Happy Pre'Ween, everyone! Have a safe and satisfying Halloween!
(10/1) She (1965) - I've still got nothing but love for you, Peter Cushing, but She put me to sleep. Yes, literally. (First Watch)
(10/2) Sharknado (2013) - A shitstorm of dodgy CGI and groan inducing stupidity . . . Sharknado was every bit as cheerfully retarded as I'd hoped. What were the odds that Ian Ziering would be swallowed whole in midair by the "right" shark in a sharknado full of 'em? It's brain dead entertainment at its finest. (First Watch)
|Bloody Moon (1981)|
(10/6) Rewind This! (2013) - Sure, this documentary about the rise and fall and rise again of the humble VHS tape isn't actually a genre movie, but how many of us saw our favorite genre movies for the first time by way of a grotty old rental VHS tape? Great doc, and as an inveterate collector myself, I found it deeply inspiring. Recommended. (First Watch)
|Child's Play (1988)|
(10/9) Pacific Rim (2013) - How could my first viewing of a movie I'd been anticipating for so long turn into such a complete freakin' disaster? Sadly, Pacific Rim was marred for me by a malfunctioning Blu-ray player that guaranteed I never watched more than about a ten minute stretch without having to reboot my media server. I ultimately ended up having to watch the big conclusion on my laptop. Grrrr. Those ten minute clips were good, though. I'll definitely have to give this one another shot under better circumstances. (First Watch)
(10/10) American Horror Story: Coven (2013) - Yeah, I'm counting this. It's my sexy blog, I do what I want! The first episode of American Horror Story: Coven was easily one of the best "horror movies" I've seen lately. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first two seasons, this slick and focused premiere seems to promise - at last - a slightly less grim and oppressive tone. There's still plenty of sex, violence, and mayhem, but the principals (Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, et al.) are clearly having more campy fun with things this season. (First Watch)
(10/12) The House On Sorority Row (1983) - Who knows why, but Adrienne requested a slasher movie tonight. Fortunately, I had a plenty of them on hand owing to this older post in which I prattled on about how I was going to start watching more golden era slasher movies. This would be . . . let's see . . . the first slasher movie I've watched since writing that post. The House On Sorority Row was more professionally crafted and slick than most of its ilk, but it otherwise brings little to the slasher party. I felt for much of the film's run time - while the sorority sisters were struggling to conceal and / or dispose of Mrs. Slater's body - as though I was watching a teen comedy from the same era a la Weekend At Bernie's (1989). You won't hear me say this often, but I actually think the remake Sorority Row (2009) was far more entertaining. (First Watch)
(10/16) One Million Years B.C. (1966) . . . has a great poster. Only the typically fine stop motion animation of the late Ray Harryhausen succeeds in breaking the tedium otherwise. All these great Hammer movies to choose from. What was I thinking?
|Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)|
(10/22) Pacific Rim (2013) - Take two, and Adrienne watched it with me this time. Much better experience on the second go round, but I was afforded the opportunity to note what a charisma free block of wood Charlie Hunnam is. Also, one of the coolest things about giant monsters versus giant robots is a well delineated sense of scale in the action sequences. Setting the entire end of the movie underwater with no reference points for scale (buildings, vehicles, boats, etc.) robbed the finale of some of its impact. Still, those monsters and robots were pretty sweet. By the way, if anyone can explain to me what might makes a Jaeger "analog" as opposed to "digital", I'd love to know. Would anyone ever actually make an analog robot? Could you? I need an answer from a robotics engineer, like, right now. (Re-watch)
(10/23) Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013) - It is, indeed, complete. It's so complete I could literally have watched four or five other complete movies in the time it took me to watch this one documentary. I regret nothing. It's pretty tough to dig up fresh and compelling info on a franchise that's nearly thirty-five years old, and Crystal Lake Memories does so. (First Watch)
|An American Werewolf In London (1981)|
(10/27) Room 237 (2013) - Erin at Deep Red Rum (which is transforming into Seven Doors Of Cinema on November 1st) already made far more cogent observations about this documentary than I could ever muster, and I believe reading Erin's post put me in the proper frame of mind to enjoy Room 237 as an entertainment - and only an entertainment. Arguably, Room 237 is a documentary about various theories that have evolved over the years as to what Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) is really about. I say arguably because, as Erin pointed out in her post, it seems by the sloppy nature of its construction and attribution (or lack thereof) that this documentary is actually about something other than what it's actually about. Just like The Shining, right? Now my head hurts. Taken purely at face value, though, I enjoyed Room 237. Again . . . just like The Shining, right? The snake continues to eat its own tail. I'm glad Erin already did the hard thinkin' on this one. Movies like this are precisely why I rarely ever write a proper review. (First Watch)
|Clancy Brown, just being badass in Hellbenders (2012)|
|Chucky brings the scary back! Curse Of Chucky (2013)|
So long for now, dear diary. I'll be watching you . . .
Posted by Brandon Early