What is the Best Film You Watched Last Week? (10/18/20-10/25/20)

The way this works is that you post a review of the [best film]( you watched this week. It can be any new or old release that you want to talk about.

**Here are some rules:**

**1. Check to see if your favorite film of last week has been posted already.**

**2. Please post your favorite film of last week.**

**3. Explain why you enjoyed your film.**

**4. ALWAYS use SPOILER TAGS:** [**[Instructions]**](

**5. Best Submissions can display their** [**[Letterboxd Accts]**]( **the following week.**

**Last Week’s Best Submissions:**

|[“The Trial of the Chicago 7”](|[[Joaopmatias]](|[“Primal Fear”](|James007BondUK|
|[“Spontaneous”](|[[DanGrima]](|[“The Fugitive”](|AgentofChaos58|
|[“Dick Johnson Is Dead”](|[[Trent Brooks]](|[“Ghostwatch”](|[[Spagster]](|
|[“The Art of Self-Defense”](|[[vaythand]](|[“Maurice”](|[[NancyAR]](|
|[“One Cut of the Dead”](|Platanoes|[“Robocop”](|LumpySpacePrince88|
|[“The Invisible Guest”](|[[BumyBumi]](|[“Evil Dead II”](|Predanther12|
|[“10 Cloverfield Lane”](|SupaKoopa714|[“Return to Oz”](|weighingthedog|
|[“The Guest”](|SnooDonkeys6694|[“Peeping Tom”](|[[thewickerstan]](|
|[“Ip Man”](|[[HardcoreHenkie]](|[“Tokyo Story”](|[[Tredicim13]](|
|[“Final Destination”](|IG4651|[“The Petrified Forest”](|AnyNamesLeftAnymore|

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  1. **Scream (1996)**

    My favorite slasher after Halloween. Plays with genre perfectly and I think Sidney might be the best final girl. The “turn around Jamie” gag still gets me every time and I also love Matthew Lillard spitting his way through the finale lol.

  2. I’ve been going on a classic film binge and saw Rear Window for the first time, and it’s a masterpiece that completely lives up to its reputation as one of the best movies ever. Rear Window is a masterpiece. Everything about it is perfectly made, from the vibrant cinematography to the incredible costumes. I was worried the movie might feel gimmicky, but as soon as it hit the point where Grace Kelly started to believe, that feeling vanished. Kelly and Ritter are both stunning here, and the twists and turns of the investigation always kept me on my toes. Kelly’s character in particular might just be one of my favorite movie characters now. And the secondary drama of the different apartments was just fascinating to follow. Even as some of the most dramatic twists of the main plot were happening, I just couldn’t stop worrying about Ms Loneleyhearts. 10/10.

  3. **Trial of the Chicago 7**

    Love seeing Jeremy Strong getting more work. Liked the movie overall and see strong parallels to modern politics. Didn’t like that they explained what happened post trial via text instead of acting it out on screen.

  4. I finally watched *Call Me By Your Name*. That is one fantastically shot film. The tracking shots are all exceptional, Sufjan made me cry again and idk, I just always love a good bi coming-of-age film..

  5. More. Horror. And a half-decent week, at that!

    * *Evolution (2015) – 2/5*
    * ***Possessor (2020) – 4.5/5***
    * *Don’t Breathe (2016) – 3/5*
    * *Sinister (2012) – 3.5/5*
    * *The Conjuring (2013) – 4/5*
    * *The Conjuring 2 (2016) – 3.5/5*
    * *Annabelle (2014) – 2/5*

    *Possessor* was freakin’ **great.**

    I went in completely blind, not knowing or having seen anything about this, and woah, I was blown away. A pretty original concept (I think) and its execution was flawless. The gore is sickening. The plot is twisted. The performances are sublime. I almost don’t really want to say too much else at all since it’s a newer film, but *go watch it*!

    *Evolution* – Beautiful movie, but the narrative/script was way too vague and art-house-like for me to really *ever* understand what was happening or appreciate. This one was an exercise in my patience of not getting bored, and I was/did.

