Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Solace Of Requiem’s Jeff Sumrell

Check out these classics, from horror to action flicks to thrillers

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After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch — one of our newest writers — contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column from Jeff Sumrell — composer, bassist and vocalist for Solace Of Requiem.

“Dawn Of The Dead” (1978)
George A. Romero’s timeless classic is not only worth mentioning from a horror perspective, but also from a cultural one. There is no doubt that “zombies” have become as big a part of America as apple pie. All thanks to the father of the modern zombie horror genre. “Dawn Of The Dead” shows Romero at his very best.

The movie looks old and the special effects are terrible from a modern perspective, but the plausibility of the story, mixed with a realistic tone, make for one hell of a horror film. This movie was responsible for bringing zombies into the lives of an entire generation and deserves to be respected as such. Looking past some of the dated effects of the film reveals a truly timeless masterpiece. This movie is a “must watch” for any horror fan.

“Akira” (1988)
“Akira” is a Japanese animated film and was the inspiration for The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 blockbuster, “The Matrix.” Not only is this film entertaining, but it also takes a deeper look at social and political issues that we see on Earth every day.

The film is rather genius with its message and with its presentation. The animation is amazing and the plot of the film is mind-bending. There aren’t so many twists or turns in the plot, but by the end, the story manages to grow into something much bigger than you could have ever imagined. As with all of my favorite movies, there is a nostalgic value to my opinion.

However, nostalgia or not, it would be hard to deny the brilliance of this movie. There is a first time for everything and there is no denying the influence Akira had on future films. This film is a must see for all anime fans, “The Matrix” fans, sci-fi horror fans, stoners and/or for people who like to say “whoa” a lot when watching cool movies.

“The Usual Suspects” (1995)
This is perhaps the best film ever made, in my opinion. Like any good story or joke, timing is everything! And so “The Usual Suspects” is a classic example of when having too many perspectives, angles and time wobbles, all goes horribly right!

Kevin Spacey delivers one of the most brilliant performances of his career and pulls off the most shocking twist of any movie ever made. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and will have you clawing at the arm of the chair for half of the time you’re watching it.

The other half of your time will be spent in a mix of confusion and epiphany, as the plot unravels before your eyes, until you’re ultimately left with your mouth agape, in total shock of the ending sequence of events. If I was stuck on an island and only had 2 films I could bring with me (assuming I had some sort of tropical DVD player), I’d have 2 copies of “The Usual Suspects.” Just in case one got messed up.

This film is for everyone! It is simply a great movie and everyone should be able to appreciate its brilliance. If you only see one film in your life, I recommend it be “The Usual Suspects!”

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