For those caught in the Polar Apocalypse, I hope you're all staying warm and watching some good stuff. It's as good an excuse as any for binge watching!
Voltron: Finally finished season 7. What a finale!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Only a little more than halfway through but am loving every minute of it. Glad they decided to mix in a small amount of humor here and there because the comic is just straight horror.
Bird Box (2018, Netflix)
Ok, I gave in to the hype! My general thing with movies like this is they start out strong and have trouble sticking the landing. Just like anything of M Night's after Sixth Sense not involving super people, I find myself rolling my eyes at the ending because...of course that's how it goes. Overall, I enjoyed the premise and might have liked the ending more if it got there quicker.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018, Netflix)
I don't know if the whole "interactive" thing worked as well as it could but it was a fun experiment. It gets a bit weird in places, especially if you find yourself able to communicate with the main character.
Coco (2017, Netflix)
Another home run for Pixar! It's a great story and the Day of the Dead thing just puts it way over the top for me. I just love the colors, the look of everything, and the mythology of it.
After the hard eye rolling at the end of Signs, I felt I was done with M Night. But now that Now Playing Podcast is reviewing all his movies, I'm going to watch them all, for better or worse. This one...definitely worse. I thought Signs had a bunch of random stuff come together to make a plot but this blows it away! M Night, you are not as smart as you think, an actor, or anywhere near Guillermo Del Toro. Add another strike because the dialog is so quiet I have to turn on close captioning.
Rating: 2/10, the only reason this gets 2 instead of 1 is for the grass wolf
Went to a local screening followed by Q&A with the actors who played Napoleon, Pedro, and Uncle Rico. It still has it's offbeat charm fifteen years later. The Q&A was incredibly fun, If you like this movie and they come around, it is absolutely worth it!
A lot of horror is pretty much throwaway so when I do see something that gets an emotional response or reaction out of me, it's an instant favorite. At one point, I was staring at the screen jaw agape in shock at what just happened. In another part, I got a genuine chill which I don't think has ever happened. This is so much more than a horror movie which is part of what makes it so outstanding in my book.
Rating: 9/10, if you even remotely enjoy horror you need to see this
Who isn't a fan of The Price is Right? This delightful documentary tells the story of an average guy that studied the prices of prizes on the show basically turning himself into the Rain Main of bidding. It's also got some behind the scenes shots that any long time viewer of TPIR will find fascinating.
It's not that this wasn't a fun one, I just don't have a lot to say about it.
On the other hand, I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIE! They have a lot of fun playing with the meta of the characters knowing they're in a horror movie. There are some absolutely gorgeous scenes and quite possibly the best slo-mo chase ever. Yup, slow motion chase! On top of all this, the cast is pretty much perfect and there's an actual story. The only thing I might ding it for is being PG-13 you don't get the full 80s slasher experience but honestly everything else is so good you won't miss it.
As a horror movie, this is just okay. There's just a handful of kills and only two of them are noteworthy. It's more about the environment and stalking than being a straight slasher. And that's what really makes this one worth seeing: the setting. They do such an amazing job with the horror park that I want to go there, just, you know, not the murder-y one.
Rating: 6/10, movie 4/10 but +1 for setting and +1 for Bex Taylor-Klaus
New: 9 Rewatch: 1