01 Dec SIGN OF THE TIMES
Hahaha, what a weird few weeks it’s been, huh?
First of all, may the immortal spirit of Leonard Cohen live on.
He had a sensibility that I found highly relatable, and his darkness was always a welcoming light in my life May he rest in peace.
Second of all, Leon Russell – incredibly soulful piano player, incredible singer and just a really, really amazing musician overall, so another guy – rest in peace.
Thirdly, I’m also sad about the passing of American democracy – slam the final nail in that coffin lid! Speaking of which…do you guys remember Stephen King’s The Dead Zone? How fitting for these times, because if ever there was a time for you readers out there to revisit this one, this is the moment! So go out and buy The Dead Zone – or rent it, stream it, whatever you need to do. I think it’s pretty relevant, and it’s interesting that Stephen King would come up with a story that has proven to be a harbinger of things to come. It’s almost like King became a character from one of his own novels! The sub-atomic weirdness of it is next-level, so chew on that! And let it be said and confirmed that a horror movie does not need to have 12 arms, 8 legs, fangs and multiple eyes you know? Even good, suspenseful thrillers like this are ‘horror’ movies in their own right because the monster is real.
My second choice for a film that reflects these times, is Frankenstein. Did we just collectively create our own Frankenstein? Although in fairness to Frankie, he tried to be nice to the girl and he wouldn’t have a twitter account! You wonder what’s going to happen in the world now, with everything seemingly turned upside down on it’s heels. It’s like The Poseidon Adventure of American politics – and yes, I will throw out all sorts of movie references – let’s reference the monkey trial in the Planet of The Apes, where he was being tried for basically just being human. This is all movie art imitating political life!
If a director was going to make a movie about ‘his’ ascension to power, well, Tobe Hooper would be a good one and also Sam Peckinpah. William Friedkin could do it, but I think maybe Eli Roth is the guy. He did The Green Inferno, maybe he could make The White House?!!!! Ha!
I should say that right now, things are pretty crazy as some of you know, and with that said I might segue and drift rapidly from topic to topic, so having said that …
Lights Out! I live for scenes that creep me out, that stay in my head and reverberate over and over again so as I can revisit them in my obsessive mind over and over again. There were a few scenes in Lights Out that genuinely creeped me out, that were pretty original and well-executed. Especially the flickering light action which is pretty prevalent throughout the entire film. This film would’ve looked really different had someone attempted to make it 15 or 20 years ago, because effects allow you to create just about everything these days…which can be a double-edged sword, but this movie really works! You can even say they’re having this XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (blocked for spoiler potential!) at the speed of light. I really thought it was very cool, the plot line holds up and I’ll watch it again. Is there a comparative film I can think of? Hmmm, not really!!! I struggle to come up with a comparison, which is a damn fine thing.
So check this out! I was visiting a friend in LA, and he said ‘Hey! I have something for ya!’ – always a very nice thing for sure – he’s a loveable nutcase this guy. He pulled out this small box, and inside was something that looked like a refrigerator magnet! I was kinda blown away, because I’ve had some cool refrigerator magnets in my time but it maybe wasn’t what I was expecting. The picture on the front was of The Doll Family, which was a family of dwarves, their real name was the Earles family, three of whom were featured in the great 1932 film Freaks.
It was obviously an old black and white picture on the front, and I turned it over expecting to see a magnet but instead there was a mirror! My friend was grinning at me. I asked if it was some sort of weird drug paraphernalia. The Doll Family would go on carney tours and roadshows, and they would sell swag! Postcards, pictures and little pocket mirrors for your purse. And THIS was one of those pocket mirrors for a ladies purse. I would say this is circa early ‘30s. I was really, really blown away, and told him that I thought he was giving me fridge magnet at first.
“Man, of course not!” he yelled, “you’re nuts!”
It turned out that of the two of us, yes, I was the nutty one. But cool gift and a great collectible, so thank you to my ’not-nutty’ friend for this extremely cool artifact. There is something else I have been meaning to procure from a collector…these four lobby cards from the film Metropolis. I keep on thinking about them, I keep on wandering when I can hammer the time down to formally see them and procure them. I have a ‘yes’ on getting them, the guy is holding them for me, but it’s a case of finding the time, what with my head having been so deep in musical matters lately. So somewhere in the very near future I am getting these four Metropolis cards, which is very exciting because Metropolis is so iconic and means so much to me because it means so much to other people; it’s a lot of filmmaker’s favorite movie, it’s Forrest J Ackerman’s favorite movie, the visuals from that movie are totally amazing and finding American movie material for Metropolis is very difficult. I am excited to get them and really grateful this guy contacted me first.
OK, I’ll be back with you soon!