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Chadb

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    Ambient Metal

    Funny, but what else do you call something like Sunn O)))?
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    Big Rock Playlist

    If you like Paul Rogers how about his band before Bad Company, Free. Try "Fire and Water" or "Wishing Well." He really is one of rocks great vocalists. Fun Fact: I used to live next to Paul Rogers manager.
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    Vacancy

    Well, I grew up loving horror films. Some of my early film memories involve Saturday afternoon creature features with my mom. Godzilla. Hammer films. The such. I grew older and learned to love many other genre of film, but horror always had a hold over me. Maybe because I grew up in the church and horror is the only genre that consistently takes the supernatural seriously. But, with the recent wave of torture horror (or porn), I to have been disturbed. Watching the movies with and audience was soul destroying. The clapping and hooting during human suffering was disturbingly informative. I believe in the idea of countering one idea with another so the only response I could muster was to write something that contained elements of
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    Come Early Morning

    I watched it last night. It was alright, if a little Lifetime-y. It had a fine cast that puts in yeoman's work. As far as the minister in the film, the actor (Ray McKinnon) also played the epileptic minister in the first season of Deadwood.
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    What do you dislike about The Dead Zone? I happened to watch it again last night and think it fits very well with Cronenberg's themes even though he was a hired hand. The film is incredibly sad and I also think it's Walken's best performance (well, excluding Annie Hall). I agree with you about Santa Sangre. I heard rumors that Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain will be coming to DVD this year, that would be my most anticipated by far if the rumor is true.
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    As well it should not be a respected form of cinema. It's low culture. That's its beauty. As Fulci once said "The genre [horror] is a ghetto." I guess I'd compare it to punk rock. It's crude, simple and almost anyone can do it (and do it poorly). But when done well it provides a rush that other genre's just can't. My love of horror movies (and it pretty much is just horror movies, I haven't read a horror novel since high school) is that at its best it's a form of pure cinema. An absolutely ridiculous film like Raising Cain has glorious moments of imagination visually. It's from watching the Evil Dead and The Fury in junior high I suddenly realized what a director does. Also, it's the only genre that consistently takes seriously the idea of the supernatural and that evil exits in this world. A lot of horror is all about subtext. Why do slasher films consistently force a majority male audience to identify with a (usually) virginal heroine? The guys at filmfreak did an excellent breakdown on the entire Friday the 13th series that looks at the machinations behind the grue. http://filmfreakcentral.net/dvdreviews/fri...he13boxset1.htm But I would definitely say the genre is not for everyone. What do you think of The Fly and Dead Ringers. I'd agree that Cronenberg's work has been wanting the last decade or so, but The Fly and Dead Ringers stack up with his best work, to my eyes at least. Videodrome has some of the most shocking visuals captured on film and is among my favorites of all time. It's message is only more appropriate in a day age when we can watch Sadam's execution on our video phones.
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Hmm, how do you feel about Argento? Have you seen any of the old Hammer films? Any Val Lewton stuff? Just some thoughts from the films you listed. I have to say I'm intrigued by the idea of only theoretically liking a genre. This is just a new wave of splatter films, heck if you want to see a true splatter film check out oscar winner Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. That's splatter for you. This would era would probably be properly called torture cinema and smarter people than me could draw parallels to certain world events and the horror cinema that is touching a popular nerve.
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    So did you like it? If you really, really want to be angry watch the director's French film "High Tension." It has the most improbable twist that I can recall in recent cinema. Just to get a reading, what horror films do you like? Recommendations could come from knowing where you're coming from.
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    Inspirational Horror

    Did you know that this movie is being remade (actually "updated," according to the studio behind the new version)? I just received one of the most disturbing, and, I would argue, tasteless press releases I've ever seen: I did know they were remaking it. From the trailer it looks like they were sensitive to Ebert and reversed the gender on the truck pull apart scene (see Ebert's incensed review of the original). I dunno, it will probably be a horrible film but I've been surprised before (Dawn of the Dead remake). Also, I would love, love, love to be killed on film. If I'm allowed to let the 13 year old horror geek living in me speak: "That would be soooo awesome."
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    New Stuff Worth Hearing

    Thom (or anyone else) Have you heard the new Converge album. I think it's amazing, it might be neck and neck with Jane Doe after my first few listens. Has a really interesting sequencing with the first five tracks just rocketing by, none over a minute and a half, then the great title track, followed by an almost 10 minute long doom like track. Really great stuff. And to anyone with a passing interest in country music, I highly recommend then new Alan Jackson album. It's country soul, like if The Isley Brothers wanted to make a country album.
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    Hostel

    Maybe this is my own hang up, but even the worst horror movie I can walk out of feeling that it was at its base merely artifice. I feel much worse watching a documentary like PBS 'Country Boys' (which is terrific) because it's using someone's real life and pain as entertainment. I feel conflicted in this because at the end of the day, nothing was make believe, unlike even the worst "horror porn."
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    Best of 2005?

    Wow! Thom Jurek with Sunn 0))). There wasn't a single person on this board I would have guessed was into Sunn 0))). My favorite listening experience this year was listening to Sunn 0))) new album and Sigor Ros new one back to back. Like the perfect journey from dark to light. The Opeth album is amazing as well. My own personal top 3 would be 3 - Opeth - Ghost Reveries 2 - Hight on Fire - Blessed Black Wings 1- Crooked Fingers - Dignity and Shame
  13. Well, since the Exorcist II: The Heretic is being discussed I thought I might post a review by a guy named Mike Sutton who's opinions I always found interesting. I don't know what happend to Mike, he dropped off the internet a few years ago. Mike really liked The Exorcist II and wrote a tremendous review of it. It caused me to reassess my feelings on the movie (which I hated). I still don't think the movie is very good but in light of Mike's review I do find it more of a curiosity rather than an outright faliure.
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    Inspirational Horror

    I think horror movies are the closest thing to pure cinema. Large segments of the movie can be told without dialouge and you can go crazy with the camera in ways that would be distracting in a drama or comedy. A few of my favorites that haven't been mentioned: Exoricist III The Eye Return of the Living Dead Curse of the Demon Tenebre Deep Red The Beyond Dead Ringers Hellraiser Near Dark The Hitcher The Stepfather Company of Wolves Woman in Black The Vanishing (original version) Cat People (the 40's version)
  15. I'm a little late replying to this (I've been offline with computer problems for over a month), but I think The Shield is the best thing on television right now (although I do enjoy Deadwood quite a bit as well). The fact that they are able to juggle so many characters and storylines week in and week out is amazing.
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