PTS Proudly Presents Special Guest MARK PELLINGTON

Podcasting Them Softly

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We proudly present a podcast with special guest Mark Pellington.  Mark has an eclectic filmography spanning from the MTV music video generation where he directed Pearl Jam’s JEREMY, INXS BEAUTIFUL GIRL, and U2’s ONE among a few.  Mark’s feature film are startling reflective pieces of work including GOING ALL THE WAY,  ARLINGTON ROAD, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, HENRY POOLE IS HERE and I MELT WITH YOU.   His latest work is a short musical film called LONE and NBC’s new show BLINDSPOT where Mark directed the pilot.

I MELT WITH YOU is available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

LONE is available to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu.

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We would like to thank Mark for how gracious he was with his time, and it was an absolute pleasure to speak with him.  Please…

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Top Ten Love Stories

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many movie blogs and websites will be posting their own lists of “love movies”, which will more than likely consist of mainstream love stories, my list will be somewhat alternative but still, at the core of each film that I picked, the film is rooted in love. Because more times than not, love can be a very strange and wicked game. I will not be reviewing “The Vow”.

  1. “True Romance” 1993. Dir. Tony Scott

    “True Romance” tends to be the against the grain film for most people who admire Tarantino, sighting this as their favorite Tarantino film. While he did write the screenplay, the author of this film is very much Tony Scott. The brazed love of Clarence and Alabama has been told prior in films like “Badlands” and “Bonnie and Clyde”, but the chemistry of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette make this film the staple for tragic star crossed lovers.

  2. “Brokeback Mountain” 2005. Dir. Ang Lee

    “Brokeback Mountain” is such a beautifully painful film about two men who fall in love. I have never seen a film that has demonstrated a forbidden love as well as this film, that’s directed by Ang Lee. A lot of films strive to be perfect, but “Brokeback Mountain” most certainly is.

  3. “When Harry Met Sally” 1989. Dir. Rob Reiner

    “When Harry Met Sally” remains to be one of my favorite movies of all time. The impeccable comedic timing of Billy Crystal meshes perfectly with the bubbly Meg Ryan. This film is very sweet, charming, hilarious and poetic. I think most romantic comedies nowadays try and reproduce the formula that this film made great, but no film will ever achieve the heart that this film demonstrates.

  4. “Blue Valentine” 2010. Dir. Derek Cianfrance

    I was blown away by this film. I was struck by the realism of a decaying, and destructive love where there isn’t a good guy or a bad guy. Things happen, things change and sometimes we can’t do anything about it. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are truly awe-some in this movie.

  5. “Beginners” 2011. Dir. Mike Mills

    “Beginners” was one of my favorite films of last year. Not only did it give us the amazing turn by Christopher Plummer, but it was also a very sweet and funny movie that removed itself from the flock of romantic comedies by its brilliant screenplay and wonderful performances by the leads, including the Jack Russell Terrier, Arthur.

  6. “Blue Velvet” 1986. Dir. David Lynch

    “Blue Velvet” is many things: a masterpiece, a neo noir, a really fucked up trip of a movie, but above all that – this movie is a love story. A very sick and twisted love story of what Frank Booth (Hopper) will do to hold onto the love he has for Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini).

  7. “Wings of Desire” 1987. Dir. Wim Wenders

    Remade as the dreadful “City of Angels”, this film is the story of an angel named Daniel who chooses to fall from grace because of his love over a dancer. Skip the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan remake. It’s pretty awful.

  8. “A Woman Under the Influence” 1974. Dir. John Cassavetes

    Peter Falk plays a construction foreman who is married to Gena Rowlands whose sanity has slipped beyond repair. She’s insane, but the dedication of Peter Falk shows us what true love really is.

  9. “The Crying Game” 1992. Dir. Neil Jordan

    If this film isn’t about true love, I don’t know what is.

  10. “Mona Lisa” 1986. Dir. Neil Jordan

    She was a tart. He was an ex con. Sometimes love really is a strange and wicked game.

So Here’s the Deal

So, the reason I abannonded this site, so long ago, was because my laziness allowed the domain name of PompousFilmSnob.com to lapse, some asshole bought it and it’s now some bullshit advertisement page.  It’s also selling on GoDaddy.com for $8,000.  I’d like to buy it back, but who am I? Mitt Romney?  So in any event, my “new” blog, http://www.exerminateallrationalthought.com didn’t take off so well, I got lazy with it.  But since, however many months later of not writing on this blog, I still get almost 200 hits a day.  So you people most really, really like me.  Or it’s just dumb luck.  Either way, in the immortal words of Paul Newman from “The Color of Money”, I’m back (fuckers).

“Killer View” (aka “Snuffed”) – 2009. Dir. Brian James O’Connell

With Noah Key, Martin Moakler, Brahm Gallagher, Maija Polsley and Whitney Powell

“How could I bring a child into this world that has someone like me in it?”

