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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: October 3- The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.

October 3- The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Black and white. Haunting. A monochrome nightmare of brackish blood and dead-eyed gibbering terror. A young girl sees her mother chopped to pieces by a psychotic drifter and grows up to be a little bit...strange. As a woman, she has a few bad habits like a complete disconnection with death and humanity.

Not for those easily disturbed, "The Eyes of My Mother" has left imagery seared into my brain that I doubt will ever go away. It's a horror masterpiece for those deeply entwined in the genre. Newcomers need not even try. Watch it and let it live inside you like a twin you ate in the womb.

Available on Netflix
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31 Days of Halloween: October 2- The Devil's Candy (2015)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.

The Devil's Candy (2015)

If you like your horror with a little bit of metal, then your search has come to an end. "The Devil's Candy" follows a struggling painter (Jesse, played by Ethan 'Empire Records' Embry) and his family move into a new house with a dark past. Soon after they move in, Jesse starts hearing voices and the family starts getting visits from the previous tenant, a creepy round man played by the perfectly cast Pruitt Taylor Vince.

The film is perfect for those who are a bit squeamish since it never becomes unbearable dark and always manages to stay fun and extremely fast paced. Director Sean Byrne is also responsible for "The Loved Ones," another classic little horror flick. This might not scare you, but you'll certainly have a blast.

Available on Netflix

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: October 1- Creep (2014)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.

Without further ado, lets get started.

Creep (2014)

There's just something so weirdly captivating about this found footage gem that takes the shaky-cam concept to its most logical conclusion. Co-writer, director and star Patrick Brice plays a down-on-his-luck videographer who is hired to record a lonely man named Josef (Mark Duplass) for a single day.

The joy from this movie comes in the slow realization of Josef's reasoning behind hiring Patrick and the slow meltdown of their blossoming friendship. The final 10 minutes carries so much tension that the film is almost unbearable to witness but, even at its darkest, "Creep" always has a sly and depraved sense of humor. Rumor has it this will be the first of a trilogy, so dive into this deliriously twisted world before everyone else catches on.

Available on Netflix.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

2016 BendFilm Festival Winners

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

BendFilm has come to a close and the winners are all quite varied and wonderful. Some world class features, documentaries and shorts played this year and, with John Sayles and Maggie Renzi in attendence, it was one for the record books.

Festival Director Todd Looby had this to say about the 2016 BendFilm Festival:

"This fest was the most rewarding of the 3 I've been a part of. It started with hosting John Sayles and Maggie Renzi. Not only are they great and pioneering filmmakers, but they are also incredibly easy going and fun people to be around. We also didn't have a lot of time to plan all the music, but it went off really well. Bend has a lot of talented musicians and it was great to showcase them for our audience. Finally, we had over 100 filmmakers here screening some of the truly best indies currently on the circuit. I met so many audience members who raved about the films and the fest in general. There's no doubt this festival brings something special to our town and the way our community supports and embraces it is really unique among film fests throughout the country."

The winners are: 

Best in Show:

"To Keep the Light"
Dir. Erica Fae

Best Narrative Feature:

"First Girl I Loved" 
Dir. Kerem Sanga

Best Documentary Feature:

"Growing Up Coy"
Dir. Eric Juhola

Best Directing:

"Night School"
Dir. Andrew Cohn

Best Narrative Short:

"A Beautiful Mess"
Dir. Shahir Zag

Best Documentary Short:

Dir. Amy Nicholson

Best Student Short: 

"Spilt Milk"
Dir. James Dunstan

Best Animated Short: 

"Trial and Error"
Dir. Antje Heyn

Best of the Northwest:

"The Child and the Dead"
Dir. Marc Ripper and Karina Ripper

Audience Award: 

"Finding Oscar"
Dir. Ryan Suffern

Best Cinematography

"If There's a Hell Below"
Cinematographer: Chris Messina

Special Jury Awards:

Best Actor: 

Thomas Pais in "Hunky Dory"

Best Actress: 

Jane Ackermann in "Neptune"

Special Award for Visual Effects: 

Dir. Tom Teller

Special Award for Originality of Vision

"The Letter E"
Dir. Mira K. Lippold-Johnson

Special Award for Animation: 

Dir. Rhiannon Evans

Congratulations to the winners, the festival and Bend for having a world class film festival in our backyard. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 Comic-Con Preview!

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

San Diego Comic-Con was this weekend and a ton of exciting trailers were premiered. Here are a look at a few of them I found exciting. 

Wonder Woman: It's about damn time. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman in this WWI set action fantasy continuing the DC cinematic universe that started with "Man of Steel" and "Batman v. Superman." Director Patty Jenkins looks like she's adding some welcome color to the de-saturated DC Movie color palate. Opens June 2, 2017.

Legion: David Haller is basically the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe. As the son of Charles Xavier, he is a powerful telepath who also has multiple personality disorder. Each one of his identities are more powerful than the last and he has the ability to reshape reality as a whim. The show is being run by Noah Hawley, who proved to be one of the finest voices in television with his adaptation of "Fargo." Expect this show to bring forward imagery and storylines never seen before on television. Premieres in 2017.

American Gods: Based on the pretty fantastic book by Neil Gaiman, "American Gods" is the new show shepherded by Bryan Fuller, the genius behind "Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies" and the upcoming new "Star Trek" series. The book tells the story of Shadow, a man released from prison just as his beloved wife perishes in a car crash. He meets up with the Norse god Odin, goes on adventures and gets involved in a war between the new and old gods. This show should be an absolute blast. Premieres in 2017.

