Friday, September 29, 2017

Gerald's Game (2017)

I read Gerald's Game years ago, and while I wasn't particularly blown away by it, I remember picturing the Space Cowboy as Matthew McGrory (RIP). I mean, it's scary, right?  Being trapped in a completely logical and non-supernatural way like handcuffs to your headboard.  I live in the city, it wouldn't take long for someone to find me.  This is why I don't mess with the country.

So it's hard to carry a movie with mostly one character, but if anyone's going to do it, it will be sexy mama Carla Gugino, who play Jessie. Jessie and her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) head up to their country house for the weekend to reignite their marriage.  Gerald wants to reignite said marriage with some sort of rape fantasy that Jessie is not on board with.  When he pops a Viagra and they have an argument, he ends up dead on the floor with her handcuffed to a very sturdy bed.

In the most bizarre bedroom in history, much unfolds.  A dog comes by to feast on the dead husband. The ghost of her dead husband and a more competent version of herself guides her through tasks.  And the villain of the story, the "Space Cowboy," makes his appearance.  Meanwhile, in her thirst and isolation-induced mental state, she remembers childhood abuse.

So I feel like these trapped in one location movies can drag, and there were some chatting scenes where I was getting a little bored, but I was legit excitedly yelling at the tv at some parts!  But I just did not like the character of the "moonlight man."  He just looked too fake and ghost-like considering it was supposed to be a real person, and the pivotal shared scene in the end, which should have been eerie, came off almost comical.

Overall, I liked this movie, and Carla Gugino carried it well.  But they probably could have cut out a few minutes of lecturing/chatting, and definitely gone in a different direction with the "space cowboy"/"moonlight man."  But yet another successful Netflix original.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

American Horror Story: Cult - Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

You would think that clowns and Donald Trump are one and the same, but on this show they are very different!  We're back with American Horror Story: Cult and seriously, Sarah Paulson is one of the best actresses this show has had.  She just puts 100 percent into each one of these characters, IMO.

This week, Ally wakes up with a frightening clown in bed next to her.  She grabs wife Ivy to investigate, and not surprisingly, she finds nothing.  But is it just that the clowns are really fast and sneaky?!  Because now I see one in her son's room switching off the nightlight.  It's very hard to tell if the clowns are real or imagined on this show!  Oh, it was just a nightmare.  Poor Oz.

Back to Kai, who antagonized migrant workers into beating him, and is using it to speak out against undocumented citizens. He has also decided to run for city council to try and replaced Kang, who was murdered in last week's episode, possibly by clowns?  Speaking of Kang, Ally tries to peek into the house when the new neighbors are moving in their belongings.

Racial tensions run high at Ivy and Ally's restaurant in wake of the political climate and attack on Kai.  Back at home, they've apparently decided to keep employing the dumbass nanny that shows Oz murder videos.  Oz calls her out to lying to the moms about what they saw about the murders next door.  Of course, conveniently the new neighbors are beekeepers, right in time to freak out Ally with the honeycombs.  They're a little freaky themselves, TBH.

The alarm goes off at Ally's and Ivy's restaurant, and stupidly, Ally goes down there in her pajamas with no police, and clowns likely stalking her. For good measure, she wanders around a fridge full of animal carcasses, and maybe the corpse of a chef!  But who knows, because a lot of things are dreams and hallucinations on this show.

Obviously unsettled after the events of late, Ivy just goes straight to pick up her hot therapist.  As it so turns out, the chef was murdered, and police suspect Pedro, another cook.  Of course the new neighbors have an entire weapons cache that they've been building up "since Obama got elected."  Ally, newly a gun enthusiast, takes one for herself.

While fortifying their house with extra security measures, Kai knocks on the door.  He rants on with Breitbart-ish statistics and taunts her.  Back at the restaurant, Pedro laments being a suspect.  Winter, the worst nanny on earth, does a shitty job of putting Oz to bed and then seems to scare Ally on purpose as she stares at her medication.  Instead of encouraging her to take it, LIKE SHE SHOULD, she runs her a bath and pours wine. Andddd, maybe gets sort of sexual?  This show is weird.

Should your child's nanny be washing your back in the tub when your wife is at work?!  My guess is NO.  The alarm sounds...and do we think that Winter and the clowns are working together?  All signs point to YES.  The gay guy from next door comes over screaming that the power loss is a result of massive terrorism, sending Ally into a frenzy.  Winter suddenly feels the need to save her ceramics and peaces.  Ally is probably locked in her super secure house with the clowns.

Instead of just driving over to the restaurant, she runs about with a gun and hatches this ridiculous plan to run to the neighbor's house.  When she opens the door, Pedro is on the other side with supplies.  Sadly for Pedro, Ally is super trigger-happy and down goes Pedro.  Until next week!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

American Horror Story: Cult - Election Night

I apparently don't have trypophobia, because these ads didn't freak me out.  I actually thought they were pretty cool.  We're back with a new season of AHS, and I'm going to recap it this time around, which means spoilers abound!

Probably worth noting going into this recap that I'm a major liberal/feminist/snowflake and I voted Hillary, so while holes don't scare me, Trump does.  And I sure did cry on election night.

On AHS, we see two different people reacting to the election.  Ally (Sarah Paulson) fears for her and her partner Ivy's (Allison Pill) rights. Kai (Evan Peters) celebrates, and paints himself in cheese puffs, doing a Trump impression.  He taunts Winter (Billie Lourd), who is mourning the win and its possible effect on her reproductive rights.  Turns out that they are sister and brother, and they have a strange pact that involves pinky promises...or something.

Elsewhere, a sexy couple is getting it on in a serene field.  The woman feels they're being watched, and the man jokes that it is Twisty the Clown.  Turns out that wasn't such a funny joke to make after all.  Instead of stupidly staying and mourning her now-dead boytoy, she breaks out in a decent sprint for being in a bra and miniskirt, but runs herself right into Twisty's bus.  Sooo, has Twisty returned?  No, it is just the plot of a comic that Ally and Ivy's son, Oz (Cooper Dodsen) is reading in bed.  Finding the comic sends Ally, who has coulrophobia, into a panic.  She revisits her psychologist, Dr. Rudy Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), concerned that her fears are taking over her life again, as more begin to surface, included trypophobia.

Kai makes a presentation to his community, proposing that people be allowed to live in fear in order to flesh out the strong amongst them.  In response, Councilmen Chang (Tim Kang) has perhaps the best line of the episode:  "I'm glad that you 4chan guys feel empowered to join the rest of us in civil society now that Papa Bear Trump is telling you it's okay."

Ally spirals downward further when she has an episode at a grocery store where she feels clowns are terrorizing her.  Running away causes her to crash her car.  Ivy is concerned about the effect of Ally's mental state on their marriage, child, and business.  While they argue outside their restaurant, Kai throws a drink on them.  In need of a new nanny for Oz, they hire Winter, unaware of any connection to Kai.

Kai antagonizes a group of Mexican men into beating him.  Right from the jump, Winter is an extremely inappropriate nanny.  She asks invasive questions about his moms and shows him pictures of dead bodies, and compares it to getting vaccinations. During a romantic evening tasting at their restaurant, Ally freaks out again about holes and clowns.  At home, on a break from murder videos, Oz sees several clowns exit an ice cream truck.

According to Oz, he and Winter saw the Changs (the next door neighbors) murdered by a group of clowns, the same ones that Ally claims to have seen in the grocery store.  Winter says they didn't go outside until the police showed up.  Ally wakes in the night to a noise, and sees a clown in bed next to her!