BLACK RAIN (1989) film thoughts…

Black Rain (1989) film thoughts… Finally was able to see this extremely bleak film about the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima and it’s after effects on a small group of villagers from the area. The main focus is on an older couple who were exposed to blast (“the flash”) itself and their niece who was much further away but had the “black rain” (see link below for more info) fall on her. The film goes back and forth from the day of the bomb and 5 years where we see the people dealing with the effects of exposure. It also shows how people still tried to cling on to the old way of Japanese life, refusing to see that life has changed forever.

The director, Shohei Imamura, who sadly I am not familiar with, shot this “modern” film in the style of one from the 1940’s. The film is black and white, faded out and has a softer look. He doesn’t shy away from the horror of the atomic bomb. The scenes during the immediate aftermath are horrific and makes you wonder how the hell they got through this. Black Rain has a bleak and expected ending. Definitely seek this film out if you haven’t already.

Never again.

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Shohei Imamura

Black Rain and Radioactivity

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Film Reviews of the WEEK 4/27/16

CAMERA VISCERA: Green Room (2016)

https://cameraviscera.com/2016/04/25/green-room-2016-review

ADMIT ONE FILM ADDICT: Southbound (2015)

https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/southbound-2015

CROMEYELLOW: Here Alone (2016)

http://cromeyellow.com/tribeca-film-fest-review-here-alone

TEXAS’S FRISCO KID: The Chair (2016)

http://blog.tfkweb.info/2016/04/dark-and-brutal-chair-review.html

NYX FEARS: High Rise (2016)

CAUWEL3: The Invitiation (2015)

 

MONSTER Fanzine mini-haul

Monster is a modern horror film fanzine published by the team of Timothy Paxton, Steve Fenton, Tony Strauss and Brian Harris. I have know about it for a while but haven’t picked it up until now. Of course, I threw all caution into the wind and picked up the most recent Issue #27 “Lovecraftian Nightmares” and 3 other random issues. Now I haven’t read any of it, but visually they are stunning, especially for a ‘zine nerd like me. They have a digest size which reminds me of Video Watchdog in a sense, they are literally little books. I love the small and varied print. They are in the spirit of all Midnight Marquee and Scarlet Street for sure… you can pick them up here: Monster #27 Can’t wait to dig into these!

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DIARY OF A DEADBEAT (2016) review

Diary of a Deadbeat (2016) film thoughts… I love film documentaries and after meeting Victor Bonacore this year, he relayed the story behind his documentary, Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber, I was very intrigued. While I couldn’t make the screening that day, I put this documentary on my list of things to get. I have been a long time fan of Deadbeat at Dawn (1988) since reading the late Chas. Balun’s review “…It hits like a jackboot to the nuts!” I first saw it on VHS and was blown away by the rawness of the film, bleak on all counts.

The trouble for Mr. VanBebber is he has had problems since trying to get films made, partially due to financing troubles and partially because he is a diehard independent film maker. He has completed other films, such as The Manson Family & My Sweet Satan (which I do own but need to make it a point to see.) though it has been a long road. The documentary covers his early young years as a talented preteen super 8 film maker (some of it is impressive), his college years, the making of & the eventual success of Deadbeat and his later films & acting roles.

After seeing this film, I realized that while I’m a fan of man, I knew little about him. Victor Bonacore interviews many people who worked with VanBebber and fans/followers of his. While the subject matter is raw, the documentary is extremely well done, moves along nicely, never bogging down. The 6 years working on this film was time well spent. Bonacore pulls no punches and while he’s definitely a fan of VanBebber, he keeps camera on for the not so nice parts. I would personally beĀ  uncomfortable around a drunk VanBebber, he gets ugly. For us fans though, we have to take the bad with the good. When you get down to the brass tacks, Jim VanBebber is a super talented human being and I need to get on seeing his other completed films and some of his acting work.

Diary of a Deadbeat is a top notch film documentary that should be on your shelf next to classics like Document of the Dead by Roy Frumkes, it’s a solid look at an overlooked film maker. Hopefully, this will bring more attention to VanBebber outside of the fan base.

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My Artwork…

One of the reasons I put up this site was to also show off my own artwork. While I do many types of graphic design, my main “venture” is as FINIS. I like to create horror art in the style of old film posters. Most are available for sale as prints and as soon as my Etsy site is fully running, you will know. I should be at a couple of Atlanta conventions in 2016, so check me out there.