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A Goth’s Month in Review: January 2012

by on 2012/02/01

Are you as glad as I am that January is over?

January is a cruel, miserable month. You’ve got the post-holiday letdown, frosty temperatures, short days and of course, my personal favourite, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

According to a handy-dandy health web site I just read, winter-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms can include:

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of energy
  • Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal
  • Oversleeping
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Difficulty concentrating

Sounds a lot like January to me.

Thanks be to the universe, I have movies to see me through this, the crummiest of the months. This month I knocked through the first films of franchises I adore. What better way to put Blahuary out of one’s mind?

Here’s my favourite, surprise, disappointment, and least-liked, as well as the movie I’d like to see based on my fellow darkened cocoon dweller’s review.


Favourite
Hellboy (2004) on 2012/01/21

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“Mommy, Mommy, can I have a Obersturmbannführer Karl Ruprecht Kroenen action figure? It has a limited edition removable gas mask so you can see his missing eyelids, unnecessary surgery scars, and it even has real dust instead of blood!”


Surprise
Gattaca (1997) on 2012/01/31

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“In that future, genetics technology has advanced to create a society startlingly like the drug-driven one of THX 1138. (It doesn’t hurt they were both shot in some of the same locations.) Where Lucas’ feature showed us a populace narcotically sedated, Niccol’s offers us people nearly complacent for believing in their fates.”


Disappointment
Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) on 2012/01/29

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“As the extras told me, Escape To Witch Mountain is a Disney special effects film. And by special effects, I mean all the clearly visible fishing wire and aluminum pie plates that you could buy from the nickel and dime store. There were also moments of primitive blue screening, while magical to my bowl-cut blinded, adolescent self, seem hilarious now to Miss_Tree and I.”


Least-Liked
Sherlock Holmes (2009) on 2012/01/15

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“If the movie had been called Herlock Sholmes or Locksher Solmeh, I would have been fine. Just fine. But it wasn’t,  so I am not.”


Show Me

THX 1138 (1971) on 2012/01/28

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“Still, providing you take it out of context, and judge it upon on its own merits, THX 1138 is a reasonably deep distraction. It boasts a unique look, a distinctive sound, and a joke about a Wookiee. And aren’t those things worth hoping for in an otherwise bleak future?”


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