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Adam’s Foreign Gore Pick: ‘Frontiers’

In: Adam, Movies

An oldie but a goody. Christ, when did a movie from 2007 become “an oldie”? I blame Justin Bieber. Let’s call a spade a spade with this one: Frontiers is DAMN scary. I had recently posted about the German thriller Hell and referred to this past flick as reminiscent but realized after the fact that that’s like comparing Apple stock prices lowering $2 a share to the Great Depression. Frontiers isn’t just a thriller- which it is partially is- but is more likenable to films like Hostel and Severance with it’s extreme violence and terrifying plot. But, I’m not just setting you up to peek through the cracks in your hands for 1.5 hours- this movie is actually interestingly written and extremely well pulled off by the cast and crew. It’s a scary bitch to be sure.

Frontiers is a French movie that follows a pack of French Muslim thieves who attempt to flee the country and take refuge in a Bed and Breakfast near the border/frontiers. What could go wrong right? Well, when you combine an aged mansion with more trap rooms and doors than you can shake a stick at AND a surviving Nazi family of sexual miscreants and masochists, you get quite the tail. Don’t give up on me quite yet though, I know it sounds very The Hills Have Eyes or House of a Thousand Corpses which no one is acclaiming as brilliantly written, but this one provides a level of acting and patient thrill that does not solely depend on meat cleavers and vice grips to keep you paying attention. But don’t take my word for it- check it out below.

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I know what you’re thinking: ‘Adam, this is SO 2011!”. That said, I’ve come across WAY too many supposed cinephiles lately that have not seen this worthy German flick and therefore it’s my duty to get this piece to the masses: watch Hell! First off, this one ain’t got nothin’ to do with hell… well, not really. Interestingly, the German word for “Bright” (the real title of the movie) is Hell, and the director did not realize the implication it would have to have his film named something in his native language that would have such a clear meaning to us English speakin’ folks. That said, Hell isn’t that bad a name for this movie as that’s pretty much what these characters endure.

I know what you’re thinking: I have to read subtitles AND get terrified at the same time? At least you wont fall asleep though right? “Hell” (or “Bright“) is a look at the world in 2016 in a post-apocalyptic scenario where the sun is so blindingly bright and brilliant that everyone needs to cover from head to toe and gas and water become impossible to come by resources. Yes, the plot isn’t exactly jumping-off-the-page with originality but give it a chance because the execution is brill. As you know if you follow my posts, I’m a lover of all things bare boned and verging on Dogme in terms of production- as a result, this reasonably low budget and simple staging with nothing but a constant lens flare to add the bursting sun effect is a gem for me. It occurs in the wilderness and dirty back roads where most everything included in the story could have been found as the filmers took up the location. That aside, the real power is in the acting.

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Adam’s Wintery Thriller Pick: ‘Deadfall’

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I loathe seeing straight guys on the big screen and lustin’ for them- it seems desperado for me. HOWever, when a movie brings the sexiness and thriller factor like “Deadfall” does, I’m willing to make an exception. Eric Bana gets dirty and terrifying as the murderous and slightly incestuously inclined antagonist thief who gets pitted against the rustic good boy and hot as heck Charlie Hunnam (REMEMBER him from Queer as Folk? Didn’t think he’d turn out this hot!). While Charlie’s current IMDB pics make him look like a Ted Kaczynski lookalike, in this 2012 release, he looks clean shaven and good enough to take home to mom. Speaking of mom, the movie packs some real star power and uses Sissy Spacek as the sweet, supportive if not slightly sad mother of Hunnam who brings home dirty girl Olivia Wilde of “House” fame. Olivia plays the greedy and abused sister to Bana’s psychopathic ways as she gets caught between wanting to please both her new beau and her controlling bro.

That’s about as much of the plot as I want to give away without ruining anything for you- and to be honest the general storyline is pretty predictable within the first 20 minutes of the film and yet, you follow this one from start to finish without a second of boredom. Following the separated siblings after a big heist, you get to watch their demons and characters play out as you assume they’ve never spent more than 20 mins apart from one another in their lives. The movie is violent, smart, sexy (again, quite sexy) and a good ride. Taking place in the American Tundra, there’s a ton of beautiful shots and haunting frozen scenes that juxtapose the eventual torturous bloodied scenes you know are inevitable.

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We gays LOVE to brunch: that’s a fact. Be it to enjoy soaking up last night’s toxins with fresh fruit and sweet yogurt or to meet up after a long week and catch up on the ups and downs over mimosas, brunching is a mo’ tradition that even the most conservative of politicians can never take away from us. Something else we gays ought to and do enjoy: giving back to our community to gay it forward (thanks Jack MacFarland) and appreciate that our success as a collective is just that, a group effort and we need to support those that have come before and will come after.

