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Movie Review: Jersey Boys

write-errant:

Okay, this one’s going to hurt.

Like I said on Lucy, and then on Deliver us from Evil: three movies I’d skipped reviewing. One excellent, one bland and unaccomplished, and one absolutely terrible. So, here goes.

God, I hate this movie.

Seriously, no vague conceptual introduction, no meditations on contemporary movie culture, no attempts to be clever. This is just me and a movie whose only redeeming value was the conversation I had after with the friend I saw it with.

Notably, we did not talk about the movie.

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Movie Review: Deliver Us From Evil

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At the moment, it’s sort of inevitable to be a part of the marketing machine chugging away around hollywood movies. I hate spoilers enough that I try to avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes I still end up feeling like I’ve seen half the movie from trailers alone (*cough* How to Train Your Dragon 2). For some people, especially those who are really into rewatching, that’s not a big deal, or even adds to the excitement. For me, not so much.

That said, the hype train can sometimes be a force for good, alerting people to interesting or original work they might never have noticed otherwise, but the trailer scene at any given theater tends to be homogeneous enough that that’s rarely the case.

The more common boon, at least for me, is that frequently played trailers offer us a chance to prepare for movies that really invite derision. Deliver Us From Evil called for that treatment for months before its release, digging its grave deeper each and every time it finished out a promotion by reminding audiences that it’s based on a true story. Horror movies haven’t done particularly well with that sort of marketing since The Blair Witch Project, and combined with trite possession tropes, there’s nowhere to go but down.

As I mentioned in my Lucy review, that’s not necessarily a negative. Bad movies don’t have to be a bad experience, and I can get really excited about digging into the muck and tearing into something trashy.

Unfortunately, as I also mentioned in my Lucy review, I was three movies behind as far as writing goes, and only one of those was good. As it turns out, Deliver Us from Evil is, tragically, not a particularly bad movie either, which leaves me with very little to go on. I don’t regret seeing it, but there’s a reason it took me this long to write about it.

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deformutilated:

Fudge recipe on a headstone

I feel like I should make this just to be able to say a dead person taught me how to make it. Maybe I’ll do it for Halloween.

I desperately hope that she spent her entire life telling people that they could have her fudge recipe “over my dead body.”

That last comment is absolutely worth reblogging.

cosmictuesdays:

nadiacreek:

coelasquid:

deformutilated:

Fudge recipe on a headstone

I feel like I should make this just to be able to say a dead person taught me how to make it. Maybe I’ll do it for Halloween.

I desperately hope that she spent her entire life telling people that they could have her fudge recipe “over my dead body.”

That last comment is absolutely worth reblogging.

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