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I realized I needed to do a post, procrastinated and the show's tonight, so here it is. The Golden Globes nominations and my picks. I haven't seen everything yet, as I'm looking for screeners online and haven't much luck. But I'll make preliminary picks.

Nominations )

Well there they are.

THE AWARDS ARE TONIGHT on NBC ! Hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
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Oct 29

The Hills Have Eyes

I guess watching American Horror Story this season made me think of watching this one. I put on the 1977, not the 2006 remake. From IMDb: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Buy or rent on Amazon Prime
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Oct 27

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I cued up the 1931 version with Frederick March. The best.

Buy or Rent on Amazon Prime

Oct 28

Drag Me To Hell

From Rotten Tomatoes (98% on the Tomatometer, 62% Audience Rating): Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs the wrath of a malevolent gypsy by refusing to grant her an extension on her home loan. Determined to impress her boss and get a much-needed promotion at work, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) lays down the law when mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) literally comes begging for mercy at her feet. In retaliation for being publicly shamed, Mrs. Ganush places the dreaded curse of the Lamia on her unfortunate target, transforming Christine's life into a waking nightmare.

Buy or Rent on Amazon Prime

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Oct 25

Double feature: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and Beetlejuice.
Felt like something a little more light hearted. I've loved The Ghost and Mr. Chicken since I was a kid. It's a fun one, and parents, you don't have to worry about watching it with your kids. Attaboy, Luther!

Beetlejuice is another I have just always loved. We would shout lines back to the screen throughout. And of course you have the big sing along worthy scene to "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)". Iconic.

Buy or rent The Ghost and Mr. Chicken on Amazon Prime!. You can stream free with a Starz! subscription, too.

Buy or rent Beetlejuice on Amazon Prime!

Oct 26

Carnival of Souls
We have the Criterion Collection edition of this one. From Rotten Tomatoes (85% on the Tomatometer, 74% Audience Rating): Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance. Effective and atmospheric.

Watch on Hulu. Do this while you can, because Ted Turner and Criterion are starting up their own streaming service called Filmstruck, due to open in November now (got delayed) and Criterion will be gone from Hulu and only available on the new service soon.

Buy or rent on Amazon Prime (stream free with a Fandor subscription) ! Same thing with Fandor, I'm sure Criterion Collection titles will be gone once Filmstruck opens.
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Oct 21

They're heeeeere!

Oct 22
Sleepy Hollow

Oct 23
Goodnight Mommy

Oct 24
The Taking of Deborah Logan
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Oct 19


Another that isn't new to me in the least, of course. One of the better screen adaptations of Stephen King's work. It's not so much the car that's creepy / scary here even though yes, it is, as it is watching nerdy Arnie change. Keith Gordon is fantastic here.

Rent or buy on Amazon Prime

Oct 20

We Are What We Are

From Rotten Tomatoes (85% on the Tomatometer, 49% audience rating):
The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.

Disturbing, violent imagery and yes there's gore.

Watch on Netflix
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Oct 16

Funny Games

I'd heard about this one and never saw it so finally queued it up. Two psychotic men take a family hostage in their vacation cabin. This one I'm still thinking about... it really is disturbing. The all encompassing dread and doom are done masterfully here by director Michael Haneke. It's a movie that isn't for the faint of heart. I'm not into torture porn at all. Hated Hostel and movies of its ilk. But this was genius.

Rent or buy on Amazon Prime here.

Oct 17

Lights Out

From Rotten Tomatoes (where it has 77% on the Tomatometer, 67% audience score): When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family's shadowy past. A simple and spare, but quite effective little film. James Wan (director of The Conjuring) produced this one. I see in looking that a sequel has been greenlit. Movie's out on DVD on Oct 25.

Oct 18

No movie tonight. You'll see why (If you're on my friends list) when I post my next "Stuff..." entry. *sigh*
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Oct 14

Night Of The Living Dead

I had to bring out this classic, right?

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on You Tube

Oct 15

The Conjuring
From IMDb: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.. The suspense is built very well. Atmospheric and creepy. It's not what you see here, it's what you don't.

Rent on Amazon Prime
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Oct 12

Village of the Damned
From IMDb: In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

I chose the 1960 film. The 1995 John Carpenter remake is equally good, but to me, a different movie.

Rent on Amazon here.. And while you're at it, why not make it a double feature and follow up with the sequel, Children of the Damned?

Buy double feature DVD on Amazon here.

Oct 13

I love me some Hitchcock. Of course I'll be pulling out Psycho , Rear Window and The Birds before Halloween is all done and dusted, but this one is fantastic. It's inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. From IMDb: Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Rent on Amazon here.
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Oops... this'll be a catch up post. So without further ado...

