Friday, 22 September 2017

Mother! - The scoop and digest

Darren Aronofsky's latest effort is more than an experience, it's something you'll never forget.

Jennifer Lawrence - Mother
Javier Bardem - Him
Ed Harris - Man
Michelle Pfeiffer - Woman
Domhnall Gleeson - Oldest Son
Brian Gleeson - Younger Brother

Film opens up with a medley of imagery that of course makes no sense.

Close up shot of a woman's face on fire, man placing crystalized object on a frame, burnt-out home returning to original state and wife forming on bed, asking where better half is.

She begins experiencing visions of bleeding floorboards, nasty things that eventually flush and walls beating fast, with heart gradually turning black.

Much to wife's reluctance, writer's block husband lets a dying orthopedic surgeon and his wife stay.

Odd behaviour ensues, with precious object smashed to smithereens.

Husband is mortified and agrees to evict them both.

Couple's sons unexpectedly arrive and immediately quarrel over the distribution of father's will.

In resulting scuffle, senior mortally wounds junior, who subsequently dies.

Wife's paranoia isn't done any favours when during wake, a clutch of strangers cause chaos.

She finally snaps when strangers flood the house by breaking sink's plumbing.

After getting rid of pesky guests, they have sex.

Morning breaks and he's delighted to learn she's cooking one in the oven.

Inspired by the prospect of fatherhood, magnum opus is quickly whipped up and magically published.

House is consumed by insanity (police, concentration camps etc), and amidst cultists executing fanatical fans, she gives birth.

Baby boy is mutilated and crowd enjoy last supper.

Grabbing shard of glass, she goes ape shit on those nearest and escapes to the basement.

Pleas from husband not to light oil spill falls on deaf ears and sea of flames wipe out devoted following.

Unharmed, he reaches inside chest and crushes ash covered heart, uncovering ornament.

As house and immediate surroundings revert back to normal, a new mother begins process all over again.

Biblical references

Him - God
Mother - Mother Earth
Man - Adam
Woman - Eve
Oldest son - Cain
Youngest brother - Abel

In the Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the sons of Adam and Eve.

Cain was the first human born and Abel was first to die.

Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit, but here, that doesn't happen.

I'd suggest crystal represents fruit from tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Mother mentions Armageddon and prophesises event when reading poet's 'beautiful' verse.

Philanderer, adulterer, drunkard, fool, thief, consoler, defiler and whoremonger are just some of supporting characters listed in credits.

Marmite

How did art splashed on canvas taste?

Pretty nice, and undeserving of such scathing reviews.

Ignoring the obvious undertones of Rosemary's Baby, self-portrait is gloriously surreal.

Bardem and Lawrence give brilliant performances and it'd be wrong to not acknowledge Harris and Pfeiffer, who clearly enjoyed being part of ludicrous premise.

Of fucked up final part, drugs director took were clearly illegally prescribed.

As visions intensify, Mother takes edge off by mixing water with yellow powder.

What's that all about?

Deterrent against descent into psychosis?

Metaphors are open to interpretation and I'm sure symbolism will continue to be analysed.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

It - The scoop and digest

Nameless antagonist awakens every 27 years.

TV miniseries was released in 1990.

You do the math.

Let's see if Andy 'Mama' Mushietti's reboot was Derry good, or Derry bad.

Jaeden Lieberher - Bill
Jeremy Ray Taylor - Ben
Sophia Lillis - Beverly
Finn Wolfhard - Richie
Bill Skarsgård - Pennywise
Nicholas Bowers - Henry

October 1988.

Ignoring different year, opening scene largely mirrors 1990 counterpart.

When attempting to retrieve homemade boat from storm drain, Bill's younger brother George falls foul to Pennywise 'The Dancing Clown'.

June 1989.

Social outcasts Bill, Ben (not the Flowerpot Men), Richie etc are bullied by Henry Bowers and his goons.

Just like book, stuttering Bill rides 'Silver', a rusty old Schwinn bike.

Abused by her father, Beverly befriends Ben and joins the group.

Pennywise begins campaign of terror by becoming what children are afraid of most, with prey ultimately surviving each encounter.

Newspaper archives reveal town has been prone to unexplained tragedies and children mysteriously disappearing for centuries.

Ben informs 'The Losers Club' that before going into hibernation, It awakens every 27 years to feast on children for x amount of months.

After concluding sewer system is preferred mode of transport, evidence points that It resides at dilapidated hovel of 29 Neibolt Street.

