Welcome Exiles to this week’s What’s On The Grill?, the weekly mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.
WOTG? question of the week-
What’s your favorite movie from the year you were born? Mine is Superman II
“A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born.”
4.25/5- This was a fun and atmospheric fairy tale that I thank Sailor for recommending. The story of greed that’s been told a million times, is given a unique take here and best of all there was enough questions not fully answered that makes you think about the film after it ends. Not a bad thing imo. Some great imagery.
The Old Dark House (1932)
“Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.”
3.75/5- Still on my classic Universal horror kick but I couldn’t get into this one that much. There were some creepy parts but what I did love the most is how this inspired the trope or almost sub-genre of a group of strangers seeking shelter, breaking down etc. in the middle of nowhere and arriving at a sketchy place. Once the strangers are there, weird things begin to happen. How many movies does that sound like? Well this gothic horror is one of the earliest and very influential.
The Frighteners (1996)
“After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.”
3.75/5- 90’s horror gets a bad wrap and this one usually gets overlooked but I just love it. I think it does a good job of blending dark comedy and slapstick with some genuine creepy and dark moments. Jeffrey Combs steals every scene he is in and Michael J. Fox does a solid job of playing a conflicted con-man. Just a fun film if you can look past some of it’s flaws.
“Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.”
4/5- I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan when I watched this the first time back in the early 90’s and really haven’t given it a second chance since. I decided to give it another go and I really enjoyed it this time around. The creatures still looked fantastic and I liked how they were able to toe the line of comedy with horror. Bacon and Ward really played well off each other. Rednecks with guns were pretty great to boot.
Attack the Block (2011)
“A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.”
2.5/5- I have heard so many good things about this and I just don’t get it. I wasn’t that entertained throughout. It’s bad enough to listen to teenagers trying to talk and act all tough but add in the British accent ( sorry British folks) just made them more annoying. No one was likable here and the monsters were lame. Why is this so well liked? Is it just because people love John Boyega because Star Wars?
“A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.”
3.25/5- “Don’t worry. A naked girl is not going to get out of this complex!” This is definitely different and not your run of the mill sci-fi film. By that quote above you can tell the movie never takes itself too seriously. It has it’s issues but it’s fun and quirky nonetheless.
The Good Doctor- S2, Ep 15
The show has seemed to find it’s groove again with telling solid drama and character driven episodes. Hopefully they keep that going.
The Rookie- S1, Ep 12
I don’t remember anything about this episode.
That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!
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