What horror/sci-fi films have you been watching?

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Apr 2 2018, 09:15 AM #4721

Hmmm-----so when people get drunk or take drugs, I'm assuming that part of the brain is the most affected, which makes sense in explaining why some people go crazier under the influence than others.🐉
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Apr 2 2018, 08:36 PM #4722

In fact, the heroine of REVENGE takes peyote at one point. I don't remember if she is tripping when sees her boyfriend as a lizard. There are several images shown from her POV when it is distorted for various reasons.  
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Apr 4 2018, 02:17 PM #4723

Been seeing trailers all the time for this new horror thriller called  A QUIET PLACE, which is coming out April 6th. It's the third film directed/co-written by John Krasinski,formerly of the long-running hit NBC sitcom THE OFFICE (and the recent drama DETROIT.)  It's also the first film in which he co-stars with real-life spouse Emily Blunt (SICARIO, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, LOOPER) who's also one of my favorite actresses out there today. Based on the trailer, it looks like a cross between SIGNS and last year's creepy thriller IT COMES AT NIGHT, but that's just my impression. It definitely looks chilling enough to check out, that's for sure. Here's a brief interview with Krasinski about the film, how being a parent inspired him to do it, and what it was like working with his wife, and the child actors:

Cinemovie------A Talk With The Director Of A Quiet Place


Here's Cinema Detroit's lineup for this month----I'd been trying to see when this indie horror film called THE ENDLESS would actually be coming out, which I'd already seen the trailer for on the tube some months ago,and which has been described as "very Lovecraftian"---sounded like it would be worth seeing. Was really geeked up to find out that it will be playing at Cinema Detroit later on this month (it also comes out this weekend, according to IMDB.) It's about some escapees from a cult being drawn back to the cult by something strange going on. Both director/writer/editor/producer Justin Benson and actor/producer Aaron Moorhead star in it as the two cult-escapee brothers. Here's a trailer and all:

Cinema Detroit's April lineup, featuring THE ENDLESS
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Apr 5 2018, 04:28 PM #4724

Steve Erickson wrote: Here's my review of UNSANE: http://gaycitynews.nyc/soderbergh-bets-movie-house/. There are spoilers within, so if that matters to you, you should probably wait to read it till after you've seen it. The final two paragraphs also reflect an argument I got into with someone on Facebook over his attitude that "Netflix is saving cinema." 
Saw UNSANE yesterday (just read your review) and really got caught up in its main character's paranoid world view, which has been brought on by her constantly trying to evade her stalker. Claire Foy is actually pretty good as the lead---she plays an ordinary but tough,smart woman who, after realizing the situation she inadvertently got herself into,tries like hell to get out of it any way she can. The whole film has these really tight shots that actually add to the main character's increasing paranoia/fear in the film, and give it a genuinely claustrophobic look and atmosphere that fits the subject matter perfectly. I liked the fact that Sawyer (Foy) was willing to kick some serious a** to defend herself if she had to, and lets people know real quick that she gives zero effs about swinging on someone if they step to her in a threatening way--she's not gonna be the one to back down, and that's fun to watch, even though it did cost her a number of times. I also liked seeing the talented and funny former SNL cast member/comedian Jay Pharoah (one of my faves on the show when he was there) as the only other patient/person she comes to trust/count on in the facility---he's hilarious as usual, and also gives a good performance (he also currently stars in his own Showtime comedy series called WHITE FAMOUS.)

I also like how non-Hollywood and real the cast looks---which is par for the course with a number of indies,anyway. I also liked how Sawyer made a couple of smart decisions which actually made sense given what she was trying to do (I was like, "Yeah, that's how you'd do it in real life!") and how the appearance of a man who she's convinced is her stalker ratchets up her desperate fear to the level of a true nightmare---not only may he have found her, but she might be trapped in there with him. That last part of the film where she goes the hell off on the guy about his BS delusions about her, and how he's literally destroyed her life in the process, was illuminating to listen to. It's definitely a tight,well-made and creepy thriller---I can't believe it was only shot in 10 days, like IMDB claims. Here's an interview with actor Joshua Leonard (who plays the main villain) about working with Soderburgh, how he kind of wandered into acting as part of the original BLAIR WITCH cast, why he's preferred doing indie films, and his latest film as a director,BEHIND MY HEART:

How the BLAIR WITCH star turned his back on Hollywood and stays doing indies
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Apr 5 2018, 09:40 PM #4725

To me, the plot of UNSANE doesn't makes literal sense and only works as a nightmare or metaphor for the way men can control women's lives. I can believe that Leonard's character could follow Sawyer around; I don't think he could get a job at the mental hospital, keep it and hang around there knowing that she would eventually become a patient. The film has a very non-Hollywood look and, as I said in my review, breaks the rules of sightline editing that film students are taught in Filmmaking 101 classes. 

BLAIR WITCH PROJECT star Heather Donahue found her acting career drying up quickly and turned to launching a  medical marijuana farm to make a living instead, about which she wrote a book I flipped through at a store but haven't read. At least Leonard still seems to earning a living from the film industry. 

