Seriously, I have no idea how many movies this makes or even what week we’re on. I really do like this challenge, but dammit it’s costing me sleep. Maybe I’ll arrange a parlay with Tim about missing a day together…

Anyway…here’s another perfect week. Thank god for Amazon Prime allowing downloads, otherwise I would have missed a film yesterday while I was detached from wifi.

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For extenuating circumstances I had to go to the DVD rack for this one. This film has been close to my heart for a long time because the music is just so good. Sure Belushi and Aykroyd aren’t the best singers, but they know blues and they put together an actual kickass blues band to back them up. Maybe it’s because I focus on the music so much, but every time I revisit this film I forget about the magical realism that’s present here. This is a film that I’m certain would fail if it were made today, but it managed to be the right project with the right people at the right time. Honestly, when was the last time a movie about a fictitious band was considered any good? Not here, here, here, maybe here.

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I will defend my choice by saying that I actually like Nick Cage as an actor. The Rock is still one of my favorite action movies, but maybe that’s more because of Sean Connery…I digress. I was in the mood for a horror movie, and this one has been sitting in my Netflix queue for a while so I threw it on. The beginning of the film is actually pretty good. It creates tension by really immersing you in the  emotions of a parent whose child has disappeared. However, the movie promptly loses that momentum by putting in a one year time skip. It breaks the inertia and the film never gets it back. All of the plot points feel too easy and straightforward, but let’s talk about the scares. This is a horror movie, but once you get out of the first act it fails to deliver on the scares. The jump scares are telegraphed and cheap, the psychologic factor is lost when everything starts going right for Nick and his not-quite-ex wife, and the premise of the film gets muddied. Overall, the first 25 minutes are worth watching, the rest is not.

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I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for at least a decade, and now I have. I dug it. It was fun, but it was definitely a Tarantino film. Also Sam Jackson’s monologue about guns in the beginning made me want to rip my ears off to make it stop, but that was really my only complaint. I don’t really have ‘favorite’ Tarantino movies, but I liked this one more than all of them except Reservoir Dogs.

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So I’ve been swimming in the Doctor Strange culture for the last week or so to produce our next episode of #PopNerd, and this popped up on YouTube. It was a CBS movie made to sell a Dr. Strange TV show that never happened, and if you’ve watched this you know why it never got made. Holy crap is it awful. About the only thing that they keep from the comics are the names (though only kind of), everything else is chucked right out of the window. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw that Stan Lee himself actually consulted and signed off on the project. At least now he’ll get to see Disney/Marvel hopefully knock it out of the park with their film. Oh, and this movie is fucking horribly sexist (skip to 57:58).

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I’m a sucker for a noir film and I wanted to see a British take on the genre. That said, this film is definitely British. My god is it slow. However solid performances from the lead actors help make it watchable.

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The movie that made Brian Singer. I think this movie has one of the best endings in film history. Seriously, it’s beautiful. I don’t get tired of this movie, and every time I find myself wondering what the hell happened to Stephen Baldwin?

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It’s October so I’m going to be watching more horror movies. Like Jackie Brown, this has been on my list for while, so I decided to check it off. It’s not bad, but it’s not real good. If you’re freaked out by children this one might scare you, but not how you might think. It’s less Children of the Damned, and more Satan Presents: Lord of the Flies.