Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Trip (1967)
Good eye candy, but pretty weird. I wrote more about this movie in its own post earlier this week.

Bicentennial Man
I wasn't a big fan of the tone, but enjoyed the exploration of what it means to be human. I wrote more about this movie in its own post earlier this week.

The Tree of Life

I wrote more about this movie in last week's wrap-up. However, I saw it again in theaters with my brother and not only did it hold up, but I loved it even more! I also noticed a bunch of things I didn't quite get the first time.
10/10! - Eventually I'll do separate posts for all my top ten films, but I need to re-watch some and possibly upgrade some of my 8s and 9s.

The Blob
This year was the 12th annual Blobfest held in the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA where the famous theater scene was actually filmed. I finally got to go to Blobfest this year! Blobfest is a three day festival, although I only made it to the final day. Three fan made short films that payed homage to The Blob were aired before our feature presentation. Two were made by kids, but they were all a lot of fun. I had not seen The Blob before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a blast as The Blob was a fun 50s sci-fi horror movie that didn't take itself too seriously. Everybody in the audience cheered when the Colonial Theater was shown and laughed at the some cheesy moments. It was fascinating to watch a movie that was filmed exactly where we were sitting! A 28 year old Steve McQueen played the main teenager. Unlike many other 50s monster movies, the monster in The Blob is not played by a guy in a suit and does not appear as a traditional monster. The Blob, like The Giant Gila Monster which came out one year later, was one of the first movies to have the teenagers figure out how to defeat the monster. I also felt that The Blob was surprisingly influential on later movies such as Alien (the egg scene is similar to the discovery of the blob) and John Carpenter's The Thing (it is sort of an inverse since you become part of the blob while the thing becomes part of you). The way the blob slowly takes over the body of the old man reminded me of Cronenberg's body horror films. The Blob is a ton of fun with a large audience, and although Blobfest is probably the best way to experience it, I am sure it is an enjoyable film no matter where you watch it! The ending line is hilarious due the present day issue of global warming:
"At least we've got it stopped"
"Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold"

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Later this week I'll do a two posts on the Harry Potter movies since the final Harry Potter movie is coming out this Friday!


  1. You went to Blobfest? You lucky son of a gun...

    Also, you saw "Tree of Life" a second time? Was it the 6 hour cut? I kid, I kid. So it held up? I'm thrilled to hear that. What did your brother think?


  2. I was only able to get to the last day of blobfest, so I missed most of the festivities (costumes, re-enacting the theater scene) other than the movie itself. They do it every year so we should try to go to the whole thing next year!

    My brother really wanted to see it so I went with him at a theater near us. He ended up loving it too!

    Speaking of The Tree of Life, remember that boy who was missing some hair? Although we missed it last time, it turns out that his house burned down and that he must have been caught in the fire since he skin was burned too. They showed a scene of a house burning then cut to men working at the rubble then to that boy. The first time I just thought that the fire of imagery but that part makes total sense now.

  3. Ah! That makes sense. Also, I'm glad that your brother liked it.

    So...what do you think about the ending? I still think that Sean Penn was dead. After all...I distinctly remember seeing a POV shot of somebody who had their arms outstretched in a Christ-figure and was wearing burlap...

  4. I'm not sure if he was dead or not. I remember there was a scene after Sean Penn sees his mother, father, and brothers of Sean Penn's character back walking out of the building his works at in the present. Unless I missed something definitive I think its just up to the viewer's interpretation. The ending was more about the family getting over the death of the youngest brother at 19 than whether he was dead and it was heaven or not.