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I'm not into old movies, especially since I’m a Millennial with an extremely short attention span and the options on my Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV are overflowing, so much so that I often get stuck in the Infinite Browsing Mode, being repeatedly beaten by the phenomenon of Overchoice and end up quitting without watching anything.
We can all agree that Jordan Peele's Us (2019) is quite possibly one of the best films of the last ten years and has potential to be one of the greatest movies of the 21st Century (but not the greatest, that space is saved for There Will Be Blood (2007), sorry Peele). Us (2019) is a brilliant movie in which subtleties reign supreme in exciting the audience's understanding of the film. Everyone guesses what everything means and so, we're going to look at some subtleties of our own and see how they're used to create meaning. This should be interesting seeing as, especially in horror film, these subtleties in usage are becoming evermore popular. If you'd like to start at the beginning of this series of articles, then please proceed to click here: https://vocal.media/horror/a-filmmaker-s-guide-to-jordan-peele-s-us-2019 - but you don't have to read the others in order to understand this article. They are entirely separate and can be read in any order at all. So once again, here's your spoiler alert if you haven't see the film. Let us get on with this article on the subtleties used in Jordan Peele's Us (2019).
Jordan Peele is very well known for inventing new and exciting methods for horror, especially where his filmmaking skills are concerned. Now on his second movie, he has quite a good streak of horror films under his belt already with Get Out (2017) having an Oscar and Us (2019) on its way to having one. If you haven’t done so already then you probably want to read the first article in this series (https://vocal.media/horror/a-filmmaker-s-guide-to-jordan-peele-s-us-2019). This article isn’t going to continue from the previous one though - so you don’t have to read the one before to understand it. The thing I do want to cover is how Jordan Peele uses this film to establish his own signature style. These are the points we’ll go through to see how that works:
When I was a very young child (around 4 years old), I remember visiting the local video store with my mother. A movie with a strange green monster on the cover caught my eye. As a kid who was interested in reptiles and dinosaurs - this reptilian-like creature with big ears and teeth instantly fascinated me. ''Oh, can we rent this'', I enthusiastically asked!? The movie was called Gremlins.
I really think it's important for my fans to read my review of The Taking of Deborah Logan (TTODL) first to understand why this movie is so much better, regardless of the fact that TTODL had a better plot and even better actors. Check out that review at the link below.
Doctor Sleep, based on Stephen King’s book of the same name, is a sequel to The Shining (in the movie’s case, the 1980 film version). A now-grown Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has become a distraught alcoholic. He still sees his old friend Dick Halloran (now played by Carl Lumbly) from time to time, in the form of “shining” (the ability to communicate using one’s mind) from the afterlife. After a man named Billy Freeman (Cliff Curtis) meets him and takes him in, Dan joins AA and begins to repair his life. Soon, however, Dan discovers a girl (Kyliegh Curran) who can shine more powerfully than anyone he, or the evil psychic superhumans hunting her (led by Rebecca Ferguson), have ever experienced, and Dan feels the need to protect her from them.
The 2000s were the beginning of second rise of horror movies. The 1990s had been a rough period where identity and stories were still being figured out. The 2000s were taking those stories and perfecting the use of scares, emotions, and characters. Here are the best 10 of the 2000s.
When we’re on the way to the Overlook Hotel are we going to run into the Grady twin sisters, the creepy lady in room 217, and the man with a bloody scar on his face?
SPOILERS AHEAD - For the purpose of this article, the ending will be revealed within (as that is what we're covering). If you have not watched the film and would not like to know the ending then, please read no further than this paragraph. Thank you.
Swinging in to dethrone Shaun of the Dead for my all time #1 horror comedy is Lupita Nyong'o with Little Monsters! The closest thing I can compare this avant garde, absurdist comedy to is Death to Smootchy (2002). I don't review non horror comedy, but if I ever did, it would be Death to Smootchy, which is easily my #1 all time comedy.
An incredible movie and instant classic, Us (2019) by Jordan Peele is a brand new kind of nightmare in horror movies not seen since, well, it's never been seen at all. Peele is known for his brilliant writing skills and his Hitchcock-like suspense in horror film. A climbing horror filmmaker, Jordan Peele has established himself as a brilliant writer as well as director as he writes dialogue with such amazing finesse that you fail to recognise sometimes that it is only a movie. But, with these concepts you better hope it's only a movie. Let's have a look at the history of me and this movie though it only came out this year...