He Never Died, 2015 – ★★★★½

I had put off watching this film for a long time, years in fact. I figured it was a biopic on Henry Rollins. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It does showcase however his unique tough guy style. This is a great horror film that touches on the idea of immortality, greed, and crime in a marvelous collage.

Rollins plays an interesting character who we never really get the full story on. He’s a loner until he finds out he has a 19 year old daughter. He’s a lousy dad but he can’t ignore her, especially when she is in serious danger. IMDB calls it a horror comedy drama but the comedy is barely perceptible. It works as vengeance horror. I totally enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

Dogman, 2018 – ★★★★

Go see this! It’s an indie project that touched the heart and ignites the vengeance reflex. The film is very satisfying. Marcello is a man who tries to do everything right. 

He’s a dog groomer by day and sometimes a cocaine dealer. He does what he has to do. Watch and see if you think he has choices. The suspense winds more and more until a final release. I love this film.

(Podcast) Dogman and Yesterday

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07/14/2019 What I’ve Been Watching – Dogman, Yesterday. Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke. Speaking of coke, what if the drink never existed, nor the Beatles?

I review 2 movies in this episode: Dogman and Yesterday.

Show Notes:

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Dogman
Dogman, marcello

Groomer/pitbull

Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke.

Dealing coke wih Daughter there. At least he makes an attept to keep her innocent

He scores for his team players. We never see him takng drugs, their deslings are strictly for economic survival.

He’s a single part time dad.touching scenes with his daughter.

Simone robs mac’s neighbor, The police want marc to turn him in

does the time for Simone.

A good man can be taken fown so easily.

He’s changed after jail

His friends shun him publicly

The bully keeps on keeping on. Is he weak to turn the other cheek?

When must you fight back?

Thid guy spent a year in jail protecting a guy who doesn’t care if he lives or dies

Getsattacked whole taking in dig boarder

Now he’s with his daughter. Scuba diving Is she in danger.

Lovely shot holding his daughter on a boat.

I love how he got Simone to pit himself into the cage.

Lowering bed contraption ingenious

Chokes him to death

Burns the body

Has he gone crazy?

Carries Simone twice his size

Showing the guys in the yard what he’s dome

Miving the body all ariund

In the end, it’s wuiet. Me alone with my hoicrs.

Yesterday

he lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.

How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?

A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.

We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.

I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.

What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.

I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.

Published first at the DRP film podcast: bit.ly/2LRjdU9

The Dark Half, 1993 – ★★★★

This is a lost classic horror dated in the 1990’s. It’s a Stephen King Novel adaptation. Just like Misery, it’s an author’s nightmare. The lead character played by Timothy Hutton, is the famous thriller/horror novelist but he writes under a psuedonym.

Pretty soon we find the alterego pseudonym is actually a real life person. t’s a supernatural turn. This “Dark Half” threatens to destroy our author but as we learned in Misery, authors have weapons all their own. This is a real trip see it.

(Podcast) Midsommar

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Ari Aster has given us a second horror film and he calls it “Midsommar.” Did I like it? Eh, not really. Maybe more than Hereditary, his first horror film. The visuals were brighter and the black comedy more prevalent. I’ll call it part of his formula. Let me explain that, he researches horror from the 70’s and transfers the tropes into his new horror films. Hereditary was heavily influenced by Rosemary’s Baby; Midsommar is a very near kin to The Wicker Man.

I guess he’s growing on me. If we were talking about oldies music and someone imitating that sound, I might see that as cool and talented thing to do. Harry Connick Junior imitates Frank Sinatra old blue eyes. Daft Punk sometimes imitate old Disco sounds … this can be a good policy for an artist. In Midsommar we have a definite wink at the Wicker Man and layers that feel like Coachella acid trips by wayward college students. The jury is still out on Ari Aster as horror director. He may become something huger than now. My hope is he will try something new but that might not be what he’s interested in doing. As an artist I say: follow your bliss and for these two initial horrors of this, that bliss is using horror movie tropes and themes from the 70’s. Midsommar’s strengths are its wide open colorful spaces, and the ethereal quality of going to a faroff place. As far as the story? Eh, it’s pretty weak but I think the movie is meant to be a vacation for the senses instead of a thought provoking grid for discussion. It is a dreamy hallucination, and at times it’s very relaxing and enjoyable. Other times it seems to not know where it’s going or what it’s doing. One thing is sure though, it looks amazing and the cultic folk music is very good.

Published first at the DRP film podcast: bit.ly/2NyhG7P

The Duchess, 2008 – ★★★½

The Duchess is a historically based film based in old royalty. Despite that boring setting, the show plays with the notion of what a woman in that time would sacrifice for her children. 

It’s a tearjerker. Most might call it a chick-flick but I avoid that term for its sexual bias. See what characters do then make your conclusion. I recommend it.

Head Count, 2018 – ★★★

Though I’ve given it a humble rating, this film is worth watching. It has the arid backcountry feel in the Mojave desert of California. There are just Joshua Trees and rock climbing for these college aged young adults to enjoy. Well, there is also a bunch of weed and mushrooms and who can forget the booze.

The characters are just out to party. The days bring panic but is it the drugs? Is there are more sinister supernatural thing happening here. Are you a skeptic?

I enjoyed this film a lot but it lagged in the first half. The writing  ould have been more focused and condensed. After that, it’s blast. If you like thrillers, try it!

Yesterday, 2019 – ★★★★

The lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.

How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?

A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.

We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.

I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.

What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.

I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.

(Podcast) What I’ve Been Watching: Child’s Play (2019) + 5 More

Listen here –>bit.ly/2xjV1Bj

Child’s Play (2019), Annabelle Comes Home, Inside, Escape Room, Omnivores, Frontier(s), Mars Attacks, Y Tu Mama Tambien are covered in this episode.

1. Child’s Play (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Aubrey PlazaMark HamillGabriel Bateman,Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 6,621 | Gross: $19.13MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 11 others]

Annabelle Comes Home

2. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 6.7  6 53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera FarmigaPatrick WilsonMckenna GraceMadison Iseman

Votes: 3,235 | Gross: $10.83MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 12 others]

Inside

3. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror 6.8  8

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre BustilloJulien Maury | Stars: Alysson ParadisJean-Baptiste TabourinClaude LuléDominique Frot

Votes: 34,540Watch Now 
From $9.99 on Prime Video

Escape Room

4. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor RussellLogan MillerJay EllisTyler Labine

Votes: 45,985 | Gross: $57.01MWatch Now 
From $4.99 on Prime Video

Omnivores

5. Omnivores (2013)

87 min | Horror, Thriller 5.7  7

A restaurant critic writing about secret supper clubs gets the chance to join an elitist society of cannibals.

Director: Óscar Rojo | Stars: Ángel AceroFernando AlbizuCarina Björne,Mario de la Rosa

Votes: 786Watch Now 
With Prime Video + 1 more

Frontier(s)

6. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror 6.3  7 44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina TestaAurélien WiikPatrick Ligardes,Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 23,450Watch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video

Mars Attacks!

7. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi 6.3  9 52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack NicholsonPierce BrosnanSarah Jessica ParkerAnnette Bening

Votes: 197,079 | Gross: $37.77MWatch for Free 
on IMDb TV + 1 more

Y Tu Mamá También

8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama 7.7  10 88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel VerdúGael García BernalDaniel Giménez CachoAna López Mercado

Votes: 107,477 | Gross: $13.62MWatch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video

Published first at the DRP film podcast: bit.ly/2xjV1Bj