Much minorlies afoot this week as that darned baby has yet to arrive. But we are wait wait waiting… Sadly, not sleeping though. So we need some TV to keep us occupied while we wait… Luckily, The Sopranos Season 6, Part 2 (the end…) starts in 3 days! With no other options being apparent, we ended up ordering cable. And no, not the “crazy money plan”, the “patch things together and get HBO for as cheap as possible ($37) plan”… like we did last Sopranos time. It’s too bad that you can’t just order HBO and skip cable all together… But oh well, it’s worth it for just a couple of months and to see the Sopranos freshly! That will go in tomorrow (just like the diaper delivery), just in time!
I also learned some exciting movie news! One, which I’m not sure if I like the sound of is that there is a sequel to 28 Days Later… on the way. Sadly, it is titled “28 Weeks Later”! Hopefully it is all just an April Fools’ joke, but either way, sequels (except, of course, The Godfather, part 2) really should be done away with. Yes, yes, yes, some of them are quite good, but I would be willing to forgo the good ones if it meant that we wouldn’t have any at all. Just like retreads of horror movies that are all the rage. While I don’t like J-horror much anymore, they are certainly much scarier than the American re-makes and re-making the classic American horror films? Well, I can’t even go there…
The other news, which is something that I am quite excited about… In my most recent package from Lurker Films, I got a postcard advertising Zompire: the Undead Film Festival! How I missed the first Z:tUFF that happened last year a mere mile or two away is unknown, probably because I missed the HPLFF the prior year and it’s put on by the same fellow. Well, sadly, last year I missed: Night of the Comet, Dead Alive, Return of the Living Dead and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (I also missed Fright Night but I certainly never need to see that swill again… Though I like roddy, as I said last time, I can do without Chris Sarandon)! Anyway, quite a line up and there is no way I will be missing it this year!
Be there to be scared!
Anyway, back to the reptiles…
Yes, we know that Tadanabo Asano is the man, but he proves it again in this gem of a movie that I’ve been waiting a long time to see, (I don’t really know why I waited soo long) Electric Dragon 80,000 volts…. Masters of Horror be damned, you can’t beat this for a way to spend an hour. . a total Black and White, Electricity Fight masterpiece! Easily slinks into my top (modern) Japanese film queue!
Asano stars as Dragon Eye Morrison, a professional lizard investigator, who, due to a childhood accident is chock full of electricity which he expels by playing crazy electric guitar in between the time he spends wandering the streets of Tokyo looking for lost lizards. In the meantime, in comes Thunderbolt Buddha: the Electricity Man (all wavelengths are his)… He seems to have a bone to pick with a lot of people, especially the fur coat man who spins his cell phone on his finger… And then with our hero. When the two meet up, there is high energy, full power, lighting bolt action to be had! It is short (only about an hour) and great fun! The soundtrack is really great (except for Dragon Eye’s crazy guitar playing) and the plot, while a bit vague, doesn’t really serve any purpose except for setting up the big rumble. Anyway, it was sort of a cross between Wild Zero and Bullet Ballet (both of which I really liked) and though it maybe wasn’t as fulfilling as either one of those, it was a blast and great fun to watch!
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Whoa nellie! On to my pick of the month! Calvaire
! A Totally great film! Creepy, funny and disturbing! Also it had the rare aspect of being a horror-type film that isn’t boring for the first 40 minutes, it engaged me all of the way through. Lesson learned? Don’t get lost and have to rely on strangers. When a musician on the road gets his van stranded and he shows up at an inn, someone has something in mind aside from helping him. A forlorn innkeeper, some rustic “animal lovers”, cross-dressing, jealousy, guns, pigs, crucifixions, a wonderfully bad bar, the creepiest villagers (um, no women?) and some of the most incredible bar “music and dancing” that I’ve seen takes place in this crazy little French village, just a wee bit too far off the beaten path. It’s not titled “Ordeal” for nothing. Imagine Deliverance
plopped down in the French countryside and, okay, it’s not super scary or tense, but it has some great characters, maintains a forbidding atmosphere throughout and is filmed with some nice imagery and a lot of creepy activity. Sadly the disc won’t load in my computer (though it will eject). So I have no screen shots to show you.
And speaking of not loading in my computer…I also tried to watch The Whip and the Body
, but the DVD player in the computer is going out on me and if I put the disc in, it won’t load and it it won’t come out again, short of restarting (yes I tried drutil and other terminal tricks) but I’ll get it done soon. It seems fun so far. So there’s something to look forward to.