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  1. 2017 NCAAF: WEEK 8

    They've been at times good, at times mediocre on defense. On offense, they've been a trainwreck. This is exactly what I expected.
  2. 2017-18 NBA: FIRST HALF

    My mistake, I meant to say better rebounder.
  3. Man, this Taryn thing is strange. Did she refind Jesus again? She apparently already has indie bookings lined up, so she's not leaving wrestling again just yet. I don't know man, two months and leaves in the middle of her first angle since coming back. I know, I know "it's TNA" but... Just strange
  4. 2017-18 NBA: FIRST HALF

    Dwight fucking murdered the Hawks last night. Little known fact: statistically, at least, Howard was actually really good last year. He was a better defender than Gobert. But he has to be the NBA all-time leader in number of teammates who have hated him.

    I found the first season of The Wire excruciatingly dull, tapped out half way through the season 2 premiere. Such an overrated bag of reheated cop show standard events. Ugh. And McNulty was just hateable in the bad way. That said, the first two seasons of The Sopranos is all-time great tv, and the rest is generally pretty good.

    Marry that wom... Oh yeah, good job
  7. Sexual Assault and Harassment in Hollywood

    I'm not sure if Tarantino's admittance that he knew and did nothing about it was a good idea, but it's shockingly honest.
  8. The 8th annual Halloween Havoc

    Blood. Mayhem. Jaywalking. Film: Lake Bodom Chosen by: S.K.o.S Finnish movie based on a for-real 1960 campsite triple murder where the killer was never caught. Here, four teenagers spend a night at that campsite so one of them can test a theory he's got about the murders. Thought this was good enough to recommend. It's a very polished product, and the cinematography is very good, quite a feat when most of the movie is in the woods at night. I like the structure, where it starts off as horror, lets you up to breathe for a bit in the middle with some plot, and then goes hard back to horror for the finish. Also one of the protagonists is quite top-heavy and I kind of developed a crush on her... and research tells me she may actually be high school age, which is problematic. Hmm. Well, I'll go stare at myself in a mirror and think about things, you go watch the movie. Reviewed by: Execproducer Pretty Little Liars Meet The Boogeyman. That would be my tagline for Lake Bodom, a 2016 Finnish slasher directed by Taneli Mustonen. It starts off in familiar territory with two high school boys, one of the jock persuasion and his creepy, brainy side-kick, luring two girls out to the titular lake under the pretext of attending a party at a cabin in the woods. The girls, Ida and Nora, are best friends and intend the party to be therapy for Ida, who has been emotionally damaged for reasons that are soon revealed. But on the trip up, creepy boy Atte spends his time studying crime scene materials and it becomes clear there is some tension between him and his buddy Elias. Turns out the party and the cabin are bogus. Atte intends to enact a "recreation" of the circumstances that led to the brutal killing of a group of teenagers inside their tent some several decades earlier. A real-life unsolved crime that occurred at Lake Bodom back in 1960. It gives the film it's title and likely extra weight if you live in Finland. Atte apparently believes the re-do will bring forth the answers he is obsessed with, like a seance with improv, and that is one of the far too many logic gaps that knock this film down a few pegs. Once at the campsite and with the girls seemingly convinced to participate, Mustonen throws up a few familiar cues: sex talk, drug use, nighttime dips in the lake, POV shots of different characters isolated from the others, noises and lights in the woods.... To say much more would be to engage in spoilers. There are a few twists and turns ahead, with the biggest one coming about halfway into the film. There isn't much foreshadowing for it, but you will likely be a beat or two ahead when it hits. And once it does, nothing that comes after offers any real surprise. There is an extremely clunky bit of exposition shortly before the climax. Gore fans are likely going to find this a bit lite. There is a good story here that hasn't been fully realized, with a Big Bad that feels like a cipher and an ending that falls flat. On the plus side, all of the leads are very good, particularly Nelly Hirst-Gee (Ida) and Mimosa Willamo (Nora). The cinematography is exceptional with beautiful shots of the lake at nighttime and mists rolling through the woods that look natural. The score and sound design work really well with the film, which, at 85 minutes, is generally well-paced. The highlight is the set-piece involving a tow truck. This appears to be Mustonen's first foray into horror and if he ventures back, I'll give it a shot. As for this, I'm at about a C+. Worth watching once but I won't re-visit.
  9. It looks like they only have the last few months or Xplosion so far. Of course, they don't have any Impact from 05-15 yet, so I'd guess classic Xplosion is not the first priority. Unless Spike owns all that and they can't get it back?

