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30 Days Challenge: Film Pt. 4

June 22, 2020

19 – A film made by your favorite director

I have been on board with Guillermo Del Toro since I first saw Mimic but I really fell in love with him as a director since Hellboy. He is such an imaginative Director who knows how to make brilliant stories with breathtaking visuals. I have loved every single one of his films that I have seen and I am working on finally seeing them all. I feel like this movie was kind of lost from the conversation of his career. I think people went into this movie expecting full-on horror but instead got more of a fantasy drama piece. What I find most amusing about this movie is that it may have had a Disney origin. Del Toro had signed on to do a movie based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion but the project ultimately fell through. Lo and behold, his next project ended up being a movie about a haunted house anyway. It makes me wonder (and I am not alone) whether or not Del Toro recycled some of his ideas from the Disney project into his own thing for Legendary. The movie is a great mystery and a very atmospheric, spooky movie. The visuals definitely made me really feel the movie more than most others (ie the cold, the damp).

20 – A film that changed your life

“Changing your life” is a strong statement. I do feel that movies have the same power that a good book or a good television show has, to move society and expand our minds. One such movie that expanded my mind is Pi, my first experience with the trippy work of Darren Aronofsky. The movie is about a young mathematician who figures out a great breakthrough. He is pursued by the powers that be who want to use the breakthrough for their own ends. The movie is dark and atmospheric but it meant more to me than it just being a good movie. To me, the movie is about knowledge and how to be responsible for it. The government, corporations, and other unscrupulous and corrupt powers will take and pervert knowledge that could be used for good. It also has a really accurate portrayal of chronic pain (which I dealt with for years) and social anxiety which I still deal with.

21 – A film that you dozed off in

I am ashamed to say it but I did fall asleep during Vertigo. It was not that it was a bad movie, I think I had just been suffering through some light sleep deprivation. The movie is really good, obviously, a classic rightfully lauded with honors. At the time, my friend Arthur was excited to show it to me but I yawned and ended up actually falling asleep which unfortunately ended movie night. I felt embarrassed at the time but now I realize my teenage body was just going through normal weirdness and I was also a bit of a night owl which led to sleepiness on other nights.

22 – A film that made you angry

The Boss made me particularly angry. It was somebody else’s choice for a movie night and I was not exactly looking forward to it. I am no big fan of Melissa McCarthy who seems like a one-note comedian who almost completely traffics in fat jokes and plays dumb irredeemable characters. She is kind of like Because of this movie, I will always hesitate before giving Melissa McCarthy a chance. She plays an absolutely horrible woman in the movie who is never shown to have learned any lesson. What makes it worse is that one of my all-time favorite actresses, Kristen Bell, is in this movie. It is such a waste of her talents. The movie is set up to basically crap on Kristen Bell for its entire running time and that is basically the point of the movie.

23 – A film made by a director that is dead

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is one of the best films of its time. It was such a revelation and I was lucky enough to watch it at a fairly young age. It took an Italian man to reinvent the American Western. Sergio Leone was really good at creating beautiful yet ugly movies with engaging characters. He turned a mostly silent protagonist into something compelling. It is a shame that that actor turned into such an old racist but Leone could hardly be blamed for that. Leone portrayed people as they are, warts and all. Heroes are not paragons of virtue and villains are not absolute monsters.

24 – A film you wish you saw in theaters

I really enjoyed Knives Out but I really think that some of the nuanced humor could have been helped by seeing it with an audience. Also, the movie is really pretty, and seeing it on a bigger screen could not have hurt. There are plenty of other movies, especially during these times of COVID, that I wanted to see in theaters. I missed out on seeing the following in theaters this year or last: Spiderman Far from Home, Onward, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Bloodshot. I would have also loved to see older movies in theaters. In particular, I think of the Marx Brothers movies. I would have loved to laugh along with huge crowds as the brothers’ antics ensued.