    *Don’t Breathe -* Awesome concept, awesome setup, but once the thieves broke into the old man’s house, there were too many faults with how the narrative panned out that kept me from really liking it that much. The cinematography and atmosphere and Lang’s performance were all strong (that initial tracking shot as the thieves first break in was superb!), but I just disliked how something went wrong *just* when the plot needed it to so that things could keep moving. Way too many things happened out of convenience for plot-sake, and the movie was 5-6 minutes too long. The epilogue really soured the entire experience for me.

    *Sinister* – After having read [this article]( earlier in the week, about how *Sinister* is, according to science, the *scariest movie ever made*, I had to give it a go. And while it was extremely unsettling, including the first few jump scares, I found the third act to undo most of what had come before. So, it ended up being a tad disappointing. The Super 8 snuff films, though…those were haunting.

    *Conjuring Films* – I had never seen these, and they were awesome. The first movie was so, so good. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s characters were great. I really like how their relationship plays a central part to the plots of both movies. It adds a good layer to the core horror element that’s going on. Both films are shot really well, exude dreadful atmospheres (but the first more so than the second). I do like how the sequel feels very stylistically different than the first. Whereas *The Conjuring* has this rustic, worn aesthetic to it, *The Conjuring 2* has a more dulled/blue/somber feel to it. Great sequences in both. The third act struggle in the first movie (the exorcism) felt like it had more gravitas than the second. The second movie has a great 4-5-minute sequence where most of the unsettling part is happening out of focus and it was such a brilliantly shot scene. Overall, really like these films. Wilson, Farmiga, and Wan are fantastic!

    *Annabelle* – No atmosphere. A weak script. Characters that are impossible to invest myself in. This was a weak showing all around. Though, the basement-elevator-staircase sequence was pretty great. But that’s about it.

    **Bring on more horror!!**

  6. I Saw The Devil (2010)

    What happens if a slasher villain messes with the wrong guy? If you’re in for brutal action scenes, insane characters, and extremely unsettling imagery, this horror/revenge movie is for you. Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik are (as always) amazing in this movie.

  7. The Exorcist (1973)

    The scariest movie ever made. I wasn’t surprised to read that ambulances had to be called to treat movie goers when it was first released in theaters.

  8. – **The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 8.5**

    – Ip Man 2 (2010) – 8.0

    – Mother (2009) – 7.5

    – Love and Monsters (2020) – 7.5

    – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 7.0

    **The Two Towers** – Saw the extended cut in the theater and it was even more amazing than the first movie. First time seeing it in the theater too. Such an experience. Of course the battle for Helmsdeep is fantastic, but my favourite part is “the final march of the Ents”. So fucking epic. I’m also a big fan of when a film franchise is consistent with their musical themes, and LOTR definitely is. Looove the Uruk-hai theme especially.

    **Ip Man 2** – Not as good as the first one, but I still loved it. The music and cinematography are both beautiful and the fighting is amazing. Especially Donnie Yen is so damn good. Those rapid fire punches never get old. The British people in this movie are almost like cartoon villains, but I’m all for it. I just love to hate them.

    **Mother** – It didn’t quite grab me as I was hoping it would, considering the critical acclaim and Bong’s other movies I’ve seen, but it did get very good in the second half. Even if I saw one of the twists coming, it still managed to surprise me.

    **Love and Monsters** – That was a fun watch and better than I expected. It’s nothing really special, but it’s good and surprisingly emotional. The characters are really cool, especially the lead actor is very likeable. The monster design is awesome too. And of course, Jessica Henwick… She might just be the most beautiful woman in Hollywood right now.

    **Avengers: Age of Ultron** – Definitely the weakest of the four Avengers movies. The villains kinda suck, Quicksilver is pretty lame, and the romance between Banner and Romanoff is weird and I don’t find it believable at all. There’s definitely some good parts too, though. Ultron’s voice, Hulkbuster, Helen Cho (*chef’s kiss*), and the Avengers actually seen working together. Cinematography is pretty good too.

