Suspiria

June 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

Suspiria

Suspiria is considered to be one of the most iconic movies for the horror genre.

I say no. And i admit that it might be impolite of me to say so.

So i`ll point out some stuff in my way:

  1. although this movie is done in 1977 and it`s European, i must say that there are plenty of other “old” movies that give you chills. I think that Dario wanted something, but didn`t knew exactly what. Or at least, this is the impression that the movie left me.
  2. the soundtrack is horror. and i mean it in a bad way. I had to turn on the volume to hear the girls speak, and lower the volume when the music started playing. I understand the jump scare. But prolonged music with high pitched noises to intensify the action and what`s about to come is a “no, no”.
  3. the acting could have been improved (i`m being polite). From the start we can see that there is no emotion, no facial expression when the “terrified” girl tries to explain to her friend why she`s so unsettled. And it`s either with a blank face or with exaggerated reaction – remembering the girl trying to escape from the room with rolled wires.
  4. i will not say anything about the special effects, due to the fact that they are, in some places, really spot-on.
  5. the visuals are pretty good. I would have used different angles for various scenes. But it works like this also.

So, from my part, this is a one-time-see-movie. And i have to admit, i had to brace myself for the “horror” that was yet to come…

 

Picture from IMDB.

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Get Out

June 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

Get out

So i`ve just watched this one.

And all i can say is that it`s pretty amazing.

It`s about a guy that goes at his girlfriend`s house to “meet the parents”. And we all know that it can be a shitty situation. But his situations is going to be worse.

The theme used in this movies resembles to the one in “The Skeleton Key”. As where in “The Skeleton Key” black people used white people`s bodies, in “Get Out” is the opposite – white people use black people`s bodies.

We have the straight up black dude with his white girlfriend going to her parents house to meet the family. And there are some stuff that would, in other typical movie, make the black dude get out there as fast and as soon as he can. But here, we see him in a different approach. He`s the investigator type. Breaking all the stereotypes in every other movie.

I mean, it kinda got me at a point where i started saying “something`s fishy here. get out dude!”.

The dad is too friendly with the guy that fucks his daughter. The mom is oddly calm about everything. The brother is high as fuck or mentally deranged. And the girlfriend is pretty comfortable with the situation.

I really enjoyed the fact that they had a good scenery regarding a new approach on the whole hypnosis thing.

And the bingo competition is really a good idea.

And as we are talking about black people in movies, there always will be a black dude that got his friend`s back. A really good turn of events. A bit far fetched, but still, it gets an A+.

But it still made me wonder about a few things:

  1. He called 911 when he got into the car before hitting “grandma”. And he said his name and location. What happened with that call?
  2. What happened after he got out? I mean, with the real cops? Is it going to be treated like an unfortunate event? Or are they going to investigate? Having in consideration that the only witness got out and he`s black and he`s going to mention hypnosis. If ever…
  3. And what about the whole bunch of people that were at the party? What`s up with them? Are they going to use the power that they have to cover things up or are they just going to surrender?

I mean, it`s a good movie, but with a lot of question marks at the end.

 

By this time, i can say that it`falls right along side (but ofc) “The Skeleton Key” and “Don`t Breathe”.  A different approach on the horror genre. Yet i have to say not quite horror (even though it can give you a few chills on the spine), but suspense for sure!

So give it a watch! You won`t regret it!

 

Image from Get Out – IMDB

 

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A little break…

May 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm (me, myself and I)

So i took a little brake from writing, because i took the advice from my dentist to watch Game of Thrones.

Yes, until now i haven`t watched Game of Thrones.

I can`t say that i am upset of me for not seeing it until now, but i can`t say that i am glad that i have watched it either.

It has a great plot, i must admit, a lot of twists and turns – i am definitely going to watch season 7 – but i can say that i don`t think that this movie (series) is greater that my top 5. Every movie that i consider them to be great are simply amazing at the time of their release.

