I hope you all had a wonderful Sacred Walloween! I spent my weeks exactly the way I hoped to – watching scary movies and enjoying my Halloween at home. In fact, during the week of Halloween, I only had a chance to make it out to the theater once, taking my father to a repeat showing of Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. It was his first time, and my second since my review went live. And I’ll be honest with you: with the pressure off for a review, and a chance to luxuriate in the world Tarantino is building, I ended up enjoying it even more than I did the first time. It’s a beautiful, massively impressive film, filled with love and humor. My only regret is that we didn’t stay afterwards, which I later learned apparently involved a Skype Q&A with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. I’m so incredibly mad that I missed that, but c’est la vie. However, since then, I’ve managed to head to the theaters twice, for two films with reviews pending. The first was a repeat viewing: I managed to see Parasite with a sold-out crowd, and it drastically changed my grade (you’ll see what to in my review coming in the next few days). I also managed to see one of my most anticipated films, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. And folks: it lives up to the hype. You can look for that review in the next week or so, as we get closer to the release date.
In terms of my #31DaysOfHorror, I ended my run around 18 films, which isn’t great, but at least I made it past the halfway point. My week started with the 2019 film Ma, which honestly, is one of my favorite types of horror movies. It’s dumb and uninteresting in almost every facet, but then you have Octavia Spencer in the middle going hard. It’s such a charismatic, insane performance and I loved every minute she was onscreen. Luckily, the rest of my horror viewing was an uphill slope in terms of quality. Two films I absolutely adored were The Innocents and The Host, the former a 60s ghost story that was taut, creepy, and excellent, while the latter was a balls-out bonanza of themes, jokes, terror, and more. I also watched Pedro Almodóvar’s 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In, which was an absolute mindf*ck, one that I’m pretty sure I liked, but can’t be certain. Naturally, I spent my Halloween watching the Freeform Hocus Pocus marathon, because it is the only good movie ever. And in the Marvel marathon, we’ve finally reached Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, which inspired interesting reactions. Thor was a big hit with my mother, while my father enjoyed it, but “could not wrap his head around the massively different tone.” As for Panther, they admittedly had to face down the massive pop culture phenomenon that came before, and naturally the film could not match the fervor (what could, honestly?), but both marked it as one of the more enjoyable films of the marathon, and were fascinated with some of the storytelling and effects choices. I hope they enjoyed two fun, happy films, because we get to Infinity War next week.
On television, my tastes have been a little all over the map. It’s Always Sunny has wowed with a noir sendup and a classic global warming episode, while South Park was pretty humorous with their Halloween episode and faux season finale. Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live had a weird episode as Kristen Stewart hosted – the sketches weren’t all there, but Stewart’s chaotic energy matched the episode’s incredibly weird vibe. The final Modern Family Halloween featured an entertaining tribute to Psycho. But in my favorite, weirdest rabbit hole, I watched a series of Blair Witch Project featuring Scooby Doo and the cast of Wizard of Oz. I’m a big Blair Witch fan, and Scooby Doo and Wizard of Oz are two of my biggest pop culture favs, so these spoofs were right up my alley. I highly suggest watching if you ever get the chance.
That concludes this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. This is the week my schedule at work completely changes and throws off my already-existing schedule, but I’ll do my best to get as many reviews up in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving – you all need to know what to see in theaters over that all-important weekend! In the meantime, let me know in the comments what you think of what I’ve been watching, as well as what you’ve been watching. See you all soon!