I have a question for you. My sister saw Dr. Strange on and she liked it. I've not seen it because I have been swamped with work--but it is available on Netflix My question is: Should I watch it?
Hey :-) and thank you for the q.
Ok let me give you some
(hopefully) compelling reasons why you should very much watch this film. I will
try to avoid spoilers as much as I can but am assuming you already know the
*waits while you make
a cup of tea*. Ok. Ready? Let’s go…. (sorry people this is one of my
interminably LONG posts…)
1. Doctor Strange in the comics is kick-ass. He has powers that
make most of the Avengers look like the Home Guard. In canon he’s so powerful
he often sits alone looking through the Window of the Worlds across the dimensions,
ready to step in when things so seriously wrong. (for example in the comics he
sat out the Civil War saga because he knew he was too powerful to get involved;
whichever side he chose would have won). He can manipulate time, harness and
wield cosmic energy, create portals across dimensions and with his searing
intellect has an encyclopaedic and insatiable knowledge of magic.
2. The MCU’s Doctor
Strange is an origin story, and yes we’ve seen that before. But in a way it’s
one of the seminal ‘hero goes on a
quest’ stories. Batman Begins was
(probably) modelled on Dr Strange (and not the other way around) as the
scriptwriter David Goyer wrote a very early DS script which was morphed into
the Christian Bale film… but I digress. Stephen Strange has, in my and many
others’ views, the greatest origins arc of all. His journey – physically,
cosmically and emotionally, is epic. And you can’t do that without a brilliant
3. Right. Benedict – whom Marvel wanted from the get-go
and for whom delayed a blockbuster for a year. a year. to wait for him; and once you get used to his NYC drawl does
this amazing job of being both an utter dick and also portraying the loneliness
(and fear) driving his early success. He also nails the transition and the
fall, and is also; thanks to BC’s emotional flexibility and openness, utterly
compelling as a once great man reduced to humility and being the novice. The
physical work he does in the film is impressive. And he’s not alone in being
4. The rest of the cast – some of whom getting
more opportunity than others – is astonishing. For me, alongside BC, the three
who excel are Chiwetel, Rachael and Tilda. Benedict Wong is wonderful and is by
far the funniest. Sadly Mads gets very little to work with but he’s compelling.
Whilst the casting of The Ancient One could have been handled better imv; Tilda
is this amazing mix of wisdom, innocence, cynicism and childish delight. And there’s
one scene with her and Benedict which I think is the most poignant in the
entire MCU pantheon. It rips my heart out every time and makes me grieve for
loved ones lost.
5. Marvel Studios know how to match the right
director with the material. And choosing Scott Derrickson was genius imv. It
said Marvel doesn’t want Harry Potter wand-waving magic, it wants something
darker. And I was so relieved. Derrickson was a noted but still emerging horror
auteur whose films; The Day The Earth Stood Still. Sinister and The Exorcism of
Emily Rose; all explored the conflicts of spirituality, the human condition, the
ego, and things beyond the understanding of the logical and empirical human
brain. Perfection. (plus he’d been an avid fan of Dr Strange for many many
years and spent an “extreme” amount of his money in the pitch to Marvel).
6. The special effects weren’t just groundbreaking
for Marvel, they were groundbreaking for cinema.
DS was nominated for an Oscar for its sheer innovation (which also paid homage
to the Ditko / Lee acid-tripping, beatnik influenced and Twilight Zone era of
the DS comics). There are three great passages in the film where the special
effects take you in an almost synesthetic, drug-induced voyage into this new
cosmic world. And the use of mandelbrotting is groundbreaking. And how it’s
used to bring the Cloak of Levitation to life is iconic. To the point the Cloak
now has its own trailer on the set of Infinity War.
7. The reaction to this obscure character,
introduced without the help of Tony Stark or other MCU crossovers; I think blew
everyone away. Metacritic rates it as the 5th best MCU film, Rotten
Tomatoes gives it 90%, and it made $677M globally which made it – and him – a success
and a front player. He plays a
significant role in Infinity War (Benedict was on set a lot longer than any of
us expected!) and he’s rumoured to be heading back for Avengers 4 in between filming
Melrose. I still think there will be a sequel of sorts; I wonder if this
mystery MCU buddy to Tom Holland in the Spider-Man sequel might be Stephen Strange….
