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REPO! The Genetic Opera

22 May

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Repo! The Genetic Opera is the latest cult film to emerge from the online streaming market. Released in 2008, writers Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich’s project comes to life under the direction of Darren Lynn Bousman as a horror/sci-fi opera about a twisted corporation supplying organs parts on credit, but if the customer cannot pay, then a Repo man takes it back. The story is told through a string of Goth songs and sung dialogue about greed, addiction, and death, as well as a series of comic book frames to introduce the main characters. For me, it took fifteen minutes to become interested when Shilo Wallace (Alexa Vega) is established as the protagonist. Her solos and duets with her father (Anthony Stewart Head) are great, as well as the talented Sarah Brightman’s signature voice as Blind Mag. The costumes, make-up and dance help hide some poor casting choices. I didn’t join the cult, but I can appreciate an original effort.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B-

Adam’s Grade: C-

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

5 Nov

Joss Whedon has never been afraid to do something that is familiar and do it differently. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a fun script he co-wrote with his brothers Jed and Zack, and actress Maurissa Tancharoen. Originally, released as a web-series, and then on DVD/Blu-ray as a short film features Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, an aspiring villain, who boasts his “evil” work on his blog. He strives to be a part of the “Evil League of Evil”, and desires the affections of Penny (Felicia Day). His rival is a self-centered narcissistic superhero named Captain Hammer(Nathan Fillion).

Dr. Horrible is an amusing musical filled with smart performances, witty writing, goofy characters and catchy songs. This wonderful cult classic is a popular choice on Netflix because of Whedon’s meteoric popularity and growing fan base. The project is only forty minutes long, but this television episode long film leaves audiences hoping for a sequel because  Dr. Horrible is so much fun.
WORD COUNT 160

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: B