It Follows is a new take on 70s/80s style horror flicks. With an emphasis on suspense the film doesn’t feature any bloody gore and contains lots of metro Detroit locations including the Packard Plant, Redford Theatre, Northville Psychiatric Hospital, and shots in the Clawson, Sterling Heights and Berkley suburbs. After having sex, a teenager is cursed with being followed by an entity whose aim is to kill. The curse is passed along (like VD!) as each person has an intimate encounter. Not a solid plot, but still engaging.
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The film follows a handful of bands from SXSW back to Boston. These artists write beautiful acoustic and vocal music. Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den drive across the States in 5 VW buses. This movie makes it clear that if you’re in the music business to get rich, you’re in the wrong business. Some artists love being on the road and even when the tour is over, they usually look at the map for the next destination.
What Happened, Miss Simone is a musically emotional documentary that jaunts us through the life of singer, pianist, activist Nina Simone. Her voice was not the most elegant, which is not a prerequisite quality for a pop star. But she learned to engage her audience at a young age. She was taught classical piano since the age of four and performed at recitals often. Nina Simone often felt something was missing in her life but seemed to find her calling during the civil rights movement in the 60’s. Siding mostly with the eye-for-an-eye philosophy of the Black Panthers, she walked on both sides of the fence, violent and non-violent. Her personal life also saw a bit of this violence and non-violence as she struggled with depression and a controlling, abusive husband that also managed her career. She passed away in 2003 but has influenced many female soul singers such as Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson.
Beasts…, Netflix’ first original movie production, is based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The film contains graphic violence but I would not expect anything less due to the subject matter. The screenplay is fiction but hinged on real world civil wars occurring in Africa- where young boys are forced to join armies and are trained to kill for reasons that may very much be unclear. It stars young Abraham Attah and Idris Alba (Pacific Rim, Mandela, The Office). Director Cary Joji Fukunaga discusses details in making the film in this NYT article.
(“Beasts Of No Nation” is also a song recorded by Afrobeat king Fela Kuti in 1989- see following clip).
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AMC’s Fear Fest started this week featuring some great classics (and their sequels!). Rewatch Amityville, Friday the 13, Halloween in all the cheez and gore. The fest runs until October 31st, of course.
Here’s a look at some interesting video marketing trends that came out over the summer. People are watching more and more video and it is predicted that almost 75% of all Internet traffic will be video in the next couple years.
ABC cancels The Whispers after one season. It started airing in June but is DOA after 13 episodes. Over 2 million viewers decided to stop following the show since its summer debut.
Baby Daddy gets granted 10 more episodes and its ratings look like they are right in line with the demographic ABC Family is shooting for.