THE PURGE ANARCHY: Quick Chat with Actor Frank Grillo in Philly

Monday, July 14, 2014

Post Update 7/18  

Some of my readers may know I was a huge fan of the daytime soap Guiding Light (click for post) Frank Grillo played an important character on the show (1997-1999) Hart Jessup who was involved with another favorite character, wickedly wonderful Dinah Marler (Wendy Moniz)  I never knew until this week, when I saw a tweet from Wendy Moniz Grillo about The Purge: Anarchy that she and Frank Grillo got married!  Which means they've been together for about 15 years.  I love that :)

In terms of a really quick review of the movie: It's definitely more the mayhem and mass chaos movie I imagined for the original The Purge. This sequel still deals with a core group experiencing this night of deadly sin, but because it's set in the city, and it's not one family, it feels more wide spread.  Frank holds his own as an anti-hero and the tension of the night is kept pretty tight.  The political/social themes of this movie are the same as the first, just expressed in new ways.  

My plus 1 for this movie was my friend David, who agreed with me that the execution of how Americans would react to the institution of a national night of legal killing, is spot on - who would participate, who would be the victims, how the appeal and type of participation would differ based on economics and class. However, he doesn't believe there would ever be a government bent on downsizing the poor, not because of the moral, Godly issue of it, but because our economy he said, would tank; that their must always be a lower income and poverty level in every society to keep the inflation from going even higher than we're currently experiencing.

When I questioned more about why this would be, he said read "1984", which you know I'll never get around to, but comments are always welcome.

On the whole, I'd say I like the original movie better because it had a more Indie, eerie quality this one lacks, but still it's a highly thought provoking and adrenaline inducing flick.  - Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

T&T Lamb Score: 3 outta 5

While The Purge Anarchy is disturbingly violent, that’s exactly how the film’s director wanted it to be. 

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

For a man who's scared of guns and horror films, Frank Grillo is quite believable as the star of The Purge: Anarchy, which hits theaters nationwide July 18th, 2014. The nearly two-hour, $12 million film tells the story of Leo Barnes, a loner who goes out to seek revenge on the man who murdered his son and encounters a stranded couple and a family who are attempting to survive the night or "The Purge".

 "We made the movie we wanted to make," says Grillo 
who first took to acting in high school, where his favorite role was Biff in Death of a Salesman, "I didn't see The Purge (see T&T post), but I read the script for the sequel and thought this was a great idea." Loaded with violence and guns, Grillo says the R-rated flick directed by James Demonaco is sort of a western and it's pretty violent, but not gory. While the movie isn't intended to provide viewers with a lesson, Grillo admits it made him think, particularly about why America is so violent and obsessed with guns. Maybe the movie won't inspire the same level of thought when you see it, but it'll definitely cause you to flinch a few times... it's pretty damn violent.

 Thanks for reading. Until next time, I’m Flood the Drummer® & I’m Drumming for JUSTICE!™
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About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris A Philly Drummer playing a Global Beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.
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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
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Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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