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I saw Stephen King's The Mist yesterday evening. Overall, despite the actual dangers in that fictional world, the film's overall theme was the same as that of The Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." Disrupt people's routines, scare the shit out of them, watch them kill each other. Lather, rinse, repeat.

One scene in The Mist particularly sticks out. Five characters, adrift in the post-apocalyptic world, collectively decide there is no hope and that the best course of action would be for all of them to commit suicide. The only problem is that the gun they have with them only has four bullets.

Chalk this up to being another payment on my one-way ticket to hell but when I saw this scene I thought, "low on bullets? No problem," the reason being that I was reminded of an episode of Red Dwarf. In the episode "Back to Reality" (from the fifth series of that programme), the four main characters in a fit of squid-induced despair decide to commit suicide. They faced the same problem that our characters in The Mist did: low ammunition. In the case of Red Dwarf it was four people and only one bullet, rather than merely being one bullet shot of everyone being able to die with their own bullet. No problem for the intrepid crew of the Dwarf: they just put their four heads together so the bullet could go "right on down the line."

Too bad Stephen King never watched Red Dwarf.

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Next month, modern muck-raker and rabble-rouser Michael Moore comes out with a new film:

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When The Oaks Theater decided to end their tradition of showing A Clockwork Orange every year as part of their annual "Midnight Matinee" series, I was disappointed. Worse though was that they opted instead for showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show every month, effectively trading a unique tradition for something that has become commonplace for moviehouses in cities across the nation.

Fortunately, it seems we have one more chance to catch A Clockwork Orange on the big screen. At 7:00PM on January 15th, A Clockwork Orange will be shown at The Melwood Screening Room. Fancy a viddie at the sinny, me droogs?

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Going to a movie theatre is a rare experience for me anymore. Not that I mind, seeing as how most of society seems now to consist of uncultured schmucks who do not grasp the concept of turning off one's cell phone or speaking only in whispers at a public screening. In any case, much has been said about Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker, and it is impressive the way he channels one of comic book history's most maniacally demented characters. However, I couldn't help but keep looking at the makeup job done for Harvey Dent (aka: TwoFace) post-mutilation. While I seriously doubt anyone could survive with that much viscera exposed (or if they could, be as functional as TwoFace manages to be), the makeup job done on Aaron Eckhart is seriously compelling. I couldn't take my eyes off it.

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My friend Rick, whom I met in college, has just posted a trailer for a film directed by his wife, Jesseca Trainham-Snyder. Illusion of Joy fans already know about Jesseca - her artwork adorns the cover of Division.

The trailer for *evermore:

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Every summer, The Oaks Theater in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (about twenty minutes North-east of Pittsburgh via State Route 28), shows a series of "midnight movies." There are two showings for each film: Saturday night at midnight and Sunday night at 10:00PM. They have just recently posted this years schedule:

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So, what is wrong with this picture? If you said, "hey - where's the annual showing of A Clockwork Orange this year," then you win one in the yarbles (if you've got any yarbles). This year, it looks like The Oaks has tossed aside Stanley Kubrik in favour of bringing out the freaks every last Friday of the month (as detailed on their website) for Rocky Horror...just like every other midnight movie theatre in every other major metropolitan area in the country does. Frankly, I'm disappointed.


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