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Scary Movie October Watch List

Drag Me to Hell

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My poll about October movies has been up for a week and received 176 votes. Suh-weet. I seriously appreciate everyone’s input. I love scary movies and I’m excited to (hopefully) discover a few more to add to my regular October repertoire next year…and the year after that…and so on.

Without further ado [most annoying phrase ever?], here is my list for Scary Movie October:

  1. Alien
  2. Sleepaway Camp
  3. Don’t Look Now
  4. The Thing
  5. American Werewolf in London
  6. The Fly
  7. Dawn of the Dead
  8. Amityville Horror
  9. Pet Semetary
  10. Fright Night
  11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  12. Drag Me to Hell
  13. Nosferatu
  14. Night of the Hunter
  15. Monster Squad
    and if I can make it to 20…
  16. [rec]
  17. Videodrome
  18. Phantasm
  19. Shaun of the Dead (write-in request)
  20. Army of Darkness (write-in request)

Scary Movies October

For the month of October, we’re going to deviate from the original list a little bit and focus on scary movies for the entire month.

I was hoping to watch 31 movies in October but because of work load, weddings, and a few out of town engagements I think that’s a little over-ambitious. So I’m settling on 15 (and if I watch 31, that’ll be super!). But I need your help to pick the movies.

These are the three that are set in stone:

  1. Sleepaway Camp
  2. Alien
  3. Don’t Look Now
I have twelve more spots to fill. Here are the suggestions I got from other people*:
*If you made a suggestion and it’s not listed here, it’s because I’ve already seen it.

Vote here (and please vote for 5):

Late to flying school! A review of the movie Top Gun.

Maverick: Talk to me, Goose.

Prologue by Annie Harrigan:

A Top Gun Cartoon

Top Gun thoughts by Annie Harrigan


LTTM Review:

Well. I’m not really sure how to follow that up but I’ll try.

Hm. I feel like I’d like to start this review off with a quote from my former roommate, Courtney:

There wouldn’t be bros if not for Top Gun.

I always thought that was kind of brilliant.

Anyway, Top Gun is really where this whole entire project began. So it would have been a nice way to end the blog but I was getting really tired of hearing people shriek, ‘YOU’VE NEVER SEEN TOP GUN?!!?!?!!?!’ So here we are.

And honestly, watching Top Gun was supposed to solve this huge mystery for me. You see, once upon a time I was a junior bride (yes, a junior bride. Not a junior bridesmaid. I got into a fight with someone about this when I was ten. I take my role seriously) in this wedding and the reception was at the Midland and at one point, the bride got up on the staircase and all of the wedding dudes sang “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to her. And I got upset because that’s a very sad wedding song and my mom said, “you’ll understand when you’re old enough to see Top Gun.” I never forgot that. Well, thanks Mom but my question still isn’t really answered. It’s goofy as hell that they do that at weddings. You guys make no sense.

Beyond that, Annie covered everything in her little cartoon. Best part? Everything with Goose in it. Particularly Goose in the volleyball scene. Seriously, check out his outfit:

Love that guy.

I think you have to see this as a little kid like Kevin did, because Kevin told me that he remembered being an 11-year-old watching this movie and wanting to be a pilot and every boy his age wanted to be a pilot. I do not want to be a pilot, and I’m not an 11-year-old boy. So the movie was fine but I pretty much lost interest after Goose died (as Annie depicted). I thought the music was absolutely the best part of the movie. And I did not find Val Kilmer anything but a semi-creepy douche.

Also of note: when I mentioned on Twitter that I was watching Top Gun, four different people told me to watch the Quentin Tarantino take on Top Gun. I agree with his premise that the movie is slightly (more than slightly) homoerotic. But dude’s final point is that the last line of the movie is, ‘you can ride my tail.’ It’s not.

Iceman: You can be my wingman any time.
Maverick: Bullshit! You can be mine.

And finally, what would your call sign be? Mine, obviously, would be Snack Mantis. Or just Mantis.

Face palm moment: For the absolute first time in my life I actually found Tom Cruise attractive. WEIRD. I’ve only ever seen Tom Cruise in The Firm and Minority Report and I liked him in both, but I never thought he was kind of cute. Well, I thought he was kind of cute in Top Gun. Until he took off his shirt and then I just thought he was on steroids.

Favorite part: The first scene at Top Gun when they are watching movies about fighter planes and that one dude says “this gives me a hard on” and that one other dude says “don’t tease me.” And also, “I WANT SOME BUTTS!!” Seriously, what is with this movie?