Someone can watch now The Night of the Living Dead and consider it to be total bullshit. But it is not. Just have in mind that when it was released that kind of a movie wasn`t even on the market, not to mention the racism it had to deal at that time (we can see it now, again, in Get Out).

So back to the beginning, i took a break, and i am going to extend it for a few weeks, two months maybe, because after GoT, i crossed upon my phase of mountaineering, space, apocalypse and post-apocalyptic movies.

I still have a few reference movies to check, so i`ll write back in a few months…

 

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Mr. Hublot

March 28, 2017 at 8:34 am (me, myself and I, muvi)

I really like animated movies, and short ones are a delicious cupcake for me.

So, today we have “Mr. Hublot”.

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Mr. Hublot is a “withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world.” As well characterized on IMDB. He reminds me in a way of Max from the animated movie “Mary and Max”.

In a parallel universe where everything is over-run by machines (like in the animated movie “9”), we can see him going on with his dull life in a flat across the street from an old abandoned warehouse that is for sale.

His life will turn for better when he sees from his window an abandoned mechanical dog screaming for help. That`s when he runs outside to save him, despite his fright of the outside world.

We can see that the dog is like a normal dog – a loving animal that grows with every day, even though he`s made of scrap metal.

Days pass by and he gets bigger and bigger, not having room to turn around in Mr. Hublot`s small flat.

Due to the fact that the dog`s movements are constrained by the furniture around him, thus breaking almost everything around, Mr. Hublot decides something that can we all relate to – buying the old abandoned warehouse to have more space for the new family member – the dog.

The friendship, loyalty and love between these two characters gives us hope for a better world inside the machinery around us all.

 

I highly recommend this short movie because while it will give you at the beginning a bitter taste, in the end you`ll find yourself having a better view and hope for humanity.

 

Picture from IMDB.

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Open water 1+2

March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am (me, myself and I, muvi)

So in search for some shark movies, i stumbled upon “Open water”. And due to the fact that it has also a sequel, i said ok to both of them.

So, “Open water 1”:

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The movie has a visual that will (maybe) hurt your eyes, due to the fact that it`s shot in realistic mode and it`s based on a true story.

There are many cases in which people who go scuba diving are left behind by the boat that took them. This is what happened to the two protagonists in the movie.

Now, when you find yourself in the water there are three real-life possible causes of death: dehydration, shark attack and hypothermia.

In the movie the guys where left behind around noon, and the girl in the end survived until the next day, so the real-life approach was quite ok – it gets extra points for that.

Now the couple when they found out that they were left behind, they sat put, but the current took them away (God knows where). The movie introduces sharks, but not the aggressive type, due to the fact that the water was swarming at one point with sharks but none of them attacked them, like we are accustomed in Jaws, Shallow and so on… In the end we can barely see that after the guy dies from “who knows” (he was wounded, not eaten, he had consumed his energy with the swimming and yelling), the girl pushes the dead guy`s body away from her, then some sharks come and eat him, and after that, only when she sees that there are a lot of sharks around her and she accepts the fact that she will not be rescued, she goes under the water to meet her gruesome death.

Now from the beginning the whole organizational scheme on the boat was stupid. Like, you take around 20 people on your boat (counted badly), they go in the water and when some of them come back you just count and you say whatever, let`s go back? First of all, a table with all the people names should have been printed, and when they went on the boat everybody should sign. When they come out of the water their names should have been yelled out and only after everyone was counted, you can leave.

Ok, not everything goes by the book. But you“re fucking dealing with people`s lives!!!

Anyway….next to “Open water 2: Adrift”:

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This movie is the perfect example of human stupidity and strengthens the fact that people can act like they are 16 even if they are grown-ups…Stupid people.

Two couples and a family of three goes on a yacht in the open water and decides to go and have a swim. The baby girl remains on the boat with the mother and one of the guys. The guy tries to play a joke of the mother, that clearly shows signs of being afraid of the water, and lifts her in his arm and dive in the water. A childish joke.

After everyone is in the water and they are tired of swimming and having fun, they realize that they didn`t left the ladder opened. D`oooh! Stupid people.