Unsurprisingly, host doesn't take too kindly to uninvited guests.

Friends are separated and Richie is trapped in a room filled with clowns.

As Pennywise emerges from coffin, you can spot a mannequin dressed like Tim Curry.

Cute.

Beverly stabs It through the head with fence post, forcing clown to retreat.

August.

Pennywise delivers Henry his missing switchblade and with mind manipulated, father's throat loses argument with sharp object.

Next target, the Losers.

Before Pennywise kidnaps Beverly, she knocks father out when sick fuck tries to rape her.

You go girl.

Here or thereabouts, Beverly wakes up inside underground lair and It exposes her to Deadlights.

At Neibolt Street, an insane Henry attacks Mike, but is pushed down the well.

The rest find area containing an avalanche of children's clothes, circus props and the floating corpses of missing children.

A kiss from Ben returns a catatonic Beverly back to normal.

Really?

Losers give Pennywise a beating and effectively starve it of power by showing they're no longer afraid.

With that, It begins to dissolve and sinks into a pit, bringing children back down to earth.

So are they now alive?

We don't know.

In September, Beverly reveals that while under It's spell, she had a premonition of group fighting monster as adults.

A blood oath is made vowing that if It comes back, they'll make thing wish it never did.

Before Beverly leaves town, her and Bill pucker up.

Cultural references

George's bedroom displays posters of Gremlins and Beetlejuice.

In local arcade, Richie plays Street Fighter.

Now showing:

Batman, Lethal Weapon 2* and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.

*Wasn't released until July 1989, but features in June section.

Tut tut.

Hotchpotch

Running time is faithful to original source material, but if like I, was expecting horror, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Fused with Stranger Things, this tries to be the supernatural version of Stand by Me.

Bad idea.

Painting based on the works by Amedeo Modigliani was reasonably effective, but 'Super' Pennywise and charred headless corpse giving chase were just plain stupid.

Furthermore, Pennywise charging looks fucking awful.

Richie is given comedic responsibility and lines miss rather than hit.

I'm confused why 'scary' scene(s) suddenly become funny ha ha.

BULLSHIT!

Performances are its saving grace.

Youngsters score highly and although Skarsgård shouldn't be compared to predecessor, he did a great job.

One of 1990 film's most iconic scenes is balloon exploding inside sink.

New interpretation goes all J-horror, as Beverly pulls clumps of blood-soaked hair from plughole.

That's okay, but gratuitous blood geyser basically rips off A Nightmare on Elm Street.

To be fair, Glen's famous demise was inspired by The Shining's blood elevator.

Perversely, dream invader nearly made a cameo appearance.

Freddy vs. Pennywise?

Not even Hollywood would stoop that low.

Towards the end, It attempts to trick Bill by assuming the guise of George.

Brother doesn't buy deception and opens fire.

While Losers are tearing Pennywise a new asshole, baddie cycles through each fear.

Different circumstances yes, but both sequences scream of the T-1000.

Maybe you need reminding.

Liquid metal imitates Sarah to fool John.

Waist deep in molten metal, we briefly see advanced prototype morph into previous subjects sampled by physical contact.

The prosecution goes for a pint.

Proceedings will be concluded in 2019 and a different approach must be taken.

Ideally, an extremely dark one.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Titles, taglines, subtitles and miscellany - Cheeky and charming

To save unnecessary repetition, everything is unrelated.

Deliverance

Film and video game


Above is a very strange remake of Deliverance: Stormlord II.

Genesis (Joy Williams album) and Rec: Genesis


Game of Thrones: Genesis and Genesis (Karin Slaughter novel)


The Genesis device is part of the Star Trek universe.
Homefront

Film, video game and TV series


American Pie: Reunion, Reunion and 10 Years: The Reunion


The Ward and Dementium: The Ward


Dominator and Burnout Dominator


Albums by U.B.O. and W.A.S.P.


Spider-Man: Homecoming and Silent Hill: Homecoming


Homecoming and Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming


The Final Fight

Street Fighter 2010, Ip Man and Turrican II


Aliens: Extermination and Extermination (two separate video games)


And.

Exterminator
All You Can Eat (albums by Thunder and Steel Panther) 


Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
Outrun: Europa and Europa Station (features in Flashback)


Europa Europa
The Mutations and Alligator II: The Mutation


The Next Mutation

Ninja Turtles (live action TV series) and Space Quest V


Rising Storm is the second of three novels by S.M. Stirling, officially continuing the T2 universe.  It is preceded by Infiltrator and concludes with Future War.

