Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writer: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Quinn Lord, Lauren Lee Smith, Moneca Delain, Tahmoh Penikett, Brett Kelly, Britt McKillip, Samm Todd, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb
Seen on: 26.12.2021

Content Note: fatmisia, (critical treatment of) ableism

Plot:
Halloween is a night where the usual rules don’t apply. When Emma (Leslie Bibb) blows out the jack-o’-lantern before midnight, her husband Henry (Tahmoh Penikett) is worried about the consequences. High school director Steven (Dylan Baker) also thinks its important to stick to Halloween rules, and he will do his share to see them obeyed. Rhonda (Samm Todd) loves traditional Halloween costumes, but that’s not the only reason why she doesn’t fit in with other kids her age who prefer more modern costumes. Those kids have come up with a plan to use Rhonda’s love for Halloween. Laurie (Anna Paquin) doesn’t quite fit in with her sister Danielle (Lauren Lee Smith) and friends either. Where the other women are eager to flirt and fuck, Laurie is still a virgin. But maybe that will change tonight. Mr Kreeg (Brian Cox) would rather forget that its Halloween altogether, but that won’t happen as Halloween keeps coming to him.

Trick ‘r Treat is a fun little Halloween flick. Not all of its episodes worked equally well for me, but it’s a neat celebration of Halloween that will especially appeal to people who like Halloween a lot in general. For me (as a European, maybe), Halloween is not that important, so the film is maybe not as exciting for me, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

The film poster showing a child-sized figure with an orange onesie wearing a burlap sack over its head. Or maybe the sack is its head.
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Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: David S. Goyer
Based on: Jerry Siegel‘s and Joe Shuster‘s comics chararcter
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Laurence Fishburne, Tahmoh Penikett (for about five seconds)
Part of: DC movies

Plot:
The planet Krypton is dying. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) tries to convince their leaders to save their race by exploring space, when Zod (Michael Shannon) stages a coup. In desperation, Jor-El and his wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer) send their son Kal-El towards Earth on his own, just with a data stick that contains the most important info about their people. Kal-El manages the voyage, while Zod’s rebellion is subdued and they are sentenced to imprisonment just before Krypton is finally destroyed.
Kal-El grows up to be Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), son of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) who happens to have superpowers on Earth. But Jonathan cautions him to keep that side of him hidden for fear of what humanity will do to him. And Clark does, until Zod catches up with him.

When the trailers for this film came out, I started to become cautiously optimistic that maybe we’d get a Superman movie that doesn’t suck (the first since the Christopher Reeve movies started to spin out of control [don’t worry, babies, I love you anyway]). I shouldn’t have bothered getting my hopes up.

Man-of-Steel

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