The film was produced by Adi Shankar and directed by Phil Joanou, and it was clearly made with love. The film opens up on a small street in New York where Frank is fast asleep. He is woken up with what sounds like a gun shot. He exits his van in a dramatic fashion and then pulls out his dirty laundry, not at all where you thought it was going to go.
On the other side of the alley a car pulls up where some gangsters start pushing a woman around. Frank watches them for a few moments as everything escalate and then he ignores it and continues on his way towards the laundromat. The gangsta beats the poor girl as Frank puts his clothes in the wash, a young boy walks past, trying not to be seen but the gang finds him and starts pushing him around. Once more Frank watches, not doing anything, just watching.
The head gangster tells the kid he needs to start working for him, but the kid said no. He seals his fate, they pick him up and he screams for help, his cries are starting to get to Frank, who finally gets up and exits the building. The gangster asks him what he is doing there and he replies Laundry. Frank leaves, almost as if the gangster punks him out. He walks into the local convenience store, which is run by the one and only Ron Perlman! Can we just say how much we love him! He's such a great actor!!!! Anyways, he tells Frank how he walked out there to try to stop those gangmembers a few weeks back and that is why he is now in a wheelchair. He a defeated man who has lost all hope in life.
Frank tells Ron that he is sober now, but after hearing how defeated Ron is he buys a bottle of Jack. He takes it outside and beats the gangmembers to death with the bottle. It's pretty badass! He saves the kid with nothing more than a bottle. The main gangmember is about to shoot Frank but the kid bites him and Frank throws the bottle at him knocking him to the ground. Frank then empties the bottle of Jack all over him as he asks him about the difference between justice and punishment. He pulls out a lighter and puts it down in front of the guy before going back to his laundry.
The girl that the gangmember was beating on walks over and picks up the lighter, she uses it to light him on fire. The Jack helped more than a bit! Frank let the woman take her own vengeance. As Frank is getting into the truck a little kid walks over to him holding one of his shirts and tells him he forgot it, Frank tells him to keep it since it has a hole in it. It is the skull shirt that we all think of when we think of the Punisher.
This is the best version of the punisher we have ever gotten. Well, until Daredevil season 2. If you guys haven't seen it yet, you really should check it out! It's well worth a watch!
Nothing in this life is more exciting than the idea of a new Rob Zombie movie. I mean, the man reinvented Halloween and who doesn't love those movies? So when I heard about 31, I waited in awe for it to come out so that I could watch it. I missed the advance screening but thankfully it has finally come out to the mecca known as iTunes.
This movie did not disappoint. The opening scene was beautifully shot, engaging, and set the tone for the whole movie. The film is about a group of rich people who play a game every Halloween. They take a group of people and lock them in an abandoned factory. They must stay alive for 12 hours in order to be set free.
It isn't as simple as it sounds, think of this movie as a horror movie taking the best parts of the Pest and Running Man. They take the surviving for a set time from the Pest and the idea of trained killer hunting you down in a maze trying to kill you from the Running Man. Rob Zombie gave us the horror movie remake of the Running Man that we didn't even know we wanted!
Zombie doesn't shy away from the gore. The deaths in the film are bloody and exciting. Some of the fights in the film are down right cringeworthy! This is a fun twisted film that any fan of horror or any fan of Rob Zombie needs to watch!
Trick R' Treat (2007)
As I've stated before, I am a huge fan of anthology films, but they tend not to do well so studios avoid them. What is so cool about this film is the way it skates between an anthology and a traditional stand alone story all at the same time. The film has what seems to be a bunch of disconnected stories that slowly link up, you never know how or when. It is a very ingenious idea.
Now if you are into straight up scares than maybe this movie isn't for you, but if you like dark humor mixed in with your horror, along the lines of Leprechaun or Bride of Chucky than this movie is perfect for you. You can't help but find yourself laughing at parts of it.
But make no mistake, it does fit all the check marks for a good horror movie. It even has it's own morality tales, which all good horror should have. After all, Karma is a . . . well you know.
The movie also jumps around in time a bit. You go through the story from start to finish and some of the information you need is just out of your reach, or lightly hinted at but than it resets to earlier in the night as more of the story is fleshed out and it sometimes even gives you a different perspective on what you saw before.
