Obligatory Friday the 13th Post.

Posted by Peter Hall - June 13th 2008 @ 8:09 am

Oh Happy Day!

I love the date wherever it falls, don’t get me wrong. It is in our mitochondria. But I’m going to be honest with you. I can’t write up a long post about the odd strength of the gravitational draw it lords on our niche calendar (it does cast a halo on the entire day, does it not?). I can’t do so right now at least. I actually do have today off thanks to a new 9/80 work schedule, but I also caved to the dark side of the Blu (Viva La Red!) and bought a PS3 MGS4 bundle yesterday. And well, frankly the game is sick, ill, pestilence; whatever MTVH1BET calls ‘so fucking awesome’ these days.

I will have a review of THE HAPPENING tonight or tomorrow morning, though. Buzz is bad and I have it on authority from people whose opinions I trust that it is a mess, but I’m still looking forward to it. I re-watched JUMPER the other night. Nothing – not even PROM NIGHT!!! – could be worse than that oozing boil of a film.

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  1. June 13th, 2008 | 9:00 am | #1

    Ha ha ha… “Re-watched”? What the hell is wrong with you?

  2. Brian
    June 13th, 2008 | 10:20 am | #2

    Re: Jumper, how does Doug Liman mess up so badly? Has any director ever improved with age? It seems like all directors get worse with time. Even if there is just a slight decline, e.g. Kubrick, there is always a decline, nonetheless. I can’t think of any major “great” directors who have finished on a high note (without some sort of tragedy causing their early exit).

    Not that Liman was ever “great” but SWINGERS, GO, and THE BOURNE IDENTITY are some of the most entertaining movies of the last 12 years. I put all three of them in my top 100.

    Is he really doing a Jumper 2? I’m sure he knows how badly the first one sucked. Maybe it will be the sequel most improved over the original of all time (a title held by Blade II in my opinion…but I hated the first).

  3. June 13th, 2008 | 10:24 am | #3

    John, re-watched because Christine’s brother had just gotten in from 7 months on a carrier and he wanted to watch it. I warned him. I thought maybe I was just wrong the first time around, but no. That really is the worst Hollywood movie I’ve ever seen.

    The. Worst.

    Brian,you’ve stumped me.

  4. June 13th, 2008 | 11:35 am | #4

    Well, I think almost by definition there has to be somewhat of a decline, as something has to catch the eye and hit big in order for the director to keep making films in the first place.

    Kurosawa? Hitchcock? Fellini? Bergman?

    Some people who dig F FOR FAKE might nominate Welles. (I’m not one of them.)

    Personally, I say Werner “Not a Significant Bullet” Herzog has a strong chance, but I’m a huge fanboy.

  5. R.J. Sayer
    June 13th, 2008 | 12:25 pm | #5

    i usually make it a point to watch several F13 movies on Friday the 13th.

    (yes, i’m THAT guy)

    but the last time it was Friday, JUNE 13th, (the very date the action in the very first FRIDAY THE 13th film takes place) was 2003. what do i do with myself?

    ugh… i’m sooo hungover.

  6. Matt W
    June 13th, 2008 | 2:31 pm | #6

    If it help Sayer, I’ll be watching several F13 movies tonite. I haven’t seen 2, 5 or 7 in a while, so odds are that’s what’s going on for me.

    But I *know* i’m gonna be one of the only people will never be a fan of the MGS franchise again, so one more copy bought, means one less copy that I will be able to buy. And that is definitely a good thing.

  7. June 13th, 2008 | 4:57 pm | #7

    MGS is confusing and the cutscenes are too long. I’ll take the original Splinter Cell instead. ;)

  8. June 13th, 2008 | 7:26 pm | #8

    I haven’t played an MGS since the first (well, first on Playstation). I’ve heard tale of how ludicrous the series became, so perhaps it is best that I never played 2 or 3, but I’m loving 4 so far.

    I did fall asleep during a cut scene earlier today, though. That isn’t a joke, either.

  9. June 13th, 2008 | 9:35 pm | #9

    I love, love, love M. Night’s first three major films, so it pains me to see how mediocre his last few efforts have become. I have plenty of potentially long-winded theories as to why he’s stuck in such a rut, but suffice to say I keep holding out hope that he’ll find his swing again. If he’s got even one more Unbreakable or Signs in him, I’ll watch plenty of crap to get to it.

  10. matt w
    June 14th, 2008 | 8:29 am | #10

    Holy shit, a guy who appreciates the very first Splinter Cell, I’m seriously stunned with joy. Glad to see there are sane people left.

    The third MGS stuck to basics. I’ve yet to play all of it, but the closest people around me have and loved it. No real ridiculous plot or storyline, no more than the first. And yes, I fucking loved the first. I just view games how Peter views the horror genre. So when I see some schlock thrown out that isn’t that great that are just loved that are not nearly as good as the review says (not just MGS4, as I haven’t rightfully played it yet, I can’t give it the middle finger I so want to), it really pisses me off deep down inside :)

    The second is what made me cringe at the series, it was a giant “Fuck you” to fan base, and since fan is short for fanatic, people went “Thank you sir!”

