In ‘Green Room’ Oregon Punk Rock Gets Dangerous!

Did you see Blue Ruin? If not then you better check that shit out right away as it was one of the best indie thrillers of the last few years! Now we’ve finally got a full trailer for the upcoming ‘Green Room’ from ‘Blue Ruin’ director Jeremy Saulnier and boy does it look like a tense one. This flick is one I’ve been waiting for quite some time and one of my picks for 2016 movies I’m most excited about.

It follows an Washington punk rock band who play a show out in a rural Oregon roadhouse that turns deadly when a gang of white supremacist skin heads show up to spoil the party and then some. Better yet it stars Patrick Stewart as the gang’s leader / club owner and Anton “Chekov” Yelchin as one of the members of the band who’ve gotta fight their way through the night to survive. Due out April 15th, Check out this trailer, this one is sure to deliver quite a punch!

 

 

Should William Shatner Return to Star Trek?!

Well, well, well, so William Shatner came out in the news this week stating that he’d be open to playing an aged Captain Kirk in an upcoming Star Trek film. Now we all know that Kirk supposedly bit the dust in ‘Star Trek: Generations’ back in 1994 in the most un-epic way possible. Yep he fell basically off a rock. Well maybe, just maybe, they need to give Shatner’s version of Kirk some redemption and let’s face it there’s plenty of ways he could come back or be found alive somehwere, somehow- I mean it’s Star Trek for cryin’ out loud!

I think if Shatner is down for it there’s no question let’s get him in one last movie before it’s too late. Better yet, how about the next movie follows not a reincarnated older Kirk, or a Kirk “Prime” character but perhaps just a leap in the future for Chris Pines Kirk? Now people may immediately say no one is gonna watch a new Star Trek movie without Chris Pine and Crew and I’d have to simply remind them that we’re talking another Trek flick with…..um….William Shatner! He’s everything that IS legendary about Star Trek. The people will come trust me. The 1995 Book series Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden had featured his character brought back to life in the Next Generation era. How great would that be to see that crew on the big screen again?

Here’s what Bill had to say about it all: 

“I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely. You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like ‘Here I am, aren’t I interesting?’ It’s the ongoing world, it’s the world within science-fiction. Yes, you age within the universe. Time goes on, but time bends, as well. There’s so many things you could do.”

He went on to state “How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms?” Shatner said on a podcast, which is produced by The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m older, I’m heavier, I’m — all the problems of age. So what did Captain Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn’t sound science-fictiony enough. Or maybe you make him really old. I don’t know. It seems to have beggared Abrams’ imagination.”

Let me also clarify this here as well, the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond”, helmed by The Fast & Furious’ Justin Lin looks like an atrocious insult to any longtime fan of Star Trek. The trailer is an embarrassment to the franchise name. It bears no resemblance to anything Star Trek related. It’s simply dumbed down Star Trek for the ADD generation. I’m hesitantly willing to give it a chance as it just might be the ploy of Hollywood to make the series ultra hip, totally sexy and overly action packed in the trailer.  It’s like a lame ass Xtreme Star Trek Red Bull commercial.

 But what the fuck do I know…Star Trek Beyond could be end up being “like the best thing ever, man”. But one thing I do know for certain is that something is seriously missing from today’s version of Star Trek. Star Trek used to set trends, not fall prey to conforming to the trends. We used to get cool cerebral sci fi tales with the action sprinkled in just the right places. I think getting Shatner involved just might be what the franchise needs to bring some of that old magic back and set the course of the Enterprise in a different direction that all of us Star Trek fans can appreciate….

“The Boy” is a Creepy, Fun but Oddly Familiar Thriller….

