Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Tad Morose's Tommi Karppanen

Guest Column
Guest Column
After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column by Tommi Karppanen from Tad Morose, whose Revenant was released two weeks ago by Despotz Records.

“The Shawshank Redemption”
This, to me, is storytelling at its very best. With grounds in a short story by Stephen King, the film makers have taken their time to really portray every character as well as King himself would. It would probably be impossible to do this any other way, at least not well. And this is the genius of the film.

Although the story isn’t told at anything near blistering pace, there’s not a dull moment of it. Maybe, this is an obvious choice, and nothing new to anyone, since it’s one of the highest rated ones on IMDB, but it’s a movie worth revisiting.

“Twelve Monkeys”
This film is Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece. If you say anything else, you’re wrong!

The twisted futuristic saga of a man sent back in time to investigate a man made virus that had all but killed humanity, has both a genial storyline and great acting. Not originally anything near a Brad Pitt fan, this was when he first proved me wrong. His portrayal of the psychotic Jeffrey Goines alone, is worth the time spent watching.

“Almost Famous”
A very much underrated film, based on anonymous true events. This to me is the best film ever made about the rock business. Not to disrespect brilliant eposes like “Spinal Tap” and such. In this one we get to follow an aspiring young rock journalist covering the (imagined) struggling rock band “Stillwater” in the ‘70s for Rolling Stone magazine.

The story incorporates true tall tales of the era’s bands, and these are sometimes lived out through the members of Stillwater, the young journalist, hang-around groupies and who-else-not. It also reflects on rock and roll losing its true stupid and rebellious soul to become an artificial industry of cool.

Disclaimer here though: If you haven’t seen the movie in its extended version (i.e. director’s cut), you have missed out on quite a few gems. Revisit promptly!

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