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Movie Matters Podcast: Movie Matters #17 - Halloween Special III

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All Hallows' Eve descends on the Movie Matters podcast as co-hostsLee Howard and Michael Mackenzie, accompanied by special guest Daniel Sardella (that's me), brave the terrors of three spine-tingling horror movies in the show's third annual Halloween special: Ti West's THE INNKEEPERS, the horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE, and Richard Donner's classic THE OMEN.


This episode also features Movie Matters' first ever competition, open to all listeners worldwide. Listen to the show for details on how to win a copy of one of the films covered in a previous episode...
Direct linkiTunes The music sampled in this episode is from THE THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Danny Elfman, THE INNKEEPERS by Jeff Grace, THE THEATRE BIZARRE by Pierre Marchand and THE OMEN by Jerry Goldsmith.

Letterboxd lists:
Movie Matters filmographyMichael's best Blu-ray catalogue titles Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) *****

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Red Riding: 1983 (2009) ***1/2

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David Peace "Nineteen Eighty-three" (2002) ***

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Masters Of The Universe (1987) ***1/2

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Pickup On South Street (1953) ***1/2

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Argo (2012) ****

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The Theatre Bizarre (2011) **

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The Omen (1976) ****

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The Innkeepers (2011) ***

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Lifeforce (1985) ***1/2

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The Boogens (1981) ***

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Red Scorpion (1988) **1/2

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) *****

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Frankenweenie (2012) ****

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Frankenweenie (1984) ***1/2

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Vincent (1982) *****

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Vincent Malloy is seven years old
He’s always polite and does what he’s told
For a boy his age, he’s considerate and nice
But he wants to be just like Vincent Price

He doesn’t mind living with his sister, dog and cats
Though he’d rather share a home with spiders and bats
There he could reflect on the horrors he’s invented
And wander dark hallways, alone and tormented

Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him
But imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum

He likes to experiment on his dog Abercrombie
In the hopes of creating a horrible zombie
So he and his horrible zombie dog
Could go searching for victims in the London fog

His thoughts, though, aren’t only of ghoulish crimes
He likes to paint and read to pass …

Brick (2005) ***

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Brick (2005) is a decent film, but I can't lie - I was a bit letdown. Mainly because I thought Looper(2012) was excellent and Brickis so veryhighly regarded by many, in particular a number of friends of mine (who all have similar tastes in film). The performances are amateurish and the look is cheap (not necessarily a bad thing). But the film feels like a high school play crossed with a student film.

Without trying to be insulting, I couldn't help but feel that this film appeals more to people who don't watch a lot of classic, "traditional" film noir. Me, I'll take Chinatown(1974), Se7en(1995), L.A. Confidential(1997), Sin City(2005) or Memento (2000) when it comes to "neo noir". Who knows - maybe people who watch more sci-fi than me feel the same about Looper? That one certainly has a lot of familiar elements, but mixes them up in a unique stew. And I suppose you could say the same about Brick, but it just didn't grab me.

Still, a nice effort a…

Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982) ***

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The Last Days Of Disco (1998) ***1/2 [CCN25]

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Cinderella (1950) ***1/2

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