It’s the end of another Sacred Walloween, which means it’s time for three things: Oscars, lighter fare, and Seasonal Affected Disorder. Yay! With Halloween and an impending Oscar season, I only had time to see three films for review, each of which shall be coming soon to a website near you. Those films were Beautiful Boy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and in a very special treat, an opportunity to see Orson Welles’ last film, The Other Side of the Wind, on the big screen – a rare chance due to its Netflix distribution. While my policy is to avoid revealing my thoughts before the reviews go up, I do want to say that one of those films is an insane experiment, one is a delightful, empathetic romp, and the third is…well, it exists, I’ll give it that. Hopefully those reviews will be up in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, I also took a trip to the theater to see Hocus Pocus, my favorite Halloween tradition. Seeing the film on the big screen was everything I could ever hope it to be, and I’ll never get tired of watching Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi, and Sarah Jessica Parker acting/overacting. After indulging in my favorite Halloween tradition, I wrapped up my #31DaysOfHorror (which was actually 23 Days Of Horror, but I digress) with two classics: the original Wicker Man and Antichrist. The Wicker Man was an incredibly smart, well-done little horror film (much smarter than the remake), while Antichrist is one of the best films I have ever seen and also I will never watch it again. Lars von Trier is f*cked up, people. Luckily my horror days are done for a while, and I will turn my attention to Filmstruck before it dies at the end of the month. I have so far watched two films on the service: Withnail and I and F For Fake. With Withnail and I, I found the film to really take a while to build up steam, but once it did, I was hooked and I did not let go. As for F For Fake, I am amazed at how invested in this story Orson Welles managed to get me. I had previously only ever seen Citizen Kane, but I’m going to make sure I see all his classics before the service shuts down, mark my words. Oh, and I closed out my week with the 2018 comedy Game Night. Honestly, there are some really strong laughs in there, and Rachel McAdams and Billy Magnusson are both wonderful, but I didn’t find it nearly as funny as I wanted to. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
On television, I really only watched two shows, although I’m going to start binging the next few weeks on some of the big titles of the year. I did manage to watch Saturday Night Live, which was a bit of a letdown, as well as ABC’s Wednesday Night Lineup, which featured a decent episode of Modern Family. Oh, and I got to attend the Michigan-Penn State football game, which was a complete joy to watch.
What about you? Have you seen any great movies recently? It’s award season; do you have any films you’re looking forward to, or want me to see? Let me know in the comments, and in the meantime, I’ll see you all next week!