Thursday, November 17, 2016

Awesome international trailer for "Star Wars: Rogue One"!

Freaky trailer for "Tank 42"

Want: Star Wars Clue


From geekology, This is the 3-D Star Wars Clue game available from Hasbro ($25). It plays like a traditional game of Clue except it takes place onboard a 2-story Death Star and instead of figuring out a murderer, weapon and location, you have to solve what planet Darth Vader plans to use the Death Star to destroy next, which room the Death Star plans are hidden in, and what escape vehicle was used to escape the base. That sounds like fun. Tatooine, in the men's shitter, with a TIE fighter! "Not even close." Whatever, I just wanna play video games.

'Kong Skull Island' trailer

Friday, November 11, 2016

Donald Trump ruined my Horrorthon

Wait.  Before you say anything, watch this in full screen!



I was planning to do a light-hearted post with this title, apologizing again for my lack of Horrorthon participation, because the truth is I was extremely anxious about the election and I was letting it get in the way.  I couldn't help it.

After National Curl Yourself in a Ball Day (November 9th -- it'll catch on!), I've managed to find some semblance of myself and I wish to reconnect with Horrorthon anyway.  Because I need it and I love it.  And because I choose hope.  Doesn't matter if I'm wrong, that's what hope is.

I've been thinking of starting a political blog or Facebook page or something else of questionable significance to get my thoughts on the world out there -- but not here.  This is where we talk about movies and TV and whatever weird, scary art catches our fancy.  I was listening to Abbey Road today and feeling rueful about it, because they weren't dealing with what we're dealing with.  But well before it ended I realized that didn't matter.  They're cheering us on from back there, all of us.  Urging us forward and wishing us well.  And someday our descendants will have crazy space adventures.

Now watch it again.  I love you guys.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story


(2015)***

Cameraman, Milo, and his reporter, Sarah, and their boss, Charlie, are assigned to cover a story on house foreclosures. They are perplexed when they stumble across a house that still looks lived in. They soon conclude that the family has vanished without a trace. Milo breaks into a locked closet in the basement and discovers a box of videotapes. Upon viewing the tapes it becomes clear that the family was being stalked by a faceless man in a suit seen in the far background of their videos. Soon Milo, Sarah, and Charlie are “marked” and they realize that the shadowy man is now stalking them. The man can only be seen through a camera lens.

Bearing similarities to “It Follows”, “Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story” (terrible title) combines the found footage and the unstoppable “monster” genres with fairly satisfying results. The shadowy man stalking them, “The Operator” is clearly based on the “Slenderman” mythos and his sudden appearances are effectively creepy. Similar to the Paranormal Activity series, with every slow pan around the room you are expecting to be jolted. With such a cookie cutter genre to play with, “Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story”, is a slight cut above the others.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The House That Would Not Die


(1970) ***
 
 
 

All ABC Movies of the Week from the 70’s through most of the 80’s get 3 stars from me, no more, no less. There’s something about them that feel like a comfortable pair of jeans and they’re best served on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The House That Would Not Die is the first of three that I watched this past Sunday on YouTube and boy am I ever glad I did!

Ruth Bennett moves into the home she inherited from her deceased aunt along with her niece. Rumors of the house being haunted prompts her friend to conduct a séance. I love séances in movies because they have a 100% success rate when it comes to contacting spirits of the deceased unlike real life séances which yield a 0% success rate. After they make contact with the ghosts of Revolutionary War casualties the house starts to terrorize them. A couple of people get possessed and there was also a guy with a mustache who was pretty cool. That’s about all I remember.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ghostbusters

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(2016) ** 1/2

A few nuclear physicists have been investigating the paranormal all their lives.  Something changes, and multiple specters start to appear around NYC.  So, they steal some equipment from the institutions that drove them out, and devote themselves full time to trying to capture and study ghosts.

Remade of course from the 1984 classic, the new Ghostbusters is different enough from the original, and even improves on it in a number of ways, but overall, works less well as a film.  The film isn't lacking for comedy.  Melissa McCarthy does her schtick well.  Kate McKinnon is definitely the highlight as the quirky egghead, and Leslie Jones is brilliant doing her Leslie Jones thing.  Chris Hemsworth too shows that he may have a future in comedy once he hangs up the Thor cape.  In many ways, this cast may actually be superior to the Murray/Aykroyd thing of the original.
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Unfortunately, Ghostbusters struggles to create continuity.  Similar to Paul Feig's previous films and SNL skits, there are isolated scenes that are hilarious, but overall, there is little that seems to propel the story forward.

Then, scenes and toys are interjected as if the film was required to use up as much of its budget as possible.  What results is little sense when regarding the arsenal of ghost-fighting devices.  Do they stun the ghosts?  kill them?  Capture them?  There's really no sense to it.  And the final solution is really invented at the spur of the moment with one line of dialogue declaring that it would work.  And the ghosts are a beautiful pallatte of neon blues and greens that look so corny they would fit far better in, ironically, an '80s comedy.  Visually, the film looks much similar to Eddie Murphy's The Haunted Mansion (did anybody see that?  Because that's not a good thing).

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