Briefly On: The Innkeepers (2011)
The Week and “Drive”
Things I Liked About Ti West’s 2011 ‘The Innkeepers’
- Creepy old hotels.
- Well-executed uncut shots with or without dollying.
- Playing with diegetic sound (voice recorder and headphones).
- Questioning the reality of the paranormal.
- The score.
- Relatively unknown/small-time actors and actresses (including a small appearance from Lena Dunham, of all people).
Things I Didn’t Like About Ti West’s 2011 ‘The Innkeepers’
- A slow build. Things start to get all haunt-y in the last … 30 to 40 minutes of the film. And being a horror movie, you expect more scary ghost things rather than a few jump scares (but one or two are legitimately eerie things) during the first half or so of the film.
So, while I’m not usually one for horror films, I enjoyed this one overall because of how it kind of played with conventions yet didn’t at the same time. It felt, well, real despite whether or not the haunting was real (in the context of the film) or hallucinations.
7.5 out of 10
*clears throat* Yeah … absences … it happens … and so do continued catch-ups … making slow-ish progress, toggling between the catch-up of the last week-ish starting today and the continued catch-up from the previous week …
Anyways, things are *interrupted by fire alarms going off* … things have been going smoothly. After helping out with emergency broadcasting last Thursday and Friday (and getting into Pottermore and working through book 1), I took the weekend to catch up on homework (which I managed to get a good amount of done) and watched the new Doctor Who last Saturday. Fantastic stand-alone episode. Better than “Night Terrors”, in my mind.
The week has been progressing relatively smoothly. I’ve been taking care of more and more business at the station, being a board member and music director now. I’ve been doing fairly well with the readings for class, but I still need to finish up Robinson Crusoe and start on Pamela for my 18th Century Novels class.
And to end the week, Ryan and I went to see Nicholas Winding Refn’s newest film Drive. When I say Ryan, I mean my friend and apartment-mate Ryan, not Ryan Gosling.