The Guest Cast Talks Dark Humor and '80s Nostalgia (Video)

Categories: Film Fanatic

There's no sense denying it: The 1980s was the heyday for horror movies -- the decade even had its very own scream queen (Jamie Lee Curtis, for you '90s babies). Present day thrillers are arguably lagging behind; that is, unless someone brilliantly concocts a film that fits right in with both modern cinema and the original Friday the 13th and Halloween. (Yes, both those films have been shamefully remade in the last decade, so the originality must be noted).

Enter the filmmaking team of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett: one directs and the other writes. Their latest collaboration stars Downton Abbey alum, Dan Stevens, as the world's worst (and creepiest) houseguest in the appropriately titled The Guest.

The film centers on Stevens' character, David, who returns home from war and goes to visit the family of a fellow soldier. What follows is plenty of violence, some mysterious deaths, and a whole lotta '80s music. Everything from the soundtrack, to the close-up shots, to the font used evokes the yearning for that decade.

The starting point for Wingard was essentially a back-to-basics, nostalgic inspiration: "I wanted to do a film that encapsulated sort of why I became a filmmaker to begin with."

See also: Young Stars of The Maze Runner Bring Dystopian Tale to Life

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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

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Christina Mendenhall
Imagine this but drunk.

5. Monterey at Kreepy Tiki
10 p.m., rock show at the Montery Club, 2608 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. $5. Visit Facebook.

So, very recently, the newly revamped bar in Kreepy Tiki Tattoos in Fort Lauderdale started selling liquor. This is big news because nothing goes quite as well with rock and roll as whisky or vodka, or tequila, depending on what subgenre you're rocking out to. Anyway, tonight you can suck down some booze to the sounds of: Hinesight from Texas, West Palm's Amplifier Orgy, FTL's Fantastic 5, and Miami's Fulltime Motherfucker. Get crunk.

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Jacob Jeffries Went Solo, to Brooklyn, and is Heading Home for a Show at Original Fat Cat's

Categories: Interview

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Jacob Jeffries is flying solo these days, sans the "Band." He released an album this past June entitled Neighborhood Nights all by his lonesome. And while he's been living in Brooklyn and is planning on taking the next step West, and heading to Hollywood, he hasn't forgotten his South Florida roots, as is demonstrated by a song title on the album, "Florida Sky."


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Retro Arcade Night Returns to Fort Lauderdale This Saturday with Gaming World Champs

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The men behind the arcades.

To all you retro gamers out there, there's some good news in the horizon; After a year long hiatus, Retro Arcade Night returns this Saturday, September 20, at Arcade Game Sales.

It's the first Arcade Night held at the new location on 279 E. Oakland Park Boulevard with double the space and double the games. Additionally, this will be a particularly auspicious event because, announced earlier in the week, gaming celebrity, and star of the documentary King of Kong, Billy Mitchell, will be in attendance.

We caught up with event host Steve Kleisath, who on July 22, scored 3,784,050 points on the original Mario Brothers game and found himself landing as the second highest ranked Mario Brothers player in the world (as verified by video game world record tracking website Twin Galaxies.) Local music fans may recognize Kleisath as the steady beat-keeper for influential proto-emo group Further Seems Forever, but many may not be familiar with his alter ego as a retro gaming mack daddy. Kleisath has done a stellar job balancing between drum stick and joystick.

See also: Arcade Game Sales' Robert Childs and Further Seems Forever's Steve Kleisath Talk Rick Ross, Galaga, and Their Retro Arcade Night


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MoNique on Getting Healthy, Shaving Again, and Her "Very Adult" Show

Categories: Comedy

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At the start of our interview, I asked MoNique how she was. She answered, "I'm wonderful! How are you?" I nervously replied, "I'm OK." At the end of our conversation, one in which we covered topics like leg shaving and exploring where confidence comes from, she instructed, "My love, if someone else asks you how you're doing, don't say, 'I'm OK...'" So, for the record, I'm doing great today. Mostly, though, it's because I had the chance to speak and laugh with this finest of comedian.

