Wednesday, October 23, 2019
I believe today would mark the 139h birthday of Una O'Connor, a character actress who appears in a number of movies in the first half of the 20th Century. Born in Belfast in 1880, O'Connor made her way to Hollywood where she was in dozens of pictures. Just last weekend I re-watched her in The Invisible Man.
I *always* find O'Connor hilarious, and frankly find her a great reason to watch anything.
Monday, October 21, 2019
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Watched: 10/03/2019 and 10/05/2019
Format: Amazon Streaming (both)
Viewing: Unknown (both)
Decade: 1980's/ 1970's
Marshall and Ryan throw a Halloween (Haunted) House Party with two favorites of the ghosts & real estate genre! We compare notes on a make-believe story that some think bled into reality, and a real story which feels kinda fakey, if we're being honest. But only one has Margot Kidder. Let's talk what makes for a captivating tale of houses with more than plumbing issues, and we ponder the handsomeness of James Brolin.
Amityville Horror Theme - Lalo Shifrin, Amityville Horror OST
Poltergeist Theme - Jerry Goldsmith, Poltergeist OST
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
Look, this is one of the most written about movies of the past decade. I'm not really sure I have anything new to add. But I finally saw it, and it was very good. Frankly, it was exactly what I was expecting from seeing the trailers, and I only was marginally off in two guesses I made while watching the film. Still, it's an ambitious film and an uncomfortable film, and I can see why Peele is Hollywood's favorite new director.
Amazon Streaming is including the alternate/ original ending of the film, and, frankly, I think they should have kept that as the final word, but no one is asking me.
Decade: 1980's (so, so 1980's)
I've been meaning to watch this one for a few years as I've not seen much of the work of Monster Squad director Fred Dekker. Dekker both wrote and directed Night of the Creeps (1986), and it does feel like part of the lineage of films by the likes of Landis and Joe Dante - a sort of boutique film by horror movie dorks by horror movie dorks. But it's still broad enough to work even if you don't realize the entire movie is a collection of references frankensteined together to make a narrative.
First - I found this movie to be straight up Rated-R horror movie fun. And I guess, deep down, if a horror film doesn't have anything in particular to say, or isn't going to be a cinematic tour-de-force, give me a good time at the movies. Night of the Creeps absolutely delivers. Aliens. 1950's flashbacks with "the escaped axe murderer" trope on Lovers Lane. Dorky college dudes trying to get into an incredibly d-baggy frat (in my old age, 1980's frat dudes are just absolutely delightful). And references. So many references.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
It's been years since I watched James Whale's Universal Monsters classic The Invisible Man (1933), but it's not because I don't like the film, I just don't always make time for it the way I do Dracula and the Frankenstein films.
James Whale most famously directed Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) with The Old Dark House (1932) released prior to this entry. I'm unsure if most folks know the impact of Whale on horror, even if they've seen the terrific Gods and Monsters, but he, Tod Browning and a few others were busily defining a genre for decades to come, interleaving their horror work with more traditional films.
I am unsure how The Addams Family movies are considered by my own generation or succeeding generations. They tend to get play on basic cable and I think most people saw them at least once.
In 1991, a 16 year old me saw this movie and it checked off a whole lotta boxes. And, you know, over the years, that hasn't changed in the slightest - in fact, now I get a few more references, a few more gags, and as I don't watch it all that often - the movie hasn't ever gotten stale.
I almost used this movie and its sequel for my "What is Love?" podcast (which I guess I'm not going to do) - after all, who is more in love than Gomez and Morticia Addams? Years into a marriage that's produced two children and with their loving family all around them, that's some very public amore going on between our parental units.
And, of course, in 1991, I'm not sure what else was out there with quite as gleeful gallows humor for the whole family. I certainly found it a delight then, and I'd hope that folks are still sharing this movie with their kids.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Watched: 09/13/2019, 09/0152019
Format: Amazon Streaming/ DVD
Viewing: Second/ First
Decade: 1970's/ 1990's
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SimonUK and I rise from the grave with two more takes on the Vampire Genre! In the first film, vampires make a killing running a circus while carrying a grudge and harassing a small European town. In the other, Italian mafia stereotypes collide with a French vampire in a 90's-tastic take on The City of Brotherly Love, and we can't figure out which sangria anyone is drinking. It's a Halloween vampire fest!
Vampire Circus Suite - David Whitaker, Vampire Circus OST
Night - Jackie Wilson, A Woman, a Lover, a Friend
Monday, October 14, 2019
Of late, if someone is going to mention a television show to you, it often comes with a wild look in their eye I recall occurring most elsewhere when my glance would occasionally meet that of the Hare Krishnas who used to roam The Drag in the 1990's.
One does not "enjoy" a show anymore, they area devotee. They advocate for it. They seek converts.
So, lately, has it been with Fleabag, the short-seasoned show from England that, as was discussed at my house over the weekend, on paper, does not at all sound like my cup of tea. Self-immolating, possibly alcoholic and definitely caustic young woman behaves badly, who runs up against the people she loves, and who love her, with poor results. And does it whilst literally winking at the camera.
I mean, sure, fine, but is there at least a robot she drinks with? Then we might have something.