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A Small Rant November 20, 2010

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Many of you know that I work in a movie theater. I am a film projectionist, but often I work in the box office as well. It allows for a unique glimpse into the grotesque mass that is human life.

For example, the other day I took a phone call from a customer who proceeded to yell at me because “all the movies now are shit.” Yes, I was selling tickets, and I was the brunt of the tirade.

I didn’t think it would need to have been said, but . . . the employees at the movie theater do NOT make the movies.

We don’t even book them. That gets done for us somewhere in a shadowy office at our evil corporate headquarters by a faceless drone. It’s in Texas. It’s not even the same time zone.

In other words, please stop calling. Theater employees hate bad movies too. But not nearly as much as we hate you.

We Apologize for the Inconvenience November 13, 2010

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Those playing along at home may have noticed that their initial downloads of The Trip for this week cut off randomly. This was due to a corruption during the ftp transfer process. The issue has now been fixed and the episode is good to go. You can get it either through iTunes or the website directly.

We talk about Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It’s a fun one.

Halloween Horror Countdown 2010 – The Death Rattle November 2, 2010

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Yes, I know that Halloween has passed, but it was a busy work weekend and I had one movie left sitting on my pile to review. I’m glad I saved this for last too, because it’s a good one.

Diary of the Dead
2007
Directed by George A. Romero

This is the fifth entry in Romero’s dead series. This time we details the efforts of a group of film students at the time of a zombie outbreak who decide to end their attempt to shoot a horror film and create a documentary about the event.

The movie is shot in a Cloverfield-style with, as the narrator/editor explains “music added for effect”. At first this may seem like a gimmick, but it’s actually an essential element of the statement that Romero is trying to make. You see, there is always an element of social commentary and satire in the Romero films.

Night of the Living Dead spoke about racism and hysteria surrounding the civil rights movement in the sixties.
Dawn of the Dead was about consumerism.
Day of the Dead was about militarism.
Land of the Dead was about classism.

In Diary, Romero turns his lens upon our 24/7 news culture, the confusion it breeds, the tragedy as ratings it needs, and the panic it feeds. The film questions the nature of our relationship with tragedy and horror, when we only deem to see it through the glass of a monitor, or the lens of a camera. As a detached observer, can we genuinely empathize with what we see?

As a detached observer, do we even feel anything anymore?

Five spooky pumpkins out of five.