I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a true throwback to me.
I went and saw Bridge of Spies last night (my local theater doesn't have this movie) and I thought it was great! It's more of a slow-paced spy thriller set during the Cold War of the late-50s and early-60s, but Tom Hanks' amazing performance and a riveting story I think made it work. If you got the time this week, it's really worth checking out.
Also I have two Bond related questions for you Brad. I saw Licence to Kill the other day and of the two Dalton Bond films, I thought it was the best. Would you agree? I don't know if you heard about any red flags about SPECTRE including its marketing and supposed length of 2 hours and 40 minutes, but will you keep an open mind like you usually do or will it be distracting? To me, the biggest red flag is the title theme The Writing's on the Wall by Sam Smith. When I first heard it, I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I thought it was well-tuned and well-written for a Bond theme but on the other hand, I thought Sam sounded way too prepubescent in his voice that can be distracting to me. If it was Adele or any older British singer. then I would've loved it instantly. If I do hear the song during the movie, I'll see if it works in context like any classic Bond theme.
There are somehow FIVE wide-release movies coming out next week (The Last Witch Hunter, Steve Jobs, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah, and Jem and the Holograms). How the hell does that happen?
Brian's car is starting to look like a tent.
Leddie moved in, she liked it so much back there from all the screenings. :P
When they mentioned an incestuous brother/sister couple exploiting people for their money, I honestly thought they were talking about The People Under The Stairs for a moment, which weirded me the fuck out because I've been drawing fanart of that movie while listening to this video.
Maybe in a future October, I'll hold an oddly specific "brother/sister incest horror couple" marathon. I'm sure there are enough movies out there for that.
I actually had a flashback to the movie Haunted with Kate Beckinsale that was a haunted house/ghost story with almost the same plot with a different twist.
I'm glad you guys liked it! I've already seen it twice! It wasn't a perfect movie but the things that it gets right, especially the performances and the violence, are totally worth seeing.
Brad stop trying to make "fetching" happen
I loved this movie so much! Jessica gave one of my favorite horror performances for a long time and for some reason the gore affected me a lot more in this than it does for much bloodier movies.
Damn, Brad wasn't kidding when he said the midnight screenings would be sporadic, haha
I'm trying to watch more scary movies. Some day, I might try this.
wow, four midnight screenings in a row!
absolutely loved this movie. I kinda got tipped off when she said the ghosts were a metaphor that it wasn't about the ghosts.
The end is kinda heart breaking when he dies
And that house ....fuck that house you take me there after marriage and expect me to live in a house that has a hole in it and its sinking ...also is basically a womb noooope
I just saw it this afternoon and definitely liked it. I mostly went for the visuals; Guillermo does truly stunning work and this was no exception. But number one.... I wanted to see the mansion: Gothic trappings, ornate woodwork, and lovely interiors - it's almost a character on it's own!
It reminds me a lot of 'The Haunting' remake, which I liked for the same reason - practically fell in love with that house! Sell my soul (if I had one) to own a place like that.... [swoon].....
Short, non-spoiler (ish) review from me:
* Absolutely gorgeous looking from the sets to the costumes, to the practical effects (especially one gory bit that made me queasy). The CGI's not bad, although the red ghosts weren't convincing at least the design was interesting.
* The acting is really solid. I've no complaints about how any of the actors performed their parts.
* The story is crap, and not what was sold in the trailers. This a mystery/suspense film with a love (not romance) story thrown in. The ghosts are actually entirely superfluous to the plot, and could have been written out entirely and probably made for a better film. The twist is easy to spot, and really the entire setup makes no sense -- if this clay IS really that valuable, then it should be possible to show the demand, and there'd be no reason for them to live in that dilapidated house?
Guillermo Del Toro himself said that this was in no way a horror film, rather a gothic romance instead. He also said he was "disappointed" in how the studio marketed the film.
"You get to see a head bashed the fuck in"
What is with Del Toro and bashing people's heads in? Pan's Labyrinth had that disturbing-ass scene with the villain smashing a guy's face in with a bottle of wine.... (shudder)
Same issue I have with most Del Toro films: REALLY PRETTY. Kinda boring.
I agree fetching should be brought back as a way of describing a comely wench.
Josh Henderson?! Also, rip fantasy fiction if you get the reference...
In Canada this movie is 14A, which is like half a notch up from PG13.
We only rate movies R if there's excessive explicit nudity pretty much.
*Spoiler* anyone else surprised that the sister character did not die via rope like braid? I mean spinning gears, snowstorm!!
Crimson Peak is an absolutely beautiful movie that just happens to feature totally unnecessary ghosts. Don't let the commercials fool you. The film is actually about a serial killer.
Predictability aside, I could NOT get into Jessica Chastain's performance at. all. At what point does Tom Hiddleston finally lose his shit and throw her out the high tower? Bitch was trying to cut his bride. You're telling me Charlie Hunnam suspected these creeps of murder and didn't think to pack some American heat before he storms the castle to snatch back his love? Fucking infuriating.
I had a 'uh oh' moment the very first scene when 1. Narration 2. we're seeing the ghost and the design is trying wayyyyyy to hard & 3. The 'spooky' ghost voice. ufffff...
Then it kept annoying me while they're 'setting' up her 'character' ??Why did we need to take sooo long establish that she totally all about being a writer and not liking men and every one find it just SCANDALOUS~~ when it took 7 seconds to drop that all? Like, the film could have started with Establish that she can see ghosts (but no ghosts spooky voice, it's lame & 'beware crimson peak' is unnecessary and stupid), Cut to adult her typing a novel at work and an English man hoping to do business with her father shows up (they talk) & he reads her book a romance begins- plot is started.
But the 2nd act was much better, although spending time on the ghosts and revealing so much didn't work for me, and took away from establishing tension more naturally between the characters. Sparse use of ghosts... especially those ghosts, lame.
But I like the the conclusion.
It could have been improved SO MUCH tho.. alright as it is. Meh.
Finally gave myself a chance to see this.
I spent the majority of the film confusing Edith's actress with Hillary Duff. XÞ Oops.
I enjoyed it for the most part. The atmosphere was beautifully haunting, and while I had no problem with any of the actors' performances there really wasn't a whole lot to keep my attention; then again, like Brad, I went to a late showing thinking "if I see it at night it'll make it spookier! Oooh!," so I was also a bit tired. I don't mind a slowly-plotted film, but I guess it was just a touch too slow for me.
It doesn't help that none of the jump scares did anything for me, but then it's also difficult to be startled when I expect that kind of thing coming (unlike, for an honest example, playing "Doom" and actively trying to avoid situations where something can sneak up on me).
Which reminds me, what was with all of the fade-to-black moments? I went through the film half-expecting commercials to pop up after each one! Was his movie pre-formatted for television?
On a lighter note I think there's only one swear throughout the whole film (which definitely made it stand out), and I embarrassingly admit I was a bit too distracted at all of the ladies wearing off-the-shoulder gowns. Heh.
I liked this movie well enough. It was a good couple of hours spent at the cinema with my sister and I didn't leave pissed having watched it. Unlike 'At World's End.'