Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Soundtrack Wednesday - Angel Heart

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Track: Soul on Fire  
Artist: LaVern Baker  
Movie: Angel Heart

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Visual Parallels: Alien + Prometheus

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Alien and Prometheus, though set years apart in movie-making and storytelling terms, share many similarities. Both directed by Ridley Scott and taking place in the same universe, they have strong women as the protagonists - Ellen Ripley and Elizabeth Shaw - first one fierce to begin with and forced to fight for her own survival on board of Nostromo, where xenomorph is determined to kill every single passenger, second - a little naive and too trusting changes in the course of the story when she has to find the inner strength and courage to stay alive.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Scene of the Week - Interview with the Vampire

By s. Monday, October 29, 2012 , , , , 33 Comments
I want some more
directed by Neil Jordan

The scene: After Louis (Brad Pitt) kills little girl named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) when the thirst overcomes him, Lestat (Tom Cruise) sees the opportunity to create a perfect companion for his innocent hearted friend and another way to manipulate him. He decides to turn Claudia into a vampire, while Louis is present in the room. Louis attempts to stop Lestat but then changes his mind as Lestat starts feeding Claudia his own blood. Louis watches with horror as Claudia suffers and shakes in pain and suddenly she is reborn as a vampire, as her fangs grow and her hair starts to curl. After that she sits up, turns to Louis and Lestat and says "I want some more" referring to blood.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Screaming Sunday - The Others

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Sati's movie rating - 93/100  
Plot:  A woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They live alone there with oppressive, strange and religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.
The heroes: Profoundly sad and lonely Grace, determined to keep her children safe.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday TV Special: American Horror Story 2x02 Tricks or Treats

By s. Saturday, October 27, 2012 , , 6 Comments
This week's episode changed the game a little bit - we didn't get aliens - we did however get an exorcism scene. We also discovered Sister Jude's secret, met a new doctor who seems to be a worthy opponent for sister Jude, got a quick glimpse at Bloody Face in the 60's and were shown a scene that is hopefully a red herring. Let's get specific:

Friday, October 26, 2012

(50) It reeks you know. Your bullshit. + links

By s. Friday, October 26, 2012 34 Comments

  • This week's episode of Homeland was absolutely amazing. It had one of the best endings I've ever seen to episode of any TV series and hands down Homeland's best scene so far. Claire Danes really is the force of nature in this show. I find her character to be extremely inspiring - Carrie is so courageous, fierce and passionate and she never apologizes for what she is. I loved that quiet moment of victory she had in the very last moment of the episode. I now officially loathe Brody, that evil look in his eyes in the end was really where he showed his true colors.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Soundtrack Wednesday - Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Track: Dracula - The Beginning
Artist: Wojciech Killar
Movie: Bram Stoker's Dracula, American Horror Story (season 1)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Performances I Love: Isabelle Adjani in Possession

By s. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 , , , 21 Comments

I can't exist by myself because I'm afraid of myself, because I'm the maker of my own evil.

Possession is a very difficult movie to get through - disturbing, bizarre and all in all hard to watch. It shows the destruction of marriage using many creepy plot devices, strange metaphors and often borders on horror movie, with all the examples of body horror that happen here. But it's all worth it because of Isabelle Adjani's performance in the film. I have yet to see The Story of Adele H. which features what is frequently called one of the best portrayals of madness in movies and it's also provided by Adjani, but for me, her work in Possession is absolutely hypnotizing.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Scene of the Week: Prometheus

By s. Monday, October 22, 2012 , , , , 28 Comments
  Hello Mommy
directed by Ridley Scott

The scene: After Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) learns that she is pregnant with her boyfriend, who just died after being infected with something, she is horrified - not only the place she believed to be a beautiful miracle is a hideous nightmare - something strange and unnatural (the fetus is growing very fast) is growing inside her. She manages to escape and go to Meredith Vickers's room where she finds the machine that is capable of performing surgery. Shaw is trying to tell the machine that she needs a caesarean but since it's mysteriously programmed for a man all she manages to do is to program it to remove foreign object from her body. She gets into the machine, with the syringe packed with painkillers, as her stomach starts rising. The machine manages to cut her open and remove the fetus. Upon seeing it, Shaw looks at it with astonishment until it comes to life trying to attack her. She escapes and leaves her offspring behind, locked in the machine.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday TV Special: American Horror Story: Asylum - 2x01 Welcome to Briarcliff

By s. Saturday, October 20, 2012 , 18 Comments
One thing to know about Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, is that he has an unusual gift of screwing up his own series. His series Nip/Tuck which was great in the beginning seasons turned into such an unwatchable mess it was actually painful to witness. I'm not talking about the level of awfulness True Blood 5 is presenting - something even worse. Fortunately, he didn't reach that point with American Horror Story yet and I hope he never will.

