Sunday 01.01.2017 (year in cinema)

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Another year spent binging on film; in 2016 I saw 171 unique movies theatrically with some multiple viewings of several films including four screenings of Zootopia and Rogue One. I saw 13/14 of the 35mm classics that Exhumed Films screened at their annual 24 Hour Horror-Thon, met legendary director HG Lewis and suffered through some truly amazing garbage that wasn’t even so bad it’s good.

  1. The Danish Girl.
  2. Sherlock: The abominable bride.
  3. The Hateful Eight. (DLP)
  4. The Forrest.
  5. Point Break (2015)
  6. The Revenant.
  7. Ride Along 2.
  8. Dirty Grandpa.
  9. The 5th Wave.
  10. 13 Hours.
  11. Star Wars the Force Awakens.
  12. The Boy.
  13. Jane Got a Gun.
  14. Kungfu Panda 3.
  15. Hail, Caesar!
  16. Deadpool.
  17. Zoolander2.
  18. How to be single.
  19. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  20. The Witch.
  21. The Witch. (2)
  22. Triple 9.
  23. Eddie the Eagle.
  24. Gods of Egypt.
  25. Race.
  26. Zootopia.
  27. Whisky Tango Foxtrot.
  28. London has fallen.
  29. The other side of the door.
  30. Deadpool. (2)
  31. Zootopia. (2)
  32. 10 Cloverfield Lane.
  33. Zootopia. (3)
  34. The Brothers Grimsby.
  35. The Divergent Series: Allegiant.
  36. The Bronze.
  37. Whisky Tango Foxtrot. (2)
  38. Anomalisa.
  39. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  40. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (3D RPX)
  41. I saw the light.
  42. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
  43. The Boss.
  44. Embrace of the Serpent.
  45. Midnight Special.
  46. Hardcore Henry.
  47. The Jungle Book (2016).
  48. Criminal.
  49. Zootopia. (4)
  50. The Boss. (2)
  51. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (3) (3D)
  52. Elvis & Nixon.
  53. The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
  54. Keanu.
  55. Green Room.
  56. Johnny Firecloud. (1975)
  57. Salt in the Wound. (1969)
  58. Zapped. (1982)
  59. Bare Knuckles. (1977)
  60. Wonder Women. (1973)
  61. Inside Amy. (1974)
  62. Mother’s Day. (2016)
  63. Captain America: Civil War.
  64. Green Room. (2)
  65. Captain America: Civil War. (2)
  66. High-Rise.
  67. The Darkness.
  68. Money Monster.
  69. The Nice Guys.
  70. Angry Birds.
  71. Neighbors 2.
  72. The Nice Guys. (2)
  73. Alice through the looking glass.
  74. X-men: Apocalypse.
  75. Popstar: Never stop never stopping.
  76. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
  77. Me before you.
  78. The Conjuring 2.
  79. Now you see me now you don’t 2.
  80. Warcraft.
  81. Maggie’s Plan.
  82. Finding Dory.
  83. De Palma.
  84. Central Intelligence.
  85. The Neon Demon.
  86. The Shallows.
  87. Indepence Day Resurgence.
  88. Swiss Army Man.
  89. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
  90. Eat that Question.
  91. The Secret Life of Pets.
  92. Weiner-Dog.
  93. The Purge: Election Year.
  94. Ghostbusters. (2016)
  95. Suspira. (35mm)
  96. Eyeball. (35mm)
  97. The Black Cat. (35mm)
  98. Lights Out.
  99. Suicide Squad.
  100. Star Trek Beyond.
  101. Absolutely Fabulous. (2016)
  102. Pete’s Dragon. (2016)
  103. Sausage Party.
  104. Suicide Squad. (2)
  105. Kubo and the Two Strings.
  106. Imperium.
  107. Lo and Behold.
  108. Blood Feast. (1962)
  109. 2000 Maniacs. (1964)
  110. Color me blood red. (1965)
  111. Bad Moms.
  112. War Dogs.
  113. Don’t Breath.
  114. Mechanic: Resurrection.
  115. Cafe Society.
  116. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.
  117. Jason Bourne.
  118. 31.
  119. The 9th Life of Louis Drax.
  120. Morgan.
  121. The Never Ending Story. (1984)
  122. The Disappointments Room.
  123. Blair Witch.
  124. Snowden.
  125. Bridget Jones’s Baby.
  126. Storks.
  127. The Hollars.
  128. The Magnificent Seven. (2016)
  129. Masterminds.
  130. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  131. Deepwater Horizon.
  132. Sully.
  133. The Birth of a Nation. (2016)
  134. The Girl on the Train.
  135. The Queen of Katwe.
  136. The Accountant.
  137. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. (IMAX)
  138. Ouija: Origin of Evil.
  139. Keeping up with the Jonses.
  140. In a valley of violence.
  141. Jack Reacher.
  142. Desierto.
  143. Max Steel.
  144. The Nightmare Before Christmas. (1993)
  145. Motel Hell. 35mm. (1980)
  146. Boogens. 35mm. (1981)
  147. Visting Hours. 16mm. (1982)
  148. Eyes of Fire. 35mm. (1983)
  149. Night Shadows. 35mm (1984)
  150. Monster Dog. 35mm. (1984)
  151. Scream for Help. 35mm. (1984)
  152. The Mutilator. 35mm. (1985)
  153. The Hitcher. 35mm. (1986)
  154. House. 35mm. (1986)
  155. Rawhead Rex. 35mm. (1986)
  156. Child’s Play. 35mm. (1988)
  157. Society. 35mm. (1989)
  158. Inferno. (2016)
  159. Doctor Strange. (IMAX 3D)
  160. Christine. (2016)
  161. Hacksaw Ridge.
  162. Doctor Strange. (2)
  163. Trolls. (2016)
  164. Arrival.
  165. Shut In.
  166. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  167. Moana.
  168. The Edge of Seventeen.
  169. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
  170. Rules don’t apply.
  171. The Love Witch.
  172. Incarnate.
  173. Allied.
  174. Office Christmas Party.
  175. Moana. (x2)
  176. Miss Sloane.
  177. Nocturnal Animals.
  178. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  179. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (x2) IMAX 3D
  180. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (x3) 3D
  181. Collateral Beauty.
  182. Assassin’s Creed.
  183. Passengers.
  184. Sing. (2016)
  185. Why Him?
  186. La La Land.

