Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review : Joe R. Lansdale - Cold in July (1989)


Order COLD IN JULY here

(also reviewed)
Order SAVAGE SEASON here
Order MUCHO MOJO here
Order THE BOTTOMS here

Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell stated in his book OUTLIERS that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to become a master at something. How can you become a master at telling stories? Do you have to spend 10,000 hours living through and processing some life-altering stuff? Do you have to spend 10,000 hours observing human nature or just spend it writing like a maniac and hope for the best? Whatever path Joe R. Lansdale took to become a masterful writer, most agree that COLD IN JULY is some of his best work. I had it mind to read it for a couple years now, but since Lansdale's novels are not that easy to find in Montreal, it's not before the movie adaptation was released that I kicked my own ass and ordered it from Amazon. I was a rabid Joe Lansdale fan already, but can the man WRITE or what? COLD IN JULY is another triumph, a fierce psychological thriller that doesn't play by the rules and mocks the conventions of every genre.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Movie Review : The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug (2013)


The movie CLERKS 2 triggered a debate among the geeks of the world about what should be their flagship movies: STAR WARS or THE LORD OF THE RINGS? The stupidity of this argument is almost equal to the iPhone vs Android argument that's been plaguing pop culture for the better part of the decade. They are debates with no objective answers meant to turn you into an loyal consumer of a particular brand. Unlike STAR WARS, J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth is still mostly unexploited. There is still enough original material for a couple of movie, and maybe, at the pace we're going, a couple of trilogies. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is the latest volume of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy and it really is cohesive with his body of work to a point that it's kind of a strange viewing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Movie Review : Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)


One of the most underrated things aobut childhood is having strange, jumbled up memories that you're not sure if you've experienced or dreamed. My first viewing of HOT SHOTS! PART DEUX (I don't think I ever saw the first one) flabbergasted the shit out of my ten year old self. I know it wasn't RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, but the ongoing absurdity made me think that MAYBE I was watching this cornerstone movie of mine, only half-aware. So, there is no good reason to review a disposable movie like HOT SHOT! PART DEUX, but the exercise was intriguing to me. How did this mythical parody survived adulthood, self-consciousness and the post-Charlie Sheen era? Idleness, whiskey and Netflix would lead me towards an answer.