  9. The Invisible Man (2020) dir. Leigh Whannel

    Honestly pretty creepy and spooky. I think I read elsewhere that the scariest thing about this movie was having all of these things happening to you but having nobody believe you. A great performance from Moss. Makes me a tad bit worried about tech as we move into the future.

  10. The Invisible Man (2020)

    The long panning shots really ratchet up the tension which you feel throughout the movie. Some genuine twists that were always surprising, even when I had hear rumors about the infamous Restaurant scene I was still caught off guard.

    Elizabeth Moss absolutely killed this role, much like she does everything else, she went from chaotic to calm back to chaotic with ease. I also really appreciated her facial expressions, you’d often see her looking at the camera or just over it and I was just mesmerized by the emotions I could read.

    Supporting cast was also really good, Aldis Hodge is set to have a big year between this and One Night in Miami.

  11. The Hunt (2012). Holy shit. What an absolutely heartbreaking film. Very few films affect me in a personal way and this is one of them. This film genuinely upset me and nearly brought me to tears. This story is rarely told and it should be a story that is told more. Mass Mikkelsen gives an absolutely stellar performance and is one of my all time favourite performances. This film is one that everybody should see

  12. The Grand Budapest Hotel

    I had never seen a Wes Anderson film, so I had no idea what to expect. But wow that was a fun watch! It was funny, unexpected and visually really ‘charming’.

  13. **The Invisible Man** (2020, Leigh Whannell)

    5/5, a paranoid masterpiece. 

    Skipping straight to the end, because this is the rare film that would have been almost as good with its fakeout ending:

    >!Rewatching this yesterday, I had to pause it for a phone call, right at the moment where Cecilia shoots “Adrian” & unmasks him, revealing Tom. And it occurred to me that that would have actually been a really good ending. After a taut 98 minutes, Adrian’s brother Tom is revealed as the actual culprit; a dying confession could have shown him to be seeking revenge on Cecilia for driving his brother to suicide.  It’s not quite as cathartic, but it is wholly unexpected, as the entire film up to this point has led us to believe that Adrian is somehow both back from the dead and invisible. And that is pecisely why this fakeout would have made a decent ending.  Tom as the Invisible Man surprises us; it is a solid four star ending, and imminently rewatchable.   But then Whannell tacks on the incredible “and then…” and takes the film over the top into all-time classic land with a deliriously tense & satisfying 20 minute coda; it’s like Spinal Tap turning the amps up to 11.  You only thought you were satisfied with the ending, but now you can’t imagine it without the extra setpiece.!<

    >!It reminds me of the difference between the Sam Raimi film **A Simple Plan**, and the source novel by Scott Smith. The film got near universal praise, and deservedly so. But the novel goes a step extra with a tense, almost excruciating coda where the lead character ends up having to murder an old lady at a liquor store, all because his wife spent one of the ill-gotten hundred dollar bills there so they could celebrate with a bottle of champagne. For those who have read the book, the film — while still great — will always remain a lesser thing purely by virtue of that missing setpiece at the liquor store. Whannell didn’t miss a single trick with that ending.!<

    **The Invisible Man** is Leigh Whannell’s second masterpiece in a row, following his 2018 triumph, **Upgrade**. Even if the 2020 movie calendar hadn’t been thrown into disarray by COVID, it would be a strong contender for best film of the year. I’ve currently got it on a (very) short list, alongside **Why Don’t You Just Die!** and **Archive**.

  14. **Rewind (2019)** – Documentary about a son and his search through home movies, ultimately revealing a huge dark secret in the family. This was a really good doc, just make sure you have the stomach for it.

