Friday, May 22, 2020

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 125



This week we delve in to the new Eric Andre/Lil Rell road movie (we both loved it) and much more. 

Enjoy...

Monday, May 18, 2020

A FEW WORDS ON CAPONE


If you genuinely liked Josh Trank’s Capone then cool. I really mean that. Anyone familiar with this blog knows I champion movies that most folks hate (from To The Wonder & Fear X to Problem Child & Clifford). So more power to you if you honestly enjoyed this. I just feel like some of the praise for Capone (which isn't much) is coming from folks who like to go against the grain and praise the universally hated movie because it’s the cool contrarian thing to do. I’m not saying that everyone who likes Capone is playing it up or lying to get attention/clicks/debates/etc, but SOME folks certainly are. I’m not the first person to bring attention to or shed light on reviews/pieces of writing that are designed strictly to provoke engagement or get attention, but it doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon so it’s going to get mentioned from time to time.
And I’m not just talking about the practice of liking something ironically. That’s a whole other group of people that need to go away. It’s gotten to the point where certain people/critics/personalities/etc play in to the liking something so bad that it’s good “thing” that you can’t tell what they actually like or dislike. Some folks do the ironic bullshit until it becomes so esoteric that they’re goal/point/purpose makes absolutely no sense. It’s like “what do you actually like?” Some “bad” movies do provide entertainment/enjoyment of some form but when liking things ironically becomes part of who you are it’s disingenuous & quite frankly confusing.

That’s not the case here (although I’m sure there’s a few goofy smirking bloggers or podcasters out there making their hyperbolic case for Capone being a masterpiece or whatever). Some folks that like Capone seem to be latching on to the few good aspects (maybe there’s one or two things), ignoring the negative/failed aspects (as far as I’m concerned - there’s a lot), and are allowing those one or two (possibly) good things to define it overall. That’s cherry-picking. Just say you like one or two things about the movie but overall it’s bad (because it is). There’s nothing wrong with that.

I think there's an issue when a climactic moment draws comparisons to Happy Gilmore (I certainly enjoy Happy Gilmore but I don''t think Trank wanted to match it's tone with Capone)...

Happy Gilmore /
Capone


I was also reminded of Todd Solondz's Happiness at one point which does actually feel a little closer to the tone that Trank may have been going for...

Happiness /
Capone


Due to social media, a lot of critics are out in the open and some of them (on larger/noteable platforms) don't want to say anything overly negative about a movie out of fear of being "called out" by a filmmaker or actor (Josh Trank certainly has some experience in that field with the problems surround his previous film). There's nothing wrong with giving a negative review of something as long as you’re being constructive and not mean. Unfortunately a lot of critics have ruined the idea of a constructive negative review and have reduced it to 1,000+ words about how something “sucks”. Some negative reviews can bring about great dialogue. Just be respectful as opposed to clickbait nonsense like “this movie sucks, dude. Here’s a list of 21 reasons why...”
But at the same time who am I to tell (or even suggest) how someone writes? Be mean and "dunk" on folks all you want (there are definitely a handful of movies out there that do deserve to be trashed). Just know there's nothing truly clever about that approach.


The idea (and intent) behind Capone is great. A film about Al Capone (Tom Hardy) living in exile as his mind slowly deteriorates from neurosyphilis. Instead of following Al Capone from birth to death (still a typical biopic approach), Trank focuses on an isolated specific period from Capone’s life. In my opinion some of the best recent-ish biopics/true stories are films that deal with a short period of time rather than an entire life span (Camille Claudel 1915, A Hidden Life, Last Days, Ali, etc). So when I heard the news that there would be an Al Capone film about his final days I was excited. The part of Al Capone’s life that the movie focuses on is very anti-climactic and I love that. The only problem is Trank still manages to throw in the tommy guns, cigars, and cartoonish accents that sound like their stuck somewhere between Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago & New Jersey.
I think that’s the biggest issue I have with this movie. It really felt like a parody of a mob movie at times. Like a big-budget SNL sketch rather than a biopic. I don’t want this to sound mean but I honestly laughed at parts in this movie where I know I was absolutely not supposed to laugh (see my Happy Gilmore comparison from earlier). There’s just too much unintentional silliness from Tom Hardy’s Al Capone grunting his way through the movie as if he was imitating Vito Corleone to the generic mob movie dialogue about “family” or “the importance of family”.

