(Podcast) Ma

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Jason Blum has given us a winning horror this time! It’s a good thing too because I was starting to wonder if horror would reside in his films anymore. Ma wants to give kids booze, ad they are all to happy to accept. But could there be an ulterior motive? Plus I give podcast updates, movie news, and my 50th birthday update since I am turning as such tomorrow!

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(Podcast) After Hours dir by Martin Scorcese

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A weird movie I love to watch again and again. Martin Scorcese did an amazing piece of art here. It’s a film that creates a creepy atmosphere and delivers some great performances along the way. Listen to me talk about it here in this 5 minute review. NOTE: This is from last year when I was doing much shorter shows.

After Hours (1985)
R | 1h 37min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Joseph Minion
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom

Weird movies are a lot of fun, if you’re into them. Of course, I am quite so. This is a movie that takes a look at the idea of a guy going out with a dangerous woman instead of the traditional other way around.

This is directed by Martin Scorcese, a verified master of the film-making craft. Most recently I loved his Hugo and he’s done so many other films down through the years. In this film he really shines in his ability to revisit a place and force the audience to see it differently. It’s sort of like a recipe for an open mind. The sets and backgrounds take you into the film. When he shows you the clock, you feel like it’s way past bedtime and YOU ought to be getting home.

There is a cast of thousands here but the lead is played by Griffin Dunne. Dunne has been in many films but you remember him as the English teacher in My Girl. He’s a great actor and it’s always impressed me how much he looks like Dudley Moore.

This is a goofy film and suspense abounds. This guy is having the worst night of his life and we experience it with him. I highly recommend this quirky film, it’s an intriguing work of art that stands up now over 3 decades later.


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(Podcast) Director Lars Von Trier w Guest The Vern

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Hi listeners! My guest today is The Vern @cinema_recall & @videovangaurd

It always works wuite well when he guests.

I have 8 other guests lined up for the rest of the Summer so I hope you sub.

NO write up for this one, but I did publish the outline for the show (belo) By the way Lars von Trier has a new movie coming out: “The House that Jack Built.” I didn’t get around to posting the audio of the trailer in the podcast episode but here is the youtube, audio trailer if you’re interested.

I also know you will enjoy my guest in this episode, he is the hardest working man in amateur podcasting! If anybody hits it big of all our friends, it will be him! Enjoy the show and …

Enjoy your day.


Show Notes: Ep 108 Director Focus Lars von Trier

1. I introduce guest.

My guest today is The Vern from Cinema Recall

I appreciate his interest in movies and the energy he puts into his podcasts. I subscribe and listen to his podcasts.

Vern, can you tell us a little bit about your podcasting life and career? How did you get started etc?

We each discuss our individual experiences with Lars von Trier films. ie; Film that had the most impact … Least. What makes him unique. Finally, a preview for “The House that Jack Built.” Some anticipation buzz/reaction about the film.

2. Films: We go down the list discussing if we have something to say(feel free to add movies not on the list)

Breaking The Waves
Dancer in the Dark
Nymphomaniac Vol 1 and 2

3. Whatchya been watching segment. Open movie banter.

4. Plugs

5. End.

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The Last Winter, 2006 – ★★

Starts out with the icy tundra potential of John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” Ends with a whimper. In between, unrealized potential. As far as horror goes, it disappoints. I’m not sure if this film knew what it wanted to do. I don’t recommend this one at all.

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Brightburn, 2019 – ★★

Imagine the Superman origin story only Clark Kent grows up to be a sadistic killer. Sound interesting? It’s not.

The biggest problem I saw with this film is the casting. From the mother/father to the kids on the playground, The acting awful. One example is when the dad calls the mom (Elizabeth Banks) “Babe” it made my skin crawl. Brightburn’s uncle and aunt are equally flat. The uncle who dies witha shocking injury is from Breaking Bad. The theater I saw it in was empty. I know why.

