Wednesday, January 30, 2013

JFD145: The Day my Kid Went Punk, Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool, For Safety's Sake


We're joined by friend of the show Sean Byron and Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival this week to discuss the art of discovering ironic classics, not on youtube, but by scouring thrift stores and garage sales. Then we watch some ourselves.

First, a young man is diagnosed with punk syndrome in the 1987 after-school special "The Day My Kid Turned Punk." Jay Underwood (Uncle Buck, The Boy Who Could Fly) plays the titular punk who trades in his violin for safety pins and leather, but not drugs and anarchy.

Then, bodyguard-turned-actor Mr. T gives us abso-ludicrous life and fashion advice in "Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool" from 1984. One of the classic "found footage" gems, this movie teaches kids to "recoup" and vaguely threatens them to be somebody.

Finally, Gary Coleman is an omnipresent being, drunk on the power of keeping you safe, in 1986's "For Safety's Sake." In a video that could really only succeed in scaring the crap out of kids, Coleman shows us every possible way we could die horribly while doing mundane activities.

You're gonna like this episode. I guarantee it.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

R.I.P Andy Copp

This weekend we lost a cult cinema mentor in independent film maker Andy Copp, who died at the age of 40 of a reported suicide in his home in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition to unleashing a handful of bloody low-budget films, Andy also spread the gospel of sleaze and bad taste through his numerous 'zines, VHS mix tapes, his outstanding public access show Pirate TV, and by hosting cult and horror film screenings and festivals at local mom 'n pop cinemas in Dayton.

Junk Food Dinner salutes Andy Copp. R.I.P, pal. We'll miss you.

Check out this excellent interview with Andy from former JFD announcer Juliet Fromholt.

[Drawing courtesy of Robin Bougie at Cinema Sewer]

JFD144: Society, No Retreat No Surrender, Vampire's Kiss


You guys know how they make those mystery flavored Dum-Dums? It's the run-off from when they switch flavors so you don't really know what you're getting. That's kind of like what this weeks episode is like.

Mysterious and flavorful.

Up first we FINALLY take a gander at what is hands down our most requested film - SOCIETY from Brian Yuzna. A young (30 year old) man must learn to cope with why he feels so much different than the rest of his family - but just how different is something he could never prepare himself for. After a year of emails, voicemails, and the occasional death threat we're finally taking this one on.

Next, the only thing higher than the kicks is the amount of racial stereotyping in the confusing martial arts flick - NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER. A young (actually young) man moves from LA to Seattle and has to fight everyone from the town fat kid to JCVD himself, along with the help of his new best friend and the ghost of Bruce Lee. This is another one we've had a surprising amount of requests for.

Finally, it's Nic Cage at some of his most unhinged as he portrays a yuppie in the midst of a complete mental breakdown. After a series of unsatisfying one night stands, Peter Lowe is visited by a sexy and deadly child of the night. From there out it's fake accents, fake teeth, and real bloodshed as we debate the merits of VAMPIRE'S KISS.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

JFD's February Schedule/ Big Sci-Fi Party

Check it, dudes. You know how in October we go fuckin' crazy for horror movies and fully indulge in Schlocktober with theme shows built around iconic monsters? Well, next month, we'll be going nuts for three things: Science. Fiction. And February. We're (tentatively) calling it....

JFD146: Aliens

  • Alien (1979)
  • Not of this Earth (1988)
  • I Come in Peace (aka Dark Angel) (1990)
JFD147: Time Travel
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Primer (2004)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
JFD148: Robots
  • Westworld (1973)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Robocop (1987)
JFD149: Giant Monsters
  • Godzilla 1985 (1985)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Cheerleader (2012)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Junk Food Dinner T-Shirts!!!

In the immortal words of Mr. T: "Everybody's gotta wear clothes. If you don't, you'll get arrested". So, if ya gotta wear 'em, why not wear something that shows you've got good taste in podcasts and in films?

The fine folks over at Hide The Bodies have put together this handsome t-shirt that features your three favorite podcasters re-creating the iconic Slumber Party Massacre poster (with a special appearance by Parker's love interest Julian Sands)!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

JFD143: Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby, Cecil B. Demented

Welcome weirdos, drag queens and misfits, to yet another episode of everybody's favorite cult movie podcast. This week we pay tribute to cult movie stalwart John Waters. Sometimes called the Pope of Trash or the Prince of Puke, Mr, Waters has been shocking and entertaining unsuspecting audiences for over 40 years.

 Up first, we take a look at the film that put him on the map; Pink Flamingos. This low-budget gross out fest stars larger than life drag queen Divine, who along with her misfit family, perform one disturbing act after another in order to retain the title of "The Filthiest Person Alive". However, Divine's arch rivals The Marbles (played by Mink Stole and David Lochary) will do anything in their twisted heads to take that title away from her in this seminal 1972 midnight movie that's just as shocking now as it was 40 years ago.

Then, we take a look at Waters' more family-friendly, yet still kitschy, work as we examine 1990's Cry-Baby. This send up of 50's juvenile delinquent movies stars a young Johnny Depp as the titular bad boy, who along with his gang of outcasts (including Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Kim McGuire, Iggy Pop and Susan Tyrrell) try to win the heart of good girl Amy Locane. This popular musical comedy has also since been turned into a successful Broadway production.

