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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge!

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Day 1- your first horror movie- this would be Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), I was about 5 or 6 when i first saw it and it was an instant favourite (yes my mother was a bit oddball) but i handled it well BOYAKA!!

Day2- the last horror movie you saw in the theater – I think that would be Trollhunter (2010), certainly made me a bit icky. I absolutley love this film it really should be in my top 30.

 

Day 3- favorite classic horror movie – probably a hammer horror…Oh I dunno this will be a toughy how about Night of the Demon (1957). Night of the Demon

Day 4- a horror movie you thought you’d love and didn’t – most after dark movies….if I had to name and shame, maybe the Rite (2011). I made the fatal error of buying before I watched it, I thought with Anthony Hopkins, Exorcisms and a good supporting cast it couldn’t be bad.. *sigh*

Day5- favorite horror remake – is there such a thing? Oh yeah the Thing (1982)!

Day 6- favorite vampire movie – oh man! I really do detest vampire in general I’m much more of a werewolf kinda girl unless the vampire is Chris Lee. But there have been a few good Vamp flicks in the past.. and for this I’d have to choose the Lost Boys (1987) or Daybreakers (2009) for it’s alternative styling?!

Day 7- a horror movie you think no one has seenSkinned Deep (2004) and everyone should watch it. No I couldn’t recommend a movie, only give my opinion. I really did like the crazyness of it, like Killer X/Natural Selection/Monster Hunter(1999) it just tells a story and doesn’t care what anything thinks about the process.

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Day 8- favorite foreign horror – I don’t like the term foreign movie, every movie is foreign to someone.. BUT I’ll go for non English speaking and side with Rec (2007).

Day 9- favorite super natural horror movie – I think I would have to choose Poltergeist (1982).

Day 10- horror movie every one loves but you don’t – this is hard because i love most horror.. or do I?

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Day 11- favorite horror/ comedy – I don’t do comedy.. but I do laugh a lot in horror movies, I gotta say House III/The Horror Show(1989) gives me the most giggles but it’s also quite annoying but my choice today goes to Dog Soldiers (2002).

BegottencoverDay 12- your most disturbing horror film– I know a lot of movies that are widely accepted as disturbing and there are some which personally disturb me, some un-nerve due to phobias, childhood experiences etc, but it took me a few attempts to watch this film and it really digs deep the Begotten (1990)

 

Day 13- favorite zombie movie – I used to adore zombie movies but they are all kinda the same now. We are starting to get some diversity so I’m going to go for a crazy zombie film but one I keep going back to Wild Zero (1999).

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Day 14- favorite indie horror movie – I adore Independent films, but I don’t know of many horror ones, it’s usually too expensive to use the effects that replace good story telling and acting (JK) I think I’ll watch the Decent (2005).

Day 15- favorite monster movie – I’d like to say Trolljegeren (2010) but I’ve mentioned that sooo.. Lets watch Rogue (2007), it’s not the most dramatic monster movie but it was consistently brutal and Sam Worthington didn’t save the day! thanks giant Croc!

Day 16- horror film with a great soundtrack – I was never a big fan of any of the Underworld (2003) franchise but I picked up the soundtrack due to hearing what I thought was Puscifer and low and behold the OST was better than the films and introduced me to Genghis Tron!

Day 17- favorite 80’s horror – I was a wee bearn in the 1980’s but was regulary exposed to horror movies, for a huge run down on 80’s horror check out this website  80shorrormovies.com! My choice this challenge will be cult classic Waxwork (1988).

notldDay 18- favorite horror movie filmed in black and white – I’m going to be really obvious here and go with something really popular… Night of the Living Dead (1968). I believe that being an independent movie is the reason why this was shot in black and white, but no matter how many remakes this movies has the original shots from this are always the most iconic.

 

Day 19- best use of gore – Oh man, what is a horror movie without gore!? One of the first movies that comes to mind when gore is mentioned is Braindead/Dead Alive(1992).It has to have some of the best gore and for me the best mass zombie killing scene.. Lawnmover death!braindead

Day 20- favorite horror character –  For me it’s Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams from Evil Dead (1981).

