Boys Are Dumb
The Movie List
The movies listed here vary in genre, some are my all time favorites, some were so bad they were good, most will be goth, sci fi, horror, fairy tale, fantasy, animation, or some dark theme, the rest may be childhood favorites, or just great or notable movies. The titles are linked to info only pages at imdb.com, if you are feeling impulsive and want to buy any of these movies now please click on my buy link (Amazon) so I get a few pennies to help pay for the site. Think of it as a tiny thank you for me turning you on to a great film. I'm sure I'm missing some, I'll add more as I remember.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - If you ever need info on any movie, actor, film, director, new or old this is the end all be all of movie databases, they also have tv shows and actor/actress bio.
Moviefone.com - 777-FILM, just like the phone hotline, you can purchase tickets for most movie theatres and just walk right in, no lines. It looks like they don't sell many tix anymore, I'm not sure where to do this these days as now there are many companies and sites doing it.
Movies of 2003
Austin Powers 3 - Mike Myers is one of the funniest comedians of our time, though I do thing sometimes he gets a little corny and stupid, but then I guess that's all part of the allure. These are best seen on the big screen. It was pretty good, some insane laughs but some parts to yawn at.
Blade II - A new blood virus that turns humans and vampires alike into monsters called Reapers leads Blade to an unlikely alliance with a a group of vampires called the Bloodpack. Worst. Movie. Ever. Well, not that harsh.. but it was a huge disapointment after how great Blade I was. Queen of the Damned was a 100 times better.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (aka Le Pacte des loups) - this looks SO amazing, I can't wait to see it. In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. Buy the DVD
The Count of Monte Cristo - Based on the Novel of the same name also by the author of The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Edmond Dantes (Caviezel), a sailor falsely imprisoned in an island prison for treason eventually escapes, becomes rich, and wreaks revenge upon the men who framed him. Looks good.
Death to Smoochy - This dark comedy, set in the dog-eat-dog world of children's television programming, is the tale of Smoochy, a lovable big purple rhinocerous character. The guy-in-the-big-rubber-suit, Sheldon Mopes (Norton), who plays Smoochy finds himself targeted for assassination by Rainbow Randolph (Williams), a former kids-show star who got fired for taking a bribe, and now pins his wrath on his successor. The spark that ignites Randolph's wrath is the revelation that Sheldon is now dating the second-in-command of children's programming, Nora (Keener), who is also Randolph's old flame. It sounds terrible. I don't know why the hell I'm listing it, other than it's called a dark comedy. (I think this was in theatres a whole week and bombed)
Dragonfly - A doctor believes his wife is trying to contact him... from beyond the grave, through the near-death experiences of his patients... and the mysterious dragonflies (in various forms) that haunt him, remind him of her, stars Kevin Costner. Buy the DVD
Eight Legged Freaks - What do you get when you cross toxic waste with a bunch of exotic spiders? Eaten. As every fan of classic spine-tinglers knows, given the opportunity and the right chemical enhancement, arachnids will grow to humongous size and wreak havoc upon humanity. In Eight Legged Freaks, the residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. And they're hungry. Sounds like it could be interesting and a little creepy.
Frida - It's about the life of artist Frida Kahlo, she's a fascinating dark gloomy woman. In addition to being a great artist, Frida Kahlo was also a bisexual and a communist, struggling with an abusive husband, a life of wracking pain following a trolley accident, the amputation of a leg, and finally, drug and alcohol abuse that killed her at age 47.
Halloween: Resurrection - A group of six teenagers stage a live Internet chat from the house Michael Myers grew up in, and sure enough, he soon shows up to do some nostalgic slicing and dicing.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Based on the second book by the same name. I loved the first, haven't seen this one yet.
Ice Age - The animation is really goodl, freaky bug out looking animals that will probably give kids nightmares. Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. Denis Leary does a voice. I loved it.
Jason X - Set in 2455 on a long-abandoned Earth. When a professor and his students take a field trip to the planet, they discover a cryogenically frozen young woman and the hockey-masked Jason. The team takes the bodies back to their spaceship, and all hell breaks loose when Jason thaws and returns to his murderous ways in space. I saw the trailer for this before Blade II, I HAVE to see this. It just looks too hilarious to pass up even though I skipped the last 4 or so Jason movies.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Part 2 of the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies. They were smart and filmed most of all 3 already so the actors won't be older looking as the 3 stories take place one after the other.
Men in Black 2 - DMore aliens making trouble. I really liked the first one, I hope this one doesn't suck.
The Mothman Prophecies - I'm not that excited to see this. Locals in a West Virginia town being telling tales about strange alien invaders in their midst, prompting a newspaper reporter (Richard Gere) to search for the truth, with a local cop (Laura Linney) at his side. Buy the DVD
Moulin Rouge - I've only caught bits of it so far, the singing is sort of a turnoff for me, but the costumes are SOO fetishy and I have to see it just for that and the can can... from the looks of it, other than the singing and the mushy love story. Buy it on DVD
Mulholland Drive - The latest bizarre work from director David Lynch (Lost Highway) was originally intended to be a pilot for a TV series. It follows a woman (Laura Harring) who, after being abandoned on the titular Los Angeles street, makes her way to the home of an aspiring actress (Naomi Watts) who helps the lost woman figure out who she is and what's happened to her. Buy it on DVD
The Powerpuff Girls - The movie shows the origin of the Powerpuff Girls before the cartoon series. It explains why they were born and why they dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil.