  15. a) Casablanca (1942) – I liked the story, songs and settings on this movie. I wish I could’ve enjoyed it more as I was spoiled with the ending >!when I saw a review for “La La Land” where the reviewer compared the ending to “Casablanca”!< >!where they dont end up with each other in the end!<. While the ending was sad, the final line >!”Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”!< made me smile. (4/5)

    b) Rebecca (2020) – it was fine by me. some things like the >!sleepwalking!< bothered me as it seems like it didn’t have some kind of payoff and some “jumpscares” didnt feel like jumpscares to me. also I wished >!Danvers!< was a little more colder and the movie tone to be darker. maybe because I dont put the 1940s adaptation in high regard that I still enjoyed this 2020 novel adaptation. (3.5/5)

    d) The Omen (1976) I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t watched the 2006 version a few years ago. still, I think this is better than the remake as Both Damien and >!Mrs. Baylock!< looks more sinister here. (3/5)

  16. [Miracle in Cell Number 7 (South Korea)](

    This excellent movie is based on the true story of a mentally challenged man, who is at the wrong place at the wrong time, then is threatened (with the death of his own daughter) by the police commissioner into falsely confessing to the rape and murder of the commissioner’s 9 year old daughter. He is jailed and is at first reviled by the prison population as they hate pedophiles, but they subsequently and very quickly realize he is innocent and then help smuggle his daughter in to see him.

    The comedic bits are interspersed throughout the movie, giving the viewer a respite from the rather heavy themes of how justice is not for the poor or mentally challenged, corruption begins at the top and flows throughout the jail system. The people in prison (prisoners and guards) are in many ways more just and compassionate than those in charge (lawyers, judges, prosecution and that evil police commissioner) who do everything they can to perpetrate evil just so the “optics” look good.

    In many ways this movie is a reflection of modern society and the ills of the judicial system. It still happens every day and no country is immune. The story is extremely well told, and the little actress and main lead are both excellent. In fact, the father-daughter bond is so strong that tissues will be required at some point if you end up getting emotionally invested like I did. This is considered one of South Korea’s best critically acclaimed films, is [number 7 on South Korea’s all time box office](, and has been remade by India, [Turkey (this version on Netflix)](, the Philippines and Indonesia.

  17. The Wailing

    Like many of you I am enjoying a dip into the horror movie genre but with so much to watch, I almost gave this almost 3 hour Korean film a pass. However, I was captivated early on. More than solid horror mixing demons, ghosts, witchcraft, and zombies as well as a number of twists and turns. A definite watch anytime of year.

  18. Apocalypto. This is quintessential Mel Gibson. You have insane levels of violence, and the bad guys, and many good guys, die bloody. It’s also an amazing cinematic achievement. The movie has a tight, clear narrative that makes you care about the characters and what happens to them. The theme of “apocalypse” is present in both the micro and macro in the story, and the juxtaposition of the two is spot on. If you know your history, you know what’s coming.

    Say what you will about Gibson, but South Park was right. The man knows how to craft a narrative.

  19. This week is only horror movies since it’s Halloween eve. I managed to watch 6 films. Rank all these movies:

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 9.5/10

    The Evil Dead (1981) 9/10;

    Evil dead 2 (1987) 8/10;

    It (2017) 7/10;

    The Babadook (2014) 5.5/10;

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) 3/10.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a great example of a quality and original slasher. A good plot, an original idea of ​​murders through a dream, and a fantastic villain, Freddy Krueger. As a child, this film shook my psyche. I also want to explain such a small assessment of The Babadook. I love the idea of ​​Babadook, but the main characters are very annoying, so it’s hard to get the feel the atmosphere of this movie.

  20. Nightcrawler (2014)

    Jake Gyllenhaal did an amazing job in this film and had me captivated the whole way through. Perfectly unsettling and being able to observe Louis Bloom’s psyche as the film progressed was very interesting. The plot and character building leading to the climax and falling action make it totally worth the watch!

  21. **JFK** (1991)

    I hadn’t seen the movie in about 20 years & my father hadn’t seen it at all. He was 29 in November 1963 and remembers that tragic day as clearly as though it happened yesterday and not 57 years ago (he still can’t believe it was that long ago). Excellent cast (despite the phony southern accents by most of them) and acting, riveting, fast-moving story. And Donald Sutherland deserved at least an Oscar nomination for his 16-minute part.

