November Summary

November 1st: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
November 2nd: Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
November 3rd: Solaris (1971)
November 4th: The Exterminating Angel (1962)
November 5th: V for Vendetta (2005)
November 6th: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
November 7th: Spring Breakers (2012)
November 8th: The Devil’s Candy (2015)
November 9th: They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018)
November 10th: Overlord (2018)
November 11th: Stalker (1979)
November 12th: Ocean’s 8 (2018)
November 13th: Slender Man (2018)
November 14th: Instant Family (2018)
November 15th: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
November 16th: Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
November 17th: Mandy (2018)
November 18th: Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
November 19th: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
November 20th: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
November 21st: All About Eve (1950)
November 22nd: Hush (2016)
November 23rd: Double Indemnity (1944)
November 24th: It Happened One Night (1934)
November 25th: Creep (2014)
November 26th: Creep 2 (2017)
November 27th: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
November 28th: Skyscraper (2018)
November 29th: Circle (2015)
November 30th: The General (1926)

The Best of October: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) and Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

I watched a lot of classics this month, so I decided to leave them out of this, but of the classic movies I watched this month my favorite by far was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Humphrey Bogart is one of the best scenery chewers in cinematic history and his turn opposite Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is fantastic.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is the best horror comedy since Evil Dead II which puts it against some truly great movies like Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, and The Cabin in the Woods. Those movies are classics of the genre in their own rights. What they all have in common is charismatic star performances and Alan Tudyk is terrific.

Hearts Beat Loud falls into the uncommon record store genre which I love. High Fidelity is one of my favorite movies and Hearts Beat Loud has all the charm of that movie, but for a more mature audience. It is possible to imagine Nick Offerman as the very grown up character John Cusack plays in High Fidelity. It has a great supporting cast and great music that puts it all together.

The Worst of October: Slender Man (2018) and Stalker (1979)

I didn’t pan Slender Man in my review like a lot of people did, but it is highly uninspired and unoriginal. Nothing about it felt good including the performances, but I have seen far worse in the horror genre. With that said, it is quite simply not worth seeing.

Stalker makes my list because of how disappointing I found it. It is full of metaphysical musings about life and the plot becomes irrelevant fairly quickly. This movie is often ranked highly in the science fiction genre and makes a lot of lists of “Best Science Fiction Movies You Haven’t Seen!” but I couldn’t disagree more. This is all the more true when compared with this year’s Annihilation which was heavily influenced by Stalker. It is so heavily influenced it could probably be called a remake. But, it fixes many of the problems Stalker had. It blends its musings with action and beautiful effects. Annihilation is must see.

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