To Kill a Mockingbird

I read To Kill a Mockingbird months ago for the first time, and really enjoyed it, so I was glad to see the movie earlier this week. First of all, I want to say that the actors were really good. Even the kids…most of the time child actors are not so good. Based on the novel by Harper Lee, the story takes place in the South during the Depression. Atticus Finch is a lawyer who gets the case of Tom Robinson, who has been charged with rape. What follows is a great story about a man trying to protect his children from prejudice and teach them right from wrong, all while trying to get Robinson set free. It sounds serious, and it is, but there is also some humor.

Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine

This week, I am talking about two series movies, both documentaries by Michael Moore. I only recently watched his films for the first time. The main reason I like Moore’s films is the fact that he does what everyone else is scared to do: ask questions. He isn’t scared. He gets to the core of things and tries to figure them out.

First, I am going to talk about Bowling for Columbine. As you can tell by the title, it focuses on the terrible shootings at CHS on April 20, 1999. Moore interviews Charlton Heston (whom I think is an asshole), goes to Kmart to ask them to stop selling ammo with two of the victims, Richard Castaldo and Mark Taylor,and tries to figure out why America is pretty much the most violent country in the world. That’s not all. He goes to Canada where people leave their doors unlocked, even though there are about 7 million guns in Canada. Moore says he has three locks on his door. He even returns to Denver and gives a speech at the University. Michael Moore’s movies will definitely piss you off, but not because they’re bad or anything. It’s because he shows the truth of what politicians get away with…it’s because he shows how if “President” Bush would’ve read a certain security report, 9/11 might not have happened…and it will make Columbine victims’ parents outraged because Moore tells us that the police waited for hours outside while Harris and Klebold killed their classmates because they “didn’t want to get shot”. Numerous lives could have been saved.

Fahrenheit 9/11 focuses mostly on September 11th and Bush’s secret friendship with the Bin Laden family. It is still a really good film though. It’s sad to know that Bush was too busy playing golf or some other important thing to read the security report in August of 2001. The report said that there was going to be an attack on the United States. Eleven other countries informed the United States that there would be an attack, but did the government listen? After the attack, planes were grounded, except for one plane carrying relatives of the terrorists. I really enjoyed both of these movies, although they are sad (seeing the victims and their families). They are eye-opening and show what the government don’t want you to know.

To the victims of both attacks, may you all rest in peace.

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Joey and I watched this the other day. I haven’t heard a lot of songs by The Ramones, but it was a really good movie. The music was good, and there were some pretty cool looking outfits in it. P.J. Soles plays Riff Randell, a Ramones-loving high school student who just wants to rock out all the time. She finally meets them and even becomes an honorary Ramone. The Ramones help her take over Vince Lombardi High School and get rid of the new principal, Miss Togar. This is just one of those old fun movies, and I guarantee you’ll find yourself tapping your foot to the beat of the music.

Ghoulish Gary

The other day, I got an email from Rue Morgue magazine. In it, there was something about Gary Pullin, the art director for their magazine. They were talking about his artwork, so I decided to check his site out. He’s been drawing since the age of six, after a priest gave him his first set of markers. I saved a bunch of the pictures of his works because they are so neat. He basically does illustrations and such of horror films and other horror-related things. If you are a fan of the genre, you will enjoy his works. They are full of color and movie history, and are fun to look at.

 

*pictures taken from GhoulishGary.com