Queen of the Damned - Movie adaption of Anne Rice's Vampire book. I'm not sure I like the Lestat in it, Damn you Tom Cruise, why wouldn't you come back??? It was ok, Anne had virtually nothing to do with it's production, Lestat has brown hair, Stuart Townsend is not bad in the part though, Armand is blonde and he and the other ancients that are in it are not even mentioned by name, Maharet is a good character but there is no Mekare, looks like they didn't finish it, the eyes turning red when they feed was cool, but the glowing eyes were stupid, Marius is Lestat's sire (in the books it's Magnus), David Talbot's actor is well done but too young, it was reasonably entertaining as a vamp flick, I didn't find myself bored and praying for it to tend, but far from a great great movie.
Red Dragon - Based on the 1981 novel of the same title, this is the first in the Lecter trilogy, 2nd is Silence of the Lambs, 3rd is Hannibal.
Reign of Fire - In a post-apocalyptic future England, an American militia leader and a British "Fire Chief" must team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons that have emerged, seeking to return to dominance over man after a centuries-long rest. The British character's mother was killed by a dragon, and now he is a "fire chief", leading a clan of survivors. Together with the Yank, they hope to hunt down the Queen of the Dragons... I heard it blew ass.
Resident Evil - Live action, based on the video game, originally to be titled Ground Zero, but probably changed after the terrorist attacks.. Most video game movies don't come out so great, I don't know if I'll bother seeing it, doesn't look incredibly great to me.
Return to Never Land - This animated sequel to Disney's 1953 classic Peter Pan begins as World War II rages in London, where Wendy now lives with her two children, Danny and Jane. When the nefarious Captain Hook mistakenly kidnaps Jane (whom he thinks is Wendy) to bait Peter Pan, Peter, the Lost Boys, and Tinker Bell respond by embarking on an adventurous rescue mission.
The Ring - Sounded intriguing, didn't get raves... A female journalist discovers a disturbing videotape with a bizarre history... everyone who's seen its contents has died within seven days.
Scooby-Doo - Live action with CGI animation for Scooby, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Daphne and Freddie Prinze, Jr is Fred. It had moments but was just so so overall.
Signs - Another alien movie, filmed in Bucks County, PA, where I went to college. It's about crop circles.
Sorority Boys - The premise is 3 frat boys get kicked out of their frat house so they go drag and join the sorority for ugly girls, cause they make ugly girls, then they see how mean they have been to girls. I want to see this, I guess I like movies where the ass holes get to see what ass holes they were.
Spider-Man - Tobey Maguire plays Spidey/Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst is Mary Jane. It was good, didn't blow me away.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - This is a great animated film about a horse. An untamed horse in the wild west is captured by the calvary, is broken, and becomes a mount. The whole story will be told from the viewpoint of the horse, with his thoughts heard as narrative. Cheryl & I saw this in the theatre and we cried our eyes out.
Star Trek: Nemesis - This is the 10th Star Trek movie, it starts the Next Generation cast
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Takes place 10 years after Episode I, Anakin & Amidala get together, the Dark Side comes on full force, I didn't get to see it yet but no one says I missed anything.
Storytelling - The latest dark comedy from director Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness), Storytelling actually involves two tales, Fact and Fiction. In Fiction, Selma Blair (Legally Blonde) stars as a college student seduced by her bitter writing professor (Robert Wisdom). In Fact, Paul Giamatti (Planet of the Apes) plays a slacker filmmaker who convinces a boy and his family to be the subject of a documentary.
The Time Machine - Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine" stars Guy Pearce in the role of scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, who is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into 2 races, the hunter - and the hunted. Buy it on DVD
Trouble Every Day - French director Claire Denis's latest has provoked outrage in her home country as might be expected of a film that deals with the unseemly matter of "erotic cannibalism." A Parisian beauty named Coré (Béatrice Dalle) makes like a black widow, seducing, ravishing, and then dining on unsuspecting swingers. Meanwhile, a honeymooning American cannibal-at-heart, Shane (Vincent Gallo), is about to give in to his most deviant urges. In an X-Files style mixed with Parisienne angst, a few good men and women seek to expose the strange secret behind a series of government(?) experiments that may be turning otherwise-decent Parisians into bona-fide cannibals.
Vampires: Los Muertos - In this sequel to John Carpenter's Vampires, Jon Bon Jovi is Derek Bliss, leader of a new team of vampire hunters out to stop Mexican master ghoul Una from invading the U.S. Released strait to video (sept 2002, premiered on cable july 2002 on Starz! action) Buy it on DVD
Vanilla Sky - Looked cool, it wasn't. Stars Tom Cruise, someone said there was a bjork cameo in the beginning and I watched half of this painful movie and there's just her name mentioned. Buy it on DVD
Amelie - Same co-director of The City of Lost Children, compelled by an irrepressible desire to improve the lives of her unhappy Parisian neighbors, Amelie orchestrates a series of anonymous pranks. This is one of my all time favorite films now.
