Discussion in 'Whatever' started by ShadowSpectre, Sep 17, 2010.
Useless. It's all useless. I was once a man. A man!
Best. Movie. Ever.
And I will fight anyone who disagrees. With words, because this is an internet forum.
* And fully valid for this discussion for bringing that Cronenburgian horror vision to '80s cartoons.
This gem from a few years ago is streaming on Netflix now. If you haven't seen it you really should give it a shot. Great acting and a solid story with badass practical effects. One of those slow burn stuck in the middle of nowhere with a monster type of films. I saw it when it came out and I will happily watch it again on Netflix this weekend.
Wanted to share the season finale of my podcast here since there's some Eraserhead fans on the board. Was chuffed to have Mike White of The Projection Booth Podcast be the first guest.
S1E6. They're still not sure it is a baby: Eraserhead (1977)
Anyone who wants to see some nice Canadian [Ontario] scenery, can check out What Keeps You Alive, recently added on Netflix. Folks looking for an entertaining/scary horror film, with good acting and logical plot/story progression, wellll..... maybe not as much.
Just saw the Susperia remake. I had lowlowlow expectations but, I was BLOWN AWAY!
So much more there than in the original; which while visual amazing was, quite daft.
First review that has made me want to see this now. Thanks for giving me the motivation Neil! I'll report back at some point.
See my earlier review a page back, but yes, I thought Suspiria was fantastic. Having had even more time to digest on it, I remain incredibly impressed with what it accomplished. I am disappointed (particularly so for the filmmakers) that Mr. Argento does not see its value [mind you, I take issue with his criticism in itself, as it suggests he might not have even watched the full movie*]. It is EVERYTHING that a remake should be; and in a cinematic world which is now overrun with shoddy, unoriginal, uninspired ideas, prequels, sequels, rehashes, etc., etc., this is just what is needed. They took a core concept of the original film, used it for inspiration, but ultimately brought out an entirely different and unique product. It stands on its own merits, takes nothing away from the original, and also delivers so much in its own message. I think they should be applauded for that alone, the ambition and execution of something fairly daring, never mind that it is also an incredibly entertaining horror film. I also think the remake elevates a lot of concepts which the original barely scratched upon (dancing, for one, despite it being set in a dancing school, and takes this to a whole other level of horror). Guadagnino's Suspiria is original and a labour of love. It deserves every bit to be held up there with the greats of the genre.
Spoiler: * more on DA
The full quote, for anyone who is interested, according to The Film Stage,
No fear, no music? Did he even see the same movie? I respect DA, but is not without owning some criticism of his own (Phantom). And yes I can appreciate that some people might not enjoy the remake for its 'artiness' (for lack of a better term) but the original could hardly be described as naturalistic by any standard, and if released today, would also be dissected for being arty, pretentious, and overly self-indulgent. Frankly, I can just be happy with both.
I loved how they deal with good and evil and the grey between.
I love it
Us: thoughts, hopes, will you see it?
Midsommar: same set of questions.
My thoughts on Us:
I’m really excited for this. From what’s been piping up from SXSW is that it is fantastic and horrifying as fuck. I hope Jordan Peele flexes his fimmaking techniques a lot more with this one. And you bet your ass I’ll be seeing it.
My thoughts on Midsommar: again, extremely excited for this. I love the vibrance of the color in what we’ve seen from the trailer. It looks completely batshit and all the bad stuff shown that’s supposed to make you feel miserable is doing the exact opposite for me. I hope Ari Aster can keep the twists as hidden as he did with Hereditary and can ultimately top that colossal of a film. Expect my ass securely locked in that seat on opening night.
Really excited for both of these.
Trailers gave away way too much for both movies which is a desease that needs to be stopped (but in times of anitvaxxers, we seem to be unable to stop deseases at all). Especially the Midsommar trailer - I stopped halfway through but it was already too late. I know they need to advertise these to a broad audience but still . . . who said trailers should be summaries of the actual movie?!
Us hits theaters in Germany this Thursday and we will see it this weekend.
Midsommar is also a must for the theatrical release. Especially since I feel like this is a one time only movie for me as was Hereditary. I loved the movie and loved the cinematogr cineto . . . how it was shot so much but I just cannot bring myself to sit through the unease again. Also, overanalyzing it usually destroys the magic for me.
Saw US and . . . well . . . it is hard to rate this one.
First of all, and for me that's most important:
I think it is one of the most entertaining, tense, twisted and well shot horror movies of the last years. I was laughing, I was chewing my nails, I was shouting (inner monologue of course) OH NO!!! more than once.
But it also does not make any sense at all once you think about it.
Actually, I even think the movie might totally fall apart once you think about it too long (and that would be like 5 seconds tbh).
-- minor spoilers below --
The first part is a great slasher movie with some intense scenes. It is shot very well and has some great ideas, is very very tense and the acting is really good, elevating it even more from other movies of that genre.
Once the movie establishes its larger plot it falls apart.
But not in a way that I could not enjoy it. The plot just does not make sense and the established rules are constantly broken.
However, they use that larger plot for some really weird but great visuals and some very simbolic scenes. It is almost as if they liked the idea so much they did not care at all whether it actually works.
And that's what you should do. Don't analyze the rollercoaster, just enjoy the ride.
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