Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top 10 Horror Films Shame List: The Films I'm going to watch on October

Since it almost October already, I felt like putting a top ten shame list on horrors flicks that I am going to watch to in October, once the  Hoop Tober horror event on Letterboxd begins. If you don't know what Hoop Tober is I will explain what it is before I start the list. The Hoop Tober event is mainly where you watch horror movies for thirty one straight days with some strict guidelines, but I would rather you learn them yourself by clicking my version of Hoop Tober instead of me giving the rules.  Now, I will list some of the films that I will plan to see this October and why I am trying to get these certain ten films off my shame list on October and this list is in no particular order.

1. The Evil Dead from Sam Raimi  is one of those films that made a huge impact on the horror genre itself from a low budget and I would love to see how the low budget makes this film pretty scary without the budget that Evil Dead II has . Also, I would love to see how both of the story are similar and different from each other after seeing Evil Dead II this month for the first time on Chiller.

2. The Night of the Living Dead is another film that list that I want to see very badly since this film made a major impact on when it came to zombie in horror films and I keep hearing that this is one of the best zombie movies that George A. Romeo did besides Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, so I am very pumped about this journey of exploring one of the best zombie movies out there for inexperienced film fan that hasn't seen a lot of horror movies.

3.  Psycho is one of the most well known films that Hitchcock directed and as a huge fan of his work, I fell like I need to see Norman Bates attacking the people and I also wanted to see the famous shower scene in the film where Janet Leigh started to scream pretty badly once Bates kills her.  Once I finished this film sometime in October this year, I can easily say that I say one of the most iconic horror films of all time, which makes me feel pretty good about myself as person who is very passionate about movies.

4. The Omen is one of most well known movies when it comes to one particular character, which is Damien Thorn and that is one of the reasons why I want to see this film really badly. Also, I am not well experienced when it comes to creepy kids in horror movies unless you count Heather O'Rourke as Carol from Poltergiest, so this makes the journey of learning more about iconic horror character and movies more exciting when October begins.

5. Suspiria is a film that I have heard mentioned so many times when it comes to scary movies and  Italian horror as well. The reason why I want to see this film is that I am not familiar with the genre of film that is related to horror and I would like to see why this film has such a huge cult following with audiences and movie critics around the world.

6.  Horror of Dracula is one of the Dracula movies people mention a lot when it comes to Hammer Horror films and I am very curious to see how a Hammer Horror was done back when Christopher Lee was playing Dracula. Also, I am curious to see why the reputation of this Hammer Horror film is considered timeless to horror fans out there.

7. Carnival of the Souls is one of those films that shocked people a lot when the first see this movie and that makes me want to know why people consider this a horror film classic. Another thing that made me curious is to see how black and white films horror were like besides the Universal monster movies that I have seen that involve the classic horror monsters that I love watching.

8.  Kwaidan- When I found the plot of this movie earlier this year on TCM, the plot and the cover of the movie poster intruded me a lot and made me want to get this out of my shame list immediately. First, I love films that involve Japanese adaption to creepy stories and the second reasons why this film was pretty high in my must see list in October is that it has won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival, which is pretty remarkable to me since the Cannes is the most iconic film festival out there for film buffs.

9. Pepping Tom is a great step for me when it comes to seeing an Powell and Pressenger, since I would like to see a darker side of their filmography after watching A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes this year. Also, I would like to see how their cinematography changes since the mood of the film is quite creepy and horrifying as well. Also, I would see why this film is considered one of the best British film when it comes to horror too.

10. A Tale of Two Sisters is another good choice for me to put off my shame list because this is considered a modern horror classic from foreign films and I always wanted to see how Kim Jee- Woon creates these wonderful, but original ideas that are very different from some of the foreign cinema that I have seen so far in my life.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Before Midnight Movie Review

WARNING: This film has spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie or the rest of the films.

Seeing the end of a remarkable trilogy end makes me very sad, especially if I felt like I was the part with the certain characters in any particular movie like Before Midnight. The reason why I feel like this trilogy ended in a different note are by seeing the dark side of the couples we love, the perspectives change again, and the endless possibilities that the ending provides once you see the film.

First, the bitter sides of seeing a couple that used to be in love is quite frightening to me, especially the fighting scenes at the hotel. Without spoiling it that much , you felt so cringe worthy and horrifying when you see the couple fight about the compromises  that they want in the relationship. All I wanted to do when I saw those scenes, is hope that they stop arguing about the problems that they are currently happening at the hotel.

Second, the perspectives now change since they are a married couple. Jesse perspective is still writing his books, but now he feels guilty for not being the father figure he should of been his ex- fiancĂ©e child. Celine perspective is still the same when it comes to feminist views, but now all she wants Jesse to do is to stay with her children that they have together as well, which is quite selfish of Celine.

Finally, the ending of the movie makes me wonder about the future of Jesse and Celine's relationship a lot during the end and I have my opinions  on what happens if Richard Linkletter does not want to  make a fourth film in the Before installment. My thoughts are that Jesse and Celine will still be together because they are like best friends to each other, but if Richard Linkletter does decide to make a fourth film I will see it, but the anticipation of seeing it for the first time  wouldn't be  the same as the Before Trilogy.

Also, I am very thankful that I have enjoyed the ride of a journey of a lifetime and to those who haven't seen the film, I will really jealous that you get to see those films for the first time and those memories of seeing the films for the first time for me will have many fond memories of joy, sadness, and love for the characters that I have known for so long.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Elephant Man Movie Review

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Watching your first David Lynch film can be quite a great experience for someone who has heard so many good things about his films, but thankfully I am already saw my first David Lynch movie this year, and it has everything that I have wanted for my first film of his, which were wonderful cinematography, a really complex plot that has meaning and shows experiences from previous films , and the creepiness that he loves to show that is always filled with surprises.