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: Nothing really, except Tom Skerritt looked really familiar and Google tells me that he was on Picket Fences, which I have actually seen a few times.

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): My guy friends are going to kill me but this gets a two. I wasn’t missing anything. Really. I definitely wasn’t the target audience for this one.

Late to…HEY, where is MY sensei? A review of Karate Kid

Prologue by Patrick Matthews, owner of Screenland Crossroads:

No mercy.

Karate Kid is the first film I saw as a kid to make me feel like I had a chance. If Daniel, this whiny little pissant momma’s boy, could beat some of the coolest guys in town… I guess I could too. Yeah I’ll say it, the Cobra Kai were awesome. If I were the Cobra Kai I would probably kick the shit out of Daniel too. Despite that, Daniel still won me over by the end of the movie and to this day I still can’t really explain why. Perhaps I could never be like a member of the Cobra Kai so I had to settle for being a “Daniel.” Maybe it was because he wore a shower curtain to a costume party or befriended an old Japanese man who cleaned the pools. Whatever the reason, it gave me hope that the little guy could beat the cool kids.

There is nothing groundbreaking about Karate Kid but simply put, it’s one of the best sports movies ever made. Throw in pre-Adventures In Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove hamming it up as John Kreese, an 80’s soundtrack that can’t be beat, and MF’ing William Zabka and you’ve got a true classic.

Young hearts beat fast,
Driving down the road.
Rubber, plastic, metal, glass.
Why did you have to go?
Young hearts die young

On a “WHAT?! You haven’t seen ______???” scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest level of shock, disappointment and sad): I suppose I can give Laura a pass for missing this one growing up since admittedly it IS a “guy” movie at the core. However, since it was recently remade (to this day I still refuse to see it, just like the upcoming Footloose remake) I’m surprised she didn’t seek it out sooner. I hope that it can resonate with Laura like it did me, even if she is watching it at an older age.

Go, find balance.


LTTM review:

After Kevin read my review of Big, he told me that we were watching Karate Kid next and if I didn’t like Karate Kid… “well, I don’t know what I’ll do.” My friend Annie hadn’t seen Karate Kid before so she came over and we watched the movie together. Annie happened to take some incredible notes from statements the three of us made, and they are much more entertaining than any review I could write. So I’ll type those out instead:

Annie:

  • Didn’t know “Wax On, Wax Off” was from Karate Kid until Ralph Macchio was on “Dancing with the Stars” and they referred to it constantly.
  • Super jealous of the mom’s poncho.
  • Are there people in movies named Johnny who aren’t assholes?
  • Note to self: call Kevin ‘Kevin-san.’ Not funny, but sounds cool.
  • During the date scene, Laura and Kevin start talking about the movie Fear and the song “Wild Horses” and the scene on the rollercoaster. That doesn’t sound fun.
  • Wondering about the “Hare Krishna” joke and how it played in the midwest in the 1980s.
(and then she drew this picture of a girl at the arcade wearing a vest that said ‘Flip Flirt’)

Laura:

  • “…Is that a pig having sex with another pig on that guy’s shirt?” (Referencing the ‘Makin Bacon Shirt…and EW.)
  • “Oh…BABY Elizabeth Shue.” [Editor’s note: Now I understand why all the boys I know have a crush on Elizabeth Shue. She has, um, large boobs.]
  • Thinks Johnny looks like a bigger Draco Malfoy. (Annie: “I think you mean Draco looks like a smaller that guy.”)
  • Mr Miyagi: “To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.” Laura: “Gross.”
  • Not a fan of sake.
  • I love that the end credits show that there was a guy in the role of “Chicken Boy” and a stuntman named Buck McDancer.

Kevin:

  • “It’s almost as if I’m 10 years old again, and watching this with Tommy and Mike and their sister Michelle, and we’re at a pool party.”
  • Sings along to every musical cue at the beach party.
  • Answers “NO SENSEI!” with the dudes at Karate.
  • Kevin lived in Okinawa for a year. He mentioned this thrice in the “bonsai tree” scene. I think it’s funny and Laura pretends to be annoyed.
  • Kevin yells, “CALM DOWN AND LISTEN TO THE LYRICS!!” Then he sings along (Young hearts beat fast).

Overall, I LOVED the movie (A+++++, would watch again). I’m a sucker for David versus Goliath stories, especially when they star Japanese men who remind me a lot of Yoda. That, and Ralph Macchio is very, very cute. Annie made me watch some DWTS clips after the movie and he looks about as old as he did during the original Karate Kid. Do I watch the second and third movies now? We’ll see!

