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Countdown to the holidays with Film & Food

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” is a Rankin and Bass Christmas classic.

 

Yukon Cornelius was always my favorite. I remember watching this on television growing up. Yes, I’m *that* old.

 

Note: FOURTH link I’ve posted…hope this one lasts! Some Scrooge doesn’t want you to see Rudolph!

On Saturday, The Guild in ABQ will be hosting the Dark Matters Film Festival from 2 to 10pm.  Each two-hour block will feature numerous short films from around the world. The pricing is 8 bucks for one block or 15 bucks for an all-day pass, which is what we’ll be purchasing. See you there!

Horror Bites

Does anyone remember Chickenman? I listened to this radio show when I was a wee girl in the 70s and I’m quite sure it shaped my sense of humor. I don’t recall exact plotlines but I have never forgotten the theme music and opening, which you can hear for yourself in this clip from This American Life.

Chickenmaaaaaaaaan!

Which brings me to the title of this post. Chickenman’s theme ends with panicked voices chanting, “He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere!”  And so is Film & Food.  Don’t forget to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to have access to trailers, articles, movie stills, and much much more (said in cheesy overly dramatic radio host voice).

 

Outsider in a village seeks to learn tai chi from the master but villagers are forbidden from sharing their knowledge. He must earn their respect and gratitude before they will allow him to study their secret art.

Tai Chi O

Tai Chi O poster

Tai Chi O, the first in a planned trilogy, will be distributed by Well Go USA so there is a very high chance we will actually get to view it.  With  Stephen Fung directing  and Sammo Hung as action director, we’re practically salivating here.  Diversion Pictures is hell bent on creating a new Chinese martial arts star and we’ll be keeping an eye on what develops.

When the trailer hits the internet, we’ll make sure you get to see it.

We aren’t the first ones who were instantly reminded of Wes Anderson when viewing the trailer for Dennis Lee’s newest film, Jesus Henry Christ.  Still, that’s not a bad thing, right? Could be worse.

We’re a little bit over the precocious kid needs a human side to balance his/her intellect story arc. However, this has promise. Mainly, we are interested in what Toni Collette and Michael Sheen do the material they were given.  In limited release April 20th.

Jesus Henry Christ poster

The new Wes Anderson?

 

We at Film&Food fell hard when Fellowship arrived in the theaters eleven years ago. We had themed parties for cinematic and DVD releases of the trilogy. We scoured the net for any scrap of information to feed our greedy little fan hearts. If you are anything like us, you’re enjoying the production videos taken on The Hobbit set.  To all others, I give you, The Hobbit Blog.

The Hobbit

Prison break in space? Okay. Sure. Why not? With Luc Besson producing and credited with co-authoring the script,  Lockout, alternately titled MS One: Maximum Security, should prove to be, at the very least, an entertaining action flick.  We hope the presence of Guy Pearce and Peter “I need unguent” Stormare in the cast will help to elevate up and out of the stereotype.  Let’s find out on April 20th, when it comes to a theater near you.

 

Drive

Drive

I think I was not in the mood for a masturbatory artsy flick so in love with itself that it lost its way.  So, of course, I have to say that Drive was not enjoyable for me.  It wasn’t the gore. I actually rented this because  I heard it was violent. That’s the kind of gal I am.  The “gore” was sudden and unexpected (if one had not read reviews beforehand) and I think that is why it was so “shocking” to critics and moviegoers.

From the very start, it felt like an homage to 60s/70s French cop flicks . It felt like I’d seen this before.  The credits font, the electro-pop score, the way music was used, the camera angles were all so familiar.  It felt like affectation. Still, it felt tight and I was geared up for, what I thought, was going to be a fun ride (pun intended).

What I disliked the most was that I could see all too clearly where the director was headed. I was too aware of the little tricks with pacing, for example.  And it felt false, like it was just for the sake of making an arthouse film rather than making a kick-ass film which happened to be arty.  I wonder at the repackaging into an indie, as well. Something to muse on…

What I did like, though, was Albert Brooks. He was a scary mutha, wasn’t he? “Don’t worry. That’s it. It’s done. There’s no pain, it’s over.” Oh my god, he was brilliant. Who knew Albert fucking Brooks could be so frightful and mesmerizing?

The Woman in BlackCan Harry Potter carry a film on his small shoulders?  UK box office results say, “Hell yeah.”  In the US, The Woman in Black was edged out by Chronicle.  Hmmm. Still, all in all a good showing. Perhaps this is partially due to the agressive ad campaign, which seems to be the norm in recent years. Whatever the reason, this bodes well for DanRad as he tries to shake off his young wizard’s cloak and find his way as an adult actor.

The Woman in Black gives you old-school frights, which might not appeal to the jaded moviegoer who is accustomed to gore and torture porn.  The gothic atmosphere, constant fog and wet wet wet of the remote English countryside, small cast, little dialogue…all this sets the mood for a good old-fashioned creepy film.  Did I mention the dolls? Creepy toys from the period in which the story was written were used to lend authenticity. I guess they do. I thought the interior of the mansion looked too much like a set crammed with too many props. All I know is that old dolls like that creep me out. (and did he really have to turn on ALL the toys in the nursery?)

I thought the cinematography was excellent. Slick, wet, dark grays again lent to the suspenseful overall feel.  I felt the score cues were a little heavy-handed but they usually are. It’s as if directors can’t trust us to know when we are supposed to be scared.  DanRad was good but not as good as he might have been. I wish he showed more in his facial expressions.  Loved Mr. Ciaran Hinds, as usual.  You’ll have a few Hey, It’s That Guy moments.  (See if you can find a Fifth Element  That Guy)

If you are planning to see this film, pay the cash and see it in the cinema. Or at least watch it on an HD television.  If you don’t, you might miss all the background spooky shadowy stuff.  Boo!

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