Oct 7

The Mummy
Had to get in one of the Universal Monsters classics, don't you know. This is a favorite.

Oct 8

One of the better film adaptations of Stephen King's work in my humble.

Oct 9

Written by M. Night Shyamalan, directed by John Erik Dowdle. Five strangers are trapped in an elevator. One of them is Satan himself. But which one of them? I found a couple of the characters annoying and unlikable, but the suspense here was pretty good. It's a slow burner though.

Watch Devil on Netflix.

Oct 10

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Heather Lagenkamp takes us back where it all began. Featuring clips, rare photos and more.

Watch Never Sleep Again on Netflix

Oct 11

John Dies At The End

From the official website (via Rotten Tomatoes): It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't. Darkly funny. There's violence and some gore. I love just... how... nuts it is.

Watch John Dies At The End on Netflix.
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Two days to catch you up on here...

Oct 4

Bram Stoker's Dracula

I watch this one every October. I love it, and Gary Oldman's performance is stellar.

Watch (with STARZ subscription), buy, or rent on Amazon Prime.

Oct 5

Madhouse (1974)

This is an old Vincent Price goodie. From Amazon: "After suffering a nervous breakdown, a washed-up horror-film actor agrees to do a TV-series based on his old screen creation, the monstrous "Dr. Death." Soon the cast and crew of the series begin dying in mysterious ways."

Watch / Buy on Amazon Prime

I'll see what happens from here... we're preparing to be hit by Hurricane Matthew and I anticipate power outages and etc. I'll see you all on the other side.
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Oct 3

The Den

Keeping on my mini theme of internet horrors I guess.

From Rotten Tomatoes (where it's 78% on the Tomatometer, 54% Audience Rating) :
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet.

I'm intrigued with the Deep Web. In fact I watch Some Ordinary Gamers on You Tube every week when Mutahar does his Deep Web Browsing video series. This felt to me like it would be along those lines. The Den is more like Chatroulette than a chat room, though. It didn't disappoint me. It was intense in places, good jump scares. Didn't rely on being overly gory . I didn't know any of the actors here, either, which is cool. Watched it on my computer, which made it even creepier. You know what? I bet Unfriended was yanked from this idea. This movie does it a touch better though.

Watch The Den on Netflix.

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I'm watching Breaking Dawn pt. 1 on Showtime at the moment. Yeah, I know. Shhhhh. One thing though. I'd even wondered this reading the book. Yeah, I know. Shhhhhhh. How in the HELL did Edward get Bella pregnant in the first place? I mean, he's essentially dead, right? A vampire. They don't have the same bodily functions and bodily fluids as a living human would. How did he create sperm? 'Tis a puzzlement. Oh but then we wouldn't have the weird hybrid child Renesmee. RENESMEE. Nor would we have had the creepy moment when Jacob ~imprinted~ on her. Ew. Yeah.

EDIT: The birth scene! BRUTAL. Bella's spine cracks in half. And Edward rips through her uterus with his teeth. WITH. HIS. TEETH. Damn.
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I don't understand how Zero Dark Thirty got an Oscar nomination not to mention the Golden Globe nominations it got (though ♥ Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress Drama) for best picture, because... no. I want my 2 1/2 hours back, damn it. Sorry, I know, I know... BUT IT HAPPENED! BUT THIS IS WHAT WE DID! Blah blah... bleh.

More babbling this way! )

I have to see Django Unchained yet, and have that planned for tonight. Also need to see Beasts of the Southern Wild. Haven't seen Amour, don't know if I really need to? Anyone seen it and think it might be worth my while?

In other news I took a break in my Oscar movie watching and watched Pitch Perfect. I loved it! It was a cute movie.
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For my newer followers, you'll find I'm a movie freak and love the Oscars! Every year I do an Oscar marathon where I try and catch up with movies that I hadn't seen and weigh in with my picks. Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone just got done announcing the Oscar nominations for 2013. They are:

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin - Argo
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

more here... )

There will also be a 50th Anniversary James Bond retrospective!

This years telecast will be Feb. 24. Seth McFarlane hosts. See the full list of nominees here!
I have some movie watching to do. I need to see Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Django Unchained, The Master and Life of Pi. Les Mis was wonderful and I'm rooting for Anne there, but I think this will be between her and Sally. I'll come back and weigh in further with my picks in a few days.
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The past couple of days I stuck with stuff around here I had DVDs of already. I might look on Netflix for something I haven't seen tomorrow night. It's almost here, guys! HALLOWEEN!


Oct 26: Orphan
Love this one, however thought it would have been a lot like a female "The Good Son" without the twist in the plot.

Oct 27: The Lost Boys
Kiefer Sutherland. That is all.

Oct 28: The Shining
Come play with us, Danny.

