The Innocents

A few weeks ago, we watched a movie called The Innocents in our World Masterpieces class. It was filmed in 1961 in black and white and was the most disturbing movie I’ve seen in years.

The Innocents is about a British woman who accepts the job as a governess for two children. She moves in with them and things start to go awry.

I have yet to see Children of the Corn, but for me, this movie features the creepiest children ever recorded on film.

Flora, The Innocents

This is Flora. There always happens to be awesomely spooky music playing while she tilts her head and smiles. This usually signals some kind of ominous foreshadowing. She also sings a lot in this movie. To me, the sound of children singing might possibly be the worst thing in the world.

Miles, The Innocents

Yeah, that’s right.

My thoughts on Drew Barrymore

I used to think that I hated Drew Barrymore because of Charlie’s Angels,  her stupid palsy face, and for doing stuff like this:

I still kind of hate her, but after having a recent discussion with my friends, I’ve come to the startling realization that I may like Drew Barrymore. I know, it makes me cringe too, but let me explain:

  1. I loved “Ever After.” It’s a beautiful dream-like movie that I used to watch over and over when I was younger.
  2. I may be the only person in world who actually watched, let alone liked the movie “Never Been Kissed.”
  3. I absolutely love “The Wedding Singer.” It is one of my favorite pseudo ’80s movies of all time. It’s one of those movies that, if it’s on, I’ll drop everything to watch.
  4. “Donnie Darko”
  5. “Whip It” was actually not that bad either. If you can get over the awfulness of Ellen Page (which some people can’t) it’s worth it. Maybe I just liked it because of the roller derby factor, who knows?

In any account, I felt it was necessary to share my feelings on the subject.


I have something really embarrassing to admit . . .

. . . I like Pauly Shore movies. There, I said it. Berate me if you will, but it’s true. I should really say that I like all Pauly Shore movies made between the years 1992 and 1996. These include such gems as “Encino Man,” “Son in Law,” “In the Army Now” and “Bio-dome.” All classics in my opinion, but those are the only ones. I’ve never seen a more recent Pauly Shore movie than “Bio-Dome,” and I never will.

Most people will cringe at the sound of his voice or even the thought of him, but I love it. I think he’s hilarious and should be given more credit.

Now Stephen Baldwin is another story. He reminds me of the “Family Guy” episode that shows Alec Baldwin breastfeeding his brothers. He looks over and says (in his Alec Baldwin voice) “Eat up Stephen, you’re the weakest.” So true.

Anyhow, here’s to you Pauly Shore. Please never make another movie again. Especially if you’re wearing this outfit.


Where the Dysfunctional Puppets Are

I did not like “Where the Wild Things Are.” I didn’t like it one bit. Aside from having a relatively thin plot, the movie left me feeling depressed and that the last two hours of my life were wasted. Every moment of the movie was filled with discomfort and awkwardness.

Will I read this book to my kids? Absolutely.

Will I ever watch this movie again? Not a chance in hell.

My thoughts on the subject

I’ve been talking with quite a few people lately about “Where the Wild Things Are,” and I have drawn a conclusion. I’ve found that people who’d never read the book as a child, or had it read to them as the case may be, have trouble reading it for the first time as adults. They just don’t understand it. Reading it as an adult, you might just see a bratty little kid whom things always work out for.  But I think part of the magic of this book is having it read to you while you are mesmerized by the illustrations. Being young allows you to escape into the book and pretend that you are in the make-believe land with Max.

Whether you are a first timer, or have loved the book your whole life, seeing the movie will definitely allow you to escape into that dreamland that we all long for.