12+ Scary Movies Our Kids Loved (including at least 5 “hells” and 2 “bollocks”)

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By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1958) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Because we are integrated Catholics, we observe All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Halloween -- the latter, by trick-or-treating, putting the little guys stickily to bed, and showing the older kids a scarier movie than we normally allow.  And because I'm still in denial about just how many outrageous promises I carelessly made about costumes I'd be happy to whip up, I'm thinking hard about wh … [Read more...]

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Worth Watching Again: The Edge

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The great part of this deft, brisk movie is that you can totally ignore these existential themes of being lost and being found, having direction and having a reason to live, and just watch it because it's tense and exciting and has a really scary bear in it. Read the rest of my review of the 1997 film The Edge at the Register. … [Read more...]

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How Mel Brooks saved my life

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Resolved: Jeffrey Imm is a moron, and so is anyone who wants to sanitize the power out of comedy.Imm's complaint is that Mel Brooks' The Producers makes fun of Nazis, and therefore doesn't pay proper respect to the horrors of the Holocaust.  As Walter Hudson points out in PJ Media, "The irony of protesting fascism with a blanket declaration of what can’t be laughed at appears to be lost on Mr. Imm."It's not really worth arguing beyond that. If you're a soldier, you use a gun to fight evi … [Read more...]

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Worth another look: Joe Versus the Volcano

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“Dear god, whose name I do not know, Thank you for my life. I forgot... how BIG... thank you. Thank you for my life.” The scene works because it shows so nicely how change of heart really comes about in our lives: not always in the clearly-defined moments of choice, but in the middle of the night, when we see with our hearts what the world is really like. Read the rest at the Register.  **** movie still from Warner Brothers and Amblin Entertainment … [Read more...]

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Hollywood is Lady Tremaine: Why I love Branagh’s Cinderella

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Saw it, liked it!I agree with just about everything Steve Greydanus says here. I do think the movie would be judged a bit more critically if it had been made in any other decade. Since it dropped out of the blue into hypercynical 2015, it's notable mostly for what it refuses to do: it refuses to reimagine, to be sassy, to be in your face, or jarring, or ironic, or myth-busting. It is, in short, a work of mercy offered for an audience who just wants, for once, to hear a story.It's not f … [Read more...]

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Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last they’ve found the 100 missing brains!

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PIC brain depositoryThe 100 brains that were missing from the campus have been found, sort of. Blah blah blah something something turns out there isn't much of a story here after all. Who cares? This is a clear mandate from the universe to rush right out and watch Young Frankenstein, one of the most perfect movies ever constructed. You'll laugh, you'll weep, you'll make yummy sounds.PIC brain Hans DelbrookQuotes from this movie make up fully 60% of the conversation in my family. The … [Read more...]

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Love, Blame and Hope in the Movie MUD

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 PIC Mud posterThis movie wasn't about what is wrong with women, or what is wrong with men. It was more about how difficult love is, and how little it helps when we lie to ourselves. It was a sorrowful movie, but not a depressing one; and it left lots of room for at least some of the characters to learn from their suffering and to forgive the people who failed them. Yes, the snakes that have been waiting will get you in the end. No, you will not die. But don't let yourself get … [Read more...]

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