And finally, it's Cecil B. DeMented from 2000 about a guerrilla filmmaker played by Stephen Dorff who kidnaps Hollywood starlet Honey Whitlock, played by Melanie Griffith, and forces her to be in his underground movie to take on the Hollywood studio system. Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier and Maggie Gyllenhaal also appear as members of the rogue film crew in this pointed satire.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

TOP TEN of 2012: MARK

I feel like I watch a lot of movies. Like a lot a lot. Sometimes it seems like it's all I do. Never the less, I don't feel like I see enough movies. That being said, my list will be slightly different from Kevin and Parker. I'll be presenting my top 5 that I saw in "the" theater and the top 5 I saw in my (Spectacle) theater. Keep in mind that all of these are probably presented in no particular order. Also, I hate doing this. 

-Mark
"THE" THEATER
 5.) LOOPER
To me, this sounded like heaven on paper. As a fan of Rian Johnson and time travel - this seemed like the Recee's Cup of cinema for me in 2012. As the days counted down til it's release I found myself worried that it would be too much of one and not enough of the other. What I got was, I guess more like a Mallow Cup? I don't know I think I lost it with the candy metaphors here. The point is, this isn't a perfect film but it's well acted (especially from JGL) and has some of those signature Rian Johnson flourishes I've come to appreciate so much. I think I said this on the show but this is one that I think I need to revisit - and soon. 

4.) THE RAID: REDEMPTION
I didn't really know anything about this film when I went to see it. It was an afternoon burner with Steve and I showed up not knowing what to expect. What I got was 2 hours of action, pure and unadulterated. I'm not sure what the street value is on that much action but it has to be a lot. Fight scenes (which had to be in the dozens) were choreographed in blistering detail. Weapon choices were often exotic. The story, though wafer thin, was enough to hold it together like the tendons of so many broken limbs. In a climate of punch-for-punch edits (a la the Nolan Batman trilogy) where you left feeling like you weren't quite sure who hit who but that someone got it, THE RAID was a breath of fresh air, you know, when you had time to catch your breath. Here's hoping I never get kicked through a door only to have my neck impaled on the jagged, broken edge.

3.) CABIN IN THE WOODS 
Look, I know that episode we talked about this on got pretty long and muddied up with a lot of us going round and round about the vicious hype machine of the Internet and fandom. I know. But, at the core, I really like this movie. It's funny and fresh and smart and had some really good looking CGI birds in it. Ok maybe not that part about the birds. I feel like we've probably talked about this movie enough, though. I like it. I like it a lot. I don't think it's gonna change the game for genre cinema or anything, ok?

2.) HOLY MOTORS
 Another pick I more or less stumbled into. I had heard rave reviews from friends I trusted. I was in OH and managed to get a rag-tag team of misfits together to see this before I left town. I didn't watch the trailer or anything. I went in with only my Reece's Pieces. Of all the films on this list I found myself talking about this one the most. More or less a love letter to the tropes of genre cinema filled in by a series of amazing performances from the lead actor the film promotes as much head-scratching as it does praise.

1.) FRANKENWEENIE 
If I had to pick a favorite film of 2012, it would be FRANKENWEENIE. I'll take my licks on this one, I know it's Tim Burton and (even worse) a Tim Burton remake by Tim Burton. This is certainly not an endorsement for remakes in general or the idea that Tim Burton should keep this up, no no no. I don't mind eating crow here. The film looks great, is chock full of references to classic monster movies, and has some expert voice talent behind it. I would be a liar if I failed to mention that my decision was undoubtedly swayed by the fact that I lost my dog/friend that I had for 1/3 of my life this September and FRANKENWEENIE touched my cold, black heart at a time when I really needed it. I didn't cry. Sarah's gonna try and tell you I cried but I just had popcorn in my eye.

SPECTACLE THEATER

5.) BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER
One of the asskickers from our massive SUMMER OF SHRAPNEL series in August, this film took me totally by surprise. Double crosses, triple crosses, pop-art sets, chase scenes, finger traps, secret blueprints, and a snazzy soundtrack make for a fun filled watch. I'd like to think that this would play well on the show. Might be worth the gamble. It's a shame more people haven't seen this one.

4.) THE DEADLY SPAWN 
Admittedly this is cheating in every sense of the word. This was my programming, I've seen it a million times, and we covered it on the show with much fanfare. I can't stay away. I absolutely love this film. When I booked it for our NEARLY DISTANT FUTURES series in March, I have to admit, it was mostly for me. I quickly realized that we had a real opportunity though. Over the course of the screenings we were able to have director Douglas McKeown out for 2 screenings and producer Ted A. Bohus out for one. The two men gave vastly different accounts of the making of the film and added a Rashomon element I was not expecting. I feel like I learned a lot about not only the trials and tribulations of making this specific film but films in general. I had seen THE DEADLY SPAWN as a youth and reveled in the gore and now as adult I was able to appreciate it in a whole new way. Experiences like this one are some of my favorite parts of the theater and I hope that Spectacle can do that for everyone in some way. Also, if you were wondering, I totally got the colored wax on that Mondo soundtrack release.

3.) EDEN & AFTER
This was the second Alain Robbe Grillet film I had seen at our beloved theater and I was excited. While I loved TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS, I was assured by Troy that I would be floored by EDEN & AFTER and he wasn't wrong. Being a member of this collective has taught me a lot of things, much like JFD I can pretty much gauge who will like what when I program it and generally, it's easy to tell. This, for example, I know that Parker would just absolutely hate. Just hate and hate and hate. It's a super French labyrinth filled with drugs, suicide, blood, art, weirdness and red herrings. Will we end up doing it on the show? We'll have to roll the dice.