Capone had the opportunity to do something somewhat unique. That's my other major issue with it. I know it’s easy to sit behind my laptop and talk about what could have been after the fact, but Josh Trank could have expanded on what Scorsese did in the final 45 minutes of The Irishman or what Coppola did in the final moments of The Godfather part 2 with Don Ciccio. I’ve seen a few reviews/opinions that try to attach the idea/atmosphere of Capone to The Irishman but the final products honestly don’t go together. Like I said before, Trank could have left the typical mob tropes out of it but he didn’t. At this point most folks can make an educated guess on the criminal life of Al Capone. It’s been done before. On film & television. Leave that all behind and do something daring (sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now).


I do believe I see what Josh Trank was trying to do. In the film Al Capone is suffering from memory loss so the film is trying to convey the intense disorientation that comes with his condition. But if you’re going to go bat-shit crazy then go all the way. Don’t dip your toe in & out. Go all in. Capone doesn’t go all the way in. I think I’d be praising Capone if the movie was truly off the wall (fail or not). But in my opinion it’s an odd mixture of playing it safe and occasionally attempting “crazy”.

The Godfather Part 2 /
Capone
The Godfather /
Capone

Unfortunately movies like Capone (and even Gotti) are the kinds of movies that clueless people with large platforms use as an example to (incorrectly) criticize mob movies and mafia stories as one note and/or stereotypical. I don’t like to drudge this up but it is my opinion that during the Scorsese/Marvel/Irishman nonsense from last year (that oozed in to this year) - a lot of people have a limited knowledge of film and just assume a movie with Italian-American names attached to it = mob movie. I also feel like some people don’t know the difference between Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola but that’s another discussion...


A non mafia Scorsese-esque moment from Capone...
Raging Bull /
Capone


With all that being said - I still think this movie should be seen (at least to understand where I’m coming from). I think between the issues with Trank’s last film (Fantastic Four) combined with the early negative reviews of Capone, it’s only going to fuel people’s interest. I think that’s fine. I’m all about (positive) dialogue even when the movie is bad. And perhaps there’s something I completely missed with Capone. If you’re reading this and saw the movie and you think I’m off base let me know.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

CROSS TALK EPISODE 7



I recently made an appearance on Cross Talk (an off-shoot of The After Movie Diner podcast) to chat about movie comparisons, influences, coincidences, etc.

enjoy...

Friday, May 15, 2020

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 124: ELIZA HITTMAN




Hey remember a couple episodes ago when we had Saskia Kahn (@ohsaskia) on to discuss Eliza Hittman’s excellent Never Rarely Sometimes Always? If you didn’t, it was a good one. Saskia brought some great insight.

Eliza heard the episode.

Eliza Hittman is an award winning director and writer. Her short films and features are huge favorites among the Zebras, and have won awards and have been shown in many prestigious festivals, one of them being the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

Eliza was gracious enough to talk with us (and Saskia of course) about her films, her Brooklyn experience, influences, challenges, and we even got cameos from her family.

We have been talking about Hittman’s films since Episode 5 or so, so this is a huge accomplishment.

Eliza’s new film is streamable on several platforms-
https://www.focusfeatures.com/never-rarely-sometimes-always

Previous Eliza Hittman focused episodes-

Episode 121 NRSA- https://soundcloud.com/zebras-in-america/episode-121

Beach Rats- episode 24
https://soundcloud.com/zebras-in-america/episode-24%E2%80%AC

It Felt Like Love- episode 5
https://soundcloud.com/zebras-in-america/zebras-in-america-episode-5%E2%80%AC

Check Saskia out at
SaskiaKahn.com and @ohsaskia on Instagram and Twitter

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Friday, May 8, 2020

DEERSKIN



While Quentin Dupieux’s films are somewhat strange & surreal, they’re also quite personal. One of the characters in his masterpiece Wrong Cops (2013) makes bottom heavy analog-based electronic music just like Dupieux’s musical alter-ego in real life Mr. Oizo (actually, electronic music - that Dupieux makes for his movies - is the backbone to his own little cinematic universe). Part of his 2014 film Reality focuses on a filmmaker in the midst of a midlife crisis trying to get a film made. This character could very well be inspired by Dupieux’s own experience in the movie industry (directors love making themselves in to characters in their own films). Deerskin centers around another filmmaker in the midst of a midlife crisis trying to get a film made. In fact, Jean Dujardin’s “Georges” could very well be the same director character from Reality. They’re both struggling grizzled filmmakers who both kind of resemble Dupieux.

