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Tons and tons and tons of horror movies. ?I forget them, as it's such a genre trope.

For one example, I watched Autopsy of Jane Doe the other night, and it had that.?
Feb 28, 2017 9:52 PM
Rocky IV?above Rocky?! I'm so offended. Rocky?was my favorite movie growing up.

Have I seen anything in the top 5? No. Shoot me, haha.?:P
Feb 28, 2017 9:50 PM
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Vladimir777Is it weird that one of my life goals is to own everything?in the Criterion Collection? ?

I usually just buy films that I have a strong opinion about. However, there's nothing weird about buying all of them.

:D?I'll never be able to afford it, though. But I can always dream. The reason I say all is because large amounts of their movies I haven't heard of, but I'm sure are good if they're in the Collection.
Feb 28, 2017 9:42 PM
Christ, my last post was a mess composition-wise on this website. ?

I tend to agree with what crumbsroom said about the Conjuring 1?vs. 2?comparison. The first one is more polished. The second one feels like a throw-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of job, and I ended up loving it for that. But I was one of the few who wasn't ultra in-love with Conjuring?when it first came out. Sure, I liked it, and it's probably my favorite style of horror movie, but I didn't understand how it got such better critical press than Insidious, which I found to be much scarier. But then again, I'm a huge James Wan fan. He makes the kind of horror movies I love to watch. I'm one of the few who wishes there was more?supernatural horror out there, haha.

Going to see Get Out?tonight. Can't wait.
Feb 28, 2017 9:36 PM
Unfortunately, the Conjuring 2 is a bit of a crapshoot of see what sticks. It has highs and lows that come with such rapidity that it's never boring but it never comes together into a satisfying whole.

I agree with all of this, except the unfortunately part, since I obviously liked it more than the original, regardless of the faults. There is a lot of dumb shit in the sequel (I'm personally tired of shoehorning in desperately old horror movie tropes like creepy nuns) but what it has going for it is a great sense of space in the haunted British flat. There is a tremendous amount of personality in that set.

Yeah, I was surprised that I liked the second Conjuring?more than I did the original. ?I thought the little girl actress was great and drew me in more than any character in the first. ?I also liked that Patrick Wilson, who I love, had more to do with the film than his character's wife. ?I also thought the nun thing was scarier than anything in the original. ?I do agree with the other poster that the first third of the first Conjuring?is great and creepy. ?I'd probably love the hide and clap bit more if it weren't entirely shown in trailers. ?I'm still mad at them for that.
Cassavettes seems interesting. ?Minnie and whatever reminds me that the neighbor's character in Rosemary?is, I believe, named Minnie.
Feb 28, 2017 9:32 PM
Is it weird that one of my life goals is to own everything?in the Criterion Collection? ?
Feb 27, 2017 7:27 PM
Yeah, it was a pretty bad movie. And I'm pretty forgiving of horror movies in general. The ending was ridiculous. SPOILERS BELOW:

Didn't the shark impale itself to death? What kind of animal would do that?! And you're right about the whale meat just lying there. A shark would definitely take the huge free food over the extended effort for prey that isn't even that big.
Feb 27, 2017 7:18 PM
Vladimir777I've never wanted to punch a character quite as much as I wanted to Rosemary's husband.

I've always wanted to write something about Rosemary's Baby that focuses on the John Cassavetes character. He is almost without question the real villain of the film, but the more? times I watch the movie, the more apparent it becomes how self loathing his character is. As unsympathetic as his actions are, there is a deeply pitiful aspect to his character that I feel just deepens the horror of this film when you realize the small victory he was willing to trade for his wife.

For sure. Subtle early lines like, "And the artistic freedom, too!" or something sarcastic of that nature, when the realtor praises him for being a TV actor, where "the money is."
Mostly, I'm interested in the character because of the supposed tension that went on between Cassavetes and Polanski. I'm curious what each wanted the character to be like. I don't think I've seen any Cassavetes movies, but apparently he was a sort of big auteur at the time, no??
Feb 27, 2017 7:15 PM
DeschainI just watched Alien vs Predator Requiem, which was fucking terrible. Some nice monster effects were rendered moot since you couldn't see them due to everything being too dark and rainy.

