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Originally posted by xhoser:
My wife is a big horror fan so took her to The Conjuring. It was actually better than I expected, although my expectations around horror movies has dropped dramatically over the years.


My expectations for horror movies have declined as well, but my wife and I caught the Conjuring this weekend and both were pleasantly surprised.

To me, it was more creepy than scary. But, I liked the way the (not to spoil it for anyone) *thing* wasn't always present and, when it was, it was slowly brought into frame...

One of the better 'scary' movies I've seen in a while...
You know, I like to keep an open mind, but the only horror movie (as opposed to thrillers) I've ever enjoyed was the original The Evil Dead. And I enjoy that mostly for the camp.

Meanwhile, wine+art,
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Belle de Jour

You realize, this is at least the 5th time you've watched this movie in just over a year. (Not that there is anything wrong with that Smile )
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Originally posted by Rothko:
The Road

I had watched 3/4 of the movie before, but not the ending, so I was finally able to see the entire film.


Curious as to what you thought of the ending. Happy or are they going to chow down on the kid? I'm in the latter camp.


I don't know. It's a bit ambiguous.

SPOILER ALERT


On the one hand, the fact that the family had kids and a dog (were they the ones following them throughout the movie? There was a scene where the Boy spotted another boy, and a scene were the Man said he heard a dog) would seem to bode well. And that the new guy didn't just ambush and shoot him. If they had wanted to eat him, there was no reason to approach him, risk being shot, and then introducing him to the family. If you are going to eat a rabbit, for example, you don't let the kids play with it and give it a name.

On the other hand, I got a weird vibe from the new guy and his "wife". Their dialogue seemed... strained.

I would like to think that the ending was supposed to be positive, just like the fact that they saw a living beetle that flew up into the sky. The rest of the movie was so depressing (albeit realistic, I thought).
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I would like to think that the ending was supposed to be positive,


Cormac McCarthy, positive? LOL

They followed them waiting for the father to die and swoop in on the defenseless kid. I agree that final scene did have a weird vibe, which is why I think the kid was lunch meat. They had that Wiley E Coyote look about them.

Not sure if you have read the book, but its ending is not so ambiguous. I think the film makers wanted to put this twist on the ending.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Everything you could possibly, realistically, want a movie with such a title to be. Ridiculous on a metaphysical level. If 'high art' is located over *here*, then this movie is located on the other side of the big bang. There is a period of about 15-20 minutes extending from about 55% through the movie to about 70% through the movie that gets a bit slow. Other than that, it is quite entertaining. Of course, I am dumber for having watched this. Much dumber. And there is no possible way to assign a rating to a movie like this.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by xhoser:

although my expectations around horror movies has dropped dramatically over the years.


X, what horror movies do you like?


W+A,

Psycho and The Birds by Hitchcock are classics. I also enjoyed The Shining many years ago. I like thrillers more than horror. My wife likes scary movies so doesn't necessarily need to be in the horror category. However, most of the stuff we have watched over the last number of years has been total crap. The last recent movie that stands out as memorable was The Sixth Sense but that was over a decade ago.
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Originally posted by xhoser: My wife likes scary movies so doesn't necessarily need to be in the horror category. However, most of the stuff we have watched over the last number of years has been total crap. The last recent movie that stands out as memorable was The Sixth Sense but that was over a decade ago.

El Orfanato
Not a movie, but American Horror Story is excellent and will make you squirm. The opening credits alone can make you run from the room.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Anyone seen the Fruitvale Station yet?

TIA.


No. Too close to home to watch. Big Grin

Gangster Squad - good looking and stylish, but dull and lifeless. A poor cousin in the family of LA Confidential and Mullholland Falls. The DMN has a films to avoid each week article, and this film made the list.

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