ONCE IN A FULL MOON winner, and “The Rite”

Posted on January 29, 2011

Sorry this is going up so late, guys; I finally started to feel better today (thanks in part to all your awesome cold remedies — seriously, I appreciate each and every one of them.) However, as I’m sure you know, after you’ve been in the house sick for a few days, the first thing you want to do when you feel better is get out of the dang house. So I took myself off to see “The Rite,” because nothing says “I’m on the road to recovery” like a good old-fashioned exorcism.

Due to my questionable taste in filmgoing, I am very late announcing that the winner of Ellen Schreiber’s ONCE IN A FULL MOON is none other than Angela F.! So congrats, Angela! I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair: More contests are coming starting Tuesday. We’re leading into AFTERLIFE now, so the good loot is about to start coming.

In the meantime, in case you were wondering, “So, how is ‘The Rite’?” — Probably better than you’d think! It’s not brilliant, and really, after “The Exorcist,” has any film come up with something genuinely new on this topic? But thanks to some hard work by Sir Anthony Hopkins, I found the film’s fundamental question interesting (can you believe in the devil without believing in God?) and some of the sequences genuinely scary and unsettling. And the photography of Rome made me deeply nostalgic for the place. You could do worse with your moviegoing dollar. You could also do better, this time of year (“127 Hours,” “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “True Grit”), but sometimes, you just need a horror movie, you know?