definitely more a fan of the reboot and the way they position Chucky (as an A.I. run amok, instead of the supernatural take of the original films), but Brad Dourif’s voicing of Chucky is still classic and fun to hear. I did feel a bit bored throughout, but there were a few fun sequences, especially the climax and the way they “kill” Chucky at the end. I...
Tags: Travel, Film, Chucky, 1990, Brad Dourif, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020


Target Number One review – gritty thriller about Canadian junkie caught in Thai sting

Antoine Olivier Pilon and Josh Hartnett are on good form as a heroin addict caught in police trap and the journalist who reports on the casePulpy, structurally a touch otiose, but eminently watchable throughout, this based-on-real-events crime drama tells two entwined stories. One is about a French-Canadian drug addict called Daniel Legér (Antoine Olivier Pilon, from Xavier Dolan’s Mommy), a stand-in for actual historical figure Alain Olivier, who becomes the entrapped fall guy for a disastrous ...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Thailand, Canada, Asia Pacific, Vancouver, Xavier Dolan, Josh Hartnett, Leger, Thrillers (film, Crime films, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Victor Malarek, Daniel Legér Antoine Olivier Pilon


Song Without a Name review – heart-rending story of Peruvian baby trafficking

An indigenous woman has her newborn child stolen by a fake maternity clinic in this desperately sad account of real-life events in the 1980sThis feature debut from Peruvian film-maker Melina Léon, first shown in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at last year’s Cannes film festival, is beautifully shot in black and white. It is an intimately painful and quite terrifying drama set in the late 1980s – the era of Peru’s Shining Path terrorist insurgency – and drawn from real life.Pamela Mendoza plays...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Peru, World cinema, Cannes, Georgina, Drama films, Melina Leon, Pamela Mendoza, Pedro Tommy Párraga


Sage Vaughn's illustrated interview with Sam i about his new film "Heaven"

A Boing Boing exclusive: Sage Vaughn interviewed Grammy-nominated DJ, music producer, composer and music/film director Sam i (formerly known as Sam Spiegel)'s new self- directed short film "Heaven." A note from Sam i: "To Whom It May Concern" feat Ceelo Green, Theophilus London, and Alex Ebert is the longest time from conception to completion that it's ever taken me to create a song. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, London, News, Film, Sam, Alex Ebert, Sam Spiegel, Sage Vaughn


John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” & Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” Get Turned into Dazzling Musical Animations by an Artist with Synesthesia

Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. —Wassily Kandinsky We may owe the history of modern art to the condition of synesthesia, which causes those who have it to hear colors, see sounds, taste smells, etc. Wassily Kandinsky, who pioneered abstract expressionism in the early 20th century, did so “after having an unusually visual response to a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Music, Film, College, Neuroscience, Munich, Levy, John Coltrane, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter, Wagner, Bach, Josh Jones


Lily C.A.T.

Released back in 1987, this is another anime film I dug up while searching for anime releases that were horror-themed. It’s pretty much a take on Alien, and so a crew on a long-distance cargo ship starts having to deal with something killing the crew. Nothing groundbreaking, but it was entertaining, and decently animated. I only wish I could have watched the original Japanese edition — I could only find the American dub, which was apparently heavily edited (by Carl Macek of Robotech fame n...
Tags: Travel, Film, Anime, Lily, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020, Lily Cat, Carl Macek


Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

Since I’m a big fan of Junji Ito’s work, I’m really surprised that I had missed the release of this (back in 2012) — I just stumbled upon it while searching for horror-themed anime to watch. If you’re a fan of Ito, then you know what to expect: deliciously grotesque happenings of the weirdest kind — in this case, fish (and other creatures of the sea, including sharks) start roaming the streets with insect-like appendages. And then it gets even weirder. I quite enjoyed this, and would now l...
Tags: Travel, Film, Tokyo, Anime, ITO, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Junji Ito, October 2020, Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack


Kazakh-American group claims Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 'incites violence'

The Kazakh American Association has released a letter on social media accusing Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest Borat film of ‘justifying harassment’A group of Kazakh-Americans has demanded that Amazon withdraw Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new satirical comedy which – like its 2006 predecessor Borat – identifies Kazakhstan as the home country of its fictional journalist character Borat Sagdiyev.In a letter published on social media shortly before the film’s official launch, addresse...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Film, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Holocaust, Second world war, Kazakhstan, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen


'Very nice!': Kazakhstan adopts Borat's catchphrase in new tourism campaign

An official said the phrase, popularised by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, sums up the vast tourism potential of the nation in a ‘short, memorable way’Kazakhstan, the home country of the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, has adopted the brash, moustachioed character’s catchphrase – “Very nice!” – for a new tourism campaign.In the recently released Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the fictional journalist depicts his homeland as misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic –as he does in the original, Borat: Cul...
Tags: Film, America, South and Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm


