I recently had five teeth removed – four wisdom teeth and a bum molar (this would explain why you’ve been missing my insightful, entertaining posts – or not). The first few days were a blur, but shortly after that I was in some of the worst pain of my life. Here’s a list of films that I watched that helped me through:
- Dracula 2000 - Barely remember this one, thanks to the meds. Not worth it.
- Blade Runner – Still an awesome classic. Very interested in Ridley Scott’s sequel/reboot.
- Aliens – I wonder how Prometheus is going to do…
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – Inferior sequel but still pretty good. The underlying “gay” themes are …interesting.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – The best Nightmare sequel. And the only one with nudity?
- The Mummy – One of my favorite horror films and one of the few films I could probably watch every single day. What a horrible set of sequels, though.
- Evil Dead II – What a gem. Of course there’s a reboot coming.
- Leprechaun - Slept through most of this – but wow what a cheesy flick.
- The Monster Squad – I never saw this as a kid and in fact only first saw it a few years ago. It’s growing on me.
- The Thing – In my top five in terms of horror. Word is the prequel just won’t have the same magic.
- The Fog – Underrated horror flick! Carpenter is a horror god.
- Poltergeist – The only true family/horror genre mashup?
- Minority Report – Probably the best futuristic film ever made. Spielberg put together a team that worked out how every aspect of our lives will change in the future. Or close to it.
- Ghostbusters 2 – Just not the same as the original. Would have watched that but I want to save it for October.
- The Reef – An intense shark attack film. Thanks to Nick for the suggestion.
- The Beach – I slept through this for the most part – I would wake up during the strangest scenes.
- The Hunt for Red October – Fell asleep. Still haven’t really seen this.
- Phantoms – This one scared me when I was a kid. Liev Schreiber is a creep.
- Mimic – This really isn’t as good as I want it to be. Del Toro is still an awesome director. Hurry up with At The Mountains of Madness!
- Tangled – What? I grew up with Disney films. I’m a sucker for a good rousing cartoon.
So anyway, if you’re thinking of getting your wisdom teeth out but they’re not bothering you – leave ‘em in! Unless you want to watch a ton of movies and eat mounds of applesauce and cottage cheese.
On to the mini reviews! They’re all of found footage films.
Mini Review #1: Grave Encounters
We’ve talked about Grave Encounters before – it’s a found footage horror film about a Ghost Hunters–esque team of TV paranormal investigators that travel to an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Once they’re locked in, real ghosts come out to play.
Mini Review #2: Apollo 18
A big question popped into my head shortly into this film – what are we as an audience willing to put up with in terms of quality in a found footage film? The video from Apollo 18 - a film about three astronauts on a secret mission to the moon that run into trouble – is so grainy and blurry at times that it was a pain to watch. The footage is supposed to be from the ‘70s, so there’s a reason for it, but I couldn’t help but be annoyed.
Mini Review #3: REC 2
If you liked the original REC, a film set in Spain about a news crew and some firefighters that get stuck in an apartment while an infection breaks out around them, you might not like the sequel. It’s sort of the Alien/Aliens rule here – the original film follows a generally regular group of people fighting some sort of danger, while the sequel features a law enforcement/military group fighting that same danger.