February 12, 2013

A quick tally of the films I've been watching recently

As you know, I have the attention span of a gnat so I often give up on horror movies for a while and drift around other parts of the internet looking for entertainment. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't, but this time I got caught up with watching a lot of older "classic" movies which I had to work my way through before coming back to the horror genre.

I intended February to be all about the real women in horror movies from every era, but I got bored with writing about them. What's the point when you can look all that stuff up on the IMDb and Wikipedia anyway? Like so many bloggers, I don't really add anything new except rehashes of the same old information (and misinformation occasionally).

Thus, I started "reading around the subject" or, in this case, "watching around the subject" (because I don't read and I'm ignorant, yo). It all started with tracking down a documentary series on YouTube called "Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film" which I didn't even know existed back in the day.

It took a couple of days to finish, but I thoroughly enjoyed this series (only two parts about war films were missing which didn't interest me anyway). I learnt lots from it and was going to write something against modern "indie horror films" using things from the earlier episodes as examples, but I couldn't be bothered. You all know that I hate "hobby horror" handycam movies so there's no point in flogging a dead horse anymore. Nobody but the very retarded has bought any of those films for the last two or three years anyway. Let's face it, they were never in the same league as the Hollywood pioneers unless you include "stag" films.

Once I'd finished the series, I got the urge to watch a lot more old movies so I just started randomly choosing films which I'd never watched all the way through before. My list included old Laurel and Hardy comedies (the only comedies I can stand), "Betty Boop" and "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962), "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964), "Mommie Dearest" (1981), "Chaplin" (1992), "Gods and Monsters" (1998), and "The Notorious Bettie Page" (2005). For some reason, I also ended up watching "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy" (2005) which had a great impersonation of Robin Williams in it. When I have nothing better to watch, I quite like biopics depending on who the subject is or who is playing them. I draw the line at Kurt Russell as Elvis though. Puh-lease.

I had a few other films lined up to watch which I ended up switching off because I got bored with them. In particular, "The Wild Bunch" (1969) was supposed to be really good, but I didn't find it very violent and gave up on it after the shootout at the start. One of the top 100 films ever made? Really? Nope, not for me. I'll probably never try to watch "Citizen Kane" (1941) or "The Third Man" (1949) ever again either. Jesus wept! I'd rather watch the banana boat song from "Beetlejuice" 20 times in a row than that shit. Actually, no, I wouldn't. I'd prefer to be struck blind and deaf for a week than have to endure that load of bollocks!

In my "To Watch" list, I still have "It Happened One Night" (1934), "Sullivan's Travels" (1941), "Cabaret" (1972), and "Hollywoodland" (2006). I have no idea about the contents of any of them other than "Cabaret" which I know is a musical and may end up getting snapped in half along with "Chicago" (2002) if I ever watch either.

I'm in the mood for a gritty yet mainstream drama full of taboo subjects, but there's just nothing out there that I haven't seen. Any suggestions are welcomed although I don't do comedies or westerns. Feel free to leave something good as a comment.

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