I am seeing John Krasinski's A QUIET PLACE this evening. I'll report back tomorrow. I have high hopes, since I've read nothing but praise for it. 
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Apr 6 2018, 04:53 AM #4726

Yeah, I was thinking that too when I saw UNSANE---how it could be construed as a metaphor for how a woman could lose control of her own life,and have to fight like hell to get that control back, since the film does come off like a true nightmare about what could happen when that control is suddenly taken away without any warning. And, yeah, the part where she's found out that she's unknowingly signed herself in that hospital didn't make any sense----why the hell would anyone sign something like that without even reading it through? And how come nobody bothered to explain to her exactly what was going on before they just ran her through the preliminaries? That didn't make any sense either,since IRL that is usually explained to you before you sign anything like that. It dosen't take away that much from the film itself though, which is pretty good, unnerving and suspenseful.

Here's a couple of interviews with the BLAIR WITCH cast and crew, and how the movie's success affected them and their careers in ways they never anticipated:

They Wished I Was Dead: How The Blair Witch Project Still Haunts Its Cast And Crew

Papermag----Catching Up With Blair Witch Star Heather Donahue


I read an interview years ago with Donahue on her book,how she got into marijuana growing in the first place,and why she basically left acting--pretty interesting. Here's a more in-depth interview about her book and why she also left the pot business:

Q & A with Heather Donahue on pot and life

I'm going to see A QUIET PLACE TOO-----it sounds and looks nice and creepy.
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Apr 6 2018, 07:21 AM #4727

Here's an interesting review of SCREAM 3 (2000) and how the reviewer feels that it deals head-on with the issues at the center of the #MeToo movement,even though it was made nearly 2 decades ago (and it was a Weinstein Films production, ironically enough:)

How Scream Foreshadowed Hollywood #MeToo Moment
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Apr 6 2018, 04:42 PM #4728

A QUIET PLACE is a really unconventional Hollywood film. The weaker elements of it seem to come from the fact that Krasinski has stated that he doesn't like horror films yet he more or less made one. The on-screen appearance of monsters is a bit silly: the danger of one's foot getting stabbed by a nail actually comes across more strongly than getting devoured by an alien. But this is a film that contains about 90 seconds of speech in 85 minutes of action (plus 5 minutes of credits). Krasinski and his real-wife Emily Blunt play the main couple, and one of their two young daughters is partially deaf, wearing a hearing aid. They are the only four people who ever appear in the film.  Mainstream American cinema generally tries to make sound design invisible. That's hardly the case here. There are scenes which try to depict the perspective of the deaf daughter, such as one in which we hear the monster making an extremely loud noise and then a softer but unpleasant feedback sound in her hearing aid. (And the scenes in American Sign Language are subtitled.) The film works fairly well as a depiction of the anxieties around parenthood and on some larger allegorical level, a warning about media saturation backfiring. 
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Apr 9 2018, 10:07 AM #4729

Saw  A QUIET PLACE--it was nice to see a horror film in the daytime for a change-----I usually prefer going to see them at night, but after seeing how creepy this film was, I'm glad that I didn't,lol. I like how the level of suspense was kept up throughout the film,and I even got scared twice along the way--so it was worth the trip. The only problem was the family that plopped themselves right beside me, with one of the kids constantly making a small amount of noise,and letting their phone ring out a couple of times, along with me wanting to tell them to shut the hell up---the paradox of telling someone to be quiet during a quiet film wasn't lost on me.(To be fair, they didn't keep all that up for too long,thank goodness.) That being said, the film was pretty good, very suspenseful, and really creepy all at some points. It's just that the ending seemed a little too abrupt, which I didn't like, but other than that, it was all right.
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Apr 9 2018, 02:37 PM #4730

Come to any film screening at MOMA, and you will hear the paradox of someone making a small noise and getting told how annoying they are by a much louder and more annoying person. 
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Apr 10 2018, 11:26 PM #4731

Here's a thoughtful, philosophical look at BLADE RUNNER:2049 that I thought was worth looking at:

Filmosophy----Blade Runner:2049 And Some Questions About Criticism
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Apr 11 2018, 10:49 PM #4732

That's a kind of reflection on film writing we rarely get. (As for the issue of BR2049's focus on violence against women, Denis Villenueve has said he was trying to point it out as a problem that's not necessarily going to go away in the future, not take pleasure in it or encourage spectators to do so.) To be honest, a lot of recent writing by white male critics about racism and sexism in cinema strikes me as suffering from a white savior complex (I guess mansplaining would be the equivalent for gender.) I know I'm probably guilty of this myself. I have an African-American friend who put THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI on his 2017 top 10 list and was furious at the white critics who initially attacked it as racist. (Of course, then black writers like Ira Madison III and Wesley Morris joined in.) There are other aspects of life where I can only guess what it would be like to see a film having gone through certain experiences: during A QUIET PLACE, I wondered how my POV might be different were I a parent. 
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