2.) ANGST
Goddamn what a nasty little movie this is. Just utterly vicious from start to finish. It's easy to see all the cherry picking that Gaspar Noe and Darren Aronofsky did from this film. It's like they sat down and agreed who would take what almost. Like a fringe slasher film that seems at times like it's trying to get away from itself. This played to packed houses every time we screened it. I remember sitting in the very back on the trash cans and being able to not only see the film but also the reaction of the crowd. Visceral and intense the fear was inescapable. The short runtime and throbbing soundtrack only heightened the experience.

1.) EL DEPENDIENTE
 Again, if forced to pick an all time favorite, I would have to go with this. SPEC2BER was ushered in with a lot of high hopes as last years October programming provided some record breaking nights for us, I had very high hopes. It's easy to work in themes but the last thing any of us want is for Spectacle to become "that place that shows ___________ movies." No Gods, No Masters, No Popcorn. I want everyone to be able to see everything in our little corner of Brooklyn cinema, and I think for the most part we achieve that. This SPEC2BER was great, for sure. This film however, was the stand out for me. Jon Dieringer (friend of the show and EIC at Screen Slate) programmed this and seemed to almost struggle with how to classify it. If you know Jon, you know this is a miracle in and of itself. We paired this with a Yugoslavian New Wave horror comedy and while that film did very well, no one knew quite what to make of this one. I saw it all three times we screened it. I worked the booth for 2 and sat in the seats for one and it's A CRIME HOW FEW PEOPLE SAW THIS. Dripping with loneliness and an almost desperate plea to be seen and understood. The films bleak but often darkly hilarious story is one that stuck in my brain and resonated in a way I didn't think it would.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Parker's Top 10 Movies of 2012

10. Chronicle
This is the story of three high school friends who suddenly find themselves with bitchin' telekinetic powers. I think a lot of people either had no knowledge of this flick's existence when it hit theaters in February or were turned off by the played out premise (super-hero origins plus found footage!). But, it turns out this movie is great because it avoids the triteness of its genre(s), as it doesn't dwell on the hows and whys of super powers and instead focuses (almost solely) on the emotional and psychological impact of having these powers. There's also in-story reasons for there being a camera in every scene to document these events, which is increasingly rare for that genre. I also love how the found footage aspect puts the viewer in the shoes of the bystanders of a super-hero encounter near the climax. It really conveys the epic confusion and excitement that would fuck your day up if Dr. Doom and Iron Man started fighting in your neighborhood.

Oh, and the director is apparently gonna be doing the new Fantastic Four movie next, which has me pretty stoked.

9. The Loved Ones
This is an Aussie movie that came out in 2009, but it just came out in America this year. And that's where I live (because I love Freedom and political hyperbole), so it counts as a 2012 movie. This movie is equal parts "Ghost World," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "House of 1000 Corpses" (though, that's kind of redundant) and a Taylor Swift song.

About halfway through the movie, I realized I need to go to therapy because I was falling in love with the Lola character.

8. ThanksKilling 3
We covered this movie on JFD138 and (spoiler alert) I was the only one who really liked it, but I think it's super fun, inventive, original, irreverent and, most of all, watchable. I've seen this movie five times so far (more or less, as I just have it on my tv at all times, so I catch scenes here and there) and I think I'll be re-watching it for so long that by the time I get tired of it, everyone else will come around and acknowledge its inevitable cult-classic status. Or at least cult-semi-classic, anyway. ThanksKilling 3 is probably a lock for being the prettiest movie we've ever done on JFD, aside from maybe "Total Recall" or "Gothic" or something.

I realize, though, I'm probably biased towards this, as I'll champion any movie where a space worm tells an anecdote about a friend of his having "worminal cancer."

7. Django Unchained
I've talked about it on the show, but I almost loved this movie. I went in skeptical, because I didn't like "Inglourious Basterds," or as I call it "Inglourous Basterds a Little Bit, but Mostly Some French Broad who owns a Theater." In fact, I wasn't even planning to see Django at all, but my wife really wanted to see "Les Miserables," so I had to quickly escape by saying "Oh, you go see that and I'll see Django and it'll be like we went to a movie together sorta, right? Eh?" I was turned off by the surprise Frenchmen in "Basterds" so I imagine I'd absolutely hate the omnipresent Frenchmen in Les Miz.

Anyway, despite going in skeptical, I was quickly won over (probably sometime around Christoph Waltz's third line of dialogue or so). By the one-hour mark, I was declaring this Tarantino's best work (as a director) and the best film of 2012, but by the two-hour mark, I was yawning and checking my watch and hoping to be released from my misery. The ending of this film is completely ruined by Q.T.'s ego and lack of solid bros around him to go "Hey, buddy. I know you made 'Pulp Fiction' and everything, but this fucking ending sucks and you have no business playing an Australian slaver. How many fucking Australian slavers were there in Texas, anyway?!" This is why Tarantino's best work is stuff other people directed, because you remove the cataclysmic ego of a man who thinks you can just pause an emotional climax of a film so that he can get his dumb face in the picture. I said this on the show, but imagine watching "Fellowship of the Ring," and the fellowship is waylaid by the Uruk-hai, Boromir dies protecting Merry and Pip and then Frodo and Sam escape and eat lembas bread with Peter Jackson for about a half an hour then return to the battle, see the Uruk-hai steal Merry and Pip AND THEN they decide to go to Mordor by themselves. Sounds fucking stupid right? It sure does.