8. And lastly – are you still awake? I’m sorry. I’ll
end with this final reason why you should watch Doctor Strange. Because…. It’s
pretty profound. Its themes of loss and grief, ego and humility, power and failure
are beautifully done. They allow Benedict to do what he does best; to create a
character who’s both intimidating and deeply fragile, And the climax scene between
the hero and villain to me seems more like a Ingmar Bergman moment (on acid) than a Marvel movie and it’s
Could you recommend me some horror films please? I haven't seen many and I trust your taste.
Serial Killer: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Wolf Creek, The Silence of the Lambs, Peeping Tom, Schramm: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, Angst, Seven, Dahmer, Zodiac, The Alphabet Killer, Cherry Falls, and The Snowtown Murders.
Supernatural: The Conjuring (1 + 2), Sinister (I have yet to see the second movie), The Possession, Poltergeist (the original), The Exorcist, Dolls, The Babadook, Lights Out, It Follows, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, The Others, As Above, So Below, We Are Still Here, Lake Mungo, Session 9, Carnival of Souls, Hour of the Wolf, Trick r’ Treat, The Amityville Horror (original and remake), Carrie, Drag Me to Hell, The Ninth Gate, Candyman, Boogeyman, Ghost Ship, Lost Voyage, 1408, Freddy vs. Jason, An American Haunting, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Silent Hill, Dead Silence, Paranormal Activity, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Lords of Salem, Dark Touch, Unfriended, Baskin, Here Comes the Devil, and Stir of Echoes.
Horror of Humans: Sleep Tight, Preservation, Dread, Martyrs, Alice Sweet Alice, Der Todesking, Red State, You’re Next, The Invitation, Creep, You’ll Like My Mother, The Last House on the Left (original and remake), I Spit on Your Grave (original), Salo, Cannibal Holocaust, The Wicker Man, The Body Snatcher, Meadowoods, The Cremator, Maniac (original and remake), Children of the Corn (original), The Hitcher (original and remake), Nekromantik, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Vacancy, American Pscyho, I Dismember Mama, Twisted Nerve, The Collector, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones, High Tension, The Stendhal Syndrome, The Theatre Bizarre, Subconscious Cruelty, Berberian Sound Studio, Little Deaths, House of Wax, The Defilers, When a Stranger Calls (original and remake), Mother’s Day, Inside, Prom Night (original and remake), Misery, Hostel (1+2) Secret Window, See No Evil, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Megan is Missing, Eden Lake, Pathology, The Strangers, Kidnapped, Orphan, A Serbian Film, The ABC’s of Death (1+2), American Mary, Excision, Would You Rather, The Green Inferno, Nurse, A Clockwork Orange, Frontiers, Cabin by the Lake, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, and Urban Legend.
Monsters, Aliens, Witches, Zombies, and Vampires: The Mist,
Låt den rätte komma in, The Witch, The Blair Witch Project, The Cabin in the Woods, The Evil Dead (original and remake), The People Under the Stairs, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Wrong Turn, Mark of the Devil, Martin, The Descent, Motel Hell, Splice, Cloverfield, The Hunger, The Hills Have Eyes (original and remake), The Fourth Kind, Leptirica, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gremlins, It, Sometimes They Come Back (and the sequel), Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Til Dawn, Dark Skies, The Langoliers, The Craft, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Jeepers Creepers (1+2), The Skeleton Key, 30 Days of Night, Lake Dead, The Lost Boys, Jennifer’s Body, The Crazies, Pontypool, Quarantine, and Deathgasm.
Franchises: Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Scream, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, V/H/S, The Purge, August Underground, I Spit on Your Grave (remake and sequels), Ginger Snaps, Pumpkinhead, Hellraiser, The Human Centipede, Saw, Leprechaun, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Insidious.
Non-horror horrors: Antichrist, Compliance, Funny Games (original and remake), In a Glass Cage, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Irreversible, Deadgirl, Man Bites Dog, The Girl Next Door, Gummo, I Stand Alone, Happiness, In the Company of Men, Benny’s Video, Mysterious Skin, Come and See, The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes, The War Zone, Fat Girl, Bully, Kids, and Wake in Fright.
