Nebraska and The Conjuring

My return flight home was on one of the Airbus A321 planes that American Airlines is just starting to use on their transcontinental flights.

The business class seats were terrific, and the seat back in front of me had a killer entertainment system, loaded with movies, including a few Oscar contenders that I didn't even realize were no longer in theaters.

Nebraska (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte

First, I watched Nebraska, because I know that it's been nominated for a lot of awards.   I don't go to many movies, though, so I don't have much to compare it to.  It's the story of an old alcoholic (Bruce Dern) who tries to walk from Montana to Nebraska to claim a sweepstakes prize.  Eventually, his estranged son (Will Forte) agrees to drive him, and they stop in to Dad's hometown, along the way. It's a comedy--but it's not really laugh-out-loud funny.  It reminded me a little bit of the David Lynch movie, The Straight Story.  

While I was watching that movie, the woman in the seat next to me started watching The Conjuring.  Patrick Wilson is in that movie, and he looks a bit like Bob Odenkirk, who was in Nebraska.  I didn't really realize that until I saw my seatmate's screen right next to mine.

The Conjuring looked super scary, (with the sound off) and Lily Taylor is in it, so I decided to watch that as my second film.  Nebraska is pretty sedate, as movies go, and I wanted something that would draw me in a bit more.

The Conjuring (DVD + UltraViolet)
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Foy

Well, maybe it drew me in a bit too much.  I didn't want to scream like a little girl while sitting in an airplane, so I actually pulled my phone out to play Candy Crush during the scariest bits.

If you're looking for a good haunted house movie, you might want to check it out.  It's pretty creepy, and it's allegedly based on a "true story."  

I was conscious of the fact that I watched two movies on my flight, instead of reading my next book.  When I was compiling my list for the "Back to the Classics" challenge, I thought for a minute about putting Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House on my list.  I think I still might want to read it, actually.  Has anyone ever read that book?  What did you think?

Anyway.  That makes two movies off of my "small screen" list.  Not too bad, eh?