I'm kind of disappointed in myself that the last post on this here blog was my favorite films of August. But... well... September was just that kind of month for me.
Let's get on with it!
IT -- The most anticipated horror film of 2017. Hell, maybe it’s the most anticipated horror film of the past decade, I’m not sure. All I know is expectations were high for this one. And for my part, the film largely met those expectations. It’s a dark, weird, stylish, funny little movie about a killer clown that has to terrify kids before he can eat them.
The discussion about whether or not IT is a horror film confuses me to no end. You should be able to watch any random 10 minutes of IT and be convinced you’re watching a horror film. But people are weird.
COLOSSAL -- Kaiju have previously represented nuclear weapons, pollution, war. Now... alcoholism and depression.
COLOSSAL is kind of amazing.
It may lay the 'messaging' on thick but it's also honest and tough. Fun, too. As a kaiju film fan and someone who's dealt with his own mental health issues, the film connected with me in some unexpected ways.
I really, really liked it.
THE BIG SICK -- A romantic comedy with heart. A Muslim stand-up comic falls for a girl that he knows his family wouldn't approve of. Shortly after their relationship ends, the girl gets sick and is placed in a medically induced coma, which brings our guy face-to-face with her family for the first time. It doesn't sound funny, but it's funny. And it's sad. And it's wonderful. I love the cast. Love the honesty and wit. Fantastic film.
NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY 2: THE BOSS'S HEAD -- Following the brilliant Battles Without Honor and Humanity crime saga, director Kinji Fukasaku returned to create a trilogy of new films in the New Battles trilogy. I was a bit disappointed with the first New Battles film, and if writer Koji Takada’s account of things is correct, so was Fukasaku. The first film of the trilogy is a kinda-sorta follow-up to the original series that also played like a confusing recycling project. New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: The Boss’s Head avoids any of that confusion by telling a standalone story that feels, well, New. You can read my complete review of the film at City on Fire.
THE INVISIBLE MAN -- I'm taking part in Hoop-Tober, a horror-themed film challenge over at Letterboxd. It has me watching many horror films I skipped over. Recently it got me to check out the original Invisible Man with Claude Rains. This movie is sublime. Hilarious, too. What a wonderful madman Rains makes. I've only seen the movie once and I have more territory to cover, but I feel pretty good calling The Invisible Man one of Universal's best classic horror movies.
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