Films I’ve seen recently

  • Inglourious Basterds. A rewatch, since I saw it in the cinema. This is great film-making. Dan’s right, it gets better when rewatched, because you recognise the care and love and detail. You can be this over-the-top when you love storytelling this much.
  • Kick-Ass. Pretty good. Brutal, hilarious, and a wet dream for every teenage dreamer. Tasteless enough that it won’t be for everyone. Surprisingly feel-good.
  • Zombieland. Okay. I’m a zombie fan, and they got the comedy-gore balance right. I usually hate voice-overs, but it worked here. Didn’t overstay its welcome. Though I cannot abide fast zombies, I’m sorry.
  • Troll 2. I love films that are so bad they’re good. This is definitely one of them, coming in at #58 on IMDb’s list of worst films ever. It’s so bad that it’s become a cult hit, and spawned a documentary about its cult status. It deserves it. It’s such a brain-blastingly trite and inept film that I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It’s wonderfully awful.
  • There Will Be Blood. Saw part of it on a plane a couple of years ago, wanted to finally see it all. Great film-making by Anderson, great acting by Day-Lewis. A lesson in craft.
  • Let The Right One In. The second-best film on this list, after Inglourious Basterds. Patient, touching, violent in spurts (as violence usually is), and stylish as hell.
  • The Mist. An OK horror film. Good characters. Quite Lovecraftian, as some of Stephen King’s writing is (he’s a fan). The CGI monsters were awful, though.
  • Pineapple Express. Very funny stoner/buddy action film. Spot on for film buffs.
  • Black Snake Moan. Not as bad in execution and production as I thought it might be, but not as interesting in plot or characterisation, either. Anything that features blues gets some points, no matter how silly the rest of it is (see also Crossroads).

2 Responses to “Films I’ve seen recently”

  1. April 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I loved Let The Right One In. Really want to see a cleaned-up version too; apparently the subtitles in the English version were AWFUL. http://screenrant.com/let-the-right-one-in-dvd-scandal-kofi-6533/

  2. April 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Luckily the Australian DVD release has the theatrical subtitles (at least I presume so, since the version I saw has the “jerking off” line that your link uses as an example).

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