The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul, Halloween 2014: #11-1

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By Jacob Slater

And finally, our epic conclusion. What film shall take the top spot on the list? Will Halloween be saved? Read on and find out.

11. An American Werewolf in London (1981), directed by John Landis

Dracula. Frankenstein. The Mummy. The Wolf-Man. Ever since the original run of Universal horror movies way back in the 1930s and 40s (and before that if you count the 1910 film version of Frankenstein), we’ve seen these four concepts, if not the exact stories  repeated in hundreds of films since. Occasionally it works out okay, like the Hammer Films run in the 1950s (so much Christopher Lee…), but in most cases, like the 1972 shit-fest Dracula vs Frankenstein, it doesn’t. But they have the name recognition I guess, and if you’re in the business of selling movies rather enjoying them, I suppose it doesn’t really matter how you’re using the property as long as you can squeeze a few more bucks out of the audience. The pessimistic world of movies, kids.

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The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul, Halloween 2014: #21-12

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By Jacob Slater

Part 2 of my landmark Halloween movie list. Hopefully some folks have already found some movies to their liking.

21. Vertigo (1958), directed by Alfred Hitchcock

In the world of filmmaking, there are few people as influential in the field as Alfred Hitchcock. Not only in terms of constructing narratives and cinematography, but also in raising the status of the director within the film industry. Aside from maybe Orson Welles, who acted as well as directed, Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first directors to become famous as a figure in pop culture outside of his films. Nowadays of course ‘auteur’ directors are commonplace, in fact they’re probably the standard, but Hitchcock basically made himself a brand name in the days when most people thought the director was just someone who told a guy where to point the camera. There’s a reason that Hitchcockian is considered a legitimate adjective in regards to film, along with Lynchian and Whedonesque. Also, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Joss Whedon are all film directors who have had their own television shows. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

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The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul, Halloween 2014: #31-22

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By Jacob Slater

Last year, I decided to do a little thing in celebration of Halloween on my oft-neglected fim blog (which you can find at thunderplanet.blogspot.com if you feel like torturing yourself). It was a list of 10 spooky movies that I thought were really damn good, so I thought I would put a good word in for those with my nonexistent readers, so that they might try the movies out themselves and perhaps a few new favorite movies. I didn’t really give myself enough time to really work on the thing though, I think I wrote and posted it the the week of Halloween, and several of the films were those that didn’t need that much help, like John Carpenter’s The Thing. Like most things in my life, it was ultimately disappointing.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

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Tom and Derrick’s look at Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man becomes a freewheeling discussion of what Marvel is doing right, what DC is doing wrong, and whatever the hell Fox and Sony think they’re doing. Along the way, The Boys Outta Brooklyn review Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, curse Frank Miller, bless Mark Waid, and struggle to fill the plot holes in The Nolanverse! You know you wanna know why Derrick loves Brett Ratner, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Time to Mow the Lawn

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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The Expendables 3 (2014) – Directed by Patrick Hughes – Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m never going to complain too hard about a movie with this many actors that I like doing the things I like to watch them do, but EXPENDABLES 3 is not a very good movie. As an experience, it’s fine, well worth the price of a matinee ticket, but as a movie, it’s not very good. It’s overstuffed with characters; the fun in an EXPENDABLES movie is seeing all of these famous actors together, but this is the third movie and the filmmakers still think they can get away with just starfucking our eyeballs.

It’s not enough.

There are so many people in the…

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