So the movie it`s about them trying to get on board, complaining, crying, yelling at each other, taking their clothes off in order to make a rope and not succeeding getting on.

Some of them die, and guess what! The last two that went into the water remain at the end of the movie alive! Well…until the end that is…

So the guy manages to get the mother on board, she lets the ladder down for the guy to get on board and the ran to the baby. After like 20 minutes with the baby she goes outside to see why the guy didn`t show up. And she saw that he never did get back on the boat…she sees him in the distance and throws the life buoy. He doesn`t respond to her callings and she decides to get back in the water.

All the movie action takes place from morning until the next day.

And, the yacht in the morning  was found by a fishing boat that heard the baby yelling and no one on board.

Now why the hell the mother didn`t get the guy back on the boat, we`ll never know…

 

After seeing these and looking back on what i searched, i can`t relate them to shark movie. I mean, ok, open waters, a change of being shark bate, but still. I didn`t ask to see human error and stupidity.

But then again, these are great movies that can show you “what might happen” if you are not organized and hang out with stupid people.

 

Image 1 from Open water 1 and image 2 from Open water 2: Adrift.

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[rec] 4

March 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

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So, as i said, i came back with number 4.

This is a movie filled with action and you`ll see the approach regarding the deadly “virus” that took over the building in [rec] 1.

Yes, a virus.

I was intrigued by the beginning of this movie because it starts where it was left off in [rec] 2 – in the same God forsaken building where all that stuff happened.

Angela is taken on a ship where some doctors try to find an antidote for the virus.

Nevertheless this is a movie, so you have to imagine that the virus went out of control thanks to a monkey. And thus, after it`s release, Angela again tries to stay alive. And for good reason. Although she was “contaminated” in [rec] 2, the virus has to find a better host. And it does.

And the plot thickens while all the crew and army men try to stay alive.

In the end, Angela and her number one fan escape this treacherous virus, but as this being a movie and all, we are left to see that they left it to be continued while the virus takes host a fish.

Now, at the ending i was wondering – is this going to have a continuity in the marine life or is it going to end up on a table for a family?

It leaves us wondering…

This is all in all a movie to see, if you liked the first ones and if you are a seeker of action and thrilling movies.

Give it a shot.

 

Picture from IMDB.

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[rec] 3

March 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

Because i said that i will come back with an opinion regarding [rec] 3.

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In the other post i mentioned that [rec] 3 was directed by Paco Plaza. And that Paco left his imprint in the “war” of the zombies. Now the description given by IMDB is that these aren`t at all zombies but the persons have a “strange illness”.

Now the plot is this: at a wedding the “strange illness” occurs right when the people are having most of their fun, and as usual, the relatives begin to get a little bit off the grid (drunk).

Keeping in mind IMDB`s description, i will have to say that it`s quite ok how they put it, because at one point the father that wedded the couple mentioned that “the Genesis is stating”.

So, after seeing [rec] 1 and 2, you might think if this is the genesis then this is the place where the little girl that was mentioned in the tapes in the attic of the building in [rec] 1+2. But it`s not. Keeping an open mind, this genesis can start wherever it wants due to the fact that it`s a beginning from the point of view of the persons that haven`t take part of the building incidents.

Without mentioning anymore the first parts, i will continue with [rec] 3.

You have to see how the human interactions are – real and vivid, and how this is mixed with the action when the “illness” occurs. The bride (one of the main characters) seems to remind you of Mila in the first Resident Evil. You`ll know what i mean when you watch it.

I will give credit to the forced cam shots because they seem real but i can assume only that no one even will record a wedding or anything else like this. The cuts are a bit forced, giving you a headache at the end. Too many gilts, too fast the movements, but this is another imprint of Paco.

This movie make it clear to anyone that love conquers all, well, until the end when you just want to shout “what the hell!” or “come on!”. But this is a Spanish movie, not American, so happy endings are not our cup of cake. Yeeeey!

