Movie Weekend and Lights Out

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! 🙂

Pictures:

http://clarkknowles.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/100th-meridian/

http://www.aintitcool.com

http://www.zoomermag.com/don_irvine/2009/08/

http://lovehorror.co.uk/the-changeling-1980

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9 thoughts on “Movie Weekend and Lights Out

  1. mindfulmerchant

    Oooh I remember renting The Changeling at the cottage one summer and being scared for weeks. I do not know how to play poker but want to learn. Good for you. What did you and your hubby play for? lol

  2. Lynn

    I’m in a regular poker game with five of my gal pals — we play once a month. We used to look for a spare when someone had to cancel because it’s very hard to get someone who isn’t totally overwhelmed by us – we’ve been playing together a long time and we play a wide variety of games. But if you are up for it, I can give you a shout next time we are short a player. We only play for $5 total, but usually no one goes home short more than $3. It’s pretty cheap for a night out.

  3. Pauline Post author

    Mindfulmerchant-We played for…”fun”. 😉
    Get off my lawn-He plays homicidal fundamentalist well. I should watch more of his movies.
    Lynn-Let me get better at it first and then I will definitely join you. 🙂
    XUP-See my comment to mindfulmerchant
    Kate-Both are excellent films!
    Robin-Please do!

  4. artman2112

    night of the hunter is one strange and fascinating flick! the ONLY film actor Cahrles laughton ever directed, it was a big flop in its day but has gained a huge cult following since then for its “grimm fairy-tale’ settings”, stylistic lighting and of course Robert Mitchum’s way over the top psycho preacher! plus Lillian Gish is simply wonderful in it!
    never saw any of the others though but you certainly picked a varied lot of titles, lol!

  5. Pauline Post author

    Artman-I agree it is strange and fascinating and yes, I do enjoy a variety of things, including film genres and time periods. 🙂

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