307 – Horns (2013)


Joe Hill has been making a name for himself as an author for the last several years. He has published some critically acclaimed novels including last year’s NOS4A2 and Locke & Key, a comic book published by IDW. Joe Hill is also the son of unbelievably prolific creep Stephen King. It’s admirable that Hill would take on a pseudonym to distance himself from his father, but the connection is quite obvious as soon as you read any of Hill’s prose. Hill’s career hits a new milestone now with the release Alexandre Aja’s Horns, the first film based on one of his novels. Does his work stand up to cinema any better than his father’s?

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253 – Doug Benson Movie Interruption: Maleficent

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Believe it or not, back in the day I actually went to a movie theater and saw Maleficent. It was a Friday night – June 6th, to be exact. Presumably I had tried to make plans and failed utterly, because I can imagine no other situation in which I would go to such a screening of my own free will. But there I sat, already having watched a true masterpiece earlier in the evening – Bonnie and Clyde. Guess which film I ended up writing about that night. Maleficent was so middle-of-the-road that I couldn’t even think of a couple sentences to toss off on Letterboxd. Instead I just rated the movie: 2/5 stars, which seems high in retrospect. I must have liked some aspect of the movie, though earlier tonight I could not for the life of me remember what it was. Surely watching the movie again with a bunch of comedians talking over it ought to refresh my memory. Right?

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