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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Posted in Action Movie Review, Comic Book Movie Review, Contributor: Jon, Fantasy Movie Review, Film Review, Movie News, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Jon

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Each generation loves nothing more than to revel in the nostalgia of their collective childhood experiences. As time passes, the negative aspects fade and what remains is a mythologized patchwork of rosy memories and optimistic historical events. For the baby-boomers, this translates into the narrative of perfect, happy, family-centric post-war America where the men were men and the women were ornamental that fuels so much of the Andy-Rooney-ish kvetching about the current state of affairs.

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For my generation, born into culturally-relativist-post-post-war TV Land, this nostalgia translates into the current trend of pro-unicorn, 8-bit-loving, three-wolves-howling, super-hero-horny, i-love-the-80s, pop-up-video memedom. And it is this fuel that propels the pitch-perfect Scott Pilgrim vs. the World through its hour and fifty-two minutes of awesomeness. Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by Jon

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It’s your favorite babysitter, Reverend Jon! Speaking of babysitters, REMAKE NEWS! Can’t find where I first read about it, but a remake of your favorite Christina Applegate movie is in the works as they say in the industry.

Pajiba reports that the remake is still in the early stages and no names are attached yet. Any picks for a Christina Applegate update? Taylor Momsen? Continue reading

Mother (Madeo) 2009

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , on March 5, 2010 by Jon

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How can you go wrong with a director whose name includes the words “Ho” and “Bong”? The answer: not at all! I have not had the pleasure of seeing many of Mr. Bong’s movies, but when my friend over at Grad Gastronomy recommended The Host to me a few years ago, I was delighted by his clever mix of creature horror, humor, and little guy vs. Big Brother. When the bf and I saw the trailer for Mother (shown before House) we looked at each other with “got to see that” looks on our faces. Continue reading

House (Hausu) 1977

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Fantasy Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , on February 24, 2010 by Jon

by: Reverend Jon

“House, HOUSE” moans a throaty man’s voice in time with the opening animation, and with that you know that you’re getting into something a little bit…different.

This movie is notorious in the weird-manga-loving community and I had only seen YouTube excerpts of it. It’s unavailable in any official format, and I had never tried looking for a bootleg to download. Then, much to my delight, they started screening a brand-new, never-before-seen-in-the-US 35mm print at the IFC Center here in New York. I got tickets and the BF and I went for the sold-out screening on Valentine’s Day. What can I say? I’m a romantic.

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David Cronenberg Retrospective: Videodrome

Posted in A+ Review, Contributor: Jon, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Jon

by: Reverend Jon

When Marla allowed me to choose which movie to review for the David Cronenberg Retrospective, Videodrome was my answer. The movies that resonate with me are those that explore real issues and fears and cause me to think differently about life and the world around me. Videodrome is undoubtedly that kind of movie.

Videodrome is about intersections, or perhaps even collisions, between loaded concepts: pain and pleasure, technology and the human body. I will say right now that it is easy to watch this movie and dismiss it as dated and irrelevant, cheesy even, but I argue that the underlying ideas are relevant today.

From the very beginning, we know that this is no ordinary movie. We are introduced to Max Renn (James Woods, whose waxy complexion lends itself to the manual effects) by his wakeup call, which at first seems eerily prescient, a woman on TV addressing the viewer by name and who knows the date, but then later we realize that this was recorded in advance. Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Jon

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Faithful flock, it’s me again, Reverend Jon!

Finally! A Family Ties spinoff.

Finally! A Family Ties spinoff.

Canal Plus, a.k.a. The Euro HBO, a.k.a. the people behind every interesting foreign film you’ve seen, have given the go-ahead to a 12 episode mini-series based on the lives of everyone’s favorite incestuous murders (and no I don’t mean the Menendez brothers): the Borgias! This project is apparently going to be competing with a similar project headed up by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire) on Showtime.

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Jon

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Hello again, unwilling congregants, to another Church of Friend-sponsored edition of News Day Tuesday. Back so soon, Reverend Jon? you ask. Better believe it, I answer. Let’s get right to it!

I want <i>you</i> to be my next tween ruf-ee!

I want you to be my next tween ruf-ee!

Rosemary’s Baby-Daddy and internationally-recognized pederast Roman Polanski was, as you have probably heard, arrested in land-of-watches-chocolate-and-extradition Switzerland this past week. This development has forced difficult questions such as: How many wonderful movies make up for drugging and fornicating with a thirteen-year-old nymphette? Five, six? The decision is, ultimately, up to the Swiss judiciary system.

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