May 18th, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

MCU movies, ranked

Because why not. The exact ordering depends on the day, but the categories are pretty firm. To be clear, this ranked in order of how much I like them, not by any ~objective standard of quality.

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Anya final stand, S7

Movies! mostly horror

This weekend I discovered Old Town Road - the remix, with Billy Ray Cyrus - and have been listening to it on loop. It is super catchy.

Anyway, movies! Somehow it's been a VERY movie-heavy week or two. Not sure how that happened. Mostly horror, which has been fun.

Colossal (2016). Anne Hathaway stars as a drunk who goes back to her hometown in vague hope of turning her life around, and then realizes that if she stands in the old playground at 8:05am, she controls the actions of a giant monster wreaking havoc in Seoul. And then the movie goes on from there. Is this a story about how actions have consequences? About escaping abusive relationships? I have no fucking idea. This was not a good movie, but it was probably worth the hour and a half or whatever I spent on it just for sheer wtf value.

Sorry to Bother You (2018). Anti-capitalist satire featuring Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer, among others. This was a wild ride. I don't know that I enjoyed it, I think partly because I just don't tend to enjoy satire as a genre, but I will probably not forget it for a while. The lead, Lakeith Stanfield, was very good, Thompson was fun, and Hammer appeared to be having an absolute ball.

Malevolent (2018). In 1980s Scotland, a pair of siblings scam people by pretending to cleanse their houses of ghosts, and then of course they encounter a real haunted house. I was expecting something along the lines of The Frighteners but maybe meaner. Instead I got this quite angsty movie co-starring an extremely obnoxious character that I wanted to drop down a well, and then in the last third it switches over from supernatural horror to gory serial killer horror. No thanks. Also IDK why it was set in the 80s; it didn't even do anything with the aesthetic.

The Devil's Backbone (2001). Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, set during the Spanish civil war when a young boy is dropped off at an orphanage that he discovers is haunted. As with Pan's Labyrinth, the evil in this movie is all human. I think I liked it? I didn't come away with strong feelings either way. The child actor that stars is really incredible in it, though.

The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. A married ghost hunter couple helps families struggling with infestations of ghosts or demons or what have you. These are honestly the most human and emotionally warmest horror movies I have ever seen. Everyone is a real person, everyone's trying their best, and the movies take the time to carefully develop all these relationships between them. I just LIKE everyone - which makes a person get even more invested in them being okay. As a friend told me tonight, these are uplifting demon possession stories for the whole family. The actors are all great, too.

I will say that I liked the first one better than the second one, probably mostly just for plot elegance. A family moves into a house, it's haunted. That's the plot. The second one gets a little too fancy, first of all, and secondly just leaves a lot of questions. For example, Collapse )

However, my most important observation of all is this: AT NO POINT IN EITHER MOVIE DID ANYONE CONJURE ANYTHING. WTF.

The same director also made Insidious, which stars the same actor as these, Patrick Wilson, and it's streaming on Netflix, so I will probably check it out in the next couple of weeks.

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