  22. Turbo (2013).

    I’ve been on a bit of a Dreamworks Animation binge, and I surprisingly liked this one.

    It’s not perfect: the humor is sometimes a miss, and its story is just a little cliche at times… but I think it does a good job of making you root for Theo/Turbo.

    I think what made it work for me above some other underdog/black sheep movies (and there are certainly much better movies in the genre) was how much it emphasized Theo/Turbo’s dissatisfaction with his situation and his motivation to change it. I can’t imagine how painful it would be to be born as a snail when you’re obsessed with stock car racing.

  23. *The Little Mermaid (1989)*

    *Bombshell (2019)*

    ***Citizen Kane (1941)***


    I watched *Citizen Kane* in preparation for David Fincher’s *Mank*, and I can easily say that it wins. I just found the way it handled the story of a mogul’s life and how he changed or was viewed by different people to be compelling and interesting. The ending also sells its themes well, and shows what Charlie Kane was missing all this time.

    *The Little Mermaid* did not age well, in my opinion. The animation was beautiful, of course, and the supporting cast was funny, but the main protagonist barely did anything of value other than essentially selling her soul to the devil. The conflict was between her love interest, her father, and the villain.

    *Bombshell* was…dull. It had some decent performances and makeup, but its storytelling and use of its characters was very meh, and it focused more on newsworthy stuff rather than diving deep into its themes. The first act was also too long, and I feel that it could have been shortened and used to delve more into its themes better.

  24. **Borat Subsequent Moviefilm**

    Not bad, but not as good as the first movie. I think that’s mostly because I genuinely wasn’t expecting the first one to be that good.

    Quite a few chuckles here and there and a quite a few great moments (every scene with the ups guy, the Giuliani scene, the Justin Trudeau joke), but all in all I thought the first was better.

    Also it felt like 90% of this movie was scripted, which isn’t bad, but not what I was expecting.

    I’d give this a 7.5/10

  25. I had quite the movie-watching week, with 3 alone yesterday lol, the best new movie I watched this week was ***A Time to Kill.*** I had not seen it before nor even really heard about it, but WOW was I in for it. Fantastic performances by truly an all-star cast make the plot so much better. I really enjoyed the cinematography and the writing was very good for connecting so many different parts of a story. Also very relevant watching for today’s current climate of events (8.7/10) [also don’t think I had seen anything with young Sandra Bullock (;]

    O Brother Where Art Thou — I had this on my list to watch for quite some time, and I realized it had Clooney & Turturro (I also just binged *The Night Of — worth a look on HBO),* and then to my surprise the opening credits revealed the Coen Bros! One of my new favorite all-time scenes was the first recording of the “Soggy Bottom Boys.” Clooney was amazing, Turturro was great and Nelson was the perfect third man. Outstanding Comedy (8.2/10)

    The Negotiator — Late 90’s suspenseful thriller starring Spacey and Samuel L who is terrific. I was not really sure how the film would unfold with a pretty simple concept, however, I thought the plot was very original in the way it was executed and had some very good shots and effects for the time made. Really interesting perspective into how humans deal with a crisis in different ways. Not an earth-shattering movie but an entertaining watch (8/10)

    Clear and Present Danger — The second installment of the old school Jack Ryan Films starring Harrison Ford. Although this was very long and there were lapses in plot or superior acting, I actually really enjoyed this movie. I really liked how the plot was set up with various characters (Ritter, Ryan, Cortez, Clark etc) and how they all converged somehow. William Dafoe was also great. (7.8/10)

    Full Metal Jacket — Another gem from Kubrick, which I had shelved for a long time. Like anything made by Stanley, the movie certainly had an eerie and different tone to it, but at the same time, you know that even if it is a fictitious story, this stuff really happened. Certain points were definitely sad to consider Americans took such actions, but such is war. Great film with amazing cinematography and sounds, of course. (8.5/10)

  26. Paddington 2. The first movie was great, but the second one was perfect. I was in good mood for hours after the film.

