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Dan Aykroyd Confronts Spirits in Baltimore Tomorrow! Be There!

10 Sep

Ok, I’m going to admit right up front that this is weird news. The advertisement above is for something called Crystal Head Vodka, and it represents one of the latest ventures from actor Dan Aykroyd. When this first hit the internet, everyone assumed it was a viral video, but I’m pretty sure that Dan truly believes the stuff he’s talking about in the ad. I’ve heard the man on NPR and a few other radio programs over the years and he’s definitely a big proponent of the paranormal and supernatural. And since you can most definitely purchase Crystal Head Vodka, which comes in a carved glass bottle that looks like the fabled Crystal Skulls, it isn’t a joke or a movie promo.

Do I think it’s weird that someone would try to boost awareness of the paranormal by selling vodka in a skull bottle? I dunno, I bet that sort of thing worked quite well in the 1800s. Weirder to me is that Aykroyd completed the video with a straight face, and that he’s actually going to be in Baltimore tomorrow promoting this product. Continue reading

Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ goes Gothic! Trailer and pics here!

11 Jun

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 June 11th, 2009-

Now this is what I’m talking about. I’ve just started writing a new column called The Weekly Creepy and as I was in the midst of preparing the first week’s review (up later today) this trailer surfaced. And this is the kind of thing I want to see when I go to a Gothic thriller; lots of dimly lit hospital corridors, gloomy gray skys, bodies dangling over cliffs and of course, crazy people that look like they might bite you. It’s been awhile since Scorsese has done a movie like this. In fact, I think it’s safe to say the last time was probably 1992’s Cape Fear remake. This one looks heaps better than that one, although there is no DeNiro to be seen. Continue reading

Movie Review: Biel, Firth and Thomas make ‘Virtue’ easy to like

8 Jun

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Easy Virtue (2009) PG-13. 93 min. Directed by: Stephan Elliot. Written by: Stephan Elliot and Sheridan Jobbins. Starring: Colin Firth, Kristen Scott Thomas, Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes. Cinematography:Martin Kenzie. Original music by: Marius Devries.

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Stephan Elliot’s adaptation of Noel Coward’s  Easy Virtue is the epitome of summer art-house; light, frothy, frequently bombastic and as enduring as a popsicle in August. And for most of its running time it’s a perfectly refreshing bit of blockbuster counter-programming. Elliot, the director of the quirky Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (and not much else really) takes all the best satirical bits from Coward’s 1924 play and adds a few new wrinkles to update the plot. He also manages to nab an eclectic cast that include pros like Kristen Scott Thomas and Colin Firth (not slumming it for a change) and the luminous Jessica Biel, who while slightly miscast, shows acting chops not previously seen. With the help of  cinematographer Martin Kenzie, who captures the idylls of posh British manor life in bright, lush details, Elliot crafts a fast-moving, witty comedy that maximizes its cast but ends up minimizing the strength of Coward’s observations by dilluting the tale’s substantial edge. Continue reading