Freaks (1932) Maybe it’s not so bad to be one!

This is just a quick recording of my impressions of the film. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to podcasting but I keep at it. I have learned the most from forcing myself to record them and putting them out there. I try to keep them relaxed. I’m not 100% there ut one day …

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This is just a quick recording of my impressions of the film. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to podcasting but I keep at it. I have learned the most from forcing myself to record them and putting them out there. I try to keep them relaxed. I’m not 100% there ut one day I hope to sound (and actually be) fully relaxed as I publish a few of these each week, getting better each time as I do it. I hope you enjoy my sarcasm, know it IS there 😉 I’ve included my full review from Riley on Film below which goes a little more detail about “Freaks.” I’m not asking for support in the way folks do on Paterson and PayPal but I do solicit your comments 🙂 They are better than funds! This episode’s running time is 5 mins 30 seconds



This gem was filmed in 1932 and labeled a horror film even with little people from the Wizard of Oz.

Freaks

Freaks

“A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.” -IMDB

Cast

Wallace Ford Phroso
Leila Hyams Venus
Olga Baclanova Cleopatra
Roscoe Ates (as Rosco Ates) Roscoe

Directed by

Tod Browning

Written by

Clarence Aaron ‘Tod’ Robbins, Willis Goldbeck

Other Info

Drama, Horror
Unrated
Sat 20 Feb 1932 UTC
64min
IMDB Rating: 7.9

The inclusion of actual freaks from the circus really makes this film special. I doubt they could get away with it these days. From what I understand the film was banned from multitudes of theaters due this sole fact. Despite that, it really isn’t that freakish.

This film has a great story that is developed well though some o the characters are played y non-actors so they are lacking. Even still you truly empathize for the protagonist in his unrequited love and the way the freaks stick together to protect their own is where the horror comes in.

A “small person” falls in love with a regular woman and later his friends find out she is only trying for his inheritance. There is a come uppance.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film has been compared to 2014’s Tusk probably because of the freaks involved. The ending must be seen for anyone who admires the Kevin Smith film. If nothing else, I would hope there is a borrowing nod going on here. This is an old old oldie and a horror film so not for everyone. If you don’t mind however, I recommend it to you. For what it tried to be at the time given the low tech it had, I give it a perfect score.

5/5

https://youtu.be/vJVXTKkjsxA

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Movierob Interview and ‘Take Shelter’ Review (Crossposted)

In this, my first time interviewing someone on my podcast, I sat down with Movierob. He is one of my blog film critic heroes. I know he is to many others as well.

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Wearing my podcasting hat here … In this podcast episode, I get into the mind of a blog film critic maestro! We also covered ‘Take Shelter’, a 2011 film with Michael Shannon. You can listen here:

In this, my first time interviewing someone on my podcast, I sat down with Movierob. He is one of my blog film critic heroes. I know he is to many others as well.

I was so happy when he agreed to be on my podcast. In addition to interviewing him, we had a chance to chat about the surrealistic film: ‘Take Shelter.”

To the fans of Movierob (including me) I am collecting voicemails to be played on a future podcast. In a similar way the LAMBcast does it, record a sound file on your phone, stating congratulations and random messages for Rob. Please email them to me at rileycentral@gmail.com to be played on my episode highlighting his achievement of 3000 reviews.

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Talking Stars #40 – ‘Rom Coms’

Here’s a fun podcast I made with the help of my blog film critics cohorts. It sounds like we made a few new fans of ROM COMS!


Show Notes: What makes a good ROM COM? 4 blog film critics set out to discover the answer.
9AM – Pre show chatter. I will be aim to direct a running time of
50 mins or less.
*Segment One – Intro show and panel

Hosting – Damien of Riley Film Reviews
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Kira – Film and TV 101
Audrey – 1001 Movies and Beyond
Zoe – Zobo With a Shotgun

*Segment Two – Panel Shares their Film(s) We’ll start with our first
pick and if we have time we’ll try a second. First a quick go around
of

“What makes a good ROM COM?” Then the reviews.

Order:

Damien
Audrey
Zoe
Kira
Darren

*Segment Three – Shameless Plugs/Current Projects (Go around)

*Segment Four – Host thanks the panel. Final word from Host then he
says: We are out.

We talked about the possibility of sharing 4 more ROM COMS on a future show.

Talking Stars #40 – ‘Rom Coms’ was published first at Talking Stars.

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