There are a few reasons I’m obsessed with horror films but it’s mainly the comradery that seems to surround a lot of low budget productions pre-1990.
There’s something about a small group of people getting together in the woods or at a creepy house in the middle of nowhere and working hard to make something together on a low budget. I’ve read countless books on specific film shoots by directors, actors or makeup artists like Tom Savini and it sounds like a blast.
I’ve always wanted to make films and even though I love making music, it’s kind of a lonely process for me so I’d love to be a part of something like that someday.
My Bloody Valentine (1981) is great. There’s this hilarious/terrible part where the sheriff gets a Valentine’s Day card and it says "It happened once, it happened twice, cancel the dance or it’ll happen thrice." Riveting screenwriting!
Knights of Badassdom wasn’t very good but: Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklange.
When Harry Met Sally is flawless I don’t even care shut up!
We saw an original 35mm print of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and it was legitimately one of my favorite cinema experiences. Everything about it was perfect besides the middle-aged woman behind us who laughed at all of the serious parts.
Nurse 3D is one of the worst “movies” I have ever seen. I didn’t technically see it in 3D but I doubt that it made the experience any more enjoyable.
Almost Human on the other hand was still not incredible but I liked the score.
The Hunger Games 2 was just like the first one and by that I mean that it started with promise and ended with not promise.
Thor 2 was just like the first one and by that I mean that it had Idris Elba so that was pretty cool!
The Grand Budapest Hotel was really great! It’s “classic Wes Anderson” but a bit darker than his previous two films. I thought it was his most polished since The Royal Tenenbaums. Also, Willem Dafoe was perfect as always.
Stand By Me! I don’t have to say anything else.
All you need to know about Maniac Cop is that it stars Tom Atkins and that he is my favorite person ever. If I was reviewing Tom Atkins, I’d give him BNP (Best New Person) except he’s not new, he’s like seventy!
I’ve only seen the first episode of season two and I’m already a little turned off…I liked that they saved the fourth wall narration for the end but I feel like they’re trying a bit too hard to be edgy and “cliffhanger-y”.
This is a post where I explain how divided I feel.
I’ve made a lot of friends since I started making music. Most of them are from different states and countries and while I was unhappily residing in New York, it was easy to talk and communicate but now I’m in Oregon and I’m taking my life seriously which is something I’ve never really done.
Basically, I’m happy. I’m not spending my time sitting on my computer or on my phone. I’m spending my time working on a record that I really love and I’m spending my time with people that I really love.
I’m not forgetting anybody, especially the ones who have helped me in any way musically (which is almost everybody) so I’m sorry if I have seemed or ever seem distant. I wouldn’t have moved here and I wouldn’t have found the happiness that I did without all of you.
Don’t be afraid to talk to me just because I’m a forgetful moron that has trouble keeping in touch and unless you’re a total asshole, remember that I always have love for you.
We finally started the second season of House of Cards, I got some great news yesterday involving Cemeteries, the new album will be done by April, I’m meeting PJ Soles in a week, I’m feeling really inspired and happy here.
"Heathens" by Cemeteries // Cemeteries Soundcloud (Streaming Now)
I know that I’m a big pusher of all of the music that Kyle J. Reigle (Cemeteries, Camp Counselors) puts forth, but there’s a good reason. Hitting the play button will be a better reason than I could put forth in words. So go ahead, do it. I’ll wait… see?
We last heard from his Cemeteries project a couple of months back, with the beautifully creepy one-off, “Feed”. And now, we’re in luck because we’ve got another one-off, entitled “Heathens”. Taking a step back from the synth-heavy atmospherics of recent releases, Reigle has gone and wrote a folk song - albeit, one that is firmly within the Cemeteries world. A lonely, autumnal guitar strum beneath airy, haunted vocals make up most of the song, and it’s more than enough to register a few dozen repeat listens - but as the sweetly eerie composition builds and ghostly layered backing vocals float in, so does an exquisite bit of shimmering guitar work that serves as a darkly dreamy outro. I made the comparison last time that “Feed” sounded like David Lynch producing Beach House, and that’s not far off here, but what it sounds like is Cemeteries - and for an artist so early in his career to have captured such a definitive tone and sound, while continuing to grow, is truly something special. Reigle recently made the transition from Buffalo to Portland, and has begun putting together what will be the next Cemeteries record. If it’s anything like this, we’re in for a wonderful listen.
Full disclosure: Though I consider Reigle a friend, I am genuinely impressed with each new artistic release. He’s a lovely guy, with talent for days, and I couldn’t be pulling harder for him to break big and gain the audience that he deserves. I sincerely hope this is his year.
The Perfect Host isn’t great but it’s the best film of all time if you imagine that David Hyde Pierce is playing a future version of his character Niles from Frasier!
Open Grave was predictable but it must have been interesting enough if I remembered to include it in these “reviews”!
Dallas Buyers Club was incredible! Bradford Cox!
I went and saw Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and I didn’t regret the hour and a half doing so but I didn’t super enjoy myself either!
Nebraska was the first film I saw in Portland and it was one of my favorite films of last year! Beautifully shot, funny, sad and a thirst-quencher for middle america/family nostalgia!
I’ve seen Fargo many, many times and guess what?! It’s still great!
I’ve seen The Shining way more times than I’ve seen Fargo and guess what?! It’s still great! This last time I watched it was a really special experience though and I’ll never forget it!
House By The Cemetery is the third Lucio Fulci film I’ve seen and while it might be my least favorite because it’s batshit insane, I really enjoyed it! Also, it has the ugliest child actor with the most annoying dubbed voice in any film, ever! Fuck you, Bob!
Her was near-perfect and it will always hold a special place in my heart! I won’t get into any more details! Quit being nosy!
Short Term 12 is the most underrated and snubbed film of 2013! It’s a beautiful story that deserved way more recognition, especially Brie Larson’s performance!
Blue Velvet! Heineken?! Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!
Dark Star is John Carpenter’s first film and I’m ashamed to say that it’s the last of his that I’ve seen! It’s obviously a student film and nothing like his horror masterpieces but there’s a philosophical humor to it that really clicked with me!
On a less ridiculous note, Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) is one of my favorite horror film directors of all time so I’m beyond excited that I got to meet him and see his new film The Sacrament at the Portland Film Festival. It was legitimately horrifying and while I slightly prefer his previous films which are a bit more fun, I respect the serious direction he took, especially considering it was essentially a reimagining of the horrific Jonestown Massacre.