Friday, February 7, 2020

Films I Watched: January 2020

Here we are in another dang year of presumed life. I thought that for 2020, I'd try to add a little verbage or nounage to these monthly posts instead of just ye olde watch list. What else is a blog for than the letting people know what color ketchup you prefer on your meat sticks? My band GYROJETS finally dug up a bass player from a nearby grave. If you've been following our silly little story, then you might have noticed that we've been just drums and guitar for like 8 years. So this is a huge change for us, a lifestyle change even.

So I've been reading a lot of comics lately, in particular Crisis on Infinite Earths. Man, that thing is massive. It's like reading The Bible but with more begats. I'm enjoying it but I look forward to it being over. I'm also reading The B-52's Universe: The Essential Guide to the Worlds Greatest Party Band by Mats Sexton and On Some Faraway Beach: The Life And Times Of Brian Eno by David Sheppard. Between the three of these things, I think my brain may be turning to dust. I also picked up the new issue of Shock Cinema because that's the best movie magazine around.

I managed to get a subscription to Shudder! After finally letting go of Netflix (speaking of lifestyle changes) and Acorn (which we just weren't using), I asked my wife if we could try Shudder for a year because there were things I was dying to see on it. She agreed and I am really enjoying it, even if their interface is a little ridiculously rudimentary. Joe Bob Briggs (as many of you have been saying for a while) has been back with a vengeance and I'm loving his show. Also of note, I've started watch movies for my next book, Giallo Meltdown Part 2. Yup, it's finally "that time again". One more thing before I go: GO SEE GRETEL AND HANSEL. Thank you. See you next month.

* means a first time watch.

Errementari (2017)*
A Dark Song (2016)*
Snowpiercer (2013)*
Ant-Man (2015)
Ready or Not (2019)*
Isle of Dogs (2018)*
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)*
Suspiria (2018)
The Witch in the Window (2018)*
Luz (2018)*
Hagazussa (2017)*
Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)*
Doctor Strange (2016)
Grease (1978)
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
Brain Damage (1988)*
Creepy AKA Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin (2016)*
Season of the Witch (1972)*
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
Mayhem (2017)*
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987)
Castle Freak (1995)
Grease 2 (1982)
Hackers (1995)
Demon Wind (1990)
Gretel & Hansel (2020)*
So Sweet... So Perverse (1969)*
Secret of the Sphinx (1964)*

Total films watched: 29
First time wathces: 17

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Unseenly Moviethon

So like nine freakin' months ago, I filmed this moviethon called The Unseenly Moviethon to promote Doomed Moviethon the book's release. Then the book got delayed. Then the editing of this video got delayed! Jeez Louise! Thanks, life! Thanks a lot for nothing. So anyway, back in May of 2019, I watched 16 movies in two and a half days. Fun times were had. For real though. If you know anyone who has ever seen a video, then ask them what it's like.

Check out the vidya:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Favorite First Time Watches Of 2019

Another year has come and gone, which is how many, many great writers -maybe even some that are better than me- have started a sentence. In spite of minor health problems and major procrastinations, I finally finished my new book and released it. That’s right, Doomed Moviethon: the book version has finally been released. I'm planning on dropping some pretty cool promo materials related to it soon. But you can get it over at Amazon right now.

My band GYROJETS played some gigs and we finally released a new song! It's about the movie called Pieces and the song is called "Pieces". My other band Caduceus, the instrumental freak duo, played live for the first time and released an album of old recordings that we kinda forgot about. The podcast is still going strong. We're almost to episode 200! So, the word to sum everything up here is “busy” like I like but it was just kind of a strange 12 months that flew by. I can hear you screaming for me to actually talk about movies now.

Totals

Movies watched: 369

Fist time watches: 146

Somebody on Twitter asked me to start a Letterboxd account to help them track my movie watching. I’ll just post that link right here. Oh wait, you’re looking at it! This is my Duderboxd. Okay, let’s have a look at my favorite first time watches of the year! I’m going to start with films that I saw for the first time that weren’t released this year. Old movies? Ew, bro! I watched a lot of great stuff this year and it was difficult to narrow it all down. But I tried! An important part of the following list is how I badly I want to rewatch a film. So there's that.

The Lucky Fourteen

Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) - This was a film that took me way too long to get around to. Probably my favorite of the year.

Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) - For some reason, I'd seen the weird sequel to this and not the original. Wow. Just wow.

FleshEater (1988) - Here's a secret Halloween film that is also a freakin' riot.

Wishing Stairs (2003) - This is an outstanding film. I can't recommend it highly enough. Masterful.

Night Life (1989) - This is a weird one. A late 80s obscurity that needs to be rescued from VHS/DVD bootleg hell.

Frozen Scream (1975) - An insanely broken patchwork movie that is a good time.

Lurking Fear (1994) - A Lovecraft adaptation/siege film with its heart in the right place.

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) - Another contender for my favorite of the year. Instant classic in my house.

Us (2019) - I don't know what to say and I have a lot to say. This will always be a treasured cinema experience for me and an all around banger of a film.

The Vampire Lovers (1970) - I've been searching for this movie since I was a little kid. One scene had haunted me for over 30 years. Wonderful.

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989) - In terms of weird, this is second to none.

Witching and Bitching (2013) - A wildly funny satire that is both mind-bending and energetic as hell.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) - Finally sat down and finished this truly unique labor of love.

Cam (2018) - A brutal, depressing, and frightening film that I couldn't stop thinking about for weeks afterward.

Honorable Mentions

For every Top Whatever list, you have the losers! But we're all winners here.

Prospect (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Unmasked Part 25 (1988)
Down a Dark Hall (2018)
13 Ghosts (1960)
The Ritual (2017)
Night Moves (1975)
Burying the Ex (2014)
Encounter with the Unknown (1972)
Cold Skin (2017)
Zombie High (1987)
Ghost Stories (2017)
The Vagrant (1992)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Rebecca (1940)
Tragedy Girls (2017)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
Mandy (2018)
Frankenhooker (1990)
The Beast Must Die (1974)

Honorable Mentions of 2019

As usual, I didn’t get out to the theaters enough to see frickin' new releases. But here’s a quck list of some stuff I enjoyed.

Knives Out (2019)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Doctor Sleep (2019)
3 from Hell (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Midsommar (2019)
Missing Link (2019)
Haunt (2019)
Shazam! (2019)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Films I Watched: December 2019

* means a First Time Watch.

Ma (2019)*
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)*
The Irishman (2019)*
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen (1951)*
Malibu Express (1985)
Elves (1989)
Freaky Farley (2007)
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Deep Red (1975)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Black Christmas (2006)
Grave Robbers (1989)*
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
Black Christmas (2019)*
Krampus (2015)
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
Terrifier (2016)*
Knives Out (2019)*
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Dead End (2003)
P2 (2007)
An American Christmas Carol (1979)*
Christmas Evil (1980)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)
White Christmas (1954)
The Ref (1994)
Hardware (1990)
Silent Night (2012)
Prime Evil (1988)
Pottersville (2017)*
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)*
The American Scream (1988)*
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)*
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)*
New Year's Evil (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
Bloody New Year (1987)