Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Insidious: Chapter 3

This was supposed to be included in a giant post about horror movies I've recently watched, but I've been so damn lazy about it that I decided at least one of them should get out there sooner rather than later. The rest will be making an appearance soon, I swear (crosses fingers)!

If you don't know me or haven't read my previous posts, then I'm going to tell you now: I love Insidious. All of them. Even this one. It's rare for every movie to be a hit with me, but I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every single Insidious movie so far. If I had to choose, I'd probably say the first one is and likely always will be my favorite. The second one, which received terrible reviews, was surprisingly good, too. Even my brother, who finally got around to watching the first two recently, commented that he thought they were equally good, and that's huge praise from him. I'm not saying the majority of people will agree, but horror fans should watch these films at least once.

Chapter 3 is a prequel, and while the Lambert family isn't in here, they make the obvious connection and strongly hint at the first two movies. On top of that, Elise is heavily featured, and she deserves it. I love Lin Shaye! We also get more background on her life and how Specs and Tucker get into business with her. The movie isn't really about that, though, it simply intertwines Elise's sad life with that of Quinn's, a teenager who wants to contact her dead mother, but ends up inviting something wicked into her room instead. Side note: Stefanie Scott, the actress who plays Quinn, is an interesting cross between Selena Gomez and Emily Van Camp (whom I lurv).

The thing that surprised me the most is just how scary this actually was. Having said that, I jump fairly easily. But my god, that Skype scene...I certainly lost a good amount of sleep after seeing this. I also want to point out that you don't have to be original to be effective. Originality is much appreciated, of course, but that doesn't mean you can't spin some scary shit out of tried and true methods, which they do.

I should also note that poor Quinn got beat up so much that it almost became funny. Drinking game, anyone?

Overall, this is definitely worth watching. It has its overly cheesy and/or predictable moments, but they're easily forgiven.

My grade: B+

Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Housebound

Once in a blue moon, Netflix recommends a horror movie to me (based on what I've previously watched, which isn't always a good thing) that's actually decent. There are countless bad movies on there, and all you have to do is check out the user rating to get an idea. Or look at the cover and title. That's usually all you need. Surprisingly, Housebound has a rather high rating, despite the somewhat basic plot, and I decided to give it a go:

Kylie is sentenced to eight months of house arrest after robbing an ATM. You'd think that'd be a relief considering, you know, jail sucks, but she doesn't like her mother or stepfather, and the house is possibly haunted. Personally, that sounds like a dream come true to me, but we can't all like creepy houses.

This isn't terrifying, but it has its moments. More importantly, it's funny. Not uproariously funny, but it provides some chuckles, and it doesn't go about it in a cheesy way, and it doesn't try too hard. It's also got a small twist in it, so bonus points for that.

My grade: B+

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The World's End (and Letchworth Garden City)

Fact: this was on my to-watch list before it even finished filming. Unsurprisingly, I only got around to watching it recently. The Grand Procrastinator strikes again! But I do have one legitimate reason for putting it off for so long: it's personal.

World's End was partially filmed in Letchworth Garden City. When I first visited there, they had already started filming. And when I ended up living there for 3 months, they were still filming, but production was almost over. I'd wanted to be able to see it in Broadway Cinema, the movie theater in Letchworth, but I was long gone by that time, and I was dreadfully missing it. In the months after I left, I couldn't bring myself to watch it in case it made me emotional. Emotions are stupid, I know. Go away!

After awhile, I magically forgot that this movie existed, and by the time I remembered it, I was no longer in danger of feeling anything that could be described as 'emotional.' As someone who enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (my personal favorite), it was about time I finally finished this trilogy!

Unfortunately, The World's End sucked. This was the worst of the series, hands down. The only real entertainment I got out of it was spotting the places I recognized (even one short scene that I witnessed). Aside from that it wasn't very funny, and Simon Pegg's character was way too annoying. A plus, however, was that they didn't make Nick Frost the idiot this time. That makes a nice change! The whole robot twist was actually a pleasant surprise for me. I guess I'd avoided this movie quite thoroughly, right? I'm pretty sure everyone knew the plot; I just knew it was about drinking at a bunch of different pubs.

