I got my coffee handy, and I check out the latest V/H/S movie, Stephen King's A Good Marriage, the Kevin Smith movie Tusk, plus the Australian horror film The Babadook!
12/6/2014 09:21:25 am
I'm really sorry.
12/6/2014 09:22:43 am
12/6/2014 09:24:18 am
12/6/2014 05:17:39 pm
Would you fuck me?
12/6/2014 10:11:49 am
We'll get if right next time, dad!
12/6/2014 12:15:29 pm
I hope so, son. I hope so.
12/6/2014 02:21:02 pm
No, Blip Jr., I am your father.
12/6/2014 04:26:54 pm
12/8/2014 10:12:07 pm
The important thing is that you tried.
12/6/2014 10:26:09 am
Yeah, fuck Blip. It's not like the videos have to fucking process or anything like that
12/6/2014 04:28:43 pm
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.
12/6/2014 11:30:01 am
I kinda like the VHS movies, and by that I mean yeah parts of them. VHS just had the haunted house segment I liked, VHS 2 had the cult and the alien abduction thing going for it for me (scared to death of grey aliens honestly). However yes, stop calling it VHS and stop giving some bullshit wrap around segment. It would make so much more sense if it was a series called Viral and revolve around each segment being either a found footage thing or a edited together "real video" of a incident.
12/6/2014 11:44:39 am
Babadook. I agree with you that the performances were great and the tone and production style and quality are great. I also agree that the result is frightening and disturbing. I do have a serious problem with it, and I'm going to agree with Ebert on this point (as he is the first I'd heard to put the idea forth) which is that putting kids and pets in jeopardy is the laziest of writing. Since we are humans with empathy and are hard-wired to fear for the safety of a child or an innocent animal, we are immediately arm-twisted into being invested, whereas a quality screenwriter would use character development to create a character that we know more than superficial things about, that cause us to care, and ultimately become invested in the story.
12/6/2014 12:01:46 pm
HIGHLY disagree with that. Even Ebert gave 3 1/2 stars to The Orphan, and I seriously doubt he was hating the movie until the twist, and even then it still had kids in danger. Also, the movie is about a children's book that haunts both a child and his mother....a little hard to do that without at some point putting a kid in danger. The movie has a lot of similaries to The Shining (a movie that Ebert put in his Great Movies section).
12/6/2014 12:14:15 pm
I'm excited that I HIGHLY have your attention. :-)
12/6/2014 12:29:23 pm
I commented on the dog simply because I was making a joke about how I usually am like that when an animal pops up in a movie, not because I thought it was cheap and predictable. In this movie's case, I thought it worked in that 1: it was forshadowed from The Babadook book, same with a part in the book showing Essie Davis getting her throat cut. I wasn't watching it thinking it was predictable, I was watching it wondering if all of the premonitions would come true, because the dog wasn't the only one. And when the dog got it, it made it more suspenseful wondering if everything else in the book would also come true. Also, 2: it showed just how evil it was making Essie Davis. And as for the kid, much like The Shining, it would be absolutely impossible to do this film without the kid being in danger.
12/6/2014 12:38:40 pm
Just a couple quick clarifications and then I'll let it go. First, the only reason I mentioned Ebert is because that was the source of the observation. I could have left him out, but the nature of my work has me conditioned to cite somebody if it isn't my observation, theory, etc.
12/6/2014 12:50:54 pm
I'm with Brad here. You call it an "otherwise great film," and yet the movie, given its plotline, would absolutely not exist without the kid being in danger.
12/6/2014 01:01:23 pm
Christopher, all I can say is, I agree, if there is a problem with the script, fixing it would require changing the script. I look at it two ways. One is that it could just as easily been made with a teenager or an adult haunted by a childhood memory. There are a plethora of fine films that could have featured that great performance of slipping into madness. Else, maybe this movie shouldn't exist. That actress might have turned in that dynamite performance in a better film. Nobody can say.
12/13/2014 04:13:43 am
Why in god's name would you watch this movie if you were already pre-determined to knock if for having a kid in danger? Not even Ebert is this shallow. Making the kid a teenager would have completely changed the entire film and it's impact , rendering it completely senseless.
