30 Day Film Challenge is a challenge that lasts thirty days. It gives me a chance to wax poetic about my favorite medium, and put up silly pictures/videos.
Day 11 (today) – A Film By Your Favorite Director
Yes, I realize “Thriller” isn’t a full-length movie, jerks. Just follow me on this one.
How do you interpret this one? I’d like to think if you can tell the director, than that kind of takes away from the watching of the movie in itself, right? But then if I think about that deeper, that rules out John Waters and David Cronenberg, two of my favorites with very distinct styles. But when I think about a director whose filmography is awesome and yet still he isn’t a well-known name is John Landis.
Just take a gander at these varying titles: Kentucky Fried Movie, An American Werewolf In London, Blues Brothers, Into the Night, Animal House, Amazon Women on the Moon, Coming to America, Three Amigos, Thriller (I count this 14-minute video as part of his filmography because it is truly something that is on the level of a film) and a couple of my favorite Masters of Horror episodes.
I love watching any interviews with him because he cracks me up. There is a panel interview somewhere of Landis, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, talking about horror and gore in movies and violence and their crafts. The other two are serious and talk seriously about psychological ramifications, while Landis just goes on, almost giddily about it. He has a pure happiness and vision that I can always be behind. Something I can also get behind? A real suspension of disbelief. In every movie I watch of his I am instantly transported into a world where I can absolutely believe that Aretha Franklin is a waitress and werewolves love listening to “Blue Moon.”