Thursday, October 27, 2005

movie fish

don't know why but here's a list of movies i've watched recently (revised because i was being lazy and hung-over):

das experiment (2001) - review pending
lords of dogtown - not really worth a review, but not the worst movie i've ever seen. based on the true story of three teenaged surfers who started the skater craze in 1975. The movie got interesting about half-way through but the three kids are pretty much the architypal personalities of the three types of skaters: the athlete, the rebel and the rich-boy; so much so that is seems less than plausible.
children of the corn - not bad, not as scary or entertaining as i remember, bad special effects, but a classic
exorcist:the beginning - i was actually surprised that this was pretty good
the omen - fantastically scary, the epitome of creepy kids.
house of 1000 corpses- one long, really long rob zombie video. ok, so i didn't really watch this, it was mostly in the background and i left before the end but seriously, rob zombie directed it, wrote it and did much of the music so did you expect it to be any good?
mirrormask - wow - already fished here and here
something wicked this way comes - still one of the best halloween movies ever, creepy carnival of the devil (one of the originals) - written by Ray Bradbury, with Jonathan Pryce as the main villain. if you get a chance to watch this classic or read the book, i highly recommend both - bradbury's genius is in the details and unlike a lot of early horror movies, the special effects in this are minimal and well done.
alien vs predator - i was disappointed with the portrayal of the predators, but otherwise it was, well - alright (probably was better on the big screen)
donnie darko - fun! definitely worth all the hype. i watched the extended version with a friend who had seen the original - apparently there's only little differences like 2-min conversations and short detailed scenes that pull the movie together even more.
layer cake - had no idea what i was getting myself into with this movie and sometimes that's a good thing. this movie was well done and sharp. it's about a man who decides to get out of the illicit drug business but instead all things go to hell. there were moments that were a bit cliche (like "everything was going perfect, what could go wrong?") but so? didn't really take away from the movie at all. but i called i said that the main actor, Daniel Craig, would be a good Bond and two days later i found out that someone else had the same opinion.
downfall - details the last days of the third reich by following hitler, eva and his closest advisors into the bunker and on until the end of his life - based on a real-life account of hitler's personal secretary at the end of the war. intense and strange as eva throws a diner party for hitler's 56th birthday as bombs fall outside and magda goebbels kills her children because germany and she doesn't want them to live in a world without national socialism.

let me know if you want a full review of any.

wishlist (so don't yell at me for not watching them yet):
wallace & gromit in the curse of the were-rabbit
house of wax (1953) - classic horror with vincent price

4 little fish:

Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

still also have yet to see W&G, but i hope to at some point...

something wicked is a brilliant film, i love jonathan pryce, & i love the skipping-off-into-the-sunset end to all the creepiness.
it's such a good phrase too...by the pricking of my thumbs...& then i always think of this image of Greebo, which is also sorta seasonal...

2:23 PM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

I think you'll love house of wax

7:50 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

yeah, i tink so too - unfortunately hamlet got the wrong version and i refused to watch it

1:36 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

the wrong version?
ew, you mean the paris hilton one, don't you...

2:00 PM  

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