Let’s face the facts folks, right now at the major theaters the pickins’ are damn slim for anything super tantalizing. So yesterday feeling the urge to go to the movies with a Fandango gift card I received for Christmas, I decided to take a chance on the latest in “freaky” doll flicks (which I always welcome with open arms) with “The Boy”. I gotta say the bar was set were pretty freaking low here and I was expecting the worse from a major Hollywood horror flick released in January. However to my delight The Boy was actually a pretty solid little thriller! For the most part…

That’s not to say it broke much in the way of new ground but still it was the perfect little matinee movie for a rainy day. This one isn’t going to give Chucky a run for his money and in all honesty it’s a completely different kind of freaky doll movie altogether. If you’re looking for a crazy killer doll flick then you’re in the wrong part of town with The Boy. Most of it’s charm really comes from the setting, which takes place in a huge old mansion in the English countryside. A woman named Greta travels there from the USA taking a nanny job watching over a life sized porcelain boy doll. Yeah at first her reaction is exactly what you might expect but the money is good enough so she agrees. Of course when “the boy’s” parents decide to go on vacation things quickly get really creepy.

Greta of course when left alone does what any of us might do in the situation, toss the freaky ass doll in it’s room, drink some damn wine and pass the hell out. However “the boy” clearly isn’t into being ignored and soon begins to seriously creep Greta the fuck out. Yep the doll pulls all kinds of weird pranks, soon she’s convinced the doll is indeed alive and is haunted by the spirit of the family’s real deceased child. So she suddenly decides to do her damn job and begin’s treating the doll like a real kid. Yon know like she agreed to in the first place! You’d think then the story might have a happy ending though right? Wrong! I forgot to mention that Greta is also on the run from her super douchebag, stalker ex boyfriend.

This makes matters worse and what happens soon leads to a few relatively unexpected twists and turns. Overall the movie was a cool little old school thriller with not a speck of bad CG anywhere. A solid ghost story and to only be spoiled for me by the fact (Now here’s a bit of a SPOILER) that I’d already seen an incredible indie movie from 2015 called “Housebound”. Yep “The Boy” borrows largely from that movie, which is a far superior movie. However if you’ve never seen Housebound “The Boy” will most certainly please anyone in search of a simple, creepy tale that’s perfect when there’s not much else on the tube.  

Freaky Friday Night at The Movies: 3615 code Pere Noel & Howl!!

I’ve been doing little movie nights at my shop Hollywood Babylon here in Portland, Oregon quite regularly now and I thought it’d be cool to start doing reviews of the flicks that we watch. I’ve gotta say investing in a projector is really one of the best things you can do if you’re a movie buff! The shop transforms into a mini theater and we can get as rowdy as we want! Often we try to pair an old and new movie together in hopes of ultimate cinematic bliss which is a hard task when you’re often trying to view something that’s new to everyone there. So last night seemed promising as we started off with a rare french flick from 1989 called:

                                            “3615 CODE PERE NOEL” aka DEADLY GAMES, GAME OVER

What a treat this one was, I had meant to get this one this year for Christmas but it’s a hard one to track down at least with English subtitles or in real physical form. I don’t do the whole online downloading very often so I went to Ioffer.com which is your best bet for finding really rare movies “on DVD” unfortunately it didn’t arrive quite in time for Christmas this year.

3615 code Pere Noel or as it’s also known as “Deadly Games” is a total gem of a basically lost and forgotten 1980’s french holiday horror movie. The movies plot is simple and awesome. There’s a poor weird bearded guy who’s wandering the streets looking for children to “play” with during Christmas time and he lands himself a job at big time department store as their Santa Claus. Bad move because this dude is bat shit crazy and it’s not long before some little kid sitting on his lap tells him him she “doesn’t like his face”.

This sends him into an abusive rage which ends up getting the weird dude fired and sets him on course to our protagonist’s giant castle mansion. Yep the hero of this film is one cool ass nine year old kid who lives in a crazy mansion that’d make Ricky Schroder from Silver Spoons jealous!

The kid sleeps in the cockpit of an old plane with his dog and dresses up in full combat gear like Rambo sporting black war paint! He’s left alone with his grandfather on Christmas eve night and that’s when the shit hits the fan as the crazy raging dude still in his department store Santa suit decides to break in, coming down the chimney and murdering the boys beloved dog right in front of him.

