Behind the scenes of “The Walking Dead”
Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien behind the scenes of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
"Because there is nothing worse in life than being ordinary."
-Mena Suvari as Angela Hayes in “American Beauty (1999)
"Curfew", what a great short film. Directed and written by Shawn Christensen, starring Shawn Christensen himself, Fatima Ptacek and Kim Allen. I liked it so much, that I wish it was a normal length film, beautiful, sad and at times funny story. Great directing/writing/acting by Shawn, I loved the atmosphere and the scenery, everything worked!
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. Sophia wasn’t allowed to see her uncle Richie, because he was a drug addict. Richie desperately wants to bond with her, and also with his sister. You can feel his pain, how hard the battle with addiction must have been, his loneliness over the years with no contact to his family…but then at the end, who knows what one day can change…
"Rebelle" also known as "War Witch" took my breath away. The incredibly intense and realistic story about child soldiers in Africa. Kids who get abducted from home, are forced to kill their parents, and then fight against the government soldiers. This particular story is about Komona a 14-year-old girl, who tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything starts when she gets abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, who keeps the camera always close on whats going on, sometimes so close you can’t take it. The film is in French, and plays somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. “War Witch” impressed me, it brings attention to the problems of child soldiers, and there aren’t that many movies about them, so I absolutely recommend this to everyone who’s interested in that subject. The actress who plays Komona, Rachel Mwanza, also did a great job and completely convinced me. Nominated for an Oscar “Best Foreign Language Film of the Year”, I hope it wins, it’s definitely one of my favorites.
Susan George and Dustin Hoffman in “Straw Dogs” (1971)
"Peeping Tom" also known as "Face of Fear" (a movie way ahead of its time), directed by Michael Powell and written by Leo Marks, was released in theaters a month before Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”. Both are about men killing off beautiful women in horrific ways.
While Psycho maintains some suspense over the nature of the killer, Peeping Tom has him front and center, presenting a compelling and conflicting examination of his mind. Starring Karlheinz Böhm as Mark Lewis, a shy, lonely and quiet man with a dark secret, on his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and dabbles in filmmaking, at night he’s killing young women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions.
"My First Mister" is a funny and original movie starring Leelee Sobieski, who did a great job portraying a girl, that can’t/doesn’t want to fit in, yet her character isn’t the stereotypical rebel either, and Albert Brooks, almost unrecognizable, plays a lovely, odd man, who’s afraid of everything.
Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski) is a total misfit, she’s as wacky as a teenager can be. Goth-ed out with multiple piercings, tattoos, and dyed hair, she listens to strange music, watches vintage TV, eats primarily chocolate, and self injures. But now high school is over and she needs a job. ‘J’ meets middle-aged Randall (played by Albert Brooks) in the haberdashery window. ‘R’ gives her a job, not to mention a real friendship. Neither of them have a life outside of work so they slowly learn to hang out together, and make each other better people. The soundtrack is cool too - it has the great older tunes like Sinatra, along with some Marilyn Manson and then some reggae as well.
A Billy Wilder film, based on Charles R. Jackson’s novel about the desperate life of a chronic alcoholic, followed through a four day drinking bout. Starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman and Phillip Terry.
Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been “on the wagon” for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last…one way or the other.