A Misanthrope’s Guide to the Movies: “Halloweentown”

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This Halloweek, I decided to re-watch one of our generation’s all-time favorite Disney Channel Original Movies: Halloweentown. I remembered very little about the actual plot or characters in this movie, but I did remember loving it and believing it to be one of the few films in history with sequels actually worth watching. However, as I sat down to re-watch the film, I was overcome with a deep sense of dread that, like so many of my favorite childhood things before it, revisitation years later would lead me to the recognition that the movie was, in fact, not as cool as I once thought (I’m looking at you, ponchos).

Fortunately, my fears were 100% misplaced. Halloweentown was, and remains, one of the greatest Halloween movies of all time. Sure the plot made little to no sense, but would you really want your Disney Channel Original Movie any other way? For those who don’t remember, check out a brief plot summary after the jump. Continue Reading


A Misanthrope’s Guide to the Movies: “One Direction: This Is Us”

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One Direction: This Is Us
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Dear One Direction,

I have decided to write this review in letter format as, after seeing your film, I feel that I know you all on a deeply personal level. I’ve seen interviews where your parents tear up (shout out to Morgan Spurlock–the director of this movie and, yes, Supersize Me–for thinking that a heartfelt telephone conversation between mother and son, halfway across the country, both being filmed by massive camera crews, seems organic). I’ve also seen Zayn sleeping, heard Liam’s hard knock plans to pursue a career in factory work if music didn’t come through, and witnessed various other supposedly impromptu conversations where the four of you discuss precisely how shocked and awed you are by your newfound success. So now I feel like we’re all good friends. That was the point, right?

I have very little to say about this film that is either overwhelmingly positive or negative. It was an hour and a half spent listening to the four of you speak, while learning absolutely nothing real about you. I had no emotional attachment to you prior to this film, but I now truly do understand why millions of girls would rather have playdates with you than their My Little Ponies. You embody the term vanilla. These tween girls are able to look at you and see exactly what they want: you exude lack of personality and therefore have no chance of offending any of them. Based on this film, it seems like the four of you (I don’t pretend to think Louis was invited) screened Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and decided to make the exact same film, but with an effort to establish personas that seem less like annoying gerbils that you can’t kill.

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