When it comes to movies like this one, you can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into the story telling. Everything had to link together but not until the perfect moment. It really does play with your expectations, as any good movie should. Pardon the pun, but this movie is a hell of a treat! You should be sure to check it out.
Oh, and don't forget to keep your Jack O' Lantern lit!
I thought for this installment of Bound By Horror I'd switch things up a bit and talk about an older horror movie. The movie Demon Knight. In case you don't know what that it is, it is the first of the Tales from the Crypt movies. Tales from the Crypt is one of my favorite TV shows and this movie can hold it's own with the best of episodes.
I remember the first time I watched it the film sucked me in. I couldn't wait to find out what happened, it just filled my head with so many thoughts. My mind raced with ideas for stories of my own. It is the type of film that just inspires you.
The story involves William Sadler, an amazing actor, who has a relic that is filled with blood that allows him to keep demons from crossing. The main demon is after the relic, which we learn is filled with the blood of the last guardian that protected the key as they die. The relic makes the guardian immortal so that they can protect it for as long as possible. It's a job that must always exist because there will always be someone after the relic even once you destroy the collector demon.
It may sound like a simple story, and maybe on it's head it is, but there is just something about it that draws you in in a way that other movies don't. The idea of a relic being so important that it must always be protected is just such an interesting concept that my imagination can't help but run away with the idea. Now to be fair it isn't the only film to have this idea, it isn't even the only film to do this idea well, we must never forget Indiana Jones and the last crusade, my personal favorite of the series. There is just something about having a destiny that is so important, so much bigger than yourself that it defines you that just speaks to me. Maybe it's the romantic in me, but as a child that was all I ever wanted. To be important, to be special. To do something with my life that had meaning, even if no one else knew about it.
A lot of movies deal with having an important destiny but they tend to reward the hero with fame and that takes away from it. I've always felt that if you do something good and take credit for it than you didn't do it to help people, you did it to get credit for it. That doesn't make you a hero, that makes you a celebrity and who wants that? Demon Knight on the other hand, is a movie about a mysterious hero, a knight if you will, who shows up late at night saves the day and moves on. Well, that's the idea it portrays. To find out what really happens you need to watch it!
There is always something about writer/directors and their first movies that suck you in and give you an insight into their artistic voice and Babadook does just that for Jennifer Kent. Unlike most horror films that follow the adventures of youth, teens in particular, Babadook follows the journey of motherhood.
We follow Amelia Vanek as she does the best think she can as a widowed mother of a lonely boy. She is over-worked and doesn't get near enough sleep and all of this is made worse when her son starts to act weirder and weirder. He can't sleep and starts building weapons to fight a monster that haunts him. It drives her insane, and well that's the point.
Over the course of the film we see how the lack of sleep and the meddling of the Babadook in her life slowly pushes her over the edge. It's all made worse when her son brings a crossbow to school, let me just say that the fact that this little kid can build his own weapons is very cool, needless to say he gets in trouble and his mother now has to deal with other people trying to get involved in their lives. She'll have none of it and takes her son out of school.
Her son and his "imaginary" monster pushes away all of his mother's friends and family leaving the two of them alone. Pushing her farther along down the crazy train. This film, unlike a lot of horror movies, really dives into the lives and hardships of it's characters.
While yes, there is a monster in this film, that's not what the film is about. The film, at it's heart, is about a single mother attempting to do everything on her own and her son who being a kid can't make it easy for her.
Without wanting to give too much away, when Amelia confronts Babadook, she is really confronting the outside world and the way in which it views single mothers. It makes her overcoming the Babadook that much more significant. It really is a single mother standing up and telling the world that she can do, she can make it on her own, raise and protect her son as well as any man.
Amelia also grows to accept her sons eccentricities, embracing his making of weapons and his cute magic tricks. Their little family grows closer and she accepts her own place in the world. This is a truly inspiring and empowering film about motherhood and I believe everyone should give it a view.
Good Evening horror hounds. Tonight I talk about a film I just saw entitled Don't Breath. Now going into this film I didn't know much about it but I wanted to keep an open mind. The film starts off as we follow three friends who steal using the keys they steal from the sheriff who happens to be the father of one of our leads.
Like every good movie we start off with a love triangle. Our hero, the son of the sheriff loves his best friend but she is taken by a jerk of a guy. The girl is a single mother who just wants to steal enough money to start a new life for her and her daughter. The boyfriend finds out about a blind man who has enough money stored away in his house to set them up for life.