Deerskin plays out like a darkly comical mixture of Harvey Keitel’s character from Youth and the mockumentary Man Bites Dog under the direction of Eric Wareheim (this kind of makes sense as Wareheim & Dupieux not only have similar directing styles and comedic timing, but they've also collaborated on multiple occasions).
Jean Dujuardin’s “Georges” is a an insecure unethical filmmaker (both in front of and behind the camera) making an illegal film snuff film all while exploiting a young impressionable "intern" by the name of “Denise” (Adele Haenel). Georges not only takes money from Denise in order to make his film, but he also gets her to edit his movie for no pay or reimbursement for the money she’s giving him (perhaps this is some kind of commentary on how young people are used & exploited in the film industry by struggling aging directors?)

Deerskin should also be praised just for the 70-something minute runtime alone. I don't have anything against long movies but some stories can get their point across in the half the time. Deerskin breezes by and conveys everything it set out to do with no leftover fat like a perfectly executed episode of Twin Peaks.
I know it’s lazy and cliche to compare any movie that’s even remotely surreal or “weird” to David Lynch but in the case of Deerskin it’s actually understandable. It would make for an interesting double feature with Twin Peaks.
Both Twin Peaks & Deerskin have similar color palettes (note the continuity of brown that runs all throughout the images below), similar settings (nature, mountains, etc) and, as I already eluded to, they’re both from the same school of surrealism. They aren’t exactly siblings but they’re definitely first cousins...

Twin Peaks /
Deerskin

Twin Peaks / Deerskin

Twin Peaks / Deerskin

Twin Peaks / Deerskin

Twin Peaks / Deerskin


Going back to Dupieux/Mr Oizo’s music for a moment - I find it interesting that in Deerskin he abandons his usual fast-paced electronic style and instead relies heavily on a slower, sample-based musical score that could kind of be described as hip-hop influenced (Dupieux/Oizo has been very open about his lightweight disdain for hip-hop music because of a bad experience he had with one rapper years ago). This kind of stuff is why I think Dupieux’s films are so personal and open. It’s a very corny & insecure thing to express disdain for a musical style (based on something that's not that serious to begin with) then turn around and borrow from it. It’s literally something Georges would do in Deerskin. Georges is very insecure and transparent. In the film he has the nerve to “borrow” money from Denise (without any intentions of paying it back), yet he’ll be rude to her at the same time. Normally when a person borrows money from someone you think they’d be courteous and cordial, but not Georges. He’s self-centered and strangely caught up in style and looking cool. Throughout the film he uses the phrase “killer style” to describe himself (what grown person over the age of 20-something would use that term to describe themselves?).

If you’re a fan of Tim & Eric’s more narrative based work like Bedtime stories, Joe Pera Talks With You, or the aforementioned works like Man Bites Dog and/or Reality, then you’re bound to enjoy this.


ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 123: OUTLAW VERN




We're pleased to have Outlaw Vern back on the pod to talk about everything from Scott Adkins to Extraction.

Enjoy...

Friday, May 1, 2020

EXTRACTION



You can pick a part all the flaws in Extraction if you want to (it has been described as a “mindless action movie” by some) but you’d have to go back and do the same for every Bourne & Wick movie, all the Atomic Blondes, Ong Bak’s, Raids and Lundgren/Van Damme films of the late 80's/early 90’s. It should be mentioned that Extraction is certainly from the school of all of those aforementioned films so if you enjoy them, there’s a strong chance you’ll enjoy this new action film from Marvel/Russo brothers stunt choreographer Sam Hargrave.

Right out of the gate Extraction was criticized for falling in to the action movie trope of portraying the evil war-torn brown country as excessively yellow-tinted. While it certainly has an obvious tint of yellow to the overall aesthetic, again - I’m not going blame Extraction for something that’s been going on for decades. It’s definitely weird & unnecessary but we have to start with calling out decades of movies before we even get to Extraction.
Excessive criticism towards a movie like this sounds exhausting to me. You could waste your time with the same criticisms that you'd put on a Paul Thomas Anderson movie (something I am absolutely convinced a lot of film critics do), or...you can find the enjoyment in Extraction because there is plenty.
And to be clear - just because Extraction isn't Phantom Thread or Inherent Vice doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously or talked about at length. I only brought this up because I think some critics and fans judge movies like Extraction weirdly & unfairly. If you're going to judge it or base it on something - do it against a movie like the Bourne Identity. I also feel like everyone wants every movie to be a masterpiece and when a film isn't a masterpiece it's considered pointless or a waste (this is just a feeling I have based on the current climate of certain lanes of film criticism I'm seeing). There's a place for fun-intense-mid level action movies.

