May 26 2015

Trailer Tuesday

May 25 2015

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

AddictedToLove

Windy’s Pick of the Week: Addicted to Love

There was a brief moment in 1997 when Meg Ryan got tired of being America’s Sweetheart, and before Matthew Broderick descended into one-dimensional kitsch. They got together and made a very off-beat romantic comedy predicated on Matthew and Meg teaming up to stalk their exes who are now together as a couple: Broderick is the sad-sack who just wants to figure out how to get his girl back, while Meg just wants revenge. Full disclosure: I haven’t watched it in years, but I do own it (and watched it frequently in the late 90s) because I loved how bitter and biting it was. The plot is predictable (it is a romantic comedy, after all) but it’s the byplay between Matthew and Meg that makes it fun. Also starring Kelly Preston and the dude who played the European scientist in The Core.

creepshow

Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Creepshow

Back in the early 1980s, George Romero and Stephen King hatched this wicked little horror ode. This film contains a string of short stories, each a love letter to the particular brand of darkly humored monsters-and-comeuppance tales that made EC Comics famous. The film even has the bright, saturated colors of a comic, which is a nice change from the blanched horror films of today. Fans of playing Name That Actor will have a blast watching Creepshow, too, as it is loaded with great character actors and icons of 1980s cinema. In particular, watch for a pre-Cheers Ted Danson, a pre-comedy career Leslie Nielsen, and an unapologetically overcooked performance from Stephen King himself! The film relies far more on story, dark humor, and tone than it does on gore, so it can even appeal to folks who don’t normally dig horror films.

May 21 2015

Episode 67: Switches Are Fun

0067 AT4WThis week, dear listeners, we talk to LINKARA (aka Lewis Lovhaug) about making Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, a crowdfunded film based on his popular web video show. We discuss independent filmmaking, producing content for the Internet, and space ships.

For this episode, we were also joined by a couple of excellent audience members, Fes Works and Noel Thingvall. Yay!

If you want to drink along with Windy and Melissa, we suggest drinking whatever you have handy, because your dear hosts had drank so much wine prior to the episode that they totally forgot to mention what they drank. Thus, we apologize for all the lost consonants in this episode.

Show notes after the cut!

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May 19 2015

Trailer Tuesday

May 18 2015

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

jacobs-ladder

Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder is a movie whose script languished on the “best unproduced scripts in Hollywood” list for a decade before someone was brave enough to take it on. Finally, Adrian Lyne picked up the script, gave it a polish, and produced this dark, dread-filled horror-drama. There is nothing quite like the tone of this film: it has an eerie gravity to it, and it combines elements that would normally be gothic with a primordial quality that makes them truly seem like something that lurks in the corner of your eye. All special effects were made in-camera, and the sum of it all creates a sort of hell-on-Earth portrait of mental illness.

The plot is essentially a character study of a Vietnam vet (played by Tim Robbins) who is struggling with postwar life. His first marriage has failed and his son has died. He now has a job at the post office, but he suddenly finds himself plagued by hallucinations and visions. He finds that his old war buddies are also having the same problems, so he starts trying to find out why. His path is littered with government conspiracies and barely-glimpsed horrors, and it becomes clear that not all of he sees — or what we see — is real.

It’s certainly not a happy film, but it’s a masterwork of horror that I feel has been forgotten over the years. If you do track it down and enjoy (?) it, I recommend seeking out the DVD extras of the cut scenes. Almost 40 minutes of material were cut from the movie, and they are fascinating to watch.

pumpkinhead

Windy’s Pick of the Week: Pumpkinhead

I remember first seeing the trailer for this 1988 horror film — it looked pretty creepy, like it would deliver some good scares, and then Mr. Movie Voice declared “the name of terror is…PUMPKINHEAD.” And I burst into guffaws. Well, I wasn’t laughing when I finally saw this cult classic. The awesome Lance Henriksen stars as a father seeking revenge on those damned city kids for their (truly horrible) crime. But his vengeance will cost him, and as the demon he raised slowly tracks down the offenders, he regrets his anger – but regrets won’t be enough to stop Pumpkinhead’s rampage! Stan Winston directs this oddly well-put-together film.

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