Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Off-season horror review, anyone?

Has anyone seen -- and planning on reviewing -- Get Out? It seems my corner of the internet, consisting of NPR and Slate articles, has all but exploded with analyses of the film since it was released back in February.

Get Out seems an invaluable piece of pop culture criticism of the hero-villian dichotomy, not exclusive to the horror movie genre. Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's "Key and Peele" is the brain-child behind the writing and directing of this unique feature. He admittedly labels his film being more of a "psychological thriller" than straight up horror, but conceding with this New Yorker article that the African-American experience can be "a horrific one." David Edelstein's NPR review highlights an awkward first meeting between protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and girlfriend Rose's (Allison Williams) parents. Aisha Harris' Slate article discusses the relevance of Get Out to the race discussion [that isn't happening on a national scale in my opinion], while also acknowledging the horror film's influences from Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives.

I normally avoid reading too many reviews that "unpack" a film's nuances and relevance if I really want to see it, but I broke that rule namely because newborn babies are a 24-hour job and there seemed to be so many articles out there eager to jump on the popularity of Get Out, which reached #1 on its opening weekend.

As a Horrorthon reviewer, I have always tried looking for something more in my movie reviews, whether it is a critique on feminism through my review of Martyrs or the prison industrial complex with The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence (har, har). I'm looking forward to October for reviewing Get Out and others, for whatever social commentary they might offer (or not).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bullets have a beauty and I don't know why

Hey it's the new song I can't keep out of my head!  I learned about it from this trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, an exciting video game that doesn't exist yet.  If you'd like to hear the whole song, check it out below.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Buh-bye 2016!

Even though traffic on the blog has been super sparse, I wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year.  On my end, 2016 has had quite a blend of highs and lows in almost every arena of life, and I get the feeling I'm not alone in that. Highs included some great moments with friends and family, an academic promotion, some wonderful concerts and comedy shows, and getting to see dress rehearsal of SNL (bucket list!). The lows have included world events, too many celebrity deaths, too much work and work-related stress, family drama, and some recent but hopefully temporary health challenges (or in other words, real life). For 2017 want to put my energy towards the things that matter most to me, and that includes this blog community, however it may morph.

Would love to hear even a micro life update from whoever is still reading... miss you and love you! Happy New Year!