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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Starts July 31st on Netflix

I never went to sleep away camp. This was a source for much consternation since I was a fan of the summer camp oeuvre such as Meatballs, Dirty Dancing, and, uh, every horror movie ever made. Adding to my chagrin was the fact that I spent my summers split between grandparents in southern California and New Jersey, the latter being a place where all children apparently are sent away to frolic in the bucolic countryside.

Suffice it to say, I loved Wet Hot American Summer and am anxiously awaiting its Netflix exclusive prequel series, which will start streaming on July 31st. Who doesn't want to see Paul Rudd in copious denim and Christopher Meloni with feathered hair? They're making the memories I never had. Which, in retrospect, was probably a pretty good thing.

From co-creators Michael Showalter and David Wain, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp is the prequel series to their 2001 film that became a cult phenomenon. While the film took place on the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, the series takes place on the first day of camp, back in 1981. The series consists of eight half-hour episodes.

All of your favorite counselors and camp staff are back including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, AD Miles, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter, along with some new famous faces.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The best summer of your life starts July 31 at 12:01am PT only on Netflix.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Rose McGowan's Directorial Debut DAWN Streaming Free on YouTube

It's no surprise that Rose McGowan's first turn behind the camera is both quirky and menacing. As an actress, she has always embraced the offbeat, toying with cliches of youthful innocence and sinister violence.

Dawn starts off as a picture postcard from an era that is often romanticized. The cars are cool, the furniture is even cooler, and the churchy parents are definitely uncool. But what starts off as a giddy teen romance quickly denigrates into something more perverse. Remember the first time you read Shirley Jackson's The Lottery in one of those gigantic American literature textbooks? This is the cinematic equivalent. It's not subtle but you get the point:

McGowan is not afraid of throwing stones at people who want to box girls in to conventional stereotypes of morality. Dawn is a victim of her own curiosity as well as the technicolor lifestyle her parents have created for their suburban family, where girls should be seen but not in a certain light.

Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan's breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl's budding sexuality and one's desire to experience the unknown. Dawn (Tara Barr) is a quiet young teenager living in Kennedy era America who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. When she strikes up an innocent flirtation with the boy who works at her local gas station (Reiley McClendon), she thinks that he is perhaps the answer to her teenage dreams. Though when she invites the boy and his friends into her otherwise cloistered world, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style

So good. I love this so much. Makes me want to play guitar. And I really, really suck at guitar.