And mutated, mad-as-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore birds of prey are angry with non-solar paneled homes. Unfortunately, Replica has yet to find distribution (boo hiss). Why is your film so fucking awesome? And he has tasseled penny loafers. Birdemic 2: The Resurrection is the sequel to James Nguyen's abysmal film, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a film that is allegedly an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.This film focuses on Rod's friend, Bill, who is an indie film director trying to make a film. There are movies, and then there are cinematic experiences that simply must be shared. He sticks out his hand and greets me with a genial handshake. Thanks! Julie and Jack is a Romeo and Juliet riff that tackles the ever-burning question of “Can there be love without sex?” It’s the philosophical debate of the century, to be sure. – Michelle Ton has most recently blogged for diaCRITICS on the New Voices from Vietnam film series. James Nguyen is attempting to get Mystery Science Storybook removed from both Amazon and Blurb! “Hi, welcome! Mr. Heidecker questioned whether Mr. Nguyen understood that audiences have been coming to “Birdemic” for its unintentional comedy. Ratings for top posts are listed on the sidebar. I certainly couldn’t. The brilliance lies not in his intentionality, in the Godardian sense, but in his sheer ignorance of the concept and principles of film form and his brazen execution despite said ignorance. Just to expound somewhat on said bad and good elements in Birdemic, the free-for-all editing is perhaps the most egregious with its superfluous frames, meaningless/aimless footage featuring abnormally long takes (this is not European art house cinema, by the way), incalculable unrefined shot- reverse-shots, and utterly skewed rhythmic, spatial and temporal relations. He had spelled it ‘Bidemic,’ without the R.”, Intrigued, Mr. Husney met Mr. Nguyen at a sparsely attended “Birdemic” screening. WHAT? And so be it.”, Indeed, he is already at work on his next feature. “They’re adorable in a goofy way,” said Mr. Hodgson, who continues to riff on bad films in the troupe Cinematic Titanic. James Nguyen is 44-years-old. A homage to The Birds, Birdemic: Shock and Terror’s premise is simple, much like its predecessor. “I’m not just interested in a chick flick.”, As a tribute to his favorite director, Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Nguyen spent $10,000 and seven months’ worth of weekends in 2008 making “Birdemic.” “I never went to film school,” Mr. Nguyen said. What has made Mr. Nguyen a latter-day anti-genius to rival Edward D. Wood Jr., whose 1959 horror dud “Plan 9 From Outer Space” became legendary for its countless defects? James Nguyen, the 43-year-old writer and director of “Birdemic,” a would-be thriller about an avian rampage, will be the first to tell you that it is far from a perfect film. Controlling spectators’ attention and perceptions. The investment seemed to pay off when Severin Films, which has handled the DVD releases of films like Enzo Castellari’s Inglorious Bastards and Richard Stanley’s “Hardware,” acquired “Birdemic” and began showing it at specialty cinemas across the country. These scenes continue for more than a minute, until the ambient noise is punctured by menacing screeches. Thank you so much for being here!”. “It’s like a really weird-looking kid, where you just go, ‘Wow, he’s just cute.’ There are elements to his face that don’t work in any other place but on that face.”. Birdemic: Shock And Terror is basically about a guy, a girl, and their epic battle with the deleterious effects of global warming. Nice work, Michelle. “On the side of his car,” Mr. Husney said, “he had spelled the name of his own movie wrong. Book Review: Fantasy by Kim-Anh Schreiber, Giving Voice to the Dream of Nation Building in Vietnam: “The Republic of Vietnam, 1955 – 1975”. If all of the above doesn’t combine into one tasty sci-fi romance morsel, I don’t know what would. diaCRITICS is a project of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). helps spread the word about diaCRITICS. After an introduction by the head programmer, Nguyen makes his way to the front of the theater as the audience cheers him on. Nguyen performs the pomp and circumstance of “ARE YOU READY?”, pumping his audience up for the spectacle they are about to witness. Occasionally an aggravated fowl breaks away from its clip-art flock, plummeting to the ground and exploding in a similarly unconvincing cloud of smoke. win an iPod and other prizes!]