Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 10 Horror Films on Netflix

As we stumble through October, the month's day of culmination known as Halloween continues to inch closer and closer. And as we inch closer, more deliciously disgusting horror films are popping up all over Netflix. I'm heading to see Paranormal Activity 3 in a little bit so that I can get my goosebump fixin', but here's a quick guide to some great Halloween movies right at your fingertips (if you have tolerated the boosted price). So before you throw on your slutty costume, find some time for one or maybe ten of these flicks.

(That Eddie has seen)

10. Child's Play (1988)
Yeah, this film seriously scared every one of you kids growing up. Be honest. Relive your childhood terrors of that one doll in your room that could easily carry a knife between them plastic fingers.
Chucky: Taking out more kids than those recalled McDonald's PokeBalls

 9. Creepshow (1982)
Not terrifying but an entertaining collection of stories by the legendary George Romero. Plus, Leslie Nielsen's in it as a creepy dude who likes to bury people in the sand up to their neck. Awesome.

8. Paranormal Activity 1 (2007) & 2 (2010)
I'm not the biggest fan of the acting in these films, but the rhythm definitely does a terrific job of making you remain on the edge of your seat for every scene. Plus, I like it better than all those Japanese rip-offs Hollywood's been spitting out.

7. Halloween H20 (1998)
Not the best Halloween, but it's the best Netflix has to offer. Quench your Michael Myers thirst here and then turn on the television because I'm pretty sure AMC is replaying most of those films all month.

6. Trick 'r Treat (2008)
I finally watched this one a few weeks ago and loved it. It's a decent tribute to "Creepshow" with the storytelling, but this goes one step further by tying everything together. Oh, and did I mention how great the writing is?

5. Let Me In (2010)
Not as scary as some of the other films in the Top 10 but I added it just because it was such a well done film. I wasn't losing sleep after watching this one, but it might have different effects on the more easily scared individuals out there.

4. The Exorcist (1973)
I've always thought of this film as a little overrated in the horror department, but it is in all ways a classic. It scared the dickens out of me when I was a kid and it'll always be known as one of the most influential horror movies of all time.
90% of you after this weekend. 3 Bags of candy + alcohol sounds better than it looks.
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
CLASSIC in every sense of the word. Romero's ancient film that brought the zombie concept to the masses. It was released way back in 1968, yet still we are obsessed with zombies today. And George keeps on kickin' out zombie movies for his people. Good man.

2. The Thing (1982)
Absolutely love this film. So suspenseful yet holds back just to be a dick. Just to keep you on your toes. Plus, they're remaking this one so might as well familiarize yourself with the original before they dirty up the place. Wait, the original was a remake of another film? ... huh?

1. The Evil Dead (1981)
Doesn't get any better than this. If you haven't watched it yet, then boot up Netflix right now. And if you don't have Netflix, then download it because I'm declaring this as required watching for everyone who needs a little more chill in their life. If you can find Evil Dead II, then follow it up with that as well because you'll need it.

And guess what? My Instant Queue on Netflix has filled up with random horror films that I've been meaning to watch for years. So here's 12 more films that you might want to check up on just because I've been too busy to indulge myself:

The Fly (1986)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Misery (1990)
Nosferatu (1929)
The Lost Boys (1987)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Videodrome (1983)
Session 9 (2001)
Poltergeist II (1986)
The Howling (1981)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

The Black Keys
"Lonely Boy"
Well your mama kept you but your daddy left you
And I should’ve done you just the same
But I came to love you
Any old time you keep me waiting

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mind Your Manners

If you want to soar high and be successful then you have to cut away at all the ropes holding your hot air balloon down. Remain single if any "significant" other can't float along with you. Sacrifices and road bumps turn into "what-if's" and "could-have's". People don't want to work with individuals who work for "what-if's" and "could-have's", son.


Chiddy Bang
"Mind Your Manners"
Manners you better reconsider cause you will never do better
There is no one like me, like me
Manners take a second look and you'll see there is no one like me
I'll wait.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Live More. Die Less.

Life is now dictated by confidence. Those who shine brighter are the individuals who flourish in our socially altered environment. We're in a completely new jungle that is still unfamiliar to some. Those with the most skills now sit behind the person with the biggest twinkle in their eye.

This is a completely different atmosphere compared to what most generations have been use to. Popularity and the strength of one's network trumps the intelligent and skillful more often than ever before. The politician with the biggest mouth now stands above the one with common sense.

But what exactly is the key motivation in developing confidence? I've come to believe that it all starts with optimism. Too many individuals live their life dwelling on the negative aspects of their day when there's so much positive around them. I know it's difficult but we must all find the exceptional within the slums. This aides in overcoming situations which seem unbearable. There's a better chance at success when positive outcomes are conceptualized to begin with.

