I’m thinking every two weeks I’m going to start a new thing on my site. All my writings for other sites are now linked here for you guys to read. I am also thinking of making two new tabs so I can post my work there as well. Granted, people would need to check those tabs on more of a daily basis since an actual post would not go up, BUT it would at least get EVERYTHING I write out there and on three platforms. Of course that might be four platforms as I think I should embrace Instagram with some images too! I’m figuring it all out and apparently by talking to you guys. Kinda sorta. Ahem. Anywho, without further adieu enjoy the writing I have completed recently.
On Halloween in 1999, my father and I headed to our old Regal Cinemas that was transformed into a church. This was the first year of viewing a new horror film on Halloween every year. This was a couple of weeks after we viewed the remake of The Haunting (1963). Both films were good film choices, but ultimately House on Haunted Hill won for our Halloween viewing. This is not to say the remake of The Haunting is awful, but House on Haunted Hill has always been my favorite of the two films.
Not too long after Haute Tension (2003) came out, the film’s name was translated to High Tension for its American festival circuit run. Some even know the film as Switchblade Romance, but it is most commonly known as High Tension. I believe that the DVD did not make it to video stores until around 2005 in the USA. I remember finding the film one weekend and renting the feature. Around this time a good friend of mine, who also loved horror films, encouraged me to watch it the evening I rented it. Not many films that he was extremely passionate about one watching, but after viewing High Tension this writer knew why this was one of those films.
I feel in many ways there are so many movies that fall into this category. Sometimes I even feel as if some of my guilty pleasure films fall into this category. There are films out there though that truly touch us that yet so few people have ever heard of for some reason. The good thing about video movie stores is that they let us peruse the store and allow us to rent films we would otherwise never see. This is not because the films are all trash and were not released in theaters, but because these films are the ones that arrive at populated theaters and leave after a week. No one is seeing these films because they don’t get enough advertisement, but that does not mean they aren’t amazing in their own right. The Fall is one of those films for me. A treasure I found while working at Blockbuster. My friend watched the film first and insisted I needed to watch it as as well. I’m so glad I listened.
While my viewing experiences of late has me in full blown debate mode, I finally decided to view Murder on the Orient Express (2017) on Wednesday in theaters. For years, I have wanted to view the predecessor and recently I have wanted to read the Agatha Christie novel the films are modeled after. Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express film review”
I have seen It twice in theaters. I saw the film once about a week after the film initially came out, and once about two weeks ago. Even after seeing the film twice, I am still want to see It a third time. Granted, making time to see any film for a third time in theaters is harder than I care to admit, but I have to say it would be worth my time and money.
Upon realizing they were remaking Flatliners with some of my favorite actors in it, I knew this was a feature I wanted to see on the big screen. The trippy part was going to check in with my Moviepass app Monday evening so I could purchase my ticket and seeing the original 1990 film poster starring back at me. For a moment I debated if my theater was showing the original feature. Truth be told, I would have been happy to see either one, but was happy to finally see the movie I saw part of the ending and beginning when trying to view Friend Request last week. My AMC theater was all sorts of confused, but I digress. Now those fleeting moments all make sense and I am not left wondering tidbits that gave me enough to be considered food for thought, but not enough to spoil too much. There are some tidbits considered to be spoilers in this review though. Readers be warned!
The opening sequence was rather intense, but did not dwell on the horrific moment in our lead character’s life. In fact the film quickly cuts to nine years later. Courtney (Ellen Page) is participating in rounds at a hospital and were audiences assume she is either a doctor or a medical student. Still hung up on her past, she begins to question a patient who flatlined earlier in the evening about the afterlife. Courtney is intrigued by the idea that there is more out there after we pass. Of course, anyone who has ever lost someone wants to believe in something. After all, we want to believe that we are reunited with our loved ones in death. The patient calls Courtney out on her past and audiences see her own research project begin forming the moment that Dr. Barry Wilson (Keifer Sutherland) foreshadows Courtney’s end game when insisting that all great doctors want to push boundaries and bring something new to the field.