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It’s really cold outside tonight for Texas (25 degrees, brrrrr) and with no Worst Movies Ever to do, I was looking forward to coming home and getting under the covers. This was mostly due to the fact that I spent an hour gridlocked in traffic, watching ambulance after ambulance come to rescue Texas drivers who freak at the mere thought of inclement weather.

My natural instinct was to come home, have peppermint hot chocolate, and cross stitch. Yes, I know. I’m two caftans and a lanai short of being a Golden Girl, but I do enjoy the needlework. On nights when I’m out of movies to review, I flick on TCM or pop in a movie for background noise while I put stitches in whatever I may be working on at the moment.

In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to put on Ghostbusters tonight. I should have known my attention would be drawn so much to the movie that I would keep stabbing myself in the thumb and index finger with a needle. Luckily for me, tapestry needles are extremely dull or my pricked fingers would be singing a far different tune. I really should have known much better and not been shocked at all when I looked down at my work and saw that I had miscounted everything I had done from paying too MUCH attention to Ghostbusters, thus leaving me the only option of ripping out everything I had just sat there and stitched. If you’ve never ripped out stitches before, and I am assuming quite a few of you have not, it is about as much fun as a root canal.

So here’s all those parts that I adore so much, even if they cause me bodily injury and/or cause me to swear a blue streak because they drive me to distraction…

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“My uncle thought he was Saint Jerome.”

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So, word has it that Columbia’s got that crack team of people behind The Office working on making Ghostbusters III.   It’s actually something I knew would roll around eventually, given the fact that Aykroyd, Murray and Ramis have probably been asked about it for years on end.   And Cinematical even put up a list of five ways to make the new movie not suck.   Incidentally, I agree with precisely two of the points they make, and that’s it.

Now comes the sinking realization that nothing they can do will cause this to leave a good taste in anyone’s mouth who loves the previous two.   I’m a freak:  I equally love both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, and I know a lot of folks aren’t awfully fond of II.  I know Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are very funny people who are rumored to be involved, but I don’t want to see them traipsing through Ghostbusters.   And I certainly don’t want to see a “pass the torch to a younger generation” sort of movie, which from early accounts, is what we’ll be seeing – regardless of who is cast.

Frankly, if Aykroyd, Murray and Ramis aren’t spry enough to strap on the suits and crack about Slinkies, mold and ancient deities who are determined to destroy the earth, then the time to make this has long since passed.   For quite a while, for anyone who’s paid attention, the various cast members have asked and answered the question with a revolving door of “X person is on board, but Y person isn’t, so therefore, we can’t make it.”   Furthermore, if memory serves me correctly, Aykroyd had a Ghostbusters III script he had written and approved and all that jazz that floated around for years, waiting tenuously for cast members to attach.   (Then again, this is all from my fuzzy memory.  I could be wrong.)

The first two rested solidly on the ability of three (and later four) guys to be charmingly eccentric, and if you can’t get those guys – or convince an audience that those guys are still capable of chasing ghosts – then there’s no need to make another one.

Regardless, I’m sure if they do put a metric ton of young, funny people in it, like the folks from The Office and/or Seth Rogen and anyone involved with Judd Apatow’s productions – it will sell very well.   Will it retain the feeling of the first two?   To me, that’s highly doubtful. 

And yeah, this gave me a nice excuse to revisit the Statue of Liberty scene from II, which I will always adore.  

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Soooo, my dearests, Piper over at Lazy Eye Theatre (I seem to be mentioning Piper quite a bit lately, no?) tagged me for the 12 Movies Meme, where the rules are as follows:

1) Choose 12 Films to be featured. They could be random selections or part of a greater theme. Whatever you want.

2) Explain why you chose the films.

3) Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre so I can have hundreds of links and I can take those links and spread them all out on the bed and then roll around in them.

4) The people selected then have to turn around and select 5 more people.

Well, unluckily for you, I’ve downright bit my nails to the quick thinking about the movies I would select and I’ve taken so damn long that there’s no one left to tag, it seems like!   So if you want to be tagged, consider yourself…tagged!  I will tag Allison at Nerdvampire’s Film Blog because I’m curious to see what she says.

First of all, if someone actually let me run 12 movies at some place like the New Beverly (which is rapidly gaining some sort of hip, chic street cred due to the fact that they let guys like Edgar Wright & Eli Roth come in and program long ass film festivals), I’m sure A) no one would care and B) someone would probably get fired as a result of my movie choices and or other options, but here we go.

MONDAY – HORROR

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III:  DREAM WARRIORS

Out of all the eight million and one half Nightmare on Elm Street movies, this is my favorite.   Sure, it’s  a pure shlocky sequel slasher flick, but it’s got great death scenes, a great premise and Zsa Zsa Gabor.   Come on, what’s not to love?   That, and I wanted to make a popsicle stick version of Nancy’s house too!

SUSPIRIA

Sure, it’s totally cliché to pick Suspiria, but it really is a landmark horror film.  I often describe Suspiria to people as a supernatural slasher film if Willy Wonka decided to take some hallucinogens and try his hand at movie making.   Never has death been so artfully pretty, really.    Who doesn’t want to see Suspiria on the big screen?

TUESDAY – MUSICALS

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

I know this may really shock some people, but I’m not too keen on musicals.  It’s not that I don’t like them, but they’re not like horror movies for me:  they’ve never really grabbed me.  Unless you count The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (and the movie that will follow this one).   It’s just…an awesome film, and there’s some measure of greediness here because this is a movie I would probably chop off my right arm to see on the big screen once, just once, dammit!

GUYS AND DOLLS

Really and truly, I could probably take or leave Frank Sinatra.  But it’s Marlon Brando that makes me have uber-love for Guys and Dolls.  That and the musical numbers are so darn catchy.   True story:  I once had the uh, Guys and Dolls soundtrack in my car and I was um…car singing…and um…I was stuck in traffic next to a dude in a Kia who thought my musical tastes/car singing was hilarious.   And I’m sure, not in a good way.   But really, it is my favorite Hollywood movie musical and I would love to see it in a theater.   (How does War Games get a one-night-only theatrical re-release and not Guys and Dolls?)

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