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, August 29, 2016

RIP Gene Wilder

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM


"Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there."

This year has been a terrible one when it comes to the deaths of beloved actors, musicians, writers and athletes that shaped our lives. David Bowie, Ali, Prince, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Phife Dawg, Garry Shandling, Michelle McNamara, Anton Yelchin, Elie Wiesel, Michael Cimino, Garry Marshall and Kenny Baker are just a few to have left us already.  
Today brought the passing of another legend, Mr. Gene Wilder. He passed away in his Stamford, Connecticut home from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. He died holding the hands of his family as Ella Fitzgerald sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the background. 
With films like "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers" and all of his work with Richard Pryor, Wilder created laughter like most people create oxygen. Hopefuly he is with Gilda now. 
The Source gives his family our love in this terrible time. 

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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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You Must Choose...Wisely

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 6:47 PM


Just so no one wastes their time, Daily Dot has made a list of the top 25 worst movies on Netflix. Most of the movies on the list are definitely terrible and pretty easy targets, but I'll stand up for "Bed of Roses," "To the Wonder," and "Elizabethtown." They aren't the greatest movies, but there are much deeper rabbit holes to go down on that website. 
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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, January 21, 2016

Worst. Villains. Ever.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 11:44 AM

The new Suicide Squad trailer has arrived. For those of you wanting a little twisted humor with your superheroes, this should satisfy those cravings soundly. Starring Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot, Suicide Squad tells the story of a team of supervillains put together by the government to stop something even worse than they are. The film is directed by David Ayer, who also made the pretty great End of Watch and Fury. Suicide Squad opens August 5.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wes Craven (August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 12:13 PM

The first time I ever remember getting scared from a movie was when I walked in on my older cousin watching Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. A skinny, awkward young mental patient was fooling around with a beautiful, partly naked nurse on a hospital bed. Just when things were getting pleasant for everyone, she spit long, Freddy Krueger-ish tongues at his hands and feet, trying him to the bed, which fell away and left him suspended over a fiery pit of hell. This not only left me afraid of nurses, tongues and hell, but introduced me to the seminal Wes Craven creation: Freddy Krueger.
Craven passed away last Sunday from complications to to the brain cancer he had quietly and privately suffered from. By all accounts, he was a soft spoken, gentle and brilliant man with a fascination for philosophical conversations and a love of walking around the horror sections of video stores and shooting the shit with anyone he could.
Thousands of words have been written about the man since his passing, so I thought I would share the words of some actors that have worked with him in the past that might not have been so disseminated already.

Michael Berryman, who played Pluto in The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2 had this to say: "I just received a phone call with the news. Wes Craven friend and my Director...thank your for the years that we shared and grew as storytellers..thank you for freedom to create and express your vision with our extended family...We really did 'Hit it out of the park!!' Our Team is a little smaller today...and tonight I am saddened but grateful for our adventures. Travel Well My Friend...'Pluto'..."

Rose McGowan played Tatum Riley in the original Scream (she had the classic death by cat door) kept it simple and elegant: "I adored Wes Craven. He was the loveliest, the kindest and gentlest director I ever worked with. You're irreplaceable."

W. Earl Brown was Kenny the Cameraman in the original Scream and had a wonderful story to tell: "I first came out to Hollywood in 1993, to "try it out and see how things go…" I had luck right off the bat - I got a pilot and a tv movie. I called Carrie and said, "We have to move out here, this is low-hanging fruit." So, we did. My pilot did not get picked up and the movie was barely a blip on the tv screen. We had left Chicago behind to start over, and it was back to square one. For seven months, I got nothing. Nada. Zilch. Then I was called about a "new Wes Craven" film…
Thanks to my friend Gary Zuckerbrod, I booked a role in New Nightmare. It was a one day role as the Morgue Attendant. After a long night shoot at an abandoned hospital, I was changing out of wardrobe, when there was a knock on my door. It Wes. He just wanted to thank me for doing his movie, and he said he thought that I had something special, saying we would work together again.
We did work together again, on his next two films: A Vampire in Brooklyn and Scream.
Wes and I became friends. We would meet for lunch or breakfast every six months or so, just to keep up. Those meetings went on for several years, in fact. We would talk about movies and show biz of course, but usually the conversations would turn to religion and philosophy. He was extremely bright and had led a very interesting life. I learned a lot from him over the years.
When Wes remarried, and moved offices, we fell out of touch. Our paths would cross every now and again, and it was always wonderful to see my old friend.
The news of his passing today leaves me with a very heavy heart. Wes was such a kind, humble, and warm person - this world is poorer without him in it. Goodbye, my friend. At least now, you have the answers to all those Big Questions."


And finally, Lin Shaye, who acted in Nightmare on Elm Street and New Nightmare wrote: "Bewildered and sad... .He was kind, quiet, supportive, warm, and a visionary .I remember "auditioning" for him.... for a twilight zone episode I did for him. He just radiated from the back of the room, with unexpected rosy cheeks which he always seemed to have, and filled you and the space he occupied with humility, humanity and confidence. I was "Bob Shaye's little sister" but he saw me as "Bob Shaye's little sister who was an actress, " and who gave me what would become my first "mainstream shot" in Nightmare on Elm Street" which none of knew would become what it has become in the lexicon of horror film. I have not seen him in a long time, and he will never know how often I have thought of him with his welcoming presence and radiance. RIP seems too simple....may his spirit soar...that is how I knew the little bit of Wes that I knew."

