"Where did the sweet little lady I knew disappear? What did you do with her?"
"I gobbled her up."
A period drama with periodic horror, and tonal shifts big enough to give you whiplash. This has a lyrical quality that at times makes its dissonant segments smoothly flow along on their own, and it's also quite pretty to look at (albeit sometimes in an overtly post-corrected, VFX-heavy way). Dutt's screenplay is brimming with worthy allegories, too -- primarily in how…
Hooptober 2021 Presents: Dante's Inferno
For my 1500th film, I landed on the earliest feature-length production I've ever seen. Arguably I cheated this milestone by watching a 4K colorized restoration scored in 2016, and yes perhaps that's transformative enough to discredit my achievement, but I do think it helped enhance the movie's mesmerizing allure. I loved Dante's Inferno as literature and this movie adaptation gave each ring of Hell the same infernal ambiance it conjured in my mind while reading.…
Eastwood vs the big apple was a matchup I never realized would be fun. Being the good looking young man he was, he beds as many women as possible on his adventure, all the while fighting with bureaucracy and chasing down a criminal, not to mention the occasional far out hippy club party. Loved the joke with his "luggage" being used to fleece him out of extra money. Not as good as Dirty Harry or The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, but still worth a visit.
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr stoke up the screen in one of the truly romantic films of the classic Hollywood era. Filmed in a rather muted Cinemascope, playboy (but engaged) Grant makes moves on Kerr (also taken) but she resists. Eventually, they give in to each other but must go with their respective betrothed. A rather contrived last third of the film makes everything right again. What was special to me is the early parts of the picture where you…
This covers about everything you’d expect from a straightforward drama regarding a rather touchy subject matter and its four shattered and knowledge-obscured personalities, which may be why its intellectual potential for broader discovery on such a real-life affair seems a tad lost because of its dilation on tidy character arcs, but the breathtaking performances here are what truly justify this one-room gimmick project. The moment I heard too that the stoner from Cabin in the Woods was directing and writing…
Made between Fulci's two best works, "City of the Living Dead" and "The Beyond" aka the first chapters in his "Gates of Hell" trilogy, his take on the Edgar Allan Poe tale could be read as a side story within the same banner, wherein inexplicable sinisterism creeps over the world. Even though all the horrific crimes get pinned on a single person this time, there are connotations of black magic and interactions with the paranormal. Is the cat evil? Or…
More a philosophical exercise than a sci-fi tale. Regardless, having recently seen and astounded with his first film, The Steamroller and the Violin, I know Tarkovsky wastes not a single frame nor moment telling this tale. There are so many questions and curious bits. Already a Bach fan, but I loved the composition used here. Need to revisit Stalker, but I'm sure I like that film's more earthbound environs more, but damn, Solaris's ending! I get chills! I'd attempted Solaris…
Hooptober 8: I Want To Go Back To The Movies, So Please Vaccinate!
Film 18 2 of 3 films with a person of color as director or lead
You can’t get more 1990 then Def by Temptation. This feels like the bloody, goopy, grimy distant low budget, malformed cousin to Spike Lee and A Different World in style and tone. The music, costumes, casting, production design all transported me back to a very specific time.
The film itself is…
In the grand tradition of boarding school films comes an all-girls slasher version of one, hardly the first of its kind (Lucky McKee's "The Woods" comes to mind, for starters) but it's such a singular, absorbing place to set a movie, what with the intimate interiors, uniforms, ornate architecture, typically strong weather conditions (in this case a white winter) and sense of quiet isolation that however mediocre the story, scares and reveals end up being - and mediocre those three…
Hooptober 8.0, pt.38- In which Ethan finishes the Karnstein trilogy like a massive nerd
17/6 Countries (Australia, Belgium, UK, USA, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Austria, UAE, Finland, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Czechoslovakia, France, Sweden) (COMPLETE)
11/8- Decades (1980s, 2010s, 1960s, 1990s, 1970s, 2000s, 1950s, 1930s, 1940s, 1910s, 1920s) (COMPLETE)
3/2- Hammer Horror Films
4th Roy Ward Baker (after Quatermass & the Pit, Asylum and The Vault of Horror)
A disappointingly pallid adaptation of an iconic tale. Its greatest weakness is to…
Hooptober 8.0 - 25/30
- Hammer Film
An absolute classic, great characters performed by great actors, and stunning visuals.