Posts by JaimeDavis

(CINE-WEEN) My First Fantastic Fest Was Insane, Now Please Let Me Sleep

Film festivals be crazy – have you been to one? The first day you’re all chill in your fave outfit or coolest shirt, your tote/jean jacket/etc. littered with your most prized enamel pins, super psyched for the experience to come. It’s all positivity and rays of light – all the dope shit you’re gonna watch, dope people you’re gonna meet, dope filmmakers you’re gonna hear during Q&A’s. You vow to go to bed early, wake up with the sun for the first press screening (at 8 in the morning, oh boy). You make a promise to yourself that you’ll eat
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CINE-WEEN: How I Finally Got Around to Watching the Original SUSPIRIA Just in Time For That New Shit

An American Tail is one of the most frightening movies I’ve ever seen. Just the thought of poor, wee, innocent mouse Fievel Mousekewitz, all alone in the world, separated from his family in a big city with no one to watch over him, gets the panicked heartbeats, accelerated breathing, and tears going. I remember the first time I watched it as a kid: all tortured soul and wounded puppy dog, curled up for days afterwards in anguish over Fievel’s initial abandonment, forgetting that yes, this movie has happy songs and an even happier ending. Once, I excitedly went to a
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CINE-WEEN: What The Monster Squad Means to Me

I’m about to drop some serious corniness on you all right now. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Because my love for a silly little 80’s movie is making me get all cheesy and sappy up in here. I tried to be smart and witty and referential and all that, but I can’t. Not about this perfect little slice of film heaven. The year was 1987. I was eight years old, nestled in the relative quiet and calm of a western Chicago suburb. I lived with my grandparents who basically let me roam free and do whatever the hell
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In Theaters: The Train Wreck that is The Girl on the Train

In this very special episode of In Theaters, Moviejawn’s Rosalie Kicks! and Jaime Davis tag team their review of The Girl on the Train, a movie that’s just way, way too easy to hate on. Jaime: The Girl on the Train is a book I once read to get through a Thanksgiving vacation spent at home in Chicago. It was recommended to me by some friends – pitched as a sister novel to Gone Girl, psychological thriller/mystery/suspense trash that you can get through in literally two days. I read The Girl on the Train so freakin’ fast – pretty much
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In Theaters: Ben-Hur (or Ugh-Why)

Guys, can we talk about that new BEN-HUR movie? The one that maybe, probably didn’t need to be remade? The one with my man Toby Kebbell who is like a million times better than this? I’m trying really hard to be objective and open and tolerant and all that shit but sweet Lort Baby Jesus, this is a mess of biblical proportions. First, let me get this out of the way. From a technical standpoint, BEN-HUR ain’t all that bad. I mean the cinematography is fine, the editing is solid, the script isn’t that painful, the acting is just…you know,
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In Theaters: The BFG is PFP or PFB (You Decide)

I’m the last person you’d suspect would write about a Spielberg movie. As many of my friends can attest, my distaste for the director runs deep. I don’t even like saying or writing out his full name. I usually type it as S*******g because I have this theory that if you speak or type out his actual name three times in a row he’ll appear, Beetlejuice-style, and drone on and on about how he wants to marry Mark Rylance someday. Or bore you with stories about Mr. Tom Hanks. There are a lot of things about Spielberg that rub me
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In Theaters: The Neon Demon’s Living Dead Girls

I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a scene in Nicolas Winding Refn’s visually arresting, plot-devoid The Neon Demon where Jena Malone, lying naked in the dark in the midst of a full moon, births an unseemly amount of blood right out her vagina. And she almost seems to be…enjoying it. The friends who I saw this with dubbed it her ‘moon period’ or ‘moon time’ – I can’t remember which. Cool beans, Refn. Have you ever actually like, had a period? I can tell you with absolute certainty that it’s never that gratifying, nor nearly that
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