August 31st, 2007

And It Clears Up Pimples

Thursday Night

Me up with The Dirty Baker in order to go to The Vert Anglais to see The Waves

We talked with them for a while.

"I like bands that are not popular in France," the guitarist said. "Do you know Rush and Pantera."

"Yes," I said, "Yes I do."

"Who do you think is cooler, Mustaine or Hetfield," the singer asked.

"Hetfield I said, "Did you see Some Kind of Monster."

"Yeah, Mustaine cried like a baby," the guitarist said. "What about Marillion?"

"They were better without Fish," The Dirty Baker commented. "What about Iron Maiden?"

"Great for their time," the Guitarist said. "For now, Anthrax is better."

As they went up to play the Dirty Baker commented, "Isn't it nice to find people who speak our musical langauge?"

They did an awesome set and even let me, Nick the Greek and The Dirty Baker handle the vocals on "You Shook Me All Night Long."

In general they play a mix of classic rock (Beatles, Brian Eno Era U2) and then throw in some harder stuff as the night gets later.

If you ever end up in Montpellier on a Thursday night, I highly reccomend stopping by the Vert Anglais to check them out. If you get there between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. beer is half price.

Rob Zombie's Halloween Review

Really, the only question that mattters when you are talking about a film called "Halloween" is "Is it scary?"

Oh, yes, baby. This film is fucking scary.

Just not in the way you might be expecting.

Rob Zombie is a smart dude and it seems like he understood that simply trying to remake Halloween would be a waste of time. The original film is just too good at what it does.

So, he completely reinterprets instead.

This time around Michael Meyers is the victim and you are on his side. He's a poor kid growing up in a rich neighborhood. He's an artist type and the jocks hate him. He gets made fun of and beaten up at school. His parents are abusive. He's that one kid that no one seems to like.

School psychologists try to help but they are useless. Eventually he's not only let down by his own family but also by his doctor and the health care system in general.

Then, he snaps. And he decides to fight back against the middle class suburban system that has been tormenting him his entire life.

And, by this point, you are on his side. Yes, he's a violent homicidal psychopath, but Rob Zombie makes him a sympathetic homicidal psychopath.

That's scarier than anything involving blood, guts or knives.

As to whether or not this will play well in America I have no idea. Is the mainstream ready for a film that argues that suburbia is violence and needs to be destroyed? Can they handle a film that suggests that the kids at Columbine had a point? Do people want to see a celebration of mass murder?

I don't know.

It will be interesting to find out.