Evolution - Another I've yet to see, stars David Duchovny, made by the creators of Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman, it didn't look that great but I finally saw it on cable and it was really funny and weird. Buy the DVD
The Fairy Faith - I bought it. It's a documentary about fairies, the folklore, writings, pictures, film, features a rare inverview with Brian Froud in his home in Devon (UK), Froud also did the cover art of course. Buy the DVD
Feast of All Saints (2001) - This aired on Showtime as a 2 part mini-series. It is one of Anne Rice's older stories, it was done beautifully, gowns and all. Cast includes Jasmine Guy, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Forest Whitaker, buy the DVD (it may never come out on dvd but I taped it when it was on)
The Foresaken - A vampire hunter teams up with another young man (who doesn't know what they're really looking for) to find the leader of a vampire clan. I saw a preview and it looks pretty lame, sort of like a copy of JC's Vampires. Buy the DVD
From Hell - A Scotland Yard inspector begins to unearth a possible conspiracy behind the Jack the Ripper murders. Stars Johnny Depp, sounds really good. I'm not sure when this came out, as of the end of Jan it's only playing at one little theatre in north NJ. buy the DVD
Ghosts of Mars - A John Carpenter movie. Begins 175 years in the future in a dusty frontier mining town on Mars, where a small squad of police have been sent to transfer an extremely dangerous criminal, Desolation Williams, back to the main administrative Martian city, Chryse. What no one realizes is that mining operations have uncovered the ruins of an ancient Martian civilization and unleashed a kind of spiritual doomsday defense system that will relentlessly destroy any alien presence inhabiting Mars. When the cops arrive at this remote outpost, no one but the criminals locked away in the local jail have survived and the "Martian Ghosts" are determined not to let them get away. Buy the DVD
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Based on the very popular children's books, made billions. I didn't see it yet and I'm sad. It's only in a very few theatres still so I guess I get to wait till it's on PPV. Buy the DVD
Hedwig and The Angry Inch - My brother gave me this for a gift, I hadn't heard of it before, looked cool as hell, finally watched it with Cheryl one night, it was GREAT. A drag queen from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band, probably will be liked by Rocky Horror fans, more by gays. buy the DVD
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - Kevin Smith can never put out enough movies, this is supposed to be the final of the NJ Chronicles, and it has tons of great people in it and cameos. No other man can capture the NJ mentality. I saw it, it's pretty good but if you didn't see his other movies you won't get most of it. Buy the DVD now
Jeepers Creepers - After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish and her brother Darry watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart stopping race for their lives. Buy the DVD
Joy Ride - A college student drives to New Jersey from Colorado with his older, prank-playing brother to pick up the girl he has a thing forfrom her college. However, on the way, a prank played on a trucker the two brothers meet during a CB radio conversation turns dark when they discover he's a psycho killer and he's out to get them. Buy the DVD
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - It had a lot of silly action scenes, and TONS of scenes just to make Angelina Jolie's boobs bounce, it wasn't god awful, but far from great, the concept's very interesting, it's sort of like the female Indiana Jones. Buy the DVD
Little Otik - Based on a fairy tale by Karel Jaromir Erben, Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer's latest tells the story of an infertile couple who adopt a tree stump, Otik, as their child. It quickly grows into an all-devouring monster that eats the cat and the postman. Locked in the basement, Otik becomes a favorite of Alzbetka, a precocious and very eccentric little girl. Now I am mad, it wasn't around long and was only in the indie film theatre in NYC and I missed it. buy it on DVD.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien's very old fantasy series, I loved the animated cartoons from the 70s. YAYYYYY! This was NOT a dissapointment!! All I can say is I want more more more!! At least the 2 sequels are coming out yearly instead of every 2 years. You have to see it for the beautiful boy elf Orlando Bloom plays - Legolas. Liv Tyler as Arwen makes a great elf too. Buy it on DVD
The Mists of Avalon (2001) - Mad for TV, TNT I think? One of those channels. Anjelica Huston stars in this story based on the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; and his wife, Gwenwyfar. Buy the DVD
The Mummy Returns - The remains of Imhotep and Anck-su-Numam are brought back to London for a museum. The film takes place 10 years later, and centers around the 9-year-old son of Fraser and Weisz' characters. Anck-su-Numam is after the boy because she believes he's the the key to the reincarnation of the Egyptian God, Isis. Stars WWF's The Rock. Buy the DVD
The Musketeer - Set in 17th century France, this is the story of the young musketeer, D'Artagnan (Chambers), who seeks revenge against those responsible for the murder of his parents. What was this in theatres for a week? I totally missed it. Buy the DVD
The Others - Stars Nicole Kidman, this could actually be a good old horror movie without stupid boring seen it all before visual effects. It did get bad reviews though. DVD not out yet.
Shadow of the Vampire - Stars John Malkovich, I finally saw it and loved it, it's filmed in a very bizzare artsy way. It's about the making of Nosferatu, but supposing the actor playing Nosferatu was truly a vampire and is killing off the cast. Buy the DVD
Soul Surviors - After a horrible car accident kills her boyfriend, a college student finds herself plagued by hallucinations of him coming back to life. Her friends, many of whom are crash survivors themselves, try to help through the experience. Stars Eliza Dushku of Buffy. Buy the DVD
Thirteen Ghosts - A family inherits an old house from an eccentric uncle, but there's one problem: the house seems to have a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path. Soon the family is joined by an offbeat ghost hunter who is determined to free the spirits imprisoned in the house. Caught in a frantic race to save themselves before it is too late, the human inhabitants realize the house is a riddle which contains the key to their imminent salvation or destruction. Buy the DVD (out Apr 2, 2002)
Wishmaster 3: Sword of Justice - When a college student inadvertently releases the Djinn demon from the Stone of the Secret Fire she wishes for the warrior Angel Michael to be her protector. I believe this went strait to video. Buy the DVD
The 10th Kingdom - A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins. I'm pretty sure there are fearies in this, it was a made for TV mini-series. buy the DVD
Battle Royale - I LOVED this movie, it could have been done totally cheesy, but it was well done, good actors, no real special effects but the gore & blood doesn't look stupid. A whole class of ninth grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food and various arms. They have to fight each other three days long until the last one remains and are forced to wear a special collar which will explode when they break a rule, each year one class is chosen for this. It's in Japanese with english sub-titles and you can only buy it on DVD for Japanese region players, but I have seen some VHS for sale on ebay.
