Archive for the film Category

Scary Stories: A Documentary

Posted in Books, film, horror with tags , , on April 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

As a child, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was one of my all time favorite books (thank you, Stephen Gammell, for the incredible illustration!).

Now, an Indiegogo campaign is raising money for a documentary about the history and controversies surrounding these urban legends. I, for one, would be very excited to see that.

Support the project HERE.

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt

Posted in absurd, film, food, humor with tags , , , on March 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’m going to begin this post with a statement some might consider utterly blasphemous: I hate chicken wings. Never touch ’em.

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt proves that a well made documentary can keep one thoroughly interested and entertained by subjects one has absolutely no natural inclination to enjoy. I, lifelong chicken wing hater, genuinely loved this film and I highly recommend it.

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I cannot imagine a single human being (wing lover or otherwise) reading the following synopsis and NOT rushing to see it:

American expatriate, international journalist and upstate New Yorker Matt Reynolds forsakes a successful life in Eastern Europe, compelled by a singular obsession: find the world’s best Buffalo chicken wing. Joined by his long-suffering Czech girlfriend, a perplexed Slovak film crew, and a ragtag gang of wing-obsessed misfits recruited online, Reynolds embarks on THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT. After 2,627 miles and 284 varieties of wings, the quest ends in the very countryside of Reynolds’ childhood, where he discovers that the perfection he has sought so hard to find was right under his nose all along.

Watch the trailer:

Hulu links will not embed on WordPress, but you can watch the full movie for free HERE!

The film has, for good reason, snatched up a number of indie film awards. It’s remarkably clever, surprisingly touching at times, and for the wing enthusiasts out there…rather informative. Let me know what you think!

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BONUS SHORT FILM by creator Matt Reynolds: Lebowski, My Czech Wife and Me; a heartening look at a husband and wife’s divergent opinions on one of the best comedic feats of recent film history (I guess that qualifier reveals my own stance on the issue).

Death and the Robot

Posted in animation, death, film, robots, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched an animated short film about Death and a Robot. In this vignette, death is a lady…

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She meets a robot who longs to experience the world (and thus unplugs his power source to venture out).
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Together they transform a bare, grim cemetery into a beautiful garden.
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But Death does not know the robot is dying, and she blames herself when he ceases to function. In his memory, she tends to the beauty they created together.

It’s such a lovely film. Watch the whole thing here:

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Peter and the Wolf Stop Motion Short Film

Posted in animation, film, puppets, stop motion with tags , , , on January 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Over the weekend, I saw a stunning combination of good old fashioned stop motion animation and skillful CGI. This animated retelling of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic musical piece Peter and the Wolf, written and directed by Suzie Templeton, won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2006.

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The characters and scenery are incredibly striking. Peter and the Wolf share the same piercing, mildly unsettling ice blue eyes, and this film captured and held my attention from the first frame. I highly recommend this for ANY fans of stop motion animation.

Watch:

(And if you feel like going down a stop motion rabbit hole, check out a list of previous great ones on the blog HERE)

Many thanks to Casey for showing this to me!

Halloween Countdown: They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!

Posted in film, halloween, undead with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m keeping the vintage theme going today with an amazing series of screenshots put together by My Monster Memories.

I might make a lot of enemies by saying this, but I’m rather tired of zombies (I even stopped watching The Walking Dead!). However, the original Night of the Living Dead is a classic film. Barbara certainly has her melodramatic moments, and the following images display a single brief emotional meltdown (as she recounts how she and her brother were attacked by zombies).

I want to make a flip book out of these. Scrolling through, I’m enjoying this old favorite in a brand new way!
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Excellent job, My Monster Memories!

Halloween Countdown: 101 Horror Movies

Posted in film, halloween with tags , on October 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been trying to gather some potential films to set the proper spooky mood of the season. My lovely friend Bettie pointed me to 101 Horrors You Must See Before You Die. I must say, it’s a fine compilation.

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What’s on your viewing list this month? I’d love some suggestions for movies, shows, cartoons, etc.

“What is Fashion?” Amazing 80’s Student Film.

Posted in 80's, fashion, film, humor, quotes with tags , , , , on July 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This student film is totally radical…tubular…clutch. I forgot how many kids had braces back then…or should have had braces. See some Breakfast Club runner-ups discuss their ideas of what fashion is and what it means to them!

My favorite line: “Ska is from England. It’s kinda like Duran Duran, sort of. But they’re kinda like, mediocre to this. They’re not as intense.” *headdesk*

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