I saw that's on HBO Go. Ugh, don't you hate that when you can't see anything in monster movies? If it's gonna be a bad movie like that, at least show me some cool effects.
Feb 27, 2017 7:12 PM
MKSI watched Do You Like Hitchcock and the Monster. Do You Like Hitchcock was easily the worst Argento film and felt less like him cribbing from the Master of Suspense and more him warming over a rejected DePalma homagefest... With a softcore porn cast and British 90s TV crew. Despite that, it had some hysterical moments (the slowest moped chase on Earth) and I was never bored throughout. It's one of those pretention free pieces of garbage that was likeable despite itself.

The Monster was the inverse. It was so desperate to be the next Babadook but was undermined by being relatively suspense free. Utterly predictable, occasionally insultingly stupid, and almost always frustrating because it was so close to being ?what it wanted to be but kept falling into convention and laziness. It never pulls together it's "monster is metaphor for real life issue" and pales in comparison to something like the aforementioned Babadook, It Follows, or Tale of Two Sisters. Lastly, I wasn't remotely impressed with Kazan's performance and thought she was outclassed by her child costar in every regard. Lukewarm cinema best spewed from mouth.

Agree that Monster was close to being a great movie, but failed. I agree that, at least to me, it didn't have almost any suspense, but I was honestly blown away by that child actor's performance. You mentioned her. It was almost just worth seeing for her alone. Wow.
Feb 27, 2017 12:08 AM
Vladimir777Old horror movies I've watched recently (maybe I'll do write-ups when near a computer lately):

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Island of Lost Souls
The Uninvited (Gail Russell, who sadly died young and tragically, is my new pick for most beautiful actress in Hollywood history)
Carnival of Lost Souls

Next up:

The Birds
Rosemary's Baby
Don't Look Now
The Brood
Goodbye Mommy (newer obviously)

Edit: my GF tells me it's GOODNIGHT Mommy.

I like every single one of those. Really like most of them.

Woot! ?I've liked them all other than The Birds so far.
And, Rock, I would love to see that favorite horror movie performances list. Count me in.
Sorry if my posts have all these questions marks. It's very hard to retrain myself to only put one space after sentences. Ugh.
Feb 27, 2017 12:04 AM
Janson Jinnistan
RockAlso, Lemora looks distractingly like Jared Leto as the Joker.

This blood libel.


Just die the hair green and scribble "Damaged" on the forehead and you get this:


The grill is optional.

This was not my finest hour, but I stand by it.

Haha, oh my God!
Watched The Birds and Rosemary's Baby the last few nights. ?Rosemary is of course a classic, although it's also infuriating to watch. ?I've never wanted to punch a character quite as much as I wanted to Rosemary's husband.
The Birds disappointed me. ?This was my first time seeing it, and I don't know what it was, but it just didn't hold up for me the way Psycho and Vertigo do, which are among my favorite movies.
Hoping to see The Brood and Don't Look Now for the first time coming up.
Also saw Hell House LLC recently. ?If you're at all into found-footage, it's worth a watch. ?It's been called similar to The Houses That October Built, in that they're both about people doing haunted houses/"haunts," but it's actually a very different film. ?It is more documentary-feel than simply found-footage, and there are several different layers of footage in it. ?It also doesn't really have any over-the-top jump scares whatsoever, which is very rare for the genre (to be honest, I wish it had more, but I'm sure you guys will like that it essentially doesn't have any).
Feb 27, 2017 12:02 AM
TheAsianSensationHow this hasn't happened yet to RT is beyond my comprehension.

Right?! This board is a shell of its former self. How people from IMDB even FIND this board is beyond me.

New guy, I'm curious, how did you find this place?

I've said it before, but I HATE the formatting and how this board works now. Ugh.

What other good movie forums/sites are there out there?
Feb 15, 2017 7:37 PM
Black PhilipThe Uninvited is one of my favorite old horror movies. Great locations.

The plot also kept me guessing till the end.

Kinda funny that Ray Milland's character mentions in the movie that he better not keep drinking or he'd turn into an alcoholic, and that the old house would be a "fun" place to get the DTs, and then the next year he'd star in and win an Oscar for The Lost Weekend.
Feb 15, 2017 6:45 PM
As someone who's never seen Unbreakable, I can tell you that ending's very non-meaningful. I knew enough about that movie to know it was a reference to it, but who cares? I've met others who have no idea what the hell the ending was about.

