Review of “Things Heard & Seen”

While this movie came out back in late April, it didn’t really hop onto my radar until it began trending this week. Being in the middle of a mystery kick, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blind watch of something for once. Going into this movie, I had no idea what to expect outside of the brief ad that runs on Netflix. Unfortunately, there isn’t much hype that the movie lives up to.

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Review of “Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021)”

This was not the movie I intended on reviewing this week, but it’s the one that had some social media presence on my timeline, for some reason. Unfortunately, unlike many other nostalgia callback type of movies, the end result itself was not worth any of the time I put into it. In fact, it was difficult to stomach at all- but not for the horror it was attempting to scare me with.

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Review of “Ready Or Not (2019)”

Not in my original plan, but I found myself with a blu-ray of a film that ended up meaning a fair amount to me given it was one of the first films I watched with my old roommate. While there is a lot of sentimentality drawn into this film for me, how does its overall quality hold up in comparison? Well, I’m here to say: it’s an easy recommendation, albeit an imperfect one.

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Halloween in December: “The House That Jack Built”

It’s the final day of my Halloween in December movie marathon and, in the theme of self-indulgence I decided to watch The House That Jack Built. From the controversial director Lars von Trier, this film follows the perspective of the serial killer Jack (played by Matt Dillon) as he explores the reasons behind his own cravings to kill. What the audience gets is a two and a half hour long journey into the ego of Lars von Trier- for better and for worse.

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Halloween in December: “Martyrs (2008)”

30 straight days of horror films is what it took to get to this point. And this particular horror film is a doozy- Martyrs (yes, the original one) is a twisted and utterly depraved bit of New French Extremity that retains much of the hallmarks of its contemporaries but then goes far beyond them, perhaps being one of the most metaphorically personal pieces of New French Extremity ever put out.

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Halloween in December: “Funny Games U.S.”

This movie marathon is sadly almost over, so to close out the month, I’m going with less risky ventures and staying with what is more in my wheelhouse. Funny Games U.S. certainly fits into that category, coming from one of my more favorite directors in Michael Haneke and being a shot-for-shot American remake of the original Austrian production. Despite sharing the same rating from me, its advancements keep up with its new flaws, in ways that make me rethink the understanding of the original.

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Halloween in December: “The Call (2020)”

Day 28 of the Halloween in December marathon and I finally got around to watching this film that was released on Netflix last month. However, based on the movie I watched, I really wish I had just kept going on about my life and watching things worth my time. This film certainly doesn’t respect your time, and it definitely isn’t anything of quality like so many reviews I’ve seen online praise it to be. It’s too bad I can’t make a phone call to warn past me to just watch something else and save myself two hours.

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Halloween in December: “Us”

Party time is over (for now) and for the 26th I thought I’d revisit Jordan Peele with his horror follow-up to Get Out: a new venture starring Lupita Nyong’o, Us. While certainly serving up some new offerings in terms of technical ability, there are inevitable comparisons to Get Out, and I’m not entirely sure that trade-off quite pays dividends. That isn’t to say that this film is not an easy recommendation, though, because it is!

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Halloween in December: “Get Out”

It’s Christmas time in Halloween-town, and today I wanted to bring up a film I haven’t watched since the year it came out: Get Out, an unexpected commercial and critical darling from 2017. Not that anyone was doubting the comedic elements from writer-director Jordan Peele, who is supremely talented in that field alone, but unlike many comedy peers, he goes far beyond that to deliver a gem from that year. This movie resonates strongly even 3 years later in 2020, and likely into the beyond.

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