The Taint

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While not a universally loved horror flick, The Taint got a nice little push from our own Rob Hunter last month when it hit DVD. Now I’d like to extend the support for one of its directors, Drew Bolduc. I don’t know him, I haven’t seen any of his films, but something tells me he could very well be the next guy associated with Troma Entertainment to wind up a big deal. Just don’t be surprised if he directs Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or anything. He’s already working with aliens in his next feature, Science Team, which is currently raising money by crowdfunding via Indiegogo. And the promo video Bolduc sent us this morning makes me think its not just “a bastard child of science fiction and horror” but also the illegitimate offspring of James Gunn and Wes Anderson. But I don’t have any idea what the end result will be like. Therefore it’s not entirely easy to encourage strangers to drop money into the production. Maybe you’d rather pledge your dollars to the documentary about Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder that I’d planned on showcasing this week. All we can do is hope for some awesomely messy visuals courtesy of Bolduc and producer Michele Lombardi, both of whom did the special effects for Troma’s upcoming Return to Nuke ‘Em High. And they’ve got a DP (William Robinette) who worked on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln! Sure, he was just a P.A. on that film, but who knows, maybe his […]


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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Sure it’s a few days late, but it’s still technically the same week… As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. This Must Be the Place Cheyenne (Sean Penn) was a rock star many years ago, but these days he lives a quiet life in a big house with a wife (Frances McDormand), two dogs and an empty swimming pool. He’s a bit slow in his mobility and speech, and his appearance is still modeled on The Cure’s Robert Smith. When his father falls ill Cheyenne heads to NYC to reconcile with the old man, but instead he finds himself on a quest for revenge against a Nazi. Obviously. Paolo Sorrentino‘s film is more than a little odd. Between Penn’s performance and the script’s insistence on couching a traditional narrative in strange, character-filled trappings it’s guaranteed to turn off many viewers, and I really wouldn’t blame them walking away. But I found the story’s take on the need for (and power of) forgiveness a compelling reason to watch, and Penn’s performance may have taken a bit to grow on me but it eventually added to the film’s charm. It’s damn funny at times and lands an emotionally satisfying ending too, but be warned… most of you will apparently hate it. It’s the new I Melt With You in that regard. [Blu-ray extras: None]

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