BEST OF THE YEAR 2016

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 1.The Nice Guys.
2. Green Room.
3. Rogue One/Moana. (tie)
4. Kubo and the Two Strings & Zootopia. (tie)
5.The Arrival.

Special Mention:

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High-Rise.
The Witch.
The Love Witch.
De Palma.
Neon Demon.
Doctor Strange.
La La Land.
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Friday 01.01.2016 (year in cinema)

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The Hateful 8- Print #16 on 70mm

I saw a lot of movies in 2015. A butt numbing amount. While I didn’t log movies watched at home or at the Overground Cinema, I kept a complete list of films I saw theatrically.

From 1st January 2015 (The Woman in Black 2) to 31s December 2015 (Daddy’s Home) I saw 184 unique movies with an additional 22 second, third or fourth screenings.

I saw Star Wars ep VII: The Force Awakens four times theatrically, which topped the list as my #1 movie of 2015. Ridley Scott’s The Martian came in at second place and Christopher Nolan’s 35mm QUAYS short as a close third.

I made a quick trip to NYC to see the Quays at the Film Forum, presenting their work on 35mm, films curated by Christopher Nolan to accompany his short; as always they were enigmatic and fully deserving of their reputation as eccentrics.

Full Top Ten:

1. Star Wars ep VII: the Force Awakens.
2. The Martian.
3. Quays.
4. The Hateful 8.
5. Dark Star: HR Giger’s World.
6. Inherent Vice.
7. It Follows.
8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
9. Inside Out.
10. Ex Machina.