Oct 29: The Ring
Great stuff!
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Catch up time. Here's what I've been watching since my last Halloween Month Movie a Night update.

Oct 15: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Still my favorite, though very good still is the adaptation made ten years later starring Spencer Tracy. But Frederick March's performance here was much lauded and won him an Academy Award. I also think "Mr. Hyde" is scarier in this version than in the 1941 film.

more scary movies this way! )

Not sure what's on the slate for this evening, as we get closer to Halloween I love trying out movies I haven't seen or those I haven't seen in a long while. I'll search around and see what comes up.
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"The Girl" is a made for HBO movie that premiered last night. It centers around the making of two of Alfred Hitchcock's classic films "The Birds" and "Marnie". Both starred "the girl" of the title, Tippi Hedren.

The story is probably one you've already heard if you know your Hitchcock lore. He snatches the pretty blond Hedren out of an obscure modeling career to make her a star. He essentially becomes obsessed with her, falls in love with her, and when she spurns his sexual advances, he makes her life a living hell. For instance. Hitch made Tippi think that they'd be using a combination of robotic birds and special effects for the scene in "The Birds" in which Melanie Daniels goes upstairs, opens the closed door and birds attack her. The director never told her that his plan was to use live birds, which were thrown at her, take after take. She ended up injured and traumatized, leaving the production for a week. Tippi came back, finished the film and moved on to the next one on Hitch's slate, "Marnie".

Hitchcock had Hedren tied into a seven year contract with him, which he refused to break, causing her to lose some roles, try for other ones, and thus not being able to continue much of a movie career past the two films she did with him.

Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedren. I thought she did a more than apt job in her characterization.

Let me talk about Toby Jones in this film. As he did with his role as Truman Capote in "Infamous", he became Hitchcock. Using prosthetics and his flair for uncanny impersonation, he was excellent. Might I add, also, just as his Truman Capote came in second to the more lauded performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote", there's another Hitch movie coming out, on a more grand scale. In theaters November 23, making it in time for Oscar consideration, Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of the famed director in "Hitchcock". Though, two totally different movies, one only covers the films with Hedren and focuses on her, here again, Mr. Jones could be overlooked in his portrayal as more attention is placed on the "bigger" film. I encourage you to check "The Girl" out when it's aired next!

Here are trailers for both films:

The Girl:


I'll tell you I'm excited about "Hitchcock" because Anthony Hopkins is awesome all the time. And from the trailer, he's won me over already.
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Okay now that I'm back from Christmas land (see my last post) I snap back into the Halloween spirit! I'll quick catch you up on what I've been watching during my Halloween Month Movie A Night.

Movies, I got your movies! )

Haven't decided what tonight's movie will be yet. This post on ONTD got me intrigued though. So many have said "Smiley" is just bad, laughably so. But I'm thinking maybe I should check it out. You know, for the lulz. *screech*
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Okay it's October 3. I started my (and my mom's) tradition of watching one suspense / horror film a night during the month of October culminating in a screening of "Halloween" on Halloween night.

I started Oct. 1 with the original "Frankenstein". Because the Universal Monsters just say Halloween to me.

Last night it was "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man". This one was interesting, in that you had two very well known Universal Monsters in one film. Also, in this one, Bela Lugosi played Frankenstein's Monster. He was good, though Karloff really made it what it was. Lugosi, though he had lifts in his shoes, was a deal shorter than Karloff and it showed. I always pictured the Monster much taller, probably because of that image of Karloff in my head. Anyway, nothing against Lugosi, he was good.

Tonight it's "The Bad Seed", based on the book by William March, and maybe something else a little later.

The Bad Seed-01

Anyway, I have always just loved this film. One, because it came from the stage to the screen pretty much as is. Mervyn LeRoy saw the stage production, and decided right then and there he wanted to adapt it for the screen. He told the actors to just do it, as if they were on stage. It really does come off like a play when you watch it, since that is what it was. Six of the original stage actors from "The Bad Seed" came for the movie version.

The performance that Nancy Kelly gives is just amazing. And Patty McCormack is a marvel. While some might say it comes off a little cheesy, I really look at its nuances. The acting is superb. The ending was changed from book and stage to movie because the Hays Code which was in place at the time insured that in film, crime cannot "pay". So that is why you see the mother surviving (she does not in the book or the play) and Rhoda getting struck by lightning on the wharf (she actually is the survivor at the end of the book and play). The other change in the film from the stage is the scene between Leroy and Rhoda in the arbor where she's screaming for him to bring her shoes to her. That took place in the livingroom of the Penmark apartment originally.

Anyway. Off I go. I'll pick out something else tonight I'm sure since it's early or maybe not, see what's on TV...


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