When August rolls around I start thinking about Halloween. I generally don't show movies at my Halloween party anymore because people would rather talk, plus guests arrive and leave at all times, so it doesn't work well logistically. But I have played shorter things, like creepy short films, or episodes of retro horror radio shows, or Welcome to Night Vale.
I've decided this year I want to do two parties; one typical mingle, chat, and eat party, and one for listening to old horror radio plays, and maybe playing a round of the RPG Dread
, where every time your character takes an action, you have to successfully pull out a Jenga block or your character dies.
In pursuit of old radio plays, I came across an episode of Nightfall
-- a Canadian radio show from the early 80's -- about a killer arcade game: "No Quarter
". The sound quality is poor, but it gets better around the 30 sec mark. Anyway, Jen and I had fun mocking its moral panic over Donkey Kong. Then Jen found a horror story she'd written in 8th grade about a supernatural handheld video game and read it to me.
To finish off our theme of society's fears of new technology/society's fears of pop culture trends, we watched the movie Nerve
($5 Tuesdays at Point Cinema!) which is a YA novel adaptation about a girl who joins in on a city-wide game of dares played on smartphones, and gets in over her head when it turns out the Anonymous-like group behind the game is a tad vengeful.
It was actually pretty good. The acting was good and the cinematography was often striking, with neon colors and glittery cityscapes of NYC at night. The climax felt a bit over the top and thus silly to me, and there's a scene where the main character is essentially trying to shame Anonymous into doing the right thing, but to the movie's credit that doesn't work, and additional pressure is needed to save the day.
I also liked the messy, complicated friendship between the two main female characters. I already started plotting out a vid in my head to Broad-Shouldered Beasts
that would be mostly about their friendship.
Ugh, not that I need another vid idea. Did I tell you all that I'm making my first vid in Premiere after using iMovie for way too long? Premiere Pro CC is very complicated, you guys. For every two minutes spent in Premiere I spend like, twenty minutes watching tutorials.This entry was originally posted at http://garrideb.dreamwidth.org/54513.html. You may comment on either site. There are comments on DW.