Just kidding about that initial 8 out of 10 rating.
It's definitely a 9 for me.
And I would like to reiterate: holy fucking shit, Austin Butler.
Alright, I felt very "meh" about this movie on my first viewing, but so many people love it and/or say it's one of the scariest things ever - I had to give it another viewing. And I don't know what movie everyone else watched, but I do NOT understand the appeal of Sinister. This isn't me trying to be cool or different or tough - I just genuinely don't get it. Sure, the tapes and children are creepy... and??? Lots…
This one actually felt very exploitative to me. If you're looking for something to put the events of this case in a timeline - I guess, this documentary does a decent job. But that's all it does. It takes existing footage and arranges it in a specific order. It doesn't attempt to explore the reasoning. It doesn't attempt to uncover something you can't already learn from a simple Google search. It doesn't give it any kind of perspective. All it…
OK, so first of all, Willem Dafoe is great in this.
Second, the color palette and the way Sean Baker makes the ugliness of the world look almost whimsical is also great from the aesthetic perspective.
Did I watch the same movie everyone else did? Because, apparently, everyone watched some magical, wonderful, best movie of the year about "real people" and "real childhood". I watched a movie about some the most obnoxious kids and adults/parents I've ever seen on…