Up till now the movie is just a fun heist movie with a love story hidden inside. It isn't till we get inside the house that everything flips. The old man wakes up and kills the boyfriend. We then spend the rest of the movie with the two best friends trying to escape but the blind man has them locked inside where only his keys can get them out.
We learn a lot more about the blind man that gives the movie so much depth but I don't want to give that all away right now. Needless to say it keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting with baited breath to find out how it all turns out. It is one of the more exciting films I've ever seen.
And the best part about this movie you ask? Well, if you have ever seen People under the Stairs, this movie is like a modern day retelling. That was one of my favorite movies growing up so it was nice to see a new spin on it, to see it paid such a loving tribute.
If you love movies, if you love characterization in your stories than this is the film for you. I can't remember the last time I got so hooked into a film, as if everything falls away and the movie is all that's left. You know, the feeling we all go to the movies to feel. This movie delivers in spades.
Hello Horror fiends and welcome back to Bound by Horror! The blog where I dive into the modern horror world and all it has to offer. Today's fright-filled movie is an anthology film entitled Holidays. It hearkens back to our youth, or well our parents youth that we like to pretend to be our own, with the greatest anthology of them all, The Twilight Zone!
In this film we have 8 different holidays, each being a stand alone story written and directed by a different person. Each one setting up it's own world and delivering an intriguing story with a powerful twist to close it out.
The holidays in the film are; Valentine's Day, St. Patrick, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas and New Years Eve. Each film uses not only the holiday they were assigned as a back drop for the story but tried to fit it in as much as possible.
We start off with Valentine's Day was all about a coach who needed a new heart and a loved sick girl on the swim team trying to do her part.
Next up with have St. Patrick's day where we dive into the roots of the holiday and deal with the creepiest little girl you could ever imagine.
Easter is the closes we come to an old school horror story complete with a monster, only he doesn't kill the little girl, he just turns her into one of his own!
Mother's Day follows the world's most fertile woman as she tries to find a way to stop getting pregnant all the time. It backfires when she comes across a den full of barren women.
Father's Day follows a young girl as she tries to reconnect with her dead father.
Halloween, written by the one and only Kevin Smith, involves a man who runs a house full of sex web cam operators and what happens when they get fed up with the way he runs things.
Christmas involves Seth Green letting a man die in order to get a gift for his son. A gift that shows inside his own heart and plays the death for him over and over again. It also gives his wife, who is evil, the push she needs to kill her boss. These two are the couple from hell.
The final story of the night is New Years Eve, where a serial killer goes out on a blind date only to find out that his blind date is also a serial killer. The night heats up!
The excitement builds and builds with each new holiday, giving you twists and turns as you go. The movie, through it's different stories deals with concepts of revenge and unrequited love, ideas that some of the best horror films tend to deal with. It's a common known fact that anthology films don't do well but I've never understood why, when you watch movies like this one and the Twilight Zone movie, you can't help but love them. I mean really for a horror film made in 2016 it has all the markings of what is sure to be a cult hit. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out!
Horror has always been a huge part of my life. I remember as a little girl the first horror movie I ever saw was Dolly Dearest. That movie turned me into a life long horror fan. It wasn't long before I discovered IT, one of my favorite movies of all time. Now while I love all horror I have always had a fondness for slasher films. Something about the way these films of the late 70's and 80's were made just clicked with me. The weird morality tales and karma that always seemed to shine through.
Leprechaun, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were just a few of the series that helped form my obsession with the genre. But as time has gone on horror has evolved and not for the better. It seemed for a long time all we got were half-assed remakes or possession movies. Not really my cup of tea.
But lately a new sub-genre in the horror vain has started to emerge. These are hyper realistic films with a darker hue to them. Among these are films like Lights out and Don't Breath. These are films that could be the modern generations slasher films. I decided to write this blog to shed some light on these films and others like them.
For today's blog I thought we could talk about Knock Knock. While not really a slasher film, it does fit in the this new sub-genre. Going into the film I didn't know what to think, but seeing as it was Keanu Reeves I decided to give it a shot.
The movie started off a bit slow, made all the worse by how bad everyone's acting was. Now I know what you're thinking, I'm a slasher fan, what do I know about good acting and to that I just shake my head. Some of today's greatest actors got their start in horror films, Johnny Depp and Kevin Bacon to name a few. So when this movie started and the acting was so wooden it turned me off of the film right away. But I decided to push through and I'm glad I did.