. As “Birdemic” arrives in New York for late-night showings at the IFC Center on Friday and Saturday, it has spawned a discussion about why, of all the Z-grade movies that are made each year, this particular one should find favor with audiences. “It’s something unexpected,” Mr. Nguyen said. He emigrated from Vietnam to the U.S. in 1975 and settled in San Jose, California where he remained for most of his life and had a career as a software salesman. [1] Haus (1988), The Human Centipede (2009), The Room (2003), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958), just to name a few. James Nguyen’s Birdemic Heather Massey. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. And develops it. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), © 2020 Macmillan | All stories, art, and posts are the copyright of their respective authors, The Shock And Terror Of It All. They both feature technology salespeople who make big sales, leading them to become very rich, while they are concurrently experiencing a significant romantic encounter. Suddenly the sky is filled with birds: badly animated birds, out of proportion to the dwellings below, that barely flap their wings as they glide by. The reasons that B-horror films typically achieve cult status is because they’re so bad, they’re good. Though filming was arduous (it took 7 months of weekends),  let it be known that neither stars of the film, Whitney Moore and Alan Baugh, would change a thing about Birdemic as they confessed to the audience during Q&A. Not only that, but they sound like Messerschmitts and EXPLODE upon impact! (A “Birdemic” national tour is currently booked through the end of May.). Gabe Delahaye, senior editor of the satirical pop-culture blog videogum.com, which has tracked the bewildering progress of “Birdemic” since July, said the film was remarkable for how its aspirations in no way align with its results. I gotta get back to my house and you better get to your car! You may want to keep a few extra hangers on hand, just in case. (And not just because I have to write a review for it.). Please consider making a Paypal donation (sidebar) or becoming a Patreon donor to help compensate with the loss of business I am about to receive because of Nguyen's actions. Then please take the time to rate it (above) and share it (below). Camera movement. It is a cold, wet, rainy Friday night. A generation that was taken from Vietnam before it could lay roots, and then transplanted to a land where the soil was rich but alien, never quite nourishing. “Don’t try looking up Birdemic in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention!” This warning comes from diaCRITIC Michelle Ton, a graduate student of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. They’re just happy to eat the meal that was provided to them.”. ); Replica (2004) –another romantic thriller; and his pièce de résistance, Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2009), the be-all, end-all worst of the worst Z-grade films in film history. Fan Favorite “Hangin’ Out With My Family” Song Now Available In Severin Store! Our founding editor and publisher is Viet Thanh Nguyen. To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices. Sharing (on email, Facebook, etc.) Larger-than-life auteur Alfred Hitchcock releases his 55th feature film, The Birds, which is then to remain his most abstract, irrational, and indisputable masterpiece among his other canonical films in his oeuvre. I’m trying to imagine following the kids of Nightmare on Elm Street as they attend school, discuss homework, watch some TV, and do some chores… only to have a Freddy Kruger finally show up 40 minutes into the movie. Nguyen’s oeuvre consists of three films: Jack and Jill (2001)—a romantic thriller/modern day Romeo and Juliet starring Tippi Hendren, the lead actress in The Birds. Intensity of images. Fantasy is about what we might have or could have inherited and the specific grief of disinheritance as well as a fear of losing cultural memory and identity. But that’s besides the point. Nguyen strived to do the absolute best with what he had… it just wasn’t much. There are movies, and then there are cinematic experiences that simply must be … Hopefully the James Nguyen fun doesn’t stop here. Film scholar Robin Wood makes the following comparison: “A Hitchcock film—and The Birds is a particularly good example of this—is more analogous to a poem than a novel: Hitchcock focuses the attention and perceptions of the spectator, controls his reactions through the rhythms of editing and camera movement as a poet controls those of the reader through his verse rhythms; and his films derive their value from the intensity of their images—an intensity created and controlled very largely by context, by the total organization—rather than from the creation of ‘rounded’ characters.”, film still of Tippi Hendren in 'The Birds'.