Day 21- best horror franchise – There are so many but so many now, a lot of them have a let down movie, I’d like to go with Alien as I adore all of the movies in every way but there are only 4, do you need more for a franchise? also it’s more sci fi than just horror.. Okay it’s going to be a long night.. Omen get’s my vote.

pyramidDay 22-best death scene – NO!!! don’t make me choose one! FINE I’ll go for this one.. brilliant, unexpected and such a timeless classic.. Mr Pyramid Head skinning technique from Silent hill (2006). The only thing missing was him raping the corpse.

Day 23- a great quote from a horror movie – A little quote here from Devil’s Rejects

“Boy, the next word that comes out of your mouth better be some brilliant fuckin’ Mark Twain shit. ‘Cause it’s definitely getting chiseled on your tombstone.”

babyDay 24- horror movie character that describes you – I asked around  I was told by several people i am as annoying as Baby Firefly from House of 1000 Corpses (2003).

Day 25- favorite Christmas/ holiday horror movie – I love how festive movies are all really terrible like Die Hard 2 (1990) but as this is HORROR!! my vote goes to Gremlins (1984)

Day 26- horror movie for a chicken – Any comedy horror movie is really a good place to start for horror pussies  I’m going to chuck in a more recent movie that had no scares what so ever.. Creepshow 3 (2006)

Day 27-your guilty pleasure horror movie – I’m going to get slated for this, but I own House of wax (2005).

Day 28- horror film you’d like to see remade/ rebooted – Now this has got to be quite a passionate request for me, I couldn’t simply ask for a movie to be remade when I don’t really agree with remakes, but I personally would like to see Silent hill (2006) remade and more accurately to the original game, I’d like to see Harry Mason battling things out in the surrealist supernatural psychological survival horror that silent hill should be.

Day 29- worst horror movie – Oh man there are so many of these, I know everyone would probably pick Anaconda (1997) because it was famously bad but I think I’m going to not ruin my night with that again but try Parasomnia (2008).

Day 30- your favorite all time horror movie (or one of 🙂 ) – phhh.. okay just on.. Howling (1981). I love watching this film, I never get bored of it 

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Top Opening Credit Sequences – part one (16)

I was watching a really odd 1970’s movie as a child and the opening credits went on FOREVER.. I asked my mother why the hell did I have to watch everyone’s name go across the screen and she explained to me that a director had to put the credits up or it would cost a lot of money for them not to have the credits there, I realised later on in life what she meant, after all she was just trying to shut me up.. but she did tell me about something she had read about a director who had to pay off a producer to stop insisting their name was at the forefront of a movie!

Really? is it that important?

Here’s the (boring) info link – Wiki page on Opening Credits 

Well it’s cheaper and easier to just have the credits so why not make the most of them! I like movie openings to be short, to the point, entertaining and unique.

Here is a list of my favourite opening credit sequences (in no particular order).

Se7en1. Se7en (1995)

This has to be one of my all time favourite movies, from the first time I watched it until the day I die I will be forever in love with this film. In terms of just the opening sequences, the remixed version of Closer, the gritty and jilted cameras, the content of John Does books, references to god, death and sex are amazing. A LOT of films try to re create this look and feel and fail totally, the Saw franchise are a classic example. But Se7en gets it so right.Full details on art of the title.

casino2. Casino (1995)

When I first watched the movie the opening sequence totally passed me by, I really didn’t get it, it wasn’t until I made it to the end and you hear that iconic song (Wir setzen uns mit tränen nieder” from the “Matthaus Passion” by Johann Sebastion Bach) that i took in the full grandiosity of the opening sequences, poor ole Robert De Niro flying through the sky though the background of casino lights. It’s rather relaxing, for the viewer. It displays who the movie is centered around and the crazy glamour of the casino and how it will affect that one man quite simply in one scene.

devil3. Devil ( 2010)

I had a bit of an idea about how this movie was going to be but the opening skyline shots really did unsettle me… quite a lot, it was a simple technique, just turn everything upside down, which is what the movie attempts to do. I think John Dowdle really wanted to try and turn at least your perception of the world upside down for the duration of the movie. But does it also represent the devils decent into our world to find his victims? Then the credits end with a magnificent suicide!