It wasn't long before Keanu's wife and kids left to go on vacation and left him alone. That is when the movie really starts to pick up. There is a knock at the door and waiting for him in the pouring rain are two young women. They ask to come in and use the phone. He lets them in.
The two girls hit on him none stop but he keeps resisting. He loves his wife and wants no part in them or what they offer. He orders them an Uber and starts to befriend them. The Uber comes and the girls lock themselves away. A pissed off Keanu storms into the room and tells them to leave but the girls have nothing on and seduce the man.
This night of lust costs him everything! The girls won't leave and start to destroy his wife's art work. He threatens to call the cops and the mind games start. The girls tell him they are under age and he is going to jail. It's all too much for them but he calls their bluff and they leave. Or so he thinks.
This is where the fun starts. The girls break back in that night and capture him. Tying him to a chair and making him watch as they ruin his house. The girls force him to sleep with them again and record the whole thing. They kill a family friend and put the whole thing on him.
The torture that this poor man goes through is insane, but so much fun to watch. He keeps trying to figure a way out of it all but every time you think he might the girls just redouble the emotional pain they inflect on him. That seems to be their thing, emotional pain. It cause so much more damage than physical pain and they know it. They get off on it.
The longer the movie runs the more you see just how crazy these girls are. They bury him alive, leaving only his head above the surface of the ground and force him to watch the video of him having sex with them, now posted on his facebook page, while this is happening his wife and kids come home. That is how the film ends, it leaves you screaming for more. You want to see how the wife reacts. How it affects her. Seeing all of her art work ruined. Learning that her assistant has been murdered and her home destroyed all because her husband couldn't keep it in his pants. That would have been a movie to watch in and of itself.
The girls do this as a test. They are looking for a man strong enough to say no, that is a brilliant idea, leaving it open for future installments. This could go on forever. It could really be the start of something and while it doesn't have the crazy kills that I love from slasher films it does satisfy the twisted morality tale and karma coming in for revenge. Come to think of it, it does have the crazy kills that you love to see, just not physical kills. They are all emotional kills. One by one they take everything he loves away from him. Ruining his whole life and leaving him a bubbling wreck. When the credits roll he may still be alive but you know that nothing will ever be the same for him again.
His life is over.
If you love horror, if you love slasher films, this is the film for you. It's everything you can want. Well if you like twisted, but who among us doesn't?
Man of Steel
Man of Steel! The darker version of Superman written by David S. Goyer, the man who said on an episode of Scriptnotes that She-Hulk was nothing more than a giant green porn star for the hulk to fuck. Great guy, who clearly knows next to nothing about comic books, but let's not let our dislike of this man color our viewing of Man of Steel.
Now I remember when this movie first came out and I saw it in theaters, I liked it. The look and feel of it blew me away, but I did have problems with it. Namely the Kents, I hated the way they made them. They gave Jonathan's role as Clark's father figure to Jor-el and that really bothered me. Jonathan is the one who gave superman his moral compass and that far more than any super powers made him into the hero that we all know and love. People complain about what happened in the end with Zod but that didn't seem out of place, even less so with this version of the character. It is really just how badly they messed up the Kents that hurt this movie the worst for me.
Now I haven't seen this movie since I bought the collectors edition from best buy a few years ago. I thought in honor of Batman V Superman I'd go back and watch it again. See how I feel about it now. It's an experiment of sorts. Let's begin!
The movie starts off with Kal-el being born. He is the first natural birth on Krypton in a very long time. Making him different than the rest of his kind. Krypton on this film looks so amazing and really makes me wish that the sy-fy show would hurry up and come out. I need to see more of this planet!
Like in all versions of Superman, Jor-el is telling the rest of his peers about the planet being doomed and no one listens to him. Zod interrupts and takes over, he will remake what is left of Krypton in his image. He places Jor-El under arrest but he manages to escape.
Krypton is a battlefield and Jor-El rushes to the codex, he means to save the DNA of his people so that they can carry on elsewhere. It is a really cool idea. We punny humans have a lot to learn from these people. They found a way to save families and keep their species alive even if the world dies. Take that nature! One point for science!
