If you couldn't tell, I'm big into cinema - Hollywood, indie, arthouse, domestic, foreign, whatever. I eat it up. IT DOES NOT MATTER!
I want to share my love of cinema with you on this highest of high days. I will not argue against rainy days being great for binge watching, but a very close second to those days has to be the 20th of April. If you are celebrating the most HIGH of holidays today, I salute you.
Lite up and chill with any of the five films below...you'll thank me later. And if you work through this list, revisit our very first blog post. But remember to thank me later.
1. Green Room (2016)
2. It Follows (2014)
3. The Guest (2014)
4. Oldboy (2003)
5. The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006)
Our 'Stills Competition' from April 15 is officially closed! Congrats to Istagramer rapsnob for correctly identifying all five titles, and a big thanks to everyone who participated. Our first contest was a doozy!
Image 1: Memories of Murder (2003)
Image 2: Martyrs (2008)
Image 3: Magnolia (1999)
Image 4: In the Mood for Love (2000)
Image 5: Red State (2011)
Stay tuned! More contests to come.
Below are stills from five of our favorite films.
Think you know the titles? Shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com with the subject "Stills Competition". Guess all five flicks correctly and we'll hook you up with a free drawstring bag full of Pink Fox merch.
The contest is open until Friday, April 21, or until we have a winner!
Right Now, Wrong Then (2015)
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013)
In Another Country (2012)
The Day He Arrives (2011)
Like You Know It All (2009)
I will not pretend to know what it is like to parent a child. I can not imagine being responsible for another life. Sure, babysitting is fine, but it is the Blockbuster video of parenting. Whether I like the kid or not, it is a two day rental - MAX. By now you have undoubtedly heard and have an opinion on what happened in Cincinnati, OH. If you haven't heard about what happened, you are living your best life and not missing anything.
I, like many of you, was a kid at one time. And as a kid I found myself in trouble occasionally. There was the time at the grocery store when I pretended the syrup bottle was a gun, attempted to spin the bottle on my finger like a western hero, only to have the bottle fly off my finger and smash onto the ground covering my mom's shoes and pants in syrup. Sure, I didn't exactly sneak into the exhibit of an endangered species at a public zoo, but that is exactly my point. I knew better than doing something like that based on the mini mistakes I had made in everyday life. Even at a young age.
I imagine this little boy is going to find himself in some trouble with his parents after this incident.
Speaking of which...that little boy is one of the luckiest people on earth. I feel like he must be destined for great things. He certainly is fearless. He snuck into the cage of a wild animal. This is where it would have stopped for me. I would have thought, "Sure, I can sneak in there, and play with the gorillas. They are cool, but a wild animal. Also a wild animal - dad. And he is going to go nuts if I sneak in there. So, new plan will be to check these out from a distance, ask for cotton candy on the way out, and hope we stop at McDonald's on the way home."
This kid though, he saw his opportunity to sneak into the cage and took it. And the animal did exactly what animals do. He didn't mean the kid any harm. I have personally seen parents drag their kids around stores with that same kind of intensity of Harambe. Should they be put down? Debatable.
The only thing I am taking away from this story is kids will be kids, animals are animals, and adult humans can be - in most cases - widely, reprehensibly irresponsible.
A trip home is something I have come to dread. That isn't really anything new. Since college, where it was only a 2 hour drive from dorm room door to my parents, I have all ways hated those long weekend trips home. You try and prepare yourself, but you are never really ready for what a trip home is like. Rushed family visits, games of 20 questions where no one is the winner, and then the passive aggressive day spent ignoring each other. It is all so exhausting.
This trip was more of the same, but with a little spin. A little background - after college, like any good millennial, I moved back into my parents house. But now I had a fancy sheet of paper to show how smart I was, so I couldn't just move back into my old childhood bedroom. I needed the "pool room". It's really a mother in law suite, I guess those were a thing at one time, but it was not in the same house they - being my parents - lived in so it worked. I was moving in.
Since moving out of there, my parents have moved a majority of my things into the room. Old toys I refused to let them throw away, about sixteen thousand lego pieces, and stacks of yearbooks with bad handwriting and phone numbers. Among all those things was a plastic tub that contained some true gems. I took photos...of all my childhood vhs tapes.
