While I enjoyed JJ Abrams' Super 8 earlier this summer (with the exception of one nitpicky detail I will only reference with the words "human eyes"), I didn't find it to be the the timeless ode to Steven Spielberg-ian youth that many reviews had declared it. That's because I don't remember seeing those Spielberg movies as a kid. Sure, I've seen Jaws, E.T. and Close Encouters of the Fourth Kind - or at least parts of them - by now, but they didn't create the foundation of my childhood.
The movies I remember seeing back then were the sci-fi flicks that aired on syndicated local stations every weekend. Whether it was the Hanes Furniture Creature Feature or some other sponsored block on our local UPN station (channel 44 in Tampa, also home of daily Full House/Step By Step/Family Matters reruns), I have lots more memories of being glued to the television for Short Circuit, Spaced Invaders, Batteries Not Included, Gremlins or whatever else they were showing on Saturday and Sunday. That's why I loved the hell out of Attack The Block, the first feature from British comedian (and Edgar Wright collaborator) Joe Cornish. It's a really great adult version of those smaller-scale adventure sci-fi films I grew up watching, and an impressive film debut for both the director and his star, 19-year-old John Boyega.
Taking a look at the first piece of the "New 52."
LINKFROGGING...say our name!
I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Kendrick of Devildriver on Tuesday. Jeff called in from Arizona and the band will be in Houston/Clear Lake on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011. So, all you Houston Metal heads have got to come out to the show and represent. DD always gives 110% when they play and of course we all know how Jibbies and I love Scout Bar. Skeletonwitch is opening, so get there early for them as they are a killer band as well.
Horns up fuckers!