  27. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

    With Richard Gere and Laura Linney, directed by Mark Pellington. For some reason, I always vaguely thought that Val Kilmer was the lead actor in this, and I assumed wrongly that it was more of a horror film–it turns out to be more like a *really* good X-Files esque paranormal story, though less emphasis on monster and more on mystery. I was surprised to see that it’s not a product of the 90s, although it’s close enough. It has that sort of vibe.

    Very well directed, I think. Great sense of mood and atmosphere, with some repeating visual motifs that make great use of the settings. Strong ~~case~~ cast, including Debra Messing in a supporting role. I don’t know that I’ve seen her outside of TV before.

    And the finale, which is built around the real-life >!collapse of the Silver Bridge!<, is surprisingly large scale. I just wasn’t expecting something of that magnitude given the general scale of the story. Almost startling in that regard, but very well put to film. This was a surprising find for me in a lot of ways.

  28. **American Sniper (2014)**. For all the controversy this film had, I was kind of disappointed that it was not really the jingoistic, pro-war propaganda that I was told it would be but something actually more heartbreaking. I thought I’d be watching scenes of him making dramatic speeches with inspirational patriotic music once he’s done gunning down random foreigners, but no, the movie’s filled with quiet and somber scenes like [this]( instead. A really horrifying look into the idealized modern-day American man and the toxicity and dehumanization that comes with it. By the end, Kyle’s a guy who’s willing to do anything for “the greatest country in the world” even though it’s killing himself and everyone around him. I don’t understand how people came out with the idea that the film celebrates Chris Kyle since the movie is only filled with his own misery and the misery he and the war have inflicted on others. Also showcases Eastwood’s brilliant sense of geography when it comes to the shootout sequences in this. It’s really easy to sense where each and every character is, which is more than what can be said for most modern-day action sequences.

    **Honorable mention -** On the Rocks (2020). A cozy and entertaining, albeit somewhat forgettable film. There’s some touches about the mistakes of our parents and the fears those mistakes instill in us but, Coppola doesn’t want the whole film to be consumed by that and just wants to make a fun, breezy comedy-drama about a father and his daughter and I respect that decision. The 35 mm cinematography in this also provides some striking colors (especially those reds) that I’ve been missing from any 2020 film I’ve seen so far. The quiet, lovely film I needed and this delivered.

  29. **Coco (2017, Lee Unkrich) – I**’ve been watching a lot of the Pixar I hadn’t seen before on the Disney app recently. *Ratatouille* and *Inside Out* were great, but this one was just a little bit below the others. Had some pretty good laughs throughout and was extremely charming as all their films are. Solid movie **- 7/10**

    **California Split (1974, Robert Altman) -** Typically I’m not the biggest Altman guy but I really enjoyed the chemistry between Gould and Segal. Plus, the movie is both hilarious, and a very grim look at gambling addicts spiraling out of control at the same time. The ending scene really speaks volumes on just how fucked up their priorities are and how crazy that the high they are getting isn’t even really ‘winning’ **- 8/10**

    **Ocean’s Twelve (2004, Steven Soderbergh) -** I had put this one off for a long long time as it never really interested me. Was more fun than I expected. I liked the subversion of there not even really being a traditional heist, and I know some people online weren’t fans, but I thought Julia Roberts acting as if she’s acting like Julia Roberts was hilarious. Again, solid flick **- 7/10**

    **Possessor (2020, Brandon Cronenberg) -** Wow, this movie was a freaking experience. A severe seizure warning is needed lol. A second viewing will 100% be needed, but I really really liked this film. It did at times feel like a film by his father, a lot of *eXistenZ* and *Dead Ringers* themes. Technology merging personalities and a whole lot of body invasion and body horror. It’s extremely well executed though and the imagery is truly jaw dropping. I enjoyed the hell out of this one, and if you enjoy David Cronenberg this is a must watch to me **- 8/10**

