Everything Else, TGITDNMAR — January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm



It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR MIGAAALOF, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released Man, I Get Annoyed at a Lot of Films.

Hey, gang. Grinch back in town again. I hate to break it to you, but I’m gonna trash this week’s (lone) release as well. Maybe I’ll “Love” films a bit more when Hollywood puts out more stuff I’m interested in…like the films on my Top 10 Most Anticipated for 2011 post (PLUG!). Until then…January dumping grounds.

The Devil Inside
So, who else immediately hears an INXS song when reading the title of this flick?

Sorry, but my stance on exorcism flicks hasn’t changed in the past few years.  they’re like state capitals…if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, right?  And I’ve seen The Exorcist, so what good can seeing this do me?  Even more, my constant nagging question remains (though it’s been answered in the past, I just choose to forget so I can ask it again): why are all exorcism flicks centering on women?  Are young men never possessed by the devil and/or demons?  Is this just a sexual thing?  I don’t know why this bothers me but it does.

And yes, this is the only wide new release this week.  Sorry, folks, but again, the good news is that this gives you more time to catch up on last year’s best and/or the Oscar hopefuls.  I’m gonna try to see Hugo in 3D, if that’s still possible.  So there’s that, Simon.

Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%


  • Hahahaha thats one awful looking poster…

  • My students are raving about it. We all know what that means…

  • Sad Tadigmar. Really awful poster.

  • I don’t think this one can really count towards your Grinch-O-Meter score, since it’s quite obvious that Hollywood isn’t even trying to sell anything new this week, especially given the build up of films they did the last two weeks.

    I look forward to you writing a screenplay about a male exorcism! (And I’d love to hear the answer you got in the past on this question.)

    • Sweet, I’m no more Grincy this week than I was last week. We’ll have to see what next week looks like, but my prediction is “not good.” In fact, that prediction will probably stand through February.

      I’m afraid I can’t find the answer(s) to the last time I asked. I know I mentioned it at some point on my old site – I think someone said that there was one in some obscure exorcism flick. But still, it’s like a 99:1 ratio at best!

  • Meh. Watch The Exorcist and you’ve got the genre covered.

  • The thing that bothers me the most about this movie (and others like it in recent years) is that they have the nerve to flash “Based on true events” or some similar bullshit in every trailer. That phrase should be regulated. If you’re an adult and you think the events depicted in this film could possibly be true then you have problems, but that’s another discussion for another blog at another time.

    The problem is, when a kid sees the word “true” on TV in giant letters, very few of them even think to question it. They believe those stupid ghost hunter shows for cryin out loud! I know a 10-year-old girl who was legitimately frightened about the world coming to an end next December. It’s irresponsible. Am I the only one this bothers?

    • Oh, and to answer your question, everysingleoneofus hears INXS.

      • Dum dum badadum daaaaaadadum! Badadum dum badadum daaaaaadadum!

        Oh, and no–you’re not the only one it bothers. There are plenty of adults who believe in crap like this. I’d go so far as to say that people who completely discount things like demonic possession are in the vast minority.

        • Yeah I don’t doubt that I’m in the minority. I bet the bell curve looks similar to the results of an intelligence test taken by the same people.

      • Dum dum badadum daaaaaadadum! Badadum dum badadum daaaaaadadum!

        Oh, and no–you’re not the only one it bothers. There are plenty of adults who believe in crap like this. I’d go so far as to say that people who completely discount things like demonic possession are in the vast minority.

    • You’re surprised about the 2012 thing? I teach high school, and practically every other day for the last couple years is “Do you think the world is gonna end in 2012?”

      • Yeah I guess I was surprised, and I’d be disgusted to hear it from a high schooler. I’m sure I believed some stupid shit when I was a kid, but they’re definitely getting dumber (not to undermine your efforts).

        • Dude, I teach college, and it’s no different and no better. Name a stupid, ridiculous conspiracy theory or pseudo-scientific crackpot “healing” procedure and I’ve had more than one student buy into it in the past year, let alone 6 or 7 years.

          One of the classes I teach is in critical thinking. I do an experiment in that class with my students’ horoscopes, proving that they’re bullshit (and it always works). And yet, after I do that, three or four will come up to me and ask how I really did it because their horoscopes are the real thing.

          • That’s a perfect example. Horoscopes are pretty harmless, so nobody gets too riled up defending them. Let me know if you work up an experiment that proves there’s no god. I would want to borrow that one.

          • You’re right in saying that horoscopes are “harmless,” but they aren’t completely harmless. They’re indicative of a dangerous pattern of thought–if you buy into something as patently ridiculous as horoscopes, you’ll buy into something else equally stupid and potentially harmful.

            How harmful? Take a look at Steve Jobs.

          • Yeah, people who believe in Steve Jobs are a little disturbing, too 🙂

  • Are all you teachers in a “Christ, my students are idiots” support group? If not, you should be.

  • Think about this: The Exorcist came out in 1973. It’s now 2012. People are still aping that film just under 40 years after it hit theaters.

    As has been said here, I’d rather just watch Friedkin’s horror masterpiece instead of going out to see another cock-up attempt at emulating it.

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