- Vancouver, British Columbia - We've all heard about The Blob and some of the images have become some of the most iconic scenes in classic horror history, but I haven't talked to too many people who have actually watched the whole movie. I decided to review this film for Halloween because I like to discuss many horror classics to see how well they hold up today. Besides, last year I pretty much just reviewed vampire movies and I wanted to do something a little different. I mean, you have to admit that a giant blob isn't a typical horror monster. I don't know of any other movies that have featured this kind of monster except for the 1988 remake, which I haven't seen as a whole. But I remember quite a few years ago I saw the beginning on TV and it was quite gruesome and I was asked to turn it off. Hard to imagine it stemming from this 1958 classic, which was quite tame even by 1950's standards... at least I think. I just remember 1958's Horror of Dracula, which I reviewed last year which was a fair bit darker and grittier than this movie. Though, maybe that one was just really edgy for the time and The Blob was more the norm.
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Entries in Steve McQueen (3)
- Vancouver, British Columbia - A few months ago I took a risk and went out to see Shame, which was supposed to be a big Oscar contender, though wound up being ignored come award season. I found that to be an extremely effective film, mostly for Michael Fassbender's performance. So, I took an interest in the actor and was interested in seeing some of his more meaty roles. And one of the films that caught my attention was the film Hunger from 2008, which also paired up Fassbender and director Steve McQueen. This film is a very different kind of movie from Shame. McQueen doesn't shy away from tough subject matter it seems. Hunger however, tackles a very different subject.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - It was with a fair bit of hesitation that I went to see Shame. The idea behind the film was fascinating enough, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to subject myself to a movie that has so much sexuality in it that in the United States, it earned an NC-17 rating. If anyone is unsure of what that means, it means that no one under 17 is allowed in the theatre regardless of parental accompaniment. This translates to an R rating in Canada, though Shame is 18A up here. It is graphic enough that Michael Fassbender, our lead actor, couldn't watch all of the scenes in it during the initial screening.