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Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas

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There really aren’t enough Christmas horror movies. It’s fun to break out classics like Black Christmas and Silent Night Deadly Night, but it’s also a good time to imagine favorite regular horror movies and creepy classics with a Christmas twist. Thanks to Chloe Carstairs, we have just that chance!

Super Quick Movie Reviews #7

Today’s update is a little overdue, but I managed to see some great films over the past couple of weeks.  Here are my thoughts:The Hurt Locker – I really enjoyed this movie and hate that I had to wait so long to see it.  I’d love for Kathryn Bigelow to win the Best Direction Oscar for this.  The way she builds and uses tension in the story is amazing.

Princess Mononoke – All of Miyazaki’s films are great, but I have to admit I liked Howl’s Moving Castle a bit more than this one.La Vie en Rose – While I thought this was a bit too long, Marion Cotillard is really amazing in it.Raging Bull – One of those movies that I should have already seen, but never did.  I have to admit that I didn’t feel really invested in the movie until the scene where Jake’s anger and paranoia boil over, as he accuses Joey (Joe Pesci) of sleeping with his wife.  This scene is brilliant and I was sucked into the story from this point forward.Big Fan – I liked this more than I thought I would.  Robert Siegel, formerly Sr Editor of The Onion, writes and directs a nice, original dark comedy.Nosferatu – I watched the original 1922 silent version by Murnau.  This film really is an amazing feat for it’s time.  It’s very interesting how well they were able to convey such fear and intensity without spoken dialogue.  Plus, Max Schreck is perfect.Taxi Driver – Another film I should have already seen.  It’s interesting to compare this one to Raging Bull and other Scorsese films.  This one has a more subdued feel, but still conveys the same amount of emotion in the story.  One of the things that stuck out the most to me was De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” scene.  This has become everyone’s “go to” De Niro impression, always becoming comically excessive and overblown.  Seeing the actual scene in the movie really surprised me, as it’s not excessive and ridiculous at all, and is a very simple and honest statement about Travis Bickle’s state of mind.Updated 2/15More Film Reviews

Super Quick Movie Reviews #7

Today’s update is a little overdue, but I managed to see some great films over the past couple of weeks.  Here are my thoughts:

The Hurt Locker – I really enjoyed this movie and hate that I had to wait so long to see it.  I’d love for Kathryn Bigelow to win the Best Direction Oscar for this.  The way she builds and uses tension in the story is amazing.

Princess Mononoke – All of Miyazaki’s films are great, but I have to admit I liked Howl’s Moving Castle a bit more than this one.

La Vie en Rose – While I thought this was a bit too long, Marion Cotillard is really amazing in it.

Raging Bull – One of those movies that I should have already seen, but never did.  I have to admit that I didn’t feel really invested in the movie until the scene where Jake’s anger and paranoia boil over, as he accuses Joey (Joe Pesci) of sleeping with his wife.  This scene is brilliant and I was sucked into the story from this point forward.

Big Fan – I liked this more than I thought I would.  Robert Siegel, formerly Sr Editor of The Onion, writes and directs a nice, original dark comedy.

Nosferatu – I watched the original 1922 silent version by Murnau.  This film really is an amazing feat for it’s time.  It’s very interesting how well they were able to convey such fear and intensity without spoken dialogue.  Plus, Max Schreck is perfect.

Taxi Driver – Another film I should have already seen.  It’s interesting to compare this one to Raging Bull and other Scorsese films.  This one has a more subdued feel, but still conveys the same amount of emotion in the story.  One of the things that stuck out the most to me was De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” scene.  This has become everyone’s “go to” De Niro impression, always becoming comically excessive and overblown.  Seeing the actual scene in the movie really surprised me, as it’s not excessive and ridiculous at all, and is a very simple and honest statement about Travis Bickle’s state of mind.

Updated 2/15

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Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 ??? 2009

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Hongkiat.com have assembled a collection of horror movie posters over the past 90 years to show just how much the art form has changed over time.  There are some really cool ones included here, including several I had never seen before.I’ve got to say that the Rosemary’s Baby poster may be one of the best movie posters ever.  Also, the poster for An American Werewolf in London looks like the cover of an old Hardy Boys book, but somehow still fits the movie really well.See the link below for the full article with all of the posters.Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009 | Inspiration.

Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009

Hongkiat.com have assembled a collection of horror movie posters over the past 90 years to show just how much the art form has changed over time.  There are some really cool ones included here, including several I had never seen before.

I’ve got to say that the Rosemary’s Baby poster may be one of the best movie posters ever.  Also, the poster for An American Werewolf in London looks like the cover of an old Hardy Boys book, but somehow still fits the movie really well.

See the link below for the full article with all of the posters.

Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009 | Inspiration.

Netflix Adds Hundreds of Indie Films That Can Be Watched Instantly

Great news here.  Netflix’s instant streaming service has added a ton of value to a subscription.  While the titles were pretty limited in the beginning, deals like this have continued to build a great list of mainstream films and independent titles.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced deals with a number of leading distributors of independent film that will give Netflix members the opportunity to instantly watch hundreds of new indie titles in addition to the trove of existing independent films available through the Netflix service.

Netflix said it has consummated non-exclusive licensing agreements to instantly stream award-winning and critically acclaimed films from distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing.  Taken together, the deals expand the depth and breadth of films available to be watched instantly at Netflix and extend the company’s reputation as a leading source of independent film.

In all, some 300 new indie titles can now be watched instantly or will become available to do so early next year.  In some cases, Netflix has struck output deals to stream all new releases from particular distributors as they become available during the course of the agreements.  For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers via Netflix ready devices and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.

via Netflix Adds Hundreds of Indie Films That Can Be Watched Instantly Through a String… — BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —.

Super Quick Movie Reviews #6

It’s a little late, but here is my latest round-up of recently seen movies.Youth In Revolt – Michael Cera builds on his teenage virgin persona with a slightly darker turn.  It’s not exactly a giant leap forward for him, but you can see some maturity here.  It’s got a nice cast and does a good job of expressing the feeling of being young and wanting more out of your life.500 Days of Summer – I’m so late to the game on this one, but I really enjoyed it.  Zooey Deschanel is so freaking lovable here, despite her flaws.  It’s a good story (especially for people who get bored with a typical love story), and the leads have a lot of charm.Terminator Salvation – After months of hearing bad things about this movie, I had to give it a chance myself.  I didn’t love it.  While the dark, apocolyptic tone was fitting, all of the characters were a bunch of super soldiers who lost their humanity and were difficult to care about.  In addition to this, the rapid paced MTV style editing was distracting and took me out of the story.The Fire Within – Another classic by Louis Malle.  The film tells the story of a recovering alcoholic who spends a day visiting various old friends in Paris in an attempt to find a reason to continue living.  Not one of my favorites by Malle, but it’s strong and engaging.More film reviews