Good news! I survived three essays coupled with being sick. Bad news, I didn’t catch up on reviews. I know this is late but I’ve had a busy schedule, but better late than never, right? I’ll keep them really, really short for the sake of time and because its four reviews. Plus most people have or heard of at least one of these movies.
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, and Dean Norris
The Plot: A wife in the suburbs develops a chemical sensitivity.
The Review: This is another one I had to watch for class and I kinda wish I hadn’t. Now it wasn’t bad but just long and ever so slightly boring. I had to watch it for its use of narrative space and it was a really good example of that but it was slow and nothing really happened. Every time you thought something was going to happen, nothing really did, it was just was so anticlimactic. The main character is flat and meek so that was kind of annoy and her family was uncaring and thought she was crazy. There’s really nothing more that I can say about this movie.
Skippable, there are better Julianne Moore movies.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63NPIiCl3zo
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114323/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
2) The Shining (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd
The Plot: A family goes to live at an isolated hotel as car takers till strange things begin to occur.
The Review: What?! Just what?! Every time I watch a Stanley Kubrick movie I always forget how mind-boggling they are. Like half way through this movie I stop being scared and was just being overloaded with like information. The use of color, sound, and space…just everything was amazing. Acting was superb, cinematography was beautiful, and dialogue was well done and if I missed any thing I’m just going to say that it was all fantastic. My mind is still trying to figure out some of the stuff in that movie and I fear that I will never quite get everything. I still find the twins and Tony super creep though and the film was nerve wrecking but never the less great.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cb3ik6zP2I
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/?ref_=nv_sr_1
3) Halloween (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Tony Moran
The Plot: An escaped psychotic killer terrorizes a girl and her friends.
The Review: Jamie Lee Curtis is so young! Ok, just had say that once. Hands down the creepiest use of music I’ve seen so far. It just makes you so tense. The story is simple and a little scattered but still really creepy. It has a very 70’s horror film feel to it like Carrie does and it did manage to get me jumping out of my seat a couple of times and yell and the screaming at the stupid kids. I still don’t understand how in the world that the hell Michael Meyers doesn’t die! Now most of the movie is just him being super creepy and lurking in the background, staring and in the last like half an hour everything goes down.
Sure, I plan on continuing with the series.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SFmmROBUto
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077651/?ref_=nv_sr_1
4) American Psycho (2000)
Director: Mary Harron
Starring: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, and Jared Leto
The Plot: A wealthy bank executive struggles to hid his psychotic, murder personality.
The Review: My friends and I had a massive headache after this one. Yes, Christian Bale was super attractive but after a while he just became flat out weird and creepy making us uncomfortable. The movie had a pretty odd story with a slightly unexpected ending that just left me mind scrambled. The cinematography was good, the acting as well, and the dialogue alternated between slightly funny, really creepy, and just plain odd but I feel that is like a description for the whole movie. For me though the best part had to be when my roommate was screaming no and ducking under a blanket when Christian Bale was going to shove a cat in an ATM machine and we realize at that moment through the whole film she wasn’t screaming like the rest of us at people being murdered but bring in the cat and she lost it. Which kind of made us all say seriously?
Yes, if you like mind-boggling and slightly quirky.
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GIsExb5jJU
More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144084/?ref_=nv_sr_5
There are some short reviews for you on some old horror films but look forward to Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, and About Time.
Until next time,