4. Warriors (1979)

I’m adding this one in for my sisters benefit! I do adore it too.. but the little critter reminded me of it. The movie opens with the various gangs of New York all congregating to a central meeting point and our home team of the Warriors planning their strategy. Your not only introduced to the characters you’ll be caring about throughout the movie but all of their attackers too, and what awesome colourful characters they area.Full details on Art of the Title

5 Centurion (2010)

The camera races across the north England landscape and what’s that coming of the hill, is it a large golden name.. YES it is. The credits for this movie are hovering over and are within the frozen landscape that Michael Fassbender is running around partially naked in during the first few scenes. I personally think it’s clever. it displays that the characters are foreign and lost/hidden in the land.

6. The Omen (2006)

I know I know i keep going on about how I dislike remakes so much then I mention how I admire this one!? I do like a few of them, and I think this did well, there was a 30 year gap which i think is just about acceptable for a remake and the story wasn’t disgraced in anyway, the effects weren’t over the top, all of the death scenes were similar but enhanced in a more modern way. It is a good film, but I’ll go into that in more detail. For now I’ll say that I really liked the opening scene, there are monks running around trying to find reference to the star that’s appeared, images of our world being destroyed as predicted in the christian bible and throughout there are numbers changing into 6’s and T’s into crosses, it initiates the viewer to start reading between the lines and looking for signs.

7. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

This delightful debut hit our screen with some great shots and some swagga to George Baker Selection’s 1970 hit “Little Green Bag”. Since this movie i can’t hear that song with out reminiscing over the colourful characters (there’s a joke there if you read between the lines.. ahem). Then the scene fades out to more K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies Weekend just keeps on truckin’  Who didn’t want to be one of those hip guys in black? More details on Art of the Title

Candyman8. Candyman (1992)

For me this was the first movie where I saw the city from a birds eye view, I have seen this technique used in TV shows and other programs in such a way so I’ve always assumed that it was done in this film first!? (if you know more please let me know). But as much as it was different (for me) it seemed to symbolise something similar to Devil where the Candyman was being called to come to the city to sort out his business, and is just passing over to find the right spot.

9.  Diler – Pusher (1996) 

This movie is just full of scenes that will be copied by other directors for years to come. It’s a full on gritty on the streets crime drama? and I love the entire trilogy, but getting back to the opening.. I like that the main characters are introduced in a back street alley kind of way,  the faces are obscured and a name flashed above their head they move forwards you get an idea of who they might be then back into darkness. Everyone goes by a first name or nickname there are no life histories on how they got here, it’s very  much in your face.

10. บางกอกแดนเจอรัส เพชฌฆาตเงียบ อันตราย/Bangkok Dangerous (1999)

My mother introduced me to this movie, I borrowed it from her, popped it in the player and wasn’t shocked to see the the uber violent toilet scene but what did capture my imagination was the blood spelling the names, does it suggest that this movie and characters are bathed in blood!? The Pang brothers always wow an audience with great effects and flashy bits like this and while it’s not ground breaking it’s mesmerizing to watch.

Blade11.Blade (1998)

When i first watched this movie this was my favourite scene! It certainly made the movie for me, bringing vamps into the club scene which it detailed on later in the movies. It was a marvelous start to any movie and really did a lot for Public Domain.. at least for one song!

ichi-the-killer-movie12. Ichi the Killer (2001)

It had taken me a while to watch this film (getting hold of a copy in the early days was hard). The film starts in an odd ball fast moving assassination/voyeur kinda of way.. Ichi is on a mission and is stopping by to watch his favourite prossie get her face beaten in. For ages I thought Ichi was the guy on the cover, but you soon realised it’s a mild mannered waiter who produces a lotta sperm and leaves it in the flower pot outside the prostitute window, strange, yes it is, but it also momentarily embosses his name! sexy!

13. Alien (1979)

A stark and simple title scene for a movie, the block letters that spell out the word Alien. It’s probably a good idea that they didn’t stick with the title of Star Beast otherwise it would have gone on too long. It does have it’s similarities to the Thing (1982) but only slightly.

14. Sin City (2005)

Setting the scene for what is to come, Sin City opens with beautiful, monochrome murder, sleek dresses, smoking revolver and the heights of the city. It’s a memorable opening… Full and in depth analysis here. 