Let me paint a picture for you. A man who steps in shit and spends a day complaining about it has now spent a day stepping in shit. Disgusting, I know, but the metaphorical image will stick to your mind much easier than just stating my beliefs.

I've always believed that pessimism is the worst quality a person can have. No one wants to go out on a date or hang out with someone who's a debby-downer unless they're also a sad misfit who desires people to be around them who have this same familiar emotion. Why do you think we have so many "reality" television shows filled with a constant flow of over-the-top drama (*coughjerseyshorecough*). And you can't blame the corporations because they're just providing content that most people desire. They don't produce what the majority doesn't want. If baby wants to be fed, then baby's going to get fed dammit.

But to wrap this rant up, I'd like to make a point. Some of the most interesting people I've ever met are those who have trucked through mud and still smile every morning without any hesitation. Those are the people I love to be around. Never think you can't get any higher because the only person preventing you from taking any step up your ladder is yourself.

Why do I always end with a corny metaphor? I'm just going to keep it real and end it with something a little more straight forward: Live more. Die less.

For those who enjoy: Gypsy punk... yes gypsy punk

Gogol Bordello
"Tribal Connection"
I wanna walk this Earth like it is mine
And so is everyone in our fun-lovin' tribe
C'mon, is that really so much to ask?
From all these goddamn nazi-fuedals.

Monday, October 17, 2011

There Goes My Hero

Wow. This is exactly what I love about this industry. Whenever you become apart of a crew where everything and everyone just clicks, the outcome is massively rewarding.

I just finished assisting a shoot in Kennebunk, ME for CNN Heroes and it was beyond perfection. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I showed up to Gooch's Beach (yes... it's actually called that).

All the talent had wet suits on and surf boards laid against the brick wall. I was immediately thrown into the mix running around doing whatever needed to ensure everything ran smoothly. I had to take off my shoes and roll up my pants as I now had to run through the waves in order to deliver equipment to the crew. Whatever it takes. I even donated my shirt right off my back to clean a lens. That's MVPA status.

The shoot included the most moving material I've ever dealt with. We followed a female hero who lost her husband due to war and was now connecting widows everywhere through the American Widow Project so that they can better cope with this grief of losing a loved one.

This group of widows were some of the funniest, most optimistic individuals I've ever met. They were constantly joking with the crew and each other while also remaining open about the pain they're going through; giving suggestions and comments for other widows with the same circumstances. It was a rare shoot that actually gave me no desire to wrap.
Releasing lanterns into the sky... and yes that's a horse
And the crew was awesome. A small group who was extremely experienced and open to teaching a young peasant like myself. I loved listening to their jokes and stories of past gigs. Yet I'm still intimidated to type their names into IMDB just because I feel it's going to be an encyclopedia of amazing material. I'd rather keep them off that high pedestal which my mind creates for these kinds of individuals.

But this wasn't the only shoot I helped wrap this weekend. I just ended a stint with Epoch Films on a 2-day commercial shoot for L.L.Bean. Just like with the CNN Heroes piece, every member of the crew was extremely professional and knowledgeable about their specific profession.

Sure, I think they could have cut the crew/agency in half and it may have been just as productive, but that goes for most shoots. If you have the money, you might as well put it to good use because I'd rather have too many individuals than not enough.

What really motivates me was meeting some of the local crew on both of these jobs. I've been slowly infiltrating the Maine film scene since graduation but I haven't been able to really communicate personally with these interesting professionals. After meeting some of these Mainahs, I have to admit I'm really impressed. The NY/LA contacts are always great, but it's good to know that there's reliable people right where you live.

After stumbling upon all these projects setting foot in Maine, I'm beginning to think relocation is not absolutely needed right now. At this point I have no idea where I'll be in just a few months, which I love. I adore a life filled with unpredictability because that's what makes a good script. And dammit, my life's becoming a detailed script. It's been flying by and opportunities have been knocking so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the writing process. Goofy I know, but it's the best I've got.

For those who enjoy: Electronica
"Meds and Feds"
Nothing too new but a tune on M.I.A.'s 2010 album Maya that was quickly forgotten about. I love the harshness of it and I'm hoping you'll bump this as well.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stop and Go

Owning a car that's out of commission really enhances the helplessness of boredom. Especially during what could possibly be the last weekend in new England above 75 degress. I really despise going from a state of constant chaos towards nothing but thumb twiddling (people actually do that?). Last week, from Monday through Friday, I consistently had task after task to complete. Now I've had to indulge myself with a weekend of waiting. I feel as if I've wasted every minute I've been given the past 3 days.

I'm to the point where I wish today wasn't a holiday because I would have loved to be busy with work. At least I'd feel a little more accomplished after exiting my job. But instead I have to continue this delay.

