Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) - George Barry

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
Director: George Barry
Writer: George Barry
Starring: Demene Hall, William Russ, Julie Ritter, Linda Bond, Patrick Spence-Thomas, Rosa Luxemburg, Dave Marsh

Last week a friend sent me a link to an A.V. Club video entitled Ridiculous Horror Movie Adversaries, which as you may guess is about horror movie villains that are way to ridiculous to be taken even remotely seriously. One of the movies mentioned in the video was Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977). Apparently after the movie was made, everyone involved with it pretty much forgot about its existence but through some showings of bootleg prints it managed to grab a small cult following over the years. It finally got an official release (on DVD) in 2003.

Now, as soon as I saw the A.V. Club video, I knew I would need to track down Death Bed and watch it. The concept sounded so ludicrous that I had to know how anyone could possibly get a full length movie out of it. George Barry managed to milk the implausible scenario for all it is worth though.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Social Network (2010) - David Fincher

The Social Network (2010)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay), Ben Mezrich (Book)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, Rashida Jones, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Joseph Mazzello

Well I finally got around to watching David Fincher's The Social Network (2010). I am not sure why I put it off that long, I had read the book and even if it wasn't well written it still told an interesting story. I was pretty confident that Aaron Sorkin would be able to adapt the book into an excellent script that David Fincher would turn into an amazing film.

The film did not disappoint. I know a lot of people have been avoiding seeing this one, dismissing it as "that movie about Facebook." They don't know what they are missing though. Yes, the film does tell the story of the rise of Facebook, however that is not what the film is about. This is a film about the revenge and betrayal of a petty man who turned a small idea into a multi-million dollar business that, for better or worse, changed the way people communicate all over the world.