Complete List:

  1. The Woman in Black 2
  2. Unbroken
  3. Selma
  4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. Taken 3 (aka TAK3N)
  7. American Sniper
  8. Paddington
  9. The Wedding Ringer
  10. Spare Parts
  11. Blackhat
    & Wedding Ringer(2)
  12. Strange Magic
  13. Mortdecai
  14. Black or White
  15. The Boy Next Door
  16. Project Almanac
  17. Black Sea
  18. The Loft (2014)
  19. Jupiter Ascending
  20. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water
  21. Seventh Son
  22. 50 Shades of Grey
  23. The Duke of Burgundy
  24. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  25. 50 Shades of Grey (2)
  26. The Duff
  27. Still Alice
  28. McFarland USA
  29. Focus
  30. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  31. The Lazarus Effect
  32. CHAPPiE
  33. Unfinished Business
  34. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  35. Cinderella
  36. Cymbeline
  37. Run all night
  38. Cinderella (2)
  39. Insurgent
  40. The Gunman
  41. Rear Window
  42. It Follows
  43. A Girl Like Her
  44. Home
  45. Get Hard
  46. Furious 7
  47. The Woman in Gold
  48. Effie Gray
  49. Torture Dungeon (1970)
  50. Bloodthirsty Butchers (1970)
  51. The man with two heads (1972)
  52. Disney Nature presents: Monkey Kingdom
  53. Unfriended
  54. Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  55. Cinderella (3)
  56. Insurgent (2)
  57. Ex Machina
  58. The Age of Adeline
  59. Furious 7 (2)
  60. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  61. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  62. Ninja Busters (1984)
  63. Born to Kill (aka Cockfighter) (1974)
  64. Flesh Gordon (1974)
  65. Hot Pursuit (2015)
  66. While we’re young
  67. The D Train
  68. Mad Max: Fury Road
  69. Pitch Perfect 2
  70. Where Hope Grows
  71. Pitch Perfect 2 (2)
  72. Mad Max Fury Road (2)
  73. Tomorrowland
  74. Tomorrowland (2)
  75. Poltergeist (2015)
  76. Aloha
  77. Dark Star- HR Giger’s World
  78. Dark Star- HR Giger’s World (2)
  79. San Andreas
  80. Insidious Chapter 3
  81. SPY
  82. Jurassic World
  83. Inside Out (2015)
  84. JAWS (1975)
  85. Dope
  86. Max (2015)
  87. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  88. Ted 2
  89. Terminator: Genisys
  90. The Wolfpack
  91. Magic Mike XXL
  92. Self/Less
  93. The Gallows
  94. Amy
  95. Minions
  96. Ant-man
  97. Robocop (1987)
  98. The Vindicator (1986)
  99. Chopping Mall (1986)
  100. Trainwreck
  101. Pixels
  102. The Vatican Tapes
  103. Paper Towns
  104. Vacation (2015)
  105. Southpaw
  106. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
  107. Mr. Holmes
  108. Ricki and the Flash
  109. Fantastic Four (2015)
  110. The Gift (2015)
  111. The Fantastic Four (2015)
  112. Shaun the Sheep
  113. The man from U.N.C.L.E.
  114. The end of the tour
  115. Straight Outta Compton
  116. The man from U.N.C.L.E. (2)
  117. An Irrational Man
  118. In Absentia
  119. The Comb
  120. Quay
  121. Street of Crocodiles
  122. Hitman Agent 47
  123. Sinister 2
  124. Diary of a teenage girl
  125. Silence of the Lambs
  126. American Ultra
  127. A Walk in the Woods
  128. No Escape (2015)
  129. Bloodsucking Bastards
  130. The Transporter Refueled
  131. The Visit (2015)
  132. Black Mass
  133. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner part 2)
  134. Captive (2015)
  135. The Best of Enemies
  136. The perfect guy
  137. Green Inferno
  138. Hotel Transylvania 2
  139. Everest
  140. The Intern
  141. Sicario
  142. The Martian
  143. Goodnight Mommy
  144. Hell & Back
  145. The Martian (2)
  146. Pan
  147. Big Stone Gap
  148. The Intern (2)
  149. Crimson Peak
  150. The Walk
  151. Crimson Peak (2)
  152. Goosebumps
  153. Goosebumps (2)
  154. Back to the Future
  155. Back to the Future II
  156. Back to the Future III
  157. Rock the Kasbah
  158. The Last Witch Hunter
  159. We are going to eat you (1980)
  160. Silent Rage (1982)
  161. Godzilla 1985 (1985)
  162. Altered States (1980)
  163. Terrorvision (1986)
  164. Superstition (aka the Witch) 1982
  165. The horror of party beach (1964)
  166. Saint Frankenstein.
  167. Near Dark (1987)
  168. Piranha 2 (1981)
  169. Army of Darkness (1992)
  170. Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension
  171. Jem and the Holograms
  172. Halloween (1978)
  173. Burnt
  174. Freaks of Nature
  175. Our brand is crisis
  176. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  177. Spectre
  178. Home Alone (1990)
  179. Love
  180. Love the Coopers
  181. The 33
  182. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1
  183. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2
  184. The Night Before
  185. The secrets in their eyes
  186. The Good Dinosaur
  187. Victor Frankenstein
  188. Creed
  189. The Good Dinosaur (2)
  190. Krampus
  191. Spotlight
  192. Krampus (2)
  193. In the heart of the sea
  194. Spectre (2)
  195. The Night Before (2)
  196. Star Wars ep VII: The Force Awakens. (IMAX 3D)
  197. Star Wars ep VII: The Force Awakens. (2) (IMAX 3D)
  198. Star Wars ep VII: The Force Awakens. (3)
  199. Macbeth (2015)
  200. Sisters (2015)
  201. Hateful 8 (70mm Roadshow)
  202. Hateful 8 (70mm Roadshow) (2)
  203. Star Wars ep VII: The Force Awakens. (4) (RPX)
  204. The Big Short
  205. Joy
  206. Daddy’s Home.

