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Wiiiiiiind ME UP! (Space Bassin’ Those Persephone Blues Away)

Posted in Funk, movies, P-Funk on March 30, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Bootsy’s first three Rubber Band albums are funk classics.  Bootsy? Player of the Year (1978) is the third record of the trilogy.  Like the others, it is full of funky jams, enjoyable ballads, orgiastic space bass, and deep levity.  Bootsy’s Rubber Band utilized many of the talented funkateers, but kept a tighter group, including his ex-J.B. mates, than some of the P-Funk projects.  Bootsy? Player of the Year is perfect medicine for gray weather and a failing country stuck in stasis due to corrupt, greedy vampires running “our” government.  And seriously spring, can’t you do people a favor and arrive already.  All the doom is made worse by the gloom.  Demeter, free us from seasonal affective disorder!

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The Delusion of Hope & Naivety of Practiced Ignorance (They Live)

Posted in movies, Music, politics on January 20, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Obama thanking Bush for his service is ridiculous and disheartening.  George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of that crew are war criminals who should be facing prosecution and long jail sentences, not pats on the back for their “service”.  I can understand Blackwater, Haliburton, Wall Street, and other upper-class people appreciating the work done by the past administration (with the support of Congressional Democrats).  Certainly, the rich feasted on  government lard and relaxed regulations, but everyone else suffered from taxation without representation.  I wish Obama the best, but if you think real change will come from the Democrats you should examine their record.  Most American “liberals” are only “liberal” when viewed through the rightist, capitalist lens of this country’s political and economic elite.


To truly see how our system operates, I suggest you find some special illuminating sunglasses.  If you are unable to find any, you can always check out They Live (1988), an anti-ruling class, anti-consumerist sci-fi satire cult classic.  While the acting was less than stellar (Roddy does not always have the most convincing delivery), the movie has a nice message and plenty of blown away alien pillagers and human collaborators.  There is a ridiculously long alley fight scene, which lasts over five minutes, which goes from exciting to tedious to hilarious.  Due to the brutal moves unleashed, Piper and David’s characters wouldn’t be moving for a long time afterwards.  They Live features several famous lines of dialogue, including “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum,” which was later adapted in Dazed & Confused.  Binary Star sampled this sequence on “Indy 500,” of their underground classic Masters of the Universe:

Drifter: What’s wrong with having it good for a change? Now they’re gonna let us have it good if we just help ’em. They’re gonna leave us alone, let us make some money. You can have a little taste of that good life too. Now, I know you want it. Hell, everybody does.
Frank: You’d do it to your own kind.
Drifter: What’s the threat? We all sell out every day, might as well be on the winning team.

They Live also has inspired other works of art, including the fight scene in South Parks “Cripple Fight” episode.  They Live is well worth a watch.


You? You look like your face fell in the cheese dip back in 1957.

Lastly, why do poet laureates have to suck so bad?  Flowery, melodramatic vapidity.  I recognize it must be extremely difficult to come up with a poem for the occasion, but really that is the best the woman could come up with.

After a Meal there’s Nothing like a Good Cigar

Posted in life, movies on January 11, 2009 by trapperKeeper


I just got back from Gran Torino and a delicious big bowl of pho.  Gran Torino was a solid flick. I didn’t reach much about it beforehand, but was expecting it to turn a bit Death Wish.  It did not, which was initially disappointing, but the decision to avoid that route made for a better message to the movie.  One reason I enjoyed it so much was the use of the metro Detroit area for filming, unlike in Four Brothers.  Plus, Michigan needs all the money it can get, so let’s hope the trend of filming movies in Michigan continues.  At times the acting was poor, such as when the character Tho is screaming after being locked in the basement.  That was probably the most glaringly bad acting in the movie.  Still, Gran Torino was a good film, enjoyable, and the first time I have been out to the cinema in a while.

Check on back tomorrow for a Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday post.  I needed a little break from writing the blog, and was busy yesterday working on some other writing.  I was hipped to some awesome 80s psychedelia.  I had no idea this stuff even existed, but I will be writing about some of it soon.  One last note, jalapeno peppers really burn if you touch your eye after handling them.  Til the next time, BINGO!


