Day 329 & Day 330 & Day 331 – Creep & Creep 2 & The Wizard of Oz

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Movie Title: Creep

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 17 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Creep is a minimalist movie starring Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. Aaron (Patrick Brice) is a freelance videographer responding to an add on Craig’s List. The add is looking for someone to do some undisclosed video work at the rate of $1,000 dollars a day. When he arrives he meets Josef (Mark Duplass) who is not at all what he expected. He claims to be terminally ill and wants to make a video for his young son to help him remember his father. It quickly becomes apparent that Josef may not be who he appears to be. He is deliciously creepy (symbol crash) as he has a tubby time and chews the scenery in beautiful fashion. It is a creative use of shaky camera footage that I thought had nothing left to offer.

Verdict:

Creep is a story made by its performances and its unique medium. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Creep 2 (2017)

 

Movie Title: Creep 2

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 18 min.

Rated: Not Rated

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Creep 2 picks up where Creep left off. It starts off with the same premise, but Aaron (Mark Duplass) has a new name and has lost his passion for murder. He hires Sara (Desiree Akhavan) a Youtuber that has her own series called Encounters to be his new videographer. In Encounters, Sara documents creepy personal ads on Craig’s List by responding to them and psychoanalyzing the posters. When she meets Aaron, he quickly tells her that he is a serial killer. He wants to do something different to try and regain his passion for murder. She sticks around because she sees him as a fast track to greater internet stardom. Their relationship quickly becomes disturbing.

Verdict:

Creep 2 is just as wild as the original and well worth watching. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

 

Movie Title: The Wizard of Oz

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Wizard of Oz is a perennial classic starring Judy Garland and a fantastically well-trained Cairn terrier named Terry. It is iconic from its settings to its characters to its songs. It has aged well across the years. It starts off in sepia tone and transitions to one of the first successful films to use technicolor. Dorothy (Judy Garland) is swept away in a tornado with her dog Toto to the land of Oz after Dorothy tried to run away from home. In the process she crushes the Wicked Witch of the East and acquires the ruby slippers which sets the plot in motion. Her rivalry with the Wicked Witch of the West develops and she sets off on a quest to meet the titular Wizard of Oz. She travels the yellow brick road and encounters the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and my personal favorite the Lion.

She encounters the delightful little munchkins, sees the verdant green Emerald City, and duels the maniacally evil flying monkeys. Some of the parts are even ripped off in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings when Sam and Frodo are trying to enter Mordor. Dorothy even finds time to take part in a good old fashioned murder. It really is a much more sinister movie than it appears to be if you look below the surface. Ultimately, Dorothy finds out she could have made it home all along because of the power of love or whatever because aside from the charm of some of its characters it really is very hokey.

Verdict:

It is a great fantasy / dream sequence that everyone knows the plot to whether they have seen it or not. You might as well put it all in context. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Skyscraper (2018)

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