Cast Away - Tom Hanks is a truly great actor, and this movie has so many things going for it. Being stranded alone on a beautiful island and having to survive for several years. It was ok, I love movies about things like this and it was filmed very well. Buy the DVD
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man - Documentary about the Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil, an amazing acrobatic performance troupe based on traditional circus arts, Dadaist costumes, and world beat music, no animals. In my area it's only playing at the IMAX theatre in NYC. Buy it.
Cyberworld - Computer animated 3D, voices of Dave Foley and Jenna Elfman (Dharma of Dharma & Greg). Probably be at least worth seeing for the animation and Dave Foley's voice. I never got to see this and I don't think you can buy it.
Dancer In The Dark - I love Bjork more than anything in the world and I wish I didn't see this movie. The film was over 2 hours, and had tons of those typical indie film moments where nothing's going on they just sit with the camera looking at someone sitting there. There were a few good elements to the movie but they do not nearly make up for the fact that it was the most depressing movie I have seen in my life, with a terrible story line, there's not one happy moment in this film. Even her songs were not all that great. I was dying to see this for Bjork, it was torture (imagine the 5 fold torture for my boyfriend who doesn't love Bjork), and if she wasn't starring in it I'd have walked out after 20 minutes. I bawled my eyes out it was so sad. The rest of the theatre when we went, in Paramus, NJ, was about 15 couples over 65, a few in their 30s, and I don't think they knew what they were getting into, we heard someone in the theatre say they went because they heard it sold out in NYC so it must be good right? The soundtrack isn't bad though I think it's far from her best stuff. Buy the DVD
Dungeons & Dragons - I finally caught it on cable. Sigh. It started off with great potential, and I have to say the effects and costumes were well done, and it was almost so great, but the story was just kind of lame, and they just threw in D&D terms for the sake of throwing them in sometimes which cheapened it. Buy the DVD
The Little Vampire - Made for kids, A little boy moves to Europe with his parents and starts having this dream, and befriends a child vampire. It has some good vampire costumes and castles, but it's silly and sort of campy. It's definitly worth renting or watching on cable and is a great kids adventure movie. Buy the DVD
The Opportunists - A young Irish immigrant from Dublin, now settled in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, tries to seduce a former gangster who's now a struggling family man back into a life of crime by declaring he's his cousin. Stars Christopher Walken and Cyndi Lauper. I think you can only buy it in Germanmy.
Pola X - A film by French director Leos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge), steamy tale about a writer who meets his long-lost sister, falls in love with her, and begins an incestuous affair. Buy the DVD
Rape Me (aka Baise-Moi) - This is a French film that's was a big hit in Canada, stars real porn stars and sex, relased in the US with an english dubbed version. A prostitute (Bach) who saw her best friend get shot and a rape survivor (Anderson) team up for a violent road trip, like a French Thelma & Louise, except with, you know, lots of raw sex. The two find men, have wild sex with them, and kill them. Repeat. Buy the DVD
Saving Grace - British film about a widow who needs some money so she uses her gardening skills to grow pot as a business, my brother said it was hilarious, I have only seen about half of it and it looked really good so far. Buy the DVD
Thirteen Days - It's about history, but I saw a trailer in the theatre and it looks excellent. It's about a tense 13 days in 1963 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, showing how close we really came to WWIII. Buy the DVD
Toy Story 2 - The first one surprised me and turned out to be pretty cool (now I know it's because Joss Wheaton, Buffy creator & writer, wrote some of it). This one makes you not want to ever throw a toy out. Buy the DVD
Urban Legends: Final Cut - Sequel to the 1998 movie, I'm sure if you like the Scream movies this is for you. It's about an Urban legends film being made and the crew members start having urban legend like accidents. Buy the DVD
Vulgar - Stars several Kevin Smith movie actors as well as Kevin himself.
Alice in Wonderland (Not Disney Version) (1999) - animated version I haven't seen yet. Buy the DVD
Beyond the Mat - Behind the scenes of the pro wrestling indusstry, stars a lot of wrestlers. If the link doesn't work just go to beyondthemat.net and you'll have to go through the flash intro. Buy the DVD
Galapagos - IMAX movie.
