February 24, 2014

The Dog Farm Is Addicted To Porn

     I'm bracing myself for the artificially inflated number of hits I'm expecting based upon the presence of the word porn in the headline.  Made you look, you filthy bastard!  Of course, I suppose the fact that I identified with the porn-addicted Guido in writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt's recent Don Jon (2013) isn't really news.  What is worthy of note is that Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut is assured, thoroughly entertaining, and not nearly as off-putting as one might expect given the hook.  While it's obviously not a genre movie, I felt compelled to share my appreciation here anyway.  Any movie that prompts a reappraisal of co-star Julianne Moore's infamous full-frontal assault in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993) deserves a nod.

     I also wanted to let it be known that posts here at the Dog Farm will likely be few and far between for a while.  My mother has suffered a broken hip, and much of my free time is no longer free.  Please take the opportunity to dig through the archives in the meantime.  Also, I'm looking forward to programming some movies for my buddy Phil at the real life Dog Farm at the end of May.  I'll share more as we get closer to the event.

Harold Ramis 1944-2014
Harold Ramis (1944-2014)
     Lastly, I heard through the Facebook grapevine just an hour or so ago that Harold Ramis, a man who had a hand in just about every classic comedy produced in my lifetime, has passed away at the age of 69.  His legacy will live on for years to come . . . so he's got that going for him, which is nice.  Thank you, Mr. Ramis, for a lifetime of laughs.  Rest in peace.

February 11, 2014

Horror Documentary Alert! Nightmare Factory (2011) Is Now Streaming On Netflix

Nightmare Factory (2011)
      Nightmare Factory (2011) is an inside look at the world of special make-up effects that focuses primarily on the work of KNB EFX Group.  Effects artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, and Howard Berger founded KNB in 1988, and it's now one of the most prolific effects studios in the the world.  The doc is filled with great behind the scenes footage, much of it culled from over 200 hours of material provided to the doc's producers by KNB themselves.  Nightmare Factory is even recent enough to include production footage from the likes of Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D (2010) and AMC's The Walking Dead

      Since it's probably going to be a while before I post the next installment of Noteworthy On Netflix, I decided to share this mini-post alerting everyone to the addition of Nightmare Factory to Netflix streaming.  I stumbled upon it yesterday, and Dog Farm readers know how much I enjoy a good horror doc . . .

     On a related note, the first season of A&E's Bates Motel is now available, as well.  If you missed it initially, now's a good opportunity to catch up before the March 3 premiere of season two. 

February 10, 2014

Horror Pack 2 - Name Your Price, Get Horror, Support Charity - Do It Now!

     HORROR PACK 2 is now available with 2 films, 1 short, 3 albums, and a PC game, plus two mystery titles to be announced later! Right now you can name your price for this pack that includes brotherly conflict in Blood Brothers, a masked maniac in Bloody Pit Of Horror, and severed limbs gaining life in Colony. Also included are albums from electronic acts Ghoulshow and Tommy Creep, plus a release from one man horror punk band The Panic Beats. For the PC gamers, this pack also includes a Desura key for Enola, a fantastic horror adventure game for Windows.

      For a minimum price of only $2.00, you can download just under half the pack, and then for a minimum price of $6.00 you can get the whole thing and gain access to the mystery titles as soon as they are unlocked! A majority of your purchase goes directly to the filmmakers and artists, and a hearty chunk goes to support Child's Play (http://www.childsplaycharity.org/) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://www.eff.org/). 

                                            Name Your Price, Get Horror, Support Charity

Thanks to JD at Blood Sucking Geek for passing along the info!

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