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Movies My Wife Made Me Watch: The Fits (2016)

Movies My Wife Made Me Watch: The Fits (2016) Directed by Anna Rose Holmer Rated NR Reviewed  by James Rosario on January 19, 2017 Where to begin with Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, The Fits? My wife is a big boxing, MMA, and all around fight fan, so when she suggested we watch the film, and told me a bit about it, I thought we were getting a boxing picture. I had seen The Fits on a few year-end lists, but knew next to nothing about it. From what I gathered, it was the story of a young boxer who decided she might try her hand at dancing instead. It is that, but it’s a whole lot more too. In fact, I’m having some difficulty nailing down just what the hell it is at all. It’s certainly a coming of age tale that explores loneliness and the desire to fit in, but it might also be a Science Fiction film with a strange foreboding sense of horror. On this note, I found that it has more in common with The Witch (2016) than it does with “insert Sports Film title here.” The film is free from triumphant sports movie genre trappings because […]
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From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: The Best Films of 2016

From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: The Best Films of 2016 I think we can all agree that 2016 was kind of a bummer. For much of the year it seemed like the world was going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. To make matters worse, the last calendar year seemed to do nothing but poke this notion repeatedly with a stick. It seemed like every day we were hit with some more bad news. We kept thinking, “What could possibly happen next?” only to be slapped in the face with a big dose of “Well, I didn’t see that one coming.” I’m not here to go on about the tragedy and the loss though. I’m here to clue you in to some highlights. A very narrow and niched set of highlights perhaps, but highlights nonetheless. I’m talking about the always controversial, never agreed upon classic list of all lists: The Year’s Top 10 Movies! Luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott both proclaimed in 2016 that Cinema was dead—or at the very least, pretty bad. A large part of me agrees with them. Sequels, remakes, re-imaginings, prequels to the re-imaginings, and then more sequels, franchise tie-ins, and […]
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From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: 1918 (1985)

From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: 1918 (1985) Directed by Kevin Harrison Rated PG Reviewed  by James Rosario on December 5, 2016 1918 is a curious little picture. When it began, I had trouble making heads or tails of it. I felt as if I’d been dropped right in the middle of a conversation that had been ongoing without me. It took me a little while to get my bearings, but once I did, I found myself surprisingly moved. The pacing of the film is slow, so be prepared for that. You come to realize, however, that this pace, while unconventional, is very deliberate. The pace reminds me of a baseball game. It allows for reflection in between every bit of dialogue. Sometimes it intensifies, and we move through the lines faster and with more urgency, but soon enough, it slows back down. This methodical nature is sure to turn some people off, but for me, it added an emotional element that wouldn’t have been there had the film been made with a more conventional, Hollywood style. That this was originally written for the stage is no surprise. Written by Horton Foote (based on his play), 1918 tells a […]
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From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary (2014)

From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary (2014) Directed by Gay Dillingham Rated NR Reviewed by James Rosario on November 30, 2016 I went into this movie with the suspicion that I wasn’t the intended audience. Going in, I admittedly knew both Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) and Timothy Leary by name only. I knew that Leary had something to do with LSD, and was only reasonably sure that he was who coined the phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out.” I found myself looking forward to learning more about these two men, their relationship, and the impact they had on American counter-culture. In the end, I was certainly more informed than when I had started, but ultimately, I felt let down by the film. Dying to Know, at best, scratches the surface of a lot of fascinating material. I most definitely want to know more, but unfortunately, I’ll have to look elsewhere to find it. Leary and Alpert became friends and colleagues while teaching at Harvard in the late 1950s. It was there that they began their work analyzing the therapeutic effects of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. The duo was […]
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Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #6

Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #6 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE ON ARCHIVE.ORG Right click and “Save as…” to download the episode. 50 Million – Sunday to Monday Zilema – Alone Soldier Balzac – Day the Earth Caught Fire Whiskey & Co. – Road to Nowhere Berzerk – My Way Totally Chaos – Nutrition (Dead Milkmen cover) Blood & Guts – Go Ahead The Tim Version – Someone Should Get Paid to Study Us Cheater Lines – 12 Weeks Dead Tiltwheel – Battle Hymns for the Recluse Youth part 1 Destruktions – Injustice Small Brown Bike – Tough English Dogs – Street Fighting Ratos de Porao – Guerra Desumana Hulk Hogan & the Wrestling Boot Band – Hulk Rules Raging Nathans – Using Me Hunx & His Punx – Teardrops on My Telephone Old School Beer Drinking Robots – Track Three Ian Drury & the Blockheads – Quiet The Muggers – American Jerry Reed – Turned On The Mob – Never Understood Main Street Saints – Clockwork Tim This ended up being a pretty all-over-the-place episode. Oh well. I hope you enjoy it. Contact me at: jimbo{at}biggerboatrecords.com Send stuff for review, or to be played on the show to: 1036 […]
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From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Directed by David Yates Rated PG-13 Reviewed by James Rosario on November 25, 2016 I’m doing my best to not compare Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to any of the other eight films in the Harry Potter franchise. This is proving difficult considering its director, David Yates, helmed four of them, and his fingerprints are all over this offering. This is not a bad thing, mind you. I enjoyed all of his Harry Potter movies, and, as a fan of the novels, appreciate his take on the source material. Comparisons, I’m afraid, are inevitable and unavoidable, so here goes. If you’re a fan of the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling has created with her book series and their film counterparts, you most likely will find no faults whatsoever with Fantastic Beasts. And that is just fine. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, and it has lots and lots of magical creatures, big and small. What’s not to love? Well, there are a few things. The film’s faults may be minor in the grand scheme of things, but they are faults nonetheless. First, a bit of […]
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Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #5

Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #5 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE ON ARCHIVE.ORG Right click and “Save as…” to download the episode. 4 Skins – Waiting for a Friend Waylon Jennings – Old Friend Agent Orange – Mr. Moto Underground Railroad to Candyland – We aren’t the World American Steel – Sons of Avarice Shotwell – Respect Battalion of Saints – E.B. Robo Africa – T.V. is Boredom Dion & The Belmonts – Lonely Teenager The Queers – Pull Me Out of It The Eat – Nixon’s Binoculars Putsch – Kerosene The Enablers – Better Friend Mission of Burma – This is not a Photograph End of the Line – Unnecessary Minor Threat – I Don’t Wanna Hear It Fast Boys – Faster Than You Megadeth – These Boots Fear – I Don’t Care About You Locust – Cattle Mutilation Green Day – I Want to be Alone Laurel Aitken – Shoo Bee Shoo Bee The Hawks – 無頼ノ花 Kicker Boys – Solo Song Hickey – Basic Tips for Squirrel Hunting I Spy – Remain Contact me at: jimbo{at}biggerboatrecords.com Send stuff for review, or to be played on the show to: 1036 Bee Tree Road Swannanoa, NC 28778 If you send […]
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All My Records: The Jinkies – Road Trip / Mixed Messages

All My Records: The Jinkies Road Trip / Mixed Messages Reviewed by Jimbo Rosario Yes, I too had a Ska phase. The early/mid 90s were overloaded with the stuff. Thankfully, by the time shitty bands like Real Big Fish and Goldfinger were all the rage, I was long gone. I got into Ska mostly through Operation Ivy and The Bosstones, but soon enough the Minneapolis Skinheads I always wanted to hang around as a teenager introduced me to more traditional bands like The Specials and The Selecter. Reggae too. Good old fashioned Skinhead Reggae and Jamaican Ska. You can’t beat it. There were a lot of Ska shows back then and, probably, too many bands. I remember a lot of fighting as well. Everybody would be dancing and having a good time, and then suddenly people were fighting. It was pretty exciting for a teenager to witness, I’ll admit. That sort of thing would completely ruin my night now, but back then, holy shit, what fun! I like traditional Jamaican based Ska. The Jinkies pull that off decently enough, albeit with a suburban twist. At least they’re trying. I’m into it, and I’m surprised at myself, to tell you the […]
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From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

From the Desk of Bigger Boat Pictures: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015) Directed by Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon Reviewed by James Rosario This one might be my most personal review to date. Anyone in my family, and anyone that knew me in childhood knows that I was obsessed with Indiana Jones when I was young. While the photos of me as a chubby lad, dressed up like good ol’ Indy—hat, whip, the whole nine yards—may be a bit on the embarrassing side now, I have no qualms with my past, or with my love for all things Indiana Jones.  Hell, I even liked the newest addition to the franchise where many of my comrades from way back when dismissed it as nonsense. Some even claimed that it somehow ruined the originals for them. This is an insane notion to me. These are the same types of people who are convinced that the new Ghostbusters film (2016) is a crime against humanity, one which threatens their very existence. I’ll admit that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) is the weakest film in the franchise, but, I ask that all of […]
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Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #4

Bigger Boat Radio: Episode #4 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE ON ARCHIVE.ORG Right click and “Save as…” to download the episode. GG Allin – Unpredictable Poison Idea – (I Hate) Reggae Seized – Total Mess The Johnnies – Ba Ba Song Bad Comedy – Staying in Tonight John Fogerty – Centerfield Ye Olde Buttfuck – Sirens The Meatmen – Crippled Children Suck Permanent Scar – Side by Side Zeros – Don’t Push Me Around Discordance Axis – Panoptic Organized Sports – Feebs The Saints – Nights in Venice Johnny Cash – Fool’s Hall of Fame The Jam – News of the World Karp – Forget the Minions The Pogues – Medley This Bike is a Pipe Bomb – Forgotten Not Gone Descarados – Los Angeles Queerwulf – Just Doin’ Your Job Radon – Live it Down Youth Anthem – Leave Me Alone It’s been a really long time since I’ve done an episode. In the meantime, my wife and I had a baby, we bought and remodeled a house, and I graduated college, to list just a few things. I’ve streamlined my operation so it doesn’t take me nearly as long to put one of these together as […]
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