    **Little Big Man (1970, Arthur Penn) -** I see people praising Dustin Hoffman left and right when looking this movie up but the film would be greatly improved if he was replaced. Faye Dunaway does a great job in her limited screen time, and I can’t remember who plays Custer but his comedic timing is perfect. The movie is a little long but the scale is pretty epic so I won’t knock it. Pretty good and gets my automatic small bump for simply being a western **- 7/10**

    **The Thing (2011, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr) -** I put this one on to hate watch it but I enjoyed it way more than I expected. I understand the CGI completely ruins the spirit of one of the best parts of the original but no remake would ever live up to the original. Just by existing this movie has a horrible rep but I thought it was entertaining and the CGI they did with the alien was pretty disturbing even if it looks dated by now. The original is a 10/10 and this is nothing close to that but it’s worth a watch for a simple horror **- 7/10**

    **The Shootist (1976, Don Siegel) -** John Wayne’s swan song. Really a great performance by Wayne, and teaming up with Stewart for a few scenes was great to watch. A film about a passing legends final days, and the good and the selfish things the people around him do. Perfect type of film to wrap up the Duke’s legend **- 8/10**

    **Passion (2012, Brian De Palma) -** Really didn’t expect much at all as it’s so far down on everyone’s list of De Palma films, but don’t know why I didn’t just go for it earlier. I almost always enjoy even the campiest De Palma. This is no different. Nothing ground breaking and a pretty weak script honestly but very suspenseful, twisty, and the camera work is top notch as always with BDP. I’m such a sucker for his split screen. **- 7/10**

    **The Seventh Victim (1943, Mark Robson) -** A horror film about a women trying to find her sister who’s involved in a satanic cult in Greenwich Village. Technically the film takes place in the same cinematic universe as Cat People. This film just dragggggggs though. It’s only 70 minutes but feels like 120. A lot of emotionless dialogue and really shading acting even for the time. The plot really goes nowhere for what I thought was an interestingly dark idea for the 40s. **- 5/10**

    **The Circle (2017, James Ponsoldt) -** While *Passion* and *The Thing* were pleasant surprises, this film earns every single bit of hate that it receives. I don’t even know where to start **- 4/10**

    **The Shooting (1966, Monte Hellman) -** An experimental and existential western, featuring Jack Nicholson before he broke out into star from Easy Rider. Really not the best movie out there but enjoyable enough I guess. Wouldn’t seek it out **- 6/10**

    **Man of the West (1958, Anthony Mann) -** Watched for Lee J Cobb and Gary Cooper but they might have been the worst parts, both seemed to do their best but both are really miscast to me. Tries to be an extremely dark tale but really it was a boring slow burn to me. No western bump on this one **- 5/10**

    **Conspiracy (2001, Frank Pierson) -** The most horrifying and disturbing rendition of *12 Angry Men* I could ever imagine. A bunch of Nazi higher ups (but essentially middle management) discuss the rolling out of their plan for the Jews – The Final Solution. It is shockingly disturbing to watch, I’ll never be able to look at Kenneth Branagh the same way again. Not much of a narrative structure at all and very hard to stomach so tough to recommend to all but if you’re interested it is a great film end of the day **- 8/10**

    **Trumbo (2015, Jay Roach) -** This came off like a cheesy TV movie. I like Cranston but no idea how he got an Oscar nomination for this one. A lot of preaching with one dimensional characters, felt like one of those films that critics like as they love to let Hollywood pat itself on the back **- 5/10**

    **Cars (2006, John Lasseter) -** very disappointing. I thought it was just the sequels that had a bad rep but this is the run away winner of worst pixar film I’ve seen. Not very funny and everything is extremely surface level. There’s nothing here behind a few car puns and the message to kids about teamwork’s nice but doesn’t seem as fluidly worked in as any of their other films – **5/10**

  30. *The Ghost Breakers* (1940) This is one of my all-time favourite Bob Hope comedies and if one can look past the moments of uncomfortable racial stereotyping, and avoid cringing at such line as *“Oh, you look like a blackout in a blackout. This keeps up, I’m gonna have to paint you white”* then you will have a great time withthis film, a horror-comedy that truly set the template for the genre and films like *Ghostbusters* owe a great deal to this entry. So, if you like spooky castles, nefarious villains, lumbering zombies and mysteries revolving around riddles and murder then *The Ghost Breakers* could be the movie you’ve been waiting for.

