Film: LA JETEE (1962)
Notes: This was pretty great. I wish I’d seen it before watching 12 MONKEYS, because I thought this was far more effective and that one moving image in the midst of the stills--WOW. (Of course it’s also depressing because time travel.) Gorgeous and fascinating use of mediums.
Film: HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1992)
Notes: I liked this up until everyone became stupid for plot purposes and we have Misunderstandings Via Answering Machine. Really, what I wanted to see was Joey and Terri teaming up to fight crime! Or at least Pinhead and company.
Film: THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE’S OWN EYES (1971)
Notes: Unsettling film about autopsies.
Film: GRAVITY (2013)
Notes: Wow, this was stunning cinema, you guys. Just visually AMAZING. I loved it. Hands down one of the best-designed (visually) films I’ve seen this year. Just wow.
Film: BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (2000)
Notes: A biopic about Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas; the episodic structure mostly worked for me, although a couple of the time jumps were confusing (maybe subtitles would have helped as I missed some of the dialogue). Overall I liked it; some great shots and acting.
Film: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (2012)
Notes: Nicely creepy and effective! (Beautiful music, too.) Very solid and unsettling; I thought the choice of monsters for the haunted house was well done because it’s really, really creepy by the end.
Film: KURONEKO (1968)
Notes: I’m not entirely sure what the random blizzard at the end signifies, or why the dude suddenly drops dead in the middle of the house? But for the most part, this was cool--I loved the effects and the staging (like the glimpses you see of the cat paw, or a tail, or the make-up change for the face).
Film: DELIVERANCE (1972)
Notes: Stunning cinematography. Just stunning. The story is brutal and effective; it’s a movie I’d have a hard time re-watching for a lot of reasons. The visuals, though. Man. I’d get it on Blu-ray for full effect.
Film: ESCAPE PLAN (2013)
Notes: Delivered exactly what it promised in the trailers, which is all about Stallone and Schwarzenegger breaking out of jail. I enjoyed it a lot. Nothing will surprise you, but it’s fun and has some great moments.
Film: BOYS DON’T CRY (1999)
Notes: I had an incredibly hard time sitting through this for class. It’s way too upsetting and triggery for me to talk about. (I get the whole “based on a true story” thing, but fuck it, I still don’t want to watch this.) However. Well-deserved Oscar for Hillary Swank; she was absolutely amazing.
Film: LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
Notes: Not as funny as the second one, I thought, and I could buy everything up until the WTF fight scene at the end. I just love Murtaugh and his family. :D So yeah, enjoyed it a lot.
Film: NORMAL (2003)
Notes: I liked this film a lot, especially for the fact that it addresses the topic of a transwoman who comes out to her family and community and the progress of how she and everyone around her adjusts( spoilersCollapse )
(It’s an HBO movie.)
Film: CARRIE (1976)
Notes: I’m just not digging any of the King-based material, guys. It took me three days to finish watching this because I kept getting distracted and bored. The movie itself was all right, I guess. Maybe you have to watch these iconic horror films before a certain point for them to be effective on more than just a ‘oh, that shot was nice’ level?
Film: PUMPKINHEAD (1988)
Notes: This one actually surprised me by being a lot of fun. Loved the Pumpkinhead demon design, too.
Film: PARANORMAN (2012)
Notes: Adored it! So sweet and mature--also LOVED that we get an openly gay character so effortlessly handled. It was great. The animation is wonderful, too. :D I don’t think I’d show it to really little kids because it is pretty scary in places, but 8+? Definitely! It’s tons of fun--older ones will probably get more of the, ahem, risqué humor and thematic depth the story is handling, but it works for all ages.
Film: THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (2000)
Notes: I have seen some WTF nonsensical Disney movies, but this one is so WTF I don’t even know. It’s like some kind of fourth-wall-breaking semi-self-aware acid trip or something.
Film: THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE (1986)
Notes: October is not complete without watching something that has Vincent Price in it so...apparently this was my choice this year? (I only remember bits and pieces of this film when I saw it as a kid.)
Film: COME AND SEE (1986)
Notes: Brutal. Also possibly one of the most affecting war films I’ve ever seen.