As such, how else could you celebrate this coming weekend than donating your hunger, your laughter and a bit of your $ to YouthCO’s Brunch With Benefits? YouthCO, for those who have never been to this site before and haven’t heard of their amazing work, is a local, Vancouver, organization that works to reduce the impact of HIV and Hep C on the youth of British Coloumbia through peer support, eduction and meaningful community engagement. Full disclosure concerning my bias for this great organization: I’ve recently joined YouthCO’s board to get first hand experience of the amazing work and dedication of its staff and huge volunteership. This weekend however, is about meeting other, giving and supporting members of your community over a fabulous (I said it) meal at one of Vancouver’s most illustrious restaurants, all in the name of philanthropy and a great time.

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Our latest Homorazzi episode just aired yesterday on OUTtv with Tommy, Nic, Patrick and Adam (shown above, from left to right). In case you missed it (or if you’re not in Canada), we’ve got the full episode for you to check out below. This was our eighth episode and we definitely had a lot of fun with it.

After sharing our Halloween costumes with you, we move into Gossip and discuss the rumor that Jessica Simpson’s dad is gay. One of the four panelists admits that he finds Joe Simpsons attractive and perhaps has a little crush on him.

In Music, we talk about No Doubt‘s controversial music video and Christina Aguilera’s new Lotus album, which quickly turns into why Tommy thinks Aguilera is “TOO MUCH!” As we delve into Movies, we zone in on the biggest movies of the moment, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Moving onto TV (which Adam & Tommy watch A LOT of), the first show to be discussed is The New Normal. “Nene Leakes is turning me out,” says Tommy. Nic tries to say something is “turning him out” later in the episode, but it doesn’t go so well. LOL. Other shows discussed include American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, DTLA, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.

Watch the episode after the jump…

Adam’s Indie Pick: ‘Sound of My Voice’

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Recently Nic turned me onto a little known 2011 indie flick: “Sound of My Voice“. It’s a trip. Honestly, I have a huge appreciation for the “Blair Witch” style productions that shoestring budget their way to a well done result. This… let’s call it a drama/sci fi/thriller does not depend on explosions or CGI to make you watch the screen closely, this one is all about the script. Not to ruin anything, “Sound of My Voice” follows two film makers as they attempt to infiltrate a cult led by the hauntingly gorgeous and C-list (hopefully not much longer) actress Brit Marling who purports to be from the near, apocalyptic future. On premise alone, I was definitely down to try this one out. In a time where originality is harder and harder to spot, I zoomed in on this piece like a shot. And, was happy for it.

The movie nearly entirely occurs in the cult’s basement but you don’t care. The outfits are mostly white robes, but again you don’t care. You’re too entranced by the enigmatic leader and her agressive but soothing words as she syren songs her followers to the weirdest ends. Speaking of ends, while I’ll give NOTHING away I will say that the conclusion of this one is no let down and answers the myriad of questions- to a point- that will inevitably arise as you watch this one.

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Hot damn, I think I found my pick of the season and we’re only two episodes in. As much-talked-about new series like Revolution, The Mob Doctor and Partners blow it IMO despite bigger star names and budgets in their cast/crew/creatorship records, the little comedic engine(/ingenue) that could- The Mindy Project staring Mindy Kaling– is absolutely killing it. I know we’re very, very early in the season (literally episode 2 for most of the new shows), but that’s how this game of television is played and most don’t get a second, third or fourth chance to survive the ever-daunting chop block. Just like the exec big wigs, I’m a split-decision guy and I’m ready to announce that as of last night’s episode, The Mindy Project is the one to watch.

My original review of the premiere of this puppy was all thumbs up athat one of my favorite characters of the iconic US take on The Office was starting up her own show with her unique brand of 20/30-something female humour. Without re-hashing the themes and motive of the show (again, check out my original article for those deets), I will focus on this newest episode as post pilot we get a slightly less boy-crazy and desperate Mindy with a bit more wit and backbone which is heavily welcomed, offering us a protagonist with a relatable perspective and purpose. She is the smart, sassy everywoman of today. And, she’s f-ing hilarious as hell while being her.

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‘Last Resort’ Premiere: Sexy or Sucky?

In: Adam, TV Shows

First off, sorry for that abortion of a title: best friend Patrick is the pun-er of the group so I’m left with consonance and desperate ploys for attention haha, bear with me. That said, while my lackadaisical word play leaves a lot to be desired, I most definitely have an opinion on this week’s premiere of Last Resort. A strong B+!!

The pilot was early leaked for those with torrents on their tips and in the know and it was most def worth the watch! Airing Thursdays at 8PM on ABC (quite the strong spot though typically one seen by comedies) this hour long modern look at a possible all out nuclear war put forth a bold first episode as shows across the board attempt to grab our attention and get us returning the following week. Donovan has already given a pre-describer of the show in his Fall Line TV Preview article so I’ll super summarize and just say it concerns the crew of a huge naval sub with all the missiles needed to hold the world for ransom and that’s just what they do as their own loved ones and government seem to want them dead. Okay, spoiler over, read on to find out just how sexy Scott Speedman is and who my fave female pic goes to- oh, and of course read my bitchiness about the numerous errors that kept these kids from an A grade.

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