Macabre & Mysterious Media: Movies for the long holiday weekend.


YOUR MUSICAL / HISTORICAL INTERLUDE: Parish Apartment Unlocked After 70 Years

For a little more on the story, read the Wikipedia entry: Marthe de Florian




This movie clocks in at more than two hours and forty-five minutes, but you won’t feel it. (As long as you don’t drink too much soda.)

Rated: PG13
Stars:  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Playing at most theaters (in general release)

If you’ve seen it, and your head is still spinning, here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind the ending of Interstellar:

GONE GIRL (2014)
I don’t remember if I mentioned this movie here at the blog. I suppose it will heading out of the theaters soon, so if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a great date movie if “normal” romances and rom/coms leave you cold.

Rated: R
Stars:  Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Playing in theaters now – might be on the way out.


Ogre and I saw this at the theater, when it was just called Edge of Tomorrow. It’s a fun, action-packed movie. If you haven’t seen it, it would be a good choice for group viewing during the upcoming long holiday weekend.

Rated: PG13
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Available this week at Redbox

I LOVED this film, but not everyone will. One word captures its essence nicely: languorous. Other words that describe it include sensual, jaded, passionate, pretentious … let’s just say it might be irritating for anyone looking for a fast, fun movie. Be aware it’s not horror, despite most of the characters being vampires. In fact, I guess it’s a romance. Well, what do you know? A romance I actually liked, (besides Silver Linings Playbook … but I REALLY digress.)

Rated: R
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton
Available this week at Redbox (also on Netflix DVD)

This is either brilliant or the cheesiest dystopian you’ve ever seen, depending on who you talk to. For me, it’s another one of those films I kind of hated while watching, but am now glad I’ve seen. (Some of the images and story elements have real sticking power.) It’s a risk, but hey, it’s streaming on Netflix, so see how the trailer strikes you.

Rated: R
Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Available on Netflix streaming


And here’s the stuff I can get ahold of this weekend — that I haven’t seen — that looks good:



Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
FINALLY playing at most theaters (in general release)


Rated: R
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Playing at most theaters (in general release)

PS: Nice to see Tilda Swinton and Bill Paxton getting so much work 🙂


I didn’t see the first movie, and I don’t have any interest. I thought the intriguing concept of a society that allows such a purge was totally wasted in a home invasion movie. I haven’t see Anarchy yet, but I plan to.  A review I read, by one of YOU, made me think, “This is the movie I wanted to see the first place.” (Who wrote that review? I’ll happily link to it.)

Rated: R
Directed and written by: James DeMonaco
Available from Redbox (and Netflix DVD)

I just watched an episode of MonsterMen about found footage films. I’m picky about these, but I am intrigued by The Taking of Deborah Logan.

…And now that I’ve watched the trailer, I am deeply creeped out. This one is the one most likely to seriously scare me.
Rated: R
Available streaming on Netflix



BTW, did you know that you can use Redbox in much the same way you used to use a brick and mortar video store? If you create an account online, you can view the current contents of all nearby kiosks, reserve titles, then go pick up your movie(s) at you convenience. Start here:

Redbox Reservations

Here’s how M&M Media listings work:
If an item is posted in the “NOW” section, I have seen (or in some way experienced) it, and am actively recommending it. NOW items are immediately available to you if you have access to the same basic services I do.
If an item is posted in the “& LATER” section, it may mean that it has not yet been released, but it may also mean I have become aware that something of potential interest is currently available, but have not yet sat down with it.

10 Comments on “Macabre & Mysterious Media: Movies for the long holiday weekend.”

  1. Hunter Shea says:

    The Taking of Deborah Logan ‘took’ us by surprise. I hadn’t even heard any buzz about it. One day it was on Netflix and Jack gave it a whirl, then told me I had to see it. There’s a scene at the end that will adhere itself to your brainpan. 🙂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Ogre has agreed to watch it with me, which should soothe me a little, but possession movies are the ones that are most likely to scare the hell out of me. (Accidental semi-pun there. Sorry.)

      I think it’s a sophisticated premise, though, and I saw some really good (creepy) acting from the main character even in the trailer. I’m looking forward to it. I’m glad you and Jack mentioned it.

  2. scoobyclue says:

    Okay, I have a billion things to say, Nightcrawler … a friend of mine made the typical XMen joke, and I totally fell for it, I sat there waiting for Kurt Wagner my blue furred Xmen favorite to show up … and well you know what happened, HE TOTALLY DIDN’T!

    Edge of Tomorrow, Tom C makes me roll my eyes, but I loved it … totally loved it …

    And here is a movie I think you might like … and I want to see it too

    and a tv show you might like … I know I will be tuning in

  3. scoobyclue says:

    OH! I read about that apartment … AMAZING!!!!!!

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