Electronic music came into prominence in the early ’80s and Depeche Mode was the band spearheading the movement. No one could have known at the time, but the band would eventually go on to sell over 100 million albums on their way to becoming the most popular electronic band ever; with forty-eight songs charting on the Singles Charts and No.1 albums in the United States and Europe.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with actor Devin Brochu who stars in the newly released heavy metal-laced dark drama, “Hesher”. Brochu plays TJ a young boy whose mother has died in a tragic accident and whose father has subsequently withdrawn from life. This leaves the door wide open for a chain smoking, heavy metal listening, ne’er do well named Hesher to move right in and turn their lives upside down. With a stellar cast that includes Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt this is a movie well worth checking out. Here’s how the conversation with Brochu went.
Low budget horror movies are a dime a dozen and more often than not disappoint in a big way. I understand it’s very difficult to obtain the “shock an awe” factor on a shoestring budget and honestly most don’t deliver. At first glance, The Puppet Monster Massacre seems to be one of those movies. It’s a horror movie with; well you guessed it, hand puppets as characters. This might seem odd at first, but before you rush to any quick decisions I feel this movie actually works very well. While there’s no real edge-of-your-seat suspense or nail-biting horror, the movie contains tons of puppet gore and lots of witty, clever dialogue.
The Corporate Cut Throat Massacre bills itself as “The Office” meets “American Psycho.” After reading that I was more than intrigued and was anticipating a whole lot more than was delivered. I understand this is an offbeat, “B” movie, but nonetheless I found it to be extremely slow and at times extremely boring – which I think is a shame because the plot line is great.
Shai Hulud guitarist Matthew Fox has been busy touring in support of the band’s latest album, Misanthropy Pure. Recently I hung out with him in Oshawa, Ontario where I got to ask some questions about touring, metalcore and how the writing is going for the next Shai Hulud album.
The title alone intrigued me enough to really want to dig into this documentary about the 1984 death of the eccentric, some would argue iconic, comedian, Andy Kaufman. Most know Kaufman from his work on Saturday Night Live or for his role as Latka in the classic television series, “Taxi,” but Kaufman was also well known for his standup comedy. Kaufman succumbed to lung cancer back in 1984 and as far as I knew, that was the end of the story.
‘Back and Forth’ chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters: from the band’s very first songs created as cassette demos Dave Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana’s drummer, through its ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.