15. Amelie (2001)

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Iwas mesmerised when i first watched this sequence of childhood memories, I think at some point I had played with all of the times shown. It is a great line up to the movie as Amelie keeps her sentimental childlike and innocent outlook on the world throughout the movie. It is just simply charming.

16.Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l’apocalypse – Crimson Rivers II – angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

Crimson-Rivers-II-Angels-of-the-ApocalypseI’m such a bloody goth.. I love the dark and foreboding feel to the beginning of this movie, the monastery, thunder, lightening, the number 13, monks, crazy bloody crucifix etc it’s just brilliant! I got part 2 first and wanted to wait for number one before i watched the second but the two movies are pretty interdependent so i stuck 2 in the DVD and after that opening I just had to watch it and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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2000AD strips that should make it to the big screen

Right here is a run down of my favourite 2000AD strips/characters that I feel could make great movies. To see details of what has already been made into films check out this post.

Durham Red

Part of the Stontium Dogs, Durham Red eventually got her own strip, as a solo vampire bounty hunter bad ass kinda lass. There was an awesome strip based on a hunter killer game, similar to the tournament and obviously used Michael Wincott’s character from the Crow (1995) as the overlord who organised the tournament. This could be an interesting start to Durham in the Cinema. Sadly I think it would just turn into Underworld (2010). Although I think if there was ever a match, my girl Durham would kick ass.

Button Man

Harry Exton, ex-mercenary, is a “Button Man”, a hired killer pitted against other killers in an underground sport. Each works for a mysterious “Voice”, a rich man of unknown identity. The object of the game is to kill your opponent, or capture him and take his marker – the first two joints of a finger. Button Men who lose three fingers are shot anyway. The “voices” profit from the game by gambling on the outcome, and a ruthless killer like Harry Exton can make a modestly wealthy man extremely rich. Exton decides to quit, only to discover that leaving the Button Man game isn’t so easy. What more needs to be said, it’s another tournament movie and probably a great one for Liam Neeson.

ABC Warriors

The A.B.C. Warriors are a team of war robots designed to withstand ‘Atomic’, ‘Bacterial’ and ‘Chemical’ warfare. They were built to take part in the long-running Volgan War,  Each robot has a distinctive personality – often one programmed by its human creators – but each is more or less able to act with free will. The team is made up of Hammerstein, Deadlock, Joe Pineapples, Blackblood, Mongrel, Steelhorn/the Mess, Mek Quake and Ro Jaws. There have been other members join up now and again over time. But with all of the Transformers movie technology this could be a marvelous film.

Nemesis

Nemesis the warlock was in the very first 2000AD comic I ever brought, drawn by Clint Langley (my all time favourite artist). I guess it was love at first sight. Nemesis is a a fire-breathing demonic alien, fights against the fanatical Torquemada, Grand Master of the Terran Empire in Earth’s distant future, and his attempts to exterminate all alien life. Grotesque, hyperbolic and violent, the series possesses a dark wit and biting satirical intent.

Slaine

Sláine is a barbarian fantasy adventure series based on Celtic myths and storieswhich first appeared in 1983. Sláine’s favourite weapon is an axe called “Brainbiter”. He has the power of the “warp spasm”, based on the ríastrad or body-distorting battle frenzy of the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, in which earth power “warps” through his body, turning him into a terrifying, monstrous figure who knows neither friend nor foe. He is a devotee of the earthgoddess Danu.

Obviously it would be hard for this not to turn into Conan (1984) but is there any hard of having an Irish Conan? NO! It would be amazing to see it embrace the old Celtic myths and I have to admit Ireland/Celtic myths tend to get forgotten by Hollywood, the only recent references I’ve seen to them would be from Hellboy 2 (2008 ) but Del Toro does like a good fable. I’m sure they would like to give the part to Michael Fassbender but I’d pefer to see someone more meaty in the role, is it really time for the New arnie??

Outlaw

He used to be a killer. He used to be the best. Now the past is about to catch up with him. How far is he prepared to go to save everything he hold dear? He is about to find out…

After all of the Django Unchained I feel a bit odd suggesting this! (JOKE) we need more positive black male characters in the movie business.

