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The Weekly Creepy: Nosferatu Family Values in ‘The Vampire Diaires’

22 Sep

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Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1 (2009) NR 86 min, Directed & written by: Phil Messerer Starring: Devon Bailely, Ellis Cahill, JoJo Hristova, Michael Strelow, Myles MacVane

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Leave it to the low-budget film scene to find a way to rejuvenate the modern concept of the vampire. And in the wake of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, which has firmly locked in the nosferatu as mopey, faux-Victorian super heroes, a bloodsucking makeover was indeed in order. Phil Messerer’s Thicker than Water  may be as low budget as they come but it’s also original, intelligent and legitimately funny. Unlike the current CW emo-vamp fiasco, this Vampire Diaries takes its titular creatures all the way back to their mythic roots and adds a few new wrinkles of its own. Most compelling among these fresh insights is that although they have given up solid food for the red stuff and prey often on the innocent, vampires do retain a fierce sense of mi familia. Continue reading

See all of ‘Zombie Girl’ online!! Courtesy of Snag Films!

17 Aug

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August 17th,2009–

Last week the fine folks at Snag Films contacted me about embedding the documentary film Zombie Girl on the site for an online limited run that would extend through Thursday the 20th. With a busy weekend schedule and some strange issues (that I assume are my own computer problems) I was unable to embed the video. Continue reading

DVD Showcase: The exceptional James Gray tells a tale of ‘Two Lovers’

30 Jun

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Two Lovers (R) 98 min.  Directed by: James Gray. Starring: Joaquin Pheonix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas Cinematography:  Joaquin Baca-Asay

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James Gray’s Two Lovers is potentially the best movie you didn’t see this year. Released last February for a brief stint in theaters and simultaneously on On-Demand, the film was mostly overshadowed by the stunts of its star, Joaquin Pheonix, who showed up on the Letterman Show looking like a stoned Amish rocker. It turns out though, that Gray’s film is far more worthy of the attention and discussion that inevitably was aimed at Phoenix and his ill-advised rap career (it’s all an elaborate film stunt, wait and see). Continue reading