Category Archives: reviews

Top FTVs of 2016

What a bizarre year 2016 was. From a truly upsetting end to a grueling election cycle here in the US, to the multitude of celebrity deaths, it felt as though we might not make it to the finish line. And yet, here we are, on the second day of 2017, and we’ve made it so far.  Continue reading Top FTVs of 2016


OHMC 2016 – The Round Up (with mini-reviews)


Friends! You are reading this post courtesy of my gently ball-busting friend Scott Madin, who asked if I was going to do a post-OHMC recap. Well, if he hadn’t said anything, I probably would not have, and this blog would go silent for months. Thanks, Scott! Continue reading OHMC 2016 – The Round Up (with mini-reviews)

A Length of Rope, Revisited


Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of returning to my old university for dinner with a former professor, now friend, and taking in a movie from the school’s Tuesday film series. The feature was Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, from 1948, a minor suspense thriller based on a stage play by Patrick Hamilton. After the film, as we wandered around campus, I remembered that somewhere out there I had written a review of Rope that was somewhere between unfavorable and apathetic. I’ve since found this review, from 2010, and am sharing it here unedited, with a few updated comments (in brackets and italics throughout): Continue reading A Length of Rope, Revisited

OHMC 2016 – Shin Godzilla and a Return to Contemplation


This morning, I saw this within a post on a friend’s Facebook page: “Insegnami la gloriosa lezione che qual che volta io passo sbagliare.” Translated from Italian, it says “Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I can make mistakes.” I have made a mistake in not keeping up on posting about the October Horror Movie Challenge, but today I fix that by talking a little about contemplative horror, particularly in terms of Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence). Continue reading OHMC 2016 – Shin Godzilla and a Return to Contemplation

OHMC 2016: The Warm-Up Post


It’s getting to be that time of year again, the October Horror Movie Challenge. As the image above says, 31 days – 31 movies – no excuses. For those unfamiliar with the Challenge, the standard requirements are to watch 31 horror films in the month of October, with at least 16 of those films as first time views (FTVs). Some people go bigger than that, logging a hundred or more (!) films for the month, which I’ve tried and let me tell you: it was not fun. Some people just stick to the 31/16 model, which is what I tend to do these days. Continue reading OHMC 2016: The Warm-Up Post

Bro’d Trip – Magic Mike XXL

There’s a scene in Magic Mike XXL (2015, dir. Gregory Jacobs) where pretty-boy Ken (Matt Bomer) sings Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” to a neglected housewife who has just disclosed that she and her husband have not had sex with the lights on in several years. He holds her close, encouraging her to demand more in the bedroom, essentially telling her that she deserves to have her fantasies come true. It’s such a completely raw, naked (though fully-clothed) moment that I wasn’t entirely sure if I should have applauded or cried. I may have done both. As it turns out, there are several similarly surprising and heartfelt moments in this sequel to the 2012 smash hit. Continue reading Bro’d Trip – Magic Mike XXL

2 Fast 2 Furiosa – Mad Max, and Other Thoughts

Friends! It’s me, your old pal anna, back from a very long hiatus in which I did not much but sit around and watch stuff and not write about it. Since the last post, I’ve watched the entire Fast and Furious series, bought some comics, played some Magic: The Gathering (NERD ALERT!!), and started watching some of Netflix’s original content. Not bad! But the downside is that my computer is getting very old, and it’s harder to use it because of how slow and feeble it’s gotten. In fact, the last time I even had it up and running was sometime in April. Time to start shopping for a new one.

Anyway, I figured it’s high time to get back into the swing of things before my old compy sets itself on fire in protest, and what better than to talk a bit about the latest Mad Max movie? Continue reading 2 Fast 2 Furiosa – Mad Max, and Other Thoughts

OHMC 2014 – Week Four: The Wrap

The October Horror Movie Challenge is over, and final reviews and write-ups are rolling in across the board. The last week of the Challenge was fairly light for me, particularly after revisiting the entire Saw franchise. There’s just something about those movies that kind of kills the buzz. Anyhow, here are the last few films for the 2014 October Challenge! Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week Four: The Wrap

OHMC 2014 – The Saw-a-thon

Here’s the thing about the October Challenge: sometimes, you end up wading through a lot of really awful films when you’re trying to get through 16 first time views. And then sometimes you’re me, who does it on purpose, with films that aren’t first time views. Hence…SAW SUNDAY. [SPOILERS AHEAD] Continue reading OHMC 2014 – The Saw-a-thon

OHMC 2014 – Week Three: The Kitchen Sink


The Challenge rolls along and we’re reaching the finish line with just over a week before Halloween! How have you been doing, if you’ve been playing along? Are you burning through the requirements like wildfire or taking it slow? Week three was a lot lighter than the previous two, with a weird mishmash of genres and styles, everything but the kitchen sink it seems. Read on! Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week Three: The Kitchen Sink