Month In Review [October 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Insidious: Chapter 2 [2013] – 5/10
Insidious: Chapter 2 [2013]

2) JFK: Director’s Cut [1991] – 9/10
JFK: Director's Cut [1991]

3) American Mary [2012] – 6/10
American Mary [2012]

4) To Have and Have Not [1944] – 8/10
To Have and Have Not [1944]

5) Misery [1990] – 7/10
Misery [1990]

6) Run Lola Run [1998] – 8/10
Run Lola Run [1998]

7) The Phantom Carriage [1921] – 8/10
The Phantom Carriage [1921]

8) The Man They Could Not Hang [1939] – 7/10
The Man They Could Not Hang [1939]

9) Cat People [1942] – 7/10
Cat People [1942]

10) The Curse of the Werewolf [1961] – 5/10
The Curse of the Werewolf [1961]

11) The Borrower [1991] – 7/10
The Borrower [1991]

12) Nosferatu the Vampyre [1979] – 8/10
Nosferatu the Vampyre [1979]

13) Nymphomaniac: Vol. I [2013] – 7/10
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I [2013]

14) Nymphomaniac: Vol. II [2013] – 6/10
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II [2013]

15) Wake in Fright [1971] – 10/10
Wake in Fright [1971]

16) Gone Girl [2014] – 10/10
Gone Girl [2014]

17) The Orphanage [2007] – 8/10
The Orphanage [2007]

18) Neighbors [2014] – 7/10
Neighbors [2014]

19) Obvious Child [2014] – 7/10
Obvious Child [2014]

20) Terror Train [1980] – 6/10
Terror Train [1980]

Video Games Completed:
1) Real Boxing [PS Vita] – 5/10
Real Boxing [PS Vita]

2) Batman: Arkham Origins [Xbox 360] – 7/10
Batman: Arkham Origins [Xbox 360]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Boardwalk Empire [Season 3] – 8/10
Boardwalk Empire [Season 3]

2) Veep [Season 3] – 9/10
Veep [Season 3]

Books Read:
1) ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn – 10/10
'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn

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!

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22 thoughts on “Month In Review [October 2014]

  1. Chris says:

    wow, 10/10 for Gone Girl. I certainly think it’s among the years best films.
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks older in that image from Veep, maybe it’s the haircut 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed Run Lola Run, a favorite of mine, a great thrill ride, and visually surprising too. I had no idea Wake in Fright was that good, I’ll have to check it out soon. What did you make of Nymphomaniac?

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yep, I usually don’t give out 10s very often, but I couldn’t think of anything I actively disliked about Gone Girl. Definitely my favorite film of the year so far.

      Wake in Fright is a must see, though there is a scene that is hard to stomach, especially for animal lovers.

      Nymphomaniac I liked overall but it was probably too bloated for its own good. Also felt the second part was weaker than the first.

  2. Wendell says:

    Hmmm…I’ve never heard of Wake in Fright. I’ll have to try and find that one. I enjoyed Insidious: Chapter 2 more than the original, though I wouldn’t call either particularly good. I think I liked American Mary slightly more than you, also. Glad to see the love for Run Lola Run and, of course, Nosferatu. Great work, Eric.

  3. sati says:

    Thank you for the link and I’m so glad you liked the movie! Awesome that you read the book too, it’s just so brilliantly written. I recommend Flynn’s other two books as well.

  4. Jaina says:

    The Orphanage is a fantastic ghost story. It’s been such a long time since I last saw it, should really return to it one day.

    Oh and Run Lola, Run – never seen a film with so much energy and the energy is put to fab use. Brilliant film. And so original!

    Totally jealous of your break you’re going on – sounds like you’re gonna have an awesome time! Enjoy it 🙂

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Thanks Jaina, my vacation was pretty awesome indeed 😀

      Great to hear you are a fan of both of those movies. I *loved* Run Lola Run especially. By the end of it I was so pumped up that I wanted to go running until I passed out. The music was so great, too.

  5. ckckred says:

    I know how you feel. I have about three or four unfinished reviews yet to be published, but I haven’t really found a lot of time to write. Hope you enjoy California.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      I’m hoping to find some extra time here in the next couple of months so I can finish my project by the end of the year. Other than that, The Warning Sign may have to take a bit of a hiatus, unfortunately.

      Hope you’re able to find time to write! I always enjoy reading your posts.

  6. ruth says:

    Wow, so you REALLY like Gone Girl! Interesting that you love both the film and book equally, I admire Flynn for crafting a screenplay as good as the book. I haven’t read the book yet but I agree the film is excellent!

  7. Jules says:

    Seeing as Gone Girl was made fairly close to me, I really ought to have seen it by now. Also, I think that’s a good rating with Boardwalk Empire. I think the show made a mistake IMO when they got rid of who they got rid of at the end of season 2 (avoiding spoilers)… I respect the choice they made for the bravery of it and it was where the story was leading, but man, losing him really hurt the rest of the series bad IMO. Still the spectacle of Richard Harrow going all of Call of Duty on those mafioso’s in the brothel was pure awesomeness.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yeah, after we finished season two it took us a long time to muster up the interest to finish the show. Losing that character was such a huge blow.

      We ended up finishing the whole series last week. Season 4 was an improvement over the third, I thought, but I was fairly disappointed with the final season. It just felt too rushed.

  8. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    Still haven’t seen Gone Girl but can’t wait to see it when it comes out in video. I had never heard of Wake Up in Fright, but if it gets 10/10 I can’t suspect I will dislike it, so directly it goes into my must-see list.

  9. Victor De Leon says:

    Saw so many of these movies in October as well, lol. So many very awesome titles here. The Man They Could Not Hang was a cool surprise. Terror Train is always fun to re-visit too.

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