In order of viewing:
1) Insidious: Chapter 2  – 5/10
2) JFK: Director’s Cut  – 9/10
5) Misery  – 7/10
7) The Phantom Carriage  – 8/10
8) The Man They Could Not Hang  – 7/10
9) Cat People  – 7/10
10) The Curse of the Werewolf  – 5/10
11) The Borrower  – 7/10
12) Nosferatu the Vampyre  – 8/10
Best of the Month: I saw a lot of great movies in October, but two of them stood out above the rest: the once lost Australian classic, Wake in Fright, and the latest David Fincher film, Gone Girl. Both of them get the very rare 10/10 from me, and they are two films that I wish I had made the time to write about. Much has been said about Gone Girl elsewhere (check out Sati’s excellent review, for one), but Wake in Fright is an incredibly overlooked film that I still can’t stop thinking about. It portrays pure terror in its rawest form, and it quite frankly blew me away. It could very well be the best film I have seen all year.
Worst of the Month: While nothing was outright terrible, Insidious: Chapter 2 was pretty damn close to being as such. Rather than build upon some of the more unique aspects of the original Insidious, the cash-grab sequel is content to be a cliche-ridden ghost story. I still don’t know what to make of director James Wan. His filmography is about as hit-or-miss as they come.
Also, just a quick heads up. The Warning Sign has been a bit slow lately, and it’s probably going to stay that way through the end of the year. The next couple weeks in particular are going to be especially barren around these parts. Tomorrow I am flying out to the sunny state of California and will be spending some time driving along the coast, making a few stops along the way. It is a much-needed getaway, and I’m already dreading coming back to what is likely going to be an even more frigid Chicago. In the mean time, ciao, and catch you all soon!