Black Christmas (1974)
“The original slasher film and still one of the most satisfying.”
Blood Creek (2009)
“Fassbender, Cavill, Nazis, the occult, gore, awesomeness.”
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
“Not only a great genre flick, but one of the best movies of the year!”
Dead Alive (1992)
“Peter Jackson came onto the scene is a blaze of blood, guts, and ridiculousness.”
Dead Girl (2009)
“An unexpected gem and a truly disturbing look into the teenage male psyche.”
Dead Ringers (1988)
“Wikipedia lied…not a horror…but still creepy Cronenberg.”
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
“Sam Raimi’s return to the genre and it’s great!”
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
“Incredible, but I still prefer The Evil Dead.”
“80s comedy at its best, Bill Murray is a god.”
“Defined a genre and set the bar to almost unreachable heights.”
Halloween 2 (1981)
“Hands down, one of the best slasher sequels ever made!”
“Introduced a generation to absolute terror and the makeup is fantastic!”
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
“Picks up where the first left off, then adds amazing lore!”
Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth (1992)
“Kind of a cheesy revisit to a dying franchise.”
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
“Science fiction meets historical fiction, and they make an okay movie with some cool special effects.”
Haute Tension [High Tension] (2003)
“French slasher with great murder sequences, but a plot twist full of holes.”
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
“Absurd rape horror that almost makes you laugh, not good.”
Kill List (2011)
“A pretty good movie, but not ‘the scariest movie of the year’ as advertised.”
Lawnmower man (1992)
“The idea still stands up, somewhat, even if the technology doesn’t.”
“A wonderfully minimalist Faustian tale that took me completely by surprise.”
“King, Goldman, Reiner, Caan, Bates, perfectly unsettling!”
“An alright story completely redeemed by the acting of Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid.”
Silver Bullet (1985)
“Worst Stephen King adaptation ever, and Gary Busy has always been a nutjob.”
“Not as great as everyone said back then, no wonder it never gained cult status.”
The Collector (2009)
“Better than every mainstream horror of the last 3 years, find and watch this movie!”
The Dead Zone (1983)
“This creepy adaption of King, is one of the best, plus… the scissors!”
The Faculty (1998)
“Without a doubt the best of the late 90s teen horror movies!”
The Shining (1980)
The Strangers (2008)
“The first 40 minutes are the most stressful of my life, the end left something to be desired.”
“Somewhat inventive with some great moments, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Wolf creek (2005)
“Not sure about the hype. it just didn’t have any effect on me…at all.”
I know it is almost March, but the last two months have not been noteworthy. This list is based on release date, not excitement level for the film. I will also break the normal routine and add some honorable mentions.
Project X – 3/2
John Carter – 3/9
The Hunger Games- 3/25
The Cabin in the Woods – 4/13
The Avengers – 5/4
The Dictator – 5/11
Brave – 6/22
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – 6/22
G.I. Joe: Retaliation – 6/29
The Amazing Spider-Man – 7/3
The Dark Knight Rises – 7/20
Total Recall – 8/3
The Bourne Legacy – 8/3
Looper – 9/28
Skyfall – 11/9
Gravity – 11/21
Les Miserable – 12/7
World War Z – 12/12
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 12/14
Cosmopolis – TBA
Seven Psychopaths – TBA
5. The Master – TBA – Directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern. Loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard and the creation of Scientology
4. Moonrise Kingdom – 5/25 – Directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Anderson bias, summer camp, and kids in love.
3. Prometheus – 6/8 – Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. Ridley Scott doing science fiction in the same universe as “Alien”.
2. The Great Gatsby – 12/25 – Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgarton and Tobey Maguire. One of my favorite books, a great director, and maybe the best character fit for DiCaprio.
1. Django Unchained – 12/25 – Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christoph Waltz. Tarantino doing a post-Civil War Western.
If only half of these are as good as I am expecting, then it will be a fantastic year in movies!
Has anyone else noticed they do not make PG comedies anymore? (I mean for adults). I am watching one of my favorite Bill Murray movies, directed my Harold Ramis, and as I always do, I check the MPAA rating. I was kind of surprised and then disappointed. I was surprised to see that Groundhog Day was only rated PG. I was not shocked because there is adult content like language, sex, and violence, because there is very little in this movie. I just figured it was PG-13. Do the math, Ramis plus Murray plus the typical comedies I like and most adults for that matter. I have very little problem with the ratings system other than its inconsistency, but that’s a whole other story. I was depressed when I realized they don’t make comedies like this anymore. This is sad! I do not necessarily blame studios or the press, I blame the consumer. I movie like this isn’t made because it will not make money, that’s a deep barrel friends.
I thought hard of some other PG comedies that are often overlooked and most definitely extinct. Two that immediately came to mind were What About Bob? (1991) and Houseguest (1995). These are all three movies that I was able to watch as a kid and helped shape my love of the comedy genre. What About Bob again stars Murray alongside the amazing Richard Dreyfuss and is about a lunatic who follows his therapist on vacation, it is hilarious! Houseguest stars Sinbad as a loser who cons Phil Hartman and his family into letting him stay with them until they both realize they all actually need each other. These may sound boring, but I stand firmly behind them.
Do not misunderstand me, I love raunchy, foul comedy that involves cheap and crude humor. This is not about any issue I have with modern comedies, far from it. I just find it sad that we have lost a dimension of filmmaking that I hold so dear to myself.
Of these three Groundhog Day is the best, it has many aspects of what the main character goes through. He goes from being inconvenienced jerk, to annoyed with the universe suicidal maniac, to caring for an elderly homeless guy, to the ultimate George Bailey. Bill Murray uses his greatest talent. He is a terrible person who you cheer relentlessly for the entire movie.
Maybe I am just partial to Bill Murray, but I just think the modern comedy relies too heavily on the crutch of edginess. I strongly suggest these films and will continue to think of them fondly.