Friday, October 19, 2012

(49) Welcome to fuckin' Deadwood + links

By s. Friday, October 19, 2012 32 Comments

  • I've been rewatching Deadwood because it's my favorite series and it's insanely funny and engaging. Not even The Wire can threaten the show as the best series ever in my eyes. Plus Ian McShane's work as Al Swearengen is the best performance I saw on TV. I'm so psyched he will guest star in AHS episode 9.
  • I will review the premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum tomorrow but for now let me just say I loved it. It was quite scary especially that creepy ending. Bloody Face is just as creepy as Infantata and the promo for next ep suggests we will see him again *shivers* Also -  ladies on imdb - do you really have to fill the board with your posts about Evan Peters's bare ass? Do what I did - set up a blog and share your weekly, creepy thoughts in Rambling Friday series.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7 Days of Halloween announcement

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Killer Joe

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It takes a lot to disturb me. For such a horror movie geek like me, it's really difficult to feel genuinely uncomfortable while watching the movie. I've seen so much messed up stuff in films - mostly due to recent popularity of torture porn trend in horror movies - that I'm now almost completely numb to violence and disturbing scenes in movies. But Killer Joe is so superbly acted out and directed there where plenty of times when I felt genuinely uneasy about what I was watching. It's thanks to the story, based on Tracy Letts 1991's play of the same name that Killer Joe is as twisted and messed up as every review of the film says it is.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Scene of the Week - Running Scared

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Monsters hide in plain sight
directed by Wayne Kramer

"I said back the fuck up, you sick, twisted, motherfucking cunt!"

The scene: In the most memorable and intense scene of uneven Running Scared Teresa (Vera Farmiga) gets a phone call from Oleg who is her son's friend. He is trapped in the apartment where he was taken to by strange couple. He is calling her from the bathroom and manages to get an address off prescription medication bottle. Teresa drives there and knocks on the door. Edele (Elizabeth Mitchell) opens and is very reluctant to let her in but Teresa threatens to call the police. Edele shows her the bedroom with two sleeping kids, who we know were in the van with Oleg, that she claims are her children. Teresa sees the creepy room with all the toys and drawings. She is also introduced to Edele's husband Dez.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

To Rome with Love

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There are certain people working in cinematic world whose decisions puzzle me. One of such decisions is working, working and then working some more when they really don't need to do that - look at composer Alexandre Desplat. For the last few years it has been embarrassing to witness how much he is wasting his talent away. Instead of focusing on quality, he is focusing on quantity. And now look at Woody Allen. He makes one movie a year. And when the movie is as bad as To Rome with Love, I really don't understand the praise he is getting for being so prolific. I for one would much rather have no new movie by Allen this year when the result is that awful.

Friday, October 12, 2012

(48) You are my favorite, favorite thing + links

By s. Friday, October 12, 2012 38 Comments

  • Lana Del Rey's video for Ride is sensational. I liked the song before but now It's been repeat for hours. The whole video is almost like a short movie with prologue and the story - it's almost hard for me to chose my favorite shot from the video, there are so many of them, especially Lana walking on the street at night. It's amazing how wonderfully atmospheric and beautifully shot her music videos are. The part with tire swing is my favorite - can't believe some people who reviewed the single complained that they don't understand  what the swing is attached to on the cover. Who gives a shit? I'm rolling my eyes so hard right now.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


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Rian Johnson's Looper is one of those movies that are destined to be a future cult classic.It's not one of those films with gigantic budgets, directed by famous directors self proclaiming it as something amazing, as if the movie was the same caliber as the second coming of Christ would be. Like last year's Drive, Looper is the brainchild of clever indie director and a true labor of love. Driven by terrific story and strong performances, Looper is one of the best science fiction movies in recent years.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cinematic Corner is 1 year old!

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5 posts I loved writing that you may have missed:
1. 10 movie pets you'd love to adopt
2. Black Swan - Possession theory, step by step.
3. Sisterhood in film
4. A Guide for Alan Rickman's movie partners.
5. The Tale of Michael Fassbender and his many on-screen deaths.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Performances I Love Special: My 10 favorite performances

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(countdown to Cinematic Corner's first birthday - 1 day)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday TV Special: 10 favorite scenes from beloved TV series

By s. Saturday, October 6, 2012 22 Comments
(countdown to Cinematic Corner's first birthday - 3 days)

(47) It's all in the game + links

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  • Lena Headey had her 39th birthday this week. I still cannot believe she didn't receive Emmy nomination for her Cersei. If I were to chose between her work and Jessica Lange's in American Horror Story I honestly don't know who I'd pick. Also I started reading a bit about season 3 of Game of Thrones and not only Ramsey Snow was finally cast which means he will definitely be part of the season but also season 3 will feature my favorite moment from the book, which is incidentally something that as soon as this episode airs will be the single most shocking thing people ever saw on HBO. I've also started to rewatch the series because I needed to chose my favorite scene. It turned out to be pretty hard to chose just one. On the side not - it's embarrassing how fucking slow I am: It has only now occurred to me that Aidan Gillen, who plays Baelish on Thrones played Carcetti in the Wire.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn Gallery

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Autumn - the time when leaves have warm, gorgeous colors as they fall from trees, when days are shorter and nights longer and when it rains for most of the time. For me it's usually the only time of year when I fall ill, but even that doesn't change the fact that it's a lovely season - one that has my favorite day of the year - Halloween. It's also beautifully depicted in movies - all the shots of leaves on the ground, creating this cozy surroundings around the characters, the rain falling from the sky and people walking outside, in their coats and with their umbrellas, not being discouraged by the days are becoming darker and colder with each moment.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Movie of the Month - October - Angel Heart

By s. Tuesday, October 2, 2012 , 25 Comments

Harry Angel has been hired to search for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it.

It's only 29 days till Halloween so the only right choice for October's Movie of the Month is one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite horror films - Angel Heart.