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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

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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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It’s New Day Tuesday!

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Jon

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Mrs. Torrance, today Marla isn’t here either. So it’s me, Reverend Jon from the Church of Friend here! The ever lovely Marla has asked me to help out this week and guest-post her News Day Tuesday. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy blogpost.

Marla and a pre-op Reverend Jon facing off at an historic cocktail party.

Marla and a pre-op Reverend Jon facing off at an historic cocktail party.

So, when I was called in off of the blogger bench to pinch hit for Marla, the first piece of news that got me all semi-hard was the possibility of a Jeff Bridges-Coen Brothers Reunion. It would be a remake of the only movie my grandfather has not one but Two VHS copies of—True Grit. Bridges would reprise John Wayne’s role.

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2009 by xymarla

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What up, friends? Marla here with all the grue news you can use!

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Boring and derivative Chaos Experiment trailer here. Why do directors always insist on putting Val Kilmer in a turtleneck these days? Homeboy is missing the required equipment to rock that style.

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 I much prefer the look of Kilmer’s upcoming The Thaw, which has a groovy, grody and fast-paced trailer. My interest may also have something to do with my boyfriend Aaron Ashmore’s involvement. Yay Jimmy!

Ashmore’s also supposed to be the male lead in this movie. Oh how I love that he’s becoming a little scream king!

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by xymarla

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my, my, Tuesday has crept upon us once again, and I’m here with the skinny!

So let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first: HOLY CRAP THIS LOOKS AWESOME.

 

Joss and Drew’s Cabin campaign has completely won my heart. Too hilarious!

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FUTURAMA RESURRECTED!!!!!

Posted in Television News with tags , , , on June 9, 2009 by xymarla

Good news, everyone!

HOLY CRAP THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE BIGGEST NEWS EVER !!!!!!

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It’s back, baby! And I couldn’t be more thrilled (so long as all the original talent is brought back as well). Futurama is totally my favorite half-hour show of all time, and it was treated ABOMINABLY by Fox before being canceled. Due to kick-ass DVD sales and syndication ratings (duh, because of its absolute perfection), Fox has been kicking themselves ever since.

AND NOW BLISS!