Eggs: The Short Film (And I’m Not Yolk-ing…)

Yeah, I know I said I was blanking Kickstarter, but that’s after chipping in here – and anyway, there’s no reason you have to. So here’s a quick plug for a worthwhile film project being put together by a citizen of my acquaintance. It’s called Eggs, and here’s the synopsis: a lonely, abandoned woman in a small town has fallen through the cracks and begins hearing voices. This is a woman whose family has all either left or died and she simply hasn’t felt loved or needed in a very long time. It doesn’t take long before she begins to believe that her dead son is speaking to her. This motivates her to take action for the first time in years. Unfortunately, without any real support network, she eventually snaps and things go very, very badly.

He has managed to get some impressive talent together for the film including Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers, Cat People) and Irwin Keyes (Intolerable Cruelty, House of 1000 Corpses) so there is some genuine horror cred involved. Plus the DP was the FX cinematographer for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and did camera work on Return of the Jedi and a million other things. The promo vid is above, and you can also check out the production blog: to support the film, head straight to the Kickstarter page and wave your credit-card like I did. You can contribute as little as a buck, and let’s face it, how often do you get the chance to finance a film with this kind of talent associated?

End of sales pitch. 🙂

Tentacle Bento And The Futility of Censorship

It was 25 years ago that Urotsukidōji was released, and slowly seeped its way over to the West, on a variety of dodgy, Nth-generation bootleg copies whose resemblance to a snuff movie in terms of quality, only enhanced the feeling that what you were watching was extremely wrong. But, it appears, tentacles and schoolgirls remain a combination capable of creating controversy, as Soda Pop Miniatures found out.

This small, independent company decided, for their next project, to make a card game called Tentacle Bento, and get funding for it through Kickstarter, a favourite site for fundraising projects outside the normal scope of business. According to the official description,  “Each game puts you in the enviable position of being a horrid, tentacle flailing, slime oozing monster from outer space.  Cleverly disguised (of course) as an adorable, and newly enrolled student at Takoashi University, an all-girls school nestled in scenic Japan.”

Kickstarter didn’t object. The project rolled along merrily, raising funds and hitting its goals. And then, perhaps inevitably, the morality police got word and, for want of a better phrase, the shits hit the fans…

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Rammstein: Arena, Phoenix AZ, May 18th 2012

My first encounter with Rammstein was on the soundtrack of David Lynch’s Lost Highway in 1997, where I initially mistook them for Laibach – and wasn’t the first to do so. Somewhat snarkily, Laibach said, “They have proven once again that a good ‘copy’ can make more money on the market than the ‘original’. Anyhow, today we share the territory: Rammstein seem to be a kind of Laibach for adolescents and Laibach are Rammstein for grown-ups.” I’ve particularly wanted to see Rammstein live since hearing Rob Dyer’s tales of spectacles such as keyboard player Christian “Flake” Lorenz sailing out onto the audience in an inflatable boat. But I moved out to Arizona before they came back, and missed their 2001 tour so had to wait. And wait. Finally, I heard that they’d be playing here, and I’d get to see Rammstein live, 15 years after first hearing them – I think that’s a record, pipping the 14 years before I saw The Human League. At least until I ever see John Foxx (21 years and counting!).

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