aka Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It
2015 Written by Christopher Kirkley and Jerome Fino
Directed by Christopher Kirkley
An African version of Purple Rain? Of course I’ve got to watch it! It helps that Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It) turns out to be an entertaining film that is pretty unique in character, though be warned it isn’t for everyone. Akounak was the dream of Christopher Kirkley, an ex-pat from Seattle who ended up in West Africa and had a dream of exporting the sounds of the region’s unique music stylings. He has done so with a record label and has become a manager of talent, so the next logical step would be to enter the movie world, and what better choice than an unofficial remake of Purple Rain?
First, some problems. Christopher Kirkley doesn’t speak Tuareg, the local language the film was shot in. But he does speak French, and so does star Mdou Moctar, so Kirkley would explain to Moctar what each scene was supposed to be about and how it was set up, then Moctar would explain that to the other actors, and they would work through the scene. Later, Kirkley had to have the whole film translated, which ended up with a few scenes not fitting in correctly. Some of this is covered up with creative editing, some of it is easy to dismiss as a first-time filmmaker just learning the ropes, and some of it makes you go “Guh?”. As an added bonus, Tuareg doesn’t have a word for “purple”, hence the long-winded title of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It, which is just to perfect to not keep as a title, Kirkley obviously agreeing with that sentiment.
Overall, the effect is quite charming, and anyone familiar with African cinema will be right at home, there are multiple points where the setup and composition is nearly identical to the Nigerian and Ghanaian films I’ve watched, with a lot of talking around that seems loosely connected to the story at best. The Purple Rain plot being grafted on keeps the movie going forward and not mired in those talking scenes, which means we get plenty of rocking musical performances and plot drama. Read more…
What gas stations do to protect their bathroom keys is getting worse all the time
Lifetime returns to its roots with another Original Movie about Evil Men, in this case a boyfriend so evil that he convinces his teenage girlfriend to pretend to commit suicide with him so they can avoid him getting arrested for abusing him. Be he didn’t count on the fact that his girlfriend’s mom was a woman! Dun dun DUN! So this woman is now hot on the trail to take down the Evil Man! Go get him, mom! Dying to Be Loved (aka A Mother’s Suspicion) shows us the length a mom will go to to prove that her daughter didn’t kill herself, which I guess is a good thing to believe if you live in a Lifetime movie.
Jill Yates’ teenage daughter Emily starts dating bad boy Gary, whose violent behavior lands Emily and him in trouble. To avoid prison, Gary and Emily appear to commit a double suicide, but Jill sets out to prove that Gary has gone on the run… and has taken Emily with him.
Dying to Be Loved stars Lindsay Hartley, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Dan Payne, Jedidiah Goodacre, James Pizzinato, and Jay Brazeau. Its written by Stephen Lyons (Lone Star Struck) and directed by Paul Shapiro (Spring Break Shark Attack)
Dying to Be Loved premieres Saturday, April 16th on Lifetime!
What happens when you don’t be aggressive, b-e aggressive!
Save the cheerleader, save the world? What if the cheerleader needs to save herself? That’s what Ellie here needs to do, thanks to a murderer running around kidnapping and killing cheerleaders. It looks like someone has a bone to pick with the bad sequels of Bring It On, so let’s hope our spirit squad leader can track down the killer. Also her dad and sister were also murdered, so of course there is going to be a connection. Probably. It’s Lifetime, something weird has to happen! Here’s hoping we got cheerleaders in full cheer regalia beating up murderers.
Ellie lives in a cursed town with a string of tragedies— the most recent being the murder of her sister and father. She hopes the darkness is behind her, but when her fellow cheerleaders Dee and Morgan are kidnapped, Ellie knows the curse is at work again. After Morgan is found dead, Ellie becomes determined to rescue Dee and expose the killer, but it may already be too late…and she may be next. As the police struggle to find a lead, Ellie begins an investigation of her own— but each step closer to the truth is a step closer to death. “
The Cheerleader Murders (formerly known as Kill Them All) stars Samantha Boscarino(Zoe Gone), Amanda Leighton(The Fosters), Hannah Kasulka(The Fosters), Chelsea Zhang(Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Austin Lyon(Pitch Perfect 2), Tessie Santiago(The Cell 2), David Rees Snell(The Cheating Pact), Nigel Gibbs(Xtro 3: Watch the Skies), and David DeSantos (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip) It’s directed by David Jackson (Atomic Train) and written by Matt Young (his sole credit)
Kill Them All premieres Saturday, April 9th on Lifetime!
What would you do if you found out your daughter got drunk one night? If you said overreact and emotionally abuse/abandon her to the point where she becomes easy prey for sleazy high school guys, then you might be the father from The Perfect Daughter! Will dad learn in time that being a jerk who just screams all the time is dumb? Or will his daughter pay the price for his idiocy?
Finding his daughter confused and drunk one night, Martin overreacts and puts a wedge between their once idyllic relationship at a time when she’ll need him the most.
The Perfect Daughter stars Brady Smith(Young Adult), Sadie Calvano(J. Edgar), Reiley McClendon(Alien Outpost), Johann Urb(Resident Evil: Retribution), Blaine Saunders(True Blood), and Meredith Salenger(The Journey of Natty Gann) It’s directed by Brian Herzlinger (Finding Normal) and written by Brian McAuley (Nanny Cam). That’s TWO Brians for the price of one!
The Perfect Daughter premieres Saturday, March 26th on Lifetime!
From the depths of the internet the Infernal Brains have returned again to discuss the wonderful adventures of Batman and James Bond in the Philippines! Yes, it is James Batman, a film so amazing it starred two of the most popular figures worldwide, both played by the same actor! Totally unauthorized, totally crazy, totally fun, James Batman is an amazing film that is a shining example of Filipino pulp cinema of the 1960s. We also get into other Filipino Batman movies (of which there are many, but far less that survive!) and some history on Dolphy, the comedian who brought both James Bond and Batman to life at the same time. There was a bit of audio distortion at times due to a bad connection, but not so bad you can’t hear the conversation (apologies!)
As usual, we have a whole Batcave full of ways to listen:
Holy crap, Mommy’s Little Girl looks fantastically cheesy! A tiny girl becomes the villain as she leaves a trail of bodies against all those that stand between her and her mom! This includes the awesome scene in the trailer of her bashing a dude in the back of the head with a baseball bat! This is Lifetime I can get behind!
Eleven year-old Sadie was raised in a remote country house by her controlling grandparents. Now finally reunited with her mother, she won’t let anything, or anyone, get in the way of her new found happiness.
Mommy’s Little Girl stars Fiona Gubelman(911 Nightmare), Emma Hentschel(Open Heart), and James Gallanders(Bride of Chucky). It is written by longtime Lifetime contributor Christine Conradt (So many Lifetime movies it is crazy!) and directed by Curtis Crawford (Killing Daddy, all the ___ Met Online movies) Basically, this is the strongest pedigree of Lifetime movies you can hope for, and the trailer in the link looks amazing, so it is a definite much watch!
Mommy’s Little Girl premieres Saturday, March 19, on Lifetime!