Category 3: Nostalgia Views. October 31: Hocus Pocus. Rating: 5/5 (Originally 5/5). Original Comment: I actually think this movie deserves better than a perfect score; as a teacher, however, I feel it would be unfair to introduce bonus points this late in the month and only grant them to my favorites without telling the others. The Divine Miss M sings “I Put a Spell on You” in a way that only a true diva can, and I cried at the end…again. Update: I just love this movie so much. The witches are hilarious. The plot is fun. The Halloween Spirit is strong with this one. I watched it while drinking hot chocolate with Halloween peeps and leftover candy. I regret nothing. I cried at the end…again. Don’t judge me. If you haven’t watched this movie, what are you waiting for? You’re missing out!
Category 6: My Phobias: Claustrophobia. October 30: The Silence of the Lambs. Rating 5/5 (Originally 5/5). Original Comment: For the first time, I watched this movie straight through, unedited, with no commercials. Whoa. The plot was fascinating; it contained a decent amount of action, but also featured dialogue full of symbols and puzzles. Jodi Foster was almost unrecognizably young, but her acting was flawless. Speaking of brilliant performances, this is the second time Anthony Hopkins has made my list with a perfectly-rated film this month — way to go, Tony! Update: I am currently reading the novel for the first (but definitely not the last) time, and while it differs in some respects, I feel both are worth your time. The character Clarice Starling is a strong heroine — a worthy role model for young people. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is an icon at this point, on par with Michael, Jason, Freddie, or Chucky. I cannot emphasize enough how much the hubs and I enjoyed this one, and I am very excited to be able to finish the novel this weekend.
Category 7: Stephen King Favorites.
October 27: The Shining. Rating: 5/5 (Originally 5/5). Original Comment: Jack Nicholson may, perhaps, be the greatest actor ever. I must take this time to thank his eyebrows for their award-winning performance. Though it differs in several significant ways from the novel (which is one of my all-time favorites by King), I feel this movie is, in its own right, a sensational success. Update: I almost dropped this movie to a four, but I wonder if I’m being overly critical. Here’s the major problem I have, and I bet Stephen King would agree with me on this: Dick Hallorann flew all the way from Florida to Colorado because Danny contacted him with the shine, but couldn’t even sense he was in danger of getting axed by a raving lunatic? His injury is a major deviation from the book (King wouldn’t have been so sloppy in logic) and only serves as a deus ex machina to rescue the otherwise helpless (and virtually useless) weeping, hysterical woman trapped in a tiny room with certain death bashing in her door.
Category 3: Nostalgia Views
October 24: Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror IX and Treehouse of Horror X. Rating: 5/5. Comment: While Episode nine was solid, none of the segments stuck out to me as being a favorite, and, separately, I’d likely rate this a 4.5 (which, according to Frightfest precedence would automatically bump up to a 5). Episode ten, though, had a clear winner in I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did, a parody of I Know What You Did Last Summer. However, Josh was quite partial to Desperately Xeeking Xena, and said, “I love everything about it,” so I guess the favorite choice depends upon whom you ask.