This and that




… not this. 




… not this.




… not this.




… not this.




… not this.




… not this.




… not this.




… not these.




… not there.




… no.




… nay.




… not him.


The bees…


“… not the bees!”

I’ll stop now.

31 Responses This and that
Posted By terje rypdal : January 3, 2014 5:28 am

It might be fun if you would give attributions although I know it would take too long to give the explanations for each …

There are several here that I don’t recognize … But no comparison that I disagree with offhand if I DO “get it”! Amusing!

Posted By Arthur : January 3, 2014 9:25 am

It’s a sort of a fill-in-the-blanks sort of thing? Interesting. I spotted a few of the comparisons. But that was Lee Marvin in Point Blank, right. And it was remade as Payback with Mel Gibson. Who was the guy in the pic after Lee Marvin?

Posted By robbushblog : January 3, 2014 4:57 pm

Arthur- That picture after Lee Marvin is some actor named Tom Cruise. I’m not sure which movie that is, but it might be Jack Reacher? I’m not sure.

Posted By robbushblog : January 3, 2014 5:01 pm

I agree with all of this (although I do like some of the films featured in the second pictures).

Posted By Doug : January 3, 2014 5:20 pm

some people like apples, some oranges.
I agree with most of the comparisons, especially the ‘not this’ for “The Heat”…but I would argue vociferously in favor of Annabelle in “The Conjuring”. That movie got to me as few have, and the opening with Annabelle set the mood perfectly.
I cheer for Sailor from “Wild At Heart” over the dumb cop in “Wicker Man”. I saw Wild At Heart in a packed theater in Vegas and
the audience was in tune to every quirk and surprise.
I may watch it again today just for seeing it on this post.

Posted By gregferrara : January 3, 2014 5:30 pm

I like the Coen Brothers TRUE GRIT just fine, thank you very much and thought Jeff Bridges did an excellent job.

And I’m with Doug. I honestly don’t get the “Oh, THE CONJURING isn’t really that good” backlash out there. I thought it was pretty damned effective myself.

Posted By robbushblog : January 3, 2014 6:15 pm

I really, really liked The Conjuring. I bought that and made my family watch it on Halloween. Half of them were scared as hell watching it.

The Coen Brothers’ True Grit is fine, but the Duke wins.

Posted By gregferrara : January 3, 2014 6:40 pm

So, we’re all agreed: Boo on Richard for putting THE CONJURING in the second pic. Boo!

Posted By robbushblog : January 3, 2014 6:43 pm

Of course, he may actually prefer Dead of Night to The Conjuring.

Posted By gregferrara : January 3, 2014 8:31 pm

Well, I do too. I mean, DEAD OF NIGHT is a masterpiece and THE CONJURING is just some horror movie I liked. So if that’s what Richard is saying, that he simply prefers it and not that the second one is always bad, then I take everything back. But the layout of the post makes it feel like the first is considered good and the second is considered bad. Regardless, hell yes, I prefer DEAD OF NIGHT!

Posted By george : January 3, 2014 8:55 pm

“The Coen Brothers’ True Grit is fine, but the Duke wins.”


Posted By LD : January 3, 2014 10:38 pm

The comparison I did not agree with was the Cap’n Jack as played by Depp. I know he is out of favor now, but I don’t care.

Posted By AL : January 4, 2014 12:14 am

RHS–Terrific idea–please do this again; it’s wayCool!

Posted By Richard Harland Smith : January 4, 2014 5:23 pm

Greg, the whole point of this post is to spend a lot of time thinking about it.

Posted By Bob Gutowski : January 4, 2014 5:35 pm

I enjoyed this, and I’m sure I’m not the only gay man who finds the shirtless Karloff a bit fetching! It just dawned on me (pun intended – wait for it) how, in the still from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (got it yet?) the lady ghoul up front on the left seems to be leading a dance class!

Posted By Craig Blamer : January 4, 2014 5:38 pm

My problem with THE CONJURING was that it wasn’t its own beast, it was narrative aspects from five or six better horror movies combined to make one new movie; pretty much a spoof flick without the comedy. And the Annabelle quasi-subplot had nothing at all to add to the narrative… it was clumsily shoehorned in to allow Wan indulgence in his creepy doll fetish.


Posted By Richard Harland Smith : January 5, 2014 2:04 am

>>I honestly don’t get the “Oh, THE CONJURING isn’t really that good” backlash out there

You need to stop thinking of it as backlash and consider it instead as honest opinion. A lot of people found it wanting. And I’m among those who was fairly entertained by it in the cinema (though, yeah, Craig, the creepy doll thing was shoehorned into the movie like extra cheese) but apart from one genuinely effective (cheap) scare, the rest was hit and miss for me. Still, I liked it the best of the Wan-Whannell canon.

Posted By gregferrara : January 5, 2014 2:50 am

See my later comment (about DEAD OF NIGHT). I thought you were saying it was outright bad. I didn’t love it either, just thought it was pretty good.

You need to stop thinking of it as backlash and consider it instead as honest opinion.

Oh, calm yourself. By the way, what was the effective scare moment you’re referring to?

Posted By doug : January 5, 2014 3:17 am

clap, clap clap

Posted By gregferrara : January 5, 2014 3:28 am

I liked Bathsheba on top of the wardrobe the best.

