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  1. Scream is really good consensus choice for modern horror (or maybe The Ring? A lot of young folk seem to still really like that one).

     

    I agree It Follows, The Witch, The Babadook, Under the Skin, and The Conjuring are probably modern horror classics, but maybe too soon? I love Cabin in the Woods, but is it horror? I'm not sure. Ditto The Host.

     

    Speaking of Asian horror, I'm partial to Pulse. Also Cure (same director)... pre-2000s but feels closer to the modern aesthetic.

     

    And thinking about trends...

     

    It's pre-2000's but The Blair Witch Project had a massive impact (love it or hate it). Post 2000's I think [REC] is the best distillation of found footage horror, love that suggestion.

     

    For a while it was all extreme - Audition (as mentioned), Martyrs, Wolf Creek, Saw, High Tension, Hostel, ad nauseam... not a fan myself, but definitely worth talking about.

     

    Then there's the zombie resurgence - 28 Days Later (the one that started it all), Dawn of the Dead (maybe not great, but better than it had any right to be), Shaun of the Dead, etc.

     

    Indie-ish stuff like May (also as mentioned), American Mary, Ginger Snaps, Session 9, The Descent, House of The Devil, Slither, The Orphanage...

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  2. Soft "no" - I appreciate the weirdness and that Carpenter went for broke. The visual design of the aliens goes a long way. And when Roddy Piper's scenes work, they really work, but for the rest of the film (ie. most of it) he's clunky and uninteresting. And yes, the movie makes a point but so do documentaries - that doesn't automatically make it Canon-worthy.

     

    I get why it's a cult favorite and agree it's worth seeing, but it's minor Carpenter for me. Won't be sad if it gets voted in though.

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  3. I'm a little shaky on what "indulgence" criteria is - a movie that you love but don't think is necessarily Canon-worthy? Or one you think is underrated but should get into the Canon?

     

    Either way, I'm going She-Devil.

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  4. Interesting. I agree it's underrated and suffered from the weird Diablo Cody backlash at the time (still on-going?). Karyn Kusama is a great director; I loved The Guest & Girlfight is arguably Canon-worthy imo. I'm betting her best work is still ahead of her.


  5. I hope they do two Charlie Kaufman versus episodes - mix and match Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Adaptation, and throw in (if I recall correctly) one of Amy's favorite movies - Synecdoche, New York.


  6. Filmspotting is pretty fantastic.

     

    The website went ceased publication a year ago but the Dissolve podcasts were really good and everything is still online. It's very academic but if enjoyed film classes you should like the Dissolve. It's too bad it no longer exists as that was exactly what I was looking for in a film website and podcast.

    Good news! If you loved the Dissolved, (most of) the writers have a new podcast out there - The Next Picture Show. It is also fantastic.

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  7. I love Ed Wood but honestly I wish we were welcoming Plan 9 From Outer Space into the canon. I think it deserves it, as one of the most cited (if not THE preeminent) "so bad it's good" films of all time. As much as I enjoy Burton's empathetic portrait of the man -- and I agree it's a shoo-in -- Ed Wood films have given me just as much pleasure.

     

    Anyone with more than a passing interest in the wonderful and flawed Ed Wood should check out the excellent book Nightmare of Ecstacy, which was used as the basis of Burton's film. You can't but admire Wood's enthusiasm for his craft, which really does come across in the great performances of the 1994 biopic -- special mention must be made of Martin Landau as the aged Bela Lugosi, to say nothing of the rest of the supporting cast (pro wrestler George Steele bears an uncanny resemblance to Tor Johnson).

    Someone mentioned "Plan 9" in the Movie Suggestions a while back. Seemed divisive, but I'm for it. Especially for the discussion it would generate!


  8. I think I know where the hosts would vote and I think I know how the forums would vote, but I would really love to hear the discussion.

     

    Same with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (which apparently Devin & Amy hate).


  9. What is there to possibly hate about Harmony Korine? He's an affable, creative dude who makes art from his heart. I don't like all his films, but I'm puzzled why you would hate him, even kind of.

    Yeah, poor word choice. I meant that I'm not a fan of his work, whether it be movies he directed or otherwise. Never met the guy though, not meant as a personal attack (in fact, I think I heard an interview he did on another podcast... WTF maybe? He seemed decent enough).

    Knee jerk cyncism like this bums me out.

    No cynicism here - you hope there's something good in every movie you go into (or else why watch movies?) And my opinion of his work only came after watching multiple films of his, so not knee-jerk either.

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