  31. **Rampo Noir (2005)**

    I’m watching a lot of horror and thriller movies this week so my favorite this time goes to this Japanese anthology film. Based on the works of author *Edogawa Rampo* (his pen name a play on author *Edgar Allen Poe*), it tells four intriguing tales all featuring actor Tadanobu Asano. As it’s an anthology, I’ll give some brief thoughts on each short.

    *Mars Canal*
    The film opens with its shortest and most experimental entry. A naked man silently wanders a desolate landscape punctuated by violent flashbacks and harsh noise. Running less than ten minutes, it is well crafted but ultimately a bit too brief to do a whole lot other than set the tone of the film.

    *Mirror Hell*
    Detective Kogoro Akechi investigates a series of mysterious deaths and their ties to an enigmatic mirror maker. Some nice cinematography and sets that make use of the titular mirrors scattered everywhere to provide some interesting angles and reflections. Battles of wits ensue between the detective and his foe in what is a mostly straightforward mystery story, but the execution is very slick.

    This is where this anthology takes a turn for the horrific. Directed by Hisayasu Sato, known for his long career in the transgressive world of pinku and exploitation cinema with films such as *Splatter: Naked Blood*, he brings the kind of grotesque and sexually charged imagery you would expect to this dark story of the sadistic relationship between a horribly disfigured war veteran and his wife.

    *Crawling Bugs*
    Closing out the collection with a bang. Manga artist Atsushi Kaneko directs this short and brings a real sense of style to this story of an alluring actress and her chauffeur who harbors strange and dangerous obsessions. Loaded with striking visuals and shockingly surreal moments, it is the segment that left the strongest impression of the four.

  32. Well we are in full on Halloween season so that means Michael comes out to play along with a couple of clowns

    Halloween (1978) the original and still the best!!! This movie isn’t the first slasher but did help in bringing the slasher genre more out there. It’s a slow burn at times but still has enough spooky moments without over the top gore. The theme is a classic to this date, and Michael is still on that Mt.Rushmore of horror killers.

    Halloween II – I still prefer this sequel, I love how things go up a notch and Michael and the story develops a bit more, although some may not agree with it. I love the setting, the more gruesome violence and actually like the theme and soundtrack more so.

    Halloween III – A recently rediscovered jewel among the horror community after years of flying under the radar, well for some. This film does its own thing but man is it so good, the story is such a Halloween story, the effects are awesome and who can forget that Silver Shamrock theme.

    Halloween 4 and 5 – these films hold more sentiment value, growing up and watching them on AMC. They aren’t the best of the series, but I love the mini storyline of the thorn storyline and the different characters and the return of Michael.

    Halloween 6 ( producers cut ) – This is a different film from the theatrical cut, some scenes are cut or added, the story goes in a different direction and the ending leaves you with what if.

    Halloween (2018) – Man is this movie fun, it’s fan service but I love all the little call backs, the gore and violence, the theme.

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space – This is just a fun movie, killer Klowns, Cotten candy, great makeup and effects but still so 80s feeling.

    Honorable mentions, Halloween H20 and resurrection, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  33. Frost/Nixon (2008)

    Ron Howard directs the famous interview recreated by Michael Sheen and Frank Langella. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sam Rockwell.

    Pitch perfect performances all around, especially from Langella. Ron Howard did an alright job, there was nothing wrong with the directing but also nothing really notable to talk about. There was something off with the cinematography, the lighting was just all over the place in some scenes. The film does a great job of focusing on the little bit of history directly after Watergate. After the dust settled, there was a sense of emptiness and people felt unsatisfied with the conclusion. David Frost takes it upon himself to give the people a conclusion and this movie does shows all the hoops he had to jump through and risks he had to take to get it. Worth checking out for history fans or fans of Langella.


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