Posted By Richard Harland Smith : January 5, 2014 8:30 am

Yeah, that’s it.

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : January 5, 2014 5:54 pm

Feel the need to add my two cents to this conversation since I happen to be the only Morlock, as far as I know, who wrote anything substantial about THE CONJURING here on the blog. I rarely, if ever, waste my time writing about movies I deeply dislike but I found THE CONJURING so lacking in scares, so childlike in its execution, so simplistic in the way it dealt with its religious themes, so derivative and downright ineffective that I couldn’t resist taking a few swipes at it. At the time I could only find one or two negative reviews anywhere online that managed to express my own deep dissatisfaction with Wan’s film (mainly Mark Kermode who nails exactly why the film didn’t work for me in any capacity) so I find it kind of hilarious that anyone would claim there was some kind of significant and substantial backlash against it.

We’re talking about a film that’s currently resting comfortably with an 86% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 rating at IMDB. This is a movie that largely, due to the heaps of critical praise poured on it, earned $316.7million at the box office and Hollywood has already ordered multiple sequels to fill the multiplexes in the coming years. That’s no backlash. Critics rolled out the red carpet for THE CONJURING, poured it a glass of Dom Perignon and bought it a diamond tiara.

I wouldn’t be so irritated by its universal success if it wasn’t for the fact that all too often a somewhat solid (I say that with some reservations because it’s not a perfect film by any means), beautifully directed (no reservations there) and more adult horror movie like Nick Murphy’s THE AWAKENING (which I also wrote about here at the Morlocks) can’t even get a theatrical release in America outside of New York because these same critics are ignoring it or giving it lackluster reviews. That said, I fully cop to having eclectic tastes and realize that my own ideas about what’s effective in a horror film are often at odds with most movie viewers these days. But as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Posted By Arthur : January 5, 2014 6:54 pm

Is this what is happening with Wolf Of Wall Street? Everyone I know who has seen it has panned it, yet it is being hyped in the media.

Posted By george : January 5, 2014 9:55 pm


Scorsese, like Tarantino and the Coens, can do no wrong as far as some critics (and bloggers and fanboys) are concerned.

Posted By Ghijath Naddaf : January 6, 2014 10:27 am

Martin Scorsese is the greatest (living) american filmmaker.
Can´t wait for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Maybe it´s hyped, because it´s a great movie.
Maybe it is not for everyone.
I liked Lewyn Davis too, but still try to forget Django Unchained

Posted By robbushblog : January 6, 2014 6:13 pm

I loved The Wolf of Wall Street AND Django Unchained. I really liked The Conjuring and hope to see Inside Llewyn Davis next week.

I don’t think I’ve heard of The Awakening, but I will surely look for it now. I’m not a big horror fan. What I liked about The Conjuring is that it conjured (See what I did there?) up memories of older horror movies from the 70′s. At least, it did for me.

Posted By swac44 : January 6, 2014 7:35 pm

Side note on The Conjuring, in real life, the “possessed” doll was a Raggedy Ann. I kind of wish they’d kept it that way in the film (I initially saw it portrayed that way in a “dramatic recreation” on some documentary show, and laughed thinking they just used some doll they found at a jumble sale, until I saw a photo of the real thing and saw it was good ol’ R.A.). I’m guessing there must be some copyright reason for using a more demonic looking doll, perhaps the estate of R.A.’s creator Johnny Gruelle would not look fondly on seeing her used as a Satanic stand-in.

Posted By george : January 6, 2014 9:17 pm

I thought DJANGO UNCHAINED was so bad it made MANDINGO (its obvious inspiration) look like a flawless masterpiece. DJANGO was a B-movie script with one-dimensional characters who were totally good or totally evil, with no shades of gray.

As I’ve learned, you criticize QT, Scorsese and the Coens at your own risk. Their fans will immediately leap to their defense. Same with Peter Jackson.

That’s not as bad as the Christopher Nowlan fanboys, who sent death threats to critics who panned THE DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION.

Posted By Doug : January 6, 2014 9:17 pm

Swac, I think that one of the reasons that some folks dismissed “The Conjuring” is it was supposedly based on real life events, and some are uncomfortable with the idea that such things can indeed happen.
My bro in law, for example, absolutely refuses to believe that ghosts can exist. He would have no interest in “The Conjuring”.
Because if ghosts and demons are real, his applecart would be upended, his world view would be challenged.
Whatever-I really do not know what ‘ghosts’ are, but I can appreciate that they are part of the fabric of our human experience. I love a good spooky movie, and whether true or false, “The Conjuring” worked for me.

Posted By george : January 6, 2014 10:07 pm

THE CONJURING also worked for me as a “good, spooky movie,” period. Despite claims that it was based on a true story, I think it was based more on viewings of POLTERGEIST, THE HAUNTING and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. I’ve learned to take such claims with a grain of salt.

But I know people who thought it was awful, one of the worst movies ever made, as well as being religious propaganda — thanks to that quote at the end (“God is real, the devil is real,” or whatever).

Posted By robbushblog : January 6, 2014 10:08 pm

I don’t believe in ghosts at all, but I really liked The Conjuring.

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