MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO is much different to the regular fare I cover for Nightmarish Conjurings - and by that, I mean it isn't a horror flick. Instead, this is a documentary that collects firsthand accounts of scientists and engineers involved in the Apollo missions during the 60's and 70's. These are the people who took man to space, and eventually landed up on the moon. This is inspirational stuff - as far away from horror as you can get, right?
Porn is an ever-evolving, multi-pronged entity. At one time exclusively the paper-bagged domain of skeezy weirdos in trenchcoats, it's now become so pervasive in modern society that each and every one of us carries access to the largest library of pornography ever amassed by mankind in our very pockets. All it takes is a few keystrokes to find the most extreme, depraved, and straight up nasty sex videos available on the net, and for that reason, I feel obliged to assure you that I'm writing this review with both hands.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the drama FLESH AND BLOOD by writer/director Mark Webber. To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary:
"Mark, a former addict just released from prison, returns home to live with his family. While away in prison, his younger brother has grown up, his mother has become a nominee for vice president, and his former girlfriend has had another man's baby."
It's not uncommon for the behind the scenes story of a film's production to be more interesting than the actual film itself, and ROGER CORMAN'S FANTASTIC FOUR is a shining example. Made in 1994 on a budget that wouldn't cover the cost of the crew's lattes on a modern Marvel film, the people who made it busted their collective asses to deliver a quality product despite the financial limitations. However, there was one small caveat; the film was never meant to be released, and the studio didn't inform them until after the fact.
All art means to tell a story, but the movie poster is art that means to sell a story. Once thought of as nothing more than disposable tools for marketing, movie posters have now become fanatically sought-after collector's items. I myself am not unaffected by the collection bug. In fact, my idea of interior design begins and ends with how many movie posters I can plaster on my walls.
My love of pro wrestling has spanned for nearly 30 years. It has seen titles change, superstars come and go, legends born, streaks fall, moves created and a personal connection created every time I go to a live event, talk to other fans or watch on so many platforms. In the mid-1990's one major wrestling federation allowed a new breed of wrestlers to perform here in the United States. "World Championship Wrestling" (WCW) was one of the first federations to show a new breed and a culture of high flyers. Men walked to the ring and performed like angels, supervillains, superheros, flying blurs of color as well as larger life characters every week on my television screen. Very few could describe the magic and beauty of this style of wrestling, but for me, commentator Mike Tenay would explain the mystery, wonder and talent of these luchadores who came from Mexican families and cities carrying a tradition, passion, talent for a new chapter in American pro wrestling lore.
With a title that's more than a mouthful, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made follows the exploits of a group of boys - now men - who once upon a time set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Starting in the early 1980's when they were pre-teens, the film took seven years to complete utilizing nothing more than rudimentary home video equipment and a lot of passion. This documentary picks up their story almost thirty years later when a successful Kickstarter bid sees them attempting to film a final scene and finish the project that defined their childhoods.