Tuesday, October 17, 2017

American Satan - A Review



On Saturday my partner and I went to see “American Satan” in the theater and had a wonderful time. The movie isn’t for everyone but the acting is top notch. Malcolm McDowell never lets me down. Neither does Mark Boone Junior. His portray of the record company executive brought an irreplaceable, classy and entertaining element to the film.

Andy Biersack was stellar in his first movie role. Interestingly, his lip syncing of Remington Leith’s lyrics struck me as unrealistic. Perhaps it’s just because I’m such a Palaye Royale fan. That aside, now I’m loving Mr. Biersack’s Black Veil Brides (at home I watched BVB music videos, one after another, off YouTube).

Mr. Biersack Performing with Black Veil Brides
No offense to the ladies, who did a fantastic job, too, I can’t resist naming another standout male actor. No fan of the “Twilight” books or movies, I’m thrilled to have found the talented Booboo Stewart (Real first name Nils, he is too good to stick with that childhood nickname in my humble opinion). It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous. He also strikes me as a good person based on his IMDB biography.

Now to the flick (sorry for meandering so), the plot advanced quickly, with no guesswork required to understand the implications. Due to the lack of intricacy I at first worried my partner might be bored. Fortunately, parallels to cartoon band Dethklok and plot/character elements from “Metalocalypse” brought endless joy to us both.

Humorous moments made us laugh out loud. Dialog came across clear, too, though by the same token I wish the music had been louder (I blame the theater, which I’d never visited before; perhaps they need a sound system upgrade). Dramatic elements were predictable but also well presented and treated with realistic arcs.

The female nudity got a little tedious. Heck, I said the same about “Blade Runner 2049”. At least here it was less gratuitous, though some racy scenes just went on a little long. We preferred interactions between the band members and the film’s understated devil.

Would I watch again? Yes, though not in the cinema. I want to buy the DVD and the soundtrack, too, in part to support everyone involved. The movie made for a fun Saturday afternoon.

According to an article, the creators have related projects in mind, some for the small screen. That will be worth investigating. Now that we’ve visited the cinema twice in one week I wonder what might draw us to go again. It might be a while based on all the CGI driven stuff previewed. “Annihilation” does look interesting, I’ll admit.

How often do you go to the cinema?

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13 comments:

  1. When I was younger, I would go to the theater probably once a week just because. I'd watch just about anything just as a time waster (so much so the theater owners eventually just started letting me in for free because he knew I'd buy concessions and I was there all the time). Now that I'm older, I'm not sure if it's the fact my wife isn't as huge a fan or that I'm just jaded now, but I rarely ever find myself wanting to go watch anything.

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    1. Wow, Robert! How cool that you got let in for free. I went as a youth just to get out of the house. ~grin~ It's amazing some of the crap I paid to see. Be well!

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  2. But what is it about? Or was that in a previous post that I'm just not recalling? (It's been that kind of day.)

    I only go to the movies when something specific draws me. Last year I saw three movies out, and all were at this time of year.

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    1. Wow, I did sort of gloss over the plot. ~shakes head~ It's a tale of devilish temptation, a band thrust into fame with backing from Satan (Malcolm McDowell's character Mr. Capricorn). Good stuff.

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  3. I don't get out much. But, there are not too many movies that really excite me. However, I am amused to see your joy. Yea! You go, girl. HUGS.

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    1. P.S. Do you want a minion or two?? Email me. I could not get your email right.

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    2. Thank you! Are you serious about the kittens? Let me talk to my partner. ~hugs~ Be well!

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  4. I am glad you had a nice time. We only get to the movies once a year, if that and it is usually what hubby wants to see (like Star Trek).

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    1. Thank you! Two times in one week broke a long standing record of not going.

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  5. Oh I don't get out and go to the movies much at all. When I was young and dating (before marriage and kids) I went all the time. There really don't seem to be much that I want to go out and see. Waiting for Dec. when the new Star Wars comes out...I will go then! haha

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    1. I hope you have fun this winter. ~grin~ I'm amazed at how often I went to the movies in my youth, mostly to get out of the house.

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  6. Sounds like you had a good time. I'd never heard of the movie. I never go to the movies, just watch them on netflix or get a Redbox dvd

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    1. I did. Thank you for the kind word. Wish we could sit down and watch a flick together; bet it would be fun.

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