The story isn’t an easy one from what I remember, it’s actually quite similar to the background story in Tournament (2009) (and yes a thousand other movies)  Where the bad ass has his family killed and goes out for revenge so why not just chuck Ving Rhames in for good measure?

 
Rogue Trooper

Rogue, a G.I. (or Genetic Infantryman, a genetically modified, blue-skinned, manufactured elite soldier) and his three comrades’ search for the Traitor General. His comrades are in the form ofbiochips (onto which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval) and are named Gunnar (mounted on Rogue’s rifle), Bagman (on hisbackpack) and Helm (on his helmet). He is genetically engineered to be immune to almost all known toxins. He can submerge in strong acid unaffected, and is able to withstand a vacuum in his bare skin.

Strontium Dogs

Now this would rock, after a Strontrium (90?) fall out Britian is left with very few people and then the mutations start.. BRILLIANT! But as this is a cool comic, they don’t turn into X men they aren’t pretty but they have a laugh! There are issues like segregation and the mutants are seen as second class citizens, and congriguate in ghettos in places like Milton Keynes. This is begging to me made a black comedy sci fi britflick? I’d like to see it as a proper doomsday film, with a similar cast actually, the boys did well in Dog Soldiers (2002) too (did anyone notice the cast was almost the same?)

Vector 13

Vector 13 was one of my all time favourite strips as it was a full story in each episode and it played out like the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits and I absolutely adore those shows. It would be a bit crap to draw one of these stories out into a full movie like the box (2009) that movie was a hour longer than it needed to be, wait the original was about right, did it really need to be drawn out into a movie? C’mon! Maybe this could be compiled together like Creepshow (1982) into a series of shorts?

We need some proper sinister MIB with some shocking tales to tell. If your into this kinda thing then I can’t help but shout about my favourite podcast, Mysterious Universe. I’ll add their links soon but in the meantime check them out here http://mysteriousuniverse.org/

Sinister Dexter

This strip started when I was about ready to give up on 2000AD due to costs but I did enjoy the first round. it features the exploits of gun sharks (hitmen) Finnigan “Finny” Sinister and Ramone “Ray” Dexter in the city of Downlode, sprawled across Central Europe “like a hit and run victim” I’ve noticed that the characters started out as the hitmen from Pulp Ficition (1994 ) but slowy turned into a dead clown and wesley snipes in appearance, lets face it, Mr Snipes could do with a bit of cash, so lets get this made and help a brotha out! To be honest I’d prefer to see Danny John Jules play the part.

Movies I’m looking for

There are a lot of movies I only have on video or remember seeing one night on TV without knowing what I was watching and need some help locating. If you have them for sale or can help me locate them then please let me know.

This list will GROW …

  • Angels Egg (1985)
  • Unknown – British prison movie, one inmate smears his schite all over the walls then blood, another more placid inmate with dreads turns from a gentle painter to guard stabber, main character released at the end… any ideas?
  •  Blood Diner
  • The Keep
  • Mirage
  • Detective movie, probably Croatian, main detective wears bright coloured zoot suits
  • Film where a man is trying to commit suicide but everything fails,

 

Movie Addicts

I found a post on Simon Says Movie Reviews it details the 20 symptoms to look for if you think you or a friend is a movie addict!? It’s probably a good idea if I start here to see if I’ve given my blog the right name.. lets see if I’m addicted?

So I thought I’d give it a go.. see what I score.

1. YOU LOVE MOVIE LISTS 
I love lists and I love movies so putting the two together seems only natural for me. I adore looking at other movie lists and now with the power of this blog I shall be writing my own versions! I think everyone should do something similar, obviously everyone who is into movies, there is not right or wrong and it’s great to see someone elses point of view on the movies they have seen.

2. YOU LET YOUR TRUE EMOTIONS OUT
If movies didn’t affect me some way, be it positive or negative I wouldn’t watch them. What’s the point of spending an couple of hours watching something and then your just done with it!? Really someone spent a lot of talent and money to tell a story, appreciate it, live it, learn from it. I want my horror movies to scare me, I want to fall in love and be a million different people though movies.