12/6/2014 03:34:56 pm
The problem I have with your criticism is that you seem to be judging the kid as a one dimensional character whose only around to get harmed, when in fact he has a lot of layers to him. He misses his father so he acts out which causes stress to him mom. He loves his mom, so he often feels bad about his actions after the fact. When the babadook threatens him and his mother it's that mother-son bond that causes him to protect her, even when she is trying to kill him. Making a child 3 dimensional is no small task and definitely not lazy. Nor is putting the child at risk lazy. I just don't understand where you are coming from on this...
12/6/2014 10:15:12 pm
12/9/2014 07:30:18 am
This makes so little sense to me. You comment later that your problem with the movie is actually that the child's performance isn't very good (In your opinion), so why not just say that? Because here, it sounds like you're saying that if a film's plot involves a child being in danger, that's automatically a flaw, because people will definitely be scared for the child, making it lazy writing. So, to you, every movie with a child who is in danger could have been improved by completely re-writing a movie so that character was an adult.
12/13/2014 04:15:28 am
Not to mention I can think of a hell of a lot of movies that are ruined by bad child actors and bad child characters. That's a far cry from "we automatically feel sympathy for kids in movies!"
Lord of garbage
12/11/2014 04:44:29 pm
Aren't opinions fun?
12/6/2014 12:11:06 pm
I should definitely see The Babadook again; I think I saw it at, like, 3 in the afternoon in my apartment, so maybe the setting wasn't right. But that's not to say It didn't creep me out at parts. Also, movies like this deserve a second viewing regardless.
12/6/2014 12:16:22 pm
About Tusk's ending...
12/6/2014 01:01:20 pm
I pick option "Kevin Smith should not write while on drugs". He wrote a Batman miniseries (or rather the first half of one) on pot, and it's fucking terrible.
12/6/2014 01:13:17 pm
Great timing with this video Brad! I just watched Tusk and i was wondering when you were gonna get the chance to watch it.
President Lloyd for President
12/6/2014 01:42:03 pm
Nice... Shot on Shitteo is still being worked on. Been waiting for an update.
12/6/2014 02:29:39 pm
Awww hi Lloyd.
12/6/2014 02:44:51 pm
Hey, Brad. I've always wondered, what do you think of Clerks 2? Personally, I think it's Smith's best movie and is my favorite movie of all time, but I totally see why others feel like the first Clerks is better. Any thoughts?
12/6/2014 03:29:36 pm
I'm also curious how Brad would rank the Smith films.
12/6/2014 04:34:55 pm
12/8/2014 05:00:49 pm
In the world of Kevin movies, Cop Out is probably the worst.
12/6/2014 03:19:20 pm
I just checked, and no Chicago theatres carrying The Babdook. Can't find any suburban ones, either. I might've gone to see it if it had, but I did finally see "Birdman" tonight and it was superbly EXCELLENT! Well worth a 35 minute drive.
12/6/2014 05:32:09 pm
12/6/2014 07:07:33 pm
I agree regarding Tusk, mostly. Though i liked the movie.
The Hand of Onan
12/6/2014 08:36:51 pm
Tusk reminded me Roald Dahl style weirdness rather than the Human Centipede. I liked it and I was not baked.
12/6/2014 08:38:58 pm
Hey Brad, when are you going to do the Worst films of 2014? Are there any upcoming awful Xmas movies you're waiting for first?
12/7/2014 03:02:38 am
His 2013 list wasn't released until the end of January (2014), so he'll probably wait a month or so after the year is over.
12/6/2014 11:44:53 pm
B-b-but mr snob, this babadook too scary!
12/7/2014 12:18:24 am
That Nothing! video had me thinking: Have you seen the movie "nothing" from 2003?
12/7/2014 01:12:53 am
I loved tusk. I read the script a while back and was really excited to finally see the final product. besides the unlikeable characters, I really enjoyed it.
12/7/2014 01:21:40 am
Lloyd trying to turn Brad into walrus...I would watch that
12/7/2014 01:32:30 am
is that the only shirt you own, brad?
12/7/2014 01:42:58 am
One of the best things about The Babadook that caught my attention was that it was directed by a woman, written by a woman, and produced by women. That is SO damn huge! Granted, the writer and director are the same person, but still that is something VERY rare in films, let alone a genre like horror. The movie in it's subject matter reflects a unique point of view of motherhood that many men and outsiders wouldn't consider before, and because of this team of very talented women, and a stunning performance by the lead actress, we're all given a dark allegory to see. That of the struggling single mother and the troubled child and how they deal with each other and the world.
