Suspiria, 2018 – ★★½

Odd. “I dreamt of hairballs.” I Iiked it better when it was “Germany’s Most Disturbing Home Videos.” www.dailymotion.com/video/x9p5ey

Besides the beauty of the actresses, I found very little to praise here. There are some interesting attempts at unsettling moments and those I liked. there’s a whole lot of this film taking itself way too seriously.

In the Mouth of Madness, 1994 – ★★★★★

Here’s one all horror fans should see, right away! It’s the idea of an author and a rabid fan coming in contact in the real world. It’s a Stephen King novel adaptation and by nw everyone should know King ia the King of book to screen adaptations. They just work! The man is a genius and careful magician with his words. 

Also showcased in tis film is the acting talent of Sam Neill. He plays the investigator trying to find the author. What he finds is a “fake town” from the novel that has come to life. The efects are practical and minimal compared to modern horror. In spite of that, it really reminded me of how great a horror can be without all the cgi of our current times. I give this one a perfect score. Your thoughts?!

(Podcast) In The Mouth of Madness, 13 Cameras, Cult of Chucky, The Hidden + 4 More!

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  1. The Head Hunter (2018)
  2. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
  3. 13 Cameras (2015)
  4. Cult of Chucky (2017)
  5. Prince of Darkness (1987)
  6. The Hidden (1987)
  7. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  8. The Clinic (2010)

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I’m in the Christmas in July Blogathon!

I was in a blogathon! Thanks to Drew’s Movie Reviews for including my post on my favorite classic “A Christmas Story.”

From Drew’s site: “Hello, friends!

Welcome to the penultimate day for the sixth annual Christmas in July Blogathon and last day of guest reviews! Up first today is Damien of Riley on Film and The Damien Riley Podcast. Damien reviews a variety of film genres on his site and podcast but as a particular affinity for horror films. Go give his sites a read and podcasts a listen, especially if you like horror movies. While there are several Christmas horror films, for this blogathon, Damien chose to review the comedy classic A Christmas Story.


A Christmas Story movie poster

A Christmas Story – Electric Sex in the Family Room Window

It’s hot outside and I am thrilled to be able to cool off imagining Christmastime for this movie challenge. Whatever time of year it is, I can always get into the spirit of Christmas by rewatching “A Christmas Story” directed by Bob Clark. It has just enough off-color humor to not bore and still accent the nostalgic visuals of a boy and his family humorously living in the 1940’s.

Director Bob Clark was a true visionary. He is ironically also well known for his horror film “Black Christmas.” Clark takes familiar American settings and visits sarcasm upon them. The result is a hilarious film that pulls no punches. A lot of us guys were “Ralphie” at some point, wanting a bee bee gun and asking every Santa on the street we saw for it. Our teacher, our parent, in like fashion all said “You’ll shoot you’re eye out.” Ah the humanity..

Besides having relatable characters like Ralphie, the film has symbols that everyone can identify with. Ralphie’s middle class dad strains after the daily crossword every night in order to win a “Major award.” It ends up being a tawdry and kitsch leg lamp that he emblazons from the window. Ralphie’s narrator calls it “Electric sex in the front window.” This much to the chagrin of Ralphie’s mother who has all the charm of every mother among us combined and then some.

There’s a famous scene here where Flick, Raplhie’s friend, Puts his tongue on a frozen pole on a bet. Most of us can recall similar dares which is why so many people love this movie. We aren’t laughing at Flick, we’re recalling our own childhoods. Bob Clark is truly in touch. We get to know so many characters here: the father, mother, little brother, Flick, the teacher, Scott Farkus, the “bully,” and a few other core ones. Interspersed between tales from Ralph’s youth, we get the traditional trappings of Christmas like Santa and the classic carols. The cinematography is also great, bringing us back to the 40’s.

This is one I’ve seen countless times and I look forward to watching it this year a few times as well. I highly recommend it, I give it a 10/10. Merry Christmas in July.