The Bourne Ultimatum /
Extraction


The plot to Extraction is simple. A grizzled semi-retired for-hire mercenary; “Tyler Rake” (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to retrieve the kidnapped son of a drug lord and, like always, things don't go as planned. Friends becomes enemies, enemies become friends and no one is to be trusted. Rake is eventually forced to go rogue in order to save the young boy.
But the basic plot, which is clear & concise as far as I’m concerned, is secondary to the fight & action choreography which was EXCELLENT in my opinion.

As I mentioned at the start of this piece, Extraction borrows from and travels down the same path as other action films like The Raid & John Wick...

John Wick 3 /
Extraction 

The Raid /
Extraction 


...recent James Bond films...

Skyfall /
Extraction


Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography in Children Of Men...

Children Of Men / Extraction


Extraction may not be on the same level as some of the films it borrows from (subconsciously & intentionally), but it does deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. Also one thing this movie has going for it that other films don’t is a sequence of Hemsworth beating the shit out of young pre-teen would-be assassins which I find hilarious although I’m sure someone is bound to find/force a deeper unnecessary meaning behind that scene and the movie all together but I honestly don’t have the energy for that right. I’m not saying there aren’t deeper criticisms of Extraction (see everything from Sicario to Blackhawk Down) but I just want a well-crafted violent action movie.
This movie certainly fell short in a few places. There are some unanswered questions that never get resolved and there is a subplot that builds you up to think one thing is going to happen only to leave you painfully disappointed. But the overall experience is solid.

"Saju"
This movie also has heart. Midway in we get past some of Rake’s tough exterior and we see a bond form between him and the young boy he’s saving. And in my opinion, the real soul/story of Extraction is carried by the supporting character “Saju” (Randeep Hooda) who isn’t the one-note silent assassin that we’re led to believe he is at first. 

I enjoyed Extraction quite a bit. It isn't one of my favorite films of the year but it certainly served it's purpose (entertainment) and got me out of my cinematic contemplative funk brought on by movies that are my favorites of the year...

BIRDS OF PREY



I don’t like the term “hot take” (everything is a hot take nowadays) but I feel like DC has been making better films than Marvel recently (...RECENTLY). At the end of the day Marvel will always win but there’s some interesting stuff coming out of the DC cinematic universe. Case in point - Birds Of Prey. Long before the movie came out folks had made up their minds that this movie would be terrible. Now...that is somewhat understandable. Birds Of Prey is connected to Suicide Squad, which - no matter how much of a profit it made - was a bad movie. So bad that they’re erasing it from history and starting over. So for folks who were skeptical about Birds Of Prey based on Suicide Squad - I get it. But there is a faction of people who assumed this movie would be bad/dumb because it was starring/featuring women. I don’t like to play up or play in to the stereotype of men being mad at women for stupid reasons but this is certainly one of them. Birds Of Prey is far from a masterpiece but it’s pretty enjoyable. It’s fun. And everyone’s silence kind of confirms that. We’ve all been loud & wrong about something and when the reality hits we shut the fuck up. Often times we don’t even say “my bad”. Some folks owe Birds of Prey a “my bad”. It's unfortunate that this movie was essentially weaponized before it even came out as it was unfairly tagged as a social justice warrior film or a political statement rather than a fun comic book movie with hints of social commentary.

The story is pretty simple - a ragtag group of vigilantes with various skills & abilities are forced to join forces to protect a young girl from the evil crime boss; Black Mask (there’s also an underlying subplot concerning men taking credit for things women do behind the scenes). Simple & fun.


Here’s what I don’t get...
From an action & choreography standpoint, Birds Of Prey is just as fun & action packed as other films that people openly love and praise. It's certainly no Mad Max: Fury Road but the action choreography (in parts) is just as enjoyable...

