Monday, October 26, 2015

Friday The 13th (1980) - What Good Is A Hockey Mask Over A Disfigured Face?

What is Jason Vorhees without his mask? In Part I “he” is his mother. A lurking first-person presence. In Part II Jason plays his own lurking presence seeking revenge more over his mother’s death than being neglected by camp counselors. In Part III, Jason nonchalantly picks up a mask off a porch and carries this mask through 8 subsequent films. The remake even opts to skip the mother as the killer back story and jump straight into the hockey mask.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Chainsaw Exorcism with Nicholas Ryan Author of Zombie Novel Dead Rage

Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I am an Australian author. I have always enjoyed reading action adventure books, and have had a long-time fascination with horror (especially movies). I write zombie/apocalyptic novels because I see it as the perfect way for me to be able to blend my two interests to create compelling action thrillers that have an emphasis on vivid descriptions and plenty of frights!

Why do you write?

I enjoy the challenge of creating. Writing for me is a way to stretch and develop my imagination.

+ 1 (2013) or Happily Ever After Unto Death

+1 is a party film trapped in a time paradox. Glowing alien rocks have crashed landed in anywhere, American suburbia making powerlines glow and teenagers ratchet up their angst. In the middle of the chaotic pile sweaty-drunk teenagers, David is on a mission to save his relationship.

In a misguided attempt to surprise his beloved, David made the mistake of kissing a girl who resembled his girlfriend. When Jill walked in on this scene, seeing her boyfriend suckface with her rival, something more was unlocked than betrayal. The shock of betrayal widened her view of the relationship as a whole. David was revealed as more than just a dirt bag, he was also dead weight holding her back from achieving her potential. What that potential is, we will never know.

Natural Born Killers (1994) or We Are Not God’s Gift To Earth – We Are Natural Born Killers.

Natural born Killers shows us to see the other side of the coin. Our humanness, and what is naturalized in killing, is more human than natural. To be human is to step apart and outside nature. We, humans, distinguish ourselves as more than nature. Somehow more conscious or self-aware in such a way that we can reject our basic foundations of our own absurdity. We are not God’s gift to earth – we are natural born killers.

Our humanness is not unlike I Love Lucy radically fabricated. Every crevice of our day is oversaturated with social cues. From the instructions on a hand dryer in a bathroom to the stop lights in our daily commute. Signs order mandatory compliance, not unlike the applause sign that flashes in a live sitcom. Laughter, while potentially coming from an authentic place, is instigated for the sake of the sitcom-machine.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dear Zombies - Something New This Way Crawls

Dear Zombies,
Truth be told - I have been watching a lot of TV shows over the last month and after deciding to abandon writing about every walking dead episode I revisited my scheming. I developed a new template to take notes on movies that has been amazingly helpful. The form gives me a bunch of kick off points to write in a more focused and fun way. I hope to have an article online today or tomorrow.

Blogging is all about finding a rhythm that makes sense, which has been a struggle for me. I'll figure something out eventually. Anyway, I'm off to write.

Stay Scary,

Monday, August 31, 2015

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E12 Clear and Unpresent Danger

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series:
Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E11 I Ain't No Judas and Liberalism = Paternalism

Rick and company (Carl and Michonne) pass a hitchhiker screaming for help early in this episode. Rather than stop, confront or help the stranger, Rick continues driving. Leaving the desperate dude to fend for himself. Why, when Rick has gone so far out of his way to help those in need, does he abandon the hitchhiker without flinching? Is it just paranoia on Rick’s part or is there something else going on? The mission of the trip is to collect guns in order to prepare for war with Woodbury, yet this conflict is the normal state Rick and the survivors have been in since the beginning.

Monday, August 10, 2015

All Things Interrogated: Rachael Dolezal - Pretty Fly For A White Girl?

Rachel Dolezal got under conservative and liberal America’s skin by being outed by her parents for not being as black as she claimed. The NAACP president of Spokane, Washington, Dolezal was not exactly black we refer to when talking about a black person. At some point in Dolezal’s life, she decided to stop performing whiteness and began performing blackness. This begs the question, how authentic was Dolezal in “acting black?”

On the right*, a conservative outburst of pseudo-intellectualism decrying the liberal agenda’s allegiance with transracialism. And not too deep under the service an argument that we live in a post-racial society. So even though we should recognize Rachel Dolezal’s performance of blackness as a sham the liberal agenda’s racial framing misses the point that focusing on racism creates racism by not talking specifically about Rachel Dolezal’s character. But even if we talked about Rachel Dolezal’s character we wouldn’t need to bring her into the spotlight because such a scam if not framed around race should not draw media attention because Dolezal’s racial mimicking is not what counts. What counts is that she lied. One of the more insidious, points hidden

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Woman (2011) Or Eating The Fingers of Male Supremacy

Authority isn’t something you can force on a system without inspiring resistance. But this exactly what the father in the film The Woman attempts. Although, the father may get temporary compliance through shows of force and physical brutality he will also inspire a sense of injustice. An injustice that inspires it's counterforce. The film The Woman exposes the impotence autocratic authority and provides a path for rebellion.

The father brushes the woman’s hair and cringes at the putridness released. Shaking off his disgust he inspects the woman’s teeth pressing his fingertips against her lips. Like a Venus fly trap the woman snaps, biting down and tearing off the father’s finger. She chews it, he pulls back screaming, then she spits out the man’s wedding ring as if it was a seed from a watermelon. The ring hits the floor with a metallic ting.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dear Zombies - I killed my Playstation 3 with too many movies!

Dear Zombies,

Today I burnt out the Bluray player on my Play Station 3. From what the internet says the drive was going to die eventually. They can only take so many hours of spinning discs before they go kaput.

My life has been frantic in a good way.

I have been busy at work. Kicking ass and taking names. We just got over the hump of our project and will be starting a new one next month.

Things aren't going to slow down but they should be less intense.

Not that I have any excuses for not posting more often. I started a post on The Woman. I plan on finishing it sometime this week.

I miss winter in Chicago.

Even the rattling radiators.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Frontier(s) (2007) or How A Mother Solves Her Pregnancy Problem By Killing Nazis

Yasmine is given a key character trait that allows her to fend off a family of cannibal nazis. She is not gifted with strength, a father who was a Navy Seal or the crafty bomb making skills of Macgyver. All Yasmine has is a case of the preggos. A squirmy little parasite growing in her gut conspiring to be born.

Pregnancy isn’t much of a superpower. Sure, you might get some time off your menstrual cycle, but what you get in return is cramps, bloating and compulsive cravings for fish flavored ice cream. Yasmine has the odds stacked against her. In the opening scene Yasmine and the crew, she belongs to are fleeing from a heist job during a riot in Paris. During the heist, Yasmine’s brother is critically wounded and taken to the hospital. Just before the police close in on Yasmine her brother whispers
Keep it.
Keep the baby.