Brief Review: Beyond The Gates

 

When you watch the trailer you are definitely intrigued by the ode to the  80s and games like Atmosfear and Nightmare. Beyond the Gates cast is lead by preeminent Scream Queen Barbara Crampton and it has a lot of potential to be a highly entertaining film. However, it falls flat. The casting and acting are fine. The sequence of events in the plot flow. However, there are issues that slay the potential of this movie. Those issues are character development and actualization of events.

You are given some basics about the characters – mostly the central character. However, you are not given enough to really care about any of the characters. Honestly, I view myself as highly empathetic, but I felt nothing for these characters. I just wasn’t invested in them and you probably won’t be either.

The events of the film follow a logical path. However, there are only a few scenes which deliver moments that are scary. One particular scene gave me the feeling I had watching “It Follows.” I was sad when the film couldn’t continue this feeling. There wasn’t enough foreshadowing and the actual “beyond the gates” was a snore.

There were moments I liked, but the most consistent think I liked is how freaking creepy Barbara Crampton was. She made the film bearable. It’s a good try, and I have seen some bad horror films or rather misunderstood films. It’s worth a watch but not worth making part of your movie collection.

3 Bloody Fistpumps out of 5

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Chillhop

I have a very deep love affair with KPop. I have been hooked since 1997 and it hasn’t let go. When I come for air, I try to explore other genres and lately Chillhop has been on the menu. Those frosty melodies and brain freezing bursts of bass, cymbal, and brass just make for a delicious eargasm.

History

Chillhop is often mistaken for Jazz Rap and Trip Hop. However, it’s roots are in Neo Soul and Electronica. According to Wikipedia, the BPM (beats per minute) of Chillhop usually varies from 85 to 95 BPM. Thus, it isn’t as slow as the languid Trip Hop of Tricky but is slower than the jazzy rhymes of Digable Planets.

There are many in this genre that site Japanese musician Nujabes as the father of Chillhop. He was influenced by 1980s Jazz Rap and began creating his own beats circa 1996. He is most recognized along with other similar artists such as Fat Jon for the music in the anime series – Samurai Champloo (2004). Eventually, Adult Swim broadcasted the series and began using Chillhop music in their bumps between programming and commercials.

Sadly, Nujabes left this world on February 26, 2010 (Age 36) due to a car accident in Tokyo. Nujabes is actually an anagram of his real name Jon Seba. Nujabes collaborated with other Japanese artists such as Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 (with whom he created the critically acclaimed “Luv(sic)” hexalogy), Minmi, and was also involved with America’s underground hip hop scene through collaboration with CYNE, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, and Terry Callier. He released three studio albums (Metaphorical Music in 2003, Modal Soul in 2005, and Spiritual State, released posthumously in 2011) and two collection compilations (Hydeout Productions 1st Collection in 2003 and 2nd Collection in 2007) (Wikipedia).

A hexalogy (from Greek ἑξα- hexa, “six” and -λογία -logia, “discourse”) is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert’s Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Nujabes influenced individuals around the world. It was not shocking to see the numerous tributes released in his honor.

After Nujabes

Chillhop still shines brightly and the genre is full of a wide array of choices.

Ghost Data

 

In Love With A Ghost

 

Tomppabeats

 

Esbe

Back To Life

Sometimes you have good intentions and then things just don’t fall in the place. This is the sad history of this blog. I got disillusioned and gave up on it. It was always in the back of my mind. After some some jostling of bugs out the ear and an unscrambling of brain matter, I have decided to dust of the cobwebs and start blogging again. I am not going to make any promises. I am just going to say, hope you stop by now and again for a bit of news and conversation. Ciao!

{Film Review} Tokyo Fiancee (Spoilers)

Tokyo Fiancee on Netflix is film about a young Belgian girl with a love affair for Japan. However, during the course of her stay in Japan, she attempts to learn more about herself and what she wants out of life.
She tries to adapt to Japan but finds herself lost and searching for something. She tries to find it through a relationship and through foraging in nature. Ultimately, she leaves because I believe the bubble around her (her fantasy of Japan) is pricked and pricked by realty. It forces her towards the question of can she change but we are kind of left with her quietly and sadly fleeing Japan for Belgium not knowing whether or not she understands things fully or where she wants to go. It’s an unsettling feeling and sad.
87019fb492fe6f03c3bdb29cf2ffb6eb_500x735I loved the existential crisis going on and the bright, understated sexuality the leading actress brought although I have to say the intimate scenes were awkward but I think the point of her acting was to make you feel her awkward and unassured feelings about what she had involved herself in. The lead Japanese actor was good but his character kind of ends up making her into a fetish.His parents, in particular Rinri’s mother, came off as weird and caricatures. I felt that was kind of creepy, and I wasn’t sure what to think about it. His reluctance to really try and make her stay made me wonder did he recognize her indecision and allow the situation offered by the events of Fukushima as an out that didn’t embarrass either of them, or did he not really care about her as one would hope in a relationship and she simply was a fetish to him. There are a lot of unanswered questions.