Mad Max: Fury Road / Birds Of Prey

Now that some time has passed I think we can all agree that the story/plot of Raid 2 is pretty silly & convoluted, but if you like the action & fighting in it (most folks do) then I don't see why you can't like certain specific moments from Birds Of Prey...
The Raid 2 / 
Birds Of Prey

there's also a subconscious connection to other female-driven action films like Yes Madam...

Yes Madam / 
Birds Of Prey

And for the more uppity/serious film fans, there are even some brief similarities to folks like Bresson...

Pickpocket / Birds Of Prey


But as a comic book film it still maintains it's fun side and subconsciously references everything from Goonies to Jackass...

The Goonies /
Birds Of Prey

Jackass 3D / 
Birds Of Prey


That’s actually really important. No matter how removed, DC films will always be under the umbrella/in the shadow of Christopher Nolan’s super-serious Dark Knight cinematic universe. Folks have been asking for fun comic book films for a while now and they’re finally getting it in the form of Birds Of Prey, Shazam & Aquaman.

Outside of people who either don’t like comic book-based films or just have comic book movie fatigue (both fair & understandable) I don’t get how one couldn’t at least find some mild enjoyment from this movie.
I know I’m late to the party (I watched this for the first time two weeks ago) and I’m not breaking any new ground but I just wanted to add my two cents...


ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 122 W/ SPECIAL GUEST MTUME GANT




Scott & Marcus welcome back friend and regular guest Mtume Gant to talk about The Invisible Man & Sorry We Missed You

Enjoy...

Monday, April 27, 2020

RECENT PODCAST APPEARANCES...

One of the few positive things to come from this quarantine craziness is my podcasting output. Outside of the weekly Zebras content, I've been appearing on numerous podcasts to discuss everything from the work of Ivan Dixon to Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (two films that have a significant connection to my Grandmother & Father)

Click below to listen to me on the excellent Kill You Last Podcast and the wonderful We Cut Heads podcast.

Enjoy...



Friday, April 24, 2020

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 121 W/ SPECIAL GUEST SASKIA KAHN




On the latest episode of Zebras we're joined recurring guest Saskia Kahn to discuss Eliza Hitman's latest.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

A FEW WORDS ON THE INVISIBLE MAN



Let me be clear - The Invisible Man is a solid movie. It’s a fun entertaining retelling of a horror classic that mixes elements of everything from Psycho & Hollow Man to The Predator & Lost Highway.

My kind of movie...

Psycho / The Invisible Man

Hollow Man /
The Invisible Man

Lost Highway/
The Invisible Man

Predator /
The Invisible Man

And I know everyone has made the Sleeping With The Enemy connection but it takes on a whole other meaning when you actually see the spot-on comparisons versus just saying a movie inspired another...
Sleeping With The Enemy /
The Invisible Man
Sleeping With The Enemy / The Invisible Man
Sleeping With The Enemy /
The Invisible Man
Sleeping With The Enemy /
The Invisible Man


Outside of the obvious (and maybe the not-so obvious) cinematic references, The Invisible Man is also a timely & topical story in terms of subject matter. Outside of the basic horror elements, this is also a movie about surviving domestic abuse. Throughout the film Moss is terrorized by her husband yet no one believes her which definitely does translate to real life. Men love calling women "crazy" or dismissing their claims for weak reasons and this movie highlights that. Yes, this movie wears its politics on its sleeve but I’m not really bothered by that. In my opinion it works overall. I was also really impressed with the editing & camera work and how it conveyed that someone was in a room even when they couldn't be seen.

What does bother me is some of the misguided hype & praise surrounding the movie. Not the actual movie itself. Often times the majority doesn’t stop to think about the thoughts & perspectives of other demographics and smaller groups of people outside of who a movie is geared towards (and I’m not saying it’s the job of the director or storyteller to consider every single person’s thoughts & feelings. But just know some folks are going to view & receive things differently than intended). It’s common knowledge that the default perspective of just about anything is White. That’s just how it is. I’m not breaking any new ground or saying something you didn’t already know. Sometimes the default setting is white even in places where they aren’t the majority. And often times the default is white men. In the case of The Invisible Man it’s white women. That's not to say others can’t enjoy this or relate to the deeper issues the film touches on (again - as I eluded to at the start of this piece, I did enjoy this). I just hope that when folks leave this movie they don't only associate white women with domestic abuse or make them the poster children when women of every race are affected by it.

