Movie Monday! #1

Nate and I watch lots of movies. We tend to go through cycles of watching more TV (primarily focusing on one series) and then we switch to a movie cycle for a while. We had been going through Mad Men again (we had watched maybe the first season or two when it first aired and then we switched to something else) — we’re still in season 5 but lately we’ve been doing something called “horror roulette”. You can do it with any genre, really, but we’ve been stuck on horror for a while (it’s without question MY favorite genre). Basically we just dial up Amazon Prime on the TV, go to the horror section, and we keep eye contact while Nate scrolls through the 200+ films. When I say “stop” he hits play on whatever movie we landed on. Occasionally it’s one we’ve already seen, or it’s a sequel to a movie we haven’t seen yet, so we pick a new one… but ultimately it’s a great way to find movies we never would have given a chance otherwise. So every Monday I’m going to list the movies we watched throughout the week with a small commentary on them — here’s the first!

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) — We’ve seen Friday the 13th (duh), but somehow I’ve never gotten into any of the sequels. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it’s more or less your typical “camp counselors having a good time until oh no something terrible happens” movie, and it’s pretty great. Friday the 13th isn’t my favorite horror franchise but it’s a classic.

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Rubber (2010) — We had started this movie a while back but both managed to fall asleep (no reflection on the movie itself, we were just exhausted) so we were happy to revisit it. It’s about a homicidal car tire and it’s a little bizarre (I mean, how could it not be?), which I like. It’s beautifully shot, quirky, obviously a bit dark, and funny in many different moments. Highly recommended.

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The ABCs of Death (2012) — This is a 26-chapter anthology, each letter done by a different director, all showcasing death in one way or another. We thought they were all well done — like any anthology, you like some better than others. A few were outstanding while another few were pretty horrible, but overall it was perfect for my super short attention span since each short film was only a few minutes long (probably the max length was around 10 minutes, while some were much shorter).

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Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) — Obviously not a movie we watched in 3D, and obviously a sequel of sorts to the original 1974 film. It takes place decades after the house was burned down, and follows a girl who is the granddaughter of one of the family members. There’s lots of holes in the timeline (she should be much older by that point but is instead barely in her 20’s, some references to the original film that aren’t quite accurate) and overall the movie is very much a fill-in-the-blank gory movie — small, idyllic town, group of hot 20-somethings with two consistently scantily clad women, a completely unnecessary love (or really, lust) affair, horribly unoriginal dialogue. But we see Leatherface tearin’ shit up again which is always kind of cool, and there were some genuinely scary, heart-pounding moments, as well as some pretty intense gore. The ending, which I won’t ruin for you, had me going “Seriously? I mean… really?” but… wasn’t entirely a waste of 92 minutes if you can just think of it as its own standalone movie.

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