Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Dream Deceivers" available on-line...

To those interested in seeing an excellent documentary direct your web browsers to:

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest

On December 23, 1985, two young men in Reno, Nevada put shotguns to their own heads after drinking and smoking marijuana as they listened to a record by the English rock group Judas Priest. Raymond Belknap shot himself fatally, while the other, James Vance, was grossly disfigured.

Their parents, claiming that subliminal messages in the heavy metal band's songs mesmerized the boys into their bizarre suicide pact, filed suit against CBS Records. Centered around this non jurored trial, DREAM DECEIVERS looks at this tragedy through interviews with Vance - who later died in 1988 from a medication overdose -, his and Belknap's parents, other Reno "metalheads", and members of Judas Priest.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cool Website: Media That Matters Film Festival

THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL includes 16 streaming videos by independent filmmakers committed to changing the world, in 8 minutes or less. This year's festival is titled, Good Food, and consists of videos advocating for a "healthy, sustainable, and delicious future."


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Obit: Jack Palance, 87, one of the heaviest of screen heavies

It's impossible to capture in words the menacing effect Palance was able to exude on-screen. His deepset eyes and tight angular face, even as a younger man, probably got him typecast as a villain early on but his acting made his characters indelible. He's probably best known to today's moviegoers for the role of Curly in City Slickers (1991) and City Slickers II (1994) and for the onstage pushups he peformed in his walk to receive his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the former. The performances worth seeking out are those from his early films including Shane (DVD 300), Panic in the Streets (VHS 2459), and Attack (VHS 5404). He also gives an amusing performance as a film producer in Jean Luc Godard's Contempt (DVD 537).