Media Update 8/4/2016

August 4, 2016

Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens

Yes, it is another Sharnado movie. This one did not seem to get the same hype as the third one. This movie would probably piss off a lot of my more science-minded friends. It is really, really stupid and if you think or question the movie too much you will immediately stop enjoying yourself. The franchise makes about as much sense as Jaws 4 and it’s best to just sit back and relax and enjoy the spectacle. This one gets even more ridiculous but I am all in because somehow the makers of these things know how to make a good bad movie. Once again, Ian Ziering carries the movie. He is just the right mix of everyman and corny action hero. He’s kind of a low-budget mix of Ash and John McClane. He’s joined once again by David Hasselhoff who actually puts in a pretty genuine performance. In fact, most characters play it pretty straight since they are all the straight men (and women) to the wackiness around them. Tara Reid returns yet again but this time she’s a weird cross between Iron Man and Robot Chicken’s version of Britney Spears. In any other movie, she would annoy me but she has been in the franchise since day one so you have to just accept her for what she is. There is a great ensemble cast and even the small child actor eventually pulls his weight. This is by no means a “good” movie and the writing and acting is goofy and silly but it was a lot of fun to watch. I recommend you watch this one for the facepalm goodness, the stunts, the CGI and a ton of Star Wars puns. I can’t wait for number 5.

Gingerdead Man 2

Well, if I was going to do a bad movie theme this week, what better movie studio to fit up but Full Moon. For those who regularly read this blog, you know that I hold a special place in my heart for this studio. They make some of the worst/best horror movies in the business. I have previously reviewed a couple of their movies and I have seen way more including the awesome Puppet Master series. Still, they have made a ton of movies that I have not seen yet. I realized that I had a copy of Gingerdead Man 2 that I had not seen yet. I worried for a few moments that I had not seen the first Gingerdead Man but then I remembered that it does not matter. Luckily, the movie starts with a quick recap of what happened in the first movie. This also did not matter because all you really need to know is that there is a killer gingerbread man who enjoys what he does. I was a little disappointed because I knew that Gary Busey was in the first one and I had hoped it was going to be Gary Busey as a life-sized cookie murdering people. Basically, Gary Busey’s normal Friday night. What I did not expect was that this movie is incredibly meta and is all about the behind the scenes of a crappy, low-budget film studio. I kind of wish the movie had just been about that because it has so many nods to their other franchises. It was a completely stupid movie but it was kind of fun to watch while doing my accounting homework. This is really niche so I do not recommend it.

The Boss

It was not my idea to watch this movie as I really do not like Melissa McCarthty as a comedian because her kind of comedy is very negative and tends to shoot for the lowest common denominator. She is basically the female version of Adam Sandler. The movie follows a thoroughly unlikeable CEO who gets arrested for insider trading and goes to prison. She gets out and mopes about for a while until she decides to sell brownies through kids. All the while she mistreats and bullies everyone she comes in contact with. If we are supposed to root for her, they did not do a good enough job in making her sympathetic. If we are not supposed to like her then I do not see the point. This character deserved every bad thing that happened to her and a lot more than she got. Basically, this movie is bad and it should feel bad. The only bright spot was Kristen Bell who is the sole voice of reason but most of the movie is spent taking a giant dump on her character. I felt bad for her character and I felt bad that the actress was in this movie. Peter Dinklage was also in it but he already chose the direction of his career when he took a role in Pixels. The movie had a lot stupid, lowest common denominator humor. I can take that as long as the main character is actually likable or has any redeemable qualities. If you want to watch a good dumb movie, watch Talladega Nights, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura or Plan 9 from Outer Space.


Music of the Week:
Lady of Rage – Get With Da Wickedness

Skyhill – Firefly

Stick To Your Guns – Against Them All

LiSA – L.Miranic

The Dickies – Banana Splits


Weekly Updates:
– Step-Brothers was similarly a really bad movie
– Kristen Bell is one of my favorites and she deserves better
– This week’s theme is “Dumb Movies”
– Dark Matter just gets better as it goes
– Sometimes I wish I could shove Hollywood’s nose into its bad movies
– Limitless is even better than I thought it was
– I will be watching the Lavalantula sequel. Believe it.
– I watched the whole Season 3 of Bojack Horseman. I cried.
– Almost done with IT Crowd

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