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    Supernatural Blood Sprinkling Victory Package
  • Birthday 02/01/1976

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    Male
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    Lincoln, NE
  • Interests
    Since I'm here, that should be pretty obvious. I spend countless hours on the Web looking up music and movie news and info. When I'm not doing that, I spend countless hours writing music and movie reviews for my website.

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    Web developer/designer
  • Favorite movies
    Orphee, Children Of Nature, Lord Of The Rings, Pulp Fiction, Save The Green Planet, The Color Of Paradise, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Donnie Darko, Blade Runner, Hero, OldBoy, practically anything with Jackie Chan or Jet Li, and everything I've seen from Studio Ghibli.
  • Favorite music
    The Cure, Sufjan Stevens, early U2, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Pedro The Lion, Do Make Say Think, Bark Psychosis, Hood, Sigur Ros, The Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, July Skies, Epic 45, Talk Talk
  • Favorite creative writing
    C.S. Lewis, Phillip Yancey, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Haruki Murakami
  1. Stranger Things (Netflix)

    Super 8 is a legitimate comparison because they're both mining the same type of tropes and source material, but while I enjoyed Super 8, I'd argue that Stranger Things delivers more in the end. I know it resonated with me a lot more strongly then Super 8 ever did.
  2. Stranger Things (Netflix)

    We're about 2/3 of the way through it and so far, we're loving it. Yes, it shamelessly traffics in '80s nostalgia, but it's actually kind of eclectic and avoids obvious cliches. (Or maybe I'm just not used to hearing Joy Division songs in TV shows.) And it references lots of classic films, from Stand By Me to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So it's shameless that way, too. But I just don't care because it's just done so well, a classic case in how to use nostalgia well. I love the characters, even the minor ones. (One of my favorite scenes is when the boys are having a discussion with their dweebish science teacher and they throw out a Dungeons & Dragons reference and he knows exactly what they're talking about.) And I love the show's aesthetic, which feels very authentic in terms of setting, wardrobe, etc., while adding to the atmosphere. For example, the way the camera lingers on scenes after they're technically over, which only adds to the sense of gloom and foreboding. I realize it could tank by the final episode, but I'm very hopeful. We'll probably binge watch the final episodes tonight.
  3. The Witch (2015)

    "Beware, Horror Fans: 'The Witch' Has Just Been Named an Official 'Satanic Experience'" Make of that what you will. FYI, the Satanic Temple were the folks who tried to get a statue of Baphomet placed in the Oklahoma State Capitol.
  4. Independence Day: Resurgence

    Agreed. The original was as big, dumb, and loud as it gets, but from the one-liners and hamming it up, the film knew it. Based on the trailer, the sequel seems to think that darker and grittier is better. Sure, you have to raise the stakes for the sequel, but does it need to be so grim-dark?
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    I am very OK with this casting decision.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... 2?

    The film is now titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny, and Netflix has released the first trailer. I haven't been following the film's production, so I was a bit surprised -- but perhaps I shouldn't have been -- that it'll apparently be an English language film. The martial arts action looks pretty good, which one would expect from Yuen Woo-Ping. But really, a dreary synth-y cover of "Bad Moon Rising" for the soundtrack? That was... odd. Also, is the film a prequel? Everything I've read indicates it's still a sequel.
  7. Marvel's Netflix Shows

    We Saw the First Episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones and Now We Want More:
  8. Song of the Sea

    FWIW, my wife and I watched this over our anniversary weekend. It was an absolutely beautiful film, but thematically speaking (especially the final scene), I'm not so sure it was the wisest viewing choice for that particular weekend.
  9. Asian films

    Not sure why The Man From Nowhere is part of "Kung Fu Fridays" but it's a solid, gritty action/thriller. It's like Taken, only much better. As for Into the Badlands, I was initially underwhelmed by what I saw. But the more I think about it, the more the bonkers premise has grown on me. The blend of old and new, and putting wuxia-style swordplay in a semi-modern context, reminds me of films like What Price Survival, Heroic Trio, The Executioners, and Savior of the Soul. Those weren't necessarily good films (though I believe What Price Survival is a truly hidden gem), but they can be entertaining in their bonkers-ness to watch. I think/hope Into the Badlands will be along the same lines.
  10. Greenbelt 2015.

    I sincerely hope some footage from the RAIJ's performance appears on YouTube soon. And yes, their new album is fantastic.
  11. No Place to Call Home

    BuzzFeed (of all places) has posted a pretty long, in-depth piece that delves into JPUSA's history in light of No Place to Call Home. It's a pretty heartbreaking read.
  12. New Stuff Worth Hearing

    A few recent faves of mine... CFCF - The Colours of Life 40 minutes of instrumental pop that blends together world music influences and '80s music tropes -- think Bill Laswell remixing a Phil Collins cover of Talk Talk. You might find it really cheesy, and it sort of is, but it also hits a real sweet spot for me that taps into '80s nostalgia but goes into some new directions. The Green Kingdom - Vapor Sequences A 4-song EP of minimal ambient dub -- think a more spacious, ethereal Burial. Perfect for late night coding sessions. Lightning Bug - Floaters Lo-fi shoegaze/ambient/experimental pop at its finest. Brings to mind Broadcast, Slowdive, Flying Saucer Attack, and Amy Annelle, but has a singular emotional wallop all its own. This one came out of left field and just bowled me over. Pilotpriest - W/W/D/K/F Cinematic synthesizer music reminiscent of Daft Punk and Makeup & Vanity Set. Cascading Slopes - Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers The best album that Joy Electric never released. Absolutely beautiful and emotional synth-pop.
  13. It Follows

    I know previous commenters didn't care for the soundtrack, but if you'd like to hear it on its own terms, here it is. Edit: Having listened to it a bit, I can see how some might find it distracting. It seems like it wants to be like Sinoia Caves' soundtrack for Beyond the Black Rainbow, which also evoked John Carpenter's classic scores, and is also really ominous and overbearing, but that approach works for that movie.
  14. Luxury Album #5

    Here's my review. Nice review. I sure do hope it's not the last album (but I really want to hear Wedding Feast of the Lamb: Second Movement!). Who was the former theology prof? Matt Hinton. According to his bio on the website for Awake, My Soul, he taught religion at Morehouse College. He also runs an apparently excellent burrito restaurant.
  15. Luxury Album #5

    I've been listening to Trophies almost non-stop since I got it. Without a doubt, it's my favorite album of theirs, and if it's the last Luxury album, then it's a fantastic final statement. Here's my review.
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