Anivil Crackers: of Anvil, Ginger Snaps, WrestleMania, and the two Coreys [Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:45:40 +0000]
I've had this post in "draft" mode for months, though there never was any text. As I wait a little while before I have a Sunday night drink (vodka, soda, slice of orange FTW!), I wanted to quickly mention that I saw these two films and really enjoyed them. Interestingly, they are both connected to Canada ... The first is Anvil: The Story of Anvil [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1157605/]. IMAGE: "Anvil poster"[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e8/Anvil_ver2.jpg/220px-Anvil_ver2.jpg] Now, I like heavy metal - at least the pre-90's stuff. It's actually what got me into classical music given that so many 80's metal guitarists were seriously into classical music. So I might be more inclined to watch this than some. But I'd encourage anyone who thinks they are dedicated to something they love to watch this film. These guys are damn dedicated to playing music even though they never got the "success" they seemed poised to achieve. There are funny moments and heart-wrenching ones, too. The relationship between this Canadian band's frontman "Lips" and drumming virtuoso Rob Reiner is really something to behold. For some reason this film reminded me a lot of Beyond the Mat [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218043/], the wrestling documentary, particularly the parts about Jake "The Snake" Roberts [http://www.wwe.com/superstars/jakeroberts] (which had to be the inspiration for The Wrestler [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1125849/]). Maybe because both are about people doing what a lot of people might think aren't serious endeavors. But these people are really serious. And they're seriously real. Much more than a lot of people I know who like to think they're smart, unique, etc. when they're just dull and delusional. On to film #2, Ginger Snaps [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210070/]. IMAGE: "Ginger Snaps poster"[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5a/Thegingersnapsfilmposter.jpg/220px-Thegingersnapsfilmposter.jpg] There's a lot of vampire-inspired stuff around these days, so it's nice to see some lyncathropes on film every now and then, too. Both actresses are great in this Canadian gem. Like the Anvil film, this, too, reminded me of another film: The Lost Boys [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093437/] - which, of course, starred the "Coreys [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Coreys]". I guess wherever there are werewolves, there are vampires, eh [http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~cpercy/courses/6362-wright.htm]?