Blogs we love: FourFour
By Janey Pancake
This post is a bit more of a love letter to something I am deeply enamored of, a website that feels – in many ways – like it was made just for me. It is my pleasure to present to you: fourfour.
There are many joys to be found here on fourfour – I am hugely fond of Rich Juzwiak’s writing and he tends to cover topics that are particularly appealing to me, namely, horror movies and America’s Next Top Model recaps. Some 12 or 13 years ago, my dear friend Shannon (Frothygirlz creator and founder) and I discovered that we shared a love of the horror film genre and made a concerted effort to watch every depraved, revolting, bloody thing out there. It was through Shannon that I was introduced to a little film called Salo – an Italian film based on the book The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade and directed by the late Pier Paulo Pasolini – which was banned in several countries for it’s controversial material and which holds the singular distinction of being the first (and of this posting, only) movie to make me throw up. Twice. I mention Salo because I had actually forgotten (repressed!) about it over the years until I read a piece titled, “Gabe and Rich watch a movie: Salo” back in September on fourfour. The piece is fantastic – informative and hilarious and just revisiting the experience of watching that movie triggered my gag reflex a little. Fun, it says!
I am not able to indulge in as many scary movies as I would like to and so I have found that the film reviews on fourfour have been tremendously helpful as a guide – when you can only view a handful of goodies, you want them to be worth the investment of your time. Were it not for Rich’s endorsement of them, I would have overlooked such gems as The Ruins and Doomsday, and I would be lacking for it. Have a look, you won’t be sorry.
(Horror movies can be found under the category, Horrors! While America’s Next Top Model recaps are listed under ANTM . I failed to mention them sufficiently before, but they are amazing. Far superior to the show itself, each recap is like a gold-dusted piece of bacon , wrapped around a shot glass full of vodka , hand-dipped in chocolate and rolled in the feather’s of angels.)
Editor’s note-My favorite entry is hands down his reaction to reading the first chapter of Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted. I had a similar reaction, and he summarized it delightfully. The only book I have ever had to put down for fear of throwing up.