I heard a story many years back that haunted me. It was the kind of thing you hear and it immediately changes the way you look at the world. It was about a very broken woman leaving her husband for another man. The kicker was that the man she was leaving her husband for was not a man she intended to have a relationship with. It was not a man she wanted to fall in love with and have save her. That is silly thinking. It was a man she was going to have kill her. It was not until 2008 until someone decided to take this story and make it into a film. The reality is, we will never truly know what that woman’s real mindset was, but someone made a (somewhat speculative) and engrossing movie out of the story. I will also tell you it is bleak and heart breaking, but feels honest in an area where most movies would fear to tread. This is another messed up movie (that you should watch). This is Downloading Nancy.
Okay, so there was this girl. By the way, anytime, any guy tells you an insane story, and it doesn’t begin like that, he is lying. That is the source of most of the stupid shit men do. To try to impress one (or many) girls. It is often brazen and a bit stupid, but the best of us learn and grow from it (and sort of learn to just be ourselves, eventually). But a guy in his early twenties will do some awfully stupid shit. Like the time I lied myself, who was deathly afraid of heights (and still is) into having to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet to impress a girl. Did I mention that was the first f*cking plane I was ever in? Yeah, that is essential in all this. Afraid of heights, afraid of flights, and I jumped out of a f*cking plane. This story is not being told to make me look cool by the way. As you will slowly figure out, it is an ode to being honest, lest you find yourself in as asinine (yet kind of awesome) a position was in.
My Interview With Lauren Ashley Carter (of Jug Face and The Woman) About Hollywood, Gender, and Cheese
I want you all to practice saying Lauren Ashley Carter’s name now, because we will be speaking it a lot in the future. Having starred alongside Pollyanna McIntosh in The Woman (a good friend of the site), and starred in Jug Face (which many of you know I made my Best Of list for 2013), she is becoming an undeniable rising star in cinema. Thanks to the magical powers of Twitter and her kindness, she agreed to do a back-and-forth with me about some of the movies she has been in, some she plans on being in, and just why she has such a fondness for the horror genre. She also has a fondness for cheese, which I would come to find out later on, and only made me like her more. Sweet, honest, driven, and hilarious, here is my back-and-forth with actress (producer, and cheese connoisseur) Lauren Ashley Carter.
All this article should be is the above photo and the word YES in bold letters. But that would not be that much fun of a read for my REMlins, so we might as well open this wound and play with it a little, shall we? *Coughs and clears throat. There he stood, atop a cliff, with streaks of lightning darting the sky behind him. His jacket was torn open, as the wind whipped it at his back like the cloak of a martyr. All around him, massive stones started falling to Earth, inexplicably. Amid all this, his long locks of black hair hung is his face, just so, like tendrils of ink. Is this the second coming of some shitty, hipster Jesus? Well, as much as they would like you to think so, no. This is the music video for Arms Wide Open by the band Creed. A band so awful, so cheesy, so contrived, I dare to ask: was Creed the worst band of all time? Let’s delve a little further, shall we (even though we all know the answer already).
If you are a horror fan, you sort of become numb to certain types of kills in horror films. A perfect example of that being the (way over used and inaccurate) throat slash. You see it so much, you now see it in OTHER genres. It is just one of those things that happens to horror fans. We begin to tire of seeing the same old thing, and expecting it to get a reaction from us just doesn’t work. But you know what seems to get a reaction from me in horror films no matter how much I see it? When someone gets their achilles heel slashed, scissored, or otherwise maimed in any way. It is one of those kills that always gets a guttural reaction from me. It is as if, in the moments when I see these scenes, I can’t walk. As if someone reached from under my couch with a pair of scissors while I was watching and did the same thing to me that I am seeing on-screen. It is messed up, but I love that it makes such a huge impression on me. With that monologue out-of-the-way, here are five achilles cutting scenes that will make your ankles ache.