Book title is also a stand-alone expansion pack for Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad.

It's generally accepted that Geese Howard's Desperation Move (debuting in Fatal Fury Special) is called Raging Storm.
Despite title of compilation, Time Crisis: Razing Storm isn't even a game.
Join me for a free ride.

Chariot is part of Capcom's 1991 compilation Three Wonders.
2014 video game.
Opening boss from The House of the Dead.
And.

Chariots - Ken Kelly
Said piece is also a track by Future of Forestry.

Know your enemy

Taglines.

Apart from Manics album of course.



Staying sharp with Blade Master.

Alastor is classified as a demon in Viewtiful Joe.
Skill is art of fighting, possibly referencing SNK's larger than life fighting series?
1991 Irem arcade.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Just for fun.

Braford - The Sword Master (Knights of the Round boss)
Three footie games with 11 men.

The Inazuma Eleven series is based on the Manga of same name.
Power Eleven (PC Engine)
The Ultimate 11 (Neo Geo)
Lust for Life

Iggy Pop and Lana del Ray albums


Van Gogh biopic
Fight for Life (Jaguar's last official game) and Tarzan's Fight for Life


Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's The Woman with a Pearl and Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring


Chucking a video game ref in.

Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring
Golden Earring are a rock band, with Radar Love featuring in the excellent Baby Driver.

Indianapolis 500: The Simulator, Indianapolis 500: Evolution and Indy 500


Fortune 500 is a track by Everything Everything.

But wait.

Queeg 500 (fake Red Dwarf back-up computer)
Not content with his own episode, Charles Augins also choreographed the crew's dance of Cat's Tongue Tied dream at the beginning of Parallel Universe.
Wet and Dry (P.J. Harvey album)


Daywalker (Blade) and Nightwalker* (from Dungeons & Dragons episode City on the Edge of Midnight)


*Also an anime series.

Bare (Annie Lennox album) and Naked (Talking Heads album)


Mike Leigh's black comedy-drama Naked was simply superb. 
Nude - Edgar Degas
Said masterpiece is also a track from Radiohead album In Rainbows.

Idiot? Fool?

Don't worry, I've got shit covered.

Electric Soft Parade - Idiots
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
Warpaint - The Fool
Represented as a zombie sloth, Fool is a boss from The House of the Dead III.
Heroes

David Bowie album and superhero TV series


Villains

Queens of the Stone Age album and 1972 TV series


Combining both.

Heroes and Villains is not only the first of three Only Fools and Horses Christmas specials from 1996, it's also a Beach Boys song.
The three wise monkeys are Mizaru (sees no evil), Kikazaru (hears no evil) and Iwazaru (speaks no evil).

Unleash the horror.



Hit and miss comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil is so-called because Richard Pryor is blind and Gene Wilder is deaf.
Guess they couldn't incorporate somebody who was dumb.

Admire visual depiction in cinema.

Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Flintstones
Smashing.

Name and number (in this case, 13).

Apollo 13
Golgo 13
Overkill - Killbox 13
Hop House 13
Dementia 13
District 13
And no, this has jack shit to do with District 9.
Brain Dead 13
Saga - Generation 13
Unit 13
In From Dusk Till DawnScott (Ernest Liu) wears a Precinct 13 tee, which is probably a reference to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13.
Tony Scott's action thriller The Last Boy Scout was made a whole load more fun by Shane 'Lethal Weapon' Black's witty screenplay.
Disgraced former American football player Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) has number 13 tattooed on the back of his head.

Why? It's a football thing.
Number 13 is a ghost story by M.R. James and Warehouse 13 is a sci-fi TV series.

In Stephen King's book series The Dark Tower, magical sphere Black 13 is part of Maeryln's Rainbow and represents the Tower itself.

Did I tell you how fucking awful the belated big screen adaptation was?

Yes.

Reversing situation, you can have films 13 Eerie and 13 Sins (American remake of Thai comedy horror 13 Beloved).

From left to right.

Bing Bong (Inside Out), King Kong (1933) and Ting Tong (Little Britain)


Connection?

Names all rhyme.

Ignoring things hyphenated like Taz-Mania and Pac-Mania, here's a single mixture of mania.

Applemania - Jacek Yerka
Automania (Manic Mechanic)
Melonmania
Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
Bay City Rollers - Rollermania
Deerhunter - Monomania
Psychomania
Def Leppard - Pyromania
And most obscure of all.

