Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Movies I Watched In June

For the past couple years i've been in a bad habit of mostly watching movies i've already seen before and know that I love. It's safe, I know what i'm getting into, and I love to rewatch movies that i'm a big fan of. But i've made it a personal goal of mine lately to start distancing myself from that habit and try to pick movies that I have not seen yet when I rifle through my collection looking for a movie to watch on any particular night (I own HUNDREDS that i've never seen). Now that i've caught Jen up on most of my favorite movies in the past year and a half we've been dating, it's time we move on to exploring and discovering movies neither of us have seen yet, which has been pretty fun thus far. But anyway enough babbling on, here are all of the movies I watched this past month. Once again I didn't get around to watching as many as i'd like to, but i'm working on that! I also need to get out to the theatre more, and i'm working on that too!


2LDK - I love this movie. Two Japanese chicks arguing over shampoo and beating the shit out of each other for 70 minutes. What's not to love? I also love the story of how this movie came to be. A producer challenged two directors during a night of drinking to a "Duel Project" ; each director must make a feature length film in a weeks time with only two actors battling in only one setting. How cool is that? The other director's film is called Aragami, which I haven't seen yet.

BTK - Starting to lose my respect, Kane Hodder! It's not even that he's a bad actor, but he should probably stick to playing masked/costumed villains.

The Burrowers - A little bit boring and slow at first but once this movie picks up, it gets really fuckin good. It really starts getting good at the moment the whites and Indians engage in a brutally awesome gunfight and never lets up from there.

Evil Dead 2 - Has always been my favorite of the Evil Dead trilogy. Couple friends of mine prefer the serious horror of Evil Dead over the comedic horror of ED2 and Army of Darkness, but I disagree. The blend of comedy/horror is where Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and this trilogy really shine.

Friday The 13th (2009) - Watched this one twice this month ; first was my first viewing of The Killer Cut (which rocks) and second was The Killer Cut on the projector in my garage with a couple friends and some beers. Or a lot of beers. The night ended in my friend breaking his ankle, and no one's really sure how, but seeing The Killer Cut on the big screen was fun nonetheless!

Inglorious Bastards (1978) - If i'm being honest, I was fairly bored by this movie. Can't say it really did anything for me but it does have an awesome title and the ending is pretty cool. Cannot wait to see Tarantino's version (although his is a far different film and really only seems to share a title and a few plot elements).

Maniac Cop - Anyone else love the music in this movie? I like Maniac Cop, but I like....

Maniac Cop 2 - better. Some awesome car chase sequences and once again I say, Matt Cordell is a seriously underrated horror villain.

Masters of Horror : Jenifer- One of my favorite of the Masters of Horrors and actually one of my favorite things Argento has done being that I don't really dig most of his stuff.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus - Dissapointing. A title like that really gets your hopes up, but those hopes were quickly shattered the moment I realized we weren't gonna see too much of the mega shark or the giant octopus. Talk about being deceptive!

Mute Witness - Very underrated flick that few seem to even know about. It's half slasher/half crime drama of sorts and I loved all of it.

My Bloody Valentine 3D - This was my fourth time watching this movie since the DVD came out. My brother came over and wanted to watch it and while I initially didn't think I was gonna watch with him, being that I had just seen it more than once in the past couple weeks prior, I was not able to hold back and ended up watching the whole thing. It's just plain gory fun that doesn't seem to get old.

Plasterhead - I've seen some bad horror movies in my day and this is right up there towards the top of the list. Some of the worst acting i've ever seen and while I tried, I was not able to find a single redeeming quality.

The Ruins - Underappreciated movie and one of the best horror flicks of '08 hands down. It's totally original and incredibly gory. Why isn't everyone as much of a fan of this movie as I am?

Seven Pounds - This was my second time seeing this and I think it's definetly the kinda movie that needs to be seen twice to truly appreciate. Knowing how it turns out, it's a real pleasure to watch it from beginning to end again. One of the best love stories of our times.

Solaris (2002) - This is kind of a weird one for me because no matter how many times I watch it, I still can't determine whether I really like it or not. But I keep watching it, so I guess there's something I must like about it, eh? It's definetly boring at times but there's just something about it that I can't seem to place.

Suspiria - I think i've finally determined that I like the music in this more than the actual movie itself. It definetly reeks of style over substance, but this is probably my favorite Argento film.

Tokyo Gore Police - At times hilarious, at times ridiculous, at times awesome and at times downright stupid, I can't deny that Tokyo Gore Police isn't at least very entertaining!

Twilight - So sue me, I didn't hate it! I certaintly didn't love it, but it wasn't half bad.

The Wackness - Masterpiece. More on that in a second.

While She Was Out - If Eden Lake were made by Americans, it'd look something like this. And that's not a good thing.


Favorite movie I watched in June?


I watched The Wackness three times in June, within the span of a week, and that's not something I do too often. It's just that good. From the amazing performances from Ben Kingsley (move over, Gandhi!) and Drake & Josh's Josh Peck (my god he has come a long way in just a couple years!), to the brilliant writing and directing, it's just a total feel good (in an odd way) masterwork. Without spoiling anything, the main point of the movie is that pain, sadness, and hurt are all a part of life and that the whole point of life is to experience life, the good as well as the bad. It's very uplifting and it's one of those movies that really has the power to change the way you look at your own life and the world at large. Definetly check it out if you haven't yet.

