Day 24: Weekly Roundup – July 17 – July 23

This post was actually supposed to go up last Sunday. For some reason, it never posted. Oh well, better late than never!

This week started out particularly rough, with the loss of a legend. Even still, it was nice to reminisce and consider the impact Romero has had on me, and will continue to have. To follow that gut punch with Havenhurst didn’t help my mood… though, the more I thought back on it, the less harsh I am. Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means a good movie, but it still had something going for it. Again, don’t take this as a recommendation, just a slight retraction. Luckily, I was able to sufficiently wash the taste out of my mouth with two solid movies. They did not connect at all to Romero, but since they were well done, it still felt like somewhat of a tribute. Here’s what I watched this week:

  • Havenhurst (2016)
  • The Wailing (2016)
  • We Are Still Here (2015)

Thinking back over these three movies, it felt like a true linear progression with each being better than the last in exactly the same amount. Therefore, we end up with something in every category but the last.

  • Worth Seeking Out (i.e. Worth Paying For): The Wailing
  • Worth Watching via Free Streaming: We Are Still Here
  • Worth Watching on an International Flight or While Doing Work: Havenhurst
  • Worth Avoiding and Doing Something Better with Your Time: Nothing this week, thankfully.

Again, I cannot stress enough that The Wailing, while long and subtitled, is absolutely worth it. Please check it out!

We’re officially back to a true top ten list and more exciting (at least for me), I get to drop two movies off the list (I’m looking at you Bleed and The Secrets of Emily Blair).

  • They Look Like People
  • The Invitation
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • The Wailing
  • V/H/S/2
  • We Are Still Here
  • The Windmill
  • V/H/S
  • Havenhurst
  • V/H/S/Viral

While The Wailing is a truly excellent film, it just doesn’t have the same pacing, fun, and rewatchability as the three movies above it. In the end though, the distance between the four at the top is very narrow. They are all absolutely worth seeking out.

See you next week!

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