Very different films

  • The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie’s second film, started out promisingly but seemed to lose purpose in the second half, and descended into lame attempts at shock. It looked great, though there were a few annoying slo-mo and freeze-frame affectations.
  • Lifeboat was great. C’mon, a story by John Steinbeck, directed by Alfred Hitchcock? How could it not be good? Tense and gripping and a deep look into human nature.
  • Waking Life was hypnotizing. Scratch that: it made me feel ill. Okay, I was already ill, but the shifting layers of imagery made me feel very nauseous. I had to stop watching it. I thought the animation was really striking, and I liked the dream-like qualities, but the cod philosophy was a bit lame.
  • The Thief of Bagdad, the classic tale of Arabia. Genies and wizards and thieves and Academy Award-winning special effects (for 1940) make this a wonderful tale of high adventure.

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