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Top Ten Movies with... Paul Blom

Paul Blom is an eclectic creative, whose independent artistic path has led him onto a full spectrum of creative experiences and pursuits since the '80s. His passion for film and music has been at the forefront of his life's journey having collaborated on a series of diverse projects in several key roles over the years. Paul has made a name for himself in the South African film and music industry together with his wife and collaborator, Sonja Ruppersberg.

Paul's a musician and the driving force behind bands and musical projects from Terminatryx, V.O.D., F8K.O.B.U.S. and The Makabra Ensemble to compiling the Kopskoot! album. He's an entertainment journalist, writing about movies, music and gaming, published in magazines such as FangoriaSL, Stage, Top Forty, and syndicated newspapers including The Star, The Argus, Die Burger and Son. Paul's a film-maker, having produced, directed and edited several short films like Marked. He's also a festival organiser, having created the annual South African HorrorFest and the X Fest through Flamedrop, his production company, founded in 2000.

With several film festivals, musical and film projects continually on the go... Paul Blom has his work cut out for him, yet he does make time to keep up-to-date with his movies from new releases to obscure films.

"Things get a bit blurry when thinking back to the early '70s..."

I can't watch movies without...

- ...my lovely wife.

Which famous people share your birthday?

- Two hot actresses, Scarlett Johansson and Jamie Lee Curtis (thought she was quite tasty when I was in school during the period of her movies like Perfect). Groundbreaking female tennis player, Billie Jean King. French statesman, Chales De Gaulle. Comedian, Rodney Dangerfield. Musician/actor Little Steven Van Zant. Tarzan (from Edgar Rice Burroughs' book).

What is the first film you remember watching?

- Things get a bit blurry when thinking back to the early '70s... probably some Disney flick, like The Jungle Book or The Gnome Mobile, also Zorro, Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, and Laurel & Hardy; but I do have a vague memory of a drive-in trip with my folks and two older brothers, and the images in my head seem very much like 2001: A Space Odyssey...

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

- There are so many! Dom Deluise's My African Adventure stands out for some reason, but so does Dr Chopper.

Which movies have made you tearful?

- Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer - just kidding, as a child, Ring Of Bright Water and more recently, probably Hachiko or The Cove.

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- Not sure who's more famous between these: Danny Trejo, Rhona Mitra, Sean Pertwee or Luke Goss... they were all extremely nice people.

What's your favourite movie line?

- So many to choose from, but I reckon I'll go with one which I like to quote in day-to-day situations if things don't go as planned: "Well I tried goddamnit... at least I did that." - Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- Johnny Depp? Too handsome. Danny Trejo? Not handsome enough! And he has more tattoos than me. Maybe Robert Downey, Jr. (Chaplin) for the older me, and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) for the younger me, and for my baby years, Digital Domain (as they did in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- We are working on producing a feature film, but can't divulge any details as yet... it'll have a Horror/Fantasy slant. Meanwhile you can check out the HorrorFest promo clip we made, plus the teaser of the expansion we shot for it, to be turned into the short film Marked, as well as a music video for our Terminatryx song Virus. Both the short film and music video will debut at the SA HorrorFest

Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror, 1922- I've tried goddamnit, but it's impossible(!), as I'll need at least a top 10 or 20 for each genre and sub-genre that exists; we run the SA HorrorFest and X Fest film festivals, but love every kind of movie, so here goes the extremely thinly spread list in no particular order (with some cheating in the first 6 choices):

All David Lynch's creations ...surreal, truly alternative, both an audio & visual experience: pure genius (esp. Blue Velvet & Wild At Heart).

All Stanley Kubrick's films
...a total cinematic master in any genre he tackled (esp. 2001: A Space Odyssey & The Shining).

All Martin Scorsese's motion pictures
...gritty, realistic brilliance (esp. Taxi Driver & Goodfellas).

All Oliver Stone's movies
...always engaging and superbly constructed (esp. JFK & Natural Born Killers).

All Quentin Tarantino's flicks
...what making movies is all about, absolute energetic fun (esp. Pulp Fiction & Inglourious Basterds).

All the Coen Bros. collaborations
...usually about a stash of money, but always so unique, quirky, funny and open for return viewing (esp. Barton Fink & The Big Lebowski).
Nosferatu ...a legendary classic from the dawn of filmmaking (and one of our first Makabra Ensemble movie soundtrack re-inventions).

