What to Watch? Trump Inauguration Day Edition | A list of movies and television to get you through the day and beyond | onecriticalbitch.com

It’s Here, So Now What? The Trump Inauguration Day Watch List

Inauguration Day has arrived. Whether you’re into it (you’re on the wrong blog), over it, or looking for some way to cope with it, here’s a list of what to watch to get you through.

If You Want to Fully Immerse Yourself in Inauguration Day Woes (not for the faint of heart, generally ill-advised):

  • The Herzog/Kinski catalog – mainly Fitzcarraldo (1982) (a narcissistic demagogue wants to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle) and Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) (a narcissistic demagogue wants to find El Dorado, and also marry his daughter).

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  • Eraserhead (1977) – it’s David Lynch’s birthday today, and that’s a thing worth celebrating. Also, here’s a hideous fever dream about an insecure and unstable man.
  • Doomsday (2008) – Worst case scenario, involves biological warfare, cannibalism, and a government that blows up bunnies. A woman with an eye patch saves the day. Plus, Bob Hoskins.
  • Brazil (1985)- “Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority of people seem to have forgotten old-fashioned virtues. They just can’t stand seeing the other fellow win. If these people would just play the game.” – our very own Mr. Helpmann, now Commander-in-Chief.
  • Marie Antoinette (2006) – Excess, excess, excess, execution.
  • Every single Saw movie (2004-?) – No particular reason; just if you really want to put yourself through it.

If You Need to Laugh at Something:

  • Dick (1999) – Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams take a White House tour and ruin Richard Nixon’s life.
  • Veep (2012 – present) – perhaps a bit too close for comfort?

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  • Waking Ned Devine (1998) – spend a little time in Ireland with some old people and their dead friend who wins the lottery.
  • Fletch (1985)- why not?
  • Fletch Lives (1989)- seriously, why not?

Choose to Cope (because if you can’t escape, you should at least feel warm and cozy):

  • Harry Potter (2001-2011) – but you’re going to have to do the whole seven to defeat Voldemort (spoiler alert).
  • The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) – again, you’re going to have to get through all those endings to reach full catharsis (and you’re gonna need it).
  • Matilda (1996)- there’s just something about Miss Honey.
  • Punch Drunk Love (2002) – a love story that says to hell with that anxiety.
  • Shaun the Sheep (2007-present) – he’s so darn clever.
  • The Last Waltz (1978) – take a load off with The Band and friends.


Or Feel Straight Up Empowered:

  • Hidden Figures (2017) – get thee to a theater and pay to see a movie carried by three black women who kick ass and make history (and the woman they’re playing did, too).
  • Pump up the Volume (1990) – don’t you dare forget about freedom of speech (or Christian Slater).
  • Selma (2014) – make good trouble and prepare to march.
  • Footloose (1984) – ’cause we should all be free to DANCE.
  • I Spit on Your Grave (1978) – if there was ever a time for a fucked up quasi-feminist revenge flick, it’s now (this is not for everyone – or probably anyone – avoid if you’re sensitive to violence, rape, or keeping your penis).
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987) – Sarandon, Pfeiffer, and Cher kick Satan (Jack Nicholson) back to hell. If only it were this simple.

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There are so many more. Leave your own recommendations below – we’re gonna need them well beyond Inauguration Day.

Film School: 10 Documentaries to Watch Now | What to watch now that the election's over | onecriticalbitch.com

Documentaries to Watch NOW in Trump’s America

I generally stick to fiction – you won’t find a lot of posts about documentaries here. That’s about to change.

The last few weeks were challenging. I have looked at this blog on numerous occasions and thought, NO – I can’t. Going back to #31DaysofHorror feels wrong, in light of the real world horror I and so many others feel after the results of this election.

On the other hand, maybe you don’t feel bad about it at all. There are those of you who will call me a “special little snowflake” and tell me to “buck up, buttercup,” because this is reality. This is who won. Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.

You’re right. So what do I do now?

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MOVIE REVIEW + GIVEAWAY! Celebrating Tim Burton's Corpse Bride on this 13th Day of #31DaysofHorror | onecriticalbitch.com

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride + Mondo Commemorative Edition Giveaway

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MOVIE REVIEW + GIVEAWAY! Celebrating Tim Burton's Corpse Bride on this 13th Day of #31DaysofHorror | onecriticalbitch.com
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It’s been a minute, horror lovers. But who says you can’t keep on with your scary movie binge right past Halloween and into November? Let’s hop back on the #31DaysofHorror bandwagon with the new classic: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

P.S. Stick around ’til the end. I hear there’s a GIVEAWAY in store…
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MOVIE REVIEW: Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon is a horror/thriller bound to make you think twice about who you're marrying | onecriticalbitch.com

Honeymoon

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The first in this year’s series (but certainly not the last) to be written and directed by a woman, Honeymoon is everything a horror movie should be. It’s also something new, something different, and dare I say – maybe something better. Read more

MOVIE REVIEW: Olatunde Osunsanmi's THE FOURTH KIND | onecriticalbitch.com

The Fourth Kind

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It’s fair to say The Fourth Kind is not well reviewed. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus calls it “hokey,” “clunky,” and somehow “makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.” I don’t disagree with any of those thoughts, per say.

It is a little hokey. It can be really clunky. However, it’s precisely that eerie mundane effect that makes this film different. After all, isn’t a great creepy story at its best when even the most boring things feel a little off, a little strange, or a little foreign to us? This quiet and contorted film about alien abduction can do that.

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REVIEW: Jack the Ripper and Johnny Depp in FROM HELL (2001) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

From Hell

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REVIEW: Jack the Ripper and Johnny Depp in FROM HELL (2001) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

From Hell  is that  sort of odd 2000s conundrum: a self-serious historical thriller with the editing style of a teen slasher pic. I can’t defend Heather Graham’s difficulty with a cockney accent, but I do have a soft spot for the flashy cuts and bright red blood. And of course, Jack the Ripper.

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REVIEW: Mumblegore from the likes of Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass in "Creep" 92014) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Creep

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REVIEW: Mumblegore from the likes of Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass in "Creep" 92014) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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I don’t like found footage horror and I seriously struggle with mumblecore (this is a thing, we’ll discuss it). But I really think I like Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass’s little aptly named creeper, Creep.

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REVIEW: Slither (2006) - a B-style horror/comedy from James Gunn - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Slither

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REVIEW: Slither (2006) - a B-style horror/comedy from James Gunn - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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Before he was helming Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn was playing in a low-budget B-Movie sandbox. Slither is a sci-fi/horror comedy that makes great use of bugs, slugs, and meteors from outer space.

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REVIEW: Horror movie Pontypool is kind of like a zombie movie, kind of something else - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Pontypool

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REVIEW: Horror movie Pontypool is kind of like a zombie movie, kind of something else - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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Every once in a while, something special comes along to shake up a genre that’s just a little stale. Pontypool may not be a zombie movie in a traditional sense, but it’s those little differences that make it truly memorable.

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The Eclipse - Illustration by Alex Landers | Irish horror film by director Conor McPherson (2009) | onecriticalbitch.com

The Eclipse

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REVIEW: Irish horror film The Eclipse (2009) starring Ciaran Hinds, directed by Conor McPherson - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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Terrible news if you’ve been a fan of the in-your-face horror options presented thus far (See Halloween, Drag Me To Hell, and Identity). More along the lines of Absentiabut with a grander, more classic tone, The Eclipse is at its heart a romance. A romance with horror as its backdrop.

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