I wish the other two captured girls had been fleshed out a little more. That one chick had to spend almost the entire movie in her underwear, and then just had a toss-off death without any humanization. No effort was made to make them three-dimensional characters. Missed opportunity, among others.
Feb 15, 2017 6:33 PM
Apex PredatorAnd I add Oklahoma City to my list of films seen this month.

A look inside the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, examining both how Timothy McVeigh got to his thought processes (it turns out he was in Waco!) and how the aftermath influenced things.

Interesting documentary which does well in looking at the big picture of guns and government action (like in Ruby Ridge and Waco), but less well when focusing on Oklahoma City itself (they skip over the majority of the cleanup efforts where someone says that everyone wanted to help). There are mentions of how hard it was to amputate a leg and a mother digging for her son, but the film is more interested in the whys and hows.

Most notably, there's a chilling precedent for today where people were worried over the government stealing guns and attacking civilians (can you think of some recent developments that have strengthened this argument? I can) following those attacks. It turns out McVeigh was a gun nut who hated bullies and grew deeply suspicious of the government following the first Gulf War.

Overall, it's a pretty good documentary. But with some tighter editing, it could have been better.

Next: One of 2014's where I get a second shot at it. Followed by one of 2016's better films and a classic from 1982.

Was this on PBS the other week? Great movie. They had one on Ruby Ridge the other day, which I can't wait to watch.

I love how in-depth they went into the backstory of the inspirations. As you said, it's almost more about the backstory than the bombing itself. The footage of McVeigh at Waco was nuts.
Feb 15, 2017 6:27 PM
I love going to see old movies in theaters (and of course on film, although I saw Seven Samurai on film and, man, that was a bad print)!

I'm ashamed to say the only Kar-Wai movie I've seen part of is In the Mood for Love. Years back I rented it on Netflix, and I got halfway into it only for the disc to stop working. At that point I really didn't want to wait the five days to then see the second half, so I never finished it.

From what little I did see, Moonlight did remind me of that style of movie. With its beautiful cinematography and that classical-sounding score, when I came out of the theater I was thinking that Moonlight reminded me of a black Terrance Malick movie.
Feb 15, 2017 6:24 PM
Old horror movies I've watched recently (maybe I'll do write-ups when near a computer lately):

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Island of Lost Souls
The Uninvited (Gail Russell, who sadly died young and tragically, is my new pick for most beautiful actress in Hollywood history)
Carnival of Lost Souls

Next up:

The Birds
Rosemary's Baby
Don't Look Now
The Brood
Goodbye Mommy (newer obviously)

Edit: my GF tells me it's GOODNIGHT Mommy.
Feb 15, 2017 6:12 PM
MKSI think there's a difference between being a feminist work and being a good feminist work.

Fair enough. I guess I'm just never very impressed when a movie does the thing it is criticizing. When it's something like Hot Fuzz it works because I don't think that the tropes in action movies are as problematic. But there is a physical reality to putting attractive female bodies on display so that the audience can get its jollies, and when you only mildly subvert that dynamic, the end result is basically the same.

Also, years of playing sports in college (which involved lots of traveling to other colleges and seeing hundreds upon hundreds of naked bodies) means that I am totally numb to the sight of naked women in their late teens/early 20s. It's difficult to explain just how utterly boring the omnipresent shower sequences in horror movies are for me.

Anyway--the movies Chopping Block and Afflicted are both currently on Amazon Prime. Anyone seen either? Opinions?

Oh--also! Have any of you had The Lure on your radar? I read an interesting review of it on the AVClub.

You got to see people from other colleges naked by playing sports? Damn, why didn't I sign up for this shit?! Anyways, I wish I were like you. I hate being aroused by token hot-girl nude scenes, but I definitely am. But that's probably just my own sexual neuroses haha.

Anyways, yes, Sleepaway Camp is great.
Feb 15, 2017 6:02 PM
Watched the Ouija sequel last night. Pretty interesting beginning, but it really just peters out and rushes that ending. It was a film if decent potential that just couldn't stick its landing. Still, my favorite Mike Flanagan film was, I believe, his first: Absentia. Great movie.

I just learned they made a movie out of one of my favorite VHS segments, "Amateur Night," called Siren. Anyone seen it? Can't wait to watch it.

Watched Mutanta, a French movie, on Shudder. Probably didn't help I split it up over a period of months, but MEH.
Feb 15, 2017 5:57 PM