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Hello, everyone. While I understand it has been a while since I’ve posted, I feel it is very important to ensure the spread of information. Rather than discussing a movie, I want to discuss the issue of Net Neutrality. I know I’m not the foremost expert on politics, and, if any of you are casual or regular readers, then I know that’s not why you come here, but it is imperative we understand what we might be about to lose. Net Neutrality is what allows our small blogs here on wordpress to thrive, and the loss of it would cause many of us who are just starting out, or just don’t have as many viewers to lose income. Online stores, blogs, small business websites, even lowly movie reviewers such as myself, we could lose so much if Net Neutrality is successfully repealed. If you want to do more research for yourselves, go to the attached website and please read up on what the loss of Net Neutrality could mean for you. Even if you can’t contact your congressman for any reason, please at least try to spread the word. Thank you, and good luck.
This movie came out when I was far more forgiving, and completely embroiled in my love of anything and everything X-men. I suppose that, when you are a massive fan of a Marvel property that isn’t owned by Disney, you tend to forget what a good movie feels like, and desperately grab hold of anything and everything that involves those characters even a little bit. I remember that, when the movie first came out, I was less excited to see it was a movie about Wolverine, but I was definitely looking forward to a long-time favorite Gambit teaming up with Wolverine, and of course a now-classic character like Emma Frost making an appearance. Now, this movie has been out for a while, so it would do very little good to rant about how bad this movie actually is, so I suppose I should just do what I’ve been doing and warn potential viewers about things that might considerably upset them. To start, this movie has a bit of a body horror issue. First, and most obviously, throughout the first half of the movie, we have to deal with watching Wolverine’s bone claws slip through his skin before they’re covered in metal. This isn’t too bad, due to the cgi, but it’s usually extremely slow, and looks very uncomfortable. Secondly, there’s a character who appears who I believe is supposed to be classic character Deadpool, who is undergoing surgery throughout the movie. His final result is missing his mouth, has no eyelids, and has impossibly long swords coming out of his arms. Thirdly, some of the best (and most uncomfortable) cgi comes from the Blob, who becomes impossibly obese after a time-skip. Seeing the rendered body may make you uncomfortable due to the fact that it isn’t yet perfect. Also, if needles make you uncomfortable, I should mention there is a lengthy scene where large needles are slowly driven into Wolverine’s flesh in order to paint his bones with the metal. As for fighting, a lot of it is bloody and up close and personal, but there isn’t anything that’s too violent until a fight scene involving a teleporter. The teleporter accidentally materializes around someone’s arm and, while it isn’t shown, we can very clearly hear the sound of his insides being crushed. Other than that, the violence isn’t nearly as bad as one would expect a Wolverine movie to be. There’s a lot of gunfire, and a lot of stabbing, but luckily no cold-blooded torture. That being said, due to how near and dear well-written and interesting movies are to my heart, I can’t in good conscience recommend this to anyone. But, I suppose, if you’re looking for the greatest disservice to Deadpool yet to come to our minds….go for it.
I’ve finally taken the time to catch up with the rest of the world and seen one of Jack Nicholson’s most famous movies, The Shining. Due to the fact that the movie’s been out almost forty years now, I kind of knew what I was going into when I started watching it, but, for those who are still curious, here’s a recap.
Jack Torrance and his family, Wendy his wife and son Danny, move into the Overlook Hotel for their winter season so Jack can become the caretaker. However, the longer they stay in the empty hotel, all alone and snowed in, it becomes clear that something is deeply wrong with the hotel, finally affecting Jack, and causing him to turn on his family.
To start, I do want to say that the movie is incredibly good, as it is Stanley Kubrick. The entire two-hour running time, I was genuinely uncomfortable and anxious, sometimes even jumping a little at scares that would have been predictable in any other movie. It’s very well-paced, and has several details that throw the viewer off, or keep the setting as unbalanced as possible. That being said, as I’m extremely familiar with the book, there were certain things that didn’t translate as well to film. I’m not saying that Kubrick should have gone in the same direction as King when it came to the plot, as we all know how absolutely boring the 90s miniseries was, but certain things didn’t seem to do much more than just create a creepy atmosphere. For example, Tony, Danny’s seemingly imaginary friend that warns him of the future, vanishes almost completely after Danny is attacked by the woman in room 237, which makes it feel as if he could have been removed from the movie entirely with very little change. Also, while I honestly believe that Jack Nicholson was having the time of his life while playing Jack, and it is one of his most well-known roles, the character of Jack isn’t that interesting in my opinion. From his first appearance, he comes off as a genuinely creepy person, rather than a victim of the hotel’s ghosts. If I weren’t familiar with the book, in fact, I wouldn’t have even known that Jack was a recovering alcoholic, something that was instrumental when it came to his corruption by the ghosts. Once again, I’d like to say that Nicholson was doing the best he could in the role, and clearly brought his A-game, it just wasn’t a role I could get particularly invested in. However, I do truly feel as though Kubrick’s style shines through in this movie. This was actually one of the first Kubrick movies I ever saw, and his ability to create uncomfortable atmosphere, as well as his directing choices, are truly admirable. I feel that other horror movies I’ve seen have tried to create a similar experience, but none have come close to this. From the ever-changing hallways and design of the hotel, to the nail-on chalkboard style music, The Shining truly manages to bring the fear from the original book to light in a whole new format. I hear a lot that Stephen King wasn’t a fan of this movie, and, from the point of view that Jack’s struggles with alcohol were based on his own experiences, I can totally understand why, but I think the movie did a great service to an already famous classic, in a way I don’t think could ever truly be repeated.
