Saturday, August 30, 2014

Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Stars: David Kato, Christopher Senyonjo

In Uganda, a few years ago a new bill was presented to make homosexuality punishable by death. Even if you knew of someone that was homosexual, and you did not report them, you could serve three years in jail. David Kato was the first openly gay person in Uganda. Kato, along with other activists, worked hard to keeping this bill turning into law. They were working against the clock to make change and to save their lives. This was their story.

Living in the United States, we do not think about how bad life is for LGBT people, but with watching this documentary you get to discover stories from another country. These people are fighting for their lives period. They are not worried about who is going to make my cake for my wedding or marriage tax breaks. Watching  and listening to these people's stories should put perspective on how far the LGBT community worldwide has to go to receive equal human rights.
The people that are showcased in this documentary are some of the bravest that I have seen. They are risking their own lives to tell their own story about how their government and people  treat them. They are sending their message out into the world to hopefully receive help, prayers and to educated others.

This is a heartfelt and heart breaking documentary about gay people not living but surviving in Uganda. I do recommend watching this. It is sad that in so many parts of the world people have to live in fear for their lives. Enjoy.

Call Me Kuchu (2012) Trailer

Friday, August 29, 2014

The ABCs of Death (2012)

Director: Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis + more

Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González, Kyra Zagorsky + more

This movie is an a 26 chapter anthology of the different ways of death.  Taken from the children's book of ABC's, a list of some of the top contemporary directors from all over the world was given a letter to create a short film on a way to die. There are 26 different films included in this 2 hour movie.

There are a few of the segments that are watchable and some that are a bit boring. Some of the stories are downright sick and twisted. Included are some of the shorts that are so far out there that you wondering what in the hell they were even thinking about to get them in this subject matter.

X is for XXL is really gory, but a great way to look at being thin. D is for dogfight is shot so well and an incredible turn on a storyline. F is for Fart is just too damn weird. You will see. Like I said there is some really interesting pieces of film included. Some of the film makers take it a little too far in the messed up factor.

This was a movie that is well worth watching. Just letting you know that a lot of the material is subtitled, so if you hate reading a movie, than you need to skip this one. Other than that check it out. It is not scary or eerie one bit. Enjoy.

The ABCs of Death (2012) Trailer

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000)

Director: Michael Cooney

Stars: Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Scott MacDonald

Sheriff Sam Tiler and his wife Anne are going on a vacation to the Caribbean along with his two deputies, another married couple. They all want to get their minds off the traumatic events that happen during the winter. They go to a spot where it never snows. Somehow Jack Frost is refrozen and is brought to the islands where it is way too hot for a snowman to survive. He ends up living on a tropical island to get his revenge on the sheriff and his deputies.

They were so damn desperate for a sequel that they were just throwing ideas at the wall to see which one would stick. I guess they thought, of course a killer snowman on the beach, but better yet it all turns into killer snowballs with sharp teeth. You read that right killer snowballs with teeth. I know they were trying to make a funny horror movies, but if you want to make one then do it. Do not just beat around the idea of it.
This movie was like watching paint dry. I love the funny bad horror movie. I own a collection of them, but this one was way off the mark. The creator needed to study the Troma movies better. This movie needed more T&A, sex and dick and fart jokes. It would have been more watchable for the dialog at least.

This was just a silly movies for teenagers to make fun at. Watch if you must. I watched it so you don't have to.

Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) Trailer
Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) Full Movie

Jack Frost (1997)

Director: Michael Cooney

Stars: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, Shannon Elizabeth

A serial killer is being transported to his execution, when the van is involved in a car accident with a government truck carrying an experimental liquid. He turns into an evil killing snowman seeking out revenge on the officer that sent him to jail. Now, Jack Frost is killing everyone that gets in his way.

