Skip to main content

Fantasia Fest 2016 Review: LITTLE SISTER

Image result for little sister 2016 


2016
Directed By: Zach Clark
Starring: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy and Keith Poulson

GWAR was a pretty decent litmus test for potential friends when I was 16. Its not that I was a huge fan but I did think they were fun as hell. I completely understood why they had such a rabid fan base. You either got the crude joke or you didn't, I'm not sure if there was a more divisive band than GWAR. If you're not familiar, they were a metal band from Virginia who met in art school. Unlike any other metal band of their time they were intentionally offensive, over the top disgusting and most of all funny. When you hear the lyrics... 

"Mommies, I've been stealing your babies I gag the brat and then maybe...
I'll suck out his brain
You know... Dead kids, they're making me feel almost hard
Go get one from the school yard
He bled like a stuck pig"

You either laugh at the absurdity or take it seriously and turn off the radio. This is a band that grew with the PRMC, almost as a reaction to it. They were also one of the only bands that the metal heads, punk rockers and hippies could all agree on.

I'm a dad and this song still makes me giggle, it takes me back to a really fun time in my life when I was first learning how to express myself. I never really felt significant before my teenage years. My older brother was a pain in the ass so he took up most of my parents attention and at school I didn't have many friends... or enemies. I felt insignificant, invisible. I remember actually wondering who would show up to my funeral if I died. I wasn't depressed just lonely and mute. Like most young adults I tried on different voices over the years until I found my own.

We all grew up, bought houses, had kids, had divorces, had tragedies and were able to navigate them with a strength unlike most of our peers. As a survival instinct, we learned to laugh at the most offensively terrible things in life. When you show me a goth kid, metal head, punk rocker, burn out or even a juggalo I don't see a weirdo, I see a kid trying to find their tribe.

I'm not sure how autobiographical LITTLE SISTER is but Clarks film felt remarkably honest. I knew the people that inhabited this movie. He treated them with compassion and respect in a way that was refreshing. When you see a nun with pink hair dancing to GWAR's Have You Seen Me it could come across as shocking for the sake of being shocking, but trust me its a tender moment that almost had me in tears. 







Popular posts from this blog

THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER Trailer and Release Info

  The Fire That Took Her: Mother-of-two, Judy Malinowski, was doused in gasoline and set on fire by her crazed ex-boyfriend. She would go on to set new legal precedent, becoming the first woman to testify at the trial for her own muder. THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER goes inside her landmark case to ask a timely question: How much must women suffer in order to be believed? Opening In Theaters October 21st, 2022

Following Films Podcast: Malcom Goodwin on REACHER

Today I'm joined by actor Malcolm Goodwin to discuss his role in the upcoming Amazon Prime series REACHER REACHER follows Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson), a veteran military police investigator who has just recently entered civilian life. Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing above all is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

War Machine vs. War Horse: Miss Sloane (Bowling for Columbine vs. Runaway Jury)

Inspired by new release MISS SLOANE we attempt to control gun control cinema as seen in the Michael Moore documentary BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and the John Grisham film adaptation of RUNAWAY JURY. To take on such heavy hitters as Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman we need  Dwight Hurst of The Broken Brain podcast , and  a huge fan of The West Wing in Ben Zuk  to walk and talk with Jessica Chastain. ALSO: We propose MySpace as a place for former jury fixers to find their next gig.