Ex video store alum. RIP Xtravision
Put some respect on the 3 ⭐️ movie!
“When we die we turn into stories, and everytime someone tells one of those stories it’s like we’re still here, for them. We’re all stories in the end.”
The only thing better than an end of year list, is a best of the decade list. The downside to a best of the decade list is that films from the beginning of the decade tend to carry more weight because we’ve had more time with them.
It can take until the…
Chapter 1: The Shining
Kubrick was a master. He saw in The Shining something Stephen King has never been able to publicly acknowledge: we hurt the ones we love.
Kubricks approach to King’s material was one of ambiguity. He chose to leave the meaning of the story opaque.
Ive always felt The Shining was a metaphorical exploration of trauma rather than just a traditional ghost story. Ghost stories have always been a metaphor for past traumas; Im not…
Albert Finney’s bare ass was one full moon too many if you ask me.
This was actually pretty good, notwithstanding some questionable dialogue and plot exposition. Some of the shots of New York were beautiful; you don’t see those kinds of shots very often.
This film felt like Predator 2 meets The Ghost and The Darkness…in a good way!
”What if this is as good as it gets?”
What an odd movie. It feels like a time capsule of sentiments and ideals that are expressed in ways so alien to today’s culture.
That being said, there is a sweetness to the overall film thanks to the stellar performances and assured comic directing of Brooks.
Man, I love that dog.
Side Note: I secretly hate Skeet Ulrich in this movie, but not for the reasons you’d expect.
I once told…
At its best this movie was full of silliness and gore. It also had the secret sauce that James Wan lathers onto his productions—tense and inventive set pieces.
Unfortunately the Wan sauce couldn’t save this movie from its odd tone. It was obviously aiming for a A Simple Favour meets Blood Rage vibe, but it didn’t capture the black humour in a way that felt intentional or consistent. It feels like it’s in two minds about how serious it wants…
The datedness of this movie takes away a lot of the horror, but the craft remains all these years later. Still one of the scariest movies about pregnancy I’ve seen.
The parts of the movie that stand out to me now are the early scenes between Farrow and Cassavetes. The scenes of them starting their life together in the echo filled apartment remains endearing, in-spite of everything we know that’ll follow.
I was struck this time around by how much Gwyneth Paltrow looks like young Mia Farrow; it was kinda unsettling. Cassavetes always plays a compelling shit-heel; hard to take your eyes off him.