Its been a while since the top 2 teams had the best records but here we are. The Patriots and 49ers have finally overcome their easy schedules to put together enough points to take the top. The Falcons continue to play spoiler in the NFC South with a surprise win against the Panthers.
At the bottom, the Redskins suffer another embarrassing loss. This week to the Jets. If they play their cards right they could take the bottom spot from the Bengals next week.
Well, it was bound to happen, the 49ers lost. The Seahawks win over the undefeated Niners propelled them into the #2 spot, just 3 points behind the Packers. The Saints fell from #1 to #5 with a fluke loss to the terrible Falcons. On the other end, the Bengals are the only team with a perfect season and are sitting alone in last place. Though, the Giants are only 3 points higher and could easily become the worst team in the league.
AFC East: Patriots (8-1) This weeks loss to the Ravens was a reality check. The Pats still have the hard part of the season ahead of them but so do the Bills. If Buffalo wants this division they will have to win in Foxborough.
AFC North: Browns Ravens (6-2) I believe I called this division a dumpster fire in my early season picks. Well, like a Phoenix, the Ravens have emerged from the ashes. They are on a 4 game winning streak including 2 playoff hopefuls. The Steelers are on the upswing right now too but without Big Ben I dont think theyll be able to catch the Purple Murder
AFC South: Colts (5-3) This is the closest division in the league. All 4 teams could end up 9-7 or better. The Colts are undefeated in the division right now so Ill stick with them.
AFC West: Chiefs (6-3) Just when I had completely written off the Chargers, they go and destroy the Packers. But, I dont think they have enough to stop the Chiefs. Especially if the Chiefs can knock out the Vikings with their back up QB.
NFC East: Cowboys (5-3) The Eagles have not been able to get it together like I had hoped in my mid season picks. However, the Cowboys arent trying to run away with the division either. At least we know that the Giants and Redskins are out.
NFC North: Lions Packers (7-2) Fucking Lions!
NFC South: Saints (7-1) The Panthers have found their grove despite the absence of Cam Newton. Unfortunately, the Saints are the best team in the league right now. And their schedule is much easier.
NFC West: Seahawks (7-2) Yup, Im not picking the undefeated 49ers. Im still not convinced that they are legit. I guess well see Monday night when the Seahawks go to Candlestick.
The Saints had the week off and managed to hang on to first place. Though, the 49ers are hot on their heels. The Patriots got destroyed by the Ravens bringing their undefeated season to an end and matching their record to their 4th place ranking. The Bengals remain winless but have a friend at the bottom in the Redskins.
Billed as a direct sequel to 1978’s Halloween, this movie explores what would happen to Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) if she spent 40 years waiting for her murderous brother Michael to come back. Not just waiting, though, prepping. Laurie Strode is the ultimate badass doomsday prepper.
Things kick into high gear as Michael escapes custody while being transferred on a bus from one psychiatric prison to another. The mayhem ensues as Michael searches for things to kill, primarily his sister, Laurie.
While I won’t go so far as to say this is a perfect return to form for the Halloween franchise, it is definitely satisfying on many levels. I really liked the ambiance, tone, and pacing. Where it kind of missed the mark was the overuse of The Shape. One of the things that made the original so great was how you felt Michael’s presence (or rather the presence of evil) without seeing him much until the third act. This movie had him out and about, which wasn’t necessarily bad, but seemed to lessen the suspense of the big bad coming to get you.
I’d still happily take this one over pretty much every Halloween sequel they attempted (including the Rob Zombie remakes). I think that was the point by making the story essentially take place following the original film. A worthy sequel means the other sequels don’t really matter. I still liked Halloween II, though.
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This is the latest installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. It’s hard to keep track of these movies, because they did a remake in 2003, a prequel, a retconned sequel to the original 1974 film, and now this pre-prequel.
The movie starts with Jed/Leatherface as a child and after a brutal murder, he is incarcerated at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. Ten years later and a riot allows for teenage Leatherface to escape. His mother (Lili Taylor) is searching for him to reunite and a local sheriff (Stephen Dorff) searches for him to bring him to justice. Meanwhile, young Leatherface goes on a spree with a few of the other escaped mental patients.
The death sequences are incredibly gory. While I applaud the attempt at something a bit different, this doesn’t really work as a coming-of-age story for a cannibalistic, chainsaw-wielding maniac. No one was ever asking for this story to be told.
Say his name five times and he will be summoned to start the killing. Watch three Candyman movies and you may be bored out of your mind.
The story follows Caroline (Donna D’Errico) who keeps having nightmares about Candyman and spends 95% of the movie in a tight shirt and panties. People keep dying in violent meat hooked ways, but Caroline manages to survive. Turns out that Candyman made some pact with Caroline’s mother before killing her or something.
This movie was boring AF. I was more interested in the idea of the new Jordan Peele reboot Candyman movie coming next year. Candyman himself was not that menacing or scary in this movie and the plot was far too lame to waste 90 minutes on.
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Italian horror master Dario Argento wrote and directed this sequel to his notorious classic Suspiria.
The story follows Mark as he searches for his missing sister, Rose, in New York. As the clues bring Mark closer to the truth, a strange book is at the center of the mystery and may be the key to finding what happened to Rose.
As far as Italian horror movies go, this is not the worst one I’ve seen. It is executed with great care and looks to be of reasonable quality. The story is too mysterious sometimes, seemingly for the sake of keeping things hidden until the very end. While there are definitely some tense scenes, this movie falls noticeably short of its predecessor.
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What if you were a boy with the powers of Superman and you also had homicidal tendencies? That’s what this movie is all about. A farmer (David Denman) and his wife (Elizabeth Banks) find a child in an alien spacecraft and they raise him as their own. Around his 12th birthday, he becomes aware of his powers and starts to go a bit nuts. When anyone gets in his way, he disposes of them.
What makes this movie interesting is the question: what if Superman were evil? A powerful alien super being could do anything it wanted, and it’s certainly conceivable that the power could corrupt the child. What I think could have been more genuine is if the child had some inner conflict where he resisted the urge to “go to the dark side” but various things pushed him over the line (bullying, for example). That’s not what happens, though. This kid, Brandon, just snaps and goes full super-powered serial killer.
If there ever ends up being a sequel, there are many aspects to explore, like: super hero hunters try to discover his real identity or how would someone go about killing a Superman?
It’s a nice twist on super hero movies and I liked a lot of the ingenuity put forth. However, it’s so bleak, it’s depressing. You really have to root for the bad guy and just watch the world burn, because that is all you get with this one.