Friday, October 2, 2015

The Reel Octoberfest: "Dial M for Murder"

Throughout the month of October, I, Justin Christian Ney, will be watching a horror film every day. Because, frankly, I need to catch up on the genre as a whole. Also, I'm broadening the scope to include thrillers, slasher films, crime dramas (primarily to just include everything by Hitchcock), and those b-horror films that are usually more humorous than they are terrifying (primarily to allow me to sleep during an entire month of horror movies).

I want to see the classics, the ground-breakers, the foreign films, the new ones, and the films that time forgot about. I've only got 31 days to immerse myself in the filthiest, most-horrific, scandalous, and eye-popping films THE WORLD HAS EVER SAW. So, without further ado, let us (me) begin!

"Dial M for Murder" (1954)
dir. Alfred Hitchock
wri. Frederick Knott
actors. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings

Last night, I watched "Dial M for Murder." It's a Hitchcock film, because if I'm going to embrace the horror genre, there's not a better director to look towards. The film is quintessential Hitchcock: twists & turns that keep you glued to the screen, constantly questioning characters' motives, who's right and who's lying. Grace Kelly (Margot) is charming, yet juvenile. Robert Cummings (Mark) is pleasant, yet stern. And Ray Milland (Tony) is a smooth-talker, yet a coward (and he wants his wife dead!). Oh, and Anthony Dawson is just a creep - classic Hitchcock.

In parts, it reminded me of "Rope," (1948) one of my all-time favorite Hitchcock films, due to the focused energy on one room - the apartment of Margot & Tony (who really should've just got a divorce). I'm glad to have scratched out one more of Hitchcock films, although I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. For now, "Strangers on a Train" (1951) has that title.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Two Week Recap (10/27-11/9)


Wolf Creek (2005): 75%
director/writer: Greg McLean
actors: John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi
producer: Greg McLean, David Lightfoot

Audition (1999): 82%
director: Takashi Miike
writer: Daisuke Tengan
actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina
producer: Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama, Toyoyuki Yokohama

Gone Girl (2014): 84%
director: David Fincher
writer: Gillian Flynn
actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens
producer: Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin

Interstellar (2014): 84%
director: Christopher Nolan
writer: Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan
actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn
producer: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst


Inside Amy Schumer (Season 1, Eps. 1-8)


Bjork - Discography (1977 - present)
artist: Björk Guðmundsdóttir
origin: Reykjavík, Iceland

Radiator Hospital - Discography (2010 - present)
artist: Sam Cook-Parrott
origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2 (81%)
label: Mass Appeal
producer: El-P, Little Shalimar, Wilder Zoby, Boots


Dry the River / Nathaniel Rateliff (Brighton Music Hall, 11/4)

Waxahatchee w/ Radiator Hospital and Alison Crutchfield (Arts at the Armory, 11/6)

Two Week Recap (10/13-26)


Rosemary's Baby (1968): 84%
director/writer: Roman Polanski
actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
produced by: William Castle
recognition: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Gordon), Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture (Ruth Gordon)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
director: Edgar Wright
writers: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis
producers: Nira Park


Transparent (2014): 89%
creator: Jill Soloway
producer: Victor Hsu
directors: Jill Soloway, Nisha Ganatra
writers: Jill Soloway, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster
actors: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light

True Trans (Eps. 1-4)
starring: Laura Jane Grace
short webseries on AOL

Intervention: Nikki (Season 6, Ep. 6)


Stars - No One Is Lost (76%)
producer: Liam O'Neil
label: ATO

Circa Survive - Discography (2004 - present)
band members: Anthony Green, Colin Frangicetto, Brendan Ekstrom, Nick Beard, Steve Clifford
origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Radiator Hospital - Torch Song (77%)
producer: Sam Cook-Parrott
label: Salinas Records


Parkay Quarts / Thundercat (Northeastern University, 10/19)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Week Recap (9/29-10/12)


The Normal Heart (2014): 88%
director: Ryan Murphy
writer: Larry Kramer
actor: Mark Ruffalo, Joe Mantello, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons
production company: HBO Films, Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions


Transparent - Season 2, Eps 1 - 4
creator: Jill Soloway
writers: Jill Soloway, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
directors: Jill Soloway, Nisha Ganatra


Charli XCX - Discography (2005 - present)
name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison
origin: Cambridge, England

Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014): 87%
label: Matador Records
producer: Nis Bysted, Iceage

Lykke Li - Discography (2007 - present)
name: Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson
origin: Ystad, Skåne, Sweden

Los Campesinos! - Discography (2006 - present)
band members: Gareth, Neil, Tom, Kim, Rob, Jason (past: Ellen, Aleksandra, Ollie, Harriet)
origin: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

mewithoutYou - Discography (2000 - present)
band members: Aaron Weiss, Michael Weiss, Greg Jehanian, Richard Mazzotta, Brandon Beaver (past: Daniel Pishock, Ray Taddeo, Christopher Kleinberg)
origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Perfume Genius - Discography (2008 - present)
name: Mike Hadreas
origin: Seattle, Washington

Lykke Lie w/ Mapei @ House of Blues, Boston (10/3)
Charli XCX @ Royale (10/4)
Perfume Genius w/ Matteah Baim@ Brighton Music Hall (10/6)
Cloud Nothings @ The Sinclair (10/8)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Two Week Recap (9/8-21)


Doubt (2008): 75%
director/writer: John Patrick Shanley
actors: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
production company: Goodspeed Productions, Scott Rudin Productions

This Is Where I Leave You (2014): 30%
director: Shawn Levy
writer: Jonathan Trooper
actors: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll
production company: 21 Laps Entertainment, Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros.

Love Is Strange (2014): 80%
director: Ira Sachs
writer: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
actors: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan
production company: Parts and Labor, Faliro House Productions, Film50

The Skeleton Twins (2014): 84%
director: Craig Johnson
writer: Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson
actors: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell
production company: Duplass Brothers Productions, Venture Forth


Girls - Season 2 & 3
favorite episodes: 2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 3.3, 3.6, 3.10, 3.12
writers: Bruce Eric Kaplan, Murray Miller, Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, Paul Simms
directors: Richard Shepard, Claudia Weill, Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Jamie Babbit, Judd Apatow
actors: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky


My Morning Jacket - Z (2005)
label: ATO
producer: John Leckie, Jim James

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (2008)
label: ATO
producer: Joe Chiccarelli, Jim James

Grimes - Visions (2012)
label: Arbutus
producer: Grimes

The Format - Discography (2001 - 2008)
band members: Sam Means, Nate Ruess, Mike Schey, Don Raymond, Marko Buzard
origin: Peoria, Arizona

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Week Recap (9/1-9/7)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975): 82%
director: Milos Forman
writer: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman
actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
production company: Fantasy Films

Mysterious Skin (2004): 81%
director/writer: Gregg Araki
actors: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeffrey Licon
production company: Antidote Films, Desperate Pictures, Fortissimo Films


Girls - Season 2, Eps 1-3
creator: Lena Dunham
writers: Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, Sarah Heywood
directors: Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz


Bright Eyes - Discography (1995 - present)
band members: Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott
origin: Omaha, Nebraska

Death Cab For Cutie - Discography (1997 - present)
band members: Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, (past:) Nathan Good, Michael Schorr, Chris Walla
origin: Bellingham, Washington

The Decemberists - Discography (2000 - present)
band members: Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, John Moen, (past:) Jesse Emerson, Ezra Holbrook, Rachel Blumberg, David Langenes, Petra Haden, Lisa Molinaro, Sara Watkins
origin: Portland, Oregon

Future Islands - Discography (2006 - present)
band members: Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, Samuel Herring, Michael Lowry (Touring Drummer), (past:) Erick Murillo, Samuel N. Ortiz-Payero
origin: Greenville, North Carolina

The National - Discography (1999 - present)
band members: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf
origin: Cincinnati, Ohio

Neutral Milk Hotel - Discography (1989 - 1999, 2013 - present)
band members: Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Jeremy Barnes, Julian Koster
origin: Ruston, Louisiana / Athens, Georgia

Wild Beasts - Present Tense (2014):
label: Domino Records
producer: Lexxx, Leo Abrahams, Wild Beasts

Future Islands - "Inch of Dust"
Conor Oberst - "Double Life"
Conor Oberst - "You Are Your Mother's Child"
The National - "Mr. November"
Neutral Milk Hotel - "King of Carrot Flowers (Pts. 1-3)"
Wild Beasts - "Mecca"

The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Future Islands - Boston Calling (9/5)