You may be wondering why i'm such a huge horror fan yet never pick a horror movie as my favorite movie of the month. Well that's because this monthly post is really my only time of the month that I talk about non horror movies, so I like to focus more on them. But if we're talking horror, my favorite horror flick of this month was definetly....


A horror western with underground creatures that paralyze you, bury you alive, and then come back and feed on your blood and organs once they get all mushy and decayed. Serious points for originality! Like I said above, once you get to the shootout scene, it's all uphill from there.


Zach said...

Glad you liked The Burrowers! I was impressed with it too!

Bjornabo said...

2LDK sounds awesome.. Will definitely try and get hold of that movie... Thanks for the tip Johnny...

My Bloody Valentine 3D will have its CINEMA-PREMIERE in 1 month in Norway!!! Guess who`s importing it from the Us.. :-)

jervaise brooke hamster said...

It might seem astonishing to say but i still think "evil dead 2" is maybe the greatest film ever made, when you take these 3 vitally important factors into consideration namely: 1, budget limitations, 2, entertainment value, and 3, the levels of innovotiveness, inventiveness, and imagination displayed by the film-makers, i really beleive that what raimi acheived with this film back in `86 has never been equalled. By the way, "tokyo gore police" was fabulous entertainment as well.

Zacery Nova said...

The Ruins is one of my favorite films, it's a goodie for sure.

- Zac

Wings said...

2LDK - Sounds quite interesting!

BTK - Okay, why have I not heard of this?

The Burrowers - Gonna add this to Netflix ASAP!

Evil Dead 2 - :)

Friday The 13th (2009) - Gonna get the DVD one of these days, I saw it twice in theaters!

Inglorious Bastards (1978) - Didn't know there was an older version!

Maniac Cop & Maniac Cop 2 - Someone else recommended these movies. Gonna check them out, too.

Masters of Horror : Jenifer- Some of these were good, others not, but this was a good one.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus - Totally agree with you!

Mute Witness - Never saw this.

My Bloody Valentine 3D - Want this one on DVD, too.

Plasterhead - Will skip this!

The Ruins - I liked this one, too!

Seven Pounds - Huh, might check this out, too!

Solaris (2002) - Meh.

Suspiria - Yeah, I am not a major fan, either.

Tokyo Gore Police - Hmmm...

Twilight - My daughter owns this. Maybe I will have to watch it one day.

The Wackness - Wow. Quite the rave! Will add it to Netflix, as well!

While She Was Out - Alrighty then!

Dorian Gray said...

I liked The Ruins as well. Plus the movie earned extra points w/me for using the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Phenomena" in the end credits =)

the jaded viewer said...

Tokyo Gore Police is must see. It's too awesomer than awesome. 2LDK will been remaked soon by the Hollywood machine.

Good stuff.

Mister Bones said...

I loved The Ruins more than any mere mortal should. As good as the movie was though, I loved the book even more. Glad to see it getting some love here!

kaiyn said...

I loved The Ruins, but I've gotta agree with someone else, I loved the book more.
I've already added The Burrowers to the ever growing Blockbuster queue, and there are quite a few on your list that I haven't seen yet.
Definitely want Friday the 13th and My Bloody Valentine 3D on dvd though.
Only negative opinion I've got on any of those is for Solaris. Ugh. That movie bored me to tears.

Johnny said...

I'm gonna have to read The Ruins book. Is the movie pretty faithful to it?

kaiyn said...

The book is pretty damn close, and a lot more graphic as far as I was concerned! Of course they changed the ending, but that was to be expected.

Johnny said...

Considering it's only 1 cent used on Amazon, I think i'll go ahead and pick that up right now!

Mister Bones said...

Actually, the movie isn't very faithful in terms of which things happen to which character. The movie does a good job for the most part of getting a lot of the events in though.

One thing about the book that the movie only barely touches on is the fact that the vine is absolutely diabolical. That was my favorite part of the book, the vine does so much fucked up shit other than just mimicing sound.

Also the ending is COMPLETELY different. It's a must-read for sure, especially if you liked the movie.

Johnny said...

Thanks for the heads up. Definetly gonna snag myself a copy and give it a read.

Quanthor said...

Watch Tarkovsky's oringal 'Solaris'.

That's a masterpiece...the remake not so much.

Johnny said...

Ya i've been meaning to check that one out for some time now.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

tarkovsky`s "solaris" is regarded by some as a masterwork and by others as a ludicrously boring and tedious snore-fest (i personally have never been able to decide which of those catorgories i fall into) the film is certainly murderously slow and ponderous but its remote strange-ness does have a hypnotic effect that is often extremely potent.

Johnny said...

That's interesting because that's pretty much exactly how I feel about the remake. Cannot decide if it's great or a boring snore fest, no matter how many times I watch it.

Live for films said...

Think I'll give The Burrowers another chance. Started watching it the other night with some mates but found the beginning dreadfully slow so we switched it off and watched Splinter instead. That was a great film

Johnny said...

Definetly give it another chance. Gotta sit through some fairly boring stuff but as I said, it gets real good!

Splinter does rock, by the way.

Ingo-Hellford667 said...

Will check out The Ruins after that recommendation.