The Mixed Tape

Fears in Film, Pt. 1: Eraserhead by Andy Motz
July 2, 2010, 2:05 am
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The first film I’ll be looking at David Lynch’s surrealist nightmare Eraserhead.  When released in 1977 critics didn’t know what to make of it. It was avant-garde and thoroughly disturbing. However strange it might be Eraserhead makes sense, not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical one. Plain and simple it is a story of a man dealing with manhood a.k.a Lynch’s own fears of what comes with growing up and “becoming a man”.

The protagonist of the story, Henry, is on vacation from his job. He lives not in a world we know, but one of industrialization, shadows, and small shabby spaces.  Throughout the film this strange man deals with meeting the parents of his girlfriend, becoming a father, commitment, and being given major responsibility. All of these are what society equates with man hood. So how does Lynch address his fears?

He addresses them by creating a horrifying nightmare where the normal events listed above are twisted into abnormal creations. For example the baby his girlfriend gives birth to is no ordinary baby. It is a hideous monster, it’s body covered in mummy wraps. Its wails permeate ones eardrums all throughout the night, yet Henry has to take care of it. He has to make sure it is safe even when it gets sick (a truly nasty scene). The fear of meeting the in-laws is no normal dinner, the chicken spews black ozze, the Dad is beyond strange, and the unhealthy mother tries to seduce him. The fear of Henry losing his individual identity because he is a father is beautifully illustrated in a dream sequence where Henry’s own head pops off and the monster baby head replaces his.

It all seems truly hopeless except for the woman in the radiator singing “in heaven everything is fine” as sperm drops onto to stage. This strange woman with enlarged cheeks squishes the sperm. What does this mean? And who is the disfigured man pulling the gears? And what happens in the end? I’m not exactly sure, but that is the beauty of most Lynch films; there are layers to be discovered.

Eraserhead is important because it was Lynch’s first film, a cult film, and it is still a unique viewing experience. Without a doubt one of the creepiest films I have ever watched, the third act will have one squirming in their seat. Yes it’s disgusting, yes it’s dreamlike. However it rings true with every man’s fears and displays them through a twisted yet engaging narrative making Eraserhead unforgettable.


100 Great Villains: Part V by tylercoenrrea
March 30, 2010, 8:24 am
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60. Ray Sinclair (Something Wild) played by Ray Liotta

“I’m glad to see you finally made it to the suburbs, B–TCH!”

59. Christian Szell (Marathon Man) played by Laurence Olivier

“Thus far I find you rather detestable, may I say that without hurting your feelings?”

58. Charlie Meadows (Barton Fink) played by John Goodman

“Sometimes it gets so hot I just want to crawl right out of my skin.”

57. Commodus (Gladiator) played by Joaquin Phoenix

“Am I not merciful?”

56. Kitano Sensai (Battle Royale) played by Takeshi Kitano

“Don’t you forget. Fight for survival and find out if you are worth it.”

55. Judge Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) voiced by Tony Jay

“And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!”

54. Arthur Jenson (Network) played by Ned Beatty

“We no longer live in a world of nations and idealogies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale.”

53. Lt. Hirim Coffey (The Abyss) played by Michael Biehn

“Sniff something? Did ya, rat boy?”

52. Harry Waters (In Bruges) played by Ralph Fiennes

“Did I ask you to be his psychiatrist? No. I asked you to f–king kill him.”

51. Warden Norton (The Shawshank Redemption) played by Bob Gunton

“Salvation lies within.”

Oscars 2010: Best PIcture, Director, and Actor by Nolan Wilson Goff
March 7, 2010, 7:16 pm
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Everyone knows Christoph Waltz is a lock for Best Supporting Actor. But what about the other big awards? Here is YOUR chance to chime in. Ready. Set. Go.

Tyler’s Favorite Films of the Decade by tylercoenrrea
January 1, 2010, 12:52 am
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And what a decade it was.

10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In all honesty the whole trilogy belongs up here as one movie. But just like Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II the second is the best. Here are the three reasons why: Gollum, Helm’s Deep, Sam’s Speech.

9. Wall-E

The best animated film of the decade. Storytelling at it’s greatest and evidence that Pixar is one of the most creative powers in the business. Truly a remarkable film that reminds us we don’t need celebrity voices, crude humor, or pop culture references to reach children.

8. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino lets his love for cinema and bloody chaos rule the screen in an orgy of artful violence and Asian culture. One of the most entertaining films this decade, it’s filmmaking at it’s greatest.

7. The Hurt Locker

The Platoon of the 2000’s, this is the first great film about the Iraq War. No political message, no cliches, just a story about the men who stare death in the face and call it their job.

6. Children of Men

A mesmerizing look at hope in the face of anarchy. Expertly crafted with long takes, Alfonso Cuaron presents to us a science fiction tale strung together with human emotion, enchanting characters, and a world on the brink of destruction.I know it’s said a lot but this is a “one-of-a-kind” film.

5. Elephant

I’m having trouble describing the emotions of how I can praise this film. It’s a haunting portrayal of a high school and its moments leading up to an unsuspected act of violence. The camera gracefully follows a random selection of students and their interactions with each other just as their lives will be shaken by the events. Gus Vant Sant’s boldest and argubly greatest film to date as he doesn’t ask questions about the tragic lives of teenagers but simply shows us the dark abyss from which they cannot escape.

4. Requiem For A Dream

Hey kids, you don’t wanna do drugs. But don’t take my word for it, just ask Mr. Aronofsky here, in fact he’s got a little film he would like to show you. It will numb your senses, and take all your fears and trials and shove them into a pit of acid. Then it will make you watch the lives of these four individuals as they deteriorate into worthless, meaningless experiences. You’ll cry. Believe me, you will cry.

3. Slumdog Millionaire

There is nothing wrong with this movie. Everything is perfect about it and it will be remembered for years to come.

2. No Country For Old Men

Upon first seeing this film I had no idea what to think of it. This was unlike any Coen brother movie they had ever made so I was confused. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. Tommy Lee Jones’ apocalyptic words stayed in my head for days, and soon I began to realize I loved this film. Dark, disturbing, and nodding its head at hopelessness, the Coen brothers have not topped themselves yet. A movie that will stay in your mind forever and that’s what makes it great.

1. Oldboy

If you have not seen this film do yourself a favor and see it as soon as possible. Asian filmmaking is strongly generated by their powerful and creative storytelling. Oldboy is proof of that. A twisted tale of revenge that would have been a disaster in the hands of an American director (we’re looking at you Spielberg). Everything about Chan-wook Park’s masterpiece is brilliant, from the brutality to the emotinally wrecking plot. Beautifully shot and perfectly acted, this is a film that is years ahead of it’s time. It will be studied for years to come and if you can stomach the dark places it descends you will experience a film like no other.

Honorable Mentions:

Gangs of New York

The Dark Knight

The Fall

The 25th Hour

There Will Be Blood

Cast Away

Best In Show


Inglorious Basterds

– Tyler Correa

James Cameron’s Avatar coming this Friday. by Nolan Wilson Goff
December 16, 2009, 2:20 am
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So the hype is big. Even, dare I say it, Titanic big. Already receiving some Golden Globe nominations today, Avatar is arguably the most hyped film of all time. It’s been years since a Cameron film has graced the screen, and the world has been waiting. Armed with new technology, and $400 million dollars, James Cameron will present his masterpiece this Friday.

So how are you feeling about the hype? Chime in below.