Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Himself

In this week’s Two of a Grind, we are featuring two films with a message. In one, nature fights back after years of attacks from humanity. In another, humanity’s greatest enemy is humanity.

Sam Elliot in Frogs

Frogs is a 1972 eco-horror film in which the very ecology that we’ve been trouncing on for centuries attacks back. While it’s relatively tame with a PG rating, it’s got a that exploitation feel. Cheesy with some pacing issues here and there, its not going to win an Oscar (then again, all the stars are white so it has a fighting chance), but it’s well worth a watch at barely 90 minutes including credits. If for no other reason, seeing the dreamy, young Sam Elliot is enough reason for me.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is one of my all time favorite films. It has a few scenes that are difficult to watch, but it packs some seriously biting social commentary. When does a choice cease to be a choice? Does everyone deserve their ability to exercise free will? Is it okay for the powers to use inhumane practices on inhumane people? Does everyone deserve a chance to show that they can change? … so many questions. This one is a real classic and for good reason. Expect a long form piece on this film in the coming month, but for now, for check it out yourself.

Remember that these films can be viewed free on your ROKU, but for just a few bucks you get them commercial free and can watch via your laptop or phone as well.

And, remember to keep grindin’.

thepaintedman
Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here, at Cinapse, and at Rock on Philly... as well as on occasion at Cinepunx. He previously wrote for several other sites, but he forgets some of them and others no longer exist. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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