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The Omen

I joke with some and call this film my namesake. After all, it is right? Rewatching this classic horror film was amazing. I saw so many subtle influences on later films through the decades. Chill w me as I dissect the film. Oh and you get a bonus: the audio from the original trailer. Thanks for listening.

The Omen (1976)
R | 1h 51min | Horror | 25 June 1976 (USA)
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son?
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens

The Last House on the Left, 1972 – ★★★½

70’s movies are usually full of hippies and flowers, they all tried to change the world. This one? Not so much. 

Wes Craven wrote and directed this on-purpose graphic horror film. Silly acting when it should be scary detracts a lot. It’s also painfully slow in plot at first. Still, if you can endure up to the one hour point, a fairly good movie starts there. A lot to see remains until the end credits. I would have given it a 7/10 but the acting is hideous. Still, it’s worth a watch.

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100 Tears, 2007 – ★★½

This was recommended to me by @ZoboWithAShotgun who has recommended me scary or gore filled movies for a couple years now. Sometimes when I ask her personally or others when I read her reviews on Twitter. One amazing, nasty film was Thanatomorphose www.imdb.com/title/tt2385074/I enjoyed that one for its story and torturous realism. 100 Tears didn’t do it for me. That’s ok. The gore isn’t done realistically. I found myself looking at my watch quite a bit. At times it looked like the director had waterballoons filled with fake blood in mannequins as his main form of special effects. Still, if you want a fun killer clown movie, this one will fill the bill.

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(Podcast) Martyrs

Extreme body horror with a good story. Listen to my podcast on this film.

Gore and blood are the hallmark of horror films. In this case, they are definitely present. In fact, this film fits nicely into the category of films that has been emerging in past decades called “body horror.” In truth, it’s one of the best. A movie that visits pain or disfigurement on its characters and makes you think, “I hope that never happens to me,” qualifies as body horror. You can feel, in a sense, what is happening to the protagonist as if it were happening to you.

Yes, we definitely can categorize this as body horror. Through a good part of the beginning in fact, I began to think it was just that but I was so mistaken. There are “people vs. the establishment” themes going on here. There is an empathetic look at suffering, especially of women. There is a supernatural aspect that for me was never really “fleshed out” but certainly got me thinking. I have a word to the wise if you haven’t yet seen this film and plan to: Go in knowing there is a story but let all your expectations fall away. This film attacks victimization and vengeance in an all new way I can guarantee exists nowhere else in horror.

Something should be said about this original film: it’s following remake is nothing like it and should only be seen after the original. Read only non spoiler reviews and the IMDb summary before seeing it. Body horror fans and standard horror fans must see this film, it is glorious.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, 2019 – ★★★★ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

Here we have a very well made, visually styled, John Wick sequel. It may be the best written and the best choreographed of all three. Did anyone know John Wick I would spawn these amazing sequels? It wasn’t on my radar. Still, it has happened and this franchise is now a franchise to be reckoned with.

The film is rated R, it is 2h 10min long, an Action, Crime, Thriller, and was released May 17th 2019 (USA) As I write this review, it is reported to have knocked “Endgame” off the top of the box office charts.

The basic story is: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

The director is: Chad Stahelski and the Writers: Derek Kolstad (screenplay by), Shay Hatten (screenplay by)
It stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane


My favorite scene is where a hitan tries to collect the 14m bounty on John’s head when he is in the New York Library. The guy is a scary giant sized killer, he appears to tower over Wick. Anyway, I really liked the way they used the theme of a “book as weapon” to enable John wick to win the fight. LIke “the Matrix” has so many of, this is a scene choreographed more as a dance than of killing & violence. Some will disagree,

I am opposed to gun violence like this but I give it an 8/10 for what it is and to show how well this film is made. I don’t recommend it for viewers under 18. But for adults, I recommend it, it was a blast. What were your thoughts? Do leave me a comment.

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