I wasn’t even going to say anything about The Invisible Man but a few weeks ago a lot of (mostly white women) were misguidedly praising the movie by “thirsting” over Invisible Man co-star “Aldis Hodge” to the point where it was trending. This kind of opened up a can of worms in my (Black male) brain..






As I just stated seconds ago, I'm a Black male (with a white wife), so naturally stuff like this is going to catch my attention. These types of tweets set all of this off and got me to thinking - this kind of "thirsting" could have got Aldis Hodge killed if we were in a different era. Making Aldis Hodge the "ally" in the film felt a little cheap and safe to me (it kind of felt like a coded new age flip on the helpful “magical negro” trope which can be found in characters portrayed by everyone from Whoopi Goldberg to Morgan Freeman). I find it a bit problematic that the protagonist’s friend in the film is a person who looks like/represents a group of people that were lynched decades ago off of the strength of believing women in a movie that is partially a play on the phrase "believe women" (I'm aware the current movement of believe women is different from believing the false accusations of a woman decades ago in the deep south).
I just thought it was odd that people found the time to find this guy sexy & attractive in a movie that is far from either sexy or attractive (this is an issue that's much bigger than The Invisible Man). Without spoiling too much, The Invisible Man features scenes of various women (not just Moss) being beaten (and worse). Where do you find the time to think someone is sexy or hot in a movie like this? Naturally this could branch off in to a discussion or topic about the sometimes objectification that White woman have towards Black men and the dark history between them in America...

Emmett Till

Rosewood

And for folks thinking that the examples I am using are "dated" and/or old, less than two years ago we had a somewhat high profile case that echoed the aforementioned examples from the past...
I'm fully aware that headlines like this are exploitive but no matter how you cut it - the racial dynamic is there and people need to understand that pointing the finger at and/or calling the cops on Black people (Black males specifically) can be potentially dangerous and sometimes fatal (and they sometimes are).


As you can see the thoughts surrounding this movie open up a larger can of worms for a bigger discussion but I don't want to downplay or steal the spotlight from what the film is about which is abuse towards women. But as a socially conscious young-ish Black male, my take on the thirsting, reviews & thoughts surrounding The Invisible Man are slightly different from someone else's. And before you go any further I completely understand that the views & thoughts here are from the perspective of a man, so my opinions on the deeper issues in The Invisible Man are secondary to women who have actually experienced and/or survived domestic violence or have some kind of experience on the matter. I’m no men’s rights activist that likes to contradict women's rights. I think those guys are the worst (and a lot of men's rights activists have a direct connection to racist organizations & ideologies that no Black person should be remotely close to). And I have plenty experience of outsiders/other people trying to co-opt and/or ride the coattails of a Black civil rights movement or Black struggle for their own benefit. From people suddenly shouting “all lives matter” only after people started saying “black lives matter”, to every possible subgroup of people trying to claim reparations only after Black people started pushing for reparations. So the last thing I want to do is steer the conversation somewhere else.
But if we're going to have a deep conversation on the issues in this film and the sub-categories that spawn from it (which many critics are already doing), we should look at it from a broader lens (something I plan on doing on my own podcast very soon).


This “review” is essentially based off of the views & opinions I see on twitter, Facebook & Instagram. If you get caught up in the social media bubble (which I definitely do from time to time) you can start to think it’s a representation of what the rest of the world believes which just isn’t true. So I am aware that my own views & opinions on the praise & criticisms of The Invisible Man are based on a potentially small group of people.

And I don’t mean to get all Armond White/Brett Easton Ellis about my thoughts on The Invisible Women (who essentially felt Moss needed to "pretty up" and wear more make-up). There’s nothing worse than a mindless contrarian or someone that goes; “well, what about these people??!” when the focus is on someone/something else. And I know there isn’t a lot of nuance and/or middle ground left for potentially “spicy” conversations & opinions these days, but I think my views (which I plan to expand upon on my podcast soon) holds a little bit of weight.


Friday, April 17, 2020

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 120




This week we get in to the first three episodes of Dark Side Of The Ring as well as the phenomenon known as Tiger King.

Enjoy...

Monday, April 13, 2020

26 MOVIES FROM HELL: BENNY'S VIDEO



Scott & I joined the guys over at the 26 Movies From Hell podcast to discuss Benny's Video and all things Michael Haneke

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