The only problem is this mansion is huge, I mean HUGE and this kid knows his way around and then some. The rest of the movie is a great horror thriller and one thing that makes it so awesome is the setting, the mansion has a strange dreamlike quality to it. Besides being so big it’s got secret doors, an odd maze like art section, 80’s video games, suits of armor, trap doors and a gigantic secret room/cavern with a rickety bridge that crosses over hundreds of toys.

The kid too is quite a character himself, he’s a bit of computer wiz, a car mechanic and expert trap setter and unlike most horror movies this little guy is smart meticulously planning his every move with caution. The movie has got heart too with likable characters, a frightening villain and some excellent visuals. It’s a strange hybrid like taking the humor out of “Home Alone” and mixing it with “Silent Night Deadly Night”, “The Toy”, “Commando” and “The Shining”. It’s got the heart of an Amblin movie but much more dangerous at it’s core. Most definitely hunt this one down for next Christmas it’s awesome!!!

Second up was:

                                                                                               “HOWL”

Howl is a 2015 werewolf flick by Paul Hyatt who’s better known as the effects guy behind the Neil Marshall movies “The Descent”, “Doomsday” and “Dog Soldiers”. So I had high hopes for this one. Dog Soldiers is easily one of the best werewolf movies of all time and The Descent is one of the best horror flicks of the last 20 years. Howl however didn’t quite measure up to either of those unfortunately. It was a solid attempt though and the first werewolf movie I’d ever seen that was set on a train. This tale follows a group of people on a late night trip whose train breaks down in the middle of the countryside. As they decide to walk to the next nearby city they quickly find out that something is in the woods that’s got them on the menu for a late night snack. It’s really your basic tale of survival, with clashing personalities in a time of danger.

The movie honestly doesn’t have anything bad going for it. It’s well acted, well shot and spends a good amount of time (if maybe a tad too much) on character development. It’s got some great scenes as well with these werewolves that remind me a bit of all things, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. I mean that in the best way possible. Paul Hyatt does a great Job with the visual fx and the creatures look great, more man than wolf this time around and most of these cool fx are done practically. But when all is said and done it lacks the punch of movies like Dog Soldiers or even the last good werewolf flick “Late Phases” had going for it.

The movie actually starts out strong with the first werewolf reveal/attack sequence being way more visually intense than anything that follows. That being said I do recommend Howl for any werewolf movie enthusiasts as it’s got enough going for it in the way of creature fx to warrant a watch. 

Those Old 80’s Marvel Comics….Photo Covers?!!

Man oh man how I love a good comic book cover! So much that I dedicate blog posts as often as possible focusing on my favorite comic book covers of all time. Well I’m not sure if you remember way back in the 1980’s but they had a string of issues where there was no cover artist. Instead they decided that they’d give us some live action superhero action! Now this sounds like a wonderful idea today, but back then it was a bit more difficult to really get the superhero look down on film. However these issues were ones as a kid I never forgot so let’s take another quick look at those legendary Marvel “photo” covers!

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas With Tales From The Dark Side, The Twilight Zone, Sherlock Holmes and More!

It’s Christmas eve! We’re all set tonight for Christmas to get cozy and wait for Santa to come squeeze down our chimney, but what to watch tonight while we wait? Do we choose the usual classics?

If you’re like me you might be looking at adding a few different selections to the agenda tonight here’s some suggestions!!

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Christmas Pudding

The Twilight Zone: Night of the Meek (This isn’t the full episode)

That Tales From The Dark Side Christmas Episode: Seasons of Belief!!

 

He-Man & She-Ra A Christmas Special!!

Stubby Pringle’s Christmas (This one was a favorite of my mom amazing that the whole thing is on Youtube!)

A Muppets Family Christmas from 1987!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol!

 

 

The 10 Best Vintage STAR WARS ads!

Back in the day Star Wars was all the rage….wait it STILL is! So all these companies were using Star Wars to sell the shit out of anything and everything!! So let’s take a look at some of the best vintage Star Wars ads of yesteryear, they’ll never make ads this cool again that I guarantee…

 

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Heritage Auctions is presenting more than 60 lots of original posters from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in its Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction

 

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