Monday, March 23, 2009

Movies I've Subjected Myself to Lately

Do You Wanna Know a Secret? (2001)

[Joey Lawrence, Chad Allen, Jeff Conaway]

Ugh. What a waste of time. I had read bad things about this, but went in hoping for the best. It's just not good, not even a "so bad, it's good" movie. Just bad. The climax of the film was just stupid.

You are better off with watching nothing than watching this, and I won't watch it again.


Nightmare Honeymoon (1973)

[Dack Rambo, John Beck, Rebecca Dianna Smith]

This is a 70s flick I had never seen, and I DVR'd it from TCM last week. The plot is simple: newlyweds head off for their honeymoon but run into some bad dudes who do some horrible things. The rest of the movie is about the new couple in the direct aftermath and how they deal with what happened.

This was okay, but was too "of it's time period" for me. I can't reveal too much without giving away the plot, but let's just say I think the way the couple deal with things would be handled MUCH differently were this remade today.

Wouldn't watch it again, but if you like 70s movies or revenge flicks, give it a whirl.


Leprechaun 2 (1994)

[Warwick Davis, Charlie Heath, Shevonne Durkin]

Okay, I had never watched this one before, either, and only did so now because it aired on St. Patrick's Day and I figured it would give it a go.

This movie just couldn't hold my interest, and I actually dozed off once toward the end. Just boring and blah. At first I assumed this was an 80s flick, but it was made in 1994. This comedy/horror film fails on both counts.

Will NOT watch this one again.


The Abandoned (2006)

[Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden]

Had no clue what to expect from this one. And now that I have seen it, I don't know what I watched.

It is a Bulgarian ghost/doppelgänger film, but set in Russia. Frankly, I was just confused. That said, it was creepy at times and there is a "twist" at the end that isn't really shocking. Just unsure what to make of it all.

Not sure if another viewing would help clear things up or not. I dunno.


One Missed Call (2008)

[Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns]

Ok, so this is the film from last year, where people hear their deaths on cell phones before it actually occurs. An American remake of the Japanese film "Chakushin ari", which I haven't seen.

This one seems to be missing something. There are creepy faces, creepy moments, but nothing that really scared me. And the end was just ... meh.

The actors were fine, for the most part. Although Margaret Cho in a serious (albeit small) role was odd. Not sure if the original version is supposed to better or not, but this film doesn't make me want to rush out and see it.

Wouldn't watch it again.


Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)

[Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill]

A classic "Sherlock Holmes" movie, with Rathbone and Bruce great as Holmes and Watson, and Atwill equally wonderful as Moriarty.

If you like old mystery movies or Sherlock Holmes in general, you will love it.

I would definitely watch it again!


Niagara (1953)

[Joseph Cotten, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters]

I had never seen this great little thriller before. Just a fun, suspense type of movie, with great acting and awesome locations. Cotten is always superb, and Monroe is beautiful, if not the best actress around. But I think Jean Peters was just as beautiful, even is they try and play her off as the "plain" one here.

A great movie and one I would watch again sometime.



  1. I will have to add Niagra to the 'ole Netflix Queue - thanks for the list ;-)

  2. Great list and thanks for the warnings on the bad ones! : )

  3. Creepy! I just watched Niagra last week,great flick!

  4. I both love and fear what you subject yourself me you just have to watch to the end if you start them...some times reward and sometimes that sickly feeling in the pit of your tummy...

  5. Jason - Hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks Ravyn!

    Anon - It was a good one!

    Cal - Yeah, I watch anything I start to the end, good or bad. Usually I know by 15 or 20 minutes in whether it is worth it or not, but I am stuck for the rest of the ride either way!

  6. Got another MM movie, not well known, called "Don't Bother to Knock". Haven't seen it, as yet. I think it was billed as a psychological thriller...