Other: Cabin Fever, Antiviral, Repulsion, Arachnophobia, Bug, Jaws, Pet Sematary, Tremors, The Uninvited, Baxter, The Happening, The Ruins, and Lake Placid.
I just made the list until I was sick of writing it, but I hope you find some treasures!
Tonight's horror movie is The Exorcism of Emily Rose!
What’s interesting about this movie is that I don’t think it would’ve worked with a different lead actress. It probably would’ve been a more run of the mill scary movie with a decent story and some good performances.
Jennifer Carpenter as Emily Rose is absolutely outstanding. Some of the things she was able to do with her voice and body is so incredible….I guess they saved on the effects budget simply because she was able to do all of these crazy things. She said in an interview that they built a dummy to put in these contorted poses, but she asked to try the pose and they barely used the dummy at all. And to top it all off, her acting is perfection. Emily starts out as innocent and sweet and then becomes more and more distraught and terrified as the movie goes on…And during that exorcism scene, she becomes the terrifying one.
I’ve never been much of a writer. You could say I’ve always been a bit of a loud mouth. I’ve always said what’s on my mind the second it came to my mind but for some reason, I have trouble expressing to others what has been happening to me lately. And every time I do try to tell someone what’s going on, they discard it as nothing but I know now that this isn’t nothing.
It all started a couple weeks ago. Maybe three weeks or so when I decided to have a night in to myself and wanted a little bit of a thrill so I rented the movie Exorcism of Emily Rose. I’ve never been one to believe in the supernatural or heaven and hell but I’ve always been up for a good scare. The movie was so so but it definitely provided a dark vibe that carried on after the movie had ended. I also noticed that 3 a.m. had a particular role in this film and I knew that since I have now seen this movie that, of course, I would be waking up at 3 a.m. And sure enough, like clockwork, I woke up at 3 a.m. I was more annoyed than anything that I’d woken up in the middle of the night until I realized that my room was pitch black. I’m not talking about the pitch black where you can’t see anything but I’m talking about the pitch black where it’s blacker than pitch black. I don’t know how else to describe it. The only thing visible was the light on my alarm clock telling me what time it was. I reached out to turn on the lamp plugged in on my nightstand when it sounded like something was digging through my garbage can next to the nightstand. The hairs on the back of my neck froze because whatever was digging through my garbage can was digging with pure intensity. Almost like it was looking for something but also as if it were trying to distract me. I laid there for what felt like eternity until I jumped out of bed, over my nightstand and garbage can, and basically punched a hole through the wall trying to turn the light on. I wasn’t about to use a little nightstand lamp to light my room. I needed light everywhere. And the second the light turned on, I whipped around to see my garbage can had been pulled to the center of my room. It hadn’t been tipped over or spilt and all that was inside was a few different pieces of paper. The digging had also stopped the moment the light had been turned on and I couldn’t find an explanation for the digging or the garbage can being in the middle of the room. I have no pets, the ceiling fan wasn’t on, and no rats or pests (as far as I know). I told this story to some friends and they all said it sounded like I was having some kind of sleep paralysis or night terror and I agreed with them. I chalked it up to nothing more than my late night imagination playing tricks on me.
This all changed last night when I woke up unable to move and at what I’m assuming was 3 a.m. again. I’d thought about what my friends had said about sleep paralysis but I could swear I felt someone crawling over the top of me. They were making their way from my toes to my face. It felt like eternity! Every time I tried to scream it felt like the air was being sucked from my lungs. I was helpless. Feeling stupid for being scared of sleep paralysis but also terrified about the fact that it felt real. It felt like it was really happening and all of the sudden, I heard a click and it went away. The second it went away I could move again, sat up in bed, and realized that the click was my clock turning from 3 a.m. to 3:01 a.m. This would have mostly just been some kind of terrifying coincidence if I hadn’t looked forward at my window to see a woman standing in my yard FACING ME. I went cold and rubbed my eyes and just like in your cliche scary movie, she was gone. I didn’t sleep a wink for the rest of the night.