Anyway, this is #7 on my list, because I'll be able to fast forward all that bullshit on the Blu-ray, probably.

6. Compliance
This movie is a re-enactment of a crime that happened in Kentucky, where a man pretending to be a cop called a McDonald's and told the manager to strip search an employee because she may have drugs or stolen money on her. Surprise: the manager did. Surprise again: It gets so much worse than that.

This movie is horrific for a few reasons. First, it highlights the absolute darkest aspect of humanity: that people will do whatever the fuck someone with authority tells them to do. This is how humans wound up getting slapped with the Holocaust, thinking "Lost" was a good show, voting on "the lesser of two evils" and the Killing Fields. There are tons of ignorant narcissists on youtube and Getglue that comment on this movie with shit like "Look @ these dummiez! Who wood do dat shiz?!" And, sure, it's easy to think that, but compliance is burned deep in our stupid human DNA. Back when we were still monkey people trying to avoid velociraptors, following the orders of the alpha male monkey man probably helped us survive as a species. Otherwise, there'd be fights and tribes and families would break apart, making them easy pickens for a sabertooth tiger or whatever. So, much like a tailbone, blindly following the leader persists in our silly species today.

Another reason this movie is so horrific is that it is not a dramatic re enactment of the original crime. I'm used to movies being "based on a true story," only to be let down by finding out later the only similarities are that the movie and the "true story" both involved humans and virtually everything else was different. But, I was fucking shocked to discover that everything in the movie happened as it did in real life. AND THAT IT HAPPENED 80 OTHER TIMES (to varying degrees, of course.) Perhaps most shocking and wretched is that when they caught the guy who was doing all this, he got acquitted and lives a happy life with his five children, consequence-free. The victims successfully sued McDonald's, though! Good work, American justice system, you're about as effective as Hugh Hefner's wobbly old dick.

5. Roller Town
This is easily the funniest movie of 2012. I can't even remember the last time I laughed so hard watching a movie. Every single gag in this movie cracks me up. Even aside from the chuckle-wuckles and laughie-poos, this is just a fun movie. It's a parody (or maybe a satire) of the goofy star-crossed-lovers-plus-a-hip-trend movies that we love on Junk Food Dinner, like "Roller Boogie," (obviously), "Breakin," "Thrashin," and "Airborne."

The movie is on Netflix Instant now, so go watch it. If you don't go around singing "Jeans! Everybody's wearing their jeans! I got mine on!" instantly, then you have no soul and you should only be allowed to watch "Compliance" for the rest of your life.

Oh, the movie was made by a Canadian sketch troupe (is there any other kind) called Picnicface. You can watch a bunch of their clips here. And they used to have a show in Canada, but it got canceled, probably to get back at me for all all the times I made fun of how clean Toronto is. But, come on! Cities aren't supposed to be that clean! It's creepy.

4. Safety Not Guaranteed
This is a movie that didn't look good on paper. Or on trailer, I guess. I've seen Aubrey Plaza play cynical and detached and I've seen comedies where the punchline is a character that is unflinchingly sincere and genuine and lacking irony, like Mark Duplass's character in this movie. In fact, most comic foils these days fit that description, from Napoleon Dynamite to Dwight Schrute to the bearded dude in "The Hangover." I wonder what that says about our irony-drenched senses of humor?

Anyway- this is a movie about a hoax. Sort of. And it's a movie about time travel. Possibly. But, mostly it's a movie about characters and regret and connections between people and risk and love and the inevitability of getting older and thinking how your life could be different. It's funny and sad and hopeful and entertaining and thought-provoking and beautiful and clever and I love it.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man
I was pretty opposed to this movie, but JFD listener and all-around swell dude, Seth Koozer, told me to see it and I was bored enough to listen. I'm glad I did because it's by far the best Spider-Man movie ever made. I liked (most of) Raimi's movies and everything, but in every one, the villain (who can't control himself because he's been taken over by a symbiote or robot arms or a goblin chemical) kidnaps Mary Jane and blah blah. This movie (and the sequels, judging from the bitter-sweet ending) is less about the simple excitement of Peter Parker overcoming his antagonist, and more about the changes the character goes through because of those antagonists.

The movie has some faults, though. The Lizard looks like a goomba from the Mario Bros movie, and he's boring as crap. But, this movie isn't about him. It's about Peter and Gwen and the great acting and chemistry from those two. Oh, and it's about Denis Leary, cuz he's awesome in this.

2. The Avengers
I love this movie, but I'm genetically predisposed to, I guess, as I have a Captain America tattoo. Admittedly, this movie has a few faults: Why do the Chitauri all die when their mothership blows up? They're not robots! And why does Hawkeye have to be a zombie for most of the movie? And why doesn't Capt. America just handle the whole situation by himself BECAUSE HE'S THE BEST HERO OF ALL TIME?!

Anyway, this is easily the most ambitious super hero movie of all time and perhaps the most ambitious blockbuster movie of all time (aside from Water World or something). Joss Whedon had the task of combining 4 movie franchises into one flick and he pulled it off swimmingly. Joss is best when he's handling ensemble casts and dealing with multiple character arcs and stories. Granted, about 80% of this movie is fighting and stuff, but Joss make a character say more with one line than most writers can in an entire movie.

Besides all that - if watching Hulk smash doesn't get you fucking hype then you can just get out of my face.