As for Letchworth, I went back recently, just to visit, and it's still as lovely as ever. I have a lot of fond memories of my time there. It's hard to believe it's only been two years (a little less). In a way, it feels like a lot more years have passed. It's just too bad this film was a let down.

My grade: C

Monday, March 2, 2015

You're Gorgeous by Babybird

Happy March! Have some Babybird. You know how much I love weird/unconventional/provocative songs!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Blog!

I've been meaning to start a new blog for awhile. It's really just to document some of my travels. Please check it out if you're interested! :) http://givemeaballoon.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 23, 2015

Now Transferring To My iPod...

Sia: Elastic Heart
I love Sia's new music video for Elastic Heart. I think her don't-look-at-me-look-at-them approach to her recent videos and performances is a bit affected, but hey, at least we get to watch cool interpretive dancing/fighting. It's rare for me to love a music video. In fact, they sometimes take away from my enjoyment of the song, or they distract me from it too much, when they should be adding to it. Luckily, the ever-talented Sia has managed to make two of her recent videos interesting and compelling.

Glass Animals: Gooey
The lyrics to Gooey are...strange, but you can't deny the appeal of this song. You cannot. You must not. You do not (whatho, Captain Wentworth!).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Becoming a Netflix Addict

It took me long enough, but I recently decided to take advantage of my brother's Netflix subscription by streaming it online. That just shows you how far and wide my procrastination goes. Because it's just too difficult to sign in, I mean Jesus.


Naturally, I am now watching everything, and they recently put all ten seasons of Friends on there. Goodbye productivity! I'm watching that whole series from start to finish, and no one can stop me! The fact that I watched every episode when it was on (oh, childhood) doesn't matter. Of course I'm also taking this opportunity to watch other shows that I never got to (or never heard of). The Tudors is a good example. It was on my radar for awhile when it was on, but then it dropped off. Now I've zipped through the first season and into the second. My only complaint so far is that the divorce storyline is dragging on. Just do it already! I'm excited about the cast, though. So many familiar faces (Jeremy Northam!). I had a minor crush on him when he played Mr. Knightly.


I also stumbled upon Borgias while a friend was watching it. No, not the Jeremy Irons one; the silly yet compelling version where the Pope has an American accent. I almost decided to never watch it again after seeing one episode, since the violence was incredibly horrific. But there was also a fun factor to that. I came to expect the gory torture and vile deaths. It almost turned into a game. There was also the fact that nobody aged. Ever! They died, but anyone can die.To not age is special, however. Oh, and the "French disease", a.k.a. syphilis. Imagine being known for that...

Obviously, I have to watch the Jeremy Irons version now. I expect it will be higher quality and altogether less silly, which might take some of the joy out of it. But I can accept this minor flaw.

The Killing

Another series I started was The Killing. I remember when it was all the rage a few years back. I also remember how disappointed people were at the end of season one. So my expectations were low. I found it just interesting enough to watch, since, like everyone else, I wanted to know who killed Rosie Larsen, but there's something irritating about this show. The female lead was hard to like, for one, and it's good to note that if someone is a suspect early on, they didn't do it. That's typical of any crime series, though, but when they put so much effort into pointing the finger at someone, and then it comes to nothing, I get annoyed. They only reveal who did it in the last episode, usually, which is how it should be. The Killing decided to do their own thing, and I can see why it pissed some people off. My feeling was: I watched the whole first season, and by the end of it, it felt moot. I watched it for nothing! And then I had to start season two, otherwise season one was truly a waste of time. And season two isn't as interesting as the first, especially when you already feel cheated. Perhaps I'll finish it later on, but right now I'm sick of it.