    I mean, he's probably got the most or second most recognizable voice in the history of hip-hop.
  11. The 8th annual Halloween Havoc

    Busy day guys, I'll have a review up Thursday sometime.
  12. See: Givens, Robin for further information
  13. The 8th annual Halloween Havoc

    We have something verrrry special for you tonight, my children oh yes we do. It's a monster movie double feature of EVIL Film(s): Night of the Demons Chosen by: driver (No explanation sent, and unbeknownst to your humble host, the film has a remake. Luckily one well versed in the dark arts of film has arrived.) Reviewed by: Just Trippin' Night of the Demons (1988) Directed by Kevin Tenney. Cast: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Amelia Kinkade, Linnea Quigley, Lance Fenton, Billy Gallo, Hal Havins, Jill Terashita, Philip Tanzini, Allison Barron, Harold Ayer, Marie Denn, Karen Ericson, Don Jeffcoat. In a lot of ways, Kevin Tenney's 1988 Night of the Demons is a horror film light years ahead of its time. From the painstakingly animated opening credits to the superior make-up effects created by Steve Johnson, Night of the Demons is a low budget movie if ever there was one, but Tenney definitely did not allow a lack of funds to lower his standards or diminish his ambition. As the movie begins, we're gradually introduced to our cast of characters including the demure, sweet-natured Judy (Cathy Podewell) and her date, player Jay (Lance Fenton); Judy's thuggish (and stereotypically Italian) ex-boyfriend Sal (Billy Gallo); Judy's fun-loving friend Frannie (Playboy magazine lingerie model, Jill Terashita) and her boyfriend Max (Philip Tanzini); goth queen Angela (Amelia Kinkade) and her guy-crazy best friend Suzanne (scream queen, Linnea Quigley); and the odd trio of loud-mouthed, piggish Stooge (Hal Havins) and superstitious Helen (Allison Barron) and Rodger (Alvin Alexis). In proper horror movie fashion, Tenney indulges himself in a bit of world building, explaining the history behind the haunted house where the party will take place and laying down the monster rules (ie. the titular demons cannot leave the house because they cannot cross the boundary created by an underground stream that encircles the property). Once that's done, we're off to the races. Dancing and good times at the cobwebbed mansion lead to a séance where, SURPRISE~!, the teens manage to stir up the demonic forces living on the property. As the characters scatter around the house, they one by one fall victim to Angela, possessed by the spirits and set on transforming the rest of them into minions of Hell. Once shit gets bizarre, it gets bizarre with a capital fucking B. Steve Johnson's visual effects are somewhat dated as expected, but the ingenuity and craft must be seen to be believed. There is a rather infamous scene involving a topless and demonically possessed Suzanne and a tube of lipstick that will fascinate and horrify you at the same time.... I'll just leave that to your imagination. Night of the Demons holds a special place in my heart because of the sequence of the inevitable body count. Horror vets will be quick to pick out the final girl, Judy, by her disturbingly wholesome demeanor. Even though she is almost annoyingly pure, she is also no fucking nonsense and unwaveringly sticks to her moral code even in the face of ridicule and a douchebag boyfriend who constantly pressures her for sex. And then we have Roger. Roger is not only a (gasp) black kid, which is almost unheard of in 80's horror movies casting, he is also intelligent (if a bit cowardly which is understandable in the face of supernatural evil) and his character is not played up totally for comedy relief. Normally you'd watch a movie like this and pray for the painful evisceration of all parties involved but in this case, Kevin Tenney creates two characters who you honestly hope survive the night. Night of the Demons is not free of flaws. As a matter of fact, the low budget practically guarantees them (the set pieces are particularly cheesy). However this movie is also a mean spirited tale dripping with blood mingled with