I tried to keep a Letterboxd diary with mini-reviews of the films I saw theatrically in 2015; I’m fairly sure I missed a few here and there but this is as complete a list as I have: http://letterboxd.com/OVRGNDcinema/

My favorite review was for one of my least favorite films of the year:

Imagine for a second that you’re getting a handjob. The giver is attractive, but more than that it’s someone you’ve wanted to give you a handjob for a really long time and now they’re doing it. Not too fast, not too slow, just enough tension and they’re hitting all the right notes. You think it couldn’t get much better but then they start talking dirty to you and it’s everything you’ve always wanted.

Now imagine that two thirds of the way through the handjob your dreamboat is replaced with your old boss. The one that smelled like mothballs and taco meat. Then imagine that your old boss, who’s now rubbing one out for you, has arthritis and calluses on their gross, liverspotty hand. They take you the rest of the way there and with a unsatisfied moan you’re done.

You still finished and the first 2/3 of the HJ were great- so do you really want to complain?That’s kind of how Fantastic Four was.

You still get yours, but ultimately you feel kind of let down and a little traumatized.

It was a really fun year for movies, and I look forward to another year of spending more time in a theater than out of one!

Friday 12.19.2014

"The Dance of Reality"

The year isn’t quite over, but I’m starting to work on my “Best films of 2014” list.

The following are first run movies that I saw theatrically this year; I’m trying to find a list of the Exhumed Films I saw this year and of course Netflix, Hulu+, HBOGo, downloads, screenings at the Overground and movies watched on DVD aren’t included.

It was a really good year for movies, with new films by some of my favorite directors; Jodorowsky, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Ridley Scott all had releases this year and for the first time in years it looks like my #1 pick may end up not being a documentary- though as I sort everything out, Life Itself is in pretty high standing, so who knows.  Two more weeks of films then I’ll try to get my completed list out; films in bold are in the running.

