Saturday, October 21, 2006

News at Eleven

When it comes to thinking about what is the most important use of eleven the first thing that comes to mind, or came to mine anyway, was the eleven o'clock news. For years the news was a pretty scary thing. There was almost always a murder in Tonawanda and a fire in Cheektowaga (very telling of what news I watched most often). Either through desensitisation or actual crime and fire prevention the news became a much less scary thing. In a similar vein for the Halloween season for a while the news used to carry scary stories about supposedly haunted locations, or creepy local history. Now that's been replaced with spots about who's hosting extremely kid friendly Halloween walks or parties. Kind of a let down in comparison, even if you can tune in to ghost hunting shows on cable nowadays.

Last night's movie was every bit as good as I remember it. I was struck by one bit with Nancy's mother. The scene was very reminiscent of much older films in the way that the mother acted exaggeratedly as if in say a stage production. Theatre has a certain over-acting to it that works in some ways, such as carrying intent and meaning out to the audience that isn't that close to see the finer points of facial expression and body language. This woman was acting more than a touch like this. I can't say I'm fond of the style, though as I said if you go back a certain number of years (decades really, I guess) then all of the film acting is like that.


Tonight's film choice is something of a natural, as a book end to last night's. Tonight I will watch Wes Craven's New Nightmare. This is of course Wes' return to the franchise after having nothing to do with any of the sequels in between. It is also one of those movie in a movie films and takes a good look at what if Freddy were for real. Of course it also has the return of Heather Langenkamp, as herself of course, for the third time in the series. Also in the film are Wes Craven, Bob Shaye, and of course the un-made-up Robert Englund, all as themselves. How much better can it get?


Mood: run-down.
Music: Witch Hunt by Stratovarius and The Book of Thel by Bruce Dickinson.

Stratovarius: Fright Night
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Bruce Dickinson: The Chemical Wedding

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