Modern Vampires (1999) - Count Dracula is in L.A., running a hideous club scene, and he's angry that a rogue vampire, posing as a streetwalker, is slashing. He's also unhappy that Dallas, a youthful undead and former protégé, is in town. The rogue slasher, Nico, serendipitously picks Dallas as a victim; after discovering each other's nature, they become lovers. In fear of the Count, Dallas's coterie urges him to kill Nico, but he refuses. Meanwhile, a Viennese vampire hunter, Van Helsing, arrives in L.A. and hires the Crips to help him. They're soon following Nico and Dallas. When they capture her, Dallas wants to deal: spare Nico and he'll lead the hunters to Dracula. It's time for stake and bake. I have no idea if this is good or not, sounds a bit on the less than great side but I'm still intrigued a little by it. Buy the DVD
Muppets From Space - After Gonzo receives messages from his breakfast cereal, he determines that he is an alien and tries to contact his alien brethren, but is captured by an overzealous secret government agency determined to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. It's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help reunite him with his long-lost family. I've loved the Muppets since I was teenie, I thought this was a very bizzare movie, it has some really strange jokes in it, by far not the best Muppet film. Buy the DVD
Office Space - From the genius that is Mike Judge (creator of Beavis & Butthead), this is a hilarous film about a slacker working in an office, hating his job, and the more he slacks the more the manager sees him as sucessful, Jennifer Aniston plays the girlfriend. Buy the DVD
The Big Lebowski - One of my favorite movies, I laugh my ass off every time I see it. Stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, & Flea, who plays a Nihilist with an attack ferret. buy the DVD
Pecker - I haven't seen this one, directed by John Waters, Christina Ricci is in it. A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his food like a bird. Buy the DVD
Fairy Tale: A True Story - You should believe! It's that famous story about 2 young girls in England in 1917 who claimed to have photograph fairies. On the site: shockwave bulid a fairy house, fairy lore, postcards, photos, movie clips, character info, and screen saver and desktop wallpaper. Buy it now
Men in Black - I really was surprised at how much I loved this movie when I saw it in 2001, I hope the sequel is as good. It's about aliens setting up house in NYC. buy the dvd now (I have the cool LTD edition but there are cheaper ones)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - This is a great story, I'm not sure the movie is as good as the book, but that is worth getting, the unabridged audio book even has an interview at the end with the author himself. It's based on his true adventures as a northern journalist living in Savannah, GA during the 70s and the crazy real characters he came across. buy the DVD
Alive (1993) - One of my favorite movies ever, what is creepier than the thought of being in a plane crash and watching the people in front of you fall to their death strapped in their seats and then having no food and freezing? Great movie if you are into survival or natural disasters.
Brain Candy (1996) - Kids in the Hall movie. It's funny. A team of scientists working for a pharmaceutical company discovers a cure for depression. When the company finds itself in trouble financially, they rush the new drug into production without doing enough testing. Things seem to go fine until some of the users of the drug start slipping into comas. It becomes a race between the scientists who want to tell the world the truth and the company's marketing department who wants to protect their profit margin. Buy the DVD
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) - This was pretty much a bomb when it came out but thanks to the amazing series it's got a cult following. Written by Joss Wheaden, it's the prelude to the TV series, with different actors. Buffy is the only returning character, she's played by Kristy Swanson in the movie. Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, & Luke Perry also star. buy the DVD
The City of Lost Children (aka La Cité des enfants perdus) (1995) - Dark, morbid, creepy, and sci fi, you'll love it. If you can find it, the french with english subtitles is much better than the english dub. buy the DVD
Cry-Baby (1990) - John Waters directs, Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords are in it. Cry-Baby has the talent to shed one tear and have the girls screaming. He has a gang of hoodlums as his circle of friends. Allson is a rich girl who is falling for Cry-Baby. This is a very strange musical with a variety of weird characters. buy it now
Death Becomes Her (1992) - It's all about immortality, 2 women get a potion to make them live forever and stay beautiful & young, but they are catty and not careful and mess up things of course. This dark comedy stars Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, & Goldie Hawn. buy the DVD
The Doom Generation (1995) - One of Gregg Araki's great movies, one of my faves, it's about teen angst, sex & murder. Rose Mcgowan stars in it, and Skinny Puppy, Perry Farrell & Amanda Bearse have cameos in it. buy the DVD
Exit to Eden (1994) - The movie itself was done a little too silly, Rosie O'Donnel's part was stupid, but it has some almost good fetishy scenes, it takes place at a fetish resort and it's based on one of Anne Rice's books so I will buy it when the DVD is released. buy the DVD
Far and Away (1992) - Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman star in this great love story about Irish immigrants in the late 1800s(?) who are from oppisite sides of the tracks. They arrive in Boston and face all kinds of hardships. Buy the DVD
Flatliners (1990) - Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, & Kevin Bacon are med students who mess around with death, taking turns each one is dead for a few minutes under supervision and then they bring them back, but of course it affects them more than expected in supernatural ways. buy the DVD
Frankenhooker (1990) - A medical school dropout loses his fiancée in a tragic lawnmower incident, and decides to bring her back. Unfortunately, he was only able to save her head, so he goes to the red light district in the city and lures prostitutes into a hotel room so he can get parts for his girlfriend. This is a weird flick. Buy the DVD
Interview With the Vampire (1994) -Based on Anne Rice's awesome vampire novel, stars Tom Cruse as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louies, Kirsten Dunst as Claudia, Antonio Banderas as Armand, Christian Slater as Daniel, Stephen Rea as Santiago. This is possibly my favorite movie of all time, Kirsten was an amazing little vampire and she still takes roles in weird movies, she's great. buy the DVD
Mars Attacks! (1996) - Directed by Tim Burton, based on a card set from the 50s, one of my favorites. It was really ironic to me that this came out just after ID4, it seemed like a dark parody of that movie (which I hated). buy the DVD
Misery (1990) - Based on the Stephen King book. An obsessed fan of a writer is upset that he is killing off her favorite character. So she takes him in, holds him hostage, and breaks his legs so he can't run away until he writes her bakc to life. I find this story very creepy because it could very well happen. Buy the DVD
The Road to Wellville (1994) - A madcap portrayal of William Lightbody's stay at the health farm run by cereal king Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. William's wife, Eleanor, has persuaded him to go to Kellogg to have his system cleaned of impurities. Kellogg is very unconventional, and almost barbaric in his treatments. The movie is a bit on the dark side to me, it shows all these old old medical devices. buy it now
