The weekend was cold and I was feeling very tired, so Saturday afternoon, hubby and I went to the videostore in Ottawa for independent, foreign, 70s exploitation and plain ‘ol weird flicks-Invisible Cinema. There were rows upon rows of underappreciated movies, available in vhs and dvd format. It was wonderful! For my first time, I picked a variety of film genres: Night of the Hunter, Itty Bitt Titty Committee, Manji and Changeling.
Night of the Hunter was the best of the lot and revolved around a preacher (Played by Robert Mitchum) who is a serial killer in disguise, on the hunt for lonely widows, to manipulate, kill and rob, believing that is what “God” wants him to do. The preacher seems to have served as inspiration for similar religious creep characters like Max Cady in ‘Cape Fear’ and Reverend Kane in “Poltergeist II”. He even sings unnerving Christian songs while on the hunt, similar to Kane.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee is not a porn, but a “riot-grrl” movie about a woman, Anna, who joins a radical feminist group and falls in love with one of its members. I’m all for female empowerment and enjoy GLBT films, but this one struck me as immature and the acting was pretty bad in some parts. However, while I don’t agree with some of their ‘antics’, the movie does make some good points about society and current pop culture.
Manji, the Japanese tale, was weird and contained far too much overly dramatic dialogue. I know Japanese entertainment is mostly strange, but there are a few wonderful films created by directors from that country. Sadly, however, this was not one of them and I turned it off after nearing the end.
The Changeling (not to be confused with the one of the same name with Angelina Jolie) is about a composer who loses his wife and child in a freak accident and years later ends up renting a haunted house. The composer then spends the rest of the movie trying to communicate with the living entity in the house and discover its secrets. It was a decent flick, though not as scary as it was advertised. (Though horror movies rarely are) But it still had some suspensful and chilling moments.
For Earth Hour, we played cards and hubby taught me how to play poker. And would you believe it, I beat him right away with a flush! It was great! Of course, my next hand wasn’t so lucky, but still. I never bothered to learn poker earlier, but I kinda like it. If anyone is looking for a poker buddy for fun (not for money or anything), drop me a line! 🙂