Colin Wessman

Shocktober Day 13: The Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013)

It just became apparent that I incorrectly implied that The Conjuring was a Blumhouse production in my The Purge review. Which makes sense, as The Conjuring feels like a movie with a bit more backing from its major studio, since it’s production value is a considerable step up from director James Wan’s previous film, Insidious. Also, despite sharing a lot of similarities with Insidious (such as the presence of ghosts, Patrick Wilson, and another Fargo actor), I’d say it’s also a step up in terms of its effectiveness as well.

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Shocktober Day 11: The Purge

The Purge (2013)

Considering we already talked about Insidious on The Pick last week, and I’ll be reviewing The Conjuring in a couple of days, it’s shaping up to be a very Blumhouse Shocktober for me. The Purge is a pretty typical Blumhouse production, in that it has a very small budget ($3 million to be exact), a few notable stars, and somehow managed to make enough money to become a franchise that now consists of four movies and TV series. This, of course, all has to do with my decision to review it, since I wanted to see if all the hubbub over it was earned, or whether it just became popular based off of its morbidly intriguing premise. Continue reading

Shocktober Day 9: The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black (2012)

Grief is a tricky subject to depict onscreen, and yet it tends to pop up in horror movies quite a bit. Maybe this is because in horror movies there isn’t this preconceived notion of handling grief “tastefully”, and so movies in the genre can go a little nuts with turning their screws into the audience and their own personal relationship with death and grieving. Whatever the case, The Woman In Black does a good job of not making grief feel completely trivial, but also of amping up all the bad vibes surrounding ghosts and dead loved ones into something that constantly keeps you on edge. Continue reading

Shocktober Day 3: Piranha 3D

Piranha 3D (2010)

Could a movie like Piranha 3D (not to mention Piranha 3DD) get made today? It’s a weird thing to think about, considering it came out in the same decade we’re currently in. But making a movie with such overt male horndog elements to it was pushing it in 2010, and now feels even more in line with the B-movie tropes of a completely different era. Though, that does hint at how enjoyable the film is if you don’t take it too seriously (which it clearly doesn’t want you to), since this is exactly the kind of dumb fun that your inner 13-year-old will thank you for. Continue reading

The Pick: Fight Club

The first rule of podcasts is… nevermind, you get it. We’re talking about Fight Club this week, in honor of both Brad Pitt starring in Ad Astra and in honor of the worst kinds of white males getting their due in the upcoming Joker. While talking about Fight Club, Colin, Sean, and John wrestle with their mixed feelings about the film and its impeccable filmmaking but chaotic storytelling. Also, we get into talking about the Fight Club video game, as I’m sure you’re all dying to hear about. Continue reading


The People’s Albums #14: Jagged Little Pill

I know. There are more pressing things going on in the world right now than an alternative pop/rock album from the ’90s. But I started listening to and researching this album prior to Criterion Month, and I never got around to writing about it before that month started. So now, here I am attempting to write about it before Shocktober begins.

Album: Jagged Little Pill
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Release Date: June 13, 1995
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The Pick: Looney Tunes: Back In Action

Looks like it’s pick season, as we take a trip to Looney Tune Land while talking about the non-Space Jam sequel Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Well, actually we don’t go to Looney Tune Land so much as a cartoony version of our reality, which is rife with slapstick, self-awareness, and bizarre black-and-white cameos. This might be the most insane mishmash of a film we’ve talked about yet, which is saying something considering last week’s pick was It Chapter 2. So check it out, folks! Continue reading