Skullomania (Street Fighter EX series)
The new face of horror

Critic's comment of Smiley is the same as tagline for Midnight Movie.


Weird.

One more.

Redwood
The Redwood Massacre
And the deal breaker.

Rainbow Six Vegas displays a poster of fake horror film The Redwood Horror.
Trust me, it doesn't exist.

The End Is Here and The Future Is Here


Judge. Jury. Executioner.


Each track on Radiohead's Hail to the Thief (a pun on American Presidential anthem Hail to the Chief), has a subtitle.

Skip to Myxomatosis and you'll discover (Judge, Jury & Executioner).
Honestly, how great is that?

It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, tagline's coming home.

Deception Comes Home
Revenge Comes Home
Evil Comes Home
The Future Is Now and The Time Is Now


The Kids are All Right and The Kids are Alright (The Who album)


However, the tagline of Clown states:

The Kids Aren't Alright
Serious Sam: Next Encounter and King of the Monsters 2: Next Thing


Title screen of Neo Geo monster sequel states The Next Thing, contradicting Japanese box art.


North American box art (including SNES and Mega Drive ports), have no subtitle.


How fucking stupid.

A Crash Course in Terror! and A Lesson in Terror


A New Dimension in Terror... and A New Generation of Terror


Girls will be Girls

Film and Powder Room's tagline


He Knows You're Here (tagline) and He Knows You're Alone (film)


Kiss Your Ice Goodbye and Kiss Your Nerves Goodbye


Our Days are Numbered and The Days are Numbered


No Kids Allowed and No Humans Allowed (snippit of District 13 poster)


Shallow Grave
What's a little murder between friends?
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
What's a little root beer between friends...
Mischief loves company, Misery loves comedy and Misery loves company


The camera never lies


No, no and no.

No fear. No limits. No equal.
No warning. No warning. No escape.
No home. No law. No limits.
No neighbours. No help. No escape.
No. money No. identity No. way out
No limits... No mercy... No surrender!
Before (whatever), there was (whoever).

Before Chucky... Before Annabelle... There was Robert
Before King Arthur there was Excalibur
Before Tyson, there was Liston
Before The Conjuring there was Annabelle
What's the big deal?

(You mean the big thing?)

Oh yeah, thanks.

Duran Duran - Big Thing
The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing
The Most Incredible Thing - Pet Shop Boys
And.

The Last Thing - Kathe Kollwitz
When the (whatever), the (whichever)

Most selling points are extremely similar and grammatically incorrect.

When the watching stops the terror begins
When the lights go out the terror begins
When the darkness falls the dead will rise
When the lights go out the feeding begins...
When the lights go down, the inmates will rise
When the howling starts... the killing begins
These last few mix it up slightly.

When the streets are a jungle... there can only be one king
When the bell rings it's time to go to hell
When the moon turns red the dead shall rise!
Welcome to my Generation.

Street Fighter III: New Generation
Subtitle is also a song from classic Suede album Dog Man Star.
Next Generation - Larry Elmore
Amityville: A New Generation
Bonded by Blood 2: Essex Boys - The New Generation
The Next Generation

Revenge of the Nerds III and Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Patrick Stewart captained the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

They're here... and They're back


Hang on a minute, it appears both Independence Day rip offs adapt Carol Anne's famous quotes from Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side into taglines.

Who 'really' directed 1982 original?

The truth died with Tobe Hooper.

They're hot and They're waiting

Hustle and Ritual


They're coming

30 Days of Night, Dark Skies and Zombie Horde


Check out this little lot.

Deliver her from evil
Deliver Us from Evil
Title as taglines.


I suppose Exorcism's 'true' tagline is 'some things are better left alone'.

Deliverance from Evil subs Killjoy II.
Also.

Don't Deliver Us from Evil
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave, The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter and Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory



Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite
Like third and fourth, sequel to Van Damme cult classic was straight-to-video.
Pong: The Next Level and xXx: The Next Level*


*Outside North America.

Otherwise known as State of the Union.

Death is only the beginning

Conjuring the Dead and Dead Awake


Evie (Rachel Weisz) translates scrawl inside coffin in The Mummy (1999).
What does it say?

You already know.

Geek alert.

Examining trap guarding the real Armor key in the amazing Gamecube remake of Resident Evil brings a certain message.
It's been one hell of a ride, but I'll finish with this.

All guts, no glory

Exhumed album and House of the Dead II tagline


No guts. No glory.

Airbourne and Molly Hatchet albums


And.

No nuts no glory
Six down, seven to go.
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