Cold War – The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Some pictures of the Criterion Collection release of Paweł Pawlikowski’s heartbreaking and gorgeously photographed epic romance Cold War (2018) which I picked up recently, together with Silence Of The Lambs and Blow Out. Cold War is one of the most beautiful and affecting films I watched this year, shot in stunning black and white by the Polish cinematographer Lukasz Zal ( who also recently served as DP on Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things ). The absence of distracting colors in...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Cold War, Filmmaking, Anime, Cannes film festival, Blu-ray, Criterion Collection, Cinematography, Charlie Kaufman, Alejandro G Inarritu, Alejandro, Pawlikowski, Stephanie Zacharek, Amazon De, Paweł Pawlikowski


Zen and the art of torso maintenance: Matthew McConaughey's guide to life

In a new book, Hollywood’s ‘easy-livin’ superstar bares all about his route to the top. Here are some choice nuggets of McConna-senseThe biggest question in the universe, writes Matthew McConaughey in his new autobiography (of sorts) is “WHOWHATWHEREWHENHOW?? – and that’s the truth. WHY? is even bigger.” With Greenlights, his love letter to livin, McConaughey attempts to answer these questions and others, such as why he never puts a “g” on the end of “living” – “because life’s a verb”.Greenlight...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Matthew Mcconaughey, Film, Culture, Autobiography and memoir, McConaughey, Biography books


Olivia Newton-John: ‘I don't wish cancer on anyone else. But for me, it has been a gift’

The pop star and actor talks about her third diagnosis of cancer, taking cannabis and ayahuasca, having Karen Carpenter as her spirit guide – and why her hit film Grease shouldn’t be accused of sexismOlivia Newton-John likes to sing to herself. Over and over, she will repeat, “I’m healthy, I’m strong” to a random melody she has picked up. “I think it’s very important to keep that positive message in your head,” she says cheerfully. “You know, if you have a difficult moment, music is always a gre...
Tags: Health, Music, Film, Cancer, Culture, Olivia Newton-john, Santa Barbara California, Newton John, Karen Carpenter, Sandy Olsson


Cross-border toilet trips at Chester cinema fall foul of Welsh Covid rules

Loos for Storyhouse’s Halloween drive-in screenings were just over Welsh side of the lineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrive-in cinemagoers in Chester were almost caught short after it emerged anyone using the toilets, located across the Welsh border, would be breaking coronavirus lockdown laws.Ticket-holders for the Storyhouse’s Moonlight Drive Halloween showings could breathe a sigh of relief on Friday, after the cinema confirmed it had found a way out of the tigh...
Tags: Business, Wales, Film, UK News, Film Industry, Culture, Chester, Loos, Storyhouse, Coronavirus


Nocturne

If you’re into horror films than you definitely know of Blumhouse (the company behind some of the best indie horror films of recent years), and this past month Prime Video released four new exclusive films produced by them, under the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” banner. Nocturne is the first one I watch, and I enjoyed it. If you were to compare it to something then I guess it would be Black Swan, in that it’s about an artist (in this case a piano player) who deals with the stress — and pysch...
Tags: Travel, Film, Nocturne, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020


Suspiria (2018)

After Nocturne, watching the Suspiria remake suddenly came to mind, and I’m glad I did as it made for a very good match. I’d been meaning to watch this ever since its release, but for some reason never felt in the mood to do so — I had even started it at some point, but stopped after about 10 minutes. Well, this time I was completely sucked in, and enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. I watched the original Suspiria a few years ago, and while it does keep the main ideas, it does s...
Tags: Travel, Film, Jack Ryan, Suspiria, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020


Why San Francisco felt like the set of a sci-fi flick

On Sept. 9, many West Coast residents looked out their windows and witnessed a post-apocalyptic landscape: silhouetted cars, buildings and people bathed in an overpowering orange light that looked like a jacked-up sunset.The scientific explanation for what people were seeing was pretty straightforward. On a clear day, the sky owes its blue color to smaller atmospheric particles scattering the relatively short wavelengths of blue light waves from the sun. An atmosphere filled with larger particle...
Tags: Psychology, Weather, Science Fiction, Science, Film, Environment, San Francisco, Green, Innovation, Isaac Newton, West Coast, Clarkson, David Fincher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jon Fusco, Lilly Mtz Seara


Mark Milsome: risk to life was 'not effectively recognised', says coroner

Ruling welcomed by family of cameraman who died after when a Land Rover collided with him during stuntThe family of a cameraman killed when he was hit by a car while filming a stunt for a joint BBC and Netflix drama series have welcomed a coroner’s ruling that the risk to his life was not effectively recognised or managed.Mark Milsome, 54, died when a Land Rover collided with him during a night-time stunt sequence for the series Black Earth Rising, in Achimota forest outside Accra, Ghana, in Nov...
Tags: Film, UK News, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Accra Ghana, Achimota, Mark Milsome


Pixie review – Olivia Cooke radiates in Ireland-set drug-heist comedy

Cooke shines as the title character, a wannabe art student who plans to rob drug-dealing priest Alec Baldwin of a valuable haulPixie is her name and trouble is her game. “She won’t just break you, she’ll take a Kalashnikov to your heart,” is the warning at the start of this hectic gangster comedy from St Trinian’s director Barnaby Thompson. It features a strong lead performance from Olivia Cooke as Pixie, the step-daughter of a smalltime gangster in the west of Ireland. She’s written as a 21st-c...
Tags: Europe, Film, World news, Culture, Ireland, Alec Baldwin, Cooke, Olivia Cooke, San Francisco Continue, Barnaby Thompson, St Trinian, Thrillers (film, Crime films