Doctor Strange: While the first trailer had its moments, this second look at "Doctor Strange" really shows us what kind of tone they're going for with the Marvel superhero. That tone: Batshit Crazy. Bendermack Crambysnacks stars as the good Doctor, who learns how to make magic, fight bad guys and stare at trippy, "Inception"-esque cityscapes. Opens November 4, 2016. 

Kong: Skull Island: Can we all agree that the best part of Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was the Skull Island section? Good! Then the idea of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Sam Jackson and John Goodman fighting giant monsters on a mysterious island of doom should make all of us happy. Plus, this trailer is just gangbusters. Seriously, what else could you possibly need from a Kong movie than what these 120 seconds promises? Opens March 10, 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Just trust me. Watch this trailer. Did you like "The Lego Movie?" Of course you did. Now look at how delightful this one appears to be. So delightful. Self-serious and pompous Batman to the rescue. Opens February 2017. 

Luke Cage: Why did it take this long for someone to use Wu-Tang in a superhero setting? Feels like a missed opportunity. Just sayin. Premieres September 30th on Netflix. 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

This is Not A Game...of Thrones.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Because we know what's really important here in these United States, someone made sure to find out that Brexit wouldn't be affecting our viewership of "Game of Thrones." HBO has issued a statement saying “We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”

Since "Thrones" mostly films in Northern Ireland, which it gets tax incentives from, Northern Ireland Screen also issued a statement saying “This statement is to confirm that Northern Ireland Screen’s production funding comes from the Northern Ireland Executive through Invest NI and does not use monies provided from European funded programmes.” 

Now that we have that out of the way and are fully aware of what our priorities are, carry on and panic. 
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Even MORE Star Wars

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

I know, I know. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" just came out, but this is a whole new thing. See, now that Disney owns Star Wars, they want to have a movie released every year, so the actual "EPISODES" will come out every other year, while these one-off adventures will fill in the gap years. Those films will be called "Star Wars Stories" and they will take place on a different time line that Episodes I-IX. "Rogue One- A Star Wars Story" will tell the tale of a group of rebels out to steal the plans for a certain Death Star. "Rogue One" opens this December. 

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

All The Batmans, Please!

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Hey! It's Sunday. A new work week looms on the horizon and maybe you're enjoying the last few hours of your well-deserved weekend. Or maybe you're like me and "weekend" doesn't really mean anything anymore. Either way, we at The Source love you and appreciate you, so here is a picture of all the Batmans to enjoy before the drudgery begins again tomorrow. 

From left to right: Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Adam West, George Clooney and Val Kilmer. 
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

22 Men In Black

Posted By on Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Never have I seen two franchises team-up to create one super sized franchise hybrid baby, but here we are. The director of the last "Muppets" movie teams up with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to bring us "21 Jump Street" meets "Men In Black." Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones won't be reprising their roles, but just the idea of Hill and Tatum's sublimely stupid cops taking on aliens sounds like an inspired and delightful idea. What say you?? 
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

OSCAR 2016 Predictions

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Well, it's not Oscar night unless we make some Oscar predictions, so here are a few of mine before the big night happens. These aren't necessarily all the things I want to win, as much as they are the things that will probably win, but I've never been that great predicting the Oscars anyway. 

BEST PICTURE: "Spotlight"

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Leonardo DiCaprio- "The Revenant"


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sylvester Stallone- "Creed"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Alicia Vikander- "The Danish Girl"


CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki- "The Revenant"

COSTUME DESIGN: Jenny Beavan- "Mad Max- Fury Road"

DIRECTING: George Miller- "Mad Max-Fury Road"  (It will probably be Innaritu for "Revenant, but I'm pulling for Miller.

DOCUMENTARY: "Amy" (although it should be "Cartel Land" or "The Look of Silence")


EDITING: Margaret Sixel- "Mad Max- Fury Road"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Son of Saul" (but "Mustang" might sweep in)


ORIGINAL SCORE: Ennio Morricone- "The Hateful Eight"

ORIGINAL SONG: "Earned It"- "Fifty Shades of Grey"




SOUND EDITING: "Mad Max-Fury Road"

SOUND MIXING: "Mad Max-Fury Road"

VISUAL EFFECTS: "Mad Max- Fury Road"


WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): "Spotlight" (although it should be "Ex Machina")

Well, there are my predictions. Most will be wrong, since I'm terrible at this, but since I get paid to write about movies I felt an obligation to be a better film writer. Let me know your choices in the comments.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Run Them Blades Fast

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:31 PM

In every lifetime, the older one gets, the more repetition one sees in the world around them. In politics, economics and, of course, sequels to movies that more money can be made off of, we see this trend as age begins to set in. In 2018, we will get a sequel to the 1982 cult classic "Blade Runner." Not that we were asking for it, we will finally get an answer to whether Harrison Ford's Deckard is actually a replicant. Before dismissing this sequel as a cynical cash grab, the talent behind this new film is genuinely exciting: Harrison Ford returns and co-stars with Ryan Gosling, scripting duties are being taken up by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and the film is being directed by the downright brilliant Denis Villenueve ("Enemy," "Prisoners" and "Sicario.") This is a pretty dynamic creative team and Villenueve is a visual and tonal master, so count this film geek as being optimistic for this one.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Face Kick Your Way To A Full Belly!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

The El Rey Network, which was launched and is mostly curated by occasionally good director Robert Rodriguez, is at it again. For the second year in a row, the network will host a Thanksgiving Day Kung-Fu Movie Marathon. This is perfect for those of us with families that have been known to throw verbal punches over stuffing, Bruce Lee and all of his genre counterparts will be there to defuse some of the tension. The "Way of the Turkey" marathon starts on Thanksgiving day and runs for 72-hours, which should be just enough time to shake off those meat sweats and move on with your life. The full list of movies is here. Enjoy. 
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