1. The Cabin in the Woods
It's probably really, really hard to make a meta critique of horror movies while simultaneously making one of the best horror movies. "Scream" and "Funny Games" come to mind, but the former feels ridiculously dated now and no one seems to enjoy the latter. Either way, we talked the shit out of this movie on JFD106, so I won't spend all day gushing. But, this movie is great. Great performances by everyone in the cast (mostly Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins), a great story full of paranoia and conspiracy and a third act that comes straight out of the wildest dreams of every horror nerd. This movie is amazing and I think it's just gonna pick up steam as the horror benchmark it is as time goes on.

To quote Mark: "Cabin in the Woods is totally a game changer and it has the realest cg bird I've ever seen in my life!"

Friday, January 11, 2013

Kevin's Top 10 Flix of 2012


10. ParaNorman
I saw ParaNorman at the drive-in at the tail-end of Summer 2012. I had seen Laika Entertainment's other stop-motion marvel Coraline a few years back and enjoyed it. But I was surprised at how much I liked ParaNorman. A very fun, nostalgic romp to get you into the Halloween spirit. Good voice work, cool soundtrack, and most of all, very impressive stop-motion animation and sets. Between this and Frankenweenie, it was a great year for spooky stop-motion in the theater.
 
9. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson returns with maybe his most Wes Anderson-y movie yet. If you dug the dry, quirky, 60's-inpired vibe of Anderson's previous work (especially Royal Tennenbaums), you'll get into this tale of young love and adventure. Hardened cult or horror fans may gag at the preciousness of Anderson's style, but with a great cast and cool soundtrack, I found this to be very enjoyable.
 
8. Killer Joe
Legendary director William Friedkin serves up some sleazy Texas noir with the help of a cool story (based on the play by Tracy Letts) and good performances by Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, and Thomas Haden Church. Lots of uncomfortable moments in this well-paced and unique crime thriller. Certainly not for everyone, but those willing to get lost in the gritty hillbilly reality of this movie will leave feeling dirty and satisfied.   
7. Dear God No! / Father's Day
This wouldn't be a Junk Food film list without some low-budget trash cinema in the mix. Two excellent examples of sleaze-ball films with small budgets but no shortage of bad taste are Dear God No! and Father's Day which both showed theatrically last year. Dear God No! is a throw back to biker exploitation films of the 60's, with a bit of 70's rape/revenge and bigfoot movies thrown in for good measure. The Troma-produced Father's Day is the brainchild of the film-making collective Astron 6 and is about a father-raping serial killer and the group of weirdos out to stop him. Both are fun, grimy retro slime that are worth checking out.
 
6. Searching for Sugar Man
The documentary Searching for Sugar Man chronicles the brief career and legacy of cult Detroit rock/folk musician Sixto Rodriguez (better know simply as Rodriguez). After recording two masterful, yet low-selling LPs, Rodriguez vanished into obscurity. Unbeknownst to himself, he had become hugely popular in South Africa. I have been a big fan of Rodriguez's for a long time and am psyched his music will now get some of the attention it deserves and think this touching flick is a must watch for rock doc fans.
 
5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Another documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the tale of Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi master who operates his world class restaurant inside the Japanese subway. Besides some hunger-inducing footage of the man at work, the movie also explores Jiro's relationship with his two sons, who are also sushi chefs, and the pressure they feel to live up to their father's greatness. Even if you don't dig on sushi, this may be the best documentary of 2012 and is well worth your time.
 
4. The Cabin in the Woods
Joss Whedon's much-delayed The Cabin in the Woods was far and away the best horror movie to come out in 2012 (that I saw, anyway). Originally shot in 2009 with a budget of $30 million, this clever send up of classic horror tropes and mythology was tons of fun, mostly due in part to Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford who kick SO much ass as the "architects" as they direct the carnage that ensues. Much like last year's Tucker & Dale, I think this smart horror-comedy will only continue to gain loyal cult fans as people eventually get exposed to it on cable and DVD. If you missed this in the theater, shame on you, but definitely seek it out.
 
3. Django Unchained
The eagerly anticipated new film by Quentin Tarantino hit theaters late in 2012 on Christmas day. I was able to break away from family functions long enough to catch it on its opening day and thought it was a fucking blast. I'll admit, I unabashedly enjoy pretty much everything QT puts out, but I still was impressed by how gripped by the story I was and how good the cinematography looked. Sure, it's longer than it needs to be and the brief appearances of Jonah Hill and Tarantino himself suck big time, but the bulk of the movie is very well done and a hell of a lot of fun. Outstanding performances by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and 38-year-old child actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Oh, and if you're one of these people who are opposed to this movie because you think it makes light of slavery; lighten the fuck up, will ya.
 
2. Headhunters (AKA: Hodejegerne
The Norwegian crime thriller Hodejegerne was released in 2011 in its native land but hit US screens in Spring 2012. I caught this in the theater without reading or seeing much about about it and was blown away by how tense and engaging it was. Beautiful direction by Morten Tyldum and outstanding performances by Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Eivind Sander give this the feeling of a super-intense Scandinavian Cohen Brother's movie. Highly entertaining from beginning to end thanks to a compelling story based on Jo Nesbø's novel of the same name. If you liked original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies, definitely see this before the impending American re-make.
 
