Wednesday, January 24, 2018

200 Items Or Less - A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A few thoughts: Five films into this series and I still enjoy them all. Granted, this movie does have its fair share of problems, but between the wonderful gothic set design, and the continued creativity of this kill scenes, I have to say I would still consider this a solid entry. Yes, the increasingly ludicrous treatment of Freddy does reach critical mass by film 6, I still don't find him too silly to be enjoyed here. The story is a bit of a catastrophe, but the resurrection of Freddy and further looks into his past make for solid character work, and give the film plenty of opportunity to get crazy with the visuals -- which as I briefly touched upon earlier, are pretty fantastic here. Though less clever and understated here, the dream sequences are amplified by high production value and great lighting, giving these scenes a completely different feel from the original. And that's just fine. The series evolved, giving each entry a chance to add to the story in different ways. This is by no means a masterpiece, but I still had plenty of fun.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Top 30 Favorite Sitcoms

Sitcoms are TV comedies that follow a cast of recurring characters generally in a familiar setting through various funny situations and scenarios. So that opens up the genre to encompass a LOT, which means some entries on this list might seem a bit off, but I still count them. But hey, this while thing is just my opinion anyway, so what does it matter? These are my favorite sitcoms of all-time.

30. The Office (UK) [2001 - 2003]

200 Items Or Less - A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A few thoughts: A surprisingly fun and creative movie (why am I ever surprised by this series?) that amps up the one-liners, set pieces, crazy kills, and all the other fun stuff in the Elm Street movies. Also, it replaces Patricia Arquette with someone who is still weak, but doesn't make me irritated! What a wonderful movie. This movie also features one of the single greatest moments in the entire franchise, giving Freddy one hell of an entrance. I went into detail about this scene in my 5 favorite things post about it, but I still feel it deserves mentioning. I love watching this movie, and I'm totally not ashamed to admit this, as it is incredibly fun in pretty much every way. As far as Elm Street goes, this movie hits all the right notes, branching into absurd and visually stunning material at all the appropriate times. As is always the case, Robert Englund is awesome in this, but instead of being particularly creepy, this movie gives him tons of quips and a whole ton of goofy material that balances the two key components to his character: humor and creative killing. Sure, it's not a perfect movie, but it's a great Elm Street movie, and one of my favorites in the series.

Friday, January 19, 2018

200 Items Or Less - A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A few thoughts: One of the most weirdly underrated horror sequels I've ever seen, this first sequel to A Nightmare On Elm Street may break some of the rules of the franchise, but the creative direction it takes are more than intriguing enough to pardon it of these issues. While Freddy is still very much full of humor, this was one of the only movies where he fully works as a horror villain and not just a clown. Granted, I like him being somewhat clownish, but I do have my limits. Anyway, this movie is full of weird and hilarious scenes, TONS of (possibly) unintentional yet overt homosexuality, and some gruesome and totally awesome body horror aspects. There's a certain level of creepiness to this film, and the heroic lead performance by Mark Patton is almost shockingly good, rivalling even Robert Englund as the best performance in the series. Nah, who am I kidding? Englund owns this series. Still, this is one of my favorite movies in the series, and I feel it's massively underrated and pretty awesome in a lot of ways. It may be flawed, but its flaws work.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

200 Items Or Less - A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

A few thoughts: This movie is a strange one for me, since it's generally considered the best sequel in the franchise and apart from the 6th, it's probably my least favorite of the original series. But does that mean I dislike it? Hell-to-the-no. This is the first movie that fully embraced the comedic aspects, giving Freddy a lot more funny material and creative kills, but also has plenty of creepy moments, particularly featuring that scary nun. Where the movie starts to lose me is during the dream sequences where the kids start to turn into the dream versions of themselves. One turns into a damn wizard, another into some mohawked punk rock chick, etc. It's pretty dumb in a funny sort of way, but ultimately the movie's biggest drawback comes in the form of Patricia Arquette, whose performance is so obnoxious and unconvincing it actually makes me mad seeing her on-screen. She is SO BAD in this movie, I can't stress that enough. Regardless, the return of Heather Langenkamp, the humor found within, and visual creativity still make this a fun sequel.