Been a while, huh? I promise to write more posts. I promise. My eleven readers deserve it. Iâ€™ve been busy.
Ramping up on the freelance front, Iâ€™ll have a small handful of reviews (three, to be exact) in the September and October issues of Spin Magazine. Might have something in Vice soon, and two large comedy-based features in either the August or September issue of Harp Magazine.
I made a crucial mistake in the current issue of Magnet Magazine. In my metal-themed installment of Whereâ€™s The Street Team, I referred to Death Angelâ€™s Pepa brothers as â€œLatinoâ€Â when in fact, they are Filipino. Whoops. Perhaps I got confused, seeing as how Spanish is the dominate language spoken in the Philipines. Naturally, I was called out in the letters section. Magnet and Death Angel fans. Makes total sense.
Tonight, Iâ€™m writing a travel piece for the September issue of Memphis Magazine, even though Iâ€™ll be working from memory and itâ€™s been three years since Iâ€™ve done any actual travelling pertinent to this feature.
A fourth remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Appropriate that Nicole Kidman stars, as she did in the godawful remake of another great 70â€™s horror film, The Stepford Wives. The new Invasion is PG-13 (strike one), and if you care enough, check out both Philp Kaufmanâ€™s â€˜78 version and Abel Ferraraâ€™s Body Snatchers from â€˜93. Both are great.
So letâ€™s end by rating some Ferrara films.
Driller Killer (1979) – Hilarious. Essential if you need another Grade D horror fix.
Ms. 45 (1981) – See above.
I cannot pick out the two episodes of Miami Vice that Ferrara directed.
King of New York (1990) – When someone spoofs or riffs onÂÂ Christopher Walken, this movie represents a good reason why. Good crime flick, though.
Bad Lieutenant (1992) – See it if you havenâ€™t. So over-the-top, laughable, and tragic that itâ€™s amazing this film didnâ€™t make more of an impact in the long run. This scene should push you to the rental store. Most of the other memorable scenes are also available on YouTube.
Aside from The Funeral (1996), it goes a little downhill in recent years. Or maybe Iâ€™m just lazy.