MoNique is bold always. Whether she's talking about farting onstage or acting in an Academy Award-winning role as an abusive mother in Precious, she is intense in all the right ways. Now in her mid-40s, a mother of four, the woman who wrote the book Skinny Women Are Evil is getting into shape by working out and eating right. We spoke with her about this new journey, what she's learned, and why she decided to take it.


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Learn Your Music History with The Front: The Band That Time Forgot, "a No Budget Punk Film"

Categories: About a Book

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Andre Peterson

With the way the current generation of garage rockers ape and fetishize the new wave of punk, the fact that a band like South Florida's the Front never really made it seems just a bit more heartbreaking in 2014.

There are currently labels that fill their rosters with new artists that sound like Pete Shelley's bastard children and make records that could be easily mistaken for dollar bin gems from '79. And while we're certainly not complaining about that, it is serendipitous that the Front's story is finally going to be told at this particular point in time with the debut of the documentary film The Front: The Band That Time Forgot. The trends have finally made it so that the group's tale and music may be fully appreciated by younglings and those that were there alike. People will finally get a proper look at what many consider one of the best bands the area ever spawned.


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Wild Cub Says: "The Last Thing Nashville Needs Is More White GuysPlaying Acoustic Guitars"

Categories: Q&A

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Though based in Nashville, Tennessee, nothing of the electronic indie act Wild Cub reeks of the Grand Ole Opry. The band's excellent first album, Youth, is more Peter Gabriel than Hank Williams, with polished worldly beats rather than confessional crooning.

When New Times spoke with Wild Cub singer Keegan DeWitt, he said that was purely intentional. Eager to stand out from a glut of singer-songwriters, Wild Cub hopes to be an actual band. In a telephone interview well before their upcoming performance at Coral Skies Music Festival, DeWitt shared how his group stands out in their hometown, what musicians influenced him, and how his work scoring films impacted Wild Cub.

See also: Coral Skies Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, and Others

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The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen Asks You to "Listen to the Fucking Songs... My Entire Life Is in the Songs"

Categories: Interview

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The Pretty Reckless currently has a hell of a lot to be happy about. The band's latest album, Going to Hell, has already produced two hit tunes, "Heaven Knows" and "Fucked Up World," and the group just kicked off the second leg of its North American tour.

It's no surprise that Taylor Momsen, who once acted in Gossip Girl, is heading straight to the top. What is surprising is that she's been able to do it with aggressive rock 'n' roll. While most music geared to 21-year-old girls is total "popcorn" pop, as Momsen calls it, she told us she's on a much different musical path.

As for whether we'll be seeing Momsen on the big or little screen again, the answer is, probs not. We found this all out and so much more when speaking with Momsen before the tour brings the Pretty Reckless back to Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live on September 21.


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Torche Turns Ten Years Old at Churchill's Pub This Thursday

Categories: Heads Up

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In 2004, Rick Smith was 19 years old. He was a drummer with a penchant for chaotic hardcore, playing in South Florida outfits like Tyranny of Shaw and Concrete Evidence -- but none tested his mettle quite like Torche.

"Torche changed the way I thought of the term 'heavy'," says Smith. Steve Brooks, seasoned guitarist and singer for the South Florida band, was the force that truly altered Rick's perception of hard tunes. Playing in bands for 10 years before Torche, Brooks had a considerate ear for lone, unassuming riffs that made even the Beatles heavy, if only for a few measures.

He introduced Rick to aktionist, percussion-based tracks from groups like Crash Worship, whose primitive toms brought chills up his teenage spine. Suddenly "heavy" became much more than obvious, abrasive grind, and today, Torche's colorful development epitomizes that subtle weight.


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International Reggae and World Music Awards 2014 Heads to Coral Springs

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Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell, unidentified female friends, Junior Marving, Bob Marley, and Jacob Miller at Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica. March 21, 1980

South Florida is one of the world's great capitals of Caribbean culture, a cosmopolitan region where people of all nations come together to celebrate music with African roots.

That's why the 33rd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards will be held at the Coral Springs Center For the Arts on October 4.

Jamaica's own Ephraim Martin started the enterprise based on a push to do so from none other than Bob Marley and Jacob Miller on a Kingston Airport runway in 1980. Today, it has grown to become one of the most respected shows of its kind in the world. Here's what Martin had to say about the awards' founding, culture, and biggest stars.

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