Sunday, October 28, 2007


Well the plan for tonight was an abridged review of David Cronenberg's Crash. Unfortunately one viewing wasn't enough for me to glean a solid opinion so I'm going to have to re rent and re watch it and see if I can form an actual opinion. Otherwise it'll just be three or four paragraphs of treading water(which believe me I can do, I ramble almost as well as I overuse parentheses).

In the meantime why not go read Kim Morgan's thought on Crash. After all her words are the ones that inspired me to give the movie a shot in the first place.

And now to point out my own complete lack of content I shall share yet another Youtube video. This time it is a fan video put together for a Jonathan Coulton song called RE: Your Brains. The video gets a 33.33333% bump in coolness for the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness clips included.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Rubik's Cube (inventive title no?)

I myself subscribe to the trusty old sticker swapping method. Oh sure it takes a bit more time and you can only do it a few times before the suckers won't stay on any longer. But as long as they do stick, it works every time. I think this means that I think outside of the box...or cube as it were.

This guy seems to a more conventional way down. He does nearly trip up slightly a few times but I'm saying that is more of an issue with talking over what you are doing instead of just doing it.

Of course the Rubik's Cube is not to be confused with my other favorite "Cube".

Thursday, October 11, 2007


It may look a little silly now, especially on its own with no context. But this used to really freak me out.

So many movies to go through that I haven't yet seen, yet so many others that I need to re watch.....

Sunday, October 07, 2007

FGFC: "The Burning"

So the Final Girl film club pick this time around is ”The Burning” a movie from the magical time of 1981. When you think about it some pretty awesome things happened in '81: “The Greatest American Hero” debuted, MTV was launched, “Halloween II” graced the silver screen, the IBM 5150 was released, “Evil Dead” came out, Julia Stiles, Amy Lee, and Natalie Portman were all born, and “An American Werewolf in London” was released....I think something else happened in '81 but I can't seem to remember what it is. Anyway getting back on track, as you can see “The Burning” had quite a bit to live up to.

The beginning a.k.a. What happens before the running around and slicing

As the movie starts we see Camp Blackstone where a group of young campers are planning on giving the camp Janitor Cropsy a bit of a scare. Apparently Cropsy isn't a very nice person and as such these kids take it upon themselves to break into his cabin while he sleeps and place an actually really creepy looking, worm ridden, waxy, severed head, with candles in it's eyes next to his bed. The prank works a little too well, Cropsy does in fact get scared...he gets so scared that he bats the head off of the shelf onto his bed where it promptly sets fire to him. As he jumps and runs around he knocks over his handy can of gasoline and the fire really takes off. After a quick fiery jog Cropsy makes with the stop and roll all the way down a hill into the river.

One week later at St. Catherine's Hospital we find out that Cropsy has survived, but he is burned badly “A fuckin' big mack...overdone” as he is described by a hospital employee.

Cut to five years later Cropsy is finally being discharged and the Doctors parting advice is that he let go of the anger towards the kids that did this.

After a brief stabby tryst with an unfortunate lady of the night it is time for Cropsy to return to Camp Blackstone to exact his revenge!


I wanted to love “The Burning” I really did which in retrospect may have been my problem. See I don't dislike much about the movie but at the same time not much really stands out as particularly awesome either. The overall atmosphere of the movie seems right, some decently tense moments, some fun camp stuff, pretty much the usual and not much else.

There were a couple of things that bothered me or I found strange for some reason or the other. One of them being when Todd and the kids are sitting around the campfire and Todd told the story of the “legend of Cropsy.” Since Todd was one of the kids directly responsible for burning Cropsy it seemed inappropriate for him to be using that story for entertainment. I could see if one of the kids told it as a scary story and Todd had sat uncomfortably or something but... The other thing that bugged me a bit was the character development. For the most part the campers who were killed I really wasn't all that involved with. For that matter I don't believe I was surprised even once by a slaying, they all came about fairly obviously. In fact I was more surprised by who all survived than anything.

As far as highlights go, I'll probably get a lot of flack for this one but I thought it was pretty cool to see a young Jason Alexander in a much different style role. Sure he was a bit cheesy, but actually that is what made him believable. I mean haven't we all met that kind of smart assed, sometimes funny guy who seems to be able to get along with everyone?

In the end I would have to say that it was worth watching once but in the future I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again. If I am craving a summer camp slasher I'll be putting in “Sleepaway Camp”, or the old standard “Friday the 13th” part whatever. It hurts me to have to say that for me “The Burning” makes my thumbs point towards the middle...Or it would if I used my thumbs as a movie rating system.