Dead & Breakfast (Rambo On My Mind)

Posted in movies, zombies on January 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Dead & Breakfast, a not so clever pun on Bed & Breakfast, is a horror-comedy of mixed results. Inspired heavily by Evil Dead and Braindead, Dead & Breakfast tries hard, but ultimately fails. It looks good and has a cast of decent actors, meaning none of them were so bad to take away from the on-screen action, nor so annoying that I had an unrelenting death wish upon said character).  Plus, there is an abundance of gore, but Dead & Breakfast tried to hard to be its’ influences and the wackiness was too forced. As a result, Dead & Breakfast lacked the zany spontaneity of its’ inspiration. The semi-original touches, the singing narrator and comic book transitions, are just throwaway fluff.

First, a synopsis of the plot. A group of six friends, are on a road trip to Galveston for a wedding when the driver Johnny (Oz Perkins) gets lost and stops at a gas station in the quiet town of Lovelock. This gas station serves the customary horror film role of directing the strangers to a local bed and breakfast. The gas station is also where the singing narrator Randall Keith Randall (Zach Selwyn), borrowed from the ancient Greeks) is introduced. As expected, thing go awry at the B&B. The owner, Mr. Wise (David Carradine), dies of an apparent heart attack and the French chef, Chef Henri (Diedrich Bader), is found stabbed to death. Of course, the local sheriff suspects the out of towners had something to do with the brutal incident. He also arrests a drifter for questioning. From here the story jumps to the evil spirit who turns the townies into zombies and wreaks havoc. Onward to a fuller discussion of the movie. Beware of spoilers.

The spirit, Kuman Thong, is able to possess the townspeople and turning them into zombies because Johnny, messing up once again, knocks over the spirit box breaking the seal and letting the spirit escape. Since, Johnny was the first person in contact with the unsealed spirit box, he becomes the head of the horde.

spirit box

Two of the crew go to the library to research Mr. Wise, who they are informed was seen performing some kind of black magic on a corpse they dug up. The records clerk (Miranda Bailey) is worried about something unholy being unleashed, but she is prepared. Extremely over the top, her character is reflective of the trying too hard film.

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Severed: Forest of the Dead (When Loggers & Tree Huggers Collide)

Posted in movies, zombies on January 5, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Severed: Forest of the Dead is a mediocre film for a variety of reasons, which will be dealt with later.  But first a synopsis. Severed: Forest of the Dead (2005) is about a multi-national logging corporation, which is engaging in genetic engineering to increase tree yields. A hormone is injected into the base of the tree, allowing old growth sized trees in one-third of the time. Unfortunately, it also is responsible for turning humans into “zombies”, although there is no death and thus no reanimation, just a transformation from man into crazed flesh seeker. However, at the beginning none of this is known. All we know is that there is a group of loggers trying to do what they do, and a group of environmentalists against the logging. Tensions have been increasing between the two camps.

One logger is hurt by a spiked tree, which causes the chainsaw blade to shoot back and cut him. The cut is infected by the genetically spiked tree sap, which causes a transformation into rapacious zombie-like creatures, on the blades. Because of the close proximity of the other loggers and environmentalists the infection spreads quickly. In the chaos, communications are lost between the camp and headquarters and the surviving loggers and environmentalists have to work together.

When communications are lost with the camp, the owner and chairman of the corporation sends his son, who is not the most receptive to the idea, to check on the situation. The son discovers the logger and environmental camps abandoned, and soon the infected. Thankfully, he also runs into Luke, a survivor, who takes him back to others, including Mac the foreman, Carter the chemist, and Stacey the environmentalist, in the shelter.

After a brief rest, an attempt to make it to the son’s truck is decided upon. At this point, the movie becomes a traditional we need to get away before we get eaten affair. So, attempts at escape will mostly be futile, or we would have a short film experience. The whole group narrowly makes it to the truck only to discover they have been locked in. Yes, that’s right the company decided to cover up the incident, even forcing the chairman to sign on or risk losing his position despite the fact his son will be quarantined inside. We all know corporations would thankfully never do that in real life.


With radio communications being cut off, the main road blocked and the next city being 200 miles away, too far away to attempt to reach on foot, the group should grow despondent at their fate.  However, Mac knows a back-road.  The group races  off towards freedom, only to find the road blocked by logs.  A helicopter from the corporation is heard overhead. The group seems hard of hearing, and doesn’t notice the helicopter for a while.

Once it is noticed, they begin to shout and wave at it hoping to draw its attention. Unfortunately, the attention they receive is a barrage of bullets.  Another group of other wood lurkers, runs up on them and gets them to safety. They offer them lodging and the opportunity to ride out the lock down . Off course, they also like to have some fun with the zombies, allowing a few into an enclosed area where one person gets to blast them with a shotgun. Barbaric it may be, but zombies are good for target practice and shooting is one of the only forms of entertainment they have.

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