Monday, September 29, 2014

Houma Movie Club: Phase 7 and the future

If you hadn't noticed, I haven't put up a Houma Movie Club since Hook. Google started phone authentication for Hangouts On-Air and since I try to reasonably limit the personal information I give to capricious slapped-together, social media platforms, we're done with using Google Hangouts.

We're just doing some regular chats right now, but if we can all get Skype together I'll probably start recording them and putting them up either as podcasts or as videos with some still photos over them. Open to input.

So it's time for Phase 7. As we do, there is no theme aside from a minor, voluntary "spooky" theme because it's October. Standard rules apply: on Netflix, released in the past five years, 90 minutes, and no more than one of us can have seen it already.

Voting is open. Two votes per person. The voting results are also going to be hedged a bit. Last phase Josh worked on the weekend we did his movie and that's weak so in the future if someone who chose a movie can't make it, we'll try to swap movies or skip a week.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010, 89 minutes)
The premise of Tucker and Dale vs Evil is that the real monsters are photogenic college kids with mediocre acting skills spending a weekend in the woods. And if think about it, that kinda shakes out.

Rigor Mortis (2013, 105 minutes)
Why have a horror movie when you could have a horror movie and a kung-fu movie? Why have a horror/kung-fu movie when you can have a horror/kung-fu/drama movie? Why have just one monster when you can have every monster? Rigor Mortis has got a heaping helping of everything.

Devil (2010, 80 minutes)
Horror movies often require some degree of isolation. That's why the cabin in the woods is so archetypical. Devil gives us a reverse cabin in the woods; complete isolation inside a bastion of civilization. Hopefully, they won't bore us with more than a few minutes of establishing a satanically-sealed elevator. Also, because I all care about you, your enjoyment of the movie will be markedly increased if you blink at about the 2:08 mark.

Much Ado About Nothing (2012, 109 minutes)

6 Souls (2010, 112 minutes)
There have been a lot of movies (and probably IRL witch hunts) which feature folks with mental illnesses being possessed by one demonic entity or another. I don't think any of them have had Julianne Moore attached. Six Souls combines the science of psychology with the mysticism of religion. There's a snarky joke in there, but I'm passing on it in the interest of remaining classy.

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