Thursday, December 29, 2005

CD of the Month (December): 1968 by American Werewolves

This CD rocks! Thirteen ghoulish grooves from the 'wolves. This is a great album to crank up and piss the neighbors off with. Trevor Moment's howling vocals grabs you by the throat and squeezes, while the rest of the band cranks out some rocking tunes. My favorites include "Nothing in the Dark" and "For Your Blood". Creative lyrics inspired by B-movie mayhem coupled with Do-Wop styled hard rock is always a Frankenstein I'll dig and not many do it better than the American Werewolves. 1968 gets ****1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Based on a true story, this Hollywood version of this supposed real-life exorcism is as far away from the real story, it's ridiculous. The "real" Emily Rose was actually a german girl named Anneliese Michel. I guess rather than tell a "true" account of the case, Hollywood has to dumb it up for the American public. It's a shame, because the movie is actually not bad, and Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Emily Rose, deserves a best actress nod in my opinion. The story follows the trial of a priest who is being tried for homicide by neglect. Even the trial is as far from the real events as you can get. In reality, the parents were also indicted for the homicide, and the sentence in the movie is different as well. Well, like I said, it's a good movie, take it for what it is but if you want the true story of Anneliese Michel, google her. There's a reported other movie being made on her called Requiem by german director Hans-Christian Schmid that's supposed to stay truer to the real life events. I give it ***1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: Bloodline

Bloodline was a bit of a surprise for me. I was expecting a lame story and bad acting but the plot was pretty well conceived and the acting wasn't bad at all. It's the tale of two brothers, one seemingly normal and one an introverted mute. The story follows the two roads that their lives take. After watching the film, what we find out at the end leaves us putting all the pieces of the story back together into context. I really don't want to give too much of the film away. If I go into too much detail, there's no reason to see it. Check it out, you could do alot worse. ***1/2 out of *****.