Saturday, May 27 was a perfect day for metal fans in Orange County, California. It was Day 2 of Glen Danzig’s “Blackest of the Black” festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado Canyon. While this location may sound remote, it’s next to Irvine Lake and right around the corner from the City of Orange. The weather was beautiful, there were grassy, shady areas to sit, and two stages of non-stop crushing metal. There was a great mix of musical styles to offer something for everyone and each band was in top form.
By: Sean McLaughlin
As a general rule, I despise remakes. To me, it just shows Hollywood’s overall lack of originality and utter contempt for its audiences, and breeds nothing but laziness. Sure, there have been a few exceptions (such as last year’s Evil Dead movie), but the many ruin it for the few. Remaking movies that are already done well is unnecessary, and a slap in the face of the original director’s entire career. However, I’ve also held the belief that there are a handful of movies that are considered “good”, but if done right could’ve been great (Westworld, comes to mind). The Museum of Wonders, an Italian art film from director Domiziano Cristopharo, attempts to remake (or rather, re-imagine) 1932’s Tod Browning cult-classic Freaks. It is a faithful remake right down to the cast of characters, modernizing the post-silent era film with dashes of art-house pizzazz and tattoo shop swagger. read more