This is a truly a first in this blogger's life, my buddies. Instead of scrounging for suitable movies to see and review, I am actually ahead of myself in the blogging thing. Yeah, I've already got like, three finished posts on standby and am in the middle of working on two more right now. I can't freaking believe it. With my new life in my new apartment, I've just felt so much more energized and motivated to really make this blog what I wanted it to be for me and for anybody that might be reading.
And I won't even let myself be distracted (too much) by watching mini-marathons of Law and Order or South Park on Netflix. I've watched so many movies in the past two weeks, mostly catching up on the 2012 horror that I spaced out on - what the hell was I doing all year? Anyway, too many movies, not enough brain power to review them all. So here is a Roundup of the past couple of weeks of movie-watching (not counting the ones I've done/am doing reviews for) with movies that probably won't get the full review treatment anytime soon. Maybe later.
The Devil Inside (2012)
Lame. Weak. Nothing else to say.
Demon Seed (1977)
Okay, interesting movie Mr. Koontz and Mr. Cronenberg. Interesting movie indeed. I'm pretty sure this was a movie about a woman getting knocked up by a computer? Or raped by a house? Something like that. I always thought when I heard of this movie called "Demon Seed" that Julie Christie was actually carrying... demon... seed. Not the seed from a super-smart computer named Proteus who has an awesome voice and traps Julie in her house for weeks so she can give birth to its computer baby that turns out to be her dead daughter. Uh-huh. Not saying I didn't like the movie, though. Christie was great, considering the fact that she has to spend most of the movie alone, talking to a computer with an awesome voice. It's all so weird, but at the same time, I totally love it.
Killer Joe (2012)
More weirdness here, people, just more awesome weirdness. Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, and newcomers Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple make up an outstanding ensemble cast for this deep-fried Texas redneck trailer park murder story about a kid who hires cop-slash-hitman Killer Joe to take out his mother for her insurance money. The kid and the father can't pay Joe upfront so they give him Dottie, the family's young, flighty daughter. The movie is foul and dirty and sexual... and goddamn hilarious. When I kept laughing at all this horrible stuff that was being done and talked about, I actually had to do some internet searching to make sure that the movie was supposed to be funny. And thank goodness it was. Directed by William Friedkin, Killer Joe is most definitely not a movie everyone will "get," I guess, but heck, is it fun to watch and be inappropriately amused by.
House of Voices [Saint Ange] (2004)Sooooo, this turned out to be less of a ghosts-in-an-orphanage movie and more of a pregnant-chick-goes-crazy movie. This is Pascal Laugier's first feature length film before Martyrs and while his style is there, the power of that awesome film is not. I did not understand House of Voices at all. I had to read somebody's post on IMDb to get what it meant, which always makes me feel stupid, but at least I'm not all confused anymore. The movie is good and very well shot and pretty, I think I was just disappointed at the real lack of ghosts. The opening scene gave me real promise with creepy kids in a creepy orphanage but it just gets slow and confusing from there. Part of the main actress's character was apparently to be a little boring and non-emotive, and the other two women were just odd and secretive (about nothing, it turns out... I think...). Bah, I don't know. This one didn't do it for me the first time around. I feel like I might want to give it another shot later on, though.
Creepshow 2 (1987)
It's true, you guys. I had never seen Creepshow 2 until a few days ago. But though a lot of fans seem to really like this one and even prefer it over the first one, I found it less than satisfying. The first story about Old Chief Warpaint or whatever is rather lame. I mean, come on, Stephen. The guy that was in love with his hair? The fat guy with the annoying laugh? Bo-ring. I've always loved the story of The Raft so I was stoked to finally see it on screen. No disappointment there! It was almost exactly how I'd always pictured it in my head (my version might have been a little gorier). Little weird how the one kid decided to get frisky during a life-or-death situation but well, that's men for you. The Hitchhiker was good old-fashioned fun - I loved how the guy just kept getting nastier and nastier looking. So we got two good stories here, but the whole thing was just underwhelming to me. Fun, but not totally awesome.