Nobody Studies Happiness: Ghosts And Madness On The Mountain In A Brief Review Of The Shining

Charles Olson’s gone. But some few years ago, there he was. Saw his mother and she was in a chair as he remembered her when she was alive. I remember that in a poem of his. Once he wrote, “Nobody studies / happiness,” and here I am with that, too. —Stanley Kubrick: Like he said, Kubrick: “Real is good; interesting is better.” Nobody studies happiness: The Shining (1980).

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Mummy You’re A Wreck: A Review of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s GOODNIGHT MOMMY

It’s October 30th at the Alamo Drafthouse. My brother and I sitting there, talking: “I like foreign films because they make you pay attention.” Next thing I know, a few rows below us I see a man wearing the pumpkin mask from Halloween III. It was a comforting sight. [Read a piece on Halloween III].

Goodnight Mommy reminds me of The Very Things with their “Mummy You’re A Wreck” song. In addition to complimenting any Halloween playlist, there’s a striking bond between that “mummy” and the one in this film: they’re both in rather poor shape and frightening those that care for them.

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Mummy You’re A Wreck: A Review of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s GOODNIGHT MOMMY

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose And A Viewer Is A Prisoner: A Review of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT 

The Stanford Prison Experiment is a film about what it means to be human, with a special emphasis on what it feels like to suffer and to know pain. Of course, it’s also about the Stanford prison experiment, which is portrayed so realistically, one wonders why a film was even made about it at all. Those searching frames for facsimiles of what they learned in Psych class are likely to be pleased, finding that, within these artificial halls of realism, viewers are trained not to wonder, but to condemn their imaginations under director Kyle Alvarez’s strict, no-tolerance policy demanding them to do so. An appropriate tag-line for this film could’ve been, “Here it is. Again.”

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A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose And A Viewer Is A Prisoner: A Review of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT 

Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION

Andy G. saw me coming out of the grocery store.

“Still coming Thursday?”

“Yes,”

I answer. A Charlie Bucket smile on his face

“I think you’ll like this.”

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Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION

Watching Youth Make The Attempt to Drive a Stake Through Centuries of Evil: A Review of 1985’s Fright Night

I saw Fright Night (1985) as an adolescent. The rental copy chosen was well preserved in the coffin that has become the VHS tape. Seeing this movie again, I’m reminded how Fright Night, with reference to genre, makes for a delightful mash-up. Of what? you ask. Okay, fine. Comedy, mostly. Of horror, too, of course. Of vampire horror, in particular. Anything else? Yes, of course. But really, let’s not overdo it. This isn’t a “think piece,” Mr. Fong-Torres.

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Watching Youth Make The Attempt to Drive a Stake Through Centuries of Evil: A Review of 1985’s Fright Night