by Melissa Uhrin
It's that time of year again when I am still hung up on Scary Movie Month, have been thinking about Remembrance Day and watching films about the two World Wars, am very aware that November 22nd is approaching so I am hung up on all things to do with JFK and it's almost Christmas so I am jerkingly making the festive transition as well.
What the crap. One person can't possibly be thinking about all of that at once. How am I supposed to narrow down my train of thought into one pointed topic when my mind is fragmented into every which way? The only thing that's missing is cartoons. …For now.
Soooo one giant jumble of crap is what you get this week. Enjoy! (?)
Speaking of crap, I finally watched The Human Centipede for the first time last month… (Daryl had made me promise that I would avoid it at all costs because he had been traumatized by it, but that was a couple years ago and a movie promise must have an expiry date right?) And loved it. HAHAHA. If you thought I was weird before…
A Christmas Horror Story
Remembrance Day / Veterans Day
From this point I decided this year to stray from my usual line-up of historical films and went with a documentary theme instead. My favourite and the one that stood out from the rest, The First World War From Above (2010), gives us an incredible, jaw-dropping view of France from the air, just shortly after the conclusion of the Great War. It incorporates historical footage from an airship with never before developed photographs, giving us a unique view of a war-devastated world. What I found most intriguing was the tunneling the allies had done below the Germans where they placed mines that once exploded left behind craters that currently exist as ponds and centrepieces in farms and gardens.
With my fragmented mind being in hyper-ADD mode (11 JFK JFK 22 JFK JFK JFK 63), and pulling me every which way, the only way to shut it up is to feed the beast.
I sat myself down for a couple days of losing myself in new-to-me docs and watched five in quick succession. Doing this sometimes has a tendency to leave the memory of the individual movies a jumbled blur (especially with all being first time viewings), but one definitely stood out from the rest.
I feel like I have been neglecting my horror genre as of late and the need to get my fix is consuming my almost every thought. With my brain being drawn in about fifty directions, though, I feel the only way I can satisfy everything would be to find something involving JFK time-traveling to World War I and saving the world from trench zombies at Christmas time. With cartoon flashbacks. And maybe with a flash forward that includes Harry Potter.