Happy Sacred Walloween, everybody! That’s right, it’s my favorite month of the year, and to celebrate, I saw a whole buncha movies, both new releases and older classics. By now I’m sure you’ve read my review of Joker, which was competently made but overall rather boring. But I also managed to head out to the theater to see The Peanut Butter Falcon and Good Boys, both of which I rather enjoyed. Peanut Butter Falcon was an expertly made American road movie with a fantastic performance from Shia LaBeouf, but it’s Good Boys that surprised me – I really did not expect to like that one, and found the story of friendship on the verge rather funny, albeit with a few issues. Oh, and Keith L. Williams is going to be a star. You can take that to the bank.
At home, I’ve begun my annual #31DaysOfHorror run, although I’ve fallen a little behind (the second film took a little time to get through). Due to an upcoming listicle surrounding the Halloween franchise, I started things off with Halloween III: Season of the Witch and the 2009 Rob Zombie Halloween II. I did not find Season of the Witch as terrible as most people made it out to be, but my god was it weird. The entire masks angle was bizarre, the acting was schlocky, and the effects were laughably bad. That being said, I’ve had the song stuck in my head since last Tuesday, so…success? As for Halloween II, this was…yeah, it was unsettling. Rob Zombie clearly had something in mind with his gory follow-up, which deals with the aftermath of trauma on a small town in some interesting ways. However, he buries it under a pile of gore, some doubling-down on making every character unlikeable, and punting on an ending that could have been incredible. It’s not terribly made, but I just had no interest in what he was offering. I’ve also managed to watch the 1932 classic Freaks, which is a fascinating little horror film (GOOBLE GOBBLE!!!), with some haunting visuals of people cut in half and suffering from birth defects (although treated with respect by the filmmaker), but I don’t find it quite as “scary” as people have made it out to be. I think it’s a film I respect more than love. Meanwhile, in the Marvel Marathon, we’ve finally made our way to Doctor Strange, a film I loved when I first saw it. I still really enjoyed it this time around, but on the small screen, the weaknesses in the CGI particularly stand out to the viewer. It definitely effected my parents, who were both lukewarm on the film – loving the story, but loathing the CGI. And in honor of a certain TV show I’ll be talking about in a few minutes, I completed the Michael Douglas Sexy Trilogy with his 1994 “classic” Disclosure. I’ll give the film credit for being technically well made (it might be Demi Moore’s best performance, which is more a statement about her acting abilities than anything else), but god, is its story about how men are the real victims of sexual harassment and how “b*tches be out to get us” just felt so gross and discomforting. Definitely not worth it, especially when compared to Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct (which at least know Douglas’ character is crummy).
I also had a chance to watch a whole lotta new episodes of some of my favorite shows. I enjoyed the last episode of Succession, even if it didn’t live up to some of the other episodes of the season – although Kendall’s rap is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. I’m also fascinated by the direction this show is going, and can’t wait for tonight’s episode. I also took in my Wednesday Night Comedies with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and South Park. South Park had some interesting ideas that it struggled to boil down to a coherent point (or maybe I’m just upset about the brutal killing of Winnie The Pooh), but Sunny had some brilliantly scathing commentary on test screenings and the Rights Of The Fan (see: DC Bros and Star Wars Fanboys). I also finally got around to starting the new season of The Masked Singer, which is far easier than last year, ironically. And as excited as I was to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift on Saturday Night Live yesterday, somehow the show managed to waste the duo in the worst possible ways. As game as Waller-Bridge was, the writing was some of the worst I’d seen in the show’s history. Oh, and Big Mouth returned for it third season, which…wasn’t as great as I hoped? I don’t know, I laughed a lot, and it’s still better than most TV out there, but unlike Season 2’s incisive, well-honed sense of comedy and pathos, Season 3 felt scattered and unclear in its ideas. That being said, the Disclosure episode is one of the best bits of television this year.
That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I’ve got all sorts of Halloween-themed lists and movies coming up this month, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. In the meantime, comment below with the films you’ve been watching, as well as what you think of the movies and shows I’ve been watching. See you all next week!