Man, what an eclectic week of movie watching I’ve had. While I’m still way behind on #31DaysOfHorror, I did manage to get in a few scary films. And most importantly, I managed to see three new films, all of which have reviews in the works: First Man, The Hate U Give, and Support the Girls. I’ll wait until the reviews go up to give you all more information (at least one of them is ready for tomorrow morning), but I’ll say that while all of them are good, one is fairly solid, one is highly entertaining, and one is an instant classic.
Speaking of classics, I watched two classic noirs this week, one in theaters and one on Filmstruck. The first was the trippy Laura, which I found well acted (especially Clifton Webb), and definitely surreal in all the right ways, but still a bit cold. That being said, I was insanely tired and at the worst possible angle when I watched it, so it wasn’t ideal viewing circumstances. Meanwhile, I was disappointed to find that White Heat was only fine, although I was enamored with James Cagney’s performance. I guess I was hoping for a bit more gangster material in the final product. And while I’m not caught up quite yet, I have been doubling my efforts for Sacred Walloween’s 31 Days of Horror. I’ve watched four films this week: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Near Dark, Eyes Without a Face, and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. While I will be writing a piece at the halfway mark of the month for you all on the films I’ve been watching, I can give you a taste now. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a slow build that wins you over with its twisty plot and its insane scenic design; Near Dark is a testament to Kathryn Bigelow’s direction and Bill Paxton’s acting; Eyes Without a Face is very, very French horror film that didn’t really wow me the way I wanted, but certainly looked creepy thanks to the mask; and Halloween 4 is really, really dumb, despite a fantastic ending idea.
On television, I missed South Park and It’s Always Sunny this week (I’m bummed), but I did manage to watch the new Modern Family, which I thought was fine, if nothing special. I also watched the return of my #1 show of 2017, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! And I’m happy to report it came back strong – funny and smart as ever! It’ll be a welcome bright light on my Fridays for the rest of the year. I also watched Saturday Night Live last night, and found Seth Meyers to be a competent host – that Cosby sketch was brilliant, and that Frightening Tale sketch was way too real. Oh, and I also started reading The Hate U Give novel, in order to see the differences between the book and the movie. I’m not quite done yet (about halfway), but I find the story compelling, and the characters rich, but am a little disappointed by the general prose, which screams of “How do you do, fellow kids?” disingenuousness. Of course, I may be biased – I absolutely despise present tense prose, and I may just be put off by its use in the novel.
What about you? See any good new releases? Anything good on TV? How about scary movies – I hope you’re getting in the proper Sacred Walloween spirit! Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all here later this week for more spooky, scary surprises!