if you can’t have vermont…

…you can always get a Vermonster! And get one we did! We celebrated Brian’s birthday by going to Ben & Jerry’s and gobbling up 20 scoops and more toppings that could fit! Man. Well, not much else to say, it’s a bargain for the price, and it feeds, I would say, 3-5 folks nicely. One of my picks of the month, just be prepared to pick 20 flavors!

For the other pick of the month, a new British import, sadly hard to locate over here in the colonies, The Descent! Great! I liked it alot. Though I am quite claustrophobic, I have always loved the notion of spelunking, since those long days in ’81 of playing Adventure on the ol’ Digital Teletype at school. Anyway, I actually would have to say that I found this movie to be scary! I thought that the cave scenes were really well done, very convincing and the visuals of the first descent were very effective and impressive. Most of the movie seems lit only with flashlight, headlamp and flares, making it convincingly dark. Story-wise, be prepared for a non-stop movie: scary, startling, bloody, seemingly hopeless… Basically like a Deliverance for women but underground, complete with “bone sticking out of leg” and lots of screaming. No squealing though…

I wasn’t a big fan of Dog Soldiers, but this one redeems Neil Marshall. It’s a first rate horror film that’s good for plenty of re-watching.



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just…


descent2
a little…


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peek…

I also finally saw Memory of a Killer. It seemed a bit more “American” than I would have expected, but I did like it quite a bit: backstabbing and double crossing, killing and killing. The information I had originally heard about it seemed a bit misleading, as the whole Alzheimer’s angle that seemed to be the main angle (like a dutch hit-man take on Memento, I thought) didn’t actually seem to have much relevance to the story. A few funny memory problem scenes and some confusion on the protagonists part but, the plot? It was quite safe, from that. So that was surprising, but it was still very good. Jan Decleir did a very good job, he was very sympathetic as he went around shooting people, the film was exciting with lots of good killing scenes and blood and it looked really good.


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housecall…

Talk about kismet, but it seems that I the last few months, I have been finding reasons to bring up with folks one of my old favorites. A nice apocalyptic science film from New Zealand called The Quiet Earth. It seemed to me that it briefly appeared in art-house theaters about 20 years ago and then there was nothing but a small vhs release and that was that. I’ve had a PAL disc of it from pegasus for a couple of years but now, there is a new american disc of The Quiet Earth!

and then…

We watched Logan’s Run again. Always one of my favorites. It had a crazy misanthropic affect on me when I was a kid and I think it’s just wonderful! One of my favoite of the 70’s “post-apocalypse” sci-fi films. Even though the music is soo crazy I can’t tell if I like it or if it’s freaking me out, some of the “social commentary” is a bit too blatant and the effects are terrible (though just at that point that they are soo terrible they become fun to look at), but damn, it’s fun! Why soo few people seem to remember it (didn’t it even have a TV show and a comic book?) I just don’t know. Heck. It’s even got Farrah Fawcett-Majors in it!


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utopia in a shopping mall?

Oh and we watched The Grudge on Cable. Well, I’ve seen the japanese one 3 times and, I gotta say, they are similar enough that I would just skip the american one. It doesn’t have flashy hollywood effects or and the cast is about the most unappealing group of movie actors I have seen and, while the creepy scenes are still there and basically the same as in the japanese film, they totally lack that subtle edge that actually made them creepy. So:
Bad cast, same production values, same story line, scary scenes not scary…

I say skip it and just watch Ju-on.



inspired by misha, via the gauge…

Well then, as my sweetie listed hers, I will throw down my current 50 favorite albums. I overthought it soo much that I got trapped in a looping list that went no where. Then I thought: write something down. So, like Caitlin said, here are the ones that I’ve been listening to lately or at least thinking highly of at the moment.

01) AC/DC – Flick of the Switch
02) AC/DC – High Voltage
03) The Ames Brothers – Destination Moon
04) Beastie Boys – To the Five Boroughs
05) Bethlehem – Dictius Te Necare
06) Big Black – The Hammer Party
07) Big Black – The Rich Man’s 8-Track Tape
08) Billy Squier – In the Dark
09) Butthole Surfers – Independent Worm Saloon
10) Butthole Surfers – Psychic Powerless
11) The Click – Down & Dirty
12) Dark Funeral – The Secrets of the Black Arts
13) The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets – Cthulhu Strikes Back
14) Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry
15) EDM – Endless Dismal Moan
16) EPMD – Strictly Business
17) Gary Numan – Telekon
18) God & Texas – Criminal Element
19) Her Space Holiday – The Young Machines
20) Ice Cube – Death Certificate
21) Immortal – Blizzard Beasts
22) Jethro Tull – Aqualung
23) Jethro Tull – Living in the Past
24) Jethro Tull – Warchild
25) Judas Priest – Point of Entry
26) L7 – The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum
27) Love & Rockets – Earth, Sun, Moon
28) Melvins – Houdini
29) Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
30) Murder City Devils – Murder City Devils
31) Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
32) Nomeansno – 0+2=1
33) NWA – Straight Outta Compton
34) Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
35) Pink Floyd – The Wall
36) The Pixies – Surfer Rosa
37) Portishead – Portishead
38) Postal Service – Give Up
39) Puerto Muerto – Songs of Muerto County
40) Queen – A Night at the Opera
41) Roxy Music – Avalon
42) Saturday Looks Good to Me – Every Night
43) Scorpions – Lovedrive
44) Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
45) Tubeway Army – Replicas
46) Ultravox – Vienna
47) Vargsang – Call of the Nightwolves
48) Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
49) Wagner/Solti – Die Walküre
50) XTC – Drums & Wires



back to the saddle…

Okay….

So not a lot of movie watching this week but there is some stuff to report…

We watched, just out of the blue, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. I liked it quite a bit. It seemed so much a “Herzog” documentary. About one minute into hearing this guy talk, you think, oh yeah, this guy is perfect for Herzog. Little Dieter is a very interesting fellow, the life story he relates and the way he relates it are fascinating and overwhelming, one of those “this guy must be kidding” kind of life stories. Dieter’s is soo engaging, and his story is soo engaging, that Herzog doesn’t have to pipe in to save the film like he does in Grizzly man, Dieter is really quite engaging himself. I would quite recommended it. Sure, it’s no My Best Fiend, but I found it to be a much stronger subject than Grizzly man or The White Diamond was.

More watching, we finished this sixth season of the Sopranos. Of course,I love the Sopranos… But I must admit that some seasons don’t really thrill me. In fact, it’s really only the 1st and third that I really like… I must say that this was the dullest season yet. Man. It barely dragged me in at all, and it just left me as the lone guy on the hill in backing up Phil. I just can’t help it, I like the old-school guys… Carmella has turned out to be such a waste. Sad, since she was finally moving in the right direction at the end of season 5… No more… It makes me miss her “blood money” episode.

So in more things, we just spent 2 days in a yurt at Nehalem Bay State Park! I’m not going to post any pictures here, because I’ve had enough people ask me to report back to them that I’ll give the trip it’s own little page here… The Yurt!



 

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