This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: Aug. 3rd – 9th, 2015.

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Lauren Shera – Light & Dust (pretty witchy)

I think, this week, I’m most excited about:

the unwanted

~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

The Raven (2012) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
LEAVING NETFLIX STREAMING ON AUG. 6TH.
Not Available from Redbox.
John Cusack. I can’t remember if I’ve seen this or not. Might try to make time before it’s gone. Anyone out there love it or hate it?
On IMDb here.

Maggie (2015) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
(Not yet Available streaming on Netflix, will update if I notice.)
Available from Redbox.
This zombie drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was never widely released in theaters. I did mention it when it came out but I want to feature it again, now that it is available to most of us. This is a sweet, sad, slow story. It’s well worth a watch, if you aren’t expecting a horror movie. The Ogre, especially, respected the ending.
On IMDb here.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
(Not yet Available streaming on Netflix, will update if I notice.)
Available from Redbox.
This mockumentary  from New Zealand isn’t as good as Spinal Tap, (what mockumentary is?) but it’s fun. I adore the character Stu, and I suspect you will too. I also have a special fondness for Peter, who can’t seem to stop himself from making new vampires.
On IMDb here.

The Guest (2014) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I just Found this one for my 13 movies set on or around Halloween list. (Did you realize it’s only 13 weeks until Halloween?)  It’s a strange film. Half action flick, half … thriller? And there’s a fair bit of Halloween stuff scattered everywhere, including a high school haunted house. Not a bad watch.
On IMDb here.

The Unwanted (2014) NR

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This one was brought to my attention by a review at the blog Danse Noir. Looks like it was made for me. Southern Gothic? Check. Vampire sensuality? Check. Airstream trailer? Check. It’s on my queue, and I might watch it tonight. UPDATE: I’m kinda torn about this one. Loved a lot of the atmosphere. Thought some of the special effects were just ridiculous. Got a little confused by the story itself. Yet … I may watch this again, some dark night.
On IMDb here. (linked)

Snowpiercer (2013) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I resisted this movie SO hard. The premise is just ridiculous. I watched it reluctantly with my menfolk. I hated it pretty much all the way through … though, I had to admit at the time, there WAS a lot to like about the film-making itself. Now I see that it’s streaming on Netflix. And I’m going to recommend it to you. I’m listing it as an orange, but I think — in my heart of hearts — it’s really a green. What I know for sure is that I can’t get some of the film’s imagery out of my head, and the story has stayed with me far longer than the plots of many movies I have liked from the get-go.
On IMDb here.

Reading Rainbow (1985) G

Some themed sets are Available on DVD from Netflix; search Reading Rainbow.
1985 season now Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Here’s my major outlier for the week. Got little kids? Fire up Netflix.

(NO LONGER) IN THEATERS:

The Gift (2015) R

In general release on Thursday, Aug. 6th

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Oooh. I hadn’t seen any trailers for this yet, but I found it today, as I was checking new releases. I’m TOTALLY ready for a good thriller. Jason Bateman, huh? Ok. Could be interesting. 
On IMDb here. (linked)

Mr. Holmes (2015) PG

In general release right now. (Playing widely around me in the Twin Cites area.)

Available on DVD from Netflix .
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
This looks entertaining. (And will probably be of particular interest to Tim Prasil: Inventor of Persons.) Starring Ian McKellen & Laura Linney — that’s a fine cast.
On IMDb here.

Cop Car (2015) R

In general release on Friday, Aug. 7th.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Speaking of fine casting: I’m intrigued by the opportunity to see my beloved Kevin Bacon portray a Very Bad Man.

We’re trying to save some money around here, and we plan to cut back on going to the theater, but I gotta say this looks like a GREAT flick for the drive-in … and we haven’t gone yet this year (even though a night at the drive-in is a MUST-HAPPEN event, at least once a summer.) Crossing my fingers that this will soon show up where I want it to be.
On IMDb here.

Dark Places (2015) R

In general release on … hmm. Supposedly Aug. 7th, but I’m getting the vibe that this might be hard to find.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Charlize Theron. Christina Hendricks. Oh my. Looks like this save-money thing might be more challenging than I thought. It seems this is based on a much-beloved book by Gillian Flynn. (And readers are saying the movie isn’t nearly as good as the book. Big shock.) Perhaps I can save myself by hitting the library to stave off the crave. (Sorry about all the rhymes there.)
On IMDb here.

The Vatican Tapes (2015) PG-13

In general release now.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I don’t know. This is one that looks like it can wait for renting. If you’ve seen it and loved it, send me a note, will ya?
On IMDb here. (linked)

~ON TV~

All quiet on the TV front this week.

~***~

INDEX TO ALL MACABRE & MYSTERIOUS MEDIA FEATURES HERE

The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.

Last updated 2016.06.03


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

NOW:

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

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

*****

MOVIES FOR THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND:

 **IN THEATERS**

INTERSTELLAR (2014)
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.

 **ON DVD/STREAMING**

LIVE, DIE, REPEAT aka EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)
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

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013)
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)

SNOWPIERCER (2013)
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

& LATER:

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

**IN THEATERS**

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)

PG-13
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
FINALLY playing at most theaters (in general release)

NIGHT CRAWLER (2014)

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 🙂

 **ON DVD/STREAMING**

THE PURGE: ANARCHY (2014)
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)

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN (2014)
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

*****

REDBOX: YOUR NEW VIDEO STORE

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.