1. The Raid: Redemption
The Indonesian action flick The Raid: Redemption (AKA: Serbuan Maut) came to US shores in March of 2012 without much hype or publicity and went in and out of theaters fairly quickly. It's made back its measly 1.1 million dollar budget, but I'm still disappointment that more people didn't get a chance to see The Raid on the big screen, as it is one of the best action movies to come along in a long effing time. I was fortunate enough to catch this in it's brief run in my local cinema and, like most people who have seen it, I was amazed by its over-the-top violence, outstanding fight choreography and insane stunt work. The fairly simple plot of a team of cops raiding ruthless gangster run apartment block isn't totally unique (in fact the surprisingly fun Dredd used basically the same idea this year as well), but it is so masterfully executed and fun there's no need for complex story lines or character arcs, just action... and action done RIGHT. All three key action elements are delivered in spades; gun play, martial arts and explosions. Absolutely bananas from start to finish, The Raid is pure fun. Watch it on the biggest screen and the loudest speakers you can find.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

JFD142: The Miami Connection, Shrunken Heads, Madhouse


This week, we throw the Nerd News out the window and dive right into our Top 5 Movies of 2012! There's sushi, time travel, super heroes, scary monsters and so much more. We also confess to the worst movie we saw last year.


As for the movies, they're weird!


First up, is The Miami Connection, a little-known 1987 action film, written, directed by and starring martial artist Y.K. Kim. The film is the cult gem du jour, as it has recently been uncovered and re-released by Drafthouse Films. The  movie itself concerns a rock band that must protect themselves against mobsters and motorcycle ninjas - all while looking for their friend's long-lost dad!

Next is Full Moon's first theatrical release: Shrunken Heads from 1994. Directed by Richard Elfman (The Forbidden Zone) and starring Meg Foster (They Live), a group of kids are murdered and brought back to life via a Haitian vigilante to seek revenge.

Finally, the legendary Vincent Price plays a horror movie actor who is being stalked by his own murderous character: "Dr. Death" in 1974's Madhouse. The movie co-stars Peter Cushing and has nothing to do with John Larroquette.

All this plus witty banter between friends, soundboard antics, Face to Face Chat, Junk (voice)Mails, DVD & Blu-ray releases, Nerd News and so much more!

NOTE: Parker's internet crapped out (thanks, Comcast, you... you dicks!), so he had to do most of the show from his phone, so it sounds kinda crummy in parts. Sorry, guys. You can send mean tweets to Parker about this @FinalParker.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

JFD Friend Sean Byron's Top 10 of 2012

I have to admit that I didn't see nearly as many newly released films in 2012 compared to previous years. For some reason or another, I was much more content to spend most evenings this year huddled around my VCR or AppleTV, alternating between classic films and cult movies. When I did venture outside of my apartment to watch movies, it was usually towards a repertory cinema like the New Beverly, American Cinematheque, or Cinefamily, which rarely show first-run pictures. This hermit-like existence was likely spawned by my dwindling patience with the average moviegoer at the big cineplexes these days, with all the texting and talking and general idiocy, as much as it was by the declining quality of the average Hollywood film, as the ailing studio systems works to eliminate all risk-taking from its films and attempts to develop the perfectly non-offensive, broadly appealing international blockbuster, even if the result is as bland as a bucket of lard. All of that said, I did see some (mostly mainstream) new movies this year and here are the ten I enjoyed most.

Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson films are almost not worth discussing as a large part of the enjoyment of them derives from an appreciation of his filmmaking style, which seems to be among the most divisive of any directors now working. For a fan like myself, who enjoyed all of Anderson's work to date (perhaps with an asterisk next to DARJEELING LIMITED), this film was another significant triumph. Even for those who can't stand his quirky-to-a-fault characters, unrealistically over-designed settings, and precise geometric framing, Moonrise Kingdom surely proves that Anderson is one of the most consistent directors working today, continually making films exactly as he sees fit with very little if any compromise or conformity to current trends in filmmaking.

Looper
Rian Johnson's previous two films, BRICK and THE BROTHERS BLOOM, were enjoyable, smaller films that showcased an extremely promising young writer/director with a strong visual sense and a knack for crafting detailed characters. With LOOPER, Johnson's third film, the promise has been delivered on (and then some). With a frenetic blend of action and science fiction, a particularly twisted chronology, and one of the most memorable villains in recent memory, this was a thrill to watch. Time travel films are often up my alley, with Shane Carruth's PRIMER topping my personal list - although that may not last for long. When watching this film, particularly towards the end, I kept thinking to myself that this is probably one of those films that gets even better on subsequent passes. I don't plan on waiting very long before validating that theory.

The Raid: Redemption
I often lament the fact that kung fu cinema is virtually dead. Yeah, this year saw the release of THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (a real mess), and you have some of the older stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen continuing to release films - but these are mostly just Chinese historical epics with some wuxia and kung fu thrown in to appease younger male audiences. What little kung fu can be found these days is often increasingly reliant on wire work, computer graphics, or is just not particularly well-executed or believable. Outside of Tony Jaa, there have been very few legitimately skilled martial artists making good films in the past few decades. As such, the buzz around THE RAID: REDEMPTION caused me a fair bit of excitement, but also some trepidation. Knowing how low the bar has been set for martial arts films, I was concerned that the hype would be unjustified. All fears were completely unfounded - this is one of the most ass-kicking experiences you can have watching a film. The phase "non-stop action" has never been more appropriately applied to a film. Director Gareth Evans's makes extremely good use of star Iko Uwais's clear mastery of his martial arts disciple. The combination of hand-to-hand fighting and gunplay, set against a John Carpenter-esque siege film plot, make for a sweat-inducing good time. And while the style of combat in this film (Indonesia's pencak silat) is not particularly showy, it more than makes up for it in lethal brutality.

