Friday, June 23, 2006

Catty Lou

My wifes Grandfather passed away Tuesday. She was quiet close to him, but she seems to be taking it well. She's now at her Mom and Dads, ready to go to the wake which starts at 2 for the family and 4 for all other visitors. (I'm going with her to the funeral tomorrow - I felt it best to let her spend time alone and grieve with her family, alone)

We've watched a few comedies to try and lighten the mood around the homsestead, and I've been putting on my crazy hat to try and bring out that gorgous smile she has. I succeeded a few times, but made an ass out of myself on occasion.

One of the movies we decided to watch was The Cable Guy with Jim Carey. This movie gets alot of mixed reviews, but I think its a work of black comedic genius. Ben Stiller is truly a good director, but Carey and Broderick just play so well off each other. There's nods to numerous films throughout the whole film, but are made very subtle by the seemingly normal cycle of happenstance that seems to occur every few minutes or so.
Carey played to a tee a deranged cable guy with a lisp. It must have been hard to keep the same persona, and, especially the lisp throughout the entire film. To me, that takes talent, although, there's some people who think Carey is a talentless hack.
Nevertheless, TCG has now officially entered my top 40 list, alonside another Carey film, Dumb and Dumber.
Sometimes, I just need to steer clear from horror-land for a few days, to give my mind time to conceive the fact that there's other forms of cinematic entertainment besides someone getting their face cut off with fishing line. I've been trying to broaden my specs and my wife has been the main ring leader. I've watched alot of films lately that I would have never bought, but I'm glad 'Cat' has a sense of cinematic taste that even remotely fits mine. My last girlfriend (before marrying 'Cat') had no sense of cinematic charisma. She didn't know a good movie if it hit her square in her face, but Cat, she has some great choices for viewings.
Take for instance the 1994 film Legends of the Fall, with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins - I NEVER would have bought a movie like that a year ago, but now, I'd even pick up Titanic if I found it at a convienent place and especially a convienent price.
Anyway, Thanks Babe. Now, I can enjoy a whole new world of cinematic ventures. Maybe, after going through all the drama and action sections, she'll introduce me to the porno genre. Just kidding, hun.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Rob Zombie and Halloween 9

It's probably old news to everyone by now, but Rob Zombie was officially greenlighted to write and direct the next Halloween installment. I've got alot of mixed answers when asking people how they feel. Alot of people have never really forgiven Zombie for his first lucid nightmare House of a Thousand Corpses. I, for one, enjoyed the film quiet a bit, albeit all the cinematic and color mistakes throughout.
What I do know is that Zombie learned from his mistakes, as stateted by himself, and gave us a riveting, disturbing tale of disturbing family ties with The Devil's Rejects - A beautifully shot film, with great acting, without all those fast cut to's and cut aways, lacking that annoying psychadelic nusance from House of a Thousand Corpses.
What doI think? Well, I just gotta say that I've got GREAT faith in Zombie. The guys knows what it is fans want. He knew what they wanted in the first place, but being a novice behind the camera, it just didn't transmit all that well with House. Zombie uberly redeemed himself with Rejects and I totally believe that he'll give us a wonderful layout when it comes to Halloween 9.
I think alot of people will be eating their words - and - don't be surprised if we don't see Jamie Lee somewhere in the midst.I'm looking for Zombie to get an even greater budget than his 6 million for Rejects (which by Hollywood standards is pennies)- We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, you can keep keep tabs by visiting the official Halloween Films site.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Overlooking the ...

Well, well, it's been a while since I've updated. I'm very sorry and by-god this one goes out to my nine regular visitors. There's no real reason I haven't posted in a while. Well, there's one, but involves a weedeater and a pair of golf shoes. I won't get into that, but if you're in the mood for ice cream, I could tell you about the time I shit my pants. Maybe next post?

Anyway, I'm just going to ramble a bit. Much-a-do about nothing much. I was watching Joyride the other day. The one with the Fast and the Furious guy...anyway, I noticed that he and his brother's name are Louis and Fuller. I never really paid any attention to this, but Louis Fuller was Lucio Fulci's American pseudonym. I thought that was a very cool hat tip to the Godfather of Gore.

I was also watching The Cable Guy with my wife over the weekend. Again, I never really paid any attention, but there's a nod to a seminal Canadian sleeper called Black Christmas. When Chip has Stephen locked up, he visits him in jail via telephone through the bullet proof glass. I'll not go into detail, but for you fans of Black Christmas, you'll pick it up right away.

Anyway, I found these things kind of cool and thought I'd toss them up.