Some movies I've watched lately:
7/10 Frozen (2010, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers) – This one I really wanted to see, ever since it was in the theatres. Finally found it at the Vancouver Library. It’s got all the stupid pitfalls of a thriller movie, but it’s a fun popcorn-type of movie. I do wish people who make movies like this would have a read-through of the script with a bunch of friends and play, “where’s the clichés?” (and then iron out all those bugs). There aren’t AWFUL problems with the script, just some stupid stuff done by the characters. I guess those kinds of actions help build suspense though, so you just kind of have to go with it.
6/10 Strangers On A Train (1951, Farley Granger, Robert Walker) – I would have rated this one higher, but it had one of the most stupid movie endings of all time!Another part of the movie is the somewhat campy nature of the evil guy. Yes Old Hollywood, we get it,
SpoilerThe prime suspect in a murder is allowed to walk simply because the guy he says did it is holding that prime suspect’s lighter in his hand? Oh, he must be the murderer – the lighter is in his hand just like Mr. Prime Suspect said he would! Off you go, Prime Suspect, sorry we thought you were the murderer…
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6/10 The Innocents (1961, Deborah Kerr) - Ben Mankiewicz hosted this on TCM and said that it flopped when it was released. It was probably too high-quality for the masses! I suppose I should give it a higher rating than 6/10 but this is about the fourth movie of late that I have seen with an ambigious ending. I’m sick and tired of the pretentious bullshit of writer/directors, who, on the DVD extras spout out, “what do YOU think happened/how do YOU think it ended?” Stop being a lazy ass and write the ending, dammit. I don’t want a freaking college English class discussion on the meaning of the movie, I just want you to tell me a story. An ENTIRE story, not one that’s missing it’s final chapter.
5/10 Lockout (2010, Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace) – If I was a 14 year old straight boy I would have given this a 10/10. I think they were successful in making the movie they wanted to, but there was a lot of stupid stuff in this movie! The CGI was uber-fake at times, but I think maybe they wanted it to look like a video game however. But Guy Pearce looks buff and purdy in a roughed out way. And Maggie Grace reprises her young damsel in distress act from the “Taken” movies. Poor kid, you shoulda behaved on the set of Lost and kept that job.
5/10 Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944, Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken, written and directed by Preston Sturgess) – This is one that I read about recently in Entertainment Weekly, they made it sound wondrously cheeky in its’ subversiveness. Meh…not so much. Watched almost the whole thing at double-time. Hutton was a peach in this one, though.
5/10 The Wind (1928, silent film with Lillian Gish) – I’ve only seen about three silent films in my life, and since this one included Lillian Gish, I thought I’d give it a go. It’s pretty decent considering when it was made. I watched almost the whole thing in double-double-time, so it only took about half an hour to watch. Lars Hanson was quite handsome in this!