Friday, April 18, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I was impressed with Carter Smith's directorial debut, "The Ruins". The modern American horror film tends to go off into scientific explanations for monsters, zombies, vampires, etc. Smith didn't go down that road. He kept it simple. Four friends and a guide, a Mayan ruin in Mexico, and deadly vines. Basic, and basically horrific! By keeping the plot simple, the audience was able to focus on the unnerving quandary of the four main characters- run from their Mayan temple prison, and be shot, or stay and be invaded by carnivorous vines. I'm a gore and horror veteran, but even I had to turn away in disgust during some scenes (that's not a bad thing). Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, and Laura Ramsey did a great job of engaging the audience with their characters' dilemma. "The Ruins", could have been a campy run-of-the-mill horror flick, but to their credit, the main characters were interesting enough to keep that from happening. Kudos to Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), she was superb, as usual. I highly recommend this film!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I would like to see the blogs take another step towards legitimacy. I would like to see more people scrap their anonymous handles and post comments in their own name. To put it bluntly- if you aren't willing to put your real name by your opinions then your opinions mean little or nothing. Jimbob247652 may have wonderful things to say, but has abolutely zero credibility. The debate over ideas of our time needs to be done by real people, not anonymous folks that are bold enough to make outlandish statements, but cowardly enough to do so under an anonymous handle. This post isn't directed towards anyone specifically, it's just something that's been on my mind. Unless you are in the witness protection program, what reason do you have to hide your identity? Have the courage to stand by what you write- use your real name. Let's increase the credibility of the collective voice of the blog.