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Skew (REVIEW)

Skew Movie

It’s apparent that the nearly consistent 15 year long presence of “found-footage” and subjective camera POV visual aesthetics in film and television (FFSC from here out) has tapped into a certain type of audio-visual experience that connects with viewers. Though at first glance we could write off these stylistic techniques as cash-grabs it is surprising that the novelty of such techniques has continued to raise more eyebrows in curiosity rather than skepticism.

Album Review: KEN mode - "Venerable:

Longtime noise rock veterans KEN mode drafted another bassist and went back to the drawing board for their fourth recording, "Venerable." The Canadians, freshly armed with new producer Kurt Ballou (of Converge fame,) dive into the deep end of genre with no hesitation, leaving behind tame mantras and pushing the envelope of noise rock.

"Venerable" could be said to be a fine example of the noise rock idiom, but that's hardly a complete description, is it?

Hobo With a Shotgun (REVIEW)

Rutget Hauer is the Hobo, in Hobo With a Shotgun

Sitting down to watch something called "Hobo With a Shotgun," there can be little doubt about how things will unfold. Jason Eisner, director of a film that bears such a name, knows this as well. Much to his credit, Eisner seems to realize that he's as unlikely a feature filmmaker as has ever been, and so he plays his heart out to ensure that "Hobo" delivers on the promise such a concept contains.

Horror Headlines: Monday January 17th, 2011

There's new Canadian trailer for "Scream 4" out on the tubes that's chock full of new clips and magic. How you can tell it's Canadian is because they dubbed in a bunch of "aboots" and instead of a knife the ghost faced guy is running around with a bottle of maple syrup. Subtle, I know.

"Atrocious" is a new Spanish found footage flick which doesn't look to far off from your "Paranormal Activity" and "Blair Witch Project". Of course it is a lot more caliente, but that goes without saying. That's the only ignorant thing I'm going to say about the new trailer though, I already filled my daily quota with the maple syrup thing.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is going to direct a new movie called "Wait Till Helen Comes" which focuses on a family that move into a house that use to be a church and discover a ghost. They then whisper creepy things to the ghost like "hey ghost, you sure are spooky, want to go into our new hot tub?". Ya know, because Hewitt has another show called "The Ghost Whisperer". Get it? Comic gold!

There's been enough one sheets for "Hobo With a Shotgun" to choke a camel but I'm a sucker for the old school grindhouse looking type posters so here's this new one. I'm not sure if the film is ever actually going to be coming out but posters are cool, so we'll just keep going with that.

In Real People News: 

Aww that's so cute! A toddler in Florida recently called 911 to get the message that his father was being bad to Santa. The story takes a turn for the worse though when the boy was arrested and is now serving 3 to 4 in a maximum security prison for the false alarm call. On the bright side, his little tear drop tattoo is to die for.

Let this be a lesson to you kids, don't mess with the substitute teacher! Because if you get a nut job like this one you may end up getting punched in the face when he gets fed up with you and the rest of the 8 years olds throwing spit balls.

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