Wes Craven wasn't just a horror filmmaker. He changed the conversation and the landscape not once, but twice. With the original Scream, he dragged a barely chugging horror climate into the post-modern era (for better or worse). He made a great zombie movie (The Serpent and the Rainbow), a horrific home invasion chiller (Last House on the Left), and multiple underrated classics (Shocker, People Under the Stairs, The Hills Have Eyes). More than that, it seems that he left an impression on every person he met and treated everyone with the respect they deserved.

Fred Krueger was the name of Craven's childhood bully that he feared growing up. He turned that fear into art that helped million of people simultaneously confront their own primal terror, but also find new shit to be scared of. More abstract things that couldn't do real damage. He wasn't just a genre filmmaker. He was a therapist who smashed you with images so disturbing that fear became an abstract concept like five dimensions or country music. Don't take my word for it. Craven says it best himself:

"The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself."

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015)

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maziar Bahari Film To Light A Candle Highlights Iranian Abuses of Bahá'ís

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM


Newsweek's Iranian correspondent Maziar Bahari's newest documentary, To Light A Candle, will be screened on Saturday at St. Helen's Hall in Bend. Bahari has been in the media most recently due to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart's film Rosewater, a retelling of Bahari's 118 days of detention and torture in Iran.

His new film focuses on the persecution of the people of the Bahá'í faith in Iran and tells the stories of the individuals that were effected by the closing down of the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education. During the 1979 expulsion of the Bahá'í professors and students by the Islamic government, instead of capitulating out of fear of death and imprisonment, they instead created a unique religious university, the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education in 1987. Now the BIHE offers 17 degree programs and has a faculty close to a thousand. Bahá'ís remain barred from higher education in Iran. 

The film is being shown across the country as part of a global Education is Not A Crime campaign and is being made possible through a joint partnership between the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon and the Central Oregon Bahá'í community and is free to everyone. 

To Light a Candle
Sunday, March 14
St. Helens Hall, 135 NW Idaho Ave.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Random Acts of Netflix: Meteor

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Hey folks! Jared here. Every Thursday I'm going to go on, spin the wheel and then watch whatever the damn thing tells me to. In case you haven't heard of Netflix Roulette, it's basically a silly website that allows you to spin a virtual wheel which then chooses a film or TV show at random out of the deepest crevices of the streaming service. My three rules are that I'll only watch films I haven't seen before, I won't review any sequels unless we've reviewed the original already and that I won't cheat and will review whatever it tells me to on the first spin. Hopefully we'll find some hidden gems or some even more hidden garbage piles! Enjoy my pain and/or joy.


This Week's Film: Meteor (2004)

Written By: Bhandit Rittakol

Directed By: Bhandit Rittakol

Actors: Supakorn Kitsuwon, Sasithorn Panichnok and Punu Suwanno.

What's it About:
Uhhhhhh, that's a harder question than it should be but I'll give it a go. A meteor crashes to Earth in Thailand and kills a pregnant beggar lady with space electricity. Later, some random guy walking by senses she's pregnant and cuts the baby out.

25 years later, we're following a weird, sorta sketchy guy who works at a mental hospital as a psychic healer, but he's also got some telekinesis and wire-fu powers also, so I think he just might be multitalented. Is he the electric meteor baby? Nope. Totally different dude with superpowers. People from the village he was born in (the one where the meteor landed) are going into weird trances and dropping dead for apparently no reason. I bet grown up Meteor Baby has something to do with it!

When a comatose villager comes to the hospital and touches him, Psychic Healer Man gets filled with a bunch of different personalities and runs away all crazy and giggling. He goes back to his village to take on soulless children, ghosts, heavy winds, ancient graveyards, evil birds and Angry Meteor Baby Man.

Is It Good: After that description it would be safe to think that the film would have just enough batshit insanity to be entertaining as hell, but it's dull as dishwater filled with beige politicians. I sure as shit wouldn't classify it as an “action/adventure” (DAMN YOU, NETFLIX!!) and would say it fits more safely in the “foreign sci-fi horror garbage” genre.

The special effects are on the same caliber as early '90's TV CGI, the story is muddled and confusing with character motivations changing with the breeze, and there is no real reason to care about anything happening onscreen. Again, if the film was directed with some style and energy, story problems could be overlooked due to the sheer entertainment value of watching crazy foreign action movies, but the budget is so low on this that it just feels sad, especially since Thailand knows how to make great movies on tiny budgets.

I spent half the film assuming that the weird psychic healer was the baby from the beginning of the film, but nope. Grown up Meteor Babyman doesn't even show up until halfway through the film and he's evil as shit, wanting to kill the world for revenge. His motivations are actually pretty good, but everything is just too goofy to work. But there's lots of flipping and running and jumping and shit, so if that's your thing, go for it. Otherwise, this one can be safely avoided. I honestly never would have finished this if it wasn't the film I drew for my FIRST FREAKING COLUMN. Inauspicious start, if I do say so myself.

Link to the Movie: If you want, but I warned you!!

Grade: D-

Favorite Line: “If you don't watch your words, I will teleport leather into your stomach.”

Next Week: Invasion of the Bee Girls! 
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Thanksgiving is the best. Food, booze, family, football (in that order). The worst part by far of Thanksgiving is traveling to wherever said eats, drinks and entertainment take place. That's why Planes Trains & Automobiles is the best Thanksgiving movie of all time. It's funny because it's true (sort of).


Join the Source for a screening of the 1987 classic staring Steve Martin and John Candy, written and directed by John Hughes.

Wednesday, November 20 at 8 pm.
Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Beer from 10 Barrel Brewing.

If you can't make it to the screening tomorrow, here's a link to Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving... 20 minutes of good ol' fashioned holiday nostalgia.

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