 

    Well hello dear reader(s), it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here, and while I’ve seen “Your Highness” and “Source Code” and “Thor” (and a plethora of other films) I haven’t had the urge (overkill) to write about them. Nothing about those films really gave me anything exciting to write about, you know what I mean?

    I had the fortunate opportunity to see a film called “Killer View”. I wasn’t sure what to think of this film at first. It has a very crude and graphic opening scene that I wasn’t prepared for. I was taken aback at the realistic nature of the film.

    The film itself is setup as a documentary/found footage film. I’ve always felt that “The Blair Witch Project” was the “Pulp Fiction” of low budget independent horror/thriller films. Take for example the slew of “Paranormal Activity” films, or the recent “Last Exorcism”. The whole “found footage” fad is getting remarkably old, and I roll my eyes when I read about a new film using this template.

    “Killer View” uses this template, and “Killer View” couldn’t have been a more astonishing and bold film if it had a huge budget and bankable actors. The story of “Killer View” is very original and very inventive. A young reporter Martin (Martin Moakler) is following around an active serial killer named “Ben” (Noah Key). But it’s not your normal “found footage” film, and it’s not your cliché ridden serial killer film either.

    The film does a remarkable job of crosscutting between Ben’s interview with Martin, and Ben’s actual footage of his torturing of a couple, and the husband’s mistress April (played by a remarkable Whitney Powell).

    Then the film throws a curveball at us. We find out that one of the reasons Ben videotapes his killings are because he ends up selling these films as snuff films to rich people. And Ben sometimes takes requests from the wealthy elite if it fits his current needs that he needs to fulfill.

    Brian James O’Connell masterfully writes and directs this film that treks in darker and muddy waters than most “serial killer” or thriller films are willing to go. This film is very blunt, and very unapologetic. To me, this film seemed like the perfect fusion of “Henry: A Portrait of a Killer” and Michael Mann’s masterpiece “Manhunter”.

    This film excels upon its low budget and its cast of unknown talent. Noah Key is remarkable as Ben, the killer that almost makes his killings sound plausible. You don’t condone what he does, but you can understand it. The call and cool collectiveness of Ben’s demeanor is met with a very horrific and scary persona when Ben appears on his recordings. Key brings an excellent showboat of a performance as our unapologetic killer Ben.

    Brahm Gallagher and Maija Polsley give an excellent turn as the married couple Ben has set to kill. But as the video of the couple and Ben progress, the couple may not be as innocent as we were lead to believe. The actors do so good of a job in this film, that I found myself thinking from time to time that I was actually watching found footage of a killer’s recording.

    There isn’t one instance in the film where I thought to myself that the actors were overacting, or fake screaming too much. There was none of that. This film feels incredibly authentic. So authentic is fucking scary.

    “Killer View” proves that a film doesn’t need a large budget, or bankable names, or a big studio set to distribute. This is probably one of the best low budget films I have seen in a very, very long time. I’m not sure where you, dear reader(s), would get the opportunity to see this film, but if you can find this film, steal it. That’s how good it is.

Rating: 9/10

“Scream 4” – 2011. Dir. Wes Craven

 

 


With Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, with Marley Shelton and Mary McDonnell

 

    When I first read that “Scream 4” was being made, I thought to myself that it’s a dead franchise. They ended the film on a very sour note with “Scream 3” – I mean, best part of the movie is the opening where Liev Schriber gets killed off? Then, all the “Scary Movie” movies. I just didn’t really take it seriously. Then I thought about how I have always felt that Wes Craven is an overrated director, and that I don’t really like many of his movies.

    I mean, “Scream 4”, give me a break.

    I started to think about how effect the first two “Scream” films really were, and how I don’t think they are great films, I think they are great in their genre. Fuck it, I’m going to the midnight show.    

So we open the film with a fresh new cast (but not before a couple of cameos in a “Stab” movie), and some golden oldies from the first set of films. Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric Roberts) portrays Jill Roberts, cousin of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who with her bestie Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) become tormented by the Ghostface Killer.

Kirby Reed? Really. That’s a name for a girl? Oh yeah, her haircut fits the name. Seriously.

We round out the cast with Dewey (David Arquette) who is now Sherriff of Woodsboro and is still married to Gale (Courtney Cox, Arquette?) and when the killer starts killing, and she tags along with the presidents of the Horror Movie Club at Woodsboro High – Robbie Mercer (Erik Knudsen) and Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin) to try and get her career back.

All the while, ole girl Sidney Prescott is back in her home town to open up her book tour. And don’t you know it, the killings start again!

This movie is predictable, yet still manages to surprise you, and as unbelievable as it is, your still dig it. The new cast is fun, it reminds us of the cast from the original film. Wes Craven gets a pallet of actors that suit the film, the mood, and the roles perfectly.

Craven delivers a solid film from a franchise that should be all, but dead. And Emma Roberts pulls a little “Star 80” of her own.

Rating: 7.5/10