“The Universe does not notice or care. All of us are nothing.”
So starts the new short film, The Obliteration of the Chickens, by writer/director Izzy Lee. If you’ve seen her work, that aforementioned quote could be considered a recurrent theme. Or, perhaps a mission statement. However, this new film doesn’t want to freeze a rictus of horror on your face. This time, Izzy Lee wants you to share a sardonic belly laugh while the world burns into a cinder.
Since 2013, Lee has been creating a steady body of genre films that burst with social commentary and are steadfastly uncompromising in their execution. Her horror movies and thrillers comment on the abuse of power in religion and politics, sexual harassment, internet shaming, pedophilia, and cold, hard revenge.
Izzy Lee’s short films distinguish themselves with an admirably tight story structure. The narrative drive of her movies is straightforward and precise, just as it should be in the 10 to 20-minute short film format. Like the first Ramones album, Izzy Lee’s films are all killer, no filler.
Horror is an emotion first and a setting later. It’s the only genre that is directly named after an emotion, and that gives horror a universal appeal. It also makes each person’s experience and interpretation personal.
With Marvel’s New ‘Black Widow’ limited series collection (2018), writers Jen and Sylvia Soska continue the proud comic book tradition of using superheroes to challenge readers to take a closer look at our culture.
Spoiler Alert: the following article contains some plot and thematic details (which I think will make you rush out to read the series).
It’s one of the most iconic and legendary comic book images in history. The moment Captain America’s fist connects with the jaw of Adolph Hitler still elicits a raw emotional response. People remember the image, but very few realize that Hitler was a threat long before Captain America existed. In fact, Captain America was created because of Hitler.
Nothing marks the end of an era more potently than when the icons of that era pass away.
The cold reality is that when horror icons pass away, they rarely get memorialized in mainstream arenas.
So, I wanted to give an “Irish Wake”, a happy send-off for several of the people who passed away over the last few years. The people who gave horror fans their First Kiss. Continue reading “Episode 085- Last Kiss”