Currently it’s 3 a.m. again and I now know it isn’t sleep paralysis or night terrors. This is real and it happened faster than I could have imagined. I know this because she’s standing in front of me. Just standing there, holding my intestines and reflecting the orange light from the fireplace. Her face is black with shadow but I can see the fire reflecting off her pupils. She’s just standing there. She’s letting me write this. I think she wants me to write this but I don’t know how much longer I can go. My pencil feels like a sledge hammer & the rest of me is cold and numb. I hope someone can decipher what I’m trying to say because I can barely read this through my blood. I’ve tried to crawl to the phone but my insides keep getting in the way. I don’t know if there’s much else for me to do. I can only sit her—
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Sansa has never been more thankful than now that the student house she shares with her brother and their friends is at least three blocks away from the main party area. It used to irritate her to no end that their house is so out of the way, but sitting at home alone on Halloween night, Sansa’s glad there’s no noise around to remind her of just how much of a loser she is tonight.
The house is silent, a rarity when you live with four other people, and all the lights are off aside from the one lamp in the lounge and the glare coming off of the telly. Her windows are closed but she can vaguely see the street lamps outside through the too thin material. All in all, this isn’t Sansa’s smartest plan. She’s sure to scare herself half to death by the end of the night, but Halloween is her favourite holiday of the year. She’s already missing out by not going to the dumb party; she’s not going to completely sleep through the night as well, so armed with a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream, Sansa settles in to watch ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’.
Normally, she would employ Robb or Margaery to be her resident body comforter during horror films, but everyone in the house is at that dumb party. She was trying to be selfless when she said it was totally okay for them to go even though she wasn’t due to a certain fair-haired prick of an ex that’ll be there. But whatever. Sansa is a big girl and she can watch a bloody horror film if she so pleases. She can totally do this.
No big deal.
It’s a third of the way into the film when the motion-activated lights suddenly turn on outside on the patio. Sansa startles. Her flight or fight response is short-circuiting and all she can do in that moment is freeze right where she’s sitting. Someone’s out there; someone’s out there right now. Her brain immediately inform her that it’s most definitely a poltergeist or zombie and she’s about to die, so naturally, Sansa runs upstairs, throwing Robb’s door open and grabbing his fiberglass lightsaber that he spent far too much money on. If she’s going to die, she’ll at least die swinging.
Cautiously, Sansa edges back down the stairs. The lights are still on so whoever it is outside is still there; otherwise, it would’ve turned off by now. The number one rule of horror films is to never investigate strange noises by yourself, but Sansa’s tired of being everyone’s poor little damsel in distress. She’s tired of guys like Joffrey calling her their ‘little bird’ because she’s so fragile. Sansa Stark is not bloody fragile and she’s going to kill a poltergeist just to prove it.
Sansa tiptoes to the kitchen at the back of the house and slip out into the cool night air. She makes her way around the house, being as quiet and stealthy as physically possible. As she looks around the corner, she sees a looming figure standing to the side of the house with a puffs of smoke wafting into the air around its body. As the rational, sane part of her brain quietly screams at her from within, the defiant, stubborn Stark side of her brain has already propelled her forward, lightsaber high in the air.
She lets out a war cry as she brings the lightsaber down on the unsuspecting poltergeist, thwacking at its head as hard as she can. It probably should’ve occurred to her right away that poltergeists don’t go, ‘ow!’ but she’s in the zone and she’s not backing down.
Abruptly, it grabs the lightsaber and tugs it out of Sansa’s hand. She’s ready to scream bloody murder when it turns around. “What the fuck, Sansa?”
now that halloween is nearly upon us, i wanted to put together a small list of some soundtracks/instrumentals i love listening to when i start to feel ~spooky~. i’ll probably add more as the days go on, but this is a start!
Mikasa: Poltergeist Reiner: A Nightmare On Elm Street Bertholdt: The Uninvited Annie: Friday The 13th Eren: Blood Beach Jean: Boogeyman Marco: Mirrors Sasha: Hellraiser Connie: Texas Chainsaw Massacre Historia: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane Armin: Quarantine Ymir: I Spit On Your Grave Levi: Psycho Hanji: Saw Erwin: The Shining Nanaba: The Exorcism Of Emily Rose Mike: The Hills Have Eyes Moblit: It