Zod makes it to Jor-El's home just as the ship is about to takes off. Jor-El tells him everything, because why not give your enemy what they need to know to beat you. In al honestly no one was supposed to make it off the planet so it was kind of a screw you to Zod, I would have done the same. The ship takes off and Zod kills Jor-El.
Zod tries to take down Kal-El's ship but he and his men are captured and sent to the Phantom Zone. Oddly enough saving their lives as the planet blows to kingdom come. It is an ironic twist of fate.
On Earth Clark grows up and works on a boat as a fisherman, when a rig is set to blow and the captain orders them away Clark vanishes and goes to save as many lives as he can. It's who he is after all.
As he lays drifting in the water he remembers as a kid when his powers first started to kick in and how his mother helped him deal with it. It wasn't easy but he survived.
He washes up on shore and steals some clothes, remembering back to when he pulled his school bus out of the water as a kid. Show off!
And here comes the scene that pulls me out of the film. Now before you all tear me apart, I understand it. I get that Jonathan is trying to protect his son and he is right to do so. But he shouldn't be telling him to let people die. That isn't who he is. Who any of them are.
The reveal to Clark of who he is is beautifully done. It is so emotional, the line "Can't I just keep pretending to be your son?" "You are my son" breaks my heart every time. That is some mad writing right there!
In the present Clark is working as a busboy and stops a girl from getting beat up by her boyfriend but in the end he just walks away. The hero he wants to be is in there but not ready to come out. He is still scared to show the world who he is, but he is more than willing to destroy a town's phone lines to get revenge on the truck driver who was rude to him. In the words of uncle Ben, with great power must also come great responsibility.
Amy Adams is my least favorite Lois Lane. Teri Hatcher was too perfect for the role. She gave the character life and a spunk that she needed. Made her an equal of not just Clark Kent but of Superman. Erica Durance picked up the part and made it her own, not an easy task but one she made look easy. Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates were both amazing in the role back in the 50's making the character seem like she belonged and could hold her own in the boys club that was the daily planet. Now if you are saying well that is TV, for a movie Amy Adams did a good job, I'd have to ask if you remember Margot Kidder? Ask anyone, when you think of Lois Lane you think of her. She owned the role, everyone else just borrowed it. To be fair to Amy Adams, I don't much remember what I thought of Kate Bosworth's take on the character so she might have her beat, I'd have go watch it again.
Clark and Lois both find the Kryptonian ship at the same time. Clark has a key that let's him inside and brings to life a hologram of Jor-El, another part that I take issue with this movie on. Clark has always talked to a hologram of Jor-El and asked him for advice that part is fine but I just feel like in this film he took over too much of Jonathan Kent's role. In case you haven't figured it out yet, he is one of my favorite comic book characters and I don't like how this movie treated him.
Clark saves Lois from one of the droids, Clark, no secret identity needed. To be fair she has no idea who Clark is and there is no Superman yet. He flies the ship out of the ice right in front of the military. The ship had been there for over 18,000 years. Damn! That's a long time.
Lois reads Perry White her story where she correctly guesses that it was aliens. Now Laurence Fishburne owns the role of Perry White. He may not have lot of screen time but when he is on the screen you can't look away. He is one of the highlights of the film and I really hope to see more of him! The only person who I like better in the role is Lane Smith, I'm sorry but no one is taking the title from him, cept maybe the king. If you get the joke I like you, I really do.
Holo-Jor-El, which is what I will call him from now on, fills Clark in on everything he needs to know. Telling him who he is and where he is from. The man of steel is on he verge of waking up. Clark puts on the costume and goes out into the world. Meanwhile Lois Lane puts together that Clark is the mystery man. For the first time ever Lois Lane figures out Superman's identity before he even becomes Superman, she may not be as interesting as the others but she is a better reporter.
A teenage Clark tells Jonathan, you aren't my dad right before he dies. Right out of Spider-man. Gotta love when DC steals from Marvel. Jonathan Kent runs back into the storm to save a dog when Clerk could have done it, he orders Clark not to go save him. He didn't have to die right there. He could still be alive with just a little foresight. It breaks my heart, like good movies are supposed to. Clark uses this story to tell Lois that he can't tell the world his story. Perry tears Lois a new one for going against his orders.
Clark returns home, his mother is so happy to see him. It must have been some time since he has been home last. He tells her that he knows who he is now. It's a bit ungrateful and you can see that it hurts her. It's as if the parents who gave birth to him mean more than the people who spent their whole lives raising him. The Kents deserve more love! At least Clark tells her that he won't leave her and calls her mom. That is something.