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1995) - If you are a fan of creepy stop motion animation, clay mation, city of lost children sort of stuff, or Svankmajer, you will want to see this, it's one of my favorites. buy the DVD
Serial Mom (1994) - John Waters directs. A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. buy the DVD
Sex, Drugs And Democracy (1995) - A feature-length documentary film which explores the limits of personal freedom. The film takes an uncensored look at the unconventional approach to morality and politics in Holland with a soundtrack, featuring all American and Dutch indie bands. Buy the DVD now
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! aka ¡Átame! (1990) - Antonio Banderas stars in this really strange spanish film. Ricky is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do. He hunts down Marina, a porn film star he once had sex with, and tries to convince here to be his wife. She is a bit reluctant, so he ties her up. It's in Spanish with English subtitles. Buy the DVD
Alice (aka Neco z Alenky) (1988) - Svankmajer is my favorite animator and I love his films. This is the BEST version of Alice in Wonderland ever, it's very surreal and creepy, stop motion & live people. buy the DVD
Big (1988) - Tom Hanks is a little kid who gets picked on and made a wish at a carnival at one of those gypsy fortune machines to be big and wakes up in the body of an adult. His mom chases him out and he has to fend for himself & get a job till he can locate the gypsy machine again. He gets the best job, testing & designing toys for a toy company. buy the DVD
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) - Madonna & Rosanna Arquette star in this great 80s movie about a rich, bored NJ wife who reads the personals and gets herself in a big mess when she tries to spy on a couple meeting up, she gets amnesia and hilarity & adventure ensues. Features Madonna music, and a great club scene with punks & new romantics. Buy the DVD
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) - I love her, and her car. I want it. She's a cheesy late night horror movie TV host and these are her misadventures in a new england town after she inherits a mansion there. Buy the DVD
Frankenweenie (1984) - Directed by Tim Burton, this is about a boy who's pet dog gets hit by a car so he brings him back to life a la fankenstein and the dog causes trouble.
Fraternity Vacation (1985) - A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can help his son find a girl. They meet two guys from a rival fraternity, and make a bet on who can nail the Designated Babe first. A very young Amanda Bearse (Marcy from Married with Children) is in this. It's another silly teen boys chasing tail movie. Buy the dvd
Hairspray (1988) - John Waters directs, Sonny Bono, Divine, Ricki Lake & others star. Ricki Lake is a "pleasantly plump" teen who loves to dance, who's up against the blonde spoiled rich brat for Miss Auto Show 1963, while working for that she helps fight for integration on a TV dance show.
Heathers (1989) - Winona Ryder & Christian Slater cause mayhem and stage suicides of popular high school kids, Shannon Doherty is in it too. This is one of my all time favorite movies, I hated everyone in high school. buy the DVD
Hellraiser (1987) - The infamous Pinhead movie. A man finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lamont Configuration - a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty Lawrence, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain. buy the DVD
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) - I believe it was finished filming in '86 but didn't get released til 1989 because of the ratings board. This is a freaky movie based on Henry Lee Lucas and Otis who he teamed up with to brutally kill people. It's a violent movie with a lot of murder scenes. buy the DVD
Hot Resort (1985) - This is another of those movies teen boys stayed up late on weekends to watch. Silly bad movie about some guys who get a job at a carribean resort and just chase girls. Like that never happens.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988) - In this sexy vampire romp, Lord James D'Ampton and friend Angus Flint visit D'Ampton's ancestral home. A alluring new neighbor, Lady Sylvia Marsh, has moved into the chateau next door, and seems to be at the heart of a major outbreak of vampirism in the area. buy the DVD
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) - When Fozzie and the Muppet Show gang drop in unexpectedly on Fozzie's grandmother, she is forced to cancel her winter vacation plans and entertain them all. Soon the Sesame Street gang come by as carolers, and then Kermit and Robin discover a Fraggle Rock hole in the basement. A snow storm blows in, stranding everyone at the house, except for Miss Piggy, who arrives just in time for all the Muppets to celebrate Christmas together. This was a TV movie. Buy the DVD
Pretty in Pink (1986) - Molly Ringwald & Jon Cryer star, another great 80s teen romance, though I don't like how it ends. I won't tell you why just in case you haven't seen it and don't want to spoil it. buy it now
Return to Oz (1985) - A very creepy sequel to the Wizard of Oz. It's made for kids, and I saw it at Radio City Music Hall when it came out, but that part with all the heads was really creepy. Stars Fairuza Balk as Dorothy. Great nightmare fairy tale sort of movie. Dorothy, back in Kansas, can't stop thinking about Oz, and even believes that her friends have sent her a key. Auntie Em, worried for Dorothy's health, takes her to a famous doctor who works miracles with electricity. When Dorothy escapes from the treatment (at a scary mental asylum), she and a chicken named Billina find themselves in Oz. But when Dorothy tries to find her old friends in the Emerald City, she learns that they've all been transformed by the Nome King. And the evil witch Mombie wants Dorothy's head. It's up to Dorothy, Billina, and their new friends, the clockwork Tik-Tok (aka the royal army of Oz), Jack Pumpkinhead, and a Gump-thing to defeat Mombie and the Nome King and restore the rightful ruler of Oz to her throne. Buy the DVD
Say Anything (1989) - High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England. It's a romantic comedy type. The funny thing is that this guy I dated and was really into said this was his all time favorite movie. After we broke up from him being a jerk and I was all sad and mopey I rented it and was like what the fuck?? How is this his favorite movie, he was so not romantic like that. Buy the DVD
Sid and Nancy (1986) - Based on the true story of Sid Vicious, guitarist for the legendary punk rock band "The Sex Pistols", and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Their the music of the Sex Pistols, their relationship was always volatile. Courtney Love has a brief spot in it. buy the DVD
Stand by Me (1986) - If this came out now I probably wouldn't have too much interest in it, but I love it and it's cute boy stars when it came out. Young Wil Wheaton (later to be Wesley Crusher on Star Trek Next Generation) is the star role of Gordie, it's based on Stephen King story "The Body," about 4 boys who go on an all day trek in the woods to see a dead body. Along the way, they all talk and learn a lot more about each other, and grow some. It's told by one of the boys who's now an adult looking back at it after a friend dies, it's a great movie. Buy the DVD
Witchboard (1985) - One of my favorites of the 80s horror movies, stars Tawny Kitaen, surprisingly, you can't buy this on VHS or DVD, but you can buy the 2 horrible sequels.
