Released the same year as Psycho, this film wasn't even a cult fave until Martin Scorsese rescued it from oblivion. A young man, subject to his father's twisted experiments on fear as a child, has grown up into a serial killer that films the women as he murders them. Dark and complex, this one is years ahead of its time (including Psycho) and reminded me of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon with its ability to see the human side of the monster.
Braindead (Dead-Alive in the U.S.)
Peter Jackson's breakout movie just piles on the gore and I couldn't stop laughing at it! Set in the late '50s in New Zealand, a cursed monkey bites the mother of our tale's hero. Soon, dogs are eaten, a priest displays his kung fu powers, bodily fluids spray into eaten food, and the severed limbs pile up like firewood. Completely over-the-top, I wish I had seen it back when I was in love with Evil Dead 2. Be sure to get the unrated version! I need to get that brand of lawnmower...
Stir of Echoes
(Six degrees of) Kevin Bacon is the working-class husband and father hypnotized into an "open door" by his flaky sister-in-law. Soon he is seeing things that do not exist, and knowing things he should not know. He and his wife begin to realize their son has this same ability as well. Not excessively scary, it turns more into a thriller in the last third. This movie had the misfortune to be released around the time of The Sixth Sense. Which is why I didn't bother with it until now. Not nearly as good as that one, it was still entertaining and well-made. Fun to see House's Jennifer Morrison as the young missing girl.
P.S. I once successfully hypnotized my brother.
Probably one of my favourite comedies of all time. Enter Billy-Bob Thorton as an alcoholic-misanthropic-fatalistic mall Santa working alongside his elven accomplish Tony Cox in order to steal from the department stores on Christmas. Billy eventually befriends this random pathetic kid in the movie and ...jesus. Where did they find him?! That kid is absolutely unreal. Not only is this a fantastic movie to watch sober, but being intoxicated or stoned do not depreciate the value of the film. Highly Recommended.
I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.
Burn After Reading, which was a waste of time. It's indirectly about a heist - two renown filmmakers get together with some actors with considerable box-office clout and together they make off with the gypped audience's money. *Harrumph*
hoarding time and space
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery