Movie-wise, a mix of old, recent, and so-new-it's-not-out-yet: 'Deuce Bigalo: Male Gigolo', 'Swingers', 'Plump Fiction', 'Swimming With Sharks', 'Subterano', 'Six-String Samurai', and 'House Of 1,000 Corpses'. The older ones I'm not saying much about, I figure you've seen them by now, or you can on your own initiative, but let's see where we go, shall we?
Deuce Bigalo: Male Gigolo: Still one of the only SNL skits-turned-into-a-movie that was any good.
Swingers: Jon Favreau (who will always be 'Gutter' in "PCU" to me, no matter how suave he makes himself in later flicks) trying to be the hip modern-day Woody Allen. This slice-o'-lifestyle flick is pretty decent, but the 'story' is more of a happening, and just sorta ends at some point...*shrug*. Vince Vaughn's lingo grates on you withing about 10 minutes of the flick, and apparently it is just the way he speaks.
Plump Fiction: Julie Brown, former cute sex-kitten got fat...damn. Still, she's funny, and still attrractive, so what the Hell. This send-up of 'Pulp Fiction', 'Resevoir Dogs', and 'Natural Born Killers' is pretty dopey, and classifies as a stupid film without even trying. Yes, I loved it. No, I don't expect anyone else to like it.
Swimming With Sharks: Man, if you've never seen this one, do so...Kevin Spacey, c'mon! GReat flick about a young, fresh-faced newbie in the land of Hollywood, assisstant to the worst boss...and getting revenge. The end is a beauty. See it, if you haven't...see it again if you have.
Subterano: Australian sci-fi/horror flick about a bunch of people getting caught in a parking garage at night and hunted by killer toys. The effects budget was pretty skimpy, and you can tell where they used it...and where they didn't. The story itself had a lot left unexplained, which alwasy gets to me a little, when it occurs to me that it would have helped. Not a horrible film, but I'm not gonna bother recommending it to you. Apparebtly based on a comic, I'd love to track some issues down and see what the actual story is...anyone know anything about this?
Six-String Samurai: OK, didn't actually watch the DVD, but managed to BUY a copy, which makes me incredibly happy. This movie kicks ass, and I recommend EVERYONE watch it. Slick, campy, wild...fun flick. Trust me on this one, see it...if you can find it.
House of 1,000 Corpses: I know this is why most of you clicked the cut link, so a little more then the rest is here. First off, I gotta shout out to my buds who helped me get copies of the flick: dravengodvamp, karzon, and etherpunk (who's sending a copy complete with soundtrack album!). You guys rock. Now then: As much as I loved this film, it's NOT going to do well in theatres, because I don't think American audiences are going to appreciate it. They are going to expect a gore-fest...which this isn't. They are going to expect a shocking view...which this isn't. It's more creep than horror, more art than gore...it's much more about image than about emotion. It's a beautiful film, and has some really fun stuff (Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding is a scream, and Bill Moseley as Otis steals the show), and Zombie did an excellent job of NOT overpowering the film with his music. Like I said, I really enjoyed it, but it's not going to be for everyone, and I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Ah well, fuck 'em.