 

 

 

 

 

3. YOU HAVE MOVIES STILL IN THE WRAPPING
Oh yes! Some are movies like Gremlins which I have seen a thousand times and it comes on TV quite a lot so it doesn’t  need to be opened (also it scares me) Other movies are just literally on the to watch pile, sometimes I do like to read the book first, other times they are remakes that people have brought for me. It seems if I say I haven’t watched something that means that I want to but haven’t got around to it yet and I love it when people buy me movies (hint hint)

 

 

 

 

 

4. YOU CAN SPOUT OFF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES ON A WHIM
Mostly.. I will post a list in a short while…

5. YOU HAVE SEEN AT LEAST ONE MOVIE NOBODY ELSE HAS HEARD OF
I’d like to think so, usually movies such as Skinned Deep or In the Aftermath Angles Never Sleep do it, depending on where the person is from I could probably name a “foreign” movie that they have little information about like Den Brysomme Mannen (yeah and I’d do it in the original language for extra brownie points)  otherwise it’s just an old underground movie that was banned and forgotten about.

 

 

 

 

 

6. YOU BUY INSTEAD OF DOWNLOAD
I’ve never downloaded a movie..

7. YOU ALWAYS FINISH A MOVIE YOU START; no matter how long, horrendous or boring.
Yes I will always finish a movie, I think it’s only good manners to see the whole story.

8. YOUR LIFE IS A MOVIE
I talk movies all the time, I’ll remember a movie quote before a song lyric. At work I often draw movie scenes on post it notes with quote, I put them in birthday cards..

9. YOU HAVE A WAD OF MOVIE STUBS AS THICK AS A PHONE BOOK
I don’t go to the cinema as often as a lot of other movie lovers, I would like to go more but the price is astoundingly high at the moment, I’m REALLY picky about going to the cinema as well, I only like them when they are empty. But I also don’t often keep the stubs but if I did I’d probably have quite a few. On the other hand if Blockbusters were to print off my DVD rental list, we’d loose a few trees.

10. YOU CAN STAND IN A MOVIE STORE FOR HOURS
I try not stay too long otherwise I end up trying to help people find the right movie or I’ll start to correct them when they are trying to work out who acted in what. Another factor to this is that I don’t need to stay there too long it’s not hard to pick out the few movies I’ve not seen yet.

11. YOU’RE A MOVIE FILTER
If I know someone I can work out what they should watch or rent next,I do often get asked for advice on what to watch or rent.

12. MOVIE POSTERS ARE YOUR WALLPAPER
*looks around* There are quite a few up along with lots of other art work.. I’m not doing to well here am i?

13. YOU HAVE AN OVERFLOW DVD RACK
I make furniture out of DVD covers.

14. YOU NEVER FEEL LAME WATCHING MOVIES ALONE
I usually have to go on my own, movies are my friends LOL.

15. YOU HAVE SEEN A MOVIE AT LEAST 10 TIMES
I’ve seen Lord of the Rings around 600 times and Robocop hit over 110 views and I’ve only had gomiso for two years now. Infact my facebook friends will comment if they haven’t seen it in my feed for a few days… (if you ever want to add me on go miso please do so! my page is here http://gomiso.com/u/katedra

 

 

 

 

 

16. YOU NEVER BOYCOTT AN ENTIRE GENRE
American Romantic Comedies.. Actually I try to avoid Comedies, I also try to avoid Romance movies and if I had a choice between a Mongolian black and white short or top blockbuster American rip of schite.. I’m watching the short..

17. YOU LOVE MOVIE TRAILERS
Not when I’m trying to watch a movie but yes I look them up online all the time.

18. YOU LOVE SILENT, FOREIGN AND BLACK AND WHITE FILMS JUST AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER
HELL YEAH! I love all movies … kinda.. american rom coms don’t do it for me.

19. YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BAD MOVIE AND A ‘BAD’ MOVIE AND A BAD MOVIE AND A MOVIE YOU DIDN’T LIKE
I do need to enlarge my vocab but it’s hard to express a bad movie that you like compared to a bad movie that you don’t like and a bad movie that needs to be seen etc..

20. YOU WILL DEFEND A MOVIE YOU LOVE TO THE DEATH
I’ll do time over it too!

Yes doctor.. I’m addicted