Face palm moment: A personal face palm moment was when I realized that Martin Kove looks like John Travolta (mixed with Patrick Swayze, added Annie). If you don’t know by now, I am VERY anti-John Travolta. Seriously. I won’t watch Pulp Fiction ever. I know, I know, it’s a GREAT movie and I’m REALLY missing out and can’t I JUST THIS ONCE make an exception. No.

Favorite part: As Patrick mentioned, my favorite part HAS to be the shower curtain costume. I love costumes and that was just brilliant. Also, probably the Makin’ Bacon shirt. Okay, ALL of the fashion from this movie except for Daniel’s plaid shirt and camouflage pants. Tim Gunn would never let you out of his house dressed like that.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: Karate Kid is like the Goonies, where even if you haven’t seen the movie you know a quote is from the movie. That said, the following Chris Brown lyric jumped out in my head during the movie: “She wax it all off; Mr. Miyagi.”

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): 9 out of 10, mostly because of the freeze frame on Mr. Miyagi’s face at the end of the movie. I still think that the crane kick by Daniel to win the match should have been in slo-mo and Kevin was greatly offended by that suggestion. Still, it would’ve been sweet. Otherwise, I really love this movie except for the fact that Kevin is going to walk around saying “Get him a body bag!” and “Troubles with Johnny?” for the next week or five.

Late to finding Zoltar! A review of Big

Scotty: See that girl over there in the red? Say “hi” to her and she’s yours. She’ll have her legs around you so tight you’ll be begging for mercy. 

Josh: Well, I’ll stay away from her, then. 

The things you learn from other people, I tell you what.

See, I was under the impression that (with the exception of Toy Story) Tom Hanks was only a serious actor obsessed with wars. See: Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13Da Vinci Code (which, I guess, was also sort of a comedy). Sure, there was Sleepless in Seattle which I have seen, but I try to forget about that movie so I don’t count it in his repertoire.

But now people are telling me that Tom Hanks is actually a great comedic actor and that’s where he got his start? You’re kidding!

(They weren’t kidding.)

Anyway, I saw Big for the first time last weekend and it was WEIRD for the following reasons:

  1. I’ve only seen Elizabeth Perkins in Weeds (and she is the best part of that damn show, no wonder it’s gone downhill).
  2. I’ve only seen Penny Marshall in KMart commercials.
  3. John Heard is the dad in Home Alone and then also from the Sopranos.
  4. Robert Loggia is from Scarface. What?!
  5. Also… um… it was a really cute movie but is no one else bothered by the fact that technically Susan had sex with a 13-year-old? I would have been super pissed about that if that had been me. And, I mean, wouldn’t it have been at least a little obvious…you know…while they were…. you know? Whatever. I guess that’s why I will never make it big in the toy industry.

I liked this movie, I thought it was very cute and funny and I think it stands up well to the test of time. I think I like it more now than I would have at a younger age because it seems like it’s more a movie for people who are growing up or “grown up” but still have that desire to be a kid again, rather than being a movie for kids. I did have weird, creepy feelings about the relationship between Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins. I wouldn’t say that it ruined the movie for me at all, but it definitely left an odd taste in my mouth at the end. Maybe if I was younger I wouldn’t have thought that much about it but I have trouble getting past that now. Perhaps I’m just too damaged.

One more thing that made my night– this happened:

Yeah. That happened.

I gasped. Like I said above, I *loved* her in Weeds so I was tickled that she even pays attention to Twitter.

Face palm moment: See above regarding Tom Hanks’s comedies. I think everyone hates me.

Favorite part: The entire piano scene in FAO Schwarz. Too bad the FAO Schwarz closed in Kansas City, otherwise I would have driven right over to play.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: There’s not a lot but I guess now I understand all references to Zoltar.

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): Kevin (and his step dad, who watched it with us) thinks this is one of the best 80s comedies. I liked it… but I guess I just didn’t feel exactly the same. I’d probably put it around 3 or 4 out of 10. Glad I saw it and I’ll probably watch it again if it’s on TV, but I’m not sure I’ll go out of my way to watch it.

Post script: I think Kevin likes this movie so much that he hates me now for not liking it at much as he does. He thinks that if I would have seen it at a young age I would have absolutely loved it. Actually, he just said to me, “I’m just warning you…. if you do what you did to Big to Karate Kid…I don’t know what I’ll do. But it won’t be good.” Am I just way over-analyzing these movies? How do I get past that? What do you think?