That Golden Book Video was great. 3 movies on one classic vhs tape. More than movies, they are literal adaptation of books. Better than Gone Girl or even the Danish version of the Millennium series. Sure, the tape itself is someone just narrating the story book illustrations, but it still counts as the best film/ book adaptation to date in my book. I enjoyed this vhs so much in fact, I brought it to "show and tell" in the first grade. Everyone needed to know the story of Scuffy. #neverfoget
My cartoon vhs collection is pretty extensive. It included some of the classics (as seen above) as well as some very weird ones, soon to be pictured. It is sad Ferris Bueller couldn't make a decent Inspector Gadget movie. That character needs a reboot. Especially since his niece Penny and her dog were the true heros' of the show and would make for better role models than Bratz Dollz. Two of the four franchises above have been rebooted. The Ninja Turtles have been Michael Bay-ified. And the Ghostbusters are now women, but in a different universe? But the first trailer references the first two movies? Oh, Hollywood doesn't have a clue? Cool. What happened to Chip and Dale? I imagine they went on a rescue adventure, since their jobs were Rescue Rangers, and something horrible happened. Dale was prone to shenanigans, and I feel like Chip might have paid the ultimate price. Also, that is a pretty awesome job title.
Stacks of Disney movies were at the bottom of the plastic container. Stacks. I have all three films in the Aladdin trilogy. A few classics, and a few "highly" coveted Black Diamond cases. I guess they are worth some $$$. Which means in reality they aren't. These oversized cases were famous. Every kid knew that shape. If you were a true nerd, you would line them up in whatever crazy order you wanted to have them in that day. I don't recall my sister's favorite Disney vhs. Mine has all ways been and will be Alice in Wonderland. I remember we were both freaked out after seeing Hunchback of Notre Dame. We both bought our own copies of the Lion King soundtrack on cd for our portable cd players. We bought Pocahontas on 9/11 on the way home from school just because we needed to watch something other than the news. I think that is probably why we did not watch it too often. The Goofy Movie was an incredible film. A story of father and son. A coming of age tale that involves Bigfoot, lots of teen angst, and the most beloved fictional cartoon pop star ever: Powerline. I could get this on blue ray.
Disney made more than just cartoon movies, and growing up in central Florida, you were exposed to all things Disney. The Ugly Dashshund must have been an impossible pitch meeting. "I have an idea for a story. Wife loves dachshunds and has a prize winning dog. Husband loves his wife, but wants a dog for his own. When the prize winning dachshund has puppies the vet in cahoots with the husband sneaks a great dane puppy into the liter. Hilarity ensues. Family values. We never owned dogs growing up, but we watched this movie like any real dog lover would.
Caption says it all. We watched this movie and drew up tree house plans, as if what they did was realistic in any world. The oldest son's name is Fritz. They treat animals pretty poorly and their son is in need of some serious mood altering medication - which I don't say lightly - but it's all just another day on Isle de Robinson.
I loved Hayley Mills. Still to this day. She really was my first celebrity crush. And as described above, I had the entire Hayley Mills Collection.
I loved the Adams Family. More than that though, I love the idea of purchasing the movie at McDonald's. Remember when you use to get things you actually wanted in happy meals or cereal boxes? Thanks to McDonald's, I had a few classics in my vhs collection - Adams Family, Wayne's World, and Babe's in Toyland. Just the classics.
Old school bootlegs. Recorded right off the television. This is DVR 1.0. My plastic container oh vhs tapes has an embarrassing amount that look like the above photo. Batman with Michael Keaton. It Takes Two with the unstoppable Steve Guttenburg and Kristie Alley. Heavywieghts, possibly the most insensitive movie to make and include kids in the starring roles. But better than all those were the tapes and tapes...and tapes that contained various edits and versions of the Back to the Future and Indiana Jones film franchises. Half include commercials, half have been edited out. That meant I sat at the vhr and stopped and started the recording each commercial break.
I think I am going to have to do a part two at some point. I still have some real treasures to go over and reminisce about. Surf Ninjas. Blank Check. Goosebumps before Jack Black. Rockadoodle. I guess I have a new reason to not dread future trips home.