Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Movies I Watched In May

Another month down the drain and another month where I didn't get around to watching as many movies as I would've liked to. If I don't watch at least as many movies as there are days in the month, i'm usually a bit dissapointed in myself! But I did get around to some great stuff, new and old alike....


The Big Lebowski - This is one of those movies that I didn't really 'get' the first time I watched it years ago. Nowadays, I can't get enough of it.

Death Weekend - Nice little lost exploitation flick that no one seems to have seen.

The Devil's Backbone - I like it, but I don't love it.

Drag Me To Hell - Raimi delivers the goods once again. Had such a fun time with this.

Evil Things - If you get the chance to see this indy horror flick, don't pass it up. I'm happy to say i'm one of the ones who got to see it before it gets a big distribution deal and becomes all the rage. At least those are my expectations...

The Grudge 3 - The Grudge movies really aren't for me but Toby Wilkins (director of Splinter) made this one about as enjoyable as a Grudge movie could be for me.

The Ice Cream Man - Clint Howard as a killer ice cream man just never stops being anything less than amazing.

The Last Winter - Loads of potential and some great stuff, but ultimately went haywire.

Martyrs - I've talked about it a bunch on here but this is must see cinema that will stay with you for a looooong time, no matter your opinion of it. What the hell are you waiting for!

Masters of Horror : We All Scream For Ice Cream - You'd think a killer clown ice cream man movie would be awesome, and it could've been, but this one was far from such praise.

My Bloody Valentine (original) - One of my favorite 80's slashers.

My Bloody Valentine (remake) - I've really come to love this movie. Watched it twice this month, two days in a row! It's just plain gory fun.

Pan's Labyrinth - I don't think i'm as in love with this one as most people seem to be, but I definetly like it a lot.

Reservoir Dogs - Does anyone not like this movie?

A Simple Plan - Been one of my favorites for years. Definetly Raimi's best non horror work.

Seven Pounds - Uplifting and incredibly depressing. So glad I finally got to see this.

Sky High - Maybe I just have a hard on for Kurt Russel, but I dug this flick!

Truth or Consequences, N.M. - Another one that's been a favorite for years. I never hear anyone talk about this movie and I think that all boils down to the fact that it's not a well known movie and few have probably had the chance to see it. Add it to your Netflix!

Zack & Miri Make a Porno - Gets better and funnier with each viewing.


My favorite movie of the month? That honor would probably have to go to Drag Me To Hell but since I already sucked that movie off just the other day, i'm gonna go with....


After getting way into 24 several years back, I went on an all Kiefer diet which resulted in me seeing most of his filmography. And thank god for that because I probably wouldn't have ever discovered Truth or Consequences, N.M. otherwise. This little known flick from '97 not only stars Sutherland (and my boy Vinnie Gallo) but is also one of the few movies he has directed and he does a hell of a job on both fronts if you're asking me. It's not a perfect movie but there's just something about it that I can't get enough of and it's become one of the movies that I show to and recommend to just about everyone in my life. Like I said, add it on Netflix or just pick up a used copy on Amazon, which will only run you a couple bucks. Pop it in and enjoy the ride! If you usually agree with my taste in movies, you will not be dissapointed.


trixareforjen said...

THE BIG LEBOWSKI...humorous but kinda dragged a bit for me.
THE DEVILS BACKBONE...Guillermo del Toro's work really amazes me, I love his gothic-horror style and the stories of warfare, fantasy and how children cope with war and tragedy through their imaginations.
DRAG ME TO HELL...not at all what I expected. I absolutely loved all the over the top "gore" and humor.
MARTYRS...absolutely wonderful piece of work, I think everyone should make an effort to sit through the subtitles and see this. Totally moved me and really got me thinking.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE...Classic and remake both amazing films, I however didn't mind the 3D as I know you complained about. 3D horror movie...can u ask for more? ;]
PAN'S far the best movie I've seen this month! A true work of art. Props to Senor del Toro.
A SIMPLE PLAN...Good movie as well, It kinda reminded me of Burn After Reading
SEVEN POUNDS...incredibly sad and depression, good acting, liked it.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES...excellent movie, loved it!
ZACH & MIRI...non-stop laughing, Love this movie. still have to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button! Maybe we'll watch it over the weekend if your not dreading a 3 hour movie night =x mwa

Zacery Nova said...

I'll copy what the other commenter did! But I'll only post about the ones I've seen...

Martyrs: Despised this movie, I only liked the last line (and only liked it in one of the subtitled versions - the other subtitled version makes no sense).

Masters of Horror : We All Scream For Ice Cream: I own this! Thought it was quite good, the ending was to die for.

My Bloody Valentine (remake): Not as good as it could have been, but an admirable effort. I did like the gore, but the characters were a bit flat.

Pan's Labyrinth: Just didn't "get" this, but the effects were good.

Sky High: I own this too. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is probably the only woman I "would".

Zack & Miri Make a Porno: The Star Wars bit was good, rest of the movie is kinda "meh".

- Zac

Zach said...

The Last Winter... I fully agree. Unfortunately, that's pretty much how I feel about all of Larry Fessenden's work. It just feels like it's never fully realized.

A.Jaye said...

Pans Labyrinth is one of the most beautiful and overwhelming movies I have ever seen. I cannot urge anyone not to see the Devil's Backbone. Add the Orpanage and (REC) and you come to the conclusion Spanish Cinema rocks.

I'm shocked too.

Watch Timecrimes. It's not horror, it's a gem of a low key time travel thriller.

Johnny said...

Zach - I still haven't seen Wendigo but I loved Fessenden's Fear Itself episode. Did you see that?

A. Jaye - I've heard a lot of good stuff about Timecrimes, been meaning to check it out for a while now.

Zacery Nova said...

I bought both seasons of Masters of Horror on DVD, is "Fear Itself" available on DVD? Should I buy the whole series?

- Zac

Johnny said...

Don't believe the show is on DVD yet but even if it was, I wouldn't suggest you pick it up. Most of the episodes I saw were awful. You can check out my reviews of the ones i've seen on the sidebar on your right.

Zach said...

I never saw his Fear Itself episode. I may have to find that now. I now own Wendigo and The Last Winter, and I put them pretty much on the same level. They both succeed in parts, but overall don't do much for me. I do like the way they are shot and the atmosphere they produce, but just don't feel like they pay off in the end. Wendigo is a bit better in my opinion, but still pretty average. Habit was a bit better, but nothing great. He sure can produce some atmosphere though.

Anonymous said...

The only 'masters of horror' eps that are worth watching are imprint and cigarette burns