|More-or-less Movie Time!
||[Oct. 20th, 2015|07:25 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
But don't get your hopes up. I swore off horror flicks a year or two ago. I saw "Cabin In the Woods" and thought, "How refreshing: funny in places and almost interesting in others." So I went to see a couple more horror movies. One because it had Jennifer Lawrence and one because it was well rated on Rotten Tomatoes. As movies, they both sucked and I said, "OK, no more horror flicks---ever." Well this weekend I went to see both "Goosebumps" and "Crimson Peak" because Rotten Tomatoes gave them both high-sixties/low-seventies ratings. As I suspected when I saw Oculus (whenever that was), it's not the films, it's the genre. The genre is broken: broke-down, wore-out, tired, defective and (at least for the time being) irreparable.
"Crimson Peak" is very stylish in the very stylish style of Guillermo del Toro and the costumes, sets, effects and photography are fantastic, but the story is tired---in my opinion.
"Goosebumps" is slick as all get-out, very shiny and flashy and complete with pretty teenagers and lots of studio-grade modern effects. Still, though, I felt like I'd seen the movie before I'd seen it. I used to take my friend's nine year-old to movies on the weekend sometimes. He would have loved this one. That's who it's made for: teens, tweens and not-evens. If you liked Tim Allen's remake of the "Shaggy Dog," you'll love this 'n.
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On the other hand, "Bridge of Spies" is really good. It's an impeccably-pulled-off period piece with a not-unknown but not often retold story. Besides good writing, acting, directing, etc., the cars, clothes and scenery are extremely well done as those of us who were there can attest. Go see it for a very realistic glimpse into the halcyon days of the Cold War.