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Several months ago, I first heard about THE BABADOOK on an episode of Fighting In The War Room…so first and foremost, thank-you Matt Patches.

Funny thing, there are some films that never seem to make it off the festival circuit. Sometimes you see this happen and you say “well, that figures”. Other times you scratch your head and wonder why no distributor thought to pick it up. THE BABADOOK is the latter. The film has already gone to iTunes, so it definitely won’t see a theatrical release, and that’s a real pity since I truly believe this is the sort of film that benefits most from a dark room, isolation from distraction, and a crowd environment.

My experience with this film was fraught with goosebumps, and might have even involved a blanket pulled up past my chin…and I loved every moment of it. I really felt that it tapped into the parental fear that Kurt has always told me about – the fear of messing up your children. Likewise, I think it taps into a real darkness that this particular single mum was dealing with in the wake of losing her husband.

But more than anything else, I think this film is super-handsome and super creepy.

So while I go add a pop-up book to my Christmas wishlist, you folks should wait until dark, put your phones in your pockets and rent THE BABADOOK.

Prepare to sleep with the light on that night.

 

Here’s The Week at Hand…

 

Screenings
INTO THE WOODS – I’ll have more to say about this closer to Christmas

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – Okay, okay?
THE BABADOOK – Could somebody check under the bed for me?
THE SKELETON TWINS – I’ve been humming Starship since Wednesday.
WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES BULGER – Expect a rewatch of THE DEPARTED to happen soon
GILDA – Also expect a rewatch of SHAWSHANK to happen soon.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINESAs soon as you try to figure out the opening shot, it loses all mystique.
CAPOTE – Such. A good. Movie.
EYES WIDE SHUT – Got boxed out of a showing at Lightbox, so I commiserated at home on my couch.

Boxscore for The Year
267 First-Timers, 183 Re-Watched
96 Screenings
450 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?