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The Green Inferno And Movies And Friends Meant A Great Weekend

IMG_9033So I had a weekend that turned into the possibility of fun to one of the best all year. I spent Saturday with friends watching a bunch of movies. I haven’t been seeing as many (new) movies as I’d like so I tend to catch up on these hang out days.

We saw Mission Impossible Rogue Nation which I thought was great. Considering it’s the fifth in the series it’s still fresh and exciting. I think the decision to use different directors and letting them bring their own uniqueness for each one has made a big difference. Up next was the highly underrated Sinister 2. I’m not sure what people are expecting from the film but I thought it was good for a sequel. Then Hitman Agent 47 which was a fun action film.

As you can tell I rarely dislike a film. I pretty much like everything.

IMG_9043Finally, at midnight we went to a midnight show of The Running Man which was the first time I saw it on the big screen. I’ve only watched it over the years on video so it was so great seeing it in a theatre in 35mm.

IMG_9077On Sunday I got to hang out with a friend and go to a few films as part of the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival which was part of Wizard World Chicago.

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It was actually cool to see the poster outside the theatre in the lobby.

First up was a midday showing of the infamous Cannibal Holocaust. Quite a way to start a Sunday. I’ve seen the film several times over the years but it’s ironic I’ve now seen it twice on the big screen and both times in the same year. The great thing was that it was being introduced by filmmaker Eli Roth. There were several people there who had never seen the film before so I’m not sure they knew what to expect. Needless to say there were plenty of gasps during several scenes and one infamous scene did have a walk out by a couple.

Next up was a really amazing and fun film that people should check out when it comes their way. It’s called Turbo Kid and it’s just a blast. It’s basically a massive homage to 80’s action films.

Next up was a film I knew nothing about call Sun Choke . A great slow burn thriller featuring some amazing performances and great atmosphere. The guy that introduced it said they are still looking for a distributor so I hope it gets picked up and given a decent release because it deserves it.

Last but not least I had tickets to an advance private screening of Eli Roth’s new film The Green Inferno Sunday night which he and lead actress Lorenza Izzo were there to meet people at the reception beforehand and introduce the film. The film is an homage to the Italian cannibal films of the 70’s and 80’s like Cannibal Holocaust and is evident as the film goes all out much like those films did which I enjoyed quite a bit.

An amazing and fun weekend. Now it’s back to work on work stuff but also to my own film. Nothing like a weekend of watching a bunch of movies at the theatre to get the creative juices flowing.

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The Green Inferno lead actress Lorenza Izzo, writer, director Eli Roth, and yours truly.

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