12/10/2014 08:36:24 pm
Ok, I understand that it was written, directed, produced, and staring a woman, but why does that need to be an issue? I know that the movie making industry can be a ‘boys’ club’ but I think that a piece of art should hold under the scrutiny of its own merit, not the gender, race, or nationality of the person who made it.
12/7/2014 02:17:04 am
Sorry but in my opinion Babadook was a SERIOUS LET DOWN!
The Hand of Onan
12/7/2014 04:55:54 am
Barry The Master Of Sandwich
12/7/2014 07:27:24 am
Man, between what you and Film Brain said about Babadook, I really want to see it.
12/7/2014 07:31:56 am
12/7/2014 07:56:14 am
Brad, you should check out Cold in July and The Guest when you have a chance. They're both 80s style movies with some great synth music that rival Drive's soundtrack.
12/7/2014 08:34:49 am
I think it dragged a bit when the detective and psycho are talking on the porch, near the end.
12/8/2014 04:57:32 am
The comment above was about Tusk (obviously).
12/7/2014 09:23:49 am
In the last 5 minutes of Bobadook there was a real, "Its a trap. Get an axe moment." Or am I the only one who hears Army of Darkness clips while watching other movies?
12/7/2014 01:47:59 pm
Clone Dago actually pissed me off WAY more than the others. Those were just garbage, particularly the awful skate video thing. Clone Dago had the opportunity to be genuinely unsettling and beautiful, with the horrors of the parallel universe presented with a sort of banality and normalcy that made them very disturbing.
12/7/2014 02:01:16 pm
12/7/2014 03:49:08 pm
I kinda like the VHS movies as a guilty pleasure. I'm from a different generation than Brad so the whole non vhs footage on a vhs format I will admit is kinda lazy but it doesn't bother me too bad. I tend to have a better time with these movies expecting them to be kinda dumb and campy. I also liked a lot of stuff from the first two that he didn't. I actually kinda liked the Ti West segment from the first one just for the scene where the killer films themselves caressing the woman's thigh with a switchblade. I got really creeped out by that. I wasn't the best segment but it was good short filler. I also thought it was funny when the "tape" ends and the guy is just like "Wait what the fuck did I just watch?".
12/8/2014 12:33:28 am
so what IS the status on Shot on Shitteo?
12/8/2014 03:47:59 am
Brad there was a 4th story for V/H/S called Gorgeous Vortex available only for blu-ray about a serial killer.
12/8/2014 04:33:22 am
Movie idea: "Antichrist Stripper From Brazil (1965)" (2015)
12/8/2014 05:00:53 am
12/8/2014 05:14:22 am
Watching you talk about A Good Marriage makes me want to watch Manhunter again cause I was like "Wait... Stephen Lang was in it?" I'm pissed I forgot that since I love Manhunter and watched it not too long ago. I forgot I heard about The Babadook months ago from a youtube channel I watched but the guy started a new one so it's probably the older channel and he liked it so ill give that and A Good Marriage a watch, maybe Tusk if I can find some pot beforehand.
12/8/2014 07:06:54 am
My theory on The Babadook is that the mother—it is mentioned she's an author of children's books who has gotten serious writersblock since her husband's death—has written the pop-up book herselfNone of it is real, but the mother is not coping well at all and is having troubles keeping reality and her own fantasies separated. The psychological troubles the kid is suffering from are the result of him seeing his mother go crazy, and he's actually the more mentally stable one.
12/8/2014 07:57:02 am
A Good Marriage is a very enjoyable novella. The film? Yeah... it doesn't look that great.
12/8/2014 08:11:55 am
... but your review makes it sound like it could be worth checking out. Hell, it wouldn't be the first time trailers have been wrong.
12/8/2014 04:02:04 pm
The scene involving the mother strangling the dog and the noises it made upset my own dog. He jumped out of the chair and ran off to bed but not before giving me this look like, "The fuck are you watching!?" That's some good cinema.
12/8/2014 05:04:14 pm
Tusk was great for me. I'm not sure if it's because Kevin really threw in the "Smodco Universe" that it kept me busy finding all the hints to the podcasts while enjoying the story that fans helped created, watched grow, and finally saw a product out of.
12/9/2014 01:48:27 am
Tusk is like the Fleetwood Mac album of the same name. Not to everyone's taste, but enjoyable enough if you're stoned.
