a smattering of movies
February 5, 2011
One of the things that happened last week, Ty introduced me to Netflix streaming, which means I watched a lot of movies. (We were supposed to be watching my Captain Power DVD’s, but they weren’t working on his player. Sadness.) Many of them were bad movies. I haven’t been exposed to this many bad movies since the days of the corner video store when I would systematically rent everything in the Sci Fi section just to say I did.
Vipers. Mostly because Jessica Steen, of Captain Power, was in it, and joy of joys, she didn’t die horribly!
Brick. Joseph Gordon-Levitt channeling Bogart. Strange, nicely done. Linguistically interesting.
Archangel. A made for TV thing starring Daniel Craig. Also nicely done, but I kept thinking that shocking twist ending just wouldn’t work that way in the real world.
Gor. Yes, there is a movie version of Gor, and I had to watch it. I just had to see for myself how bad it could possibly be. And you know what? It was so freaking boring. It wasn’t even mockable, just boring. Until the Solid Gold Dancers showed up. But that only lasted like thirty seconds. Apparently, there’s a sequel, which I might actually be persuaded to watch someday because a) Jack Palance is in it, and b) there’s an MST3K version.
Then there were the two we watched for five minutes and couldn’t get any further on. Seeing how I made it all the way through Vipers, Gor, and From Beyond, this should tell you how very, very bad Vegas in Space and Narcosys really were.
Then I got home, and wasn’t done watching movies.
All Quiet on the Western Front. I’m researching WWI for a story I’m writing and have been wanting to see this, and apparently Turner Classic Movies has a telepathic link to my brain. Freaking brilliant. One of those movies that I just never got around to seeing because I thought I already knew what it was about. But it so exceeded my expectations. Holds its own against anything that’s come after it.
The Witches. A great Jim Henson-produced film that I saw when it came out twenty years ago and haven’t seen since. Found a DVD copy, watched it last night, still good. Based on a Roald Dahl book. Kid gets turned into mouse at a witch’s convention and has to save the world. Scary and magical in a way that grownups usually can’t stand.
Of course, I’m supposed to be working…