the sweat and love of the actors and production crew that labored long to bring this vicious tale to life. Oh, and this movie has the second best horror movie use of a song by goth rock legends, Bauhaus. The best use, of course, is the first five minutes of The Hunger aka one of the best vampire stories ever told. ---------------- But wait, there's more Night of the Demons (2009) Directed by Adam Gierasch Cast: Tatyana Kanavka, Michael Arata, Shannon Elizabeth, Linnea Quigley, Bryce Arata, Addy Rome, John F. Beach, Michael Copon, Zachary Bernard, Diora Baird, Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, Edward Furlong, Irina Beskaravaynaya, Jamie Harris, Delilah Donovan, Tiffany Shepis, Hans Titze, Tiffany Billiot, Erica Grant, Lance E. Nichols. Okay, I will preface this by admitting that I honestly feel that this movie is a worthless reheat of the original cult classic. Now let's try to find some silver linings. First off, the premise is pretty clever: As per the original movie , we have the Halloween blast of the decade going down inside an allegedly cursed mansion, once home to a foolish woman who committed suicide (decapitated while trying to hang herself) rather than allow her soul to be possessed by unnamed demonic forces... For professional party girl Angela (Shannon Elizabeth, chewing on scenery like no other), the throw down is a chance to score on some phat loot For the rest of the attendees, including Maddie (Monica Keena), Suzanne (Bobbie Sue Luther), Lily (Diora Baird), and bothersome drug dealer Colin (Edward Furlong), the shindig is a chance to get drunk and hook up. When the law shuts down the fun, a chosen few are left behind. Discovering a nest of skeletons in the basement, the gang unknowingly awakens a ferocious malevolent spirit that utilizes crafty, sexual-themed maneuvers to murder them and capture their immortal souls. On paper that sounds really awesome, so why trap it within the framework of a beloved schlocky horror cult classic like Night of the Demons? Laziness? Lack of imagination? Adam Gierasch at least has the common decency to send a few shout outs to Night of the Demons (casting Linnea Quigley in a cameo and showcasing an interesting take on the infamous lipstick scene) but this polished gorefest doesn't contain too much that we haven't seen before. The nature of the evil in the remake is extremely well thought out and the menace is far more expansive than the original. The titular demons in the first movie cannot escape past the boundary of a mystical underground stream blessed by a Native American tribe while in the remake, Hell will be able to gradually invade our world once it captures the souls of seven human beings. That sounds pretty rad, so why does it fail to impress me? I think this movie would've been far better received if it had marched to its own drummer rather than relying on the name recognition and reputation of Kevin Tenney's 1988 blood stained diamond in the rough to see it through. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth to see such interesting ideas co-mingled with something you've already seen done much better somewhere else. Shannon Elizabeth does her level headed best to drag this thing across the finish line, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Ed Furlong is too busy being Ed Furlong to give a shit about anything. It is worth a look if you are morbidly curious or are genuinely interested in comparing and contrasting the remake and the original film but if you're looking for a worthwhile addition to your 31 Days list, I'd look elsewhere.
  14. Sexual Assault and Harassment in Hollywood

    I expect the board is going to sell it, piecemeal or whole, to someone that will drop the name but keep the properties. Hell, Bob was the one denying rumors of that a couple days ago.
  15. 2017-18 NBA: FIRST HALF

    Well that just truly sucks. For him, for Boston, for the NBA... Just everybody. There's a .gif that crops the actual injury out but let's you see most of the instant reactions from the players on the court and the Cavs bench, and even that's disturbing as hell.