A movie about a snowman possessed by a serial killer. They were desperate for ideas for new horror movies in the 90's. The concept could have been at least pretty good, if the movie was really twisted and gory or completely messed and funny. They barely hit the middle in both categories, but they did try, I guess. I wish they would have been able to put more money into this movie. It really could have been a good Christmas horror movie. Those are always the best. The one liners in the movie are at least stretched or absolutely terrible. It is sad to see a movie try so hard to be funny and gory at the same time. The death scenes at least were not too bad.
The character of Jack Frost the Snowman does not even look threatening at all, not even when the eyebrows are lowered. He looks like a big giant stuffed snowman that would love to lay back on for a nap. It looks nothing like it is displayed on the cover, but they were trying to sell the movie any way they could. Not even when the snowman showed his icicle teeth were they scary in any way. His teeth looked like you could plug them up and hang them over a outside window while they blinked different colors.
Shannon Elizabeth got her first movie role that landed directly to the video shelf wall. At least something good came out of this movie. Okay, you right. I could not even type that with a straight face.

For what it is worth, this is a Christmas horror movie that can be conceived as funny, but It is not. I watch it so you do not have to. Even though some will any way. Enjoy.
Jack Frost (1997) Trailer
Jack Frost (1997) Full Movie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Haunted House (2013)

Director: Michael Tiddes

Stars: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Alanna Ubach, Andrew Daly, Cedric the Entertainer

Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) are taking the next step in their relationship. Kisha is moving into his house. Malcolm decides to start video tapes the entire experience. Not long after moving in there are some disturbances in the house. She has a ghost haunting her, so they call a psychic and a priest to help with their situation.

This is a parody movie from the Wayans Brothers. This time they are using the Paranormal Activity movie for most of their material.  Nick Swardson is Chip the psychic as on Chip Coffey from the show Paranormal State. In every scene, Chip is just trying to have sex with Malcolm. Nick Swardson does a great job in the movie. I use to watch the show Paranormal State, so it was really funny. Cedric the Entertainer is the "priest", but really he just got out of the jail and did not get to finish. To top it all off, Kisha's friends, Jenny and Steve, are swingers and just want to switch partners. There is also a handyman that is trying to launch his own ghost hunters show.

As you can see they were just throwing all of the paranormal movie and TV stuff into the movie to try and make it relevant and funny. The movie is stupid. I am not the only one who thinks this. The trailer looked terrible when it came out. I will have to say that there are some really funny parts in the movie, but that is as far as it goes. It will give you something to watch one night. Enjoy.

A Haunted House (2013) Trailer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)

Director: Jim Tushinski

Stars: Peter Berlin, Armistead Maupin, John Waters, Jack Wrangler

This is a film looking into who and what Peter Berlin was. In the earlier 70's in San Francisco's Castro District, a man with a Dutch boy haircut wearing half west with skin tight white cotton pants that displayed his nearly perfect well defined body and sporting a huge bulge in his pants was Peter Berlin. He become a 70's gay icon all over the world with his trademark look. People would stop and stare at this man standing or walking before them. He was something for gay men to idolize or lust after or the rest of society to be shameful to even look at him.

The documentary looks at what made Peter Berlin such an icon for the gay community by interviewing the man himself and other people that remembered seeing him on the streets in the 70's during the beginning of the gay era. Peter Berlin is in his 60's now, but he still has that look with the package to match. Armistead Maupin, John Waters and Jack Wrangler are the most well known of the speakers in the movie. They each talk about the hold that Peter Berlin had on men in that time period. It was just interesting to see how he still keeps up this image to this day.

It is worth watching, but that is about it. Enjoy.

That Man: Peter Berlin (2005) Trailer

The Delta (1996)

Director: Ira Sachs

Stars: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss

Lincoln Bloom is a 17 year old guy in the closet. He has a girlfriend, but at night he is cruising for guys to hook up with down by the river. One night he meets Minh, he is originally from Thailand. The two young guys spend some time hanging out until, Lincoln gets scared by the trouble that Minh starts when they are together. Lincoln does not want his family or friends to find out that he is gay.

This movie could be split up in three different sections. You have the story of Lincoln and Minh messing around, and the relationship with Lincoln, his girlfriend and his family, but then you have Lincoln's friends that they tried to throw in the mix, then there is a small sub story about Minh. See the movie just had too much going on and left the movie feeling choppy and scattered. It was just all over the place.

This was an independent gay movie from the mid 90's. They were trying their best to come up with a good coming of age gay movie, and they could have really had one. If they would have left some of the other stories and characters out of the movie, then the movie would have been more clear to the audience.

It is an earlier gay movie to watch, but I would not go out of my way to see it. It is not even an average movie. I watched it so you don't have to.

The Delta (1996) Trailer