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Bob Cram Jr. kicks off his 31 Days, 31 Horror Movies review series with 2020’s Host.
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MONSOONVISION SHOWINGS THIS WEEK
(Subject to Change)
Sunday 10/4 at 9PM CST
Movie: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
“A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
Fade to Black (1980)
“A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.”
FIlm #1 of my October Watchlist: An interesting slasher that is pretty uneven at times but held together pretty well by a solid lead performance. Has a lot of fun film references and a pretty intriguing premise that could have been executed better. A story of a movie lover that is so lonely that he wraps himself up in his make-believe movies wanting to be someone else but also killing people who have wronged him seems ripe for an update. I’m not an advocate for remakes but this one could be a good one. (3.25/5)
A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
“The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.”
A brutal and all too real approach that beats the viewer down as much as the protagonist. There is a lot of ugliness with a few glimpses of joy for him that keep us going and the fact that Joe Cole carries the film on his back through a range of emotions makes it worth the watch. (4/5)
After Hours (1985)
“An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.”
I had a few chuckles (the best seeing Cheech and Ching pop up) and there are some fun performances. It was bizarre and frantic but the biggest standout to me was how it felt like a time capsule from a 1000 years ago. Needing change to make a phone call, cash over cards, dialing the operator to look up a number etc. Yes, there are a lot of movies without today’s technology but not many where the absence of them feels so paramount. I mean this movie is over in like 5 minutes if it happens today. (3.75/5)
Midnight Run (1988)
“An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.”
This movie hinged on the chemistry between the two leads and it succeeded. De Niro and Grodin are great together even though it took a while for the movie to grow on me. A number of 80s hitters here in Kotto, Joey Pants, Farina, and Taggart from Beverly Hills Cops helps rounds out a fun cast. (4/5)
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