Lessons from ‘The Thing’ Applied to ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

I know what you’re thinking. What does John Carpenter’s 1982 cult hit “The Thing” have to do with Olivia Wilde’s 2022 project “Don’t Worry Darling”?  Well, for one thing, I happened to see both for the first time within the last week.  For another thing, both have a certain element of mystery to them, yet have very different strategies for their storytelling.  Spoiler alert: one … Continue reading Lessons from ‘The Thing’ Applied to ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

I Watched 50 Fall Movie Trailers So You Don’t Have To

1. Breaking (August 26) Directed by: Abi Damaris CorbinFamous people involved: John Bodega, Michael K. Williams, and Connie BrittonOne sentence summary: A veteran who got screwed over by the VA tries to rob a bank and ends up negotiating with another veteran who also got screwed over by the VA. Where you can watch it: TheatersDo I give a shit?: It does look like a … Continue reading I Watched 50 Fall Movie Trailers So You Don’t Have To

30 Movies in 30 Days: The Princess and the Frog

Had I seen it before: Yes, but it had been a while. Year: 2009 Directors: Ron Clements & John Musker Writers: Ron Clements (story and screenplay), John Musker (story and screenplay), Greg Erb (story), Jason Oremland (story), Rob Edwards (screenplay), inspired by the story The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. Where you can stream it now: Disney+ or Netflix What IMDb says: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: The Princess and the Frog

30 Movies in 30 Days: Voyeur

Had I seen it before: No. Year: 2017 Directors: Myles Kane and Josh Koury Writer: N/A, it’s a documentary Where you can stream it now: Netflix What IMDb says: Journalism icon Gay Talese reports on Gerald Foos, the owner of a Colorado motel, who allegedly secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Voyeur

30 Movies in 30 Days: Brokeback Mountain

Had I seen it before: I think I tried to watch it on TV one time but the commercials made it a pain in the ass, so I didn’t even make it halfway through. Year: 2005 Director:  Ang Lee Writers: Annie Proulx (short story), Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and Diana Ossana (screenplay) Where you can stream it now: Starz What IMDb says: The story of a forbidden and … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Brokeback Mountain

30 Movies in 30 Days: Singin’ in the Rain

Had I seen it before: No. Well, maybe? I remember clips of this being on when I was too young to really make sense of a whole movie. But this was basically the first time. Year: 1952 Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly Writers: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Where you can stream it now: HBO Max What IMDb says: A silent film production company and cast … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Singin’ in the Rain

30 Movies in 30 Days: Jennifer’s Body

Had I seen it before: No. Year: 2009 Director:  Karyn Kusama Writeer:  Diablo Cody Where you can stream it now: Starz What IMDb says: A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror? Why I picked it: As alluded to in some prior posts, I love finding reasons to justify … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Jennifer’s Body

30 Movies in 30 Days: Lady Bird

Had I seen it before: Yes, once while it was in theaters. Year: 2017 Director: Greta Gerwig Writer: Greta Gerwig Where you can stream it now: Netflix What IMDb says: In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California. Why I picked it: My mom had time to watch with me today, so I cued up the ultimate Mother/Daughter love story. Plus I remember … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Lady Bird

30 Movies in 30 Days: Brink!

Had I seen it before: Yes, but it’s been A LOOOOOONG time. Probably at LEAST 14 years. Which is a shame because it was one of my favorite DCOMS growing up. Year: 1998 Director: Greg Beeman Writer: Jeff Schechter Where you can stream it now: Disney+ What IMDb says: Andy “Brink” Brinker and his in-line skating crew–Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella–who call themselves “Soul-Skaters” (which means they skate … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Brink!

30 Movies in 30 Days: Passport to Paris

Had I seen it before: Maybe? I remember bits and pieces of it, but I don’t think I ever saw the whole thing. Year: 1999 Director: Alan Metter Writer: Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro Where you can stream it now: Hulu What IMDb says: Sent to Paris to visit their grandfather, the twins fall in love with France, not to mention two French boys. What I liked: The … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Passport to Paris