Lost Weekend III: Inherent Vice

I am a sucker for anything set in the seventies especially if attention to detail is a priority. I couldn’t have been anymore in love with the sets, wardrobe, hair and make-up of ‘Inherent Vice’ if it had actually been shot in 1970. They totally nailed the vibe. Maybe it was the breezy, carefree coastal California setting. Maybe it was the groovy hippie mentality. Maybe it was the moody pot haze that settled over every shot. I am also a huge fan of very loose, almost ad-libbed dialogue.

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Lost Weekend III: Inherent Vice

Lost Weekend II: Obvious Child

(there will be talk of abortion, so if this is a sensitive subject for you, perhaps skip this review…)

I was absolutely thrilled to receive my first rom-com to review for Film Club 3.0. I generally have the mentality of a 16 year old boy in my choice of movies so romantic comedies are pretty far off of my radar. Not that I don’t enjoy a good sap-fest every now and again, but it’s not my go-to genre.

This film was a lovely little homage to a one night stand gone wrong. Let me rephrase that-it did go wrong, but in light of the situation, many things went right.

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Lost Weekend II: Obvious Child

Lost Weekend I: The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant is based on a story by Oscar Wilde. It follows two young English boys, Arbor and Swifty, as they deal with the everyday minutiae of growing up impoverished in an industrial town with little hope for a brighter future. Arbor has some serious behavioral issues. He’s on medication for his condition only when he can keep the meds out of the hands of his pill popping brother or when the school provides it for him. Swifty comes from a notoriously poor home and is ridiculed relentlessly over his family’s destitute social standing.

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Lost Weekend I: The Selfish Giant

25 Years: May the Lambs Never Stop Screaming

In 1991 when ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was released into theaters for the first time, I was fresh out of high school and embarking on my journey of higher education and even higher roommates. Bad beer flowed (remember Bud Dry?) and parties at questionable locales with questionable substances were how we spent every free moment. Ahhhhh, the good ol’ days.

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25 Years: May the Lambs Never Stop Screaming

Bad-Assery in Black Leather and Berets – A Review of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

“You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution. You can murder a liberator, but you can’t murder liberation!” -Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader assassinated December 4th, 1969

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Bad-Assery in Black Leather and Berets – A Review of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

THE REVENANT: It’s Been a Long Time…

(MINOR SPOILER ALERT.  Sorry.  It couldn’t be helped, but I tried to keep it to a dull roar…)

I first heard the word ‘revenant’ on one of the many horror podcasts that I listen to, totally out of context. I was intrigued by the word as I was aware of the upcoming movie release of the same name, and truthfully I didn’t really know what it meant. A revenant was described as a ghost or spirit that returns from the dead, usually for a very specific reason and it seemed to be very personal. Sometimes to right a great wrong, sometimes to satiate an unrequited love. Think James O’ Barr’s, The Crow.  In a less mystical definition, a revenant can also be someone that has returned from a very long absence.

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THE REVENANT: It’s Been a Long Time…

The Magic Christmas Tree-Not All That Magical or That Christmas-y (Wherein I Curse A Lot)

I wish that I could blow your mind with some serious feel good, nostalgic mother-fucking holiday yuletide shit. Instead, all I got is some weird ass mid-sixties west-coast tom-foolery, that was frankly disturbing at best.

‘The Magic Christmas Tree’ was originally released in 1964. Apparently they had not mastered the art of syncing lips with recorded sound yet or maybe it wasn’t in their budget, but regardless the disconnect left me with a bit of a headache. I suppose this could have been a result of time and crappy film storage, but I digress…

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The Magic Christmas Tree-Not All That Magical or That Christmas-y (Wherein I Curse A Lot)