Josh Hartnett: 'People genuinely thought I'd been thrust on them'

Twenty years ago he was one of the world’s hottest young actors, before he retreated – and ended up in Surrey. He explains why he had to leave Hollywood – and what he knew about Harvey WeinsteinJosh Hartnett is sitting at home in Surrey, thinking about the time he was asked to play Superman. “I had this idea that because he lives in this world where he can’t touch anything without it flying across the room, he has become almost afraid of himself and his own power. He doesn’t know how to be Super...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Superman, Earth, Culture, Harvey Weinstein, Kate Beckinsale, Surrey, Pearl Harbor, Hartnett, Josh Hartnett, Harvey WeinsteinJosh Hartnett, Hartnett Michael Bay


Chris Matheson, “Bill & Ted” Writer, Talks Cosmic Satire with Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #65

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_65_10-3-20.mp3 Chris Matheson has written a bunch of comic movies including the new Bill & Ted Face the Music, and he’s converted religious texts into funnier books on three occasions, most recently with The Buddha’s Story. Your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt talk with him about what unifies these projects: Why the big ideas of science fiction, fantasy, religion, and philosophy are...
Tags: Google, Books, Comedy, Podcasts, Film, College, Ted, Bill, Buddhism, Keanu Reeves, Facebook Twitter, Terry Lindvall, Chris Matheson, Bill Ted Face The Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Pretty Much Pop


Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island

I enjoyed this. I seem to remember that when it originally came out the reviews were pretty negative for it, but since I have fond memories of watching the original TV series when I was a kid, I was still pretty curious to check it out. Maybe going in with low expectations helped, but I thought it did a pretty decent job of reviving the show — even though the original show was of course not as graphic, it did usually end up that the fantasies would turn pretty dark. This new Mr. Roarke doe...
Tags: Travel, Film, Fantasy Island, Blumhouse, Roarke, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020, Blumhouse Fantasy Island


Mark Milsome's death should have been prevented, says father

Fifty-four-year-old died during shoot for Netflix and BBC drama Black Earth Rising, inquest hearsThe death of a camera operator during a stunt that went wrong should have been prevented by the professional standards normally expected on set, his cinematographer father has said.Doug Milsome spoke on Monday as an inquest opened into the death of his son Mark Milsome. The 54-year-old died during a shoot for the Netflix and BBC drama Black Earth Rising in Ghana in 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, UK News, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Ghana, Mark Milsome, Doug Milsome


Antrum review – creepy 'cursed film' mockumentary emanates eerie power

Enterprising film expertly conjures up a supposedly bewitched Bulgarian horror that has killed all those who have watched itYou probably haven’t heard of Antrum, such is the dread and secrecy that surrounds this “cursed film”. And that’s for your own good. Antrum was made in the late 70s and implicated in the mysterious deaths of several film festival programmers and foolhardy horror fans. Now, though, some documentarians have dug up a copy at an estate sale and are sharing it with anyone brave ...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Canada, Horror Films, Antrum


Top Gun's jacket to Pretty Woman's boots: film memorabilia auction highlights – in pictures

Hundreds of rare props and costumes from more than 350 films, including Alien, Batman and Gladiator, will be going up for auction in early December Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Television & radio


Samuel L Jackson: 'A fullness comes upon me every time I land in Africa'

As their hard-hitting TV show Enslaved comes to an end, the star and his wife LaTanya Richardson talk about roots, race, revolution – and how to get rid of ‘the orange man’From Spike Lee joints to Tarantino thrillers, Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L Jackson has done it all. Last year he was named “Hollywood’s most bankable star”, with films grossing a total of $13bn to date – more than the annual GDP of Iceland. The New York Times has described him as “his own genre”.And yet...
Tags: Family, Hollywood, Television, Celebrity, Film, Documentary, Africa, Race, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, Television & radio, New York Times, Slavery, Identity politics


Actor Jeff Bridges being treated for lymphoma

Famous for his role of The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Bridges says the disease is serious but his prognosis is goodActor Jeff Bridges has said he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good.The 70-year-old channeled his The Dude character from The Big Lebowski in a statement on social media about the diagnosis on Monday evening, tweeting “New S**T has come to light”. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Culture, Jeff Bridges


Seoul Station

This is an animated prequel to the Korean zombie flick Train to Busan (by the same director), and as I’ve been meaning to watch the sequel (Peninsula), I thought it would be fun to start with this. I wasn’t sure if I had seen it before, and as I was watching it it slowly started coming back to me, but I’m still glad I rewatched it. It’s really well animated, and looking up what else the director has done, I see he has two other animated films that I now really want to check out as well. On...
Tags: Travel, Film, Busan, Peninsula, Seoul Station, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020