Halloween, the movie series that was never meant to be about Michael Myers, has become a staple of the titular holiday, though I don’t think they’re working on the franchise anymore. The movie actually holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first horror movies I could watch without running screaming from the room, which is so much more of an accomplishment than it seems.
The movie begins in 1963, with a teenage girl being stalked through her house by an unknown threat on Halloween night. The killer-in-the-making puts on a mask, sneaks into her, room, and then brutally stabs her with a knife. We get a nice shot of her bare chest, before the movie remembers that it’s a horror movie, and the killer is eventually revealed as her six year old brother, a boy named Michael Myers. Fifteen years pass, and the now adult Myers escapes from the mental hospital he’s been locked in, dons his coveralls, and returns to his home town to murder again. Eventually, however, after murdering a girl without pants on, and a couple who decided to have sex in the bed of their best friend’s parents, he’s eventually thwarted by the combined effort of a young Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence.
I feel that, for it’s day, Halloween is actually a very good movie. It started a lot of horror tropes that have become staples of films such as Friday the 13th, such as people having sex resulting in death, the silent serial killer, and the obvious sequel hook at the end that’ll result in a franchise desperately trying to justify the actions of their main villain. That being said, I do feel that there are a few out of place things done in this movie that exist seemingly to annoy me personally. For one thing, the actions of the characters that die seem downright strange. I’m not sure if sneaking into a neighbor’s house to have sex was a thing in the seventies, but it just feels like a strange thing to do nowadays. They don’t know what kind of nasty stuff those people have done in that bed, and they’re just going to have sex in it? I don’t know if this was normal, so, if it was just something the youths did in the seventies, excuse my confusion. Also, the fake out deaths that Michael goes through get a little ridiculous the longer it goes. I can surviving a hanger through the eye-hole, since there’s the chance she actually missed the eye, but living through a knife to the stomach, a knitting needle through the neck, and six or seven bullet holes is a little less likely in my opinion, especially considering the fact that the sequels confirming him as a supernatural being hadn’t happened yet. I don’t care how emotionless you are, at some point, one of those is going to make you die. I can’t help picturing him limping away after the sequel hook, quietly gurgling an oath of vengeance before collapsing a few feet away.
However, as much as those things do annoy me, I still have to say that the movie’s still pretty strong. The acting is pretty good, and Jamie Lee Curtis is surprisingly proactive when it comes to not getting herself killed. As I recall, she was responsible for at least three of those four fakeout deaths I mentioned earlier. Not to mention, Myers is genuinely creepy with how he just appears and disappears in scenes without warning. I do recommend it quite a bit, especially if you want to see where a lot of older tropes of horror came from.
This honestly isn’t the movie I thought I’d be doing as part of the October movies, but it’s one I grew up with. I remember when I first saw it on Cartoon Network, I was actually kind of surprised that it was allowed to air, considering the time it came out. I wasn’t used to seeing more than typically safe programs on that channel at the time. Monster House is….interesting. To start off, yeah, it’s creepy-looking. It was made by the same people who did the Polar Express movie, which was kind of known for it’s creepy cgi. This movie does a little better in that department, but it’s still a little uncanny to look at. The story, however, is still actually really good for a movie for it’s animation. The story follows a boy named DJ, who, after he believes he’s killed his crotchety old neighbor, finds the man’s house seems to have come alive and is out for revenge. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I can say that it is a fairly entertaining movie to watch at Halloween, and the plot may genuinely surprise you. There are a few issues I have with the movie, namely the presence of an annoying fat sidekick, a concept that was kind of outdated in the early 2000s, and really feels dated now. It wouldn’t be such an issue, except the character contributes very little to the overall plot, until the very end, and it honestly would have been extremely easy to just replace him with a different character. As far as potential triggers for the movie, I think the overall concept of the plot may cause a lot of concern for viewers. The house itself comes alive, eating those who trespass on it’s lawn or territory. If you feel anxious about scary imagery, which is very prevalent throughout the film, you might have a bit of trouble with this. The shots of the inside of the house are extremely creepy, and can be unsettling for some viewers. The house’s backstory, which involves the gruesome death of a woman drowning in cement, may also cause some problems as well. As I stated before, the CG is very creepy, and may take some getting used to, and certainly doesn’t help the unsettling images. However, like I said before, the story, as well as most of the characters are genuinely engaging, and if you’re a fan of Steve Buschemi, he does a fairly good job as the elderly neighbor. Overall, it’s an interesting movie, to say the least.
So, for October, I’ve decided that I’ll be covering various Halloween specials, including horror movies. For this month, I’ll be covering any movie that either takes place on Halloween, or is written explicitly for Halloween. I will also be removing the usual time cutoff I use when it comes to movies. I’ll also be focusing more on a review standpoint, as well as listing potential triggers, as I’m trying to extend the length of my posts. If any of you have any recommendations for movies you’d like me to write about, please leave them in the comments, and I’ll take it under consideration. The first article will be posted on Friday.