Give Me The Green Light: “Possessor”.

This week Green Light Cinema brings us “Possessor Uncut” the second film from the heir to the Body Horror throne Brandon Cronenberg.

This was my first foray into the work Brandon Cronenberg, but I am very familiar with his father David Cronenberg’s work, most notably “Videodrome” and “Eastern Promises”. I have heard things about Brandon’s first feature “Antiviral” starring Jared Leto, after seeing “Possessor” I will definitely need to give that one a shot.

Although I wouldn’t technically call this a Body Horror film it definitely deals with similar themes and motifs. Andrea Riseborough plays an assassin that has the ability to go into another persons body, basically controlling them. Brain damage and loss of consciousness can all be factors when this sort of fusion is done.

The strong points of the film are when Cronenberg uses nightmarish imagery of flesh melting and Riseborough screaming in dim lit shots. The lynchian imagery was just enough to not make the film feel over the top . Gore hounds will definitely feel right at home with some of the best kill scenes I’ve witnessed in years Mx

The film can feel cold at times which may put off some people, the only characters you really care about are Riseborough and Jennifer Jason Leigh but overall this is a really solid film. 4/5 Campfires

Next up, Green Light will be showing 2020’s “Shithouse”.

Give Me The Green Light: “12 Hour Shift”.

In the midst of October, Green Light Cinema brought us one of the most unique cult films I have seen in years with 2020’s “12 Hour Shift.”

At first the film plays out as a dark comedy about a drug addict nurse clocking in for her 12 hour shift, oh yeah she also sells the organs of her dead patients on the black market. This added horror element allows the film to go off the rails without losing me totally as a viewer. The only time the film lost me was this one singing montage moment that felt really out of place. The Mick Foley appearance was really dope as well.

Angela Bettis was really solid in the lead role. The standout for me was Chloe Farnsworth who played Bettis’s cooky cousin by marriage.

So far Green Light is two for two with their lineup. This weeks film comes from the heir to the Body Horror throne Brandon Cronenberg with his 2020 film “Possessor”.

I Pledge Allegiance To Toy Pizza.

After missing out on last years Action Figure Of The Month pledge, I had no choice but to go all in on the latest Toy Pizza pledge. This time the world of Pangea Island has been opened up adding even more layers to the Knights Of The Slice lore.

Initially I wanted to do the $250 pledge, but went with the $65 so I could at least get 1 of each figure. I wasn’t really sold on Cen-5 at first but after learning more about his backstory from the livestream he is a welcomed addition to the KOTS. The accessories pack accompanying Cen-5 might be the best of any figure so far, especially his little mining buddy.

Cromega is hands down my favorite design so far and I plan on buying several color ways of him. It will be interesting to see the role Cromega plays in the future.

With the various hints dropped by Jesse,I can only assume the next addition to KOTS will be of the more aquatic fare. Maybe we will find out what lies beneath Pangea Island.

For The Bay With Love.

With all of the Tampa Bay Area’s sports teams playing out of their mind this season. With For The Bay Clothing Company fans are able to rep their home teams with a little bit more of a local flavor. Sort of a For the Bay by The Bay mentality. The company adds a local flare to team merch that the official merch is missing sometimes.

This Stanley Cup Finals shirt is dedicated to the Lightning’s victory song.

So far For The Bay offers hats and shirts representing Tampa Bay Hockey,Football, and Baseball. The 813 shirt and hat is probably the most popular. I personally am waiting for a 727 one to rep but until then I will just stick to the Tampa Bay hockey shirts. I picked up both the Gravy Train and Stanley Cup champs shirts. The quality is top notch as well as speedy shipping. Each package comes with a wrist band and sticker as well as a custom note depending on the order.

One of my favorite Stanley Cup shirts.

My next pick up will be the Tampa Bay Football one with the throwback creamsicle orange, they are definitely a vibe. I hope in the future For The Bay will release some Tampa Bay Soccer merch for the green and gold. With the XFL returning I am sure the TB Fang Gang would love to do a collaboration for the 2022 relaunch of the XFL and Tampa Bay Vipers. I hope in the future maybe Jit Camp and For The Bay Clothing can do a NBA2TAMPABAY collab shirt.

Give Me The Green Light: “The Nest”

With Green Light Cinema having its opening weekend I had to come out and support the growing cinephile scene in the 727.

“The Nest” and “12 Hour Shift” are the first two films on the slate.

I was hoping to see some classic art house flicks but Green Light is really off to a great start with their opening film “The Nest”. Director Sean Durkin known for his 2011 film “Martha Marcy May Marleane” brings us a new kind of family drama with “The Nest”. Durkin shoots and sets the film up with such a sense of dread that at times it has a horror vibe. Jude Law is always on the top of his game but for me the standout of the film is Carrie Coon. As the film goes on she begins to smoke more and more cigarettes portraying to the viewer her state of mind after her family is moved across the pond.

They aren’t recliners but I’ll take it.

From a theater aspect I feel it is the perfect setting for a local art house theater. Parking is close by which is always a plus and concessions are on hand before and during each showing. The picture and sound quality was top notch, as well as theater temperature not being to cold or to hot. The seats don’t recline but they also don’t hurt my ass like some of these big chain seats do.

I am looking forward to attending Green Light at least once a week. I feel the film choices will take me out of my comfort zone, opening me up to the vast reaches of the cinematic landscape I have yet to conquer.

The Burg Finally Gets The Green Light.

After months of waiting St.Pete is finally getting its own Art House Cinema. Located on 221 2nd Ave North, The Green Light Cinema will be opening it’s doors for the first time this week end, with three showings Friday through Sunday 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:15 p.m.

The inaugural film at Green Light will be one of the latest offerings from IFC “The Nest”. Jude Law stars in this 2020 family drama which should be a great start to build the Green Light audience. I think it is a good choice to start with a more current film before the theater rolls out the classics.

I plan on catching one of the showings this weekend. There is definitely a place in St.Pete for an Art House Cinema scene, making Green Light Cinema a St.Pete Cinephiles Church.