Confessions of a Film Junkie: 5 More Actual Confessions of a Film Junkie
By: Brian Cotnoir
Well it’s about that time again. Time for me to share some things with you my loyal audience. Here are 5 MORE Actual Confessions of a Film Junkie.
1.) I also do film reviews for another blog
Early in 2013 my friend Zee, who some of you may remember co-wrote the “Moth Diaries” review, invited me to join a new blog that she started on blogger called “Asylum for Nerds”. Asylum for Nerds is a blog site where we review films, television, music, video games, and pretty much anything Nerd related. However, unlike “Confessions of a Film Junkie” I don’t limit my film reviews to just straight to DVD horror. On Asylum for Nerds I’ve reviewed all types of films and I’ve even branched out to writing a couple music reviews. So if you’re a fan of “Confessions of a Film Junkie” please be sure to check out and subscribe to “Asylum for Nerds”. Just click the link below.
2.) I can’t watch eye gouging scenes in films.
I don’t know why, but whenever I watch a film and there’s an eye gouging scene, I have to cover my face and look away from the screen. I have no idea why. I just feel so uncomfortable and disgusted during eye gouging scenes. When I watch a film and see a drill bit or a needle getting stuck too close to a person’s eye I will always look away and cover my own eyes so I don’t have to watch it. These are the only types of scenes I cannot watch in film, and what sucks is that there are eye gouging scenes in two of my favorite films “Repo: the Genetic Opera” and “Lockout”. Am I the only one who doesn’t like these scenes in films or are their others?
3.) I’ve had two film reviews banned by blogger because the content of the film was “too vulgar”.
Long before I discovered my niche of reviewing straight to DVD Horror films, I’d pretty much review any film I saw; comedies, dramas, horror, action, musicals, independents, I reviewed many different types of films when I first started this blog. However, I did have one film get taken down by the people on Google/Blogger for being “too vulgar”. The film I reviewed was a 2010 Italian Romance/Drama called “Room in Rome”, and in my review I just basically ranted for 2 ½ pages about how all it was “Porn with a plot and a budget”. I didn’t even include pictures in the review because I couldn’t find any on-line that didn’t contain full frontal nudity. Yet, a day after I posted the review, I went on the site and saw that my review had been erased. I was confused, so I re-uploaded the review and it was removed once again. I became frustrated and sent an e-mail to Google/blogger, and that day they sent me an e-mail explaining to me that they removed my review because it violated the content policy and said it was “too vulgar” and that I made numerous references to pornographic images and used strong sexual language so that’s why I got removed. I’m not mad anymore that my review was taken down because it was my own fault for not reading the content policy or terms & agreements when it came to posting my reviews on the site. I did manage to upload the review on another website, so if you’re really interested in reading my review on “Room in Rome” you can click the link below.
*Most Recently they have also banned my “Retrospect on A Serbian Film” for being "too vulgar" and "too graphic"
4.) “Dark Crystal” scared me so much as a kid that I had to sleep with my lights on until I was almost in the 6th Grade.
Some of you may remember me mentioning in my “5 Scariest Moments in children’s films that you probably never realized were too scary for kids” review that the film “Dark Crystal” scared me as a kid, but I didn’t really talk about how badly this film scared me as a kid. I saw this film for the first time when I was 8-years-old, and I was terrified of it. Those puppets were freaky looking and the story was very dark—even for a children’s film. The scene that scared me the most of all was one Chamberlin lost the battle to become the new emperor of the Skesis and the new Emperor had the other members tear off his uniform and cast him out. The reason why I found this so scary was because as a kid, I thought the Skesis killed him by ripping him a part. Those images on the screen gave me nightmares for a long time and I couldn’t sleep in the dark anymore. I slept with my closet light on until a few weeks before I started the 6th grade. My parents were concerned that if I needed to get over my fear of the dark quickly since they didn’t want me to still be afraid of the dark since I was going to be a teenager soon. My mom bought those plastic glow and the dark stars and put a bunch of them on my ceiling, and even though they weren’t super bright they helped a lot and I eventually stopped being afraid of the dark.
|How I felt being forced to watch it!|
Another funny story I have about “Dark Crystal” is that when I was in college, my friends and I were watching “Labyrinth” and then they asked me if I wanted to watch “Dark Crystal” next and I stood up and told them no way in hell because of how much that film scared me as kid. Well a few months later they went full on “Clockwork Orange” on my behind and held me down against my will and forced me to watch “Dark Crystal”. The first 20 minutes I thought I was going to have a panic attack, but I didn’t and after making it through the whole film for the first time in 11 years, I felt really stupid, but at the same time I must thank my friends who helping my get over my stupid fear.
5.) I once acted in a film that was written by Miss-E.
|Quite, the awesome cast!|
Yep, it’s true. Many of you may know Miss-E as the writer for Confessions of a Film Junkie: “Classics”, but like me she is an amateur screenwriter as well. When we were attending Lasell College she wrote a script called “Through Enemy Eyes” that was loosely based off of actual events that happened at our school in the 1940’s. She showed her screenplay to one of our Professors and they were so impressed with her work that they managed to get her some funding to make an abridged version of the film. So she recruited me and few more of our friends to star in the film. Miss-E was the star—of course—since it was her screen play, but many of us had to take on dual roles because we couldn’t find enough people who wanted to be a part of the film. I had to play two different parts in the film because the director did not want to cast a woman dressed as a boy for the role. So I had to play a Boston Detective and a German Resistance leader. The film making process was “hellish”. We really didn’t know what we were doing, and I was stressed out a lot when we were filming and did a very crappy job as the Boston Detective, but when we all got together to watch the film for the first time, I was very impressed and enjoyed myself thoroughly. So if you are interested, please click on the video(s) below and watch our film. It’s not very long; I promise.
Hey, This Handsome Gent Looks familiar ;)