Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
A mysterious outsider grabs the attention of an independent young female aspiring novelist; pulling her away from a childhood friend and her family and leading her to a house with a deadly history.
del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) has brought back the classic moody ghost story; something that we see far too few of now. Relying more on the story’s gothic style, suspense, and outstanding set decoration (as opposed to outright gore) he’s presented an enjoyable ‘throwback’ film.
Brings to mind films such as “Gaslight,” “Notorious,” and “The Uninvited” – all classic (and more subdued) works from years ago. Absolutely beautiful, brimming with original style, stunning visuals, and more than its share of creepiness.
My rating: 9 out of 10.
I couldn’t resist. Sorry. Here are my choices for a solid evening’s mindless (obviously) entertainment = a true 420 film festival.
#10 ) MEET THE FEEBLES
A classic demented romp from the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy – back when he wasn’t afraid to twist minds, and scare the p*** out of his audiences. (Good luck finding it.)
#9) HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE
General good-natured stupidity, Neil Patrick Harris and the munchies you might need.
#8 ) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEYFor those into zen moments and computers with attitude.
#7 ) THIS IS THE END
Party at the apocalypse!
#6) PINK FLAMINGOS
A legend – sober viewing is *not* recommended.
#5 ) EL TOPO You can’t watch this with a clear mind.
It’s not allowed.
In fact, I believe it may be illegal in some states.
Kevin Smith’s best cinematic effort (I remember the NC17 rating – now you can buy Clerks action figures at ToysRUs).
(Though TUSK is probably a damn close 2nd…)
#3) FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Somtimes it’s just too much fun to look back on the career of an Oscar-nominated “serious” actor.
#2) NAKED LUNCH
The movie OR the book – both are potentially reality altering, mind-numbing experiences.
#1) ANY Cheech and Chong movie, but UP IN SMOKE highly suggested.