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tanzen up a storm

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2018 by phanteana

the full Suspiria trailer premiered this morning, as promised by the insanely clever & ultra witty marketing team behind its Twitter account. now if y’all excuse me, i’m going to need a moment to recover…

 

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…ok, back to work. but first, more iced tea.

 

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ant nothin’ to it

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2018 by phanteana

like the rest of the planet, i followed suit and saw Ant-Man and the Wasp this past weekend. although i’m not well-versed in comic book lore, i have enough real-life sources to rely on in case i have too many questions (which i usually do…don’t even get me started on Infinity War) post-film. i also tend to be a bit behind when it comes to the MCU (i didn’t see the first Ant-Man until earlier this year, if that’s any indication). anyone who reads this blog knows that i’m devoted to the MECU (note the extra letter), or what’s now being referred to as the “Legendarium.” but it’s not that i have no interest in comic book movies; i just don’t get around to them as quickly as others do.

regardless, i have to say that Scott Lang (at least, the big screen version of him) is definitely one of my favorite Marvel heroes. he’s your (sort of) average guy just trying to make a better life for himself and his family, and moving forward from the mistakes he made in the past. we can all relate there.

 

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yes, Ant-Man…we can forgive you for that time you toured with W.A.S.P.

a changeling of seasons

Posted in Film with tags , , on June 20, 2018 by phanteana

it’s officially summer, but Halloween is already on everyone’s mind. i kicked off my summer season over Memorial Day weekend with a chance to see the newly restored version of The Changeling at my local theater. this is one of my favorite films, and its effectiveness at telling a spooky & semi-true* story without the gore can still be felt in modern releases such as The Conjuring and Winchester. the film has been described as a “slow burn”, which is how a lot of horror should be (at least in my opinion, since i’m not a fan of blood & guts).

for the folks at home, a special 4K blu-ray edition will be released in August complete with an attic full of goodies including a poster, an enamel pin, and a replica of the infamous red rubber ball featured in the movie. several audience members at my theater jumped out of their seats during that scene…works every time!

 

*a lot of The Changeling‘s events match up, but because this is Hollywood there’s always bound to be revisions. in addition, there has been speculation as to whether Russell Hunter’s account is real or fabricated. regardless of whether or not you believe Hunter’s story, it certainly made for one of the greatest films of the late 20th century.

 

listen for the whispers

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 13, 2018 by phanteana

it’s safe to say those people who experienced the lunchtime terror of the first footage of the updated Suspiria have recovered from the ordeal…just in time for the trailer that dropped last week!

so what did i think of it? (not a spoiler alert)
well, it’s definitely creepy in terms of tone and appearance. but it looks more like an artsy foreign film as opposed to a horror movie. the costuming screams 1977 (but not tacky 1977). the color scheme used in the original is nowhere to be found, which further confirms that this new version is not a remake but rather a re-imagining. it’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. until the actual film is released on November 2 (which, coincidentally is Day of the Dead…good job, marketing team!), please enjoy the musings of Suspiria‘s Twitter page. whoever runs it is quite imaginative with their postings & retweets!

con-founded

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by phanteana

conferences are always filled with free food, informative panels, swag bags & the occasional surprise guests. the tech conference i attended last weekend certainly offered all of the above (except for the surprise guests). it’s a good thing one of the sponsors gave out free hand sanitizer bottles, because after a few days of being surrounded by hundreds of people you’re bound to catch the dreaded ‘post-con crud’ (cough/cold). fortunately, it’s not bad enough to keep me home from work. but i do feel bad for everyone who hears me sneezing. this is where remote access will come in handy in the future.

while my conference may have been low on the surprise factor, CinemaCon delivered a wallop during its lunchtime schedule with the premiere of the first footage from the upcoming Suspiria remake. judging from the reactions, whoever decided to show the clip while people were chowing down is either insane or a marketing genius…or both.

while i’m not the biggest fan of Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered to be his most well-known and most successful movie. i understand why people love it: the visuals & the soundtrack are important elements in his approach to storytelling (remember, i studied Film in Undergrad). when news of the remake broke, it sent fans into a frenzy because they felt it would ruin a classic: replacing Goblin with Thom Yorke for the score is completely ludicrous. on the other hand, there is no modernization of the plot so expect lots of 70’s outfits/haircuts. speaking of the original, Jessica Harper has given her support by appearing in a small role in the new version so that has put some of the anxiety at ease. but until the first trailer drops, we’ll all just have to rely on the commentaries from those terrified lunch-goers who may never look at quinoa salad the same way again.

 

 

 

do you hear the clock ticking?

Posted in Film with tags , , on March 28, 2018 by phanteana

oh, how i love the spooky old house in the middle of nowhere trope….but that doesn’t mean i want to live in one. i’m perfectly content residing in a major metropolitan area, where stores are open late and everyone can hear you scream should a painting magically come alive (or, more realistically speaking, a mouse scurries across the living room floor).

now imagine being a kid in said spooky old house in the middle of nowhere…does it excite you? does it make you think twice about going to live with weirdo relatives you’ve probably only met twice in your life? do you worry that all the other kids at school will think you’re a freak? these and other questions remain to be answered, but in the meantime here’s the trailer for a film many of us avid readers longed for.

 

 

 

 

the house that Helen built

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , on February 1, 2018 by phanteana

everyone loves a good “the following is based on actual events” film (ok, not everyone…but lots of folks do). we’ve seen countless historical dramas & war films, or feel-good inspirational stories of underdogs rising above adversity (ahem, Rudy…which is still a classic). each one has a unique story to share with its audience, whether they are familiar with the events depicted or not. horror is no stranger to taking its cues from real-life, even if some of the moments are embellished for Hollywood’s sake. thanks to these movies, we are now better acquainted with people like the Warrens and places like a certain town in Long Island, NY. the latest in this trope combines both historical drama and spookiness, and hails from San Jose, CA’s most notorious mansion. oh, and did i mention everyone’s favorite dame, Helen Mirren, is portraying the infamous owner of said mansion? let’s see…Helen Mirren + haunted house = ALL IN.