First, the plot is tailored to perfection for his style of filmmaking when the film was released because he had experience in doing a movie like this and it was his  directorial debut film Eraserhead. Basically, Eraserhead involves the same plot idea like The Elephant Man when it comes to people/creatures who are judged by majority of  society while providing different ideas based on similar things. The example that I had for The Elephant Man is that John Merrick gets accepted in the community for being himself for the most part in this true story  and the tone is probably a bit more less darker than Eraserhead,  The example that I have from Eraserhead from what I have known about the movie without seeing it is that the baby is a monstrous creature and causes a lot of bad mayhem for the main character of the movie instead of positive influences to people  like The Elephant Man's John Proctor.

Second, the cinematography makes the movie more unique in my eyes. The first thing that made me love this part of the film is black and white  scenes of the film come to life more often and it makes the film stand out more when it comes to story as well. Also,  the cinematography helps the movie in the heart felt moments of seeing John Merrick 's finally being accepted in community, while provided some creepy images that goes perfectly in this film. The last thing that makes me feel appreciative of the beauty of the film is that impact as a whole wouldn't make a big difference if this film was made in color.

Finally, the creepiness of the film made this film pop with surprises. A good example of this the beginning scene in the movie where John Merrick  gets attacked by animals during one frightful night and I didn't except the beginning to go like that and it made me hooked on the whole entire film. Also, another good part of the film that shows this trait is the bad dreams and kidnappings that had happen to him, which made me feel sorry for him even more besides the fact that people find him a freak, when he isn't one at all.

At the end of the day, this film has made me want to see more David Lynch films and the meaning, how the films looks, and the creepiness factor helps this movie out when it comes to a beginner in David Lynch films like me with less darkness in the film and I would recommend this as a best place to start if you are interesting in his works as well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Favorite Directors Blogathan: Tim Burton- September 2014

The reason why Tim Burton is in my list because I enjoy him when he is at his element of creating original work that he is very passionate about, which I find sad because most of his work these days aren't like that anymore.  Now, I will list to you the films of Tim Burton's filmography that I have seen.

1. Edward Scissorhands is my favorite Tim Burton film for many reasons. First, the personal connection that we have with Edward Scissorhands is great because we want him to succeed in this quirky town that he lives in. Second, the chemistry between Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder is incredible to watch during the whole entire movie because you feel like you want to couple to be successful in a relationship, even thought they are complete opposites. Finally, the ending is very awesome and I love the fact the ending is very personal to Tim Burton because it shows how depressing it can be to have someone bully you for just being who you are.


2. Beetlejuice is a great step when it comes to how creative Tim Burton can be when it comes to a story he loves, while creating original movies. First, the idea of saying Beetlejuice multiple times is very creative. Second, the animation and the live action of this movie is remarkable and creative. Third, there are so many famous scenes in that movie. Finally, I love how dark the humor is when it is a family film that the whole family could watch.



3. Pee Wee Big Adventure is a great debut for Tim Burton and it easily show his unique features as directors and there are many reasons why I like this film a lot. First, you get Paul Reubens as his best, which is playing the iconic role of Pee Wee that everyone loves if you were a child of the 80's and 90's. Second, this film represents how entreating family films were back then and it isn't the same anymore these days. Finally, this film made me aware of who Pee Wee Herman is and how innocent the actor used to be before he got into major trouble.



4. Frankenweenie is the easily the best film that he has made in decades and I will explain why. First, Tim Burton is doing something that he hasn't done in ages, which is creating a story that he is very passionate about and is original. Second, the animation and creativity in this film reminds me of the things he did during the 1990's. Finally, I find it amazing that Tim Burton still has this captivity to films like this and I am praying for a Tim Burton comeback when it comes to films like these.


5. Batman Returns is a major step-up from this first film and I have reasons why I love this film better than the sequel. First, the darkness of the film made it more a like a Batman movie to me. Second, the villains of this film are more complex than the first film and they are not always what they seem. Third, the character of Max Shreck was a major highlight of the film for me, even though he is barley in it. Finally, the casting for the villains in this film are perfect and the actors play the villains perfectly.  


6.Batman is a great film that was match made in heaven for him when it comes to comic book adaption and I will explain why I love this film. First, the acting from Jack Nicholson is brilliant since he makes fun of himself on the previous film he has done and the embraces the role as the Joker too. Second,the plot of Bruce Wayne's journey is quite smart since the dilemma makes the idea of him being a human who saves the world more believable. Finally, the action was pretty fun to watch, even thought it was not that good as the Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.

7. Corpse Bride was a good idea from Tim Burton, but there were some things that made this film an okay film for me. First, the plot was alright, but it didn't add the spark factor that when it comes to the films he used to make in the 1990's. Second, the animation was alright, but can tell that some of things in this film are GCI instead of hand stop animation, Finally, the ending made this film was pretty redeemable  considering the fact that the film storyline was pretty predictable.

8. Alice in Wonderland re-adaption from him was a pretty bad idea and I have my reasons why I feel this way. First, doing it live action loses all of the creative that this film has to offer and it would be awesome if the film was stop hand animation instead. Second, the story is pretty rushed for a live action movie. Finally, there were not a lot of things in the movie that stood out and I have forgotten a lot of the movie as well.

9.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a remake that should of not happened and I have my reasons why this is so low in list. First, you can't beat the original when it comes to how magical this film is and the performance of Gene Wilder as Willa Wonka. Second, the kids and Charlie didn't have the same special types of character connection when it comes to the original. Third, half of the things that were in this film were unnecessary and they didn't add anything important to the storyline.  Finally, the ending was just very blah compared to the original.