Kung Fu Hustle
...action-packed and hilarious with great use of CGI, and a whole lot of heart.

...the perfect melding of images (of the world we live in) and music (by Philip Glass) to create a mind-blowing experience.

Tetsuo The Iron Man
...an all-out low-budget barrage of originality without sacrificing effect.

Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.

CREDIT ROLL: Photography (Live shot - Zoltan Tibor Taylor, Easy chair shot - Francois Oberholster)


Now Showing This Week (15/10/10)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Movie PosterTHE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009)
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Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Age Restriction: 18SV

Stieg Larrson's Millenium series has taken the world by storm, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - a dark, menacing crime mystery thriller, which is instantly comparable with Twin Peaks for mood and setting. The trilogy was filmed in Sweden and is scheduled to be remade by David Fincher for English audiences. However, it will be difficult to improve on the first chapter as set out by Niels Arden Oplev and star of As It Is In Heaven, Michael Nyqvist. Not for sensitive viewers.

The Switch Movie PosterTHE SWITCH (2010)
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Director: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Goldblum
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy 
Age Restriction: 10M

The premise may recall There's Something About Mary's "hair gel" as Wally inadvertently swaps his specimen with that of his best friend's sperm donor. Great performances underpin this sweet, subtle and commercial indie style New York drama. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but with Jason Bateman at the helm... it's too nice not to like. Think About A Boy and swap Hugh Grant for Jason "Mastur" Bateman... Hollywood style.

Cyrus Movie PosterCYRUS (2010)
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Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Age Restriction: 13LS

In the modern dating game, you've got to be prepared for just about anything. Multiple divorces, gold diggers, illegitimate step kids... the list goes on. It's a mine field out there as witnessed in this awkward, Oedipal indie dating comedy starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill as Cyrus. Great performances and sharp writing make this Duplass brothers comedy a funny yet creepy exercise in how to "cope" with your date's possessive son.

Centurion Movie PosterCENTURION (2010)
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Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Dominic West, Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Age Restriction: 16V

Centurion follows Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid, who marches on the Pict tribesmen with the infamous Ninth Roman legion on a mission to eradicate the fierce clan once an for all. Think the forest battle scene in Gladiator, think King Arthur and then add The Descent's director in the middle of the action for a bloodthirsty, gritty and compelling bit of historical fiction. Let the heads roll...

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New Rental Releases This Week (11/10/10)

$5 A DAY (2008)
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Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Age Restriction: PG13

Christopher Walken takes a co-lead role in this charming coming-of-age story about an ex-conman and his son as they wind their way along Route 66 on a journey of discovery, fun and misadventure. Heartfelt performances from the co-leads, unpredictable turns and a quirky oddball sense of humour keeps this indie drama light, subtle and entertaining - making an all-round movie experience from a straight-to-video release. It's an absolute gem if you enjoyed Around the Bend and The Great Buck Howard.

Nightmare on Elm Street Movie PosterNIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2009)
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Director: Samuel Bayer
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Age Restriction: 16LV

"One, two Freddy's coming for you." Armed with a gardening glove and shears, this very badly burnt guy in the fedora has been ruining our dreams for almost 3 decades, clocking in more sequels than Rocky. Believe it. Now that his Michael Bay remake has surfaced... against Wes Craven's better judgment, it's time for Jackie Earle Haley to step up to the plate in the place of the Freddy, Robert Englund. Unfortunately, while slick, competent and street-wise as a stand-alone complex - the remake just doesn't measure up to the scares, performances and creepiness of the original. Full Movie Review...

Jonah Hex Movie PosterJONAH HEX (2010)
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Director: Jimmy Hayward
Starring: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Western
Age Restriction: 16V

If the most amazing thing about a movie is Megan Fox's tiny waistline then you've got to ask yourself... why bother? That's the sentiment after seeing Jonah Hex, a Western in the vein of Wild Wild West without the comedy. This is one of those superficial action-thrillers that look like a western, sound like a western and feel like a drag. Average performances from a talented cast, inconsistent editing, a meandering time line, a lack of blood for an actioner and a short run time... are no match for the big pyrotechnic displays along the way. If only Neveldine/Taylor had been given the reins to direct and not just write... this could have been another mindless guy's actioner like Crank or Gamer.

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