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  • Sep 9 - Contagion (action thriller featuring half of Hollywood)

    13 25.49%
  • Sep 16 - Straw Dogs (thriller with James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth)

    10 19.61%
  • Sep 23 - Moneyball (sports drama with Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman)

    14 27.45%
  • Sep 30 - Dream House (thriller with Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz)

    10 19.61%
  • Sep 30 - Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (comedy horror with Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine)

    1 1.96%
  • Oct 14 - Footloose (Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Kenny Wormald)

    9 17.65%
  • Oct 28 - In Time (thriller with Justin Timberlake, Cilliam Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, and Matt Bomer)

    11 21.57%
  • Nov 4 - A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (comedy with Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris)

    2 3.92%
  • Nov 9 - J. Edgar (x with Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench)

    13 25.49%
  • Nov 11 - Immortals (action drama with Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Frieda Pinto and Kellan Lutz)

    12 23.53%
  • Nov 18 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (comedy with a bunch of unknowns…kidding!!!)

    13 25.49%
  • Nov 23 - The Muppets (comedy with Jason Segal, Amy Adams and Judi Dench)

    13 25.49%
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    I have not seen any of these horror movies, or I may not be able to sleep for months at a time

    I liked Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile because I did not see them as 'horror' movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    I'm sorry Cyn. I forgot how much I love The Shawshank Redemption...one of my favorite movies evah....haven't seen TGM, so I can't say.
    TSS rocks, and if you liked it, get thyself a copy of TGM (it's at Wally World for five bucks, so you should be able to find if for around that much if you refuse to shop there) and WATCH. IT. as it is A-MA-ZING - everything from the script (which is strongly loyal to the book), to the cast (every last character, but esp. Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan), the editing, directing, the musical score - is absolutely stellar.

    As someone who supports The Death Penalty in this country and is an agnostic, it really made me stop and think. I love movies that do that - they may not necessarily change my mind or POV, but if one inspires or compels personal reflection, introspection, or for me to further research factual information to affirm my beliefs or bring cause for debate or challenge to them, it will usually receive a thumbs-up from me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    But I hated Christine, Maximum Overdrive, Silver Bullet and was not too fond of either version of The Shining. The Stand wasn't too bad, but it was not memorable.
    Ugh, those horror movies you cited (minus the Kubrick version of The Shining, which when I was 13, scared the living shit out of me) all suck - I tried watching Christine and Silver Bullet when they came out on video but gave up for their stupidity. I read Pet Cemetary, which was okay, nothing spectacular IMO, but the movie? Utter tripe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I have not seen any of these horror movies, or I may not be able to sleep for months at a time
    Carrie is absolutely tame by today's standards of what constitutes horror movies - it was made in '76, and other than the editing of a few curse words (I don't even think there was an F-bomb in it, only 3-4 "dumb shits" and perhaps a "GD") and the opening sequence, which takes place in the girl's gym showers of a HS (there's no gratuitous nudity - the location of the scene is necessary and true to the book to generate the beginning of the story), that's all they remove for network/cable television broadcasting. If you read my post about it, it is much, much more than a horror flick, and as King's first book (published IIRC in 1974), it definitely shows that he was capable of much more, particularly weaving various themes and ideas of the human experience and emotion within his books. There is very little gore in it - far less than The Silence of the Lambs. It's definitely creates and builds suspense, and there's a psychological aspect to it (though different from Hitchcock's psychological thrillers), but it's also a drama and (as posted upthread) a tragedy - there's a sadness to it, especially if you really dive into the character of Carrie White and what leads to the climax of the movie.


    I will say, though, that if you *really* don't like horror movies because of the shock value/gore effects/scare-the-shit-out-of-you aspect of them, read the book, as the details within it as well as it's epistolary structure take it even further away from the horror genre (though it's classified as such). Plus, as a book, it's damn goooooood .

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I liked Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile because I did not see them as 'horror' movies.
    That is because they aren't - they don't even come close to being in the Horror genre - going back to Carrie for a moment, the scene of the execution of Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile is way more disturbing (IMO) than anything in Carrie.

