Underrated: Joe Dante’s “The ‘Burbs”

burbs“I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.”

Like so many others, I first saw The ‘Burbs, Joe Dante’s brilliant comedic ode to suburban rut and paranoia on cable when I was a kid. To say the movie has stuck to me like some lost, drunken night’s tattoo is to understate its impact. It’s a film I have gone back to time and time again over the last 25 years, be it via a worn and fuzzy VHS copy recorded off of HBO when I was in grade school, or the DVD copy I scored years later. I never grow tired of it. The story, the scenes, the dialog are so engrained within my psyche, that quoting lines from the thing has become a kind of litmus test as to whether or not we can be friends (see also The Monster Squad).

Thank God for VOD! – Almost Human

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

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I’m actually a little late on writing about Joe Begos’ directorial debut feature length film Almost Human. Late, in that I actually watched this movie almost two months ago, and late, in that the film is actually getting its DVD/Blu Ray release this week (I think). So, it kind of defeats the whole purpose of my initial concept for these Thank God for VOD! columns. That being said, who cares? The movie is a whole lot of fun, and you shouldn’t let my tardiness in writing about it keep you from giving it a view.

Thank God for VOD! – Cheap Thrills

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

cheapthrillsCheap Thrills

What would you do for money? Would you do something stupid? Something dangerous? What if it was a lot of money? Would you do something humiliating? Something debasing? What if you really needed that money? Would you do something illegal? Something unconscionable?

E.L. Katz’s debut feature Cheap Thrills answers all those questions and more with gusto and a wicked, black smile.

Joup’s Friday Album: Lubos Fiser – “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders” OST

valerieostFor this week’s Friday Album, I’m veering off a little into leftfield, selecting the original score to the 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders by composer Lubos Fiser.  I initially became aware of this wonderful album when it received its first proper release on Finders Keepers Records in 2007, a label whose entire output and catalog of discoveries and reissues I cannot recommend enough.  Upon first listen, I was completely in awe.

Thank God for VOD! – The Sacrament

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

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Thank God for VOD! – Grand Piano

Though I have admittedly always been much more of a music guy, I have been a devoted fan and lover of movies and film since childhood. Sparked and nurtured by weekly trips to the local video rental store and then cemented with my first big screen experience (that I remember at least), a screening of Return of the Jedi when I was 4 years old, I have been an avid moviegoer for the last 30 years. I love them. Dramas, comedies, sci-fi flicks, action movies, blockbusters, B-movies, and horror, especially horror, I watched as much as I could fit into my brain. At one point, I even aspired to be a filmmaker myself and went to film school. There’s just something about the darkened, hushed theater, the smell of popcorn wafting through the room, the clicking flicker sound of the reel as it begins to move. It’s special. It’s an event. It’s one of my favorite things to do. My wife and I used to go to the movies at least a couple of times a month.

Kurt Cobain would have been 47 this Year

nirvanaI should have written this piece a week ago.

Somehow, it escaped my notice over the last 10 days that this April marked the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. And that shit was everywhere. Basically starting last fall with the 20-year anniversary of In Utero, through the nomination and induction of the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the performances last week with Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Lorde, and culminating with the onslaught of internet article after internet article regarding Cobain’s legacy, I’m not sure how I missed it all. Evidently, I live in my own little bubble, oblivious to my surroundings and the outside world at large.

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