12/9/2014 04:12:20 am
I actually paused and watched The Babadook. And damn, I usually agree with you on most of the movies... But I hated this movie. For the exact reason you've mentioned. The kid was annoying AS SHIT.
12/18/2014 03:53:40 pm
Definitely have to agree with you on the kid. He was what kept The Babadook from being a really great movie to me. Yes, the performance of the mom was really good, and it had some effectively creepy moments, but Jesus Christ that kid just annoyed the piss out of me in every scene he was in, except for the ending I suppose. If he had some actual kind of mental or behavioral disorder, then maybe his story would have been more sympathetic, but most of the time it seemed like he was just being a selfish, spoiled little shit. I've got no sympathy for him at all.
12/9/2014 04:53:45 am
Man, the "Home Alone" sequels went to a really dark place.
12/9/2014 08:01:03 am
You had to re write a cameo because your laptop was being a dick?
12/9/2014 09:12:52 pm
The Babadook is a very good horror movie, but it's not exceptional. After this, I went peacefully to sleep an hour later. After watching "the Ring" (Japanese original), I couldn't sleep for two nights. THAT's a great horror movie.
12/10/2014 02:54:45 am
Has Brad ever talked about possibly putting videos like this on YouTube? I like watching this sort of content on devices other than my computer and the Blip player just won’t load on those.
12/10/2014 04:13:28 am
I think Brad has had problems with YouTube in the past. We call it "The Grizzly Event".
12/10/2014 04:15:01 pm
Grizzly happened when he had his own site didn't it? It was Nail-gun Massacre that made him finally switch from doing anything on youtube.
12/10/2014 07:00:50 am
In the novella of A Good Marriage, the husband's neck and back are broken, which explains why he doesn't over power her.
12/10/2014 02:59:01 pm
I was highly disappointed that the Babadook didn't come here to STL, Brad, even before I saw it. Afterwards ten times more so.
12/11/2014 01:16:09 am
I will be very disappointed if The Babadook becomes popular without spawning a porno spoof called "The Badonk-a-donk".
12/14/2014 03:37:50 pm
WHEW! Just finished watching "The Babadook." My heart feels like it needs another hour to recover from the choked up fright. Man oh man. I needed a scary horror film this year, and yeah, that did the trick.
Thomas c Plummer
12/17/2014 02:34:12 am
Funnily enough, there appears to be showings of Babadook at the chase park cine in St Louis....
12/18/2014 11:47:57 am
I kinda liked VHS: Viral but I also kind of was stoned so...
1/15/2015 03:13:15 pm
The Babadook on both a performance and technical level was great. The thing is that for personal reasons I will never watch it again. Let's put it this way, Brad gets a special sort of seething emotion when he sees animals harmed in a film, that is just a limit of his. Mine is child abuse, especially when a mother does it. So keep that in mind if you have an issue with watching that or you had some sort of bad memories. Essie Davis's performance was a little too realistic and brought back some really bad memories. If you don't have that issue than the movie is phenomenal, creepy, and all the performances are great. Just if you have a past with abuse, take a second to consider if you want to watch this movie.
4/10/2015 07:08:57 am
I really wanted to like The Babadook after the high praised I heard here (I did stop watching the review before the spoilers), but I honestly thought that movie was awful. I mean, there's a huge difference between being scared and being extremely annoyed. I constantly wanted the movie to end, and I never want to watch it again, but probably not for the reasons the creators would have intended. It's your run-of-the-mill haunted house affair story-wise, with some good effects, sure, but also an extremely annoying kid and - spoiler - A DOG GETTING HIS FUCKING NECK SNAPPED IN HALF.
4/21/2015 07:58:38 pm
Haha I love when you go into the Snob voice every once in a while!! Tusk fucked with my brain, it was horrifying the ending ruined it for me! I loved The Babadook. It was like a creepypasta!!
5/18/2015 02:00:58 am
Tusk, eh? So there's a biographical movie about Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland and President of the European Council, already? What do you mean, that's not what it's about?
9/7/2016 10:59:44 pm
I just watched Tusk after you recommended it in the Yoga Hosers review...I'm sitting here speechless WHAT DID I JUST WATCH? Was it a horror movie or a dark comedy? I'm blaming you for the night of confusion Brad haha
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