Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 30, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 30: Stonehearst Asylum. Rating: 5/5. Comment: This movie is based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, which was probably the original “lunatics running the asylum” tale. The worst part about this movie, for me, is the realization that many of the medical practices depicted in this 1899 period piece were probably based on fact. The second worst part was the treatment of women — both inmates and nursing staff — which was also probably grounded in truth. Our world has come a long way. As a little incentive to watch this one, let me inform you that if my doctor looked like the one in this movie, I’d check myself into Stonehearst and never, ever leave. They’d release me, and I’d break my own leg to stay. You dig?

Peace and love.

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October 29, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 29: American Psycho. Rating: 3/5. Comment: A man who works for strict control over his life suddenly begins to find a release by murdering strangers, acquaintances, and friends. I would have liked this movie a lot more if it had been more clear cut as to whether or not events were literally occurring or if they were only in the guy’s head. I’m not a huge fan of ambiguity — just tell me what is going on. Josh loved this one, of course. He likes those “figure it out as you go” shows. P.S. It’s truly terrifying that there are maniacs running around who find pleasure in hurting others.

Peace and love.

October 28, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 28: Tales from the Darkside: Word Processor of the Gods. Rating: 3/5. Comment: This is based on a Stephen King short story, about a man whose dead nephew leaves him a computer that can literally make changes to his life based on what he types. He deletes his disrespectful, worthless son and lazy, vindictive wife permanently and, in the rewrite of his life, is able to bring his murdered nephew and lost love back to him.

Peace and love.

October 27, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 27: The Pact. Rating: 3/5. Comment: Some of this movie was just so-so, but the scary parts made me legitimately afraid. I was squeezing Josh’s hand so tight he had to shake it loose, and I was ready at any moment to throw the kitten at the killer and bolt. It was every man for himself, in my mind. It blends supernatural with realism seamlessly and, while some of the script and character motivations seemed a bit off, the acting was really good. By the way, one of the actors is, like, the creepiest, scariest person I’ve ever seen, mainly due to his body language (he should work as a contortionist in Vegas). Also, while I guessed the very end early on (with Josh’s input), the falling action leading up to the ending was actually quite unexpected and made me so anxious I nearly turned the movie off — which almost never happens. If only the first half were as good as the last half. So it goes.

Peace and love.

October 26, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 26: The Cottage. Rating: 1/5. Comment: The obvious and completely impossible ending of this movie could not come soon enough. Clearly based at least in part on the Sharon Tate et al. murders by a bunch of girls brainwashed by Charles Manson, the flaws in this flick were staggering. First, imagine a middle-aged man makes a comment about your teenage daughter’s sexy clothes, stares at you while he goes swimming naked in your pool, and steals the baby monitor so he can effectively spy on you without getting caught. Further envision that your best friend, daughter’s boyfriend, and husband all turn up missing within a span of a few days of his arrival, but you are surprisingly unalarmed. Finally, pretend you decide, for some reason, that you don’t want to call the police after you catch him standing in your bedroom and holding your baby and, while still reeling from that unpleasantness, you discover he has sent hundreds of emails to your 14 year old daughter, to whom he claims to be engaged. At what point do you finally decide to involve law enforcement officials? Is it when the lawyers inform you that, as a tenant of your property, he may enter your home any time he wishes, as it was not specified in writing he could not? Is it when he mentions having “witnessed” a hit-and-run accident in which your former tenant died? Is it when you see he has stolen your cat? I just don’t know when the appropriate time to call the cops would be. As it turns out, neither did our protagonists. That’s why they died.

Peace and love.

October 25, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 25: Monsters University. Rating: 5/5. Comment: Set as a prequel to Monsters, Inc., this flick shows how Sully and Mike became the most fearsome pair of monsters in the biz. This movie was silly, fun, humorous, and had a great moral: cheating never feels as good or makes you as good a person as working hard does — take that, diet pill industry! Make some popcorn and snuggle up under a blanket with the kiddos, because this one is stellar. In fact, I’ll probably just buy it so I can watch it again soon.

Peace and love.

October 24, 2015 Fall Frightfest

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October 24: 13 Sins. Rating: 5/5. Comment: What would you do for wealth? Whom would you hurt? How many crimes would you commit, and ranging to what degree? How firm are your morals, your ethics, your self-imposed “line”? Would you stand by and let someone get killed for money enough to pay your mortgage? This movie really forces you to examine your own values. Between the philosophical meaning and the humor, it’s totally worth a view, and that’s before you factor in the blood and guts.

Peace and love.