Better off Dead (1984) - The always adorable John Cusack is Lane Myer, his girlfriend dumps him for the arian jerk stud of the school, his mom's a horrible cook, he's got a crappy job at a fast food joint, his car sucks, his next door neighbor is repulsive, he's got an active imagination, and he has to ski the hardest slope around. And to top it off, he even sucks at suicide, all his tries fail. He falls for a french exchange student and his best friend is Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds) who is a very old high shool kid and will put any drug he can get into his nose, snow included. Great movie. Buy it now
The Brothers Quay Collection: Ten Astonishing Short Films 1984-1993 (1984) - Amazing films, very winter feeling, cold, metallic, moody industrial ethereal music & stop motion animtation, you'll like if you like Svankmajer. buy the DVD
Flash Gordon (1980) - In this update of the 1930's comic strip, Flash is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Zarkov's rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, controlled by Ming the Merciless. Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world. buy the DVD
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980) - I haven't seen this since I was really young, but I remember loving it. Basically, this guy has this gold pocket watch that can freeze time, but the holder can do what he/she wants still, and of course bad guys try to get it, etc.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) - The Muppets graduate from college and decide to take their senior revue on the road. They hit the streets of Manhattan trying to sell their show to producers, finally finding one young and idealistic enough to take their show. After several mishaps and much confusion, things begin to come together for them. Buy the DVD
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - I won't mention the rest of them because the first was the best, I loved staying up late watching this movie alone to creep myself out. buy the DVD buy the whole set of the 6 movies
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) -1st of 3 in possibly one of the best action film series of all time, Harrison Ford plays the extremely sexy, smart, resourceful, sarcastic Indiana Jones, who has lots of archeology adventures. I used to be so in love with him back then. I can't wait till these come out on DVD. Buy the VHS now
Polyester (1981) - Francine Fishpaw is a upper middle class suburban housewife in Baltimore. Unfortunately for this "good christian woman", the money to support her lifestyle comes from her husbands porno theater, the neighbors are protesting, her son is the notorius "Baltimore Stomper", her daughter is knocked up by a local hoodlum, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. Stars Divine, directed by John Waters. buy the DVD
Porky's (1981) - My mom & dad took me & my brother to see this in the theatre. I guess I would have been 8 or 9. My parents were smart enough to know that what I didn't already know, I wouldn't get and they were right. I laughted my butt off then, but I understood it so much more when I later saw it as a teenager. This is a classic, everyone should see it. It's about high school boys trying to get laid, and ending up in a war with a big fat owner of a strip bar. Buy the DVD
Suburbia (1984) - I am bad and never saw this but it is raved about by alterna kids from long ago, it's about the punk scene. You know, I did try to rent this a few years ago and apparently I got the wrong movie with the same title! The one I got was from 1997 (I had thought this was an old movie and was surprised it was only from '97) and was just about stupid drama queen kids hanging out at a convience store. Buy the DVD
V (1983) - I absolutely LOVED this when it first was on. I even read the book, I was 11 or 12 at the time and it is a huge thick paperback with small print. Oh how I was a reading nerd :-). I also read every book that followed in the V series for the next few years, and I still have them all, including my original copy of V. This was the greatest sci fi tv movie of it's time. It's about aliens who come to Earth, look just like us, and claim to want to help us. They worm their way into everthing, befriend politicians, etc, brainwash those who they need to, and don't really look like us. Under the fake skin they're reptillian, they eat guinie pigs & rats and people. That's why they are here, to eat us. Of course some people find this out and form the Resistance. Buy it on DVD
Valley Girl (1983) - Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Buy it now
Victor/Victoria (1982) - Victoria is a poverty-stricken soprano trying to find work in turn-of-the-century Paris. With the help of a worldly-wise nightclub singer, she invents her alter-ego Victor, a female impersonator who is hired to sing at a fashionable night spot. "You want me to be a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?" Interwoven throughout the comedy and musical numbers are some surprisingly astute observations about gender perceptions, discrimination and the battle of the sexes. Julie Andrews & James Garner star. This is a great movie. buy the DVD
Desperate Living (1977) - John Waters film. A rich housewife murders her husband with the help of her overweight maid, and the two go on the run, ending up in Mortville, a town providing refuge for criminals. They shack up with a lesbian ex-wrestler and her murderess lover, before running into the tyrannical Queen Carlotta, ruler of Mortville. Buy the DVD
Dolemite - 70s blacksploitation at it's best. Everything there is to know about the movie and related topics. Buy the DVD
Female Trouble (1975) - John Waters film, stars Divine. The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair. Crime comedy. Buy the DVD
