i meant to post this last night but i didnt so oh well. i watched these two movies yesterday - both have been on my radar awhile and i had to wait until they both became available which they did last week. so the frozen ground is starring john cusack, nicholas cage and vanessa hudgens. it is the story of the hunt for alaskan serial killer robert hansen and the people involved. i thought it was well made and is definitely more of a thriller than a horror movie but its cool because i love cop and serial killer drama movies. i thought that both cusack and cage were good in their roles. surprisingly i thought vanessa hudgens was quite good as cindy paulson, the prostitute that basically cracked the case by being the only victim of hansen’s to get away. i recommend it to anyone who likes that kind of film - its straightforward but has good suspense. plus 50 cent is in it also and plays a pimp with really funny hair - whats not to love?
next is the conspiracy which i really liked quite a lot. it is a fake documentary - i dont know if that falls into the category of found footage but technically no one “finds the footage” so maybe not. it starts as being a documentary about people who believe in conspiracy theories, specifically one man terrance g, and then one day he disappears and fairly predictably one of the directors becomes obsessed with the very theories that made terrence vanish. its nothing revolutionary but i thought it was well made, decent production value, well acted and was definitely suspenseful. i dont know how i feel about conspiracy theories (i was shown loose change one night and after drinking a 40 i was like oh my god i can’t believe it! so there you go.) but i think the people who believe them are interesting subject matter. once again if you are intrigued by watching the trailer or reading the synopsis definitely watch it, its a fun movie to see.
i have compiled a giant list of movies i want to watch over the past year or so and want to start going through them and hopefully writing about them. also, i have watched a number of movies that I had been dying to see over the past few months and hopefully i can discipline myself enough to sit down and write about them. some of them are you’re next (which i saw in theaters last saturday), antiviral, cosmopolis (not horror, i know but still), evil dead, lords of salem, the collection and citadel plus more.
til next time (which might be later today)…
Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Spanish lobby card. 1986
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i just watched the remake of maniac and i loved it. i think elijah wood was excellent as frank - as soon as i heard it would be him in the title role, i reflected back to sin city (as i’m sure many people did) and found him to be so chilling as kevin. i especially loved the first promotional image i saw from the remake which showed elijah wood standing in the same pose with the scalp and the knife from the poster of the original maniac. i kept noticing the theme of inanimate objects being brought to life through derangement and art - annie’s photographs, franks hallucinations and going as far as a video that showed the making of the music of maniac where composer, Rob, spoke about how all the sounds in the music of the movie are synthetic and how they pushed the audio so far that those sounds became almost organic. definitely worth checking out - the almost entirely point of view cinematography sounded strange to me before i saw the film but now thinking back on it, i could not imagine it being seen another way.
Pimlico Secondary School, London, 1967
(Greater London Council Department of Architecture & Civic Design)
sorry ive been gone so long - a lotta shit has been going on.
i will be writing more soon.
i saw the new evil dead 2 weeks ago and it was glorious.
v/h/s is a found footage anthology that has been getting a lot of buzz. i was lucky enough to see it earlier this year hosted by one of the segment’s directors, joe swanberg, at the maryland film festival. i definitely recommend checking it out because not only is the concept cool in a world of straight forward, increasingly bland found footage movies but it is actually good! i believe its out on VOD like on itunes and amazon.com but it is also getting a (limited?) theatrical release pretty soon so you have no excuse not to look into it.