I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

TODAY IN NETWORK AWESOME MAGAZINE


by Lindsay Long
Dec. 21, 2014

An apt title for this Canadian cult classic that will leave you scratching your head harder than banging it…

When the heavy metal band Tritonz, fronted by John Triton (‘legendary rock warrior’ Jon Mikl Thor), move in a secluded farmhouse to record new tracks, the group get more than they bargain for when evil is resurrected and culminates into an epic battle between Heaven and Hell. Filmed in Canada because “that’s where it’s happening man” the movie was partially written and produced by Vancouver native Jon Mikl Thor himself. A pioneer of muscle rock, Thor achieved success as a professional bodybuilder before fronting a heavy metal band of his own namesake throughout the seventies. A starring role in 1986’s Zombie Nightmare prompted Thor to expand beyond his musical talents and showcase more of his acting and writing skills. Alternately titled The Edge of Hell, the film was directed by John Fasano in 1987. Fasano was a fellow actor in Zombie Nightmare, a serious weapon enthusiast, and notable horror mask designer. Filmed over the course of one week on a skimpy $50,000 budget, the movie achieved a straight to video release and subsequent cult status...

Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”

by Joe DeMartino
Dec. 9, 2014

Hannah Arendt smokes throughout her hour-long interview on Zur Person, and this dates it more than almost any other aspect of the whole thing. Her interviewer smokes as well. Smoking indicates a certain discursive climate, a kind of expansive relaxation one would expect from a mid-20th century intellectual. It’s also weird to see a casual smoker on television when we’ve successfully banished them to the alleyways outside bars, but that’s another matter entirely.

 

She stares at her nails while answering one question and pauses for five seconds before answering another. She speaks in full paragraphs and doesn’t restrict her answers to anything quotable or viral. The camera focuses on her almost entirely -- the only cuts are to different angles. There’s no sense of forced combativeness or point-scoring -- just an attempt at an understanding.

Which is to say, watching it in 2014, it’s super weird... 

Joe DeMartino is a Connecticut-based writer who grew up wanting to be Ted Williams, but you would not BELIEVE how hard it is to hit a baseball, so he gave that up because he writes words OK. He talks about exploding suns, video games, karaoke, and other cool shit at his blog. He can be emailed at jddemartino@gmail.com and tweeted at @thetoycannon. He writes about sports elsewhere. The sports sells better.


by Brian Correia
Dec. 7, 2014

In the eponymous book that accompanied the release of Slacker in 1992, director Richard Linklater helped to describe his first major film with a staggering quote from Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces: "The moment of true poetry that brings all the unsettled debts of history back into play... a near absolute loathing of one's time and place... a voice of teeth ground down to points... the note held until disgust turns into glee." Marcus may have written this about the punk movement, but Linklater’s was right on the money to include it. For one thing, Slacker is a punk song of a film – plotless and made with untrained actors on a shoestring budget. The passage, particularly that last part about disgust-glee, sums up Slacker perfectly.

Richard Linklater has lived in Texas for his entire life. He was born in Houston in 1960, went to Sam Houston State University, dropped out, and moved to Austin. He spent his early days there working odd jobs, “reading and eating Hershey's Kisses,” and presumably occupying himself with thoughts and activities not too far removed from those of the oddballs in Slacker. Linklater claims he was “completely oblivious to the fact that anyone of [his] generation might or could be doing anything.” It was a fateful Dead Kennedys concert, according to Linklater himself, that inspired him to do something. Having become increasingly interested in film, he picked up a camera. He has not put it down yet.

Punk is as appropriate a touchstone as any for Slacker -- the film has also been likened to those of the hippie era and is a painfully evident product of the early nineties. But its DIY spirit is nothing if not a...
Brian Correia is a budding computer scientist and aspiring writer from Boston, Massachusetts who couldn't decide which hip-hop lyric to put in his byline. The top three, in no particular order, were as follows: “cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce,” “spiced out Calvin Coolidge loungin' with six duelers,” and “I got techniques drippin' out my buttcheeks.” He is on Twitter (@brianmcorreia) and Tumblr (brianmcorreia.tumblr.com) like the rest of the kids.

by Nicholas Shapiro
Dec. 7, 2014
Before Sunrise, above all things considered, is a love letter. It’s a love letter addressed to those who keep romanticized ideals of that four letter word at heart’s length. It restores hope to the hopeless romantics who believe the golden age of love was but a half century ago. A modern love story for modern lovers, Before Sunrise is Richard Linklater’s intoxicating, dialogue-driven romance that transcends sentimentality in favor of something more believable, something with soul and something contemporary despite being released nearly 20 years ago...
My name is Nicholas Craig Shapiro, I'm 22 from New York, New York and I just graduated from SUNY Purchase. I'm currently a janitor/pool attendant/freelance writer/single woman trying really hard to keep busy for on the off chance that I'm not, I will get bored and explode into glitter. I maintain a twitter and that's about it https://twitter.com/glennfeathers

by Timothy Misir
Dec. 5, 2014

In film parlance, an anthology or portmanteau film is made up of several short vignettes or chapters with their own plot lines. "Tales of Manhattan,” by the then-exiled French director Julien Duvivier (his country was occupied by Nazi Germany) a 1942 Hollywood comedy is such a film — a multi-story narrative with an all-star cast made up of six interconnected short stories.

Anthology films work in many ways: Jim Jarmusch’s "Night on Earth" (1993) puts together five separate stories only sharing the same premise: taxi drivers and their interactions with passengers in different cities around the globe, while in Robert Altman’s "Short Cuts" (1993) nine short stories happen in parallel and are interwoven with loose points of connection...

Timothy Misir is a Russia-based Singaporean writer and researcher in urban planning and architecture. He is currently working at The Moscow Times where he is a copy editor and writes for the arts section. He can be contacted at tim.misir@gmail.com.