Thursday, March 12, 2009

Movies I've Subjected Myself to Lately

Here are the films I have watched in the past week or so, from what I liked best down to what I liked least.

Calvaire (2004)

Wow. That was disturbing. Bleak, depressing, horrible sadness. Good stuff for a horror movie, since they are supposed to scare and unnerve you and this movie certainly did that. And what the HELL was up with that bar room dancing scene??? The actors were great, the scenery appropriately desolate and lonely.

If you like your horror unsettling, then check out this movie.

Get Smart (2008)

I went into this wary, not being fond of many remakes, especially the comedic remakes I have seen. But this surprised me. They managed to not only update the original but respect it, as well. I was never a 'die-hard' fan of the original, but I did watch it a lot as a kid. This was a good updating. Had some great, fun scenes and I think Steve Carrel and Anne Hathaway were excellent choices for Max and 99.

Good family fun.

Hatchet (2006)

This is a throw back to the old-fashioned slasher flicks I remember. Some of the actors were okay, some not so much. Definitely owes a lot to the "Friday the 13th" movies, and not just in having Kane Hodder in the cast. It's a good watch if you like slasher pics.

I would watch it again sometime, and that makes it good enough for me.

Feast (2005)

Just got around to seeing this. Some of the jump-cuts were a little much for me, I had to rewind to figure out what I had just seen.This can be effective to play up the chaos that the characters feel, but it was a little too much for me sometimes. I did like the reverse on the stereotypical horror movie characters, but after awhile that novelty wears thin.

Not sure if I would bother to watch it again.

The Messengers (2007)

This was just okay for me. Some of the ghost scenes were creepy, but the movie as a whole wasn't anything special. Not too far into the film I sort of saw the whole plot laid out before me. Acting was okay.

Sort of like a Lifetime-horror movie, I suppose.

Madman (1982)

Never saw this movie until now. I might really have loved this if I had seen it back when it was new (and I was 11), but it was a bit of a tough watch now. Cheesy acting and a groan inducing plot and some pretty horrid dialogue. If I didn't know better, I would think Mr. Ed Wood had a hand in writing some of this.

Couldn't wait for it to end - I was bored.

So, there you go. But, who knows? Your list may be the exact opposite. Like what you like.


  1. If the 1st Feast was just okay for you, definitely do not bother with the sequels!
    [I loved the 1st one and hated the sequels]

  2. Did the sequels keep up the "turning conventions on their head" thing?

  3. I thought the movie 'Get Smart' wasn't that great. It lacked the fun and excitement. But maybe it's just Steve Carrel, I never liked him as an actor, his appearance and acting always seems lousy to me. But that's just me maybe.

    Take care, Elli

  4. The Messengers bored me. And I've not seen any of the others. I'll check the DVR.