Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Uncle Tom's Bungalow

Saw this old Merrie Melodies cartoon last night, it's a parody of Uncle Tom's Cabin from 1937 and was banned in 1968 because of the racial stereotypes. It's been restored from some really bad prints and is all scratchy and in some spots hard to see, but I found it interesting as a relic from a bygone era.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

#4 Shiver

Umm, I have some quibbles with this one. A lot of the plot seemed forced, as if the writer couldn't figure out to connect his story together. The idea is that Santi, a teen who is allergic to sunlight, moves to a small mountain village with his mom; the village is chosen because its in a valley and doesn't get much sunlight. This is where my first quibble occurred, if the mom truly can work from anywhere (she translates books) then why didn't they move to Lapland like the boy wanted? If you're moving to protect your son's health, move to where there is as little sun as possible. People start being killed in the village woods coinciding with the arrival of the boy and his mom and because of his sun allergy, he is the prime suspect. Seriously!! The killings only started happening when Santi shows up on the scene? Okay at first, but as we find out more about the actual monster in the woods it doesn't make sense. The monster has been out there for a year and has been supposedly hunted, I assume because of all the traps in the woods. Why kill now? Sigh...more questions ensue the further we get into this one, I did jump a couple times but then again I'm capable of scaring myself with my own thoughts. Did I like anything? Yes, I thought Santi was well-acted and the village looks like a nice place to drive through on your way to somewhere else. I mean this movie was okay, I've definitely seen worse, but some bad movies are enjoyable because they are bad and some are just bad. This one is just bad, I blame lazy writing. My baby bottom is down on this one.

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Late list of 31 scaries and Mary Poppins

I started in October, but ran out of time, I just can't seem to find enough time between work and school. So instead of giving up, this year I'm just going to keep going and not stop until I hit 31, I don't care if it takes me until next Halloween. No rules other than it has to be something I haven't already seen. Shall update the list as I progress.

1. Brides of Dracula
2. The Baby's Room
3. It's Alive
4. Tales of Terror
5. Shiver
6. A Tale of Two Sisters
7. Pandorum
8. The Crazies (Romero)
9. Session 9
10. Burnt Offerings
11. Audrey Rose
12. The Burrowers
13. The Other
14. Countess Dracula
15. Shock

bonus: His Name is Jason

Now, here is a movie that looks pretty damn scary:

Monday, October 4, 2010

October #2.5 on the 4th

Gonna try and do 31 scary movies again. Failed miserably last year and already behind on this year. 2.5 so far, will be 3 once I finish It's Alive. Kinda like writing in short sentences. Anyhow, The Baby's Room is a Spanish supernatural flick, mommy and daddy hear noises on the baby monitor. They fight, Daddy breaks the monitor so he goes and buys a video baby monitor. Of curse he starts seeing things on the monitor that the mommy doesn't. And that's it in a nutshell. I jumped a couple times, but wasn't ever scared, the movie was unsettling more than frightening. I recommend it because I wasn't bored but it's not something I would recommend to someone who wants to see scary. But you don't like scary, you like quantum physics and believe it or not there are quantum physics in this movie. Is it funny or strange that I'm writing a review to you when you're sitting four feet away from me?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Eclipse 2009 (no vampires!)

Watched THE ECLIPSE last night with Ciaran Hinds, I do not understand why he does not get to do more of these nice, sympathetic leading man roles. After all he is the best Mr. Rochester ever in my opinion. But I digress. Last night being Saturday, I of course wanted to watch something scary. My Netflix queue had this film on it which I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of putting on the queue. Hinds plays Michael Farr, a recent widower who lives in the seaside Irish city of Cobh. Farr is not only dealing with the loss of his wife, but also with being a single father, the impending death of his father-in-law, Malachy, and the ghost he thinks he may have just seen wander through his house. Intertwined with all of this is Farr's interaction with two authors he meets while working at the Cobh Literary Festival, Nicholas Holden and Lena Morrelle. Holden is a drunk and a jerk who thinks he and Lena are meant to be together even though he is married. Holden is played by Aidan Quinn who manages to give this louse of a character some sympathy. Lena, played by Iben Hjejle, is fond of Holden but does not want to get involved. She also happens to write books about ghosts and thereby piques Farr's interest who really needs someone to talk to about the ghost in his house.

This film scared me throughout, not so much because of what was happening onscreen, although there were a few "jump" moments (I believe at one of them I let out a very loud profanity), but because of what my brain kept thinking was going to happen. It turns out that source material, a story by playwright Billy Roche, has no supernatural elements at all, the ghosty bits were all added by Roche and director Conor McPherson while they were writing the screenplay. The film is a bit unsteady at times weaving the ghost story with the original story but the fine acting and the beautiful cinematography manage to keep it all together. Plus I always enjoy a film that scares me so I will endorse this one with a thumbs up. Oh and I'll be packing my bags and moving to Ireland tomorrow.

The beautiful city of Cobh