Harry Lennix, the man who played Boyd on Dollhouse, great show by the way!, plays General Swanwick in the film. He is in charge of responding to Zod's invasion and he kills the role! After all he is a Whedon actor!
Zod taking over the TV's to tell the Earth that we are not alone and to demand to have Kal-El turned over to him is so cool! love this scene.
The FBI arrest Lois and tries to force her to tell them who Superman really is. After all Zod gave the world 24 hours to turn him over before they destroy everything. Clark goes to a priest for advice and tells him that he doesn't know if he can trust mankind. The Priest tells him that sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust comes later.
Superman turns himself into General Swanwick, on the condition that he lets Lois Lane goes. Superman tells him that they can never control him but he will allow them to turn him over to Zod. He wants to protect the Earth not be the cause of its destruction.
Superman turns himself over to Zod's men and they demand Lois Lane as well. The military says no but Lois agrees to it. Superman and Zod meet but Superman gets sick. Turns out that he can't live on their ship. He never experienced it since he spent his whole life on Earth. Zod and his men have been looking for Kal-El since Krypton blew up and the only reason they found him is because Clark turned on the damn ship he found with Lois and it sent out a beacon calling for them.
Zod tells Clark that he needs the codex to bring Krypton back to Earth, of course the humans would have to die to allow this to happen but it is a small scarfice. Clark says no, he won't be apart of this. Lois gets ahold of Clark's key and uses it, thus bringing Holo-Jor-El to her. He helps her escape from the ship. He then goes to find Superman and tells him that he can save the Earth from Zod and his men.
Zod and his men go to the Kent's farm looking for Clark's ship. They quickly find it but the codex isn't in it. Superman flies out of nowhere and attacks Zod. Zod gains Superman's powers far too quickly and the fight is now turned against Superman, after all he is out numbered. The US Military enters the fight. It is a full on war in Smallville.
And in the midst of this war they manage to get in some ads, like Ihop! Smallville gets tore up! Like hardcore tore up! The military attack Superman like he is one of the bad guys but he still saves them when they get shot out of the sky. The guy is a hero after all.
The more I watch this movie the more I feel like it is Superman II on steroids, not that that is bad thing. It's a lot better than I remember it. Zod's men take off and the military stops attacking Superman, they are starting to see that he is on their side. Oh and they get in an ad for Sears. Bloody hell the ads like a crazy person. Martha Kent is still alive and kicking. Clark can be a good son sometimes. He rushes in to check on her and make sure she is ok.
Lois figures out how to stop Zod's men at the same time tat Zod and his people figure out that the codex is inside of Kal-El. Things get tense. Zod sends out the world engine to remake the Earth so that he and his people can live on it without having to adjust to the environment.
Metropolis becomes a battle ground and wastes no time in being tore apart. Superman rushes to take out these world ship on the otherside of the planet while the military tries take out the one in Metropolis. Zod forces himself to adjust to Earth and gains more powers. Zod takes control of the ship that will allow him to use the codex to bring their people back to life.
The citizens of Metropolis try and stay alive as their city falls apart all around them. We see this first hand through the eyes of the Daily Planet employees. Superman has trouble taking on the world ship as Zod shuts down Holo-Zor-El. Perry risks his life to save his people, now you want to talk about heroes, that man puts everyone to shame. After all who is more heroic? The man who can do anything or the normal guy who risks everything?
Superman destroys the world ship. When one was destroyed it shut down both of them. He did it! It took a great deal out of him. He can barely move after destroying it. Lois tires to active it but the key is broken and won't work. It messes up their whole plan. If the ship won't turn on they can't use it to get ride of the other one. Zod locks his ship onto theirs and is about to blow them away when Superman crashes into his ship. Zod tells him that this shop is Krypton's only hope and Superman tells him that Krypton had its chance.
He could have saved the ship. He didn't have to kill his people's only hope, there had to be another way. But Superman didn't even try. A quick victory was better to him than a longer harder one.
The ship that Lois is on gets attacked by Zod's right hand woman and all seems lose but the key finally goes in and they create their black hole, bringing everyone into it. Somehow Lois falls out of the plane and avoids that fate. Superman saves her in the nick of time.
