I saw A Quiet Place II in the theater last night and, as someone who loves film, it was great to be back! I’ll probably stick to seeing any films I can see at home actually at home, but what a treat to see something up on the big screen once again. Vaccines/science are great! The sequel was also just as good as the first one, in my opinion. Are you excited to see something in person?
If you’ve been paying any attention to The Weeknd for the last year you may have noticed a few things: the same red suit jacket and black clothes and a bloodied nose and face. You read right, he’s been making live appearances wearing the same outfit and with makeup and prosthetics to appear bloodied. He’s essentially been telling a story over the course of 10 or 12 music videos and live performances. I’m not sure I can think of a case where someone has sustained a character AND story arc across this many videos.
I’ve compiled those videos below in what I think is the correct order. Some are, uhm, explicit. I’m not sure if this is the last of the videos, but if any more are released I’ll add them to this post.
Until I Bleed Out
Heartless (feat.Lil Uzi Vert) Intermission
Blinding Lights (Live on Jimmy Kimmel Live)
After Hours (Short Film)
In Your Eyes
Save Your Tears / In Your Eyes (live)
Save Your Tears
Other notable live performances and videos
- Phantasm (1979)*
- Prom Night (1980)
- The Funhouse (1981)
- Chopping Mall (1986)*
- Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)*
- Sleepaway Camp II (1988)
- Sleepaway Camp III (1989)
- Body Bags (1993)
- Hereditary (2018)
- Lovecraft Country (2020)*
*Currently watching or started
I’ve slowed down a bit on the scary stuff as Die Hard and Home Alone season is in full gear. Maybe it’s time to fill in some of my Christmas/horror flick gaps!
Continuing on my previous post, I’ve watched even more horror films. With Halloween and a Friday the 13th so close together, it seemed only appropriate to watch a certain franchise (plus a few others) to stick with horror films.
- Friday the 13th A New Beginning (1985)
- Friday the 13th Jason Lives (1986)
- Jason Goes to Hell (1993)
- Jason X (2002)
- Friday the 13th (2009)
- Sleepaway Camp (1983)
- Ready or Not (2019)
- Lifeforce (1985)
- Maximum Overdrive (1986)
- Children of the Corn (1984)
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
I’ve been on a bit of a thriller/horror kick lately, given the season. I’m normally not a huge horror fan, though I like it when it’s done well. There are a few more I will probably try to squeeze in over the next few days. Anything I need to watch? Right now I’m curious about Overlord – seems like a good combo of WWII and zombies!
Over the last few weeks I’ve watched the following movies and TV shows:
- American Horror Story 1984 (2019)
- Dark (2017-20)
- Raising Cain (1992)
- Sisters (1972)
- Evil Dead (1981)*
- Final Destination 5 (2011)
- The Thing (2011)
- Creep (2014)
- Creep 2 (2017)
- Poltergeist (1982)*
- Midsommar (2019)
I watch a lot of movies and love lists and connections.
Get ready for archive footage of Margaret Thatcher and songs by The Clash!
- Billy Elliot (2000): Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis
Billy learns to dance while his brother and family are on strike. Features a great period soundtrack.
- Pride (2014): Joe Gilgun, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Imelda Staunton, Liz White, Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine
An LGBT organization supports the striking miners and find commonality between the two groups. You may not recognize all the cast members’ names, but if you’re a fan of UK film and TV (or ‘The Wire’), you’ll recognize some faces.
- Brassed Off (1996): Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor
Ten years after the miner strike, now out of work miners form a brass band.
The Seeb remix of Mike Posner’s I Took A Pill in Ibiza is one of those ear worms, something you can’t shake – even if you want to. I’ve attended my fair share of Dylan concerts, own most of his albums, and have seen any movie he’s been a part of (yes, that includes ‘Hearts of Fire’). Because of this, the inspiration for video for the original version of Mike Posner’s the song was not unfamiliar to me. In my youth I remember buying INXS’s ‘Kick’, and more than a few ‘Weird’ Al albums on cassette. This prompted the need to have a little video marathon and I thought I’d share it here, too. Did I miss any others?
Did you know it’s legal to share the movie “Night of the Living Dead” online because of a mistake with copyright? It’s true! If you’ve never seen it, give it a watch. I hear the restored version is even better and I can’t wait to check it out!
Here’s why it’s free to watch, share, etc…
I first noticed David Fincher’s work as a music video director in the ’90s and it really stuck with me. How bid of a fan am I? I’ve probably seen Alien³ and The Game more than Fincher has. Despite having followed his career from almost the beginning, I was a bit taken aback by this video, which details his subtle usage of VFX in his film.
Here too are a few favorite videos:
Everyone loves a little Walken in their music video.
This is literally the Citizen Kane of music videos.
Quentin Crisp on MTV, who would have thought it possible?
Author’s note: Aerosmith is terrible, but the video is another story.
You can also see the influence of David Fincher in the music videos of Michael Bay.
To help brainstorm titles for the Ireland pieces I’ve been writing, here’s a list of all the films and TV shows set or connected to the Republic or Northern Ireland that I’ve seen. Is there something Irish that I need to see and don’t have listed? Maybe I’ve seen and forgotten, but either way, let me know!