Sunday, November 23, 2014

They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! Episode 4: "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" (1976).

Lee Russell and Daniel Haper return after a brief hiatus to take a look at Charles B. Pierce's drive-in classic proto-slasher:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! Episode 3: "Ravenous" (1999).

Daniel Harper and myself talk about the cult cannibal classic Ravenous. Join in on the audio feast:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! Episode 2: "Dawn of the Dead" (2004).

My friend Daniel Haper and myself take a look at the 2004 remake of the Romero classic, Dawn of the Dead. Come, waste and hour of your time with us. Like the podcast? Hate it? Let us know. Cheers.

They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! Episode 1: "Kill List" (2011).

Yeah, I know I've been a bad, bad blogger. I've actually been watching a lot of films, I just haven't been writing about them (check my Letterboxd page). Haven't had the time. However, I've been working on the next step in typical lazy bloggerdom: I've started a podcast. They Must Be Destroyed On Sight! is a recent endeavour between myself and my friend Daniel Harper. Although it shall focus on horror, fantasy, science fiction, and exploitation of all shapes and sizes, we will also review big budget block busters and serious dramas when we fancy. There will probably be no musicals or romantic comedies unless there's a lot of blood involved however. I hope to eventually add a few of my other friends into the mix as well for some episodes, just to keep things fresh. I also hope to get back to writing reviews, but I think I'll mostly focus on my DVD Spotlights.

So far we are only on Youtube. This should soon be corrected after I set up a place to host .mp3s of the episodes for easy download. Bare with me, I'm very new to this shit. In the first episode we break down in (perhaps too much) detail, the genre mish-mash of 2011's Kill List.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rip Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Philip Seymour Hoffman
July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014

Sad news, as it's being widely reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today. Possible drug overdose. A shame. A waste. Terrible. I can't begin to wrap my mind around the impact Hoffman has had in film in the last twenty years or so. He was one of those out-of-left-field sort of actors, who silently rose up through small, memorable roles. Through the '90s you knew his face, you knew his work, but you may have not known his name. I think I first watched him in Scent of a Woman (1992), but it may have been The Big Lebowski (1998). Most probably learned his name in his "break-out" role in Boogie Nights (1997). I didn't see that film until several years after its release, so for me it was The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) where I suddenly realized "wait, I've seen that guy before, he's really good!". That was the start of checking out his past work and following whatever came next. I've pretty much loved him in everything I've seen him in, even if the film itself wasn't great. He had a pretty striking physical presence to back up his acting chops. He could pull off prim and proper and disheveled with equal effectiveness. He could be interesting, lovable, or just a downright slimy creep. Few can do a person on the verge of falling over the edge like he did in films like the fantastic character piece about a degenerate gambler, Owning Mahowny (2003), or as the desperate mastermind of an ill-fated crime in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). People took major notice of him again in Capote (2005), where he won best actor, but he could be overlooked as well, in small roles that held films together, like his turn as an awkward teacher falling for a student in 25th Hour (2002). At only 46 years of age there seemed like there was so much more promise there, but sadly that's been forever silenced. Thankfully his body of work is one worth revisiting and enjoying for years to come. Thanks, Philip.