    But enough of my rant on that series, this is not a website to discuss games, nor is this my little niche of the internet to rant (that is reserved for Peter)

  11. Sean
    June 14th, 2008 | 9:35 am | #11

    I wish he’d stick to movies like Unbreakable. I didnt even realize he did that one, but god I love that movie.

    The problem I have with Metal Gear Solid 4 is that I’ve never played the others. (I dont have a ps3, so this is hypothetical) but apparently to cover what’s happened before, it has NINETY. MINUTE. CUTSCENES. Apparently, more than one!

    Arrrgh. I love my video games, but if I wanted to watch a movie, I’d watch a movie. Give me something pretty with lots of things to kill people with, or a nice rpg to make me lose my life in again, and I’m happy.

    God, I’m ranting.

    Anyways. Friday the 13th!

    What horror movies did you watch? I watched 13 Beloved and zoned out during Nightmare on Elm Street.

  12. June 14th, 2008 | 10:06 am | #12

    Matt, games talk is more than welcome. I’ve meant to, but never got around to, reviewing a few games for the site.

    Sean, I’ve read the same thing, but haven’t come to any 90 minute cut scenes. Though Act One must have totaled close to 30 minutes combined. I actually don’t mind. They’re very well done, gorgeous to watch and don’t interfere with the gameplay as far as my agenda goes. Which is odd since I quickly grew tired of all the story cut scenes in GTAIV and just wanted to pull a Vigilante 8 and Blow Shit Up.

    The only insulting thing I’ve found in MGS4 so far are the installs. Install a game once, sure, whatever. This game has multiple installs throughout. Multiple!!!! I’ve gone through two already and I only expect more down the line. I do not understand how the PS3 fanboys can accept that bullshit while simultaneously trying bash the 360 for “disc swaps” (which I’ve never had to do). What grinds me even more is that Konami had the stones to try and take the piss out of the 360 themselves! I thought that video was hilarious before I played the game. After the second install screen, a rage line inside of me broke asunder. What a sad joke.

  13. June 14th, 2008 | 10:07 am | #13

    Oh, and Sean, how’d you like 13 Beloved? All we watched was THE HAPPENING and SIGNS.

  14. Sean
    June 14th, 2008 | 1:09 pm | #14

    I loved it, I thought it was brilliant, and it made me sad.

  15. June 14th, 2008 | 4:35 pm | #15

    My Friday the 13th was lame. Got sick and fell asleep watching Iron Eagle.

  16. Sean
    June 26th, 2008 | 7:58 am | #16

    Hey Peter, I dont know where else to put this so I’m going to hijack your friday the 13th post.


    Would you do some more of the older horror films as well? I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and it’d probably be more fun for you to review things like Monkey Shines, and other classics in that vein rather than the modern day trash that seems to be cluttering our horror genre.

  17. Sean
    June 26th, 2008 | 8:04 am | #17

    Oh, and while I’m being obnoxious, have any of you seen House? Am I the only one who really enjoyed that?

  18. June 26th, 2008 | 8:33 am | #18

    House is awesome! That doctor plays by his own set of rules!


    (Seriously, all I remember is the “Ding dong, you’re dead” tagline.)

  19. R.J. Sayer
    June 26th, 2008 | 11:14 am | #19



    William Katt and George Wendt vs. grotesque laughing goblin kids and an undead Richard Moll?


  20. Brian
    June 26th, 2008 | 2:12 pm | #20

    Yeah, HOUSE was awesome. It was probably my favorite “horror” movie as a kid. I think it was the first R movie I was allowed to see (I was 6 in 1986, but I probably didn’t see until 87). Steve Miner was a big part of my life in 1987 (SOUL MAN being another kid favorite of mine).

    Let’s hope Steve Miner stays out of my life from here on out.

  21. June 26th, 2008 | 6:38 pm | #21

    Sean, I will. I need to buckle down and stick to some kind of posting schedule. Re-Cap on Sunday. Old movie on Tuesday, New movie on Thursday. Sound good?

    And yes, I love HOUSE.

  22. Sean
    June 26th, 2008 | 10:15 pm | #22

    Good, at least I’m not alone.

    I loved all those movies.

    And man, Brian, you were 6 when I was born.

  23. Andrew Kevin Walker
    June 27th, 2008 | 10:52 am | #23

    At this point there are really only two movies I want to see young Peter review: my mind-bending masterpiece BRAINSCAN, starring Eddie Furlong, and (the slightly inferior) HOUSE, starring The Greatest American Hero.

  24. R.J. Sayer
    June 27th, 2008 | 12:53 pm | #24

    yeah. i can’t believe Steve Miner has fallen so far, so fast.

    hey, Andrew Kevin Walker, how was the screenwriter’s panel at the W a few days ago? did you and Shane Black hang out afterward? was your medium director’s chair comfy?

  25. Andrew Kevin Walker
    June 27th, 2008 | 3:44 pm | #25

    RJ, let’s not make this about me.

    p.s. Glenn Gordon Caron’s chair was super comfy!

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