And when you’re down here…YOU FLOAT TOO!
So I actually have been looking forward to this week’s throwback Thursday movie of the week. I really enjoy this film a lot. Tim Curry, a brilliant and talented actor, nails his role as a supernatural being who preys on kids by disguising himself as a clown named Pennywise. Anyone who grew up in the 90’s may know who this character is. What I remember from watching it as a kid was that it was meant to be scary and some scenes were very effective. However it wasn’t the clown that scared me back then. It was Eddie Bowers, the town bully. He didn’t give me nightmares or anything but at moments of heavy suspense were the scenes with him in it picking on one of the members of The Losers Club. The supernatural element was just a perk on making this a great mini series to watch. Pt 2 of this miniseries wasn’t as entertaining because i wasn’t an adult back then. I related more to the movie when they were kids. Now that I am an adult, I wonder if that will change.
This week I am revisiting 1986’s take on a Marvel comic character Howard the Duck. It is a movie from my own collection, I do remember the movie, not embarrassed to say that I’ve watched it, but for the life of me I can’t remember why I liked it enough to want to own it. Back then, I had no idea this movie was based on a comic book character. When I saw Howard the Duck in a cameo on Guardians of the Galaxy, I was a bit confused because he looked so different then the look that I remembered. Apparently the duck had a different look to him in the comics. Only reason I can think of is that he looks more familiar in the live action movie because he looks more cartoonish and familiar because he resembles what Donald Duck would look like. This movie had a cult following as it isn’t liked by many people. Didn’t make much at the box office but its cheesy enough to be just enough fun to watch it during a bad movie night with friends. So I am going down memory lane to see why I enjoyed the movie in the first place and see if I can rekindle how I felt about it back then.
So it’s that time of year again. It’s Halloween again and what that usually means is that you are looking forward to going trick or treating, going to a costume party, or hitting the bars for some drinks. You could be that person who does all the above. At any rate, if you are like me, you use this month to watch horror movies or re watch your favorite movies that remind you of Halloween. We’ve all got one or two that we enjoy watching every year around this time. These movies get you in the that holiday mood.
ABCFamily Freeform every year has the 13 nights of Halloween where they show family friendly films with a spooky or Halloween twist. Some examples are Casper or The Addams Family air the last 13 days of Oct leading up to Halloween. You may have read my list of Anti-Christmas movies I enjoy watching every year. Here is a list of Halloween movie traditions I watch each October.
Suspense! action! comedy! An accountant gave me all of that and more.
If an accountant tells you that his or her job is boring or not exciting, I wouldn’t believe them after seeing this film. So, I actually didn’t want to see this movie. At least not right away. It wasn’t a movie that I wanted to see right away. Watching the trailer I wasn’t too intrigued that I had to see it right away. Eventually I broke down and decided to see it. I mean, the cast alone is worth a look. I am glad that I decided to go. What a great film The Accountant turned out to be.
Go, the young adult answer to Pulp Fiction.
This week I went with a movie that really resonated with me back then. After watching Pulp Fiction I was fascinated with the idea of having multiple interwoven plotlines mashed up into one movie. This is where you have many characters and stories in one movie but it is shown in different order and all connect in a specific way. Most of the movie also takes place during a 24 hour period. I always say that the best movies take place in one day. I really like putting the pieces together or just seeing the same story being played out from different perspectives. I remember this movie being a lot of fun, different, and also I was just turning 18 so I felt like such an adult finally able to go to the movies without an adult present with me and one that I didn’t have to sneak into to watch. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I want to see if this movie still holds up to how it made me feel back then.
Girl on the Train has some great moments to keep your attention but falls flat once everything is wrapped together.
Emily Blunt(Devil Wears Prada) leads the cast in this dark, gritty, and seductive mystery as a woman named Rachel Watson who recently had a divorce from her former husband Tom played by Justin Theroux (HBO’s The Leftovers, a.k.a. the jogger in the grey sweatpants). Since the divorce you can say that Rachel has hit almost rock bottom by drinking any chance she gets and creating an obsession with two other women. While she is riding on the train every day she passes by slowly enough to be able to get a good look at two homes neighboring each other. In one home she sees the perfect couple, a couple that everyone would want to be in. In the other is her former husband shacked up with a new wife and they now have a child together. This voyeurism leads to obsession than stalking which unravels in a mystery that she is hellbent on solving while dealing with her own inner demons and past behaviors.
If this movie has taught us anything is it’s not so glamorous going after the bad boy. Try out the nice guys for once.
Back in 1996 a gem was released called Fear. This film taking place in Seattle, my hometown, already had a hold on me in interest. This was also a part of Seattle that I didn’t live in. I was about the same age as the main character in the film but I wasn’t a part of the grunge rock generation discovering sex, alcohol, and being rebellious. All I know is when I saw the trailer I saw an exciting thriller that was rated R that I just had to see. I don’t have much memory watching this at the movies but once I did watch it I remember making this one of those movies I had to include in my collection. I remember the movie being fun, suspenseful, violent, and satisfying as all the other thrillers that made my heart pound. I want to re-watch it to see if it still packs that same punch it had for me back then.