Django Unchained
For me, this was another example of Tarantino doing what he does and doing it as well as he ever has. Who would have expected that the funniest movie of the year would be a spaghetti western about slavery? Likely nobody, and certainly not myself. Besides the unexpected comedy, this film boasts another remarkable performance by Christolph Waltz, an endearingly off-beat characterization from Leonardo di Caprio, and some expertly crafted action sequences. Although not as epic or layered as INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, there are more than enough laughs here to make up for it. It's not flawless, and Tarantino's appearance in a minor role is both indulgent and distracting, but the same point could be made for nearly all of his films.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
As someone who doesn't even eat seafood (and who has a particular dislike and distrust for raw fish), I didn't expect a documentary about sushi to become one of my favorite films of the year. But then, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is really only concerned with sushi on the surface - at its core, this is an exploration of the concepts of family and profession captured via one of the most extreme examples of a hard-working individual you are likely to witness. At times funny, at times sad, and revealing from start to finish, this is a documentary that should appeal to nearly anyone.

Samsara
Ron Fricke's first film in 20 years is a follow-up to his most recent, 1992's non-verbal, non-narrative documentary BARAKA, at the time considered both a major technical triumph for its use of time-lapse photography and large-format (65mm) cinematography and also a major artistic triumph for its explorations of mystical themes without the use of dialogue. After traveling the world for five years with a tiny production team of only five people, Fricke has reproduced the magic of his previous efforts. Similar to BARAKA, the music of Michael Stearns guides the viewer through an artfully crafted montage of the highest-quality cinematography possible, chronicling locations around the world both natural and man-made, including the mystical traditions of ancient peoples, allowing the viewer to meditate on themes of life and death. If this sounds like new-age bullshit, well - I understand. However, even if the thematic explorations here are not of interest, the superb cinematography combined with the fact that Fricke and his small team captured so many places and traditions that have never been filmed before should compel you to watch it.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Everyone in the world is likely to see this film at some point or another, and this probably would have likely been true regardless of its own merits, just based on the enormous success that Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy enjoyed. Despite the surefire success of this film commercially, it had quite a few marks against it creatively before it even opened: original director Guillermo del Toro dropping out, several scheduling delays before production could start, a number of incidents during production including a massive studio fire, bad word of mouth on the new 48fps digital technology, combined with the questionable decision to stretch the 300-page children's book into three films (the same number of films used to tell the epic tale of the 1,571-page LOTR trilogy - not to mention the fact that historically all film prequels have been crummy. With all of these factors stacked against it, I was preparing to be massively disappointed, particularly as a fan of the first trilogy. It may have been somewhat due to these low expectations (it's difficult to discern without multiple viewings), but I found the first of Jackson's new trilogy surprisingly enjoyable. Although it did drag slightly in a few places, and it lacked the overall diversity of settings and characters shown in the original trilogy, it did deliver a vision of Middle-Earth that was consistent with the universe Jackson had created in the those originals; compare that with the vastly different feel of the universe in the original Star Wars trilogy and what Lucas created for the prequels. And more than anything, it just felt nice to spend some more time in that world. Based on his success here, I wouldn't mind seeing Jackson attempt to recreate the magic of MEET THE FEEBLES, BAD TASTE, or DEAD ALIVE. He might even be more successful than Sam Raimi's recent attempts to do the same.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
I've yet to see Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 original, though I've heard from multiple sources it's an overall better film. That said, Takashi Miike's remake is a solid if ultimately depressing examination of masculinity, family, and Japanese values. While not an entertaining film in the way something like 13 ASSASSINS or ICHI THE KILLER were, I responded to the strong performances here and Miike's willingness to be unrelenting in his portrayal of despair.

Wreck-It Ralph
Disney has been on something of a turn-around lately, somehow producing fun, original films (this film, TANGLED, BOLT) while Pixar has been producing either slight misfires (BRAVE) or just jumping on the sequel bandwagon and cranking out ultimately inferior (CARS 2, and the upcoming sequels for MONSTERS INC. and FINDING NEMO) films - something that would have been inconceivable to most animation fans just a few years ago. In my mind, Wreck-It Ralph was somewhat of a risk for Disney; handing the checkbook to Simpsons/Futurama director Rich Moore for his first feature film, and basing it largely on the 8-bit videogame nostalgia that has gripped the now 30-ish Children of the 80s (myself included). But this isn't typically the target market for a Disney release, and Sarah Silverman isn't typically Disney's first choice for a young female lead. Somehow the risk paid off, and Disney produced something that's a bit more than just a retro cash-in. Fun cameos from the casts of Q-Bert, Street Fighter II, and the Mario series keep things interesting and the animation is top-notch as to be expected.

Frankenweenie
Tim Burton is the classic example of a filmmaker drifting away from everything that once made him interesting. Instead of the quirky, handmade quality that made films like Beetlejuice, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and Edward Scissorhands so much fun, he drifted towards overblown, over-serious, CGI-laden dreck. Thankfully, he has shown at least a momentary lapse in his modern style for Frankenweenie - which is appropriate, as this is based on one of his earliest short films (ironically, Disney fired the 26-years-young Burton after he completed the original short film, saying it was unreleasable and that he had wasted company resources). This stop-motion film is an easy, enjoyable throwback to 1950s monster movies and the handmade art style is endearing. There is nothing mind-blowing or groundbreaking, but it's likable enough for any fan of the Universal Monsters to check out.


Sean Byron is stand-up guy and friend of the show. He recently guest-hosted on JFD139.