    ….Damn, now I think I'm going to pull out my DVD of TGM and pop it in. Perfect for a Friday night at home by myself (and definitely better than The Shining, which is how I watched it for the first time when I was 13 ).
    Last edited by Cyn; 10-15-2011 at 01:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    That is because they aren't - they don't even come close to being in the Horror genre - going back to Carrie for a moment, the scene of the execution of Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile is way more disturbing (IMO) than anything in Carrie.
    I watched The Green Mile in the theater when it first came out. I had read reviews and knew when the execution scene was coming, so I spent that time in the lobby. It was on AMC a few nights ago, and they left the scene in. I didn't watch, but hearing was bad enough. It seemed to go on forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyfan View Post
    I watched The Green Mile in the theater when it first came out. I had read reviews and knew when the execution scene was coming, so I spent that time in the lobby. It was on AMC a few nights ago, and they left the scene in. I didn't watch, but hearing was bad enough. It seemed to go on forever.
    Until I got the DVD, I had only seen TGM on Bravo or AMC (of which, if they're showing the whole rather than the edited-down execution scene, that is a change they've made in the last few months), so I had never seen the unedited version and was terrified of what it was like. I guess I'm kind of kooky when it comes to horror flicks - for me, it's one thing, say, to watch Friday the 13th and see Jason kill someone instantly (that being the operative word) with an axe, but scenes in any movie involving a person or any type of animal suffering prolonged, agonizing, physical torture either on its own or while dying, completely flips my shit and stays in my head far too long. For that reason, I will not Saw/its sequels or any other movies with gratuitous suffering like that.

    In TGM, even the edited execution scene drags on for a while. I will say that I finally screwed up my nerve and found an unedited clip of it on youtube and watched it through my fingers . What I found was that the audio of that scene is IMO far more disturbing than the video, so go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    Until I got the DVD, I had only seen TGM on Bravo or AMC (of which, if they're showing the whole rather than the edited-down execution scene, that is a change they've made in the last few months), so I had never seen the unedited version and was terrified of what it was like. I guess I'm kind of kooky when it comes to horror flicks - for me, it's one thing, say, to watch Friday the 13th and see Jason kill someone instantly (that being the operative word) with an axe, but scenes in any movie involving a person or any type of animal suffering prolonged, agonizing, physical torture either on its own or while dying, completely flips my shit and stays in my head far too long. For that reason, I will not Saw/its sequels or any other movies with gratuitous suffering like that.

    In TGM, even the edited execution scene drags on for a while. I will say that I finally screwed up my nerve and found an unedited clip of it on youtube and watched it through my fingers . What I found was that the audio of that scene is IMO far more disturbing than the video, so go figure.
    It may have been the edited version they showed. Since I've never watched the original I don't know the difference. This one was plenty. I have always been very impressionable concerning violence in movies. When I was just a kid I saw a movie called Something of Value. I remember nothing about it except that somewhere in the storyline was a Mau Mau uprising, with rampaging Mau Mau, machetes, etc. This was back in the 50's, so I'm sure it was mild, but it scared me to death. To this day, I never ever watch a movie without reading about it beforehand, and I stay away completely if it sounds too violent. If there's one especially bad scene that I have warning about in a recommended movie, I'll go to the lobby.

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    My favourite Stephen King movies:

    1. Carrie
    2. Misery
    3. Dolores Claiborne
    4. Shawshank Redemption
    5. The Green Mile
    6. 1408
    7. Cujo
    8. The Dark Half
    9. Secret Window
    10. Hearts In Atlantis
    11. Dreamcatcher
    12. Christine
    13. The Shining

    I have yet to see Stand By Me, The Mist or Apt Pupil. And maybe one day I'll see The Running Man.

    They might be making a new mini-series of The Stand, which I would love to see. I'd like to see a good version of The Tommyknockers. And Cell could make for an amazing miniseries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post

    In TGM, even the edited execution scene drags on for a while. I will say that I finally screwed up my nerve and found an unedited clip of it on youtube and watched it through my fingers . What I found was that the audio of that scene is IMO far more disturbing than the video, so go figure.
    I saw the movie in a theater. I liked the movie, but I closed my eyes during the execution scene. I do that whenever there is something horrible on the screen. Other examples of this- 127 hours ('that' scene), No country for old men (more than half the movie) and so on. Now you know why I don't go to see horror movies.

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    That is quite the list Peter! I forgot that Stephen had such a prolific movie profile. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    TSS rocks, and if you liked it, get thyself a copy of TGM (it's at Wally World for five bucks, so you should be able to find if for around that much if you refuse to shop there) and WATCH. IT. as it is A-MA-ZING - everything from the script (which is strongly loyal to the book), to the cast (every last character, but esp. Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan), the editing, directing, the musical score - is absolutely stellar.

    As someone who supports The Death Penalty in this country and is an agnostic, it really made me stop and think. I love movies that do that - they may not necessarily change my mind or POV, but if one inspires or compels personal reflection, introspection, or for me to further research factual information to affirm my beliefs or bring cause for debate or challenge to them, it will usually receive a thumbs-up from me.
    Thanks, Cyn. I'll put it on my "to see" list then.

    Ugh, those horror movies you cited (minus the Kubrick version of The Shining, which when I was 13, scared the living shit out of me) all suck - I tried watching Christine and Silver Bullet when they came out on video but gave up for their stupidity. I read Pet Cemetary, which was okay, nothing spectacular IMO, but the movie? Utter tripe.

