Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) – Although the technical crew and some of the supporting cast may have been phoning it in, Elvira never gave less than an enthusiastic performance. In other news, Cassandra Peterson has been doing this Elvira shtick for over forty years, and is my mother’s age. She’s still doing it, too.
The Odd Couple (1968) – Gay jokes are too easy here, so I’ll spare you. But old people, huh? Walter Mathau was never young, apparently.
A Man for All Seasons (1966) – Principled behavior is for chumps.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009) – Oof. While something like, say, Dune needs a cut-happy editor, Red Riding never felt like it was wasting my time. It was a long, long movie night, but worth it. My only beef with these movies is the small handful of characters who didn’t seem to age in the nine years between ’74 and ’83, but whatever, I forgive them.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009) – Forget it, Peter, it’s West Yorkshire.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009) – Trying is the first step to having your hands smashed up, so don’t try. And all murder investigations go down a little easier when there’s a hot, grieving widow.
Dune (1984) – Why do I do this to myself? David Lynch only hurts me, but I keep coming back, year after year.
I think I may have figured this one out, though. Paul was supposed to be born a girl, but he showed everyone that he was far more feminine than anyone could have imagined. I didn’t grow up watching this movie, so it just doesn’t have the same impact on me as it apparently did on many of you. Sorry.
It must be said, however, that Paul is a terrible sci-fi name, but I still prefer it over the name he picks for himself later in the movie.
An American Werewolf in London (1981) – We don’t get a lot of thunderstorms around here, and I hadn’t apparently watched anything from the eighties yet, so this seemed appropriate. If nothing else, the makeup is sufficiently gory, and there’s a fair bit of nudity.
Auntie Mame (1958) – Three years before Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this draws heavily on principles of Holly Golightlyism, but I don’t find myself wanting to strangle the lead. I might never have seen it for fear of Golightlyism, but the gays threatened to disown me if I didn’t see it, so here we are. I do not regret it.
Source Code (2011) – Well, let’s see… When a “Quantum Leap” and a Groundhog Day love each other very much, and also there’s a pointless military/daddy-issues subplot… Um. So, Jake Gyllenhaal is in this, but the only time he appears shirtless, you don’t actually want to see him shirtless. Let’s just say there were a lot of things I’d have done differently.