Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By The Black Lantern

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After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch 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 loving music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could similarly benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column written by two members of The Black Lantern.

The Black Lantern are a band that talks a lot. One topic of long winded exhaustion is movies. Bassist Russell Crain and drummer Jesse Nason came up with this list of 3 movies you need to check out.

“Moon”
Russell: Best one-man performance movie I’ve ever seen. Sam Rockwell is a rockstar. He pulls you in to the point that you feel like you yourself are stranded on the moon alone and going crazy.

Jesse: Exactly. Sam Rockwell — not enough can be said in praise of this guy. First, watch “Safe Men.” Then all of his other movies. And then “Moon.”

“Strange Brew”
Russell: From the opening frame of the MGM lion burping in place of a roar, you know it’s going to be a good movie. Buddy comedy that’s absolutely ridiculous in plot but so fun to watch. Chock full of one liners and stupidity. I was 9-years-old the first time I saw it and it still stands as one of my favorites.

Jesse: There was a time when one roamed the video store and just chose movies based off of the cover. Us folks in the U.S. of A didn’t have access to SCTV, especially before Comedy Central reran all of the Canadian comedy (side note, “Kids in the Hall” is one of the best shows ever, and The Vacant Lot is the deepest cut of awesome my VCR ever saw).

Anyway, when you saw the cover of “Strange Brew,” you would say “isn’t that the dude from ‘Ghostbusters’ that turned into a dog?” So you rented “Strange Brew” and died. And since VHS tapes were $99 way back then, you kept renting it. This is in the same line of incredible comedy as “The Jerk,” “Police Story,” etc, and it’s about beer. Somebody should let “the guys who brought you Superbad” know how to make a great movie.

“The Prestige”
Jesse: Christopher Nolan makes excellent movies, period. If you only know of him from the Batman movies, which are great, then you missing out. Go back to the beginning and dig in. “The Prestige” was made between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” The tone of the movie is slow and subtle, and the casting is perfect.

Allegedly, Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in reality were embodiments of their on screen characters: Bale was the artist and Jackman was the star. Whether this is true or not, their performances certainly convinced you of their animosity toward each other. Plus, this movie has David Bowie playing the part of Nikolai Tesla. That would be enough to convince me that this movie is fantastic, but there’s a subtle nod to the theme of Tesla vs. Edison. Along those same lines, the idea that the technology those two men created would eventually own humanity is echoed in the lust that consumes Jackman’s character.

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