I am a Guest Author: Damien Riley

Follow my reviews at rileyonfilm.com

Listen to my podcast at thedrpodcast.com


For our holiday party, Damien is inviting the fiery vixen Jessica Chastain.

Jessica Chastain
😉

Excellent invite, Damien! Great to have a fellow redhead at the party. 

The final guest entry for this year’s blogathon comes from someone I have worked with many times here on DMR and whom you all should be familiar with.

Until next time, cheers!”

The Hidden, 1987 – ★★★★★

Kyle Mclachlan from Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives’ fame shows up here at 1987 on the Hollywood timeline. He’s an FBI agent tracking an other-worldly killer with super human abilities. The short version of them is: he can’t be killed.

This is a buddy cop movie and the buddy is Michael Nouri (Flashdance). It also smacks a few times of Men in Black. Put that all together in a vintage 1987 city and you have this highly entertaining action, thriller, cop film. See it! I give it a perfect score.

He Never Died, 2015 – ★★★★½

I had put off watching this film for a long time, years in fact. I figured it was a biopic on Henry Rollins. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It does showcase however his unique tough guy style. This is a great horror film that touches on the idea of immortality, greed, and crime in a marvelous collage.

Rollins plays an interesting character who we never really get the full story on. He’s a loner until he finds out he has a 19 year old daughter. He’s a lousy dad but he can’t ignore her, especially when she is in serious danger. IMDB calls it a horror comedy drama but the comedy is barely perceptible. It works as vengeance horror. I totally enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

Dogman, 2018 – ★★★★

Go see this! It’s an indie project that touched the heart and ignites the vengeance reflex. The film is very satisfying. Marcello is a man who tries to do everything right. 

He’s a dog groomer by day and sometimes a cocaine dealer. He does what he has to do. Watch and see if you think he has choices. The suspense winds more and more until a final release. I love this film.

(Podcast) Dogman and Yesterday

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07/14/2019 What I’ve Been Watching – Dogman, Yesterday. Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke. Speaking of coke, what if the drink never existed, nor the Beatles?

I review 2 movies in this episode: Dogman and Yesterday.

Show Notes:

Intro/Monologue

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Dogman
Dogman, marcello

Groomer/pitbull

Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke.

Dealing coke wih Daughter there. At least he makes an attept to keep her innocent

He scores for his team players. We never see him takng drugs, their deslings are strictly for economic survival.

He’s a single part time dad.touching scenes with his daughter.

Simone robs mac’s neighbor, The police want marc to turn him in

does the time for Simone.

A good man can be taken fown so easily.

He’s changed after jail

His friends shun him publicly

The bully keeps on keeping on. Is he weak to turn the other cheek?

When must you fight back?

Thid guy spent a year in jail protecting a guy who doesn’t care if he lives or dies

Getsattacked whole taking in dig boarder

Now he’s with his daughter. Scuba diving Is she in danger.

Lovely shot holding his daughter on a boat.

I love how he got Simone to pit himself into the cage.

Lowering bed contraption ingenious

Chokes him to death

Burns the body

Has he gone crazy?

Carries Simone twice his size

Showing the guys in the yard what he’s dome

Miving the body all ariund

In the end, it’s wuiet. Me alone with my hoicrs.

Yesterday

he lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.

How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?

A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.

We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.

I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.

What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.

I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.

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The Dark Half, 1993 – ★★★★

This is a lost classic horror dated in the 1990’s. It’s a Stephen King Novel adaptation. Just like Misery, it’s an author’s nightmare. The lead character played by Timothy Hutton, is the famous thriller/horror novelist but he writes under a psuedonym.

Pretty soon we find the alterego pseudonym is actually a real life person. t’s a supernatural turn. This “Dark Half” threatens to destroy our author but as we learned in Misery, authors have weapons all their own. This is a real trip see it.

John Dies at the End, 2012 – ★★★½

Throwing a few words out on this one after a second watch. Actually, not a complete watch this time but enough to “see the light” that this is a must watch for trippy psycho horror comedy. Let me know what you think of this film!