Movie of the Day – Ghostbusters

With all the ghosts and monsters out there running around tonight on Halloween, some of them might be actual ghosts and not some little kid as a Power Ranger (is that still on).  You to protect yourself and what better way to protect yourself from the ghosts then the power of “unlicensed nuclear accelerators” proton packs wielded by paranormal investigators.  Got to call the Ghostbusters.

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Top 10 Movies that take place on Halloween

Yep, you read the title right.  While most top ten lists in relation to Halloween are all about the gore, scares, violence and other things associated with the fright night, I decided to go a different route and present to you the ten best movies that all take place on Halloween.  So instead of just sitting through the same lists over and over again about how awesome the Freddy movies are or what movie has the best gore for Halloween viewing, why not just watch a movie that just happens to take place on Halloween.

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Movie of the Day – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Ah yes, the main staple of any horror movie fan and a favorite genre of many movie goers.  Zombies are mainstream in a big way and it’s no surprise as to why their popularity is so big.  We have AMC’s The Walking Dead on prime time cable, numerous movies, George Romero, Zombie Walks, and a general infestation of pop culture relevant zombie inclusions.  You can’t escape it, it will surround you like a swarm of, well, zombies.  I love zombies and zombie culture.  Hell I want to take part in the Zombie Dash (kind of like the Warrior Dash but with zombies of course) and I own all the current issues of The Walking Dead and some.  So naturally I want to enjoy a zombie movie from time to time, but there are just so many of them out there that the good ones get mixed in with the bad crowd of zombie flicks.  Well I could go original and choose a classic Romero flick or one of the new-wave “zombie” movies like 28 Days Laters, but I decided on one that is truly terrifying and that is the one that has….ZOMBIES THAT RUN!

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Movie of the Day – An American Werewolf in London

I need some form of a werewolf movie as part of my horror movie week.  I already covered the vampire angle with Blacula and posting a zombie will probably be tomorrow’s post so now a Werewolf movie seems appropriate.  There are a numbe (not really) of werewolf movies to select from, but I wanted one that made the biggest, lasting impression on my fragile mind.  If you have never seen this movie, then you are in for a treat, but if you have seen this movie then you know exactly what I am talking about.

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Movie of the Day – Blacula

Yeah that’s right, a black Dracula.  Oh the Blaxploitation movement definitely was an inventive time to say the least.  I am sure that you were all expecting some horror, violent filled movie for today to continue the horror movie post trend, but I felt that since it’s Friday some ridiculous fun will do instead.  There is some charm to be had with a movie like Blacula, a movie that practically launched the sub genre of blaxploitation horror movies.  While the title of the film is campy, you would be surprised as to how good the movie is.  Take a look…

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Movie of the Day – The Descent

Well now I am on horror/scary movie number 4 and this plays upon a fear that I think most of us have.  Actually scratch that, we all fucking fear the dark and being trapped in a confined space.  Add in some unknown creatures lurking in the dark to heighten the tension and you got the movie The Descent.  The movie itself is frightening at the basest level, it’s fear of the unknown, fear of being trapped, and fear of those around you.  While not a splatterfest associated with horror movie, this is the core of horror movies, ones that are meant to use psychological aspects of creating and playing off of our fear.

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Movie of the Day – Arachnophobia

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Screw it, I don’t even need to explain the concept of a deadly spider infestation as being scary.  This is fucking terrifying.

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Movie of the Day – Audition

Oh God.  What have I done?  Fairly brazen of me to post this movie as I thought about it being the closer to my week long horror movie post, but screw it.  Let’s separate out those true horror fans from the Saw horror fans.  If mood, tone, and sheer, sadistic violence is what makes a good horror movie great, then Audition is the fucking standard of horror movies.  You here about movies that are just a one time watch.  You sit through it once and never, ever want to see that movie again.  Audition is one of those movies and to be perfectly honest, I have sat through this movie twice.  It’s sitting on my dvd shelf as I speak and can even see the box cover.  Why buy a movie that I am not going to watch more than once or twice?  Well to give to people when they want a scary, horror movie.

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Movie Review – The Ides of March

So politics isn’t really my thing. Yes, I realize that the political process is important, I do vote and I do try to stay apprised of the issues that matter to me, but I honestly can’t stand the mainstream media.  Whether it is Fox blaming liberals or CNN blaming conservatives about everything else, there is little discussion being had, rather just a shouting match that escalates everyday.  I get my news from The Daily Show, which is sad since it is a comedy show about politics.  While the politics are digestible as comedy bites and filled with snark, we don’t glean anything important about politics other than who is right and who is wrong.

I have talked about political movies before on this site.  More so about the behind the scenes motives of those involved with elections, presidency, or even those that shape the opinions of the public.  There is one thing that I think people forget and that politics is a game just like any other game.  Only what’s at stake is the well-being of citizens that they are trying to represent.  It’s a game with the ultimate prize and that changes people, for better or worse in the end.  Sure we sit and watch our candidate get on the pulpit and spout off about changing the world and making it better for all of us, but at what cost to us, to him/her does it take to get there?  To get to that position of power to make our hopes and dreams come alive.  There is this saying, Beware the Ides of March, that titles the film about those that engage in the game of politics.  Beware of what you get yourself into, cause the outcome may or may not be favorable.

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Trailers of the Week – Chronicle & The Flowers of War

Been a while since I post some trailer but I got a new batch that incredibly interesting.  I will try and continue the weekly trailer posts as it keeps me honest.  So today, a superhero movie about developing powers and a foreign film with Batman (Christian Bale) in the lead.  It”s also done by Zhang Yimou.

Chronicle:

First, I am sort of growing tired with the found footage genre of movies.  It’s tiring, it allows for sloppy camera work to mask the short comings of the cinematography and a cheap visual ploy.  They all follow this standard path and it’s jarring sometimes to watch the action unfold.  Some movies used this well; [REC] and Blair Witch, Cloverfield a little bit too much wonky camera work and the rest are just jittery movie that have not much else to offer.  Second, this is what the show Heroes should have been.  I can see the angle of the documented footage chronicling the powers that the kids have working to its advantage.  Given our ever increasing usage of technology in our daily lives, seeing three young people use their new found powers for Punkd style antics fits just right in.  But where the movie shines is the unfolding of their powers.  We see one kid essentially have the trappings of a villain and it’s understandable since they are young and don’t realize what they have.  I am excited to see what this movie has in store, since it is a superhero style movie and it has my money already.

The Flowers of War:

This is making the rounds as an official submission to the Best Foreign Film category in the Oscars this year, The Flowers of War is a depiction of the 1937 Massacare of Nanking or Rape of Nanking where Japanese troops raped and murdered the women and children of Nanking in China.  The film looks incredibly compelling and emotional as it depicts the events of the massacre in all the horrific details we can imagine.  So far I have seen other clips of the movie online and it is terribly brutal to watch.  But there is some redemption in the form of Bale’s acting and the story overall.  The film has a mix of English, Japanese and Chinese languages in the film, so it adds to the layers of the film with realism and strong direction from Zhang Yimou.