I must admit that it`s ok to watch, but i don`t think that you`ll want to rewatch it.

 

Picture from IMDB

 

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[rec] 1+2

March 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

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Now, it`s time to talk about two of my favorite movies: [rec] 1+2.

 

 

You have to have in consideration that both of them were directed by Juame Balagueró and Paco Plaza. Also, there is a thing that`s quite really good if you look at it this way: the 3rd part was directed by Paco and he left his mark putting upfront the zombie “war”, while the 4th part was directed by Juame and his mark was “why is this happening”, the meaning of all. Combined they gave birth to [rec] 1 and 2. But only after seeing all 4 of the movies you will realize these aspects. 

I will talk in another post of the other 2 [rec] movies, because they have to be taken separately.

I chose to write about first two altogether because, in my opinion, these are the true [rec]. With a connection and a really good story line.

 

When [rec] 1 came along on the market i was so intrigued by what it had to offer. I was impressed from the beginning by the trailer and i really looked forward to catch on the screen.

The movie captivated me until the end. It had a new scene to the whole zombie genre, and the fact that it was cam shot, i enjoyed it much more (being a fan of the Blair Witch Project approach), really took it to the next step. The story line was new, and the idea of shooting a fire departments night out was interesting. The plot itself kept you hoping that nothing happens to the “main” characters (Angela Vidal, the cameraman and the firefighters). But oh, the horror, it did happen, to all of them.

When [rec] 2 came along i was more than captivated. And the cam shot style did continue, and more than that, it came from two sides, meeting with the first cam – outstanding thinking. The worried husband, the stupid kids and Angela. captivating on each “camera”.

Plus, when in the end the zombies were all gone and there was a whole new other meaning to all of them, my mind was blown away.

 

I recommend these two to all of you, even though you are or not horror fans. The human interaction is exquisite. The gore is brilliant. The plot is outstanding.

 

Pictures from [rec] 1 and [rec] 2.

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We are what we are

March 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

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So, in search for more thrilling movies, i stumbled upon this one.

It`s a very fresh outlook on the movie market (from 2013). A new approach, new faces (at least for me) and very good acting from their part. I must admit there were some bits that i wanted just to slap them on the face because i got so annoyed with the plot, but overall i must admit i was captivated until the end.

I have to admit that i like the new approach of the documented disease and the romance inside the story that give just the perfect nudge for the girls to grow some balls, were exquisite.

The movie also reminds me of Andrei Chikatilo.

 

Even thought this is a remake after “Somos lo que hay” (2010), this is a fresh breath of air just as “Let us prey” was. And i hope i`ll find the original one, the mexican one, so that i`ll see where i stand regarding the remake. (as in the case with [REC] vs. Quarantine).

 

Until then, this one should be on your screen at the next “movie night”.

 

Image from IMDB.

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Green room

March 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm (me, myself and I, muvi)

So again on this road…

I was interested in this movie because it was nominated on ihorror.com for the best horror movie.

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It all starts with a fresh punk band on an interview (that`s the beginning for me) before a gig, a gig that was in a dinner, a typical dinner for America.

Now, due to the “awesome” feedback and pay at the dinner gig, they went to play “a real gig” for some skinheads… cool, right?

Not so cool after the show, when shit starts to get real… A stabbing gone bad…

A plot that got me thinking about what the fuck am i watching.

Backstage things get a little nasty due to the fact that even though one of the headliners members “stabbed” in the head a girl, under the room the owner stashed heroin and the band realizes that they`re not coming out alive.

It`s a twisted plot because the dead girl was about to get out of the skinheads gang with one of the members and when word got out, she got killed. So the fresh punk band technically was in the wrong place at the wrong time, now fighting for their lives.

A twist turn of events when one of the punk bands member get free with the dead girl friend and kill the skinhead leader -> cpt. Picard.

A weird movie that it`s not meant to have a “horror” label.

If you`d like to see what Patrick has done lately you can watch this, but if you want to remember him for what he has made up to now, please, don`t watch this…

 

Picture from IMDB.

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