1.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
2. Ride Along
3. The Devil’s Due
4. That Awkward Moment
5. The Lego Movie
6. Vampire Academy
7. The Monuments Men
8. Robocop
9. Non-Stop
10. Anchorman 2
11. 300: Rise of an Empire
12. Sherman and Peabody
13. Jodorowsky’s Dune
14. Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Bad Words
16. Nymphomaniac
17. Nymphomaniac 2
18. Divergent
19. Noah
20. Sabotage
21. Under the Skin
22. Captain America the Winter Soldier
23. Oculus
24. Only Lovers Left Alive
25. The Quiet Ones
26. The Other Woman
27. Spiderman 2
28. Neighbors
29. Godzilla
30. X-men: Days of Future Past
31. The Dance of Reality
32. Maleficent
33. We are the best
34. The Fault in our Stars
35. Edge of Tomorrow
36. 22 Jumpstreet
37. How to train your dragon 2
38. Venus in Furs
39. Transformers: Age of Extinction
40. Snowpiercer
41. Deliver us From Evil
42. Life Itself
43, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
44. Boyhood
45. The Purge: Anarchy
46. Planes: Fire and Rescue
47. Sex Tape
48. Mood Indigo
49. Letters to Momo
50. Hercules
51. Lucy
52. Guardians of the Galaxy
53. Calvary
54. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
55. The 100 Foot Journey
56. What if?
57. Let’s Be Cops
58. The Expendables 3
59.  The Giver
60. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
61. Frank
62. As Above, So Below
63. Starred up
64. The November Man
65. God Help the Girl
65. No Good Deed
66. The Maze Runner
67. A Walk Among the Tombstones
68. Hector and the Search for Happiness
69. Pride
70. Tusk
71. The Box Trolls
72. The Equalizer
73. Gone Girl
74. Annabelle
75. Left Behind
76. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
77. Dracula Untold
78. St. Vincent
79. The Judge
80. Fury
81. Book of Life
82. Birdman
83. Oiuja
84. John Wick
85. Nightcrawler
86. Interstellar
87. Big Hero 6
88. Jessabelle
89. The Theory of Everything
90. Dumb and Dumber To
91. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
92. Penguins of Madagascar
93. Horrible Bosses 2
94. Pyramid
95. The Babadook
96. Top Five
97. The Hobbit: Battle of the five Armies
98. Exodus: Gods and Kings
99. Wild
100. Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb
101. Wetlands (September)
102. Into the Woods
103. Big Eyes
104. Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut 1 & 2
105. Annie (2014)
106. The Gambler
107. The Imitation Game

Thursday 10.18.2013

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My room is a mess and I should be cleaning it.
Bailey needs a bath. I have AirBnB guests coming tomorrow and it would behoove me to go straighten up the communal rooms instead of laying back, relaxed, listening to Julia occasionally talk in her sleep and watching John Carpenter’s The Prince of Darkness.

I’ve got a message for you, and you’re not going to like it.

During the month of October I double or triple my already excessive horror movie intake. Today has been excessive even by those standards, starting a new one as soon as the credits finish on the one before. Classic horror. Remakes. Remakes that have become classic horror. After taking a two mile run I retired back to the house and immersed myself in gore, nudity, violence and death while Bailey casually cleaned himself (though he still needs a bath) with a series of wet slurping licks that were even more unsettling than the parade of viscera I was watching onscreen.

1385726_10201903919147113_1604391780_nOctober is the best month of the year. Cooling weather, Horror Movies, Pumpkin everything, NYCC/Pushead and finally Halloween in Austin with Julia. Everything has been going so smoothly this month despite burning the candle at both ends. The Pushead event was pure geek gold; getting to BS with Chris, Phil, Ed, Pat, Michael, Tony, Mikee, Paulie, Marissa, Charlie and finally Pus was perfect. If you’re interested in the geeky details- toys purchased etc, you can swing by my collection specific site for more of that; for here I’ll just say that I wish I had more time to spend with my nerdy friends and we did this more than once or twice a year and I was glad to be able to geek out with them, introduce them to Julia and make my trip about more than just toys and art.

The remaining few weeks of October are going to be equally busy, so I’m trying to take it all in stride and have the best time possible. We’ve got the Aids Walk 5k this coming Sunday, the second half of the 24hr horror fest the following Saturday then a few days in Austin which will, I’m sure, be packed full of adventure, friends and good times. Julia and I finally booked a hotel and are starting to map out things we want to do while we’re in town; see the Alamo so we can later remember it, go see Friday the 13th at the Drafthouse, eat calorically irresponsible food and be ‘that couple’ despite how annoying it must be for everyone who’s not us.

I’ve also been working on a concept for a new Body Modification Blog. One that’s not weighed down with baggage or guided by a single ideology. We’ve got some folks lined up with impressive resumes who are interested in writing for us as well as some great ideas for articles… all we need is a readership that wants a community and not to just be handed content. It’s going to be branded SACRED DEBRIS (which means I’ll be changing the name of this blog to avoid confusion) after my print Body Mod zine from the early 1990s and I’m sure will end up being incredibly fulfilling or frustrating for me, often at the same time,.

So yeah.  There’s that. Projected launch is mid-late November. We’ll see if that actually happens.

Until then I’m going to enjoy October!