“If there is no one there to hear the falling rain in the garden, what sound does it make?” “If there’s nothing, it could be anything.” This is Etta’s response to a philosophical question pertaining to the manipulation and dangers experienced from sound– a concept that is deviantly explored in Shudder’s upcoming series, Deadwax. Inspired by the Satanic Panic of the ‘70s where people demonized backmasking, a technique for playing the record backwards to reveal hidden messages, Shudder provides its own spin that will make audiences want to turn the volume way up. Read More »
(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Netflix’s new serial killer drama Mindhunter.)
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” -William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
The term “serial killer” is a relatively new invention. Yes, people have committed multiple murderers throughout history, but no one began to really classify, or even begin to try to understand, these types of violent crimes until the the 1970s. You may not be familiar with the name John Douglas, but I guarantee you are familiar with his work. From Douglas sprang the very concept of criminal profiling. His work has served as the inspiration for a steady stream of movies and TV shows. The character of FBI agent Jack Crawford, played most prominently by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs and Laurence Fishburne on the TV series Hannibal, was based directly on Douglas.
Now, the early days of Douglas’ career are given the full dramatization treatment with Mindhunter, a new Netflix series created by playwright Joe Penhall, with David Fincher and Charlize Theron both serving as executive producers. With Mindhunter, Netflix has produced their best show in recent memory, and arguably one of the best shows in their ever-growing catalogue.
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Factory 25 has released the trailer for Christmas, Again, the romantic indie drama which played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I wasn’t able to catch this movie while I was in Park City, but the film got some favorable reviews and is headed for MoMA in New York City on December 3rd and Los Angeles on Friday, December 11th 2015 before hitting iTunes and select digital and cable platforms. The film tells the story of a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman who “returns to New York City hoping to put his past behind him” but “living in a trailer and working the night shift, he begins to spiral downwards until the saving of a mysterious woman and some colorful customers rescue him from self-destruction.” Hit the jump to check out the Christmas Again trailer now.
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