    Carrie is absolutely tame by today's standards of what constitutes horror movies - it was made in '76, and other than the editing of a few curse words (I don't even think there was an F-bomb in it, only 3-4 "dumb shits" and perhaps a "GD") and the opening sequence, which takes place in the girl's gym showers of a HS (there's no gratuitous nudity - the location of the scene is necessary and true to the book to generate the beginning of the story), that's all they remove for network/cable television broadcasting. If you read my post about it, it is much, much more than a horror flick, and as King's first book (published IIRC in 1974), it definitely shows that he was capable of much more, particularly weaving various themes and ideas of the human experience and emotion within his books. There is very little gore in it - far less than The Silence of the Lambs. It's definitely creates and builds suspense, and there's a psychological aspect to it (though different from Hitchcock's psychological thrillers), but it's also a drama and (as posted upthread) a tragedy - there's a sadness to it, especially if you really dive into the character of Carrie White and what leads to the climax of the movie.

    I will say, though, that if you *really* don't like horror movies because of the shock value/gore effects/scare-the-shit-out-of-you aspect of them, read the book, as the details within it as well as it's epistolary structure take it even further away from the horror genre (though it's classified as such). Plus, as a book, it's damn goooooood .
    Sissy Spacek's performance made Carrie even better than it was. A good portion of the novel was gutted and changed, but that is okay, it was still a great movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    That is quite the list Peter! I forgot that Stephen had such a prolific movie profile. LOL
    Wikipedia is your friend. And mine!!!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Today's scifi is leagues beyond what was made back in the 50's. I prefer the remake of The Blob to the original - for real. But when it comes to melodramas and the like, I prefer some of the older movies.
    Ever see a film called Destination Moon? It's one of my dad's favorites, and predicts with startling accuracy how the first moon landing actually turned out, when the film was made about 20 years earlier.

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    I watched Kiss Me Kate last night. It's one of my favourite musicals. I love the songs Too Darn Hot and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
    "I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire

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    There's the 27th Haifa festival right now, and I went to "Never Let Me Go".

    Somehow I was not surprised that the novel it's based on, was written by a Japanese
    But the movie is good, I think, if you don't try to look for some deep meanings in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karina1974 View Post
    Ever see a film called Destination Moon? It's one of my dad's favorites, and predicts with startling accuracy how the first moon landing actually turned out, when the film was made about 20 years earlier.
    Can't say that I have. Who is in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrey aka Pushkin View Post
    There's the 27th Haifa festival right now, and I went to "Never Let Me Go".

    Somehow I was not surprised that the novel it's based on, was written by a Japanese
    But the movie is good, I think, if you don't try to look for some deep meanings in it.
    Loved that movie!!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Can't say that I have. Who is in it?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destination_Moon_(film)

    John Archer as Jim Barnes
    Warner Anderson as Dr. Charles Cargraves
    Tom Powers as General Thayer
    Dick Wesson as Joe Sweeney
    Erin O'Brien-Moore as Emily Cargraves

    Destination Moon (1950) is an American science fiction feature film produced by George Pal, who later produced When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds, and The Time Machine. Pal commissioned the script by James O'Hanlon and Rip Van Ronkel. The film was directed by Irving Pichel, was shot in Technicolor and was distributed in the USA by Eagle-Lion Classics.

    It was the first major science-fiction film produced in the United States to deal realistically with the prospect of space travel. Science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein contributed significantly to the script and served as a technical adviser. Heinlein also published a novella, Destination Moon, based on the screenplay.

    The film was promoted through an unprecedented onslaught of publicity in the print media. Seven years before Sputnik, 19 years before the actual moon landing, the movie clearly spells out a rationale for the space race: unnamed enemies (clearly understood at the time to be the Soviets) are sabotaging the American space program, and unless the West beats them to the moon, they will establish a strategic advantage to conquer the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nell411 View Post
    I watched Kiss Me Kate last night. It's one of my favourite musicals. I love the songs Too Darn Hot and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
    Love love LOVE that movie! I could watch Anne Miller dance all day.
    Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kruss View Post
    Love love LOVE that movie! I could watch Anne Miller dance all day.
    Definitely. That's a big part of why I love Too Darn Hot so much.
    "I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nell411 View Post
    Definitely. That's a big part of why I love Too Darn Hot so much.
    I also love the Bob Fosse/Carol Haney number at the end.

    And who doesn't love, "I Hate Men"??
    Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kruss View Post
    I also love the Bob Fosse/Carol Haney number at the end.

    And who doesn't love, "I Hate Men"??
    Oh definitely. Although Brush Up Your Shakespeare has always been my favourite. When I first saw the movie I had just started reading Shakespeare and I started with Taming of the Shrew. We watched Kiss Me Kate shortly after I finished the play. I've been in love with the movie ever since. Especially after my dad explained the connection between Kiss Me Kate and John Wayne's McLintock, which has long been a favourite in my family.
    "I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire

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