Fritz the Cat (1972) - One of the greatest X-rated cartoons ever, it's based on Robert Crumb's stories. A persiflage on the protest movements of the 60s. It's hero is the bold and sex-obsessed tom-cat Fritz the Cat, as created by the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb. Quitting university Fritz the Cat wanders through the hash, Black Panther and Hell's Angels scenes to find to himself. Buy the DVD
Harold and Maude (1971) - This is a great movie, I first saw it as a Sr in High School in a class. Harold is a depressed, death-obsessed 20-year-old man-child who spends his free time attending funerals and staging fake suicides in front of his mother. At a funeral, Harold befriends Maude, a 79-year-old woman who has a zest for life. She and Harold spend much time together during which she exposes him to the wonders and possibilities of life. After rejecting his mother's three attempts to set him up with a potential wife, and committing fake suicide in front of all of them, Harold announces that he is to be married to Maude. However, Maude has a surprise for Harold that is to change his life forever. buy the DVD
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971) - This may be the best of all the Rankin and Bass stop motion holiday films. Peter must deliver more eggs than the evil Irontail to become the head Easter Bunny. Buy the DVD
Multiple Maniacs (1970) - John Waters film, stars Divine. Sounds weird, I haven't seen it. The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster. Buy it now
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) - Back in the days of the Roman Empire, a small donkey is born with VERY long ears, that keep getting him into trouble. When his owner throws him out of the stable in disgust, his mother sacrifices her life to save him from a blizzard. And, guided only by his guardian cherub (Tilly), he has to find his rightful place and destiny, somewhere on the road to Bethlehem. This has some really sad parts in it, I haven't seen it since I was a little girl in the 70s but I'm 99% sure it's stop motion animation like Rudolph. Buy the DVD
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) - This animated sequel to the X-rated original finds Fritz in the 70s, now on welfare with a nagging wife. He smokes pot for escape, and imagines himself in eight other lives--including being an astronaut, as an orderly to Adolf Hitler, and an aide to President Kissinger. Buy the DVD
Pink Flamingos (1972) - John Waters film, stars Divine. This is one sick as fuck movie. It takes a lot to gross me out but this did it. It is probably the weirdest film I have ever seen. It's about Divne's character and this couple vying for the skankieset. Divine eats dog poo and a chicken gets .... something you don't want to think about, and there is this weird not right in the head egg eating lady in a crib in a trailer. Buy the DVD
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - This drag queen horror/comedy/musical is still a cult classic today. What's scary is that my parents used to go to see this a lot when they were young. Stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf. buy the DVD
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - Really needs no explaination, the start of a great saga. I remember waiting in line to see it at 4 or 5 yrs old with my Daddy & big brother in Detroit, and some guy in front of us had seen it like 2 times already and we were ooooing and aahhhing. Now I realize he must have been a geek :-) buy it now
Watership Down (1978) - I haven't seen this since I was young, but I remember it being dramatic, serious, and bloody. It's animated and rated PG, but it's overall sort of mature. One of the greats of the 70s, it's about the world of these rabbits. Buy the DVD
The Wiz (1978) - An updated, urban, African-Americanized version of The Wizard of Oz. Dorthy gets whisked from her inner-city neighborhood to the mystical land of Oz. All the characters from The Wizard of Oz are in this movie, but with an urban flavor. Diana Ross is Dorothy, Michael Jackson (when he was an african-american boy-man) is the Scarecrow, Richard Pryor is The Wiz. I absolutely love this movie and have had my taped off TV copy since it aired in late 70s. There is a scene in the subway that still creeps me out so much. I don't think kids of the 90s can get into this too much because it seems so old fashioned and low tech to them but it's still great to me. Buy the DVD
The Black Cat (1966) - Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story, A mentally unbalanced man is obsessed with the idea that a black cat is possessed. He tortures and kills it. Later, he comes to believe that the cat has returned from the dead to kill him. buy the DVD
Carnival of Souls (1962) - This is very creepy and twilight zoneish, I really liked it. Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.buy the DVD
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) - One of Poe's greatest and creepiest stories, Vincent Price stars. Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the brutest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle. buy the DVD
The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu (1943) - 28 rare cartoons from the time of WWII put out by Warner Brothers. Buy the DVD
Spellbound (1945) - I've yet to see this Hitchcock movie but it sounds interesting. The head of the Green Manors mental asylum Dr. Murchison is retiring to be replaced by Dr. Edwards, a famous psychiatrist. Edwards arrives and is immediately attracted to the beautiful but cold Dr. Constance Petersen. However, it soon becomes apparent that Dr. Edwards is in fact a paranoid amnesiac imposter. He goes on the run with Constance who tries to help his condition and solve the mystery of what happened to the real Dr. Edwards. Buy the DVD