Yet there is a bright side. Tomorrow I pick up a 12 passenger van (yikes) that a production company I'm assisting has entrusted me with. I will soon no longer be stranded... at least until the shoot wraps up. Hopefully the check from last week comes in so I can put it to good use: Revitalizing the '99 Chevy Cavalier. Chicks love Cavaliers right?

Okay, I guess not.

At least the future looks enticing. This week's the L.L.Bean commercial shoot up in Freeport/Brunswick. That'll be followed by a week down in Wells, ME for Google Search Stories. Then it's my grand return to the day job for a small period of time before I take my first crack at primetime. Nice to meet ya NBC.

For those who enjoy: Local Music / Southern Rock
The Mallett Brothers Band
"Low Down"
What an immensely talented band. I loved watching them play a free gig with PSC right here in Portland, ME a few months back. Expect these southern-yet-from-the-northern-part-of-maine boys to begin takeover very soon.

-If you like this then check out The Weeks

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Self-Destruction of Art

Creativity runs on emotion. No doubt about it. When a person's emotional gauge runs empty of the things they love, hate, cherish, despise, and tantalize, they start to lose that influential touch. Because other emotional people have the ability to connect with what that individual is experiencing. And if the experience is coming from a deadbeat, then they can subliminally feel that.

Look at painters. Look at authors. You can even look at musicians. We see the same trend. Artists don't lose touch with their fans. They lose touch with themselves. Thus you have the self-destruction of ART.

For those who enjoy: Electronica

"Isabella of Castille"
Wait, this band is actually called Starfucker??? I'll give it to them. Because it doesn't take a long listen to realize their tunes actually make you feel like you're blasting through space dry humping planets. Rightfully fitting.

-If you like this then listen to their cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

That Silly F'n Dream

Where the hell are all these production job offers coming from? This is the third legitimate production crew to seek me out and offer me a production assistant job within the last few weeks. Just a few months ago I couldn't have seen myself in this position where I actually might have to turn something exciting down because I was just too busy.

Going into my senior year of college, if you asked me where I would be professionally after I graduated I would have stubbornly replied, "I really have no idea."  I had places I wanted to be, but no means of getting there. Now I feel like I at least have a clue. I'm even starting to think that I can make a run at something even greater. Something beyond what's proclaimed as "special".

Maybe I'm speaking a little too soon, but I'm starting to think that Portland isn't as film-dry as it appears to be. Yeah, I know all the companies that I've communicated with are based out of Los Angeles & New York, but for my age, this has been beyond exciting. Controlling all aspects of videography for an inspiring nonprofit organization and growing my portfolio rapidly, while also networking and assisting other crews who import their skills from other places.

It's been a great learning experience and I feel as if I've acquired more knowledge in the last 5 months than during my 4 years of being a college undergraduate. Would I call that a waste of money? Economically, yes, but if you factor in the experiences and friendships made, you couldn't put a price on college.

But at the end of the day, there's only one outcome that all this work is for. That silly fucking dream. Because really, I'm just cutting a few inches off from the 3,096 mile long strip of land between me and those nine goddamn white letters on some hill out west. Just can't wait until I can finally see them.

For those who enjoy: Real hip hop & folk rock... what?
The Roots
"Dear God 2.0" (Feat. Monsters of Folk)
Such an amazing song. Here The Roots sample an already amazing song by Monsters of Folk (think Bright Eyes) and turn it into something even greater. Such a moving piece of music.

-If you like this then listen to "Say Please" by Monsters of Folk

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Face Melting

Well there it is. My name's on a production schedule again. This is always exciting. I could be 52 years old working as a coffee wrangler on some over-acted, non-scripted, plenty-of-unnecessary-screaming, with a song-that-fits-nowhere Maine commercial (I hate 'em as much as I love 'em) and I'll still become excited when I see my name on that sheet of paper. Or PDF file... whatever.

I'm more excited about the prospect of meeting new people than anything. This career path is all about networking, which I'm slowly getting use to. Doesn't matter how good you are, you have to know this guy to do this thing. Even if this thing sucks.

So I'm taking off work most of the week to help with casting. Haven't told the coworkers yet, but they'll understand... I hope. I have a buttload (yes I just said "buttload") of editing to do but this shoot is a must. I really respect what this production company has done so I feel committed. And the company is synonymous with Maine. Maybe I'll tell you more about this in a later post. Or I'll completely forget and bitch about something else... yeah I'll most likely go with option B... or C - All of the above.

Anyways, enough about me, tell me about yourself? Oh wait, I don't have any subscribers yet so I'm basically asking this to a brick wall. Oh well, here's...

For those who enjoy: Dubstep
"Earthquake" (Feat. Tinie Tempah) [Noisia Remix]
I hope you don't like your face. Because this song is about to melt it off. 'Nuff said.

-If you like this then listen to it again.