It seems like it is all over. Zod's men are gone and Superman kisses Lois as Perry and the others watch on. It seems Zod didn't go down with the rest of his men. He is still here and not happy at all. Zod tells Superman that one of them dies. Their battle takes Metropolis back to the stone ages. The two men are going toe to toe, it is a great fight that has you on the edge of your seat. Zod is winning, Superman is winning, Zod is winning. It changes back and forth so fast that you have trouble keeping up. It's the best kind of fight.
And once more with the product placement, a Wayne Industries Satellite. Come on like Bruce Wayne needs their money. SMH. Zod forces Superman's hand and makes him snap his neck. This is the scene that so many people have a problem with. It makes sense with who the character is. There is nothing about what happens that makes him any less Superman. In fact I think it makes him a greater hero. He is willing to make the hard choices that need to be made. He is willing to take on that burden so that others don't have to.
The film ends with Clark Kent working at the Daily Planet and Lois playing dumb. I know I had a lot of bad things to say about this movie but over all it is a really good film that I enjoyed a great deal. I can not wait to see Batman V Supermen tonight! And you should all be excited too! Don't let critics tell you what movies you should and shouldn't like. And yes I see the irony in what I just said. Deal with it!
All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass is a documentary, yes another one, deal with it, about Tower Records and their rise and fall. Colin Hanks, the man who will always be Alex to me and many other Roswell fans, directed this doc. Now the name Hanks, yes this is the son of Tom Hanks, and no not the rapper. Moving on.
For those of you who don't know, Tower Records was a music store. Back before ITunes was a thing. Russ Soloman was the founder of the place. His father owned a corner store and one day they started selling used records. It did great so they started selling new records. He bought the store next door and extended the building. Russ wanted to expand but his father said no so Russ bought the record company from him.
Tower Records quickly became a place for kids to hang out. The Beach Boys changed the game, selling more albums than singles. As the 60's came radio started changing the way people thought about music and Tower Records used this to gain more and more attention. He wanted to open the largest store in the world while also being the supermarket of records. While hung over in San Francisco he found the perfect place to open the biggest store. It was just sitting there and he went and leased it.
The store hit and people came in droves. It helped that San Fran itself was having people from all over the country coming in for the new music and 60's movement that was growing at the time. They even opened up a book store. Almost everyone in the company started off as clerks and mod their way up. Opening the store on Sunset Blv put them on the map even more than anything that had come before. It was the first building that they built themselves.
Singers would even hang out there. Even Sir. Elton John. He would come in and buy 3 of every album he wanted. The place just wouldn't stop growing. The employees could do whatever they wanted as long as they showed up to work. That was all that really mattered. They would drink all night and go to work in the morning.
The VP of the company ran just about everything. Russ was the free spirit who would let people do what they wanted as long as he finished. Bud, the VP, would control the money and was very strict about everything.
In Japan some company stole their name so Russ just kind of adopted them and would sell his records out of their store. It wasn't doing well so they went to Japan and opened their own store, the first American owned company born there. It did so well that they opened a second store. It started to expand rapidly after that.
Each store felt unique. Almost as if they were the only store in the world. It gave it a home town feel no matter where they went. The death of disco messed the music industry a great deal. MTV and Michael Jackson's album Thriller saved the industry and brought it back to prominence. The last thing that saved music was the CD. It gave it new life in a time when it needed it the most.
Tower records expanded all over the world. It just kept growing and growing outside of the US and Japan. They felt like they couldn't be stopped. Costs kept going up on CD's and Napster came out. It was the beginning of the end of not just Tower Recorders but the music industry as the world knew it.
Tower records started losing money and they had to sell Japan. This nearly ruined them. Bud died and Russ got sick. It seems that everything started to come apart. They needed money from the back but they made Tower Records hire a new CEO. It was the only way they would allow them to borrow the money. The new CEO made them spend all the money on branding, for a company that was already well branded. She started closing different parts of the company. It was horrible. She all but shut Russ out of all decisions in the company. She was firing all of the long term employees.
Tower Records went out of business. They went from the top of the world to the bottom. Even something that feels like it will last forever has to end at some point in time. It was a hard lesson for the world to learn.
Japan gave Tower Records a second life. There are still 85 stores open over there, but not owned by Russ. The banks had him sell if off. This is such a great doc, go and buy it on iTunes now!
The Uncanny Fans
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