We'll be posting our own Top 10 lists later this week.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pool Party Radio's "Razorblades" Frisbie's Top 10 Movies of 2012

1. Seven Psychopaths
More than a meta-concept, this film became a brilliant treatise on where we've come in film development and film culture. Without giving too much away, truly more than I expected and a must see for any film geek.

2. Moonrise Kingdom
The film starts in Wes Anderson's typical dollhouse, but then explores the great outdoors in a move away from even the cute diorama of the sub in Life Aquatic. Influences on his sleeve, Anderson provides a perfect vision for any romantic who wanted to find love and a life better than those of tire adults.

3. Killer Joe
Taken from the stage and thrust onto the screen, the story of murder and double-crosses should remain clear but is consistently distressing in how unnerving and confrontational the performances are. McConaughey gives what is maybe his most brilliant performance of the year, if he hadn't already done so in Magic Mike, Bernie, Paperboy, etc., etc.

4. Bernie
Linklater goes back to Texas for some folksy dark comedy. By having actors local to the scene of a bizarre murder, he let's the town speak for itself, more or less. Thankfully, this dark movie about murder in "flyover country" doesn't encroach on Coen Bros and remains wholly unique. Jack Black is amazing as the titular character - a murderer who a town finds too sweet and loves too much to convict.

5. Compliance
There are cringe-worthy films, and then there is Compliance. Probably the most depressing movie since Dogville, what prevented me from slicing my wrists was the very real resolution to examine human nature, and the realization that the actors, including Dreama Walker from Beware the B----- and Ann Dowd, from mostly stage and various TV, act their asses off. Note: if you are from the midwest, you will feel ashamed of that fact after watching the film and learning that this film is based on very real events.

6. Cabin in the Woods
A visually entertaining commentary on horror films today. Many dismissed the film as a nod-and-wink to horror fans, which is unfortunate as it has volumes to say about the corner into which mainstream horror films and production companies have painted themselves. Yes, there are references to classic horror films, but they exist *to set the debate,* and the debate is worth multiple viewings.

7. Klown
Absurd, Curb-Your-Enthusiasm-styled humor from Denmark. The movie goes beyond any cringe-worthy film scenarios, proving that there are highly uncomfortable and hilarious places yet to uncover. Examples: What to do when your friend is having sex next to you in the same bed, How to take your relationship to the next level with a pearl necklace, and what will you do while on weed and booze at music festival in your underwear?

8. Goon
Shamefully overlooked hockey-comedy with a great comedic performance from Sean William Scott and another great but small performance from Liev Schreiber. Scott's character is kind of dense, but extremely likable and even engaging. The film isn't doing much more than an underdog story, but it's probably the most likable underdog story since Rocky (I), except with loads more humor thanks to the cast and dialogue.

9. The Avengers
So what if Hulk goes nuts on the hover-ship? That's your beef? THAT'S why you "can't" like the movie?? You're really going to nitpick the most visually coherent and stunning superhero film to ever exist THAT ALSO pays attention to comic book canon? After decades of movies not giving a single thought to the comic book community outside of marketing, they finally manage five carefully crafted movies to set up a single spectacular and magnificent superhero crossover, and it's just not good enough for you, is it?! Well, great news, Jack: there's an atrocious Captain America/Spiderman/El Santo crossover from 1970s turkey called "3 Dev Adam" that's way more suited for your demanding comic book devotion or your belly-aching for "logic" and "realism" in COMIC BOOK-inspired movies. How's that sound, junior? You want to watch a foreign rip off, or maybe that '71 Captain America movie? Or the 1990 Captain America movie? No, no- Captain America: THE FIRST AVENGER, is off limits, sir, because it's not good enough!! IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, BIG GUY, WHEN THE AVENGERS AND JOSS WHEDON AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH?? CAN WE JUST BRING YOU THE WORST SUPERHERO MOVIES ON A SILVER PLATTER, SIRRRRRRR???? So, yeah, in short: try not to slap anyone who claims The Avengers is not the most successful superhero film we've ever been blessed to see.

10. Thankskilling 3
More than a meta-concept, this film became a brilliant treatise on where we've come in film development and film culture. Without giving too much away, this one is truly more than I expected and a must see for any film geek.


Jason "Razorblades" Frisbie is the co-host of Pool Party Radio. He has guested on JFD quite a many times, he lived in Japan once and he totally likes David Bowie. In the future, he will change American culture by implementing A Frisbie's Right to Choose.

We'll be posting more Top Movies of 2012 lists in the next week from some friends of the show and we'll be posting our own lists after our year-in-review episode goes up Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

JFD141: Phantasm, Bubba Ho Tep, John Dies at the End

This week, we celebrate Don Coscarelli by gushing about (mostly) three of his flicks.

First, a boy discovers that weird things are afoot when a Tall Man moves into town in Phantasm from 1979. This massively influential indie flick took in big box office receipts during its initial run and has spawned three sequels and a rabid fandom.

Next, two elderly men must protect their hospice from an ancient, soul-sucking mummy in 2002's Bubba Ho-Tep. Starring Bruce Campbell. Oh, and the two men in question may or may not be Elvis and JFK.

Finally, two slacker pals must save the world in the highly anticipated movie based on David Wong's cult book "John Dies at the End." The movie co-stars Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti.

All this plus witty banter between friends, soundboard antics, lots of Mark's clicky pen, Junk (voice)Mails, DVD & Blu-ray releases, Nerd News and so much more!

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