This is when I really did hit the wall. It was tough to find movies that engaged me. I also spent a lot of time playing video games (SKYRIM!) so time got et pretty good there too. Here's a list with a few thoughts on what I managed to see this month.
American Psycho (2000)
Mary Harron is a genius. Bale looks exactly right. This is satire at it's finest.
Silent Hill (2006)
One of my favourite movies ever. EVER I SAID.
American Horror Story (TV) (2011)
Seriously amazing show. Reams have already been written about this, so what pithy thoughts could I have to add to an enormous, sweeping wasteland of TV goodness? Well I think this was a pretty brave effort for a genre that gets overlooked time and again by the straight media world. It was gruesome and ballsy. And I am always for an unhappy ending. They are taking this in the right direction for season 2 as well. New house, new ghosts. I can't wait to see what happens.
Re-watch for me this year. I really dig this. Shamalamdingdong returns to form. Even if it is only in a producing way.
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte/Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1964/1962)
My MIL suggested these. I've seen them both but as a double feature? Wow! That Bette Davis could play one crazy bitch fo sho! Great melodramas, full of creepy icky-ness.
The Elephant Man (1980)
I can't believe Chris or I had never seen this! Early Lynch, and a very straight forward tale. Genius makeups and great fun to watch. I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!!!!!
Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
Nightmare Factory (2011)
A fantastic doc about Mr Greg Nicotero. I always like to think if I had done what my heart desired when I was younger I would have done movie makeup. I have a slight obsession with it. It was terrific to see how the genesis of KNB Effects came about and to see people who love what they do, is always a treat.
Bag of Bones (TV) (2011)
Ambitious project for 4 hours. I don't think it's anywhere near as long as King's novel deserved, but we take what we can these days eh? Missed great HUGE chunks of story that were essential to understanding, but as I have read it (recently even) more than once I filled in the blanks myself. If you hadn't read it, I reckon it would have been a hot mess of HUH? all the way through. Props to A&E for even trying.
This movie was the fucking worst. WORST I TELL YOU. HE FUCKING DIES SO WHAT IS THE POINT?? ugh.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Tom Cruise's teeth are a fucking horror show alone. One front tooth? OMG NOOOOOOOOOO. The movie was ok, but that TOOOOOOOTH!!!!
Skeleton Key (2005)
Another unhappy ending. Love this flick. Totally holds up.
Mystery Men (1999)
First time I've watched this in HD.
LOVE. PURE LOVE.
Well well well... I was so stoked to watch this. 3 of my genre dudes making an anthology? Woot! So, great was my disappointment with this. I dunno, maybe I'm too old but this Sucked. Balls. It was the equivalent to a fart joke at a funeral. I can hardly express my dismay. The whole thing was awkward, juvenile (and HELLO I AM A 14 YEAR OLD TRAPPED IN THE BODY OF A MIDDLE AGED LADY HERE!) and painful to watch. Stupid. :((((
Master work of Argento. Yup, his crowning achievement.
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Proof I am a 14 yr old boy at heart. This Heavy Metal comic story brought to life is hilariously awesomeful in all the right ways.
A Whisper to a Scream (1987)
A little anthology about a terrible town and the creepy people it breeds. A fun little diversion, probably for genre fans only. Mr Vincent Price was smooth as always.
A little trippy freak out flick that again starred Mr Price. There were some incredible plot holes (and Peter Cushing too!) but damn if Chris and I didn't watch the whole thing.
I haven't included some of the stuff that I watch on a regular basis throughout the year like Supernatural (best horror TV show EVER. Take that Buffy!) on the blog. I tried really hard to do a movie a day and I am really proud of what I did manage to accomplish. Because you know, sitting on my ass is something I really have to strive for. Seriously though, when I do my wrap up post ( I think I need a fact checker.. hello? Chris?) I'll have some interesting things to report I think.
I hope you all (all 6 of you that read this!) had a happy new years eve.. stay tuned that wrap up I talked about will be coming soon. Not to a theatre near you.