Come read about the random assortment of films I saw over the week, ’cause outside of one franchise, there is no connection from one to next.
The Big Chill (1983)
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
When this film came out on Criterion, I bought it soon after it’s release. I watched it and enjoyed it, as I thought it had a great cast and a premise that has been riffed on since. That was then, and this viewing experience was entirely different. It’s way of dealing with the subject matter was something I loved. It’s something that resonates with me so deeply that I spent much of my time feeling like I was a ghost in the rooms they were in.
Nightmare on Elm Street Series (#3-7)
Directed by Multiple Directors
I’m grouping the series together to keep this simple.
Let’s get it out there from the beginning, the original Nightmare on Elm Street from Wes Craven is an undoubted classic. I’ve seen it countless times, so when I came up with the idea of watching the series again, I skipped it this time. As for the second one? I’ve seen it about three times, and that may be enough for me. I’m not a fan of the second one.
But, for the rest of the series, I’ve only ever seen each once, and as that was about two years ago, I figured it was time to revisit them.
The “trilogy” that starts in the third entry is interesting and, frankly, the camera does some great things that I never noticed beforehand. The third one begins strong before it fizzles away to a good time. The fourth may be one of my favourites of the series. I just might start skipping 5 & 6 from now on, as not only do the movies become a bit of a mess, they were also just kind of boring. And bad. Freddy, at this point in the series, becomes a joke, not scary like the original vision from Wes Craven.
And then Craven returns with New Nightmare, bringing Freddy into our “real” world, and acknowledges that the movies are just that, movies. It’s meta commentary on censorship, and what horror films might mean to “lesser minds”, while being legitimately terrifying.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Directed by Jon Favreau
Will’s review is here.
This time I watched it on an IMAX screen, and while I already really liked the film from my first viewing experience, the second time was the charm. What an incredible feature by Favreau. You get absolutely absorbed and lost in the visuals.
Favreau opens with the Disney castle logo, but it’s a cartoon version. As he pulls back, he reveals the photorealistic jungle, immediately immersing you in his new world. Yes, the original will always be there for us to watch, but there’s also this incredible work of art just around the corner.
Green Room (2016)
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
Read my review here.
What a crazy, exhilarating ride. Even though you can argue that Green Room is occasionally slow, it’s all building to insane moments. Just like with Saulnier’s previous film, Blue Ruin, this movie pulls you in and leaves you engrossed before